A two day even in Slough designed to raise awareness of World Tuberculosis Day has been cancelled.

Representatives of Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust TB Team and Slough Borough Council were due to host the event at Wexham Park Hospital and the Observatory Shopping Centre outside Primark on March 23 and 24.

The events had been organised to raise awareness of 'sleeping TB' which can remain undetected for years until stress or illness can trigger it.

Cllr Natasa Pantelic, Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing for Slough Council said: “TB cases in Slough are still unacceptably high and I encourage residents who have entered the UK in the last five years from places such as South Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa to book a simple blood or skin test, which is free from your local TB service."

The public sessions were designed to give people advice about being tested.

Anyone can book a blood test at the New Entrant Screening Clinic, King Edward VII Hospital, St Leonard’s Road, Windsor. call 01753 63 6089. Clinics are also available in Slough.

The planned event seems to have fallen victim to the current Coronavirus concern, although the organisers avoided direct reference when asked why it had been cancelled

Karen Shukla, communications and engagement manager at NHS East Berkshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said in a statement: "This is a very busy time for the NHS, so we are postponing this event for a later date. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause."