Job Title: Consultant Microbiologist. Lead for Andrology and Virology
Telephone Number: 01772 522113
Primary Medical Qualification: MB BCH BaO
Other Qualifications: MRCP FRCPATH
Year of Registration: 1998
GMC Number: 4409476
Career History: Trained and developed experience across a range of medical specialties before specialising in microbiology. After passing MRCP exams and completing three years as a Senior House Officer, was appointed Specialist Registrar in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine (combined). Joined Manchester Microbiology Training Programme (2003). Joined Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in 2007, and was appointed Director of Infection Prevention and Control (2010-present)
Specialist Areas: Microbiologist
Specialist Interests: Virology; infection control
Research Interests: Antimicrobial resistance; new infection control strategies and their impact
Languages Spoken: English
Awards and Prizes: Young Investigator Award, Federation of Infection Societies (8th Conference); Young Investigator Award, Federation of Infection Societies (11th Conference); Amgen Medal, Manchester Medical Society (section of pathology) trainee’s prize for research
Probiotics For Patients To Reduce C.diff
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is offering the probiotic drink Actimel to inpatients in the fight against the life-threatening bug Clostridium difficile.
Research has shown that the friendly bacteria found in probiotics can help reduce common side effects of antibiotics, including Clostridium difficile and antibiotic-associated diarrhoea.
From July inpatients who are receiving antibiotic treatment will be offered a probiotic drinks twice a day.
Dr. David Orr, Consultant Microbiologist at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “Evidence shows that probiotics can be helpful in reducing the side effects of antibiotics, which can be very serious for patients who are already ill and can in some cases lead to death.
“We already take a wide range of measures to prevent and control infection in our hospitals, and we believe that offering a probiotic drink will be an effective addition to our approach.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are committed to continuous innovation in healthcare, and I’m delighted that we’re one of the first hospitals in the country to routinely offer probiotics to inpatients who are taking antibiotics. We believe this will aid recovery and could save lives.”