Paediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology
The Paediatric Infectious Diseases & Immunology team operates a busy consult service providing advice to PICU, NICU and General Paediatric teams, as well as a broad range of paediatric subspecialty services, including haematology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, nephrology, respiratory medicine, neurology, rheumatology and several of surgical specialties. The team also provides a tertiary service for paediatric patients from regional hospitals across South East England and supports their King’s Health Partners (KHP) colleagues at King’s College London.
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, with the Infectious Diseases team for adult patients and the Department of Infection at St Thomas' Hospital, which includes specialised Microbiologists and Virologists.
When children 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).
We regularly take part in national and international research studies. Recent and ongoing projects include the following areas:
- Chronic infections, including HIV
- Diagnosis and treatment of encephalitis
- Genetics of Kawasaki disease
- Vaccine studies
- Severe enterovirus infections
- TB epidemiology & diagnostics (part of the Paediatric Tuberculosis Network European Trials Group (ptbnet))
- Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections
- Paediatric infectious diseases clinic
- Immunology clinic (tertiary)
- 22q clinic
- TB clinic
- Congenital infections clinic (HBV, HCV, CMV, toxoplasmosis)
- Children’s HIV clinic
- OPAT clinic
- Rapid access clinic (urgent referrals)
- Kawasaki clinic – joint with cardiology
- Fever clinic – joint with rheumatology