Harrow offers help on TB
18 July 2017
A screening service for Tuberculosis (TB) is available to patients visiting GP surgeries in Harrow.
Harrow has the fifth highest number of people with TB in London reflecting a large migrant community from countries with high risk of TB.
The majority of TB cases are latent and usually don’t present with symptoms unless the disease has become active, sometimes after a number of years.
The service focuses on patients aged 16-35 who have arrived in the UK in the past five years and previously lived in a high risk TB country.
They are asked to complete a screening questionnaire and invited to have a blood test for latent TB. Those with positive results are referred to Northwick Park Hospital’s TB team for more tests.
Dr Mark Levy, who oversees the TB project on behalf of Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We’re being more proactive and not waiting for cases to present themselves.
“It affects around 60 people per 100,000 population but can easily spread among a family living in overcrowded accommodation
“There is still a lot of stigma around TB but it is treatable with antibiotics and is a free service.”