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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

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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July 1, 2022

Refurbished Immunology and ED laboratories at St George’s Hospital get official opening

This week, the newly refurbished Immunology and Emergency Department (ED) laboratories at St George’s Hospital were officially opened by Trust Managing Director Kate Slemeck and Chief Operating Officer Anne Brierley. A ribbon cutting was held at each laboratory and Kate and Anne were given a tour around the refurbished spaces by laboratory staff. The Immunology […]

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June 24, 2022

HIV service at Croydon Hospital wins ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS awards

This week, it was announced that work to improve HIV outcomes at Croydon Hospital was awarded ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS 2021 awards. The work focused on the introduction of ‘opt-out’ HIV testing in the Emergency Department at Croydon Hospital, with a sustained rate of 97% over 18 months, setting an international gold standard. […]

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