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.
Lincolnshire Community Health Service NHS Trust
Community TB Services
Telephone Number: 01522 307 239
TB nurse specialist mobile: 07879 621376
Fax Number: 01529 300 364
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.
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
Out of Hours
During out of hours, you may contact the following:
Out of Hours Service
A&E / 999 service
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