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Infectious Diseases

Around 1,000 patients a year are admitted to our purpose-built infection and tropical medicine unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary. This 18 bed facility acts as a regional centre for complex infections. Medical staff includes Professor Karl Nicholson, Dr Martin Wiselka and Dr Iain Stephenson as consultants, and three specialist registrars in infectious diseases.

The unit contains 10 negative pressure isolation cubicles with two higher security negative pressure cubicles for the treatment of infections such as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis. Doctors (GPs) can admit patients directly to the unit. Staff in the unit treat a range of patients including returning travellers from overseas, those with immuno-compromised conditions, tuberculosis, hepatitis and community acquired infections.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust has an active national and international research programme with grant funding in excess of £1 million over the last few years. The infectious diseases team participate in multi-centre studies in HIV infection co-ordinated by the Medical Research Council.

More information:

Understanding Infections - contact numbers for our Infections Control teams and information about a range of common hospital infections

Links to useful websites:

Department of Health advice for travellers - how to get medical treatment abroad

Infections and Infectious Diseases - links to information and support