We diagnose, treat and monitor all the patients in the UK with the HTLV infection and associated conditions

Patient information

Welcome to the National Centre for Human Retrovirology, the national tertiary centre referral service for patients infected with Human T-Lymphotrophic Virus (HTLV). We have a vibrant team living the Imperial values - expert, kind, collaborative and aspirational. We are based in St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington on the ground floor of the Winston Churchill Wing. 

We diagnose, treat and monitor all the patients, throughout the UK, who have HTLV infection and associated conditions.

Your appointment

Your first consultation will take at least one hour. During this time, you will have a discussion with the healthcare professional about your health followed by relevant clinical examinations/assessments and blood tests.

You are welcome to bring a relative, close friend or carer with you.

Please wear loose-fitting clothing to your appointment and bring with you a list of your current medication and past clinic letters relating to your current condition if attending another hospital or clinic.

If you use a walking aid, please bring this with you.

Your follow-up appointment

At the end of your first clinic visit, you will be offered a follow-up appointment to discuss your initial results and to continue monitoring your condition.

These visits are equally important and they usually take between 20 and 40 minutes.

Please remember to let us know of any changes to your health or medication.

For further information and patient information leaflets please visit our dedicated website www.htlv.eu,

Clinical trials and research

Treatment trials for these rare conditions are sometimes available and will be offered to patients if appropriate. Our clinical research focuses on ways in which this virus causes disease and how treatment might be improved. Much of this research is conducted through blood samples donated by our patients to a tissue bank. All patients are invited to participate but only if willing to do so and after giving written informed consent. Please do not hesitate to ask us about any research that may be taking place.

The HTLV team

We are based at St Mary's Hospital, Paddington on the ground floor of the Winston Churchill. 

Consultant physician and clinical lead

Dr Divya Dhasmana

Honorary consultant

Professor Graham P Taylor 

Honorary consultant

Dr Daniel Bradshaw

Consultant haematologist

Dr Lucy Cook 

Consultant neurologist

Dr Nick Davies

Clinical specialist physiotherapist (neurology) 

Adine Adonis 

Advanced clinical practitioner

Jerico Baylon