Tropical and infectious diseases 

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Emergency Walk-In clinic is open with important changes to make it Covid-secure

  • Email to register with the clinic, including your name, date of birth and mobile phone number.
  • Await email reply /phone call with our team, who will arrange your appointment.
  • The timing of the appointment will depend on the clinical urgency but we aim to see all patients the same or the following day.
  • We need to limit numbers in our waiting area so if you can’t email ahead, please call 07966775952. Please only use this number in an emergency.
  • Please note, this email address and phone number are manned during opening hours (9-5 Monday – Friday). If you need medical attention out of these hours you should attend your local Emergency Department.

Your temperature will be taken as you enter the building and you will be asked screening questions. If your temperature is above 37.8 or if you answer yes to any of the questions then a nurse will speak with you to make safe arrangements for your appointment.

This service is for travellers who have returned from the tropics within the last year who are recently unwell with conditions such as fever, bloody diarrhoea or rash.

We also see patients who have had a potential exposure to rabies, and will administer post exposure rabies treatment if needed after a risk assessment.

The HTD walk-in clinic is an adult clinic, and we cannot see children less than 16 years old. If your child is unwell with a fever and you have returned from the tropics, please take them to your nearest emergency department today. Otherwise please ask your GP to refer them to our UCLH Paediatric Infectious Diseases/Tropical team.

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
  •  HIV treatment is provided by CNWL NHS Trust

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.

Mr Fion Bremner Tropical and infectious diseases, Neuro-ophthalmology
Dr Philip Gothard Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Tropical and infectious diseases, TB (tuberculosis) service
Prof David Mabey Tropical and infectious diseases
Professor Mahdad Noursadeghi Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof Christopher Whitty Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof. Peter Chiodini Tropical and infectious diseases, Parasitology
Dr Stephen Morris-Jones Tropical and infectious diseases, Microbiology
Dr Anna Checkley Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof David Moore Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Jonathan Cohen Children and young people's general services, Children and young people's services, Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Laura Waters Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Mike Brown Acute Medical Unit (AMU), Emergency Day Unit, Tropical and infectious diseases, TB (tuberculosis) service
Dr Sarah Logan Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Victoria Johnston Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Gauri Godbole Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof Diana Lockwood Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof Robert Heyderman Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof Robin Bailey Tropical and infectious diseases
Prof Rob Miller Tropical and infectious diseases, TB (tuberculosis) service
Dr Vanessa Field Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Neil Stone Tropical and infectious diseases, Microbiology
Dr Nicky Longley Tropical and infectious diseases

Dr Philip Gothard

Dr Philip Gothard

Prof Peter Chiodini

Prof. Peter Chiodini

Dr Anna Checkley

Prof David Moore

Dr Mike Brown

Dr Sarah Logan

Dr Gauri Godbole

Prof Robert Heyderman

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