TB clinics and frontline third sector partners across London and nationally refer around 300 complex and socially vulnerable patients a year to the outreach team. The most common reasons for referral include:-
- Locating patients who have stopped TB treatment before completing the full course. This can result in relapse, onward transmission and drug resistance.
- Setting up and supporting Directly Observed Treatment (DOT) in the community. Our DOT options are tailored to individual patient needs and include Video Observed Treatment using web based solutions.
- Providing practical assistance and advice on accommodation. We work in partnership with the St John of God Hospitalier to provide residential TB treatment and care for homeless and destitute patients.
In partnership with Groundswell we recruit, train and support former TB patients who have experienced homelessness to work as Peer advocates in our multidisciplinary team. The Peers are an authentic voice to other service users and professionals and can increase screening uptake, support people to get cured, improve awareness and tackle stigma.