Infectious diseases and clinical microbiology service

Welcome to the Infectious diseases and clinical microbiology service page which lists consultants, inpatient and outpatient services and essential links

The Infection team at the Homerton consists of 4 Consultants:

Dr Tacim Karadag
Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Clinical Lead
Dr Alleyna Claxton
Consultant Microbiologist and Infection Control Doctor, Director of Infection Prevention Control and Deputy Lead for Antimicrobial Stewardship. (Ext 7180)
Dr Aileen Boyd
Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Lead for the OPAT service and Orthopaedic Infections. (Ext 5526)
Dr Kate (Katherine) Woods
Consultant in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Lead for Antimicrobial Stewardship, Deputy Lead for OPAT and Orthopaedic Infections. (Ext 5931)

In addition there is a Specialist Trainee in Infection on rotation. (Ext 5143)

We provide advice on community and hospital-acquired infections, as well as tropical/ imported infections such as malaria. We work closely with our colleagues at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London.

Inpatient services
In addition to the laboratory based microbiology service found here  and the OPAT service found  here,  and the Infection Prevention service found here, the Infection Team provide a consultant-led service for inpatients with infections which includes, but is not limited to, the following regular sessions:

Infection MDT; Monday 11am – 1pm
Matthews Duncan Seminar Room
Infection Ward Round; Wednesday morning

Outpatient services
Infectious Diseases Clinic; Monday afternoon 2 – 5pm
Outpatient Parenteral Antibiotic Therapy (OPAT) Clinic: Wednesday afternoon 1 – 5pm.

The duty microbiologist can be contacted on the Aircall via Homerton Switchboard (0208 510 5555).

GP patient referrals for the Infectious Diseases Clinic should be addressed to Dr Boyd and Dr Woods and must be made directly through the electronic Referral System for General Practice.

Internal, or inter-hospital, specialist referrals should also be addressed to Dr Boyd and Dr Woods but can be emailed to (from an account) or posted to Microbiology Department, Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Homerton Row, London, E9 6SR.

Non-urgent microbiology enquiries can also be emailed to and will be responded to within 1 working day.