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BCG Scar Check Service

Our BCG Scar Check Service is designed to assess the presence of a BCG scar, which is an indication of a prior Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccination. We offer this service both in our clinic and as a convenient video call appointment. This page will provide you with all the necessary information about the service, who may need it, what TB is, what a BCG vaccination entails, and what you can expect during your appointment.

Who may need a BCG Scar Check:

Individuals who may benefit from a BCG Scar Check include:

Employees in high-risk occupations: Certain professions, such as healthcare workers, laboratory personnel, and those working in close contact with vulnerable populations, may require BCG scar checks as part of their occupational health requirements.

International travelers: Some countries require proof of BCG vaccination for entry, and a scar check can provide the necessary evidence.

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What is TB (Tuberculosis):

Tuberculosis (TB) is a contagious bacterial infection caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It primarily affects the lungs but can also affect other parts of the body. TB is spread through the air when an infected individual coughs or sneezes, making it a significant public health concern. Early detection and prevention play a crucial role in controlling the spread of TB.

What is a BCG Vaccination:

A BCG vaccination is a preventive measure against tuberculosis. BCG stands for Bacillus Calmette-Guérin, which is a weakened form of the bacteria Mycobacterium bovis. The BCG vaccine stimulates the body's immune response to protect against severe forms of TB, particularly in children. It is usually given at birth or during infancy in countries where TB is prevalent.

What's included in the BCP Scar Check appointment:

During your BCG Scar Check appointment, our qualified healthcare professional will:


  • Assess the presence of a BCG scar: The healthcare professional will carefully examine the area where the BCG vaccine was administered to determine if a scar is present.


  • Provide confirmation or guidance: If a scar is present, you will receive a confirmation letter, which serves as evidence of prior BCG vaccination. This can be helpful for occupational health requirements or travel purposes. The confirmation letter will be sent to you electronically immediately after the appointment.


  • Offer guidance for further action: If a scar is not present, our healthcare professional will provide you with guidance on the next steps. This may involve discussing the option of a repeat BCG vaccination or referring you to a healthcare provider who can provide further evaluation.

Please note that our BCG Scar Check Service is strictly for assessing the presence of a scar and not for diagnosing active tuberculosis. If you suspect you have TB symptoms or need a TB diagnosis, please speak to your GP

Book your BCG Scar Check appointment with us today and ensure peace of mind regarding your BCG vaccination status.

Book a video call with one of our healthcare staff. (£25)

Or if you'd prefer to see us in person, book an appointment at our clinic in Ilkley (£25)

If you prefer to book over the phone, you can call us on 0113 531 4947

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