Patients who are suspected/confirmed as having active or latent TB infection should be referred to this service by their doctor.
Patients who need evaluation to satisfy immigration requirements will be referred by immigration authorities and health care worker screening is initiated by respective staff health managers.
Students requiring occupational health screening and tuberculin skin testing should contact the chest clinic to arrange an appointment.
Patients or treating doctors can ring the numbers provided on this page to initiate a referral. Supportive documentation including test results, xrays and scans should be brought if available and referral letters are appreciated.
Immigration screening will be via HAPlite and online referral pathways.
Referrals may be made by phone to this clinic during business hours. If the
matter is deemed urgent, for example if the patient is deemed likely to be
infectious, the on call respiratory physician can
be contacted through switchboard at Northern Beaches Hospital out of hours.
A full list of services provided is below.
Comprehensive assessment and management of suspected and newly confirmed cases of tuberculosis
Treatment of cases via directly observed therapy (DOT) with ongoing follow up and support of patients by specialist nurses
Respiratory physician (doctor) review of all patients referred to service (apart from standard tuberculin skin testing)
Contact investigation and screening of people who may have been in close contact with infectious TB
The Tuberculin Skin Test (TST), also known as a Mantoux test, is used to assess whether a person has been infected with the tuberculosis (TB) bacteria. Please click here to read more about it and how you can fill out a form to make an appointment to get this test done.
- Prophylactic treatment of latent tuberculosis infection, including patients who may be due to commence immune modulating drugs such as TNF alpha inhibitors
Occupational screening for health care workers and other students requiring documentation of their TB status - Health Care Worker (HCW) and HCW students are now able to have an interferon gamma release immunoassay (IGRA) blood test as routine occupational TB screening via their GP as per NSW Health policy directive PD2018_009. Positive IGRA results are followed up free of charge by a specialist TB physician at a TB chest clinic.
Immigration screening and medical review of patients referred via immigration pathways
Assessment and management of non-tuberculous mycobacteria infection
Education for patients, health care workers, medical practitioners and the community.
- BCG vaccination is done monthly at RNS TB chest clinic. Requests are managed online by NSW Health. Please read these instructions carefully before submitting a request.
Tuberculin Skin Tests are currently charged at $50 for non-NSLHD Health employees.
All other services are provided free of charge.