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

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Please ring us on 0117 9543066 or e-mail bristoltbnurse@nhs.net

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Mental Health Support

MindLine, MindLine Trans+, Meeting Minds Counselling Service, Outreach Advocacy, Hate Crime Service, Advocacy in Hospital, BME Advocacy, Independent Mental Health Advocate, Independent Mental Capacity Advocate, Deprivation of Liberty Service

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35 Old Market Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS2 0EZ

Off The Record

Off the Record provide free self referral counselling and mental health support for young people aged 11-25 years.

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0808 808 9120 (Freephone)

Please note this number is operated Mon-Fri, 2-5pm.

ACE (Assertive Contact and Engagement Service)

The Assertive Contact and Engagement (ACE) Service reaches out to people and groups who face complex barriers to services, including barriers due to cultural background or chaotic lifetsyles. Staff work with people from different communities in Bristol, including the LGBT community, asylum seekers and refugees, rough sleepers, parents, and those with risky drug and alcohol use.

We provide a variety of services, all tailored to the needs of those who may be fearful of services, mistrustful of treatment and who have had poor experiences in the past. Services include outreach, drop-ins, one-to-one support, groups and therapy. We are not a long term service, but will work flexibly until the people we support have accessed services or feel able to access services more easily on their own.

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Anyone can refer to the service by contacting ACE via Telephone (0117 239 8969) or Email (awp.bmhace@nhs.net)

Other services

Well Aware is a free health and wellbeing information and signposting service for people living in Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Our online database includes information about 1,000s of organisations, activities and groups that can help improve your health and wellbeing. In addition to our website we also operate a telephone line for people not able to access the internet.

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Our telephone line (0808 808 5252) operates from 9am-5pm on Mondays-Thursdays and 9am-4.30pm on Fridays.

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