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The paediatric infectious diseases unit (PIDU) at St George’s Hospital provides a regional service for the care of children with complex infectious diseases, including HIV, tuberculosis and immunodeficiency.

The PIDU at St George’s is:

  • A National training centre for paediatric infectious diseases, formally recognised by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH).
  • The formally commissioned lead provider in England within a National network for children with HIV. This service is family-centred, and includes a wide multi-disciplinary team (psychologist, dietician and specialist nurses, including a HIV nurse consultant).

PIDU Services at St George’s include:

  • Large in-patient regional PID ward-based unit, with HEPA lamina flow cubicles for MDR TB.
  • Rapid Access PID service, where children can be assessed for complex paediatric infectious diseases within 48 hours.
  • A wide range of Specialist out-patient clinics, including HIV, TB, PID, Primary Immunodeficiency, Vaccine advice, Hepatitis, Congenital Infection.
  • 24 hour, 365 day/year out-of-hours PID Consultant Provision, with an active PID Consult service to the region.

The PID Research Group (PIDRG) based at St George’s University London is internationally recognised as a leading centre for PID research.

The PIDRG has an active research programme in:

    • vaccine preventable disease
    • perinatal infection
    • antimicrobial resistance
    • healthcare associated infection (HCAI)
    • optimal use of antimicrobials

The PIDRG is led by Professor Paul Heath and Professor Mike Sharland.

What we offer

  • Specialist clinic servicesHIV, including an Adolescent clinic, offering seamless transition to adult services. HIV pregnancy and family clinics
  • Hepatitis and congenital infections
  • Immunology
  • Vaccine clinic
  • General paediatric infectious diseases

The PIDU receives a broad range of clinical referrals, including:

  • pyrexia of unknown origin
  • febrile children returning from abroad
  • bone and joint infections (in collaboration with the paediatric orthopaedic team)
  • central nervous system infections, including brain abscess

ENT infections (in collaboration with neurosurgical and ENT team if surgery is required.)