TB awareness session to be held in Doncaster

Platform 51 logo.
Platform 51 logo.

A TB awareness session is going to be held in Doncaster to mark World TB Day.

Staff from the community TB Nursing Service, which is run by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH), will be attending a session at the Platform 51, Doncaster Women’s Centre, on Cleveland Street, on Tuesday, March 19 – a few days before the actual day.

TB Specialist Nurse Karen Middleton will be providing the women, who already attend the sessions, information about TB, the signs and symptoms and how to seek medical help.

World TB Day, is marked on March 24 each year, to commemorate the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch astounded the scientific community by announcing that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis.

TB today remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly one-and-a-half million people each year, mainly in developing countries. Around 9000 cases of TB are currently reported each year in the UK.

TB usually causes disease in the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. It is curable with a combination of specific antibiotics. Early identification and effective treatment is the most important way of controlling TB.

If you would like more information about TB please contact Karen on 01302 645531.