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Tuberculosis

TB is a curable disease caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It can affect any part of the body but people with disease in the lungs may transmit the organism to others when they cough.

In most cases, a six-month course of treatment will cure it but as TB can become resistant very easily, only experienced personnel should manage these patients. Drug resistant TB can be very difficult to treat.

Although the incidence of TB is low nationally, it is higher in England than many other comparable countries and as it is concentrated in urban areas, there are pockets of very high incidence in some parts of our cities, including areas in Manchester.

All new cases of TB must be notified to Public Health England (PHE) on a web-based surveillance system. The TB Nurse Specialists take responsibility for this as well as entering TB outcome data. The TB Nurses present data on every case of TB at quarterly cohort review meetings, alongside peers from neighbouring areas, to other members of the TB team and key allied professionals.

A Consultant Respiratory Physician must manage all adult patients with TB at CMFT.  A Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician must manage all patients less than 16 years of age.

Please refer any patients with suspected TB to the TB Team, by faxing a letter to extension 66491. If you require any advice about TB, please ring extension 64387.

TB Team MRI:

Professor M Woodhead (Lead TB Clinician): secretary extension 64381

Dr C Hardy: secretary extension 64322

Dr T Gorsuch: secretary extension 63538

TB Nurse Specialists: extension 64387, 15034, 11893, 67964, 67963

TB administrator: extension 66080

TB Team RMCH:

Dr F Child and Dr C Murray: secretary extension 10541, fax 10864

TB Nurse Specialists: extension 64387, 15034, 11893, 67964, 67963

Useful addresses for information about TB

The CMFT Policy for Tuberculosis is available on the Trust internet in the infection sub-menu of the policy section.

NICE Guidelines for Tuberculosis

Collaborative TB Strategy for England 2015 to 2020

Public Health England

TB Strategy Monitoring Indicators

World Health Organisation

TB Alert is the national TB charity

Guidelines for TB/HIV co-infection