TB is an infection which can affect any organ, but most commonly affects the lungs and lymph glands. It is a notifiable disease and requires management by specialist TB services.
We provide a range of services relating to the investigation and management of TB, including:
TB screening is available for adults in the UK over 16 years of age.
The purpose of tuberculosis screening (TB) is to detect the suspected presence of active pulmonary TB in those who are applying to travel to the UK. Screening will normally relate to those who intend to stay in the UK for over 6 months and have been resident in a country with an incidence of TB of 40 per 100,000 or more (identified by the World Health Organization) in the previous 6 months.
TB is caused by infection with a member of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex. It may exist as active disease, with clinical symptoms or signs, or latent infection, where the infection has not progressed to clinical symptoms.
You will be asked to provide a sputum sample early morning on three consecutive days. This involves coughing to give a sample. You will visit the clinic for approximately 15 minutes and the sample will be collected by a respiratory nurse.
Use of induced sputum
If you have difficulty producing sputum, you will be given a nebuliser, which will help to stimulate the production of sputum. This test may take about an hour and is also required on three consecutive days, early morning. Please do not eat or drink for 2 hours before the test.
Lateral flow test
You may be asked to carry out a lateral flow test on the day of your appointment.
If you have any COVID-19 symptoms please do not attend your appointment. If you test positive please inform our team who will reschedule your appointment.
Test results may take up to 8 weeks.
If your test result is negative, you will be issued with a clearance certificate (valid for 6 months from the date of the chest x-ray or initial medical assessment).
If your test result is positive (Mycobacterium Tuberculosis is detected in your pleural fluid), you will be referred to our consultant Dr Breen who will discuss your results and refer you for ongoing urgent medical care.
Contact our customer service team to book your appointment on 020 7188 5197 or email at email@example.com.
Located at the Chest Clinic at St Thomas’ Hospital, 1st floor, Lambeth Wing, appointments are available at 8.30am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays.
How much is a TB test in the UK?
(£450 per test)
(£330 per test)