What is this service?
There are four nurses in the team, providing outreach and support to people with active or latent tuberculosis (TB) in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The team are responsible for identifying and arranging screening for people who’ve been exposed to TB.
We provide information, advice and education about TB to health professionals and the community.
We are also responsible for TB contact tracing which aims to detect people who are infected with TB, but show no clinical evidence of the disease.
What does this service offer?
The nurses within the team work closely with TB specialist doctors at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) and Southmead hospitals to support people who are being investigated or treated for TB. They visit people at home, making sure they get the help they need to complete their courses of treatment and tailoring their support to individual patient needs. The nurses also arrange TB check-ups for people who have had contact with someone that has an infectious case of TB.
Our nurses are more than happy to provide advice to anyone who has any questions about TB, including health professionals and members of the public. If you would like to get in touch with us please call, e-mail, or write to us using the contact details at the top of this page.
Read more about the work of our TB service in this team focus article.
Who is this service for?
This service is for people being investigated or treated for TB, and people seeking advice and guidance about the management and treatment of TB.
How can I access this service?
People are referred to our service by the hospital doctor in charge of their investigations or treatment.
We cannot accept self-referrals. However our nurses are happy to answer any queries that the public and health professionals may have about TB.
Patients are very welcome, and encouraged, to make contact with us. This can be done either by phoning our office on the number above, or by phoning one of our nurses’ mobile numbers, which will have been given to existing patients. You can call us Monday – Friday between 8.30am and 5pm. Outside of these hours messages can be left on our office phone. We will aim to respond the next working day.
Are you a clinician that wants to refer to this service?
If you are a clinician or GP and wish to refer to this service, please see referral forms on the left hand side.
Key facts about this service
The nurses provide care and support to about 110 people with active or latent TB each year in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Of these patients, approximately 2/3 are migrants. To read more about the work the team does, click here.
Tell us what you think
Bristol Community Health would like to learn from your experience of this service. Your comments and suggestions will help us see what we are doing well and what we could improve. To give feedback please click here.
Where this service is located
Bristol Tuberculosis Nurse Service
Bristol BS2 0AN, United Kingdom
Bristol Community Health
Lawrence Hill Health Centre