Our nurse-led specialist community service supports people living with tuberculosis (TB). TB is a bacterial infection spread by inhaling tiny drops of sneezes or coughs of an infected person. It is a serious condition, which mainly affects the lungs. However, it can also affect any part of the body, including the glands, bones and nervous system.
We provide a range of free and confidential services, including:
- screening for tuberculosis
- BCG vaccinations for contacts only
- support with medication
- advice on how to manage your illness
- continuing care assessment
- referral where necessary.
To raise awareness of TB, we run events in venues across Lambeth and Southwark including community centres, GP surgeries and day centres.
An estimated 4,500 people living in Lambeth and Southwark have beaten the disease thanks to our service which was launched in 1994.
TB case study
Clive Boyton says he feels “lucky to be alive” after being diagnosed with Tuberculosis in 2012.
Clive, 53, a market trader from Bermondsey, says: “I had quite an exaggerated sore throat for a while and eventually my GP referred me for an Xray. While I was waiting for the appointment my throat got progressively worse so I went to A&E at St Thomas’. The doctor took a blood sample and diagnosed me with TB. I was so shocked.
“No one knows exactly how I got it but in the 90s I did lots of travelling around South Asia. The doctor said I probably got it there and it could have been dormant in my system all that time.
“I was on four types of antibiotics which made me feel quite nauseous. About 30 friends and family had to be tested for TB including my son and mother-in-law who both became carriers. There is a stigma attached to TB which I noticed in my own case, but I do feel lucky – lucky to be alive.”