Travel Clinic Services 

COVID-19 Travel Swabs and Antibody Tests

Travel Clinic at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD) offers two fee-paying COVID-19 tests for people who:

  • Fall into high risk groups for COVID-19 and are considering travel, or
  • Those needing to prove that they are ‘COVID-safe’ for travel and VISA purposes.

A COVID-19 antibody test helps determine if you have had infection in the past. HTD only offers the laboratory processed (Roche IgG/IgM Ab) blood test as there is greater accuracy than with the point-of-care/DIY finger prick tests.

HTD also offers nose and throat swab (antigen test) for those travelling and are required to prove that you do not have current infection with COVID-19 for VISA purposes.

Test results are generally available within 48 hours via your MyCare portal.

Important

There isn’t currently enough data to confirm that being antibody positive protects you from re-infection with COVID-19. It is important to continue to follow social distancing measures and medical advice.

A negative antibody test does not necessarily mean that you haven’t had COVID-19 in the past, but having a positive test does confirm past infection.

If you test positive for the antigen swab test (and are currently infectious) then you will be advised to self-isolate.

What will the antibody test tell me?

Your body makes antibodies when you have an immune response to an infection. Your blood sample taken in clinic will be examined in a lab for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. These antibodies tend to be detectable in your blood around three weeks after your first symptoms of COVID-19. If the lab detects these antibodies in your blood then it is highly likely you’ve previously had COVID-19.

What will the antigen test tell me?

This test tells you if you are currently infected with COVID-19. A negative test is required for travellers to some countries in order to obtain a visa.

Recommended if you were advised to shield during lockdown

HTD offers tailored Travel Health Consultations using up to date knowledge of risks at your intended travel destination/s assessed against vulnerabilities arising from your condition. A Travel Health Specialist can develop individualised mitigation strategies such as vaccines, anti-malaria medication or hazard mitigation for specific geographies on your trip.

Consultations can be booked by emailing: uclh.htdtravelclinic@nhs.net or calling 0203 447 5959.

Post tropical screening service for asymptomatic travellers

What is post tropical screening?

This service is a screening clinic for tropical infections in travellers who are worried about specific exposures.

Who is eligible for post tropical screening?

In order to be eligible for this service you must have no symptoms at the moment.

Your last possible exposure needs to be at least three months ago.

What does is included in the appointment/service?

  • A consultation with a specialist nurse: discuss your travel history, exposures and concerns
  • Stool test looking for worms and parasites such as giardia
  • Blood tests for parasites (Schistosomiasis/Bilharzia and Strongyloides)
  • Blood tests to screen for blood borne viruses (HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C)
  • A telephone follow up consultation and medication if required for positive results
  • A letter containing your results and suggested management plan

How can I the service be accessed?

We run this service on both the NHS and privately.

NHS: requires a referral by your GP via the electronic referrals system.
Private: please book via the HTD travel clinic. The private screening fee is - £280

We do not offer a walk in service all appointments require prior booking.

Where and when do the clinics run?

The Hospital for Tropical Diseases Outpatient Clinic
2nd floor, Mortimer Market Centre, Capper St, London, WC1E 6JB

Friday:  2.00-4.30pm.

  • Private Complex Travel consultation

    This is the same as the commissioned service above for those who are either not eligible for, or do not wish to use, NHS care:

    Please note, the list below is not exclusive, we are happy to see anyone with any complex needs or those who have been told by other travel clinics that they need more specialist advice.

    • Any condition that means that your immune system does not function as well as it could; HIV, cancer, immune-deficiency, asplenic (no spleen), organ or bone marrow transplant
    • Any condition that requires medication that causes the immune system to be suppressed; biological agent e.g) retuximab, infliximab, Methotrexate, steroids, mycofenolate, cyclophosphomide, azathiaprine
    • Allergy; egg, antibiotics, anti-malarial medication
    • Haematological disorders; sickle cell disease, thalassemia, recurrent Deep Vein thrombosis/pulmonory embolism (pro-thrombotic conditions)
    • Rheumatological/ autoimmune conditions
    • Pregnancy
    • Long term travel > 1year
    • Infants
    • Older-persons (>65 years)
    • Diabetes

    Please note if you have a severe egg allergy and require a yellow fever vaccination, the full allergy testing and desensitisation service can take several weeks to organise. The yellow fever vaccination needs to be given 10 days prior to travel in order that the certificate is valid.

    There is a consultation fee of £150 for an appointment with the Consultant, or £95 for an appointment with a Specialist Nurse

    Please leave enough time before you fly!

    How to refer:

    Email: uclh.htdtravelclinic@nhs.net

    Tel: 020 3447 5959

    Clinics are held at:

    Hospital for Tropical Diseases
    2nd Floor, Mortimer Market Centre
    Capper Street
    London WC1E 6JB

    Vaccination and anti-malarial - (see price list)

    We stock a wide range of products such as mosquito repellents and nets. Visit our online shop

  • Commissioned NHS Service

    In order to access this service you need a referral letter from a GP or hospital specialist.

    Please note, the list below is not exclusive, we are happy to see anyone with any complex needs or those who have been told by other travel clinics that they need more specialist advice.

    • Any condition that means that your immune system does not function as well as it could; HIV, cancer, immune-deficiency, asplenic (no spleen), organ or bone marrow transplant
    • Any condition that requires medication that causes the immune system to be suppressed; biological agent e.g. retuximab, infliximab, Methotrexate, steroids, mycofenolate, cyclophosphomide, azathiaprine
    • Allergy; egg, antibiotics, anti-malarial medication
    • Haematological disorders; sickle cell disease, thalassemia, recurrent Deep Vein thrombosis/pulmonory embolism (pro-thrombotic conditions)
    • Rheumatological/ autoimmune conditions
    • Pregnancy
    • Long term travel > 1year
    • Infants
    • Older-persons (>65 years)
    • Diabetes

    Please note if you have a severe egg allergy and require a yellow fever vaccination, the full allergy testing and desensitisation service can take several weeks to organise. The yellow fever vaccination needs to be given 10 days prior to travel in order that the certificate is valid.

    Please leave enough time before you fly!

    How to refer:

    Email: uclh.htdtravelclinic@nhs.net

    Clinics are held at:

    Hospital for Tropical Diseases
    2nd Floor, Mortimer Market Centre
    Capper Street
    London WC1E 6JB

    Vaccination and anti-malarial - (see price list)

    We stock a wide range of products such as mosquito repellents and nets. Visit our online shop

  • Contractual/corporate pre and post travel service

    This service is ONLY available for individuals who work for or study at NGOs, Governmental organisations, academic institutions and private companies with whom a contract has been drawn up.

    If your organisation/company is interested in contacting us about a future contractual service then please email or telephone the HTD travel clinic.

    Health Reviews

    These appointments will require the individual to complete a Health Assessment Questionnaire in advance of their appointment.

    Pre-Assignment Health Review:

    • 45 minutes face to face consultation with a Travel Health Specialist Doctor assess the individual’s medical fitness to travel and carry out their proposed overseas assignment. 
    • Includes physical examination, urine dipstick test and a standard package of blood tests.
    • 30 minute face to face consultation with a Travel Health Specialist nurse: this includes the provision of vaccinations, anti-malarial and HIV PEP as required
    • A full medical report is sent to the individual and their GP
    • A Health Clearance Certificate can be issued to the deploying organisation

    Mid-Assignment Health Review:

    • 60 minutes face to face consultation with a Travel Health Specialist Doctor.
    • The aim of assessing an individual’s medical fitness to continue to travel and carry out their proposed overseas assignment. 
    • Includes physical examination, urine dipstick test and a standard package of blood tests.
    • A full medical report is sent to the individual.
    • A Health Clearance Certificate can be issued to the sending organisation.

    Post-Assignment Health Review:

    • 45 minutes face to face consultation with a Travel Health Specialist Doctor.
    • The aim of assessing an individual’s medical fitness on their return from an overseas assignment.
    • This includes a post-tropical screen, where appropriate
    • All clinically appropriate tests and medications will be offered and are based on the individuals risk and exposure.
    • A full medical report is sent to the individual and their GP including recommendations for medical follow-up if required.
    • A Health Clearance Certificate can be issued to the sending organisation
  • Routine Travel medicine service

    This service is for the paying public without any underlying complex health needs.

    Please note, if you book into one of these slots and during the consultation it becomes clear that you require a more specialist service you will be charged accordingly. You may have to be re-booked into a more suitable slot with a practitioner that can offer you the advice you require.

    There is an initial consultation fee of £50.00 per person.

    The HTD travel clinic offers a bespoke service providing specialist advice for clients. A consultation fee was first introduced to the clinic in 2003. This reflects a service offering advice and guidance around all areas of risk reduction and disease prevention related to travel and not just providing vaccines and antimalarial medication. We have managed to avoid any price increases since 2003 and in order to continue to provide this specialist service we will be increasing our specialist nurse-led consultation fee to £50 from the 1st January 2020.

    How to book:

    Tel: 020 3447 5999

    Clinics are held at:

    Hospital for Tropical Diseases
    2nd Floor, Mortimer Market Centre
    Capper Street
    London WC1E 6JB

    Vaccination and anti-malarial - (see price list)

    We stock a wide range of products such as mosquito repellents and nets. Visit our online shop