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Tuberculosis community nurse-led service

Treating and supporting people living with tuberculosis

Coronavirus: tuberculosis community nurse-led service update

Due to increased demand on the hospital due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic we are having to make significant changes to our services which may require cancellation of appointments.

Patients

We are attempting to contact all patients with a future scheduled appointment. Where possible we are changing appointments to a telephone consultation, and in certain circumstances, a video appointment. Some appointments may be cancelled without a future date being arranged at this stage. If we cancel your appointment you will remain on our waiting list and we will contact you in due course. Some patients may be discharged back to their GP and we will write to you if this is the case.

If you have not heard from us within three days of your scheduled appointment please contact us by emailing our team at:

If you are unable to use email or your query is urgent, please call our team numbers as follows: 

  • Lambeth: 020 7188 5811
  • Southwark: 020 3299 6046
  • Lewisham: 020 3192 6186

Our phone lines are very busy and there may be a wait for your call to be answered.

If you are an existing patient who has previously been seen in our service and need advice from the clinical team please see below for the appropriate option:

Please contact your named nurse or send your query to our above mentioned emails for:

  • queries regarding your appointment or the contact details we have for you
  • clinical advice on symptoms of tuberculosis
  • advice if you have been in close contact with a patient diagnosed with infectious tuberculosis.

Contact us by telephone on 02071885811 (Lambeth), 02032996046 (Southwark) or 02031926186 (Lewisham):

  • if you need to urgently discuss your clinical condition
  • if you don’t have access to email or our website
  • if you have concerns with side effects for those on treatment for latent or full Tuberculosis
  • if you are unable to call your named nurse.

Please note if you leave a message on this number it may be a few days before we are able to respond to your query.

GPs

We are doing everything we can to support GPs and your patients during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. If you need advice from our clinical team please use the current advice and guidance channels.

We would encourage you to contact our clinical team through advice and guidance before making a new referral. We are vetting all referrals. We will be contacting urgent patients but we are not currently booking routine patients and so there may be a significant delay before seeing your patient. Please consider this before making any referral as our capacity to see new patients is very limited.

Frequently asked questions

Please visit our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page for answers to queries we have been receiving recently. If your query is not covered in the FAQs please either email or call us as detailed above (please use email unless your request is urgent).


 

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 Boyton with TB nurse specialist Anil Nundloll

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.”

 
 

Coronavirus

Please visit the main Trust coronavirus (COVID-19) page for more information.

Contacts

St Thomas' Chest clinic
Tel: 020 7188 5811

University Hospital Lewisham Chest clinic
Tel: 020 3192 6186

King’s College Hospital
Tel: 020 3299 6046