Dr Helen Booth

Dr Helen BoothTel: 020 3447 9004
Fax: 020 3447 9476
Email: UCLH.respiratorymedicine@nhs.net

University College Hospital

TB (tuberculosis) service, Medical specialties, Respiratory Medicine

Professional background

I trained at Newcastle University and undertook research in Melbourne, Australia. I moved to London and was appointed Consultant/Honorary Senior Lecturer in Thoracic Medicine at UCLH/UCL in 1998, and Clinical Lead for Medicine in 2007.

Research interests

I have a particular clinical and research interest in interstitial lung disease and sarcoidosis and work with the Centre for Respiratory Research at UCL, investigating functional genetic polymorphisms that may play a role in the development of pulmonary fibrosis. As lead clinician for the TB service, I work with colleagues to provide an accessible, prompt and effective service for patients. The service has initiated and engaged with innovative ways of reaching difficult to reach patients through the TB LINK project and the London Mobile X-ray Unit, which is based at UCH. As part of the national stategy in Long Term Conditions, I work closely with the local primary care teams tasked with improving care and outcomes of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). I support the comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopy service provided at UCLH.


1. Eosinophilia in returning travellers and migrants from the tropics: UK recommendations for investigation and initial management.
Checkley AM, Chiodini PL, Dockrell DH, Bates I, Thwaites GE, Booth HL, Brown M, Wright SG, Grant AD, Mabey DC, Whitty CJ, Sanderson F; British Infection Society and The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
J Infect. 2009 Nov 18

2. Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and diffuse parenchymal lung disease: implications from initial experience with 18F-FDG PET/CT.
Groves AM, Win T, Screaton NJ, Berovic M, Endozo R, Booth H, Kayani I, Menezes LJ, Dickson JC, Ell PJ.
J Nucl Med. 2009 Apr;50(4):538-45. .

3. Pleuro-cutaneous fistula complicating chest drain insertion for tuberculous effusion.
Navani N, Punwani S, Humphries PD, Booth HL.
QJM. 2009 Dec 3

4. Mass casualty incidents: are NHS staff prepared? An audit of one NHS foundation trust.
Milkhu CS, Howell DC, Glynne PA, Raptis D, Booth HL, Langmead L, Datta VK.
Emerg Med J. 2008 Sep;25(9):562-4

5. Establishing a new service role in tuberculosis care: the tuberculosis link worker.
Craig GM, Booth H, Hall J, Story A, Hayward A, Goodburn A, Zumla A.
J Adv Nurs. 2008 Feb;61(4):413-24

6. Interpretation of Mycobacterium tuberculosis antigen-specific IFN-gamma release assays (T-SPOT.TB) and factors that may modulate test results.
Dheda K, Pooran A, Pai M, Miller RF, Lesley K, Booth HL, Scott GM, Akbar AN, Zumla A, Rook GA.
J Infect. 2007 Aug;55(2):169-73.

7. The impact of social factors on tuberculosis management G M Craig, H Booth, A Story, A Hayward, J Hall, A Goodburn , A Zumla. Journal of Advanced Nursing 2007

8. Functional prostaglandin-endoperoxide synthase 2 polymorphism predicts poor outcome in sarcoidosis Hill MR, Papafil A, Booth H, Lawson PJ, Hubner M, Beynon H, Read C, Lindahl G, Marshall RP, McAnulty RP, Laurent GJ Am J Respir Crit Care Med 2006

9. A&E department: a missed opportunity for diagnosis of TB? Smith A, Miller RF, Story A, Booth H Thorax 2006:61:364-5

10. Oxygen therapy in adults.
Booth H.
Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2006 Aug;67(8):M145-7

11. Performance of a T-cell based diagnostic test for tuberculosis infection in HIV-infected individuals independent of CD4 cell count. Dheda K, Lalvani A, Miller RF, Scott G, Booth H, Johnson MA, Zumla A, Rook GA. AIDS 2005;19:2038-41

12. Hearing half the message? A reaudit of the care of patients with acute asthma by emergency ambulance crews in London Snooks H, Halter M, Palmer Y, Booth H, Moore F. Quality & Safety in Health Care 2005;14:455-8

13. Lung remodelling in pulmonary tuberculosis Dheda K, Booth H, Huggett JF, Johnson MA, Zumla A, Rook GA. J Infect Dis 2005;192:1201-9

GMC/GDC number: 3166509