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
- 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.
It is important that you have all relevant blood tests before your first appointment with hepatology. Please ask your GP to ensure this is done.
For new appointments, contact the referrals co-ordinator: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
For follow-up appointments, contact Liver Outpatients: Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
All contact details are outlined below.
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.
Second floor, Cheyne Wing, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS
- Main Reception: +44 (0)20 3299 1919
- Liver Outpatients: +44 (0)20 3299 4979
- Outpatient appointments: +44 (0)20 3299 1919
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
- Wilson's Disease
- portal vein thrombosis
- Budd Chiari syndrome
- veno occlusive disease
- liver adenoma, tumours, and acute and subacute liver failure
- genetic liver disease
- portal hypertension.
Outpatient referrals can be directed to individual consultants or made via Choose & Book. 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 (as outlined on the referral form) are performed before you refer the patient to the Hepatology Service.
Booking a patient at King's
Appointments for this service are made via the national Choose and Book system. Please see the Choose and Book page for more information.
Other ways to refer
Please use the referral form below and address routine referrals to:
Institute of Liver Studies
3rd floor, Cheyne Wing,
King's College Hospital
London SE5 9RS.
Alternatively, you can fax the referral to 020 3299 3167.
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.
For advice and guidance for urgent referrals, please call the main switchboard on 020 3299 9000 and ask for the on-call liver SpR.
For routine advice and guidance, please contact the Referrals Co-ordinator on 020 8299 5812.
Key Clinical Staff
|Dr Kosh Agarwal||Consultant Hepatologist/ Transplantation|
|Dr Matthew Foxton||Consultant Hepatologist|
|Dr Phillip Harrison||Consultant|
|Dr Max Henderson||Honorary Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist|
|Prof John O'Grady||Consultant Hepatologist|
|Mr Mags O'Sullivan||Clinical Nurse specialist|
|Dr Debbie Shawcross||Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Hepatology|
|Dr Abid Suddle||Consultant Hepatologist|