Can I work as a nurse in the UK or Ireland if i tested positive in hepatitis b?

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by Qwerty1130 Qwerty1130 (New) New

Is it possible for me to land a job as a nurse in the UK or Ireland if i am tested positive for hepatitis B?

Qwerty1130

Qwerty1130

5 Posts

I am a chronic carrier of hepatitis b, i think i got it from my mom since she also tested positive with it. I am a registered nurse in the Philippines. I already have an employer in the UK and i am currently reviewing for my IELTS. I am scared of what will be the result of my medical exam if ever i would pass my IELts. Im scared that my employer would withdraw their job offer if they would find out that I have hepatitis b. To all of the nurses who have the same case as me, please enlighten me about the procedures and their policy. I really want to work abroad to help my family.

Asdfg1234

Asdfg1234

6 Posts

Hi qwerty, I also have the same dilemma with you. I just want to ask if you pursue your plan going to the UK. How was it going? Do you know if they accept applicants with Chronic Hepatitis b?

stephie098

stephie098

Specializes in USRN. 1 Post

Hi there, I'm also planning to work in Ireland. Any news about their policy in regards to accepting of foreign nurse with hepa b?

babyangel123

babyangel123

Specializes in NICU. Has 5 years experience. 2 Posts

Hello. I would like to confirm if you were able to proceed with your application as a UK nurse? I also have the same case and would like to know if I can proceed with my application. I would gladly appreciate it. Thank you and godbless! 

Asdfg1234

Asdfg1234

6 Posts

Yes you can.. As long as your hbv dna is below 10^3 genome equivalent/ml and you're not doing EPP or exposure prone procedures.

babyangel123

babyangel123

Specializes in NICU. Has 5 years experience. 2 Posts

Thank you very much! 

meggy

meggy

Specializes in Occupational Health Nurse. Has 14 years experience. 1 Post

hello did you pursue your job as a nurse in UK? what are the policies of government UK? do you have to declare at the immigration? thank you

Asdfg1234

Asdfg1234

6 Posts

Yes I did. I'm currently working as nurse here in the UK. Immigration has nothing to do with your illness.  

bbbsss

bbbsss

Has 3 years experience. 3 Posts

Do we need to have Hepatitis B screening when applying as a Nurse in UK or it is not required? hoping for your response thank you

 

On 11/2/2021 at 2:48 AM, Asdfg1234 said:

Yes I did. I'm currently working as nurse here in the UK. Immigration has nothing to do with your illness.  

 

Edited by bbbsss

Asdfg1234

Asdfg1234

6 Posts

Hi bbbsss, yes it is required to have Hepatitis B screening here in the UK. But you can still work as a nurse here even if you are hepatitis b positive.

bbbsss

bbbsss

Has 3 years experience. 3 Posts

8 hours ago, Asdfg1234 said:

Hi bbbsss, yes it is required to have Hepatitis B screening here in the UK. But you can still work as a nurse here even if you are hepatitis b positive.

Thank you for the reply. What will they ask you to do if you tested positive for hepatitis b?