The review of the response to the Tuberculosis (TB) outbreak in the Llwynhendy area, which was jointly commissioned by Public Health Wales and Hywel Dda University Health Board (UHB), will be slightly delayed.
The report was due to be delivered around May 2022 and is now likely to be completed later in the year, for publication towards the end of 2022.
The delay is due to unforeseen issues in providing temporary contracts to the review panel, which meant they were unable to access information to carry out the review. Additionally, the rise in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant restricted access to sites.
The contractual issues have now been resolved, along with a reduction in COVID-19 cases, meaning that the panel’s work is now underway.
The review is being chaired by Professor Mike Morgan, previously NHS England’s National Clinical Director for Respiratory Disease. It will examine whether the response to the outbreak since 2010 overall, and at each stage, was conducted in accordance with best practice guidance in place at the time of each phase of the outbreak.
It will also review any reported cases of people identified over the course of the outbreak who have sadly died where the death certificate identified that TB contributed to or caused the death. Additionally, individuals who have developed active TB will also be reviewed to assess whether they have been managed appropriately.
More information on TB can be found on the NHS 111 Wales page. Details about the independent review into the Llwynhendy outbreak are on the Public Health Wales website.
Anyone who is concerned about any symptoms of TB should contact their GP, who will provide appropriate advice and refer to TB screening if required