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
Location London, WC1, United Kingdom
Care system NHS
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 to specialists in major tropical diseases such as Malaria, Leprosy and tuberculosis. It also provides an infectious disease treatment service for UCLH.


It was founded on 8 March 1821 on board an ex-naval ship and moved onto dry land as the Dreadnought Seamen's Hospital in 1870 as part of the Royal Greenwich Hospital. The management of infectious disease moved in 1919 near to Euston Square, in central London, still under the Seamen's Hospital Society. The general in-patient wards at Greenwich continued until that hospital's closure in 1986 with special services for seamen and their families then provided by the 'Dreadnought Unit' at St Thomas's Hospital in Lambeth.

Since its founding, the hospital has been associated with many of the leading figures in tropical medicine, including Patrick Manson, the 'father of tropical medicine', and Ronald Ross, who was awarded the second Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his work on malaria.

After several moves during the Second World War, The Hospital for Tropical Diseases was re-established under the newly formed NHS in 1951 at the site of the St Pancras Hospital. Finally, in 1998 it moved into new purpose-built premises within UCLH. It remains one of the world's leading centers for the treatment of imported and tropical diseases, and for the training of international students in tropical medicine.

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Coordinates: 51°31′22″N 0°08′08″W / 51.5227°N 0.1356°W / 51.5227; -0.1356