Tuberculosis Service

What is Tuberculosis (TB)?

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by a germ (also known as a bacterium) called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It usually affects the lungs, but can affect any part of the body such as the brain, kidneys, lymph glands and bones.

TB is curable

TB is usually treated with a 6 month course of antibiotics, which must be completed in order to discourage recurrence of the disease or drug resistance.

Elements of the service

The main elements of the Countywide Community TB Service are to:

  • provide support for patients diagnosed with TB
  • contact screening service to assess the potential of transmission of TB
  • new entrant screening for individuals identified as "at risk" of TB
  • support the investigation and diagnosis processes
  • provide a specialist resource for advice
  • offer training and raise awareness of the disease

NB: The Countywide Community TB Service does not currently offer: Mantoux Tests, BCG vaccinations, Occupational Health Screening, Screening clinics for at risk groups e.g. homeless.

Countywide Community TB Service Team

The Countywide Community TB Service includes a dedicated tuberculosis nurse specialist who works with consultants in respiratory medicine, infectious diseases and paediatrics (child care). The wider team also includes specialists in microbiology, radiology, pharmacy, general practitioners, health protection and public health.

Contact Details

Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust
Community TB Services
Unit 7
The Point
Lions Way
Sleaford
NG34 8GG

Telephone Number: 01522 307 239

TB nurse specialist mobile: 07879 621376

Fax Number: 01529 300 364

Referral Criteria

All patients living within the geographical boundaries of Lincolnshire (excluding North Lincolnshire).

Patients can also refer themselves, but need to telephone the service first to ensure there is a need to be seen.

Community Tuberculosis Service referral form

Countywide Community Tuberculosis (TB) Service Guidance

All local guidance is in line with nationally set standards and is supervised by the Lincolnshire TB Board.

Hours of operation

Monday to Friday

9am-5pm

Out of Hours

During out of hours, you may contact the following:

GP

Out of Hours Service

Walk-in Centre

A&E / 999 service

Links to other websites

TB Alert

NICE Guidance

Immunisation

Back to Specialist Services Date last modified 04/12/2018