Tuberculosis (TB) Service

What we do

The TB Service was established in St. James’s Hospital in 2004.  A multi-disciplinary team comprising of Consultant Respiratory Physicians, Registrar, Public Health Doctors and Nurses, Senior Pharmacist, TB Nurse Manager and administration staff work together.  Their aim is to ensure patients are seen efficiently, receive the best TB investigations and treatment and support the patients to enable completion of treatment.  Most patients with Tuberculosis are treated as outpatients.

Patient Booklets

Contact Details

TitleNamePhoneEmail
TB Secretary- For clinic appointments
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm
Elaine Lynch

01 4103920

elynch@stjames.ie
TB Pharmacist - For medication related enquiries
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Colm McDonald 01 4103000 bleep 306 cmcdonald@stjames.ie
TB Nurse Manager
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
Maria Kane 01 4284716      
01 4103000 bleep 095
mlawlor@stjames.ie
TB Doctor
Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm
(Registrar)  01 4103000 bleep 226 tbregistrar@stjames.ie
Public Health TB Clinic  
Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm Secretary
Sandra Brady  01 4103536 tbsec@stjames.ie

Tuberculosis Clinic

SpecialityDayLocationConsultant/Contact details
Active TB Clinic  Thursday pm Suite 1 Outpatient Department  Prof Keane
Dr Mc Laughlin
Latent TB Clinic Friday pm Suite 1 Outpatient Department
(One every month) 
Prof Keane
Dr Mc Laughlin
Public Health Contact Tracing TB Clinic  Monday pm
Thursday pm
Suite 3 Outpatient Department Dr Emer Donohue

Consultants


Consultant Speciality (directorate) Email Telephone & fax
Prof. J. Keane

Respiratory (MED)

jkeanesec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 410 3920
Fax: (01) 410 3765
Nurse liaison: Tel:
Dr. Anne-Marie Mc Laughlin

Respiratory (MED)

mclaughlinsec@stjames.ie Tel: (01) 410 3920
Fax: (01) 410 3765
Nurse liaison: Tel:

Appointment Instructions

Active TB Clinic
Patients with TB symptoms can be referred directly to the TB clinic by GP or hospital medical teams.  GP referral letters should be sent or faxed to Elaine Lynch, Prof Keane / Dr McLaughlin secretary, CResT Directorate, St. James’s Hospital, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 4103920, Fax: 01 4103549.  Hospital referrals can be made through the TB Registrar via switch ph: 01 4103000 ask for bleep 226.  A referral letter must be available in the patient’s medical notes prior to attendance at TB clinic.

Latent TB Clinic
Patients with LTBI can be referred to the Latent TB Clinic by Occupational Health or hospital medical teams.  Referral letters can be sent or faxed to Elaine Lynch, Prof Keane / Dr McLaughlin secretary, CResT Directorate, St James’s Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8, Tel: 01 4103920, Fax: 01 4103549.  Hospital referrals can be made through the TB Registrar on bleep 226.  A referral letter must be available in the patient’s medical notes prior to attendance at the clinic.

Contact Tracing /Public Health Clinic
TB is a notifiable infectious disease. When a physician makes a new TB diagnosis he /she will inform the Medical Officer of Health in the appropriate Public Health Department. Public Health will liaise with the treating physician and arrange for the appropriate screening to be carried out. They will send appointments to the relevant contacts, and arrange for treatment and follow up of those contacts identified as having Latent Tuberculosis.

Inpatient Service
There are three Negative Pressure (Isolation) rooms in Hospital 5 Unit 2, which are dedicated to the TB service. These are primarily used for patients with TB that require a long stay in hospital. In addition, similarly equipped Isolation Rooms throughout the hospital are utilised by the service. The majority of patients with TB are not admitted under the TB team, however the TB team does consult on the TB in-patients and all patients with TB are followed up in the TB outpatient clinic. 

Further Information

For more detailed information, leaflets and video clips for people with TB and their relatives see Deparment in Depth