Hospital for Tropical Diseases

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Hospital for Tropical Diseases
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
London School of Tropical Medicine and the Hospital for Tropical Diseases - Gordon Street Kings Cross London WC1H 0AY.jpg
The original site at 25 Gordon Street in London
Hospital for Tropical Diseases is located in London Borough of Camden
Hospital for Tropical Diseases
Shown in Camden
Location London, WC1, United Kingdom
Care system NHS England
Hospital type Teaching
Affiliated university University College London
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Founded 1821
Website University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
Lists Hospitals in the United Kingdom

The Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD) is a specialist tropical disease hospital located in London, United Kingdom. It is part of the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and is closely associated with University College London and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. It is the only NHS hospital dedicated to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of tropical diseases and travel-related infections. In addition it employs specialists in major tropical diseases such as malaria, leprosy and tuberculosis. It also provides an infectious disease treatment service for University College Hospital.


The hospital’s origins lie in a meeting of the Seaman’s Hospital Society which took place on 8 March 1821 at which it was decided to establish a floating hospital for injured seamen.[1] The hospital moved onto dry land as the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital in 1870 under the management of the Greenwich Hospital.[1] Patrick Manson became physician to the Society in 1892 and promoted an interest in tropical diseases, earning himself the title of "father of tropical medicine".[2]

In 1920, the Dreadnought Seaman’s Society provided funds to allow the establishment of a Hospital for Tropical Diseases.[3] The Hospital for Tropical Diseases was initially based at 25 Gordon Street in London but was evacuated to Greenwich in 1939.[1]

After the Second World War the hospital moved to temporary premises in Devonshire Street in 1947 and, after joining the National Health Service in 1948, it moved to more permanent premises at St Pancras Hospital which were opened by the Duchess of Kent in May 1951.[1] The hospital moved to new facilities at Capper Street which were opened by the Princess Royal in June 1999 and to the new University College Hospital Tower in Euston Road in July 2004.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "History". Hospital for Tropical Diseases. Retrieved 29 May 2018.
  2. ^ J. W. W. Stephens (2004). "Manson, Sir Patrick (1844–1922)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/34865. Retrieved 3 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Hospital for Tropical Diseases". Lost Hospitals of London. Retrieved 29 May 2018.

Further reading

  • Cook GC, Webb AJ (2001). "The Albert Dock Hospital, London: the original site (in 1899) of Tropical Medicine as a new discipline". Acta Trop. 79 (3): 249–55. doi:10.1016/S0001-706X(01)00127-9. PMID 11412810.
  • "Albert Dock Seamen's Hospital". Archives in London and the M25 area.

External links

  • The Hospital for Tropical Diseases
  • The Dreadnought Seamen's hospital history by PortCities

Coordinates: 51°31′30.87″N 00°08′03.83″W / 51.5252417°N 0.1343972°W / 51.5252417; -0.1343972

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