Infectious Diseases Department

How we can help you

We provide specialist care for patients with infectious disease who are in Hospital or who come to our clinics from the community. Our patients have a broad range of infections, they might have a skin, urine or chest infection, a long term virus or an infection after their surgery.

Our services include:

  • care for patients at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women
  • phone consultations for patients at Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital
  • outpatient clinics for patient in the community to visit us
  • HIV and hepatitis clinics
  • Hepatitis and Infectious diseases services at Long Bay Prison.

Our team includes doctors who are specialists in infectious diseases, as well as doctors in training who can assess, diagnose and treat your infection. Our doctors work closely with specialist nurses and allied health staff to provide a high level of care, education and support for our patients.

 

We have an Infectious Diseases ward at Prince of Wales Hospital. It is located on Level 4 of the Dickinson building. Our ward provides nursing care to patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A doctor is always available. Other members of the team such as Physiotherapists, Dieticians, Psychologists etc are available from 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Our nurses will try to connect you with other members of staff at your request but, depending on the time and day and the seriousness of the situation, you may have to wait, particularly when it is after hours or on the weekend. We know this can be frustrating, especially if you are worried about your relative, and will do what we can to answer your questions in the meantime.

We have specialist infectious diseases clinics for those living in the community. Our clinics are available four afternoons per week by the following specialists:

Day Doctor/Clinic Location Phone Fax
Monday A/Prof Adrienne Torda Adult Outpatient Department 9382 0400 9382 0422
Tuesday A/Prof Jeffrey Post Level 4, Dickinson Building 9382 3405  
Wednesday Dr Claudia Whyte Level 4, Dickinson Building 9382 3405  
Friday Dr Kristen Overton Level 4, Dickinson Building 9382 3405 9382 3403

Referrals can be faxed to 9382 3403. 

Patients who are seeking care for viruses in their blood (HIV or Hepatitis) are seen in Tuesday and Friday clinics.

Your local general practitioner (GP) or your specialist will decide if you need to use our services. If you need to make an appointment please ask your GP to fax us your referral letter with any blood test results.

Once a week, referrals are reviewed and then allocated an appointment date, usually within three weeks.

We will then send you a letter in the mail with your appointment details or, if your need is urgent, we will contact you by phone.

If you provide your mobile phone number you will receive a SMS reminder two days before your appointment.  Please let the Infectious Diseases Department know if you do not want to receive a SMS reminder.

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please telephone the appropriate phone numbers detailed above.

Please bring:

  • Your referral letter from your GP if it hasn’t already been faxed
  • Any recent blood test results (if you do not have a copy of your results, please bring the name of the pathology company that performed the test so we can follow up with them)
  • Your Medicare card
  • A list of your medicines or bring all your medicines in a bag, including any herbal or over the counter
  • You are welcome to bring a support person (a relative, friend or carer) with you.

We are a teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we will provide.

Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.