Infectious & Tropical Diseases

We look after patients with complex infections acquired in the community and healthcare settings and are a regional provider of negative pressure isolation rooms for the care of people with diseases such as resistant tuberculosis. We have expertise in the management of general infections, complex tuberculosis, HIV and infections acquired during travel to tropical regions. We operate as a multi-disciplinary team working closely with colleagues in microbiology, sexual health, immunology, radiology, and other specialties across Bristol.

Our own inpatients are cared for on ward 27b at Southmead Hospital and we provide an outreach consultation service to other patients across the Trust. The ward includes a suite of 6 lobbied respiratory isolation rooms. Outpatient services include clinics for tuberculosis, HIV/TB co-infection, general infectious diseases and tropical medicine.

We provide training to doctors specialising in infectious diseases and medical students studying at the University of Bristol.

The department accepts outpatient referrals from GPs across Bristol and the wider region – we aim to see urgent cases within 24 hours during the working week. Unfortunately we cannot accept self-referrals from the general public.

We welcome referrals or requests for clinical advice from hospitals across the south-west.

The department can be contacted via the hospital switchboard on 0117 950 5050.