A successful event that demonstrates the value of multi-agency working
“SPECIALIST tuberculosis nurses took to the streets of Canterbury on Wednesday 13th August to screen more than 70 homeless and vulnerable people.
The initiative, one of the first of its kind in Kent, provided on-the-spot, 90-second x-rays from a mobile van plus blood testing, education and advice.
It was launched after four positive TB cases identified among the homeless population of Canterbury.
The campaign, funded by NHS Canterbury and Coastal CGG, saw nurses from Kent Community Health NHS Trust (KCHT) set up camp at local charity Catching Lives’ homelessness day centre., next to Canterbury East Train Station. They were joined by London’s Find and Treat, which provided x-rays, and Oxford Immunotec, which carried out blood tests.”
The above quote is from the NHS press release but we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the preparation for the event and for those that volunteered their time on the day. Although the event was co-ordinated by our General Manager Terry Gore, it would not have been possible or anywhere near as successful without the help of the following:
Marianne Stoneman, Kate Stevens and Becky Pitt – KCHT’s TB Nurse Team
Sara Blake – Health Protection Kent
Roger Jarrett – Porchlight
Charlotte Price – Porchlight
Will Myers – Maidstone Assertive Outreach
Charlotte Datlen – Stonham
Lisa Martens – Porchlight
Angela Shaw – East Kent Strokes
and the following Catchinglives volunteers: