QHS Supporting Latent TB Screening

 

QHS are conducting a recall to screen patients in north Southwark identified by Public Health England who may have Latent Tuberculosis (TB).

Patients identified will be contacted with a letter and a text message inviting them to have this simple blood test.

 A leaflet included with the letter containing more information about latent TB  and the screening programme is available here.

For further information about latent TB and the differences between active and latent TB, please visit The Truth About TB by following the link below:

 

Latent TB

 

Who is at risk?

Public Health England has identified that patients who may be at risk of latent TB are:

  • Aged 16-35 years
  • Have settled in the UK in the last 5 years
  • Have lived in a country where TB is common (list of countries at bottom of page), or
    • Have visited one of these countries in the last 6 months

Patients who have been tested for active TB test in the past may still be at risk of having latent TB.

 

How can patients have this blood test?

Patients identified will be sent a letter with a blood test form included. This can be taken to one of the following local hospital clinics (no appointment is required):

 

 St Thomas’ Hospital, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7EH

(Ground Floor, South Wing)

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Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, SE1 9RT

(4th Floor, Tower Wing)

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Patients can also have their screening with our Extended Primary Care Service (EPCS) at:

Patients can call the EPCS on 020 3049 8913 and tell the receptionist it is for the latent TB screening so their appointment is booked with the correct clinician.

 

What will happen to blood test results?

Blood test results will be returned to the patients’ registered GP surgery, who will make contact to arrange treatment if it is needed.

Public Health England (PHE) is collecting information from all TB blood tests across the country to help them understand more about latent TB and to protect everyone’s health.

Having this test will not affect patients’ status in the UK. The results of this test will not be shared outside of the NHS and will only be used for health care purposes.

 

The following countries are considered to be high risk for Tuberculosis (TB):

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