Infectious diseases talk – 2 August

infectious diseases talk
Infectious diseases talk – 2 August
27 July 2016

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is inviting staff, patients, the public and its Trust members to attend a free talk on ‘infectious diseases’ on Tuesday 2nd August, 2pm – 3pm at the Post-Graduate Centre, North Manchester General Hospital.

Infectious diseases kill more people worldwide than any other single cause. They are caused by tiny organisms (also called micro-organisms or germs). Germs are found everywhere - in air, soil and water and you can get infected by touching, eating, drinking or breathing something that contains a germ. Some germs can also spread through animal and insect bites, kissing and sexual contact.

There are four main kinds of germs:

  • Bacteria - one-celled germs that multiply quickly and may release chemicals which can make you sick
  • Viruses – the smallest of all germs. They are only alive and able to multiply inside our cells.
  • Fungi - primitive plants, like moulds and yeasts
  • Protozoa - one-celled parasites that use other living things for food and a place to live

Vaccines, proper hand washing and medicines can help prevent infections.

The north west infectious diseases unit at North Manchester General Hospital is a 26 bedded unit with isolation facilities. 1472 inpatients were looked after on the wards last year and 9790 outpatients were seen. 

The unit looks after all types of infection and has a large cohort of patients with HIV.  It is the largest treatment centre nationally for hepatitis C and has an award-winning research department along with a focus on community and prison clinics, providing care closer to where patients live and work. 

In addition to general infection clinics there are a number of specialist clinics including tuberculosis and non-tuberculous mycobacteria; HIV; chronic hepatitis B/C; pre-travel; and Human T-cell lymphotropic virus (HTLV) clinics.

Katherine Ajdukiewicz, consultant and clinical lead in infectious diseases and tropical medicine, said:

“Infectious diseases is a dynamic specialty which, over the years has had to and continues to respond rapidly to novel infections and epidemics.  This includes viruses such as SARS, Swine ‘flu, MERS CoV and an Ebola epidemic in West Africa; and also growing numbers of patients with drug resistant tuberculosis and multi-drug resistant bacteria which can be challenging to treat. 

“Our department has a clear vision for the future of this service and with the development of the Single Hospital Service across Manchester we see this as an opportunity for improved partnership working to enhance the infection service across the city.”

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,000 people have signed up to become Trust members.  To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email