Tropical and infectious 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

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 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 Simon Edwards Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Stephen Morris-Jones Tropical and infectious diseases, Microbiology
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 Nicky Longley Tropical and infectious diseases
Dr Vanessa Field Tropical and infectious diseases

Dr Philip Gothard

Dr Philip Gothard
Consultant

Prof Peter Chiodini

Prof. Peter Chiodini
Consultant

Dr Anna Checkley
Consultant

Prof David Moore
Consultant

Dr Mike Brown
Consultant

Dr Sarah Logan
Consultant

Dr Gauri Godbole
Consultant

Prof Robert Heyderman
Consultant

 Contact details

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

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 5959 (clinical queries), 020 3447 9393 (outpatient appointments), 020 3447 5972 (general enquiries)

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3447 5959 (clinical queries), 020 3447 5972 (general enquiries)
Fax: 020 3447 9761
Email: uclh.htd@nhs.net

Other information
For urgent GP advice telephone UCLH Switchboard on 020 3447 9000 and request the contact details for the on-call tropical medicine registrar.

Service manager - Daniel Lee
Email: daniel.lee1@nhs.net

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