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Consultants and senior staff



  • Dr T Planche, Clinical Director for SWLP and Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 725 2683
  • Dr A Breathnach, Consultant Microbiologist 0208 725 5735
  • Dr M Laundy, Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 725 5678
  • Dr M Cotter, Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 725 2733
  • Dr A Houston, Consultant in Infection, 0208 725 5673
  • Dr D Carrington, Consultant Virologist, 0208 725 5686
  • Dr C Pope, Consultant Clinical Scientist (Microbiology & Virology)   0208 725 5734
  • Dr P Riley, Consultant (Microbiology & Virology)  0208 725 5707
  • Carmel Prendergast, Acting Discipline Manager, 0208 725 5175
  • Joko Alli-Balogun, Quality Manager and Health and Safety Adviser, 0208 725 5176


  • Dr S Furrows, Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 934 2037
  • Dr S Patel, Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 934 2036
  • Dr G Pichierra, Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 934 2039
  • Dr E Demertzi, Consultant Microbiologist, 0208 934 3070


  • Dr M Sahathevan, Consultant Microbiologist, 020 8401 3383
  • Dr M Twagira, Consultant Microbiologist, 020 8401 3383
  • Dr J Dave, Consultant Microbiologist (Honorary)

Latest news

April 6, 2023

Immucor live at Croydon Hospital for blood transfusion

On Wednesday (4 April), the Croydon blood transfusion service went live with the Immucor system. Immucor is the leading provider of transfusion and transplantation diagnostic products in the UK. The new system is fully automated and has high accuracy.

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April 4, 2023

Hepatitis B and C screening in ED

In line with national guidance, Hepatitis B and C screening has now been introduced at Croydon Hospital. The purpose of the initiative is to identify cases of these diseases in patients who may not know they have them, so treatment can be offered early.

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November 4, 2022

Immunology services at St George’s and Epsom and St Helier Hospitals merging

Immunology services at St George’s and Epsom and St Helier Hospitals are merging into one service, which will be located at St George’s Hospital. This is taking place during October and November. 

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October 17, 2022

Microbiology services at SWLP live with a new Laboratory Information Management System

Microbiology at SWLP successfully went live with the new system on Monday 10 October. This marks a significant achievement for teams within SWLP and across the four trusts who have worked extremely hard to make this happen.

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