We provide a regional service specialising in adult immunodeficiency disorders.
Our team of medical consultants, specialist registrars, and specialist nurses offer a range of services including:
Investigation of people who may have immunodeficiency
This is usually someone who is getting many infections.
Investigation of people who may have a secondary immunodeficiency
Investigation of people who may have a secondary immunodeficiency linked to cancer treatments or treatment of autoimmune disorders.
Replacement therapy with immunoglobulins (antibodies)
For people whose immune systems are unable to make enough of their own antibodies, including training for patients to infuse immunoglobulin therapy at home at home.
Hereditary angioedema service
For diagnosis, support and management of this condition.
Specialist clinics for immunodeficiency patients
For patients with respiratory or infectious complications run jointly with the Immunology and other specialist teams.
Transitional care for young adults with immunodeficiency
For patients moving from children’s (paediatric) to adult services.
Management of inpatients
For patients who have been hospitalised with complications arising from immunodeficiency.
Satellite Immunology clinic
Clinics are held at Peterborough City Hospital
Regional Immunoglobulin Approval Panel
Hosts of the regional Immunoglobulin Approval Panel.
We also work closely with colleagues from other specialties to provide advice on immunology, including on the results of tests from the immunology laboratory.
Non-urgent advice: Clinic opening times
General immunology clinics
Monday: 14:00 – 17:00
Tuesday: 09:30 – 13:00
Wednesday: 09:00 – 13:00
Thursday: 09:00 – 12:00
Friday: 09:30 – 12:30
General immunology satellite clinic
Held at Peterborough hospital
Tuesdays 9am - 12.30pm
We invite new patients to attend our clinic in person for their first appointment.
In some cases telephone or video appointments may be offered for follow up appointments.
Patients are seen in the general Immunology clinic (Cambridge or Peterborough) in the first instance and may subsequently be followed up in a joint specialist clinic:
Joint clinic with allergy department, clinic 2a
HAE (Hereditary Angioedema)
2nd Friday, alternate months, 9am - 12pm
Joint clinic with infectious diseases, clinic 1a
(DSKL) 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month 2pm - 4pm
Joint clinic with respiratory department, clinic 2a
(DSKJOINT) 1st and 4th Friday of the month 9am - 2pm
Should you have any specific requirements relating to your appointment and / or accessibility concerns please email the accessibility team.
As a patient you may be referred into the Immunology service from primary, secondary and tertiary health service providers through written referral. Our aim is for you to be seen within eight weeks of a referral being received, sooner if triaged as urgent.
You will be seen by a clinical immunologist in the first instance. Immune investigations may be requested. Blood tests may be undertaken at the same time if you are seen at the hospital, or forms sent to have blood taken at a later date. Other tests requested will usually be carried out at a separate appointment (e.g. lung function testing, x-rays or scans).
Who we work with
We work closely with members of the multidisciplinary team and our colleagues from different teams including:
Dr Helen Baxendale
Dr Clare Sander
Dr Hoi Ping Mok
Gastroenterology / hepatology team
Dr William Griffiths
We support more than 400 patients receiving immunoglobulin replacement (antibody infusions). This can be delivered into a vein or under the skin: Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) or Subcutaneous Immunoglobulin (SCIG). IVIG is usually delivered in hospital. SCIG can be delivered at home.
Most of our patients opt to be trained to manage their own treatment and receive training in immunoglobulin home therapy in a nurse led clinic. They are then supported through annual reviews and specialist clinics for:
- Immunoglobulin Infusions – IVIG, SCIG and manual push injection method as appropriate
- Home Care Therapy Training and nurse led reviews of Immunoglobulin therapy
- Clinical Nurse Specialist Telephone and email support
Hereditary angioedema (HAE)
We have an established service supporting patient care and management of this condition including:
- Avoidance of precipitating factors
- Treatment of acute attacks
- Home therapy training for a range of treatment options
The Department has links with the University of Cambridge and takes part in local and national studies.
A satellite service is hosted a Peterborough hospital on Tuesdays for patients with primary and secondary immunodeficiency including:
- Outpatient clinics
- Immunoglobulin infusions – IVIG
Information for patients
We value your feedback, views and input to our services. If you have any suggestions of feedback please contact our patient advice and liaison service (PALS):
Telephone: 01223 216756
- 09:00 to 16:00 Monday to Friday
- Closed weekends and bank holidays
- Voicemail service available outside working hours
We want to ensure that Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) NHS Foundations Trust’s immunology department takes account of the views, opinions, and experiences of the patients and carers who use their services. Feedback from immunology patients are needed to help us improve our services and better meet the needs of the local community.
Whatever your experience with our team we invite you to get in touch and let us know.
Please let us know your views on the CUH website.
We host immunology patient days with updates and educational lectures, we will keep you informed of upcoming events.
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We have developed a range of information that you may find helpful. Please view the documents at the bottom of this page.