Tuberculosis Service Contact Information

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

Tuberculosis Team

The following information explains the services and introduces the staff involved in the Community TB Nursing Service Team and how the team can offer advice and support to everyone at the CFT.

The team includes three specialist nurses, with administrative support from Lucy Old and covers Cornwall and Isles of Scilly.

Alison Blake, Team Leader explained “We provide treatment and support to people diagnosed with TB. The team manage incident and outbreak investigations and run nurse-led contact tracing and BCG vaccination clinics. Alison added, our role often involves detective work to locate patients and contacts. Working closely with consultants at the acute hospitals and colleagues in Public Health England; it’s a challenging role but always interesting.”

What is TB?

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by a bacterium, (Mycobacterium Tuberculosis). TB bacteria are released into the air when someone with infectious TB coughs or sneezes. 

Pulmonary TB (in the lungs or throat) is the only form of the illness that is infectious, but TB can affect any part of the body.

If left untreated, TB is a life-threatening illness. Even delays in treatment can have a devastating impact on a person’s health. But TB is curable with a special course of antibiotics. 

The sooner the illness is diagnosed and treated the better, both in terms of the patient’s health and stopping them from passing it on to others.

Tuberculosis Q&A factsheet

Referrals

The team accept referrals from any source. Patient referrals can be emailed to Alison Blake, TB Service Team Leader at alison.blake1@nhs.net or the team can be contacted on 01872 227255. Individual staff members contact details are available on our webpages. 

Latent or active disease

Not all cases of TB infection result in disease with symptoms. Most healthy people’s immune systems are able to contain the infection in a latent (dormant) phase. Latent infection can progress to active disease if untreated. 

People with latent infection cannot infect others.

BCG vaccination

BCG is a risk based vaccination programme with children born in high incidence areas or with parents or grandparents from high incidence areas eligible for vaccination. 

Further details can be found on our webpages: Tuberculosis Service/vaccination clinics. If you become aware of an eligible child (who has not previously been vaccinated) please refer to us for assessment. 

We also vaccinate people who are at risk of exposure to tuberculosis through their work, travel, etc. I fyou think you need to be protected from tuberculosis, please contact us and we will assess your eligibility for vaccination.

Referrals

BCG referral form 0 to 4 years of age 

BCG referral form 5 years and above

Derriford BCG referral form 

Download these useful resources

TB Covid19 information 

TB Service leaflet

Nutritional advice leaflet

Treatment for Latent TB leaflet

Bovine TB leaflet

Milly has an Injection

Mantoux Skin Testing Information

BCG Care Information

Tuberculosis Q&A factsheet

Contact Information

If you would like to learn more about what the team does, or perhaps like one of our nurses to come and talk to your team, please contact us and we will be happy to speak to you.

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