Hepatology

What we do

King's hepatology (liver medicine) service is renowned worldwide and is provided by a team that includes leading specialist liver doctors.

Our Liver Unit treats a diverse range of liver conditions as well as rare diseases. These include:

  • fatty liver disease
  • alcoholic liver disease
  • primary billiary cirrhosis (PBC)
  • autoimmune hepatitis
  • autoimmune sclerosing cholangitis
  • cirrhosis
  • portal hypertension
  • genetic liver diseases such as haemochromatosis.

Depending on your diagnosis, we aim for you to see a specialist within six weeks of us receiving your referral. They will discuss with you the best way to treat your condition.

Preparing for your appointment

It is important that you have all relevant blood tests before your first appointment with the Hepatology Service. Please ask your GP to ensure this is done.

Location

Suite 9, Third Floor, Golden Jubilee Wing, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS

Contact Details

  • Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 3654
  • First outpatient appointment: +44 (0)20 3299 1919
  • Follow-up appointments: +44 (0)20 3299 4979
  • Follow-up appointments email: kch-tr.liveroutpatients@nhs.net

Conditions we treat

Our service has various clinics that investigate and treat the following conditions:

  • alcohol-related and non-alcohol related liver disease
  • fatty liver disease
  • autoimmune liver disease and autoimmune hepatitis
  • primary biliary cirrhosis
  • primary sclerosing cholangitis, autoimmune sclerosing cholangitis and IG G4-related cholangiopathy
  • alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
  • haemochromotosis
  • Wilson's Disease
  • portal vein thrombosis
  • Budd Chiari syndrome
  • veno occlusive disease
  • hepatocellularcarcinoma
  • liver adenoma, tumours, and acute and subacute liver failure
  • cholangiocarcinomas
  • genetic liver disease
  • portal hypertension.

All our outpatient clinics reflect sub-specialisation in the field of liver disease. These include:

  • Alcohol-related – run by Prof John O'Grady and Dr Matthew Foxton.
  • Hepatocellular carcinoma – run by Dr Abid Suddle and Prof Nigel Heaton.
  • Autoimmune liver disease – run by Dr Michael Heneghan and Dr Demetrios Bogdanos.
  • Metabolic liver disease – run by Dr Adrian Bomford,
  • Encephalopathy and chronic liver disease – run by Dr Debbie Shawcross.

For details of expert interpretative advice and specialist diagnostic and drug monitoring services offered by King's College Hospital's Liver Pathology Services and Academic Laboratories, visit King’s Liver Labs.

What is required before referring a patient

For an effective consultation, it is important that all relevant blood tests are performed before you refer the patient to the Hepatology Service.

Booking a patient at King's

GPs should refer via NHS e-referral (e-RS) wherever possible.

Other ways to refer

Routine Referrals

Other healthcare professionals can make routine referrals by writing to:
Referrals Coordinator
Institute of Liver Studies
3rd floor, Cheyne Wing,
King's College Hospital
London SE5 9RS

Advanced Chronic Liver Disease MDM referrals
Tertiary referrers can refer patients with decompensated advanced chronic liver disease by filling in the form below and emailing it to: kch-tr.pht@nhs.net.

Emergency Referrals

To make an urgent referral, GPs should use NHS e-Referral and state that the referral is urgent.

The unit always has an on-call specialist registrar, supported by a consultant, to accept urgent referrals requiring inpatient assessment or advice. To contact them, call the main switchboard on 020 3299 9000 and ask for the liver SpR or on-call liver consultant.

Referral Forms

Please complete the relevant form and note any pre-consultation investigations required:

Key Clinical Staff

Name Job Title
Dr Kosh Agarwal Consultant Hepatologist/ Transplantation
Prof Geoff Dusheiko Professor
Dr Matthew Foxton Consultant Hepatologist
Dr Phil Harrison Consultant
Dr Brian Hogan Consultant Intensivist & Hepatologist
Dr Sarah Hughes Consultant
Dr Deepak Joshi Consultant
Prof John O'Grady Professor of Hepatology
Mr Mags O'Sullivan Clinical Nurse specialist
Dr Vishal Patel Honorary Consultant
Dr Vishal Patel Senior Clinical Lecturer in Hepatology
Dr Tamir Rashid Consultant
Dr Abid Suddle Consultant Hepatologist