BCG / Mantoux (TB) Test
If you are at risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB), we can provide the Mantoux screening test and the BCG vaccination which gives between 70%-80% protection against the disease.
TB is a potentially lethal infection caused by a bacterium called mycobacterium tuberculosis. It primarily attacks the lungs. The BCG vaccine is given as a single dose following a negative Mantoux test.
You should consider getting tested and vaccinated if:
- You have been in contact with those suffering from TB
- You are travelling to and from countries with a high level of TB
- You work in the health care professions
If you represent a company, we can advise you on the best approach to employee vaccinations.
How it works
When you come in for your treatment we will discuss the test and vaccination with you and make you as comfortable as possible.
You will first have the Mantoux test. This involves a single injection into the arm. You may experience mild itching or swelling
You will have to return (or send us a picture of your arm) 48 to 72 hours later for us to read the reaction
If your Mantoux test is negative, you will be given your BCG vaccination
A small red spot will usually develop within a few weeks of the vaccination; this will heal to form a small scar
If your Mantoux test comes back positive you will require a chest X-ray, which we can organise with the Nuffield private hospital
Cost (includes the appointment fee)
Mantoux test: £100
BCG vaccine: £100