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Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases are caused by microscopic life forms such as:

  • bacteria
  • protozoa
  • viruses
  • fungi.

Many infectious diseases are now treated in the community or in other clinical services, but there are a significant number of infections that require specialist treatment, and sometimes isolation, to be safely managed.

Now that travel between continents is common, patients may be admitted with unusual infectious diseases from remote areas of the world, that require specialist knowledge to diagnose and treat.

The increasing burden of HIV and tuberculosis (TB), the threat of emerging infections and hospital-acquired infections form part of our work, alongside 'ordinary' infections, such as:

We also provide assessment and treatment for ME/CFS.

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John Warin Ward, John Radcliffe Hospital


Work experience

We offer a one week (Monday to Friday only) placement for students on our Infectious Diseases Ward at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

Students must be aged 16-18 years at the time of the placement.

Email your CV and a covering letter with two potential dates (i.e. week beginning Monday - date).


Last reviewed:10 June 2024