Tuberculosis

We provide dedicated multidisciplinary care for infants and children with suspected or proven tuberculosis (TB). We hold a weekly screening clinic and three paediatric TB clinics per month.

Essential Information

Location

Children’s Outpatients
Kingfisher Building
Ground Floor
Pink Zone
Lewisham Hospital

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Contact

020 8333 3216

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Who is the service for?

Any child under the age of 16 with confirmed or suspected TB.


What conditions are treated?

  • Childhood tuberculosis, both suspected and confirmed
  • Close contact with smear positive TB in children under 2 years old
  • All close contact with positive Mantoux
  • Adverse reactions to BCG immunisation


What services are provided?

  • Nurse led TB contact tracing clinic – weekly Mondays & Wednesdays PM
  • Paediatric MDT TB clinic – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Friday of the month
  • Nurse led clinic for DOT
  • Home visits for patients on TB medication by the TB nurse specialist
  • BCG following contact tracing
  • TB outbreak investigation service with HPA  (for schools & nurseries)
  • Mantoux testing
  • Blood tests
  • Interferon – gamma release assay (IGRA)
  • Radiological Imaging (X-ray, USS, CT scan)
  • Bronchoscopy


How can you get a referral?

Children can be referred by their GP.


What else do you need to know?

  • Please bring list of medications, growth chart (red book) to all clinic visits.
  • Medical students may accompany the consultant to see patients, as part of their training.
  • If you no longer need this appointment, or need to change it, please call the appointments line on 020 8333 3216 (Option 2) or re-book your appointment using Choose and Book.


Why choose the Lewisham Children’s Tuberculosis Service?

  • Patients are seen within two weeks of referral and the service fulfils the Pan-London targets.
  • We work closely with the Health Protection Unit and community Immunisation / BCG clinics held in the borough of Lewisham.


 

Key staff

  • Dr.  A Shankar – Consultant Respiratory Paediatrician
  • Rita Enuchechie – TB Nurse Specialist (Borough lead)

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