Bristol TB Nurses
If you have been in contact with a person who has Tuberculosis (TB) or you are concerned that you may have symptoms of tuberculosis (see below), then please contact our team of qualified nurses for advice. We will be able to advise you and assist you in getting access to a specialist TB doctor. We may ask you to produce some sputum (phlegm) samples and to have a chest x ray to help with diagnosis.
TB symptoms do not go away on their own they need treatment, if left untreated symptoms worsen and the person can become infectious to others.
If you have any of the following symptoms then please contact TB Nurse Service or see your GP urgently:
- A cough that ha lasted for more than 3 weeks, or if you have a regular cough (from smoking, asthma, etc) that has changed or got worse.
- Coughing up blood or thick mucus
- A chest infection that has not responded to courses of antibiotics
- Fever (high temperature, feeling hot and cold)
- Night sweats (drenching, wet sheets or clothes)
- Reduced appetite
- Lost weight
- Tired and with achy joints
- Swollen glands, in the neck, armpit or groin.
Tuberculosis is curable. Treatment involves taking a course of antibiotics. The TB nurses will support you to complete your treatment, help manage any side effects and provide help and advice about your health