New TB service launched 

24/04/2014 00:00 
A new TB network for north central London will be launched next week aimed at reducing the capital’s high number of new cases and making it easier for patients to receive treatment.
 

UCLH is part of the network which will comprise of two TB ‘hubs’ -- one in the north of North Central London and one in the south.

The ‘South Hub’ will run from a brand new, purpose built clinic at the Whittington Hospital and opens on Monday April 28. It will incorporate the clinic which formerly based at UCLH’s Rosenheim building which has now closed.

Whittington Health will be the lead Trust for the new service. Dr Helen Booth, a thoracic medicine consultant from UCLH, is the Clinical Lead.

Dr Booth said: “London is the TB capital of Europe and this network will play a huge role in trying to address this problem. It will bring together expertise from across all disciplines and mean services are more accessible for patients and more effective.

“It will also focus on tracking down and testing those who have been in prolonged contact with TB sufferers to help minimise its spread.

“But we also need to get the message across for people to come and actively get themselves tested.

“If you’re suffering any of the symptoms, like having a cough for more than three weeks, then come to see us.”

Specialist medical and nursing teams from University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH), Whittington Health, Great Ormond Street, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Camden Provider Services will be working out of the South Hub. 
 
The service will offer all outpatient services for TB patients including those with complex medical needs - such as paediatric disease, HIV/TB dual infection and multi-drug resistant TB - and community-based care with outreach workers and a social care team.  
 
To increase accessibility of the service to try and prevent disease and diagnose patients earlier, the South Hub is offering walk-in clinics, extended opening times and self-referral via a web micro-site.

The ‘North Hub’ service will be provided from the North Middlesex Hospital. 

Location of TB Service NCL South Hub

Level 3, Kenwood Wing                             
Whittington Hospital                                                                                                                              
Magdala Avenue
London N19 5NF   
 
Referral information:

• To above address and/or
• Email: TBservice@nhs.net
• Telephone 020 7288 3366
• Fax to 020 7288 3354
• There is a website at www.tbnorthcentrallondon.nhs.uk  through which patients can self-refer.
• There are open-access/walk-in clinics as detailed below.
 
Clinic information:
Adult clinics (appointment only): Wednesday 2pm-6pm, Thursday 8.30am-6pm
Paediatric/family clinics (appointment only): Tuesday 3pm-6pm (every two weeks).
Walk-in clinics (no appointment required): Monday 1am-4.30pm and Friday 9am-1pm.
Contact clinics (appointment only): Monday 1am-5pm, and Friday 8.30am-12.30pm

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