The Ealing TB awareness programme provides community outreach and education for Ealing residents and local professionals who work with the general public and at-risk groups in particular.

Our aim is to increase awareness of tuberculosis (TB) in Ealing and reduce the associated stigma. We want people to be able to recognise the symptoms early, seek care and prevent this infectious disease.

TB is more common in Ealing than in some other areas of England. Prevalence is higher in areas with greater social deprivation, population density and migration from other countries with higher rates of infection.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease, caused by a bacterium. It’s preventable and treatable.

Disadvantaged people are more vulnerable to the disease. Some ethnic minority communities and people who are homeless are among those more affected by it.

Early symptoms can include:

  • A cough for three weeks or longer
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • High temperature or fever
  • Night sweats
  • Extreme tiredness or lack of energy.

For more information about TB, see the Truth About TB website

We run the programme in different community settings, including faith settings, education centres and libraries, and NHS locations.

The programme offers:

  • TB awareness training, including about the causes and spread of the disease, recognising early signs and symptoms, as well as providing information about and access to treatment
  • Targeted community outreach events in TB hotspots, such as Southall
  • One-to-one sessions to advise and provide information for local residents.

We also make use of social media to raise awareness of TB.

Visit your GP if you feel ill and have TB symptoms.

Contact NHS 111 if your symptoms are severe to discuss options for urgent care.

The Ealing clinical TB service is based in the Chest Clinic in Ealing Hospital (Level 2) and run by London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust.

Telephone: 0208 967 5282

Picture of Abdi Ali and his TB team with Ealing Council representatives

Pictured above: Abdi Ali (centre) and his TB team with Ealing Council representatives