Infectious & Tropical Diseases

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Monkeypox guidance

If a clinician suspects monkeypox, they need to speak to their local infectious disease team and health protection team. This is an evolving situation being managed nationally and guidance may change in the coming weeks.

To help with the initial management of cases, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has produced a useful algorithm.

Please also see the Contact risk assessment form and the Access to vaccination for NHS staff document in Downloads. To better understand the risk assessment, please see the relevant matrix on the GOV.UK website

For advice and guidance during this period, the main NCL provider trusts are accepting calls from GPs:

UCLH: Oncall virologist available via switchboard
WH: Oncall microbiologist available via switchboard
NMUH: Oncall microbiology SpR available via switchboard (bleep 225)
RFH: Oncall ID SpR available via switchboard.

See the Hospital Bypass Numbers page for trust switchboard numbers.

UCLH infectious disease services

The Clinical Infectious Diseases service for UCLH is led by the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, which is dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases and travel-related infections.

It serves long-term and short-term travellers, immigrants and refugee populations. UCLH also provides a Paediatric Infections and Tropical Diseases clinic for children and young people with unusual, complicated or recurrent infections.

For information regarding NCL's antimicrobial prescribing (as per NICE guidelines), please see BNF's Summary of antimicrobial prescribing guidance: managing common infections.


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Dr Amanda Morrison

NCL Wide

NCL Infection and Prevention Control Clinical Lead

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Review date: Wednesday, 14 June 2023