Infectious Diseases Department

How we can help you

We provide care for inpatients at Prince of Wales Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women and outpatients in any of our daily hospital clinics. We see patients who have bacterial, viral or parasitic infections, returned travellers, people whose immune system has been compromised and people with complications from or special needs in relation to immunisation.
 
In winter, we run ‘fever’ clinics for patients who need urgent review by our team. We also provide antibiotic stewardship throughout the hospitals on the use of antibiotics to prevent over-use and the emergence of antibiotic-resistant organisms.

Our department includes consultant physicians, registrars in advanced training and junior medical staff. The medical staff work closely with specialist nurses to provide a high level of care, education and patient support. We also have a nurse educator who offers patient education and counselling.

Patients must have a referral from a general practitioner (or other doctor) for all clinics.

All clinics are in the afternoon. We have the following clinics:

Day Doctor/Clinic Phone number to make appointment
Monday Dr Adrienne Torda 9382 0400
Tuesday A/Prof Jeffrey Post 9382 3405
Wednesday Dr Claudia Whyte 9382 3405
Thursday Dr Kate Clezy 9382 3405
Friday Dr Kristen Overton 9382 3405

Referrals can also be faxed to 9382 3446.

HIV patients are seen in Tuesday and Thursday clinics, please ring 9382 3405 for an appointment.

If you need to change or cancel your appointment please telephone the outpatients department on 02 9382 0400.

Please bring:

  • Your referral letter from your GP if it hasn’t already been faxed
  • Any test results you have from the last three months (or relevant to the
  • Any medical images (eg x-rays) and reports relevant to the problem
  • 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.

The Prince of Wales Hospital is a teaching hospital so you will be seen by a specialist doctor or a specialist doctor in training.  If you are admitted to hospital, you will usually be admitted under the supervision of our consultant who is ‘on call’ at the time you are admitted.

 

Contact your local family doctor (GP). If you have been to hospital or one of our outpatient clinics we send them a letter explaining what medicines we have prescribed for you.

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.

Prince of Wales is a teaching hospital. You may be asked if you are happy to have students be present during your medical review. You may also be asked to be involved in research (but have no obligation to do so). You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will no impact in any way on the services we will provide.

We see people who have been in hospital and need a follow-up appointment in our outpatient clinics. We also take referrals from primary care practitioners.  Please fax a referral to 9382 3446.