Infectious and tropical diseases 

We are the national clinical referral centre for patients with infectious and tropical diseases. We run a 24-hour consultant-led emergency service and provide advice on clinical management or see referrals at short notice. Our inpatient unit is based on ward T08 at UCH and our outpatients department in the Mortimer Market Centre. HTD provides both general and specialist clinics each week.

We also provide a daily emergency walk-in service for patients recently returned from the tropics and are unwell, with fever or bloody diarrhoea. In addition we offer an NHS and private travel medicine service, providing pre-travel advice for travellers with complex problems including medical conditions and for clients with corporate contracts and existing customers.

Children are seen under the care of the UCLH Paediatric team, which includes a tropical paediatrician.

Conditions treated

We provide a comprehensive diagnostic service for a wide range of infectious diseases. These include:

  • Malaria
  • Dengue and other haemorragic fevers
  • Pyrexia of unknown origin
  • Typhoid and other enteric infections (giardiasis, dysentery)
  • Parasitic infections (hydatid, schistosomiaisis, larva migrans)
  • CNS infections (meningitis, neurocysticercosis)
  • Infectious skin diseases (leishmaniasis, leprosy, lyme disease)
  • Respiratory infections (tuberculosis, legionellosis)
  • General infectious diseases (pyelonephritis, pneumonia)
  •  Asymptomatic post-tropical screening

Service performance

Annual figures 13/14:
1256 inpatients 222 daycases
8755 outpatients
2512 emergency walk-in patients
5,000+ specialist telephone calls 

Waiting times
Emergency referral service: 24hr service
Urgent walk-in service: Daily Monday - Friday 9am-4pm at HTD Outpatients, out-of-hours from UCLH A&E department
Urgent outpatient clinics: median 1-2 weeks
Routine outpatient clinics: median 2-4 weeks

Patient support services

Our nurse specialists provide an outpatient post-tropical screening clinic as well as a Hansen's dressings clinic.  In addition, there is a hand therapy clinic run by our occupational therapist.

Patient aftercare

Many infectious diseases lead to rapid changes in a patient's condition and so we tend to offer early follow-up appointments after discharge, to check that patients are continuing to improve. A typed discharge summary and follow-up plan is given to each patient and sent to the GP within 24 hours.

We try to ensure patients see the same doctor that looked after them in hospital, though this is not always possible.

  • I cannot speak more highly about the nurses and doctors at the clinic. They took the time to listen and discuss what was going on and finally provided some thoughts on next steps. The clinic is the best I had seen in the NHS and private over the last 12 weeks. And I have seen a lot! Thanks.

  • It is not the easiest thing in the world to come and be checked for possible tropical disease. Everyone here made me comfortable and was highly professional and thorough. Thank you.

Dr Ron Behrens Infectious and tropical diseases
Mr Fion Bremner Infectious and tropical diseases, Neuro-ophthalmology
Dr Philip Gothard Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Infectious and tropical diseases, TB (tuberculosis) service
Prof David Mabey Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Infectious and tropical diseases
Prof Francisco Vega-Lopez Skin cancer, Infectious and tropical diseases, Dermatology
Prof Christopher Whitty Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Infectious and tropical diseases
Prof. Peter Chiodini Infectious and tropical diseases, Parasitology
Dr Stephen Morris-Jones Infectious and tropical diseases, Microbiology
Prof David Moore Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Anna Checkley Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Jonathan Cohen Children and young people's general services, Children and young people's services , Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Laura Waters Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Mike Brown Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Emergency Day Unit, Infectious and tropical diseases, TB (tuberculosis) service
Dr Sarah Logan Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Simon Edwards Infectious and tropical diseases
Dr Victoria Johnston Infectious and tropical diseases
Prof Diana Lockwood Infectious and tropical diseases
Prof Robert Heyderman Infectious and tropical diseases
Prof Robin Bailey Infectious and tropical diseases
Prof Rob Miller Infectious and tropical diseases, TB (tuberculosis) service

Dr Anna Checkley

Dr Mike Brown

Dr Sarah Logan

 Contact details

Infectious and tropical diseases
Hospital for Tropical Diseases
2nd Floor
Mortimer Market
Capper Street
London, WC1E 6JB

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 7891020 344 75957 (clinical queries), 020 3447 9393 (outpatient appointments), 020 3447 5972 (general enquiries)

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 5957 (clinical queries), 020 3447 5972 (general enquiries)
Fax: 020 3447 9761

Other information
For urgent GP advice telephone UCLH Switchboard on 020 3456 3002 and request the contact details for the on-call tropical medicine registrar.

Service manager - Daniel Lee

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