Tuberculosis Service

We are a small team of specialist nurses covering the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly. We provide support to people diagnosed with tuberculosis and also run contact tracing and vaccination clinics.

Treatment of Tuberculosis

TB Mycobacterium 3

If you are diagnosed with tuberculosis, you should be referred to us by your Consultant.

We will provide support to you and your friends and family during your treatment and recovery.

 

Resources to download

TB Service Leaflet
Frequently Asked Questions  – we have tried to answer the most common queries. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries.
Nutrition Guidance for Patients with TB leaflet

 

Tuberculosis Service Contact Information

Address: BT New Tech Building

Threemilestone Industrial Estate

Redruth Road

Threemilestone

Truro

TR4 9LD

Tel: 01872 227255

TB Service Team Leader based at BT New Tech Building, Threemilestone Industrial Estate

Tel: 01872 227255

Mobile: 07786 468941

TB Specialist Nurse Based at BT New Tech Building, Threemilestone Industrial Estate

Mobile: 07920 576535

Availability

The service is available Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm excluding bank holidays.

 

Case Study – Patient Testimonial

My TB experience

Initial symptoms
Uncharacteristic periods of fatigue, hot sweats and shivers were my first symptoms.
My GP initially suggested I might have flu but later diagnosed a chest infection. My health deteriorated and I was admitted to hospital. I was originally treated for pneumonia. My condition continued to worsen until the respiratory specialist suggested that I should be given the antibiotics that would be used on a TB patient. From then on I began to recover.

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Concerns
Initially because I was being treated for an undiagnosed condition but my health was still deteriorating I did wonder if in fact I would recover.
Secondly, once diagnosed I was concerned I may have passed the disease on to members of the family and other close contacts.

It was only when I started to feel better that I became reassured about recovery.
When I learned that the family members with whom I had been in contact would be tested for TB this helped allay my concerns about infecting others.

Information received
I was given relevant information regarding the disease and its treatment and the risk of infecting others but I supplemented this with information available on the internet.
Having more facts about the condition enabled me understand the treatment and the importance of maintaining a strict regime regarding the taking of the medication.

Most useful aspects of treatment
I found being able to attend regular clinics and having access to a dedicated TB nurse extremely valuable. This gave me comfort in knowing that my treatment was being closely monitored and I had access to someone who could answer any queries I might have.

Advice to others
TB is not the scourge it once was. Modern drugs are effective in beating the disease and in my case enabled me return to normal fitness. So don’t panic and follow the guidance given by the TB team.

TB nurse and wider TB team
The TB nurse was very good at informing me of the nature of TB and the conditions under which it is likely to infect others and in organising the testing of family and other close contacts.
She was good at checking I always had an adequate supply of medication and following up any problems I had with the drugs.
The wider team, besides diagnosing the disease initially, proved to be good at monitoring my condition and adjusting the medication to suit the changing circumstances.

Suggested improvements
Once diagnosed I was very happy with the treatment I received.
But in my particular case it was some time before the TB was diagnosed and a subsequent enquiry to my GP about problems I was having with the drugs resulted in an admission that general practice has very little experience and knowledge of TB.
I think in view of the increase in its incidence it would be beneficial to make GPs more aware of the symptoms and make them more likely to consider the possibility that a patient may have contracted TB.

 

Links to websites and Further Reading

TB Newsletter March 2017

The Truth About TB

NHS Choices

World Health Organisation – TB Key Facts

TB Symptoms animation

Latent TB

Picture of Lungs - Active v. Latent

 

Sometimes patients are diagnosed with Latent TB, where they have acquired the disease but it is not active.

Please download the Treatment for Latent TB leaflet.

 

Bovine TB

Bovine TB is more commonly found in animals and is rarely acquired by humans. For those patients who have acquired bovine infection, please follow the link to our leaflet on Bovine TB.

BCG is a vaccine to protect against tuberculosis. We run clinics across the county to vaccinate children aged 5 to 16 years. If your child is younger than 5, please contact your GP who will refer your child to a Paediatric Consultant at Royal Cornwall Hospital.
We also vaccinate people who are at risk of exposure to tuberculosis through their work, travel etc. If you think you need to be protected from tuberculosis, please contact us and we will assess your need for vaccination. In some cases there may be a small charge.

Please download the Bovine TB leaflet.

Preparing your child for vaccination

We understand that vaccination can be an anxious thing for young children and we have prepared a short story book to try and relieve some of the anxiety.

Please follow the link: Millie has an Injection

MillyInjection

 

Aftercare

BCG Vaccination Clinics

BCG vaccination is a bit different to some other vaccines because patients have to a skin test called a Mantoux prior to vaccination.

We will give you a copy of aftercare leaflets for both the Mantoux skin test and BCG vaccination sites.

Please follow the link below to access:
BCG Referral form for GPs
BCG Update
Care of Mantoux
Care of BCG