Tuberculosis (TB) is an infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which usually affects the lungs, but can affect any art of the body.
When it affects the lungs or throat it can be released into the air by coughing, and in this form can be infectious to others.
TB affecting other parts of the body is not infectious.
TB can be cured by completing a course of TB antibiotics. All patients with TB should be managed under the specialist TB team.
The majority of patients with TB can be treated as outpatients. Those who require inpatient care are managed on the isolation facility, Gate 27, Level 4, Brunel building, Southmead Hospital.
TB referrals are considered to be urgent, and can be made directly to the TB consultants by the GP or other referring clinician.
We try to see patients as soon as possible, and for this reason, NHS eReferrals is not appropriate for TB referrals.
Outpatients are seen in the Lung Infection Clinic, which is run jointly by the TB specialists, Dr Bovill, & Dr Calvert (Respiratory Physician), and supported by a multidisciplinary team of specialist TB nurses and a specialist pharmacist.
We have excellent links with other specialist teams to provide comprehensive management for TB inpatients and outpatients.
For more information about TB visit www.tbalert.org.