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Tuberculosis (TB) Nursing Service

We are a community-based specialist nursing team working to improve the lives of people living with tuberculosis.

Contact us

TB Nursing Contact your GP for advice or contact our service on:

0300 123 1430
kentchft.tbadmin@nhs.net

Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm

BCG referrals and the UK BCG                                      (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) vaccination programme

This is a risk-based programme, targeting babies and children who are more likely to have had exposure to TB. The programme is delivered by the TB nursing Service. For further information on this, please visit Public Health England website.

If you think your child is eligible for a BCG vaccination, please contact your health practitioner/GP who will complete the relevant referral form.

Information for healthcare professionals

How to refer a child requiring a BCG from a country with a prevalence of TB ≥ 40/100, 000.

Who we are

We are a team of specialist nurses and administrative staff, covering north and east Kent, who provide care, support and advice for people with TB or those who have been in contact with the disease. We also deliver the neonatal BCG vaccination programme.

What we do

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  • Support, advice and education to empower adults and children to manage their diagnosis.
  • Support patients to successfully complete their treatment through dedicated case managers.
  • Screening and testing for people who have been in contact with an active case of the disease.
  • Undertake incident/outbreak contact investigations, working closely with Public Health, when large numbers of people may need to be screened.
  • Work collaboratively with other teams including respiratory consultants, microbiologists at DVH and EKHUFT, Public Health England (PHE) and voluntary organisations to ensure the best outcomes for our clients.
  • Offer assessments and support via telephone or online appointments and face to face appointments if we need to see you at a local clinic or your home.
  • Neonatal BCG vaccinations at local clinic settings.
  • Training and education on TB to the public and partner organisations.

Your comments

December 2022
Gravesham

Was very polite gave me all the information I needed.

December 2022
Dartford

Kind, caring, and pleasant service from everyone especially the TB nurse.

December 2022
Gravesham

Kate is very helpful, her nature is very good, caring, loving, she has helped me get better. She has visited me at home a lot.

June 2022
Ashford

Very welcoming staff, explained all the procedures, after care.

June 2022
Folkestone

She was very informative and very caring.

June 2022
Thanet

I was made comfortable and less anxious with my baby receiving the BCG vaccine.

April 2022
Gravesham

Everything was explained concisely and our questions answered.

May 2022
Gravesham

Allison was absolutely brilliant , very caring and great service. Prompt with time. Thank you.

March 2022
Dover

The staff were so nice and really informative.

March 2022
Dover

The service was excellent, I felt very comfortable and there were no issues with anything.

March 2022
Dover

The staff were really nice and they explained everything quite clearly.

January 2022
Gravesham

Found this service excellent.

November 2021
Gravesham

I was attended to as soon as I came, the staff were very polite and receptive.

January 2022
Gravesham

The nurse was amazing, baby didn’t cry at all, I was so happy! Thank you!

November 2021
Ashford

The nurse who looked after my son was really kind.

November 2022
Thanet

Careful follow-through, highly competent staff, very caring and thorough. Wonderful.

September 2022
Folkestone

Always there when needed, always explained things well so I could understand and compassionate about the job.

October 2022
Gravesham

On time, nurse was very good.

September 2022
Gravesham

Brilliant to have my date brought forward due to a cancellation. Seen early as well. Consultation was very professional and overall an excellent experience.

August 2022
Dover

The lady that received us was lovely and helpful.

August 2022
Gravesham

The nurse, Alison, was very professional, friendly and the service was quick.

July 2022
Ashford

Booking process was easy and clinic ran on time. Everything well explained by clinician.

July 2022
Gravesham

Very gentle nurse, super careful with the baby.

May 2021
Canterbury

The lady doing the vaccine was very polite, nice and knowledgeable. She put is in ease and answered the questions we’ve had.

May 2021
Folkestone

Very informative and prompt.

June 2021
Gravesham

Correspondence was received in good time, received a pre appointment call, nurse was experienced and kind.

September 2021
Gravesham

Kate was very efficient, courteous and welcoming.

September 2021
Thanet

Easy to organise, seen promptly and staff helpful and clear.

October 2021
Canterbury

Nicola was lovely. Gave me all the information clearly and ensured I was happy to go ahead. She also did my other daughters and was wonderful them to. She didn’t rush me to get my child ready for the injection and spoke to my daughter wonderfully.

December 2021
Dover

Quickly called in so we didn’t have to wait in the cold. Helen was very good with the baby and gave clear advice.

January 2021
Gravesham

Kate was very professional and understanding, she explained everything to us in a very helpful manner and was approachable at all times throughout the process.

January 2021
Canterbury

We had the same nurse throughout her appointments, she was very caring and explained everything to great detail.

February 2021
Ashford

Everything was good from the beginning till the end.

February 2021
Folkestone

Marianne was so lovely, put me at ease and rang me the day before to remind me of what I need and how to get there.

March 2021
Thanet

She was very polite, friendly and gave me useful information.

March 2021
Gravesham

The response after testing positive for latent TB has been excellent.

April 2021
Ashford

From booking to the injection, very efficient service and very friendly and caring staff, thanks so much.

April 2021
Thanet

Got given a lot of information and helpful with the questions I had.

August 2020
Gravesham

I am very please with the support Kate has given me on this journey to recovery from TB. She is very pleasant and highly informative.

August 2020
Canterbury

The nurse was really kind and she explained very well what BCG vaccine will look like after it's been done.

September 2020
Dartford

TB nurse explained the process and also the medication regime carefully.

September 2020
Folkestone

The side effects etc. were explained well by the nurse.

October 2020
Ashford

The service was wonderful and communication was superb. I was always given a call to remind about the appointment and to make sure all was safe to continue with the BCG.

October 2020
Thanet

Everyone has been fantastic in looking after me and my family.

October 2020
Dartford

The nurse was approachable and very nice.

November 2021
Gravesham

I’m happy with the service. ESP with nurse Solange contacting me to let me know what I be expecting when I arrive. She is friendly, polite professional and bubbly.

November 2021
Canterbury

We have received a quick and efficient service.

July 2020
Folkestone

Helen and student nurse Amy were so lovely, I was very nervous and scared for my baby and they made me feel so comfortable and relaxed. They were so lovely with my daughter and very helpful, so grateful and thankful to the both of them.

July 2020
Ashford

Very professional, caring and knowledgeable nurse.

June 2020
Thanet

Personable, provided information, answered questions and caring.

June 2020
Folkestone

Very professional. All questions answered. Welcoming.

May 2020
Gravesham

Excellent service. Nurse fantastic. Rang the day before to explain everything and was great in giving out 5 week son his BCG injection. Thank you.

March 2020
Gravesham

(staff name) helped answer our questions and informed us about everything with TB so we did not worry about our baby having the BCG.

February 2020
Canterbury

Was very helpful and explained everything I needed to know made me feel at ease.

February 2020
Dover

Is safe and the staff very nice.

February 2020
Gravesham

The TB nurse has helped me overcome this journey, couldn't have done it without her.

January 2020
Gravesham

Very helpful and understanding. Reassuring and knowledgeable. Answered all my questions clearly.

December 2019
Dover

It was very fast and professional.

December 2019
Ashford

Very friendly and informative service.

December 2019
Folkestone

I was very happy with the care and support (staff name) gave to me and my whole family. Since I started my treatment (staff name) has visited me regularly and helped me and answered all my questions. I am very grateful to her.

July 2019
Gravesham

The nurse was very informative and friendly and very professional.

July 2019
Dartford

Service provision was exceptional. Nurse very friendly. She explained all that I needed to know in detail. (Dartford)

June 2019
Thanet

Very polite and caring.

June 2019
Ashford

Very friendly but professional. All explanations were clear. 

February 2019
Dartford

Lovely staff and fast.

February 2019
Dartford

Very happy, have a 14 month old so home visit around work as well was very helpful.

February 2019
Dartford

Friendly, helpful and accommodating.

January 2019
Ashford

The nurse was extremly friendly and nice which made me feel at ease overall. 

January 2019
Canterbury

Good service. Friendly and informative 

January 2019
Dartford

I am pleased with the service offered. Very good. Prompt and i benefitted of all the help that i need. I will recommend the service to friends and family if needed. 

January 2019
Folkestone

The nurse has been excellent. She dealt very well with my three year old son. 

June 2018
Canterbury

The procedure was made easy to understand.

April 2018
Dartford

Very friendly informative staff. Made us feel at ease , happy to answer any questions/concerns.

April 2018
Gravesham

I found the help and advice very good. I could not have coped without knowing , I could pick up phone to speak to someone.

March 2018
Gravesham

The nurse was very caring gives us great advice always. she made me feel comfortable and better.

February 2018
Gravesham

Very friendly staff. Explained the procedure well. Made us feel at ease. Doctor was brilliant. Very proffessional.

January 2018
Dover

Very thorough at explaining the vaccination and incredibly friendly.

January 2018
Canterbury

Very effective and informative session. Courteous staff.

January 2018
Gravesham

Felt like I was taken care of. Friendly and informative.

December 2016
Gravesend

I was looked after well when I was not sure what to do. At times I was very ill and confused. The advice given by Kate was very helpful. She was always our first point of call. We called on her many times through the treatment. Kate was extremely caring.