London is now the TB capital of Europe and has more cases annually than the Netherlands, Belgium, Greece and Norway combined. TB is curable in virtually all cases and can be effectively controlled provided cases are found early and patients can complete treatment.
Find&Treat are a specialist outreach team that work alongside over 200 NHS and third sector front-line services to tackle TB among homeless people, drug or alcohol users, vulnerable migrants and people who have been in prison. TB is a disease of poverty and inequality and these groups have the highest rates of TB rates and greatest risk of onward transmission. Their lifestyle can often mask the symptoms of TB and they have problems accessing hospital based diagnostic services and completing a minimum of six months daily drug treatment.
The Find&Treat team are very multidisciplinary and include former TB patients who work as Peer advocates, TB nurse specialists, social and outreach workers, radiographers and expert technicians. Our job is to take TB control into the community, find cases of active TB early and support patients to take a full course of treatment and get cured.