Our children’s infectious diseases and immunology service is part of the department of general children's medicine (general paediatrics).
We are a growing team of specialist doctors, nurses and other health professionals who care for children affected by:
- severe infections, both acute (short-term) or chronic (long-term)
- unusual infections
- frequent infections
- tropical infections
- new or epidemic infections
- problems of their immune system.
Infection prevention and control is also an important part of our work, as is promoting the appropriate and responsible use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial medicines.
We work closely with specialist colleagues from every department of Evelina London and with the infectious diseases team for adult patients and the department of infection at St Thomas' Hospital. This is to make sure that every child has access to specialist infectious diseases and immunology expertise when they need it.
When children are are recovering from severe infections but still require long courses of intravenous antibiotics, we support their ongoing treatment in their own homes, offering outpatient antibiotic therapy (OPAT). This helps to minimise disruption of family life wherever possible. Find out more about our OPAT service (PDF 109Kb).
We are part of the national network of ‘paediatric immunology and infectious diseases specialists (PIID)'. We collaborate closely with the other major PIID services across London and more widely.
We take part in national and international research studies – recent projects have included:
- improving the treatment of specific chronic infections
- diagnosis and treatment of encephalitis (brain infection or inflammation)
- vaccinations studies.
Find out how you can get involved with research.