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COVID-19 service update:

The service continues to deliver active TB clinics and essential home visits.

BCG monthly clinics continue and directly observed treatment continues to be managed by the service.

New Entrant Screening Program is currently still being delivered at Beeston Hill Community Health Centre and Chapeltown Health Centre with interpreting services available.


About the Leeds Community TB Service

We are a community service and work in partnership with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Public Health England. We offer advice and support and provide specialist care and information on all aspects of Tuberculosis (TB), including the prevention and treatment of TB, in clinic settings and the home, for people of all ages throughout Leeds.

What our service provides

  • Advice about TB
  • Support to individuals with TB and Latent TB Infection (LTBI)
  • Screening for people who have been in contact with TB
  • Screening for people who come to live in Leeds from countries where people are more likely to have TB
  • BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guérin) the vaccine against TB for eligible children aged 16 and under

We work with all newly diagnosed patients and provide ongoing support at home and in clinics throughout treatment. We arrange screening for people who have been in contact with all active TB cases.

We also screen people coming to live in the UK from countries with a high rate of TB. These people will have had a chest x-ray in their own country before travelling to the UK but the x-ray would only identify TB in the lungs and not Latent TB infection. Latent TB can be detected by a blood test or skin test and treatment may be offered to prevent this becoming active. 

We receive a list of newly registered GP patients who have arrived from areas of the world where TB rates are higher than 150 cases per 100,000 population (as defined by the World Health Organisation). They are then invited to contact us for an appointment for TB screening.

What patients say about our service…

"I have been treated with respect and care. My wants and needs have always been catered for."

"I get treated with respect and kindness every time I come for an appointment. They don’t make you feel the least bit uncomfortable"

Referrals

We accept self referral, GP referral, hospital referral, health professional referral by email on tbhealthvisitingservice@nhs.net

We respond to queries on all aspects of TB from professionals and the general public.

The UK BCG Immunisation Programme

This is currently being delivered by the TB Service and is now risk-based, targeting babies and children who are more likely to have had exposure to TB. For further information on this, please visit Public Health England website

If you think your child is eligible for a BCG vaccination, please contact your health practitioner/GP  who will complete the relevant referral form.

Referrals

Unfortunately, we do not accept self referrals, so please contact your health practitioner/GP for a referral to the service.

Tel: 0113 843 4344

Email: bcgclinicleeds@nhs.net

Information for Healthcare Professionals

How to refer a child requiring a BCG from a country with a prevalence of TB ≥ 40/100, 000 (please see link for list of countries)

http://www.hpa.org.uk/web/HPAweb&HPAwebStandard/HPAweb_C/1195733758290

(This link is also on the BCG referral form)

 The referral forms can be located on the ‘Leeds Health Pathways’

  1. Search – BCG referral pathway
  2. Select – Referral info and forms
  3. Chose the appropriate form -
  • Children under the age of 12 months will need to be referred to The Maternity LTHT baby BCG clinic (Form A).
  • Children aged 12 months and over will need to be referred to the Leeds BCG clinic. (Form B).

Leeds Community TB Service

Tel: 0113 843 4344 or 0113 392 2148

8:30am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays) 

To arrange new arrival TB screening:

Tel: 0113 843 4379

Tel: 0113 843 4340

Outside these hours or in an emergency please contact your GP or dial 111

We offer a citywide service.

If you have a complaint, concern, comment or compliment please let us know by visiting the Patient Experience and Engagement page

Useful links and service downloads

We are currently reviewing our website to make all content accessible. If you are looking for a download, such as a leaflet or booklet that you can no longer find, please contact the service on the details above.

Public Health England

TB 

New entrant tuberculosis screen service 

TB Alert website

NHS Choices 

BCG Immunisation

BCG Immunisation baby leaflet

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