A specialist clinic for returning travellers with infectious and tropical diseases
35% of asymptomatic people returning from travel have parasitic infections
Our consultant in infectious diseases, Dr Sharon Marlowe, is running a specialist post-travel clinic for patients with infectious and tropical diseases. The clinic will see patients who have recently returned from a trip, either to an exotic or foreign destination, and are feeling unwell.
Patients may be experiencing a range of different symptoms, including:
- Flu-like symptoms
- Head ache
- Loss of appetite
- Long lasting cough
- Chronic and tiredness
- Muscle and or joint pain
At the clinic, patients will be able to get advice and treatment for their symptoms, many of which are caused by complicated infections that often go undetected. Dr Marlowe can also provide advice and treatment for chronic infections that may not necessarily have been caused by travel, such as HIV, tuberculosis and viral hepatitis.
Spire Bristol Hospital’s post-travel clinic can provide a comprehensive diagnostic service for a wide range of infectious diseases. These include:
- Dengue and other haemorragic fevers
- Pyrexia of unknown origin
- Typhoid and other enteric infections (giardiasis, dysentery)
- Parasitic infections (hydatid, schistosomiaisis, larva migrans)
- CNS infections (meningitis, neurocysticercosis)
- Infectious skin diseases (leishmaniasis, leprosy, lyme disease)
- Respiratory infections (tuberculosis, legionellosis)
- General infectious diseases (pyelonephritis, pneumonia)
- Asymptomatic post-tropical screening
All tropical specimens are sent directly to the National Reference Laboratory at the Hospital of Tropical Diseases or to the Rare and Imported Pathogens Laboratory. This is important in diagnosis as local laboratories do not always have the expertise to make the correct diagnosis.
Dr Marlowe originally trained as a doctor at Bristol University and has gone on to train in some of the premiere centres for infectious diseases, tropical medicine and clinical microbiology in the UK and around the world.