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Tuberculosis / non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infections


Minimum Referral Criteria

  • Category 1
    (appointment within 30 calendar days)
    • Suspected or proven pulmonary or extrapulmonary tuberculosis
    • Suspected non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infection with cavitary lung disease or significant haemoptysis
  • Category 2
    (appointment within 90 calendar days)
    • Suspected pulmonary non-tuberculosis mycobacterial infection
    • Suspected latent tuberculosis
  • Category 3
    (appointment within 365 calendar days)
    • No Category 3 criteria

1. Reason for request Indicate on the referral

  • To establish a diagnosis
  • For treatment or intervention not otherwise accessible to the patient
  • For advice regarding management
  • To engage in an ongoing shared care approach between primary and secondary care
  • Reassurance for GP/second opinion
  • Reassurance for the patient/family
  • For other reason (e.g. rapidly accelerating disease progression)

2. Essential referral information Referral will be returned without this

  • Duration and severity of symptoms including dyspnoea, cough, chest pain, weight loss, night sweats, systemic symptoms
  • History of chronic lung disease
  • Travel history / immigrant status
  • Known contact with tuberculosis
  • History of HIV/AIDS or other immunosuppression
  • CXR
  • FBC, ELFT and ESR results
  • Sputum culture results (Please see other useful information)

3. Additional referral information Useful for processing the referral

  • Chest CT (if available)

4. Request

Last updated: 13 June 2023