We look after patients with complex infections acquired in the community and healthcare settings. We have expertise in the management of resistant tuberculosis, complex HIV, viral hepatitis, orthopaedic bone & joint infections and infections acquired during travel to tropical regions. We work closely with other units across the West Midlands and are the regional providers of negative pressure isolation rooms for the care of people with diseases such as resistant tuberculosis. We are a recognised specialist centre for tropical medicine and the recommended referral centre for military personnel with infectious & tropical diseases. We operate as a multi-disciplinary team working closely with colleagues in microbiology, sexual health, immunology, radiology, general surgery & orthopaedics.
Our own inpatients are cared for on wards 27 and 28 at Heartlands Hospital and we provide an outreach consultation service to other patients across all of the Trust’s sites (Good Hope Hospital, Heartlands Hospital, Solihull Hospital). Outpatient services include the provision of community intravenous antibiotics (in collaboration with NHS community providers), and clinics for tuberculosis, viral hepatitis, HIV/TB co-infection, as well as general infectious diseases and tropical medicine.
We provide training to doctors specialising in infectious diseases & tropical medicine and collaborate with the Universities of Birmingham and Warwick for the purposes of medical student education and research.
The department accepts outpatient referrals from across Birmingham and are usually able to see urgent cases within 48 hours. These are triaged to the most appropriate consultant. We operate an on call service for urgent telephone advice and referrals from health care professionals across the region and beyond.
The department can be contacted via the hospital switchboard.