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Dr Tim Planche

Clinical Director

MBBS, BSc, MSc, MCRP, FRCPath, MD

Based at: St George's Hospital

Background

Dr Planche qualified from St. Thomas’ Hospital in 1991. He trained in infectious diseases and microbiology and has been a consultant microbiologist for over 10 years. He was clinical lead for microbiology at St George’s Hospital and is now the clinical lead for microbiology for South West London Pathology.

Dr. Planche is also a senior lecturer at St. George’s University of London with extensive research experience. Dr Planche currently splits his time equally between clinical service and research. He also has an advisory role for a number of academic, professional and commercial organisations.

Areas of interest

Dr Planche has a long standing clinical interest in OPAT service, antibiotic resistance and resistance pseudomonas. He started research work in Ghana and Gabon conducting clinical trials and research on severe malaria. He then switched his research to focus on bacterial infections, particularly healthcare associated infections, C. difficile and sexually transmitted infections and became a senior lecturer.

Latest news

May 18, 2022

Issue with reports not being sent to GPs from South West London Pathology

We have become aware that no reports have been emailed out to some GPs since this morning. This is due to a lost connection with APEX and is affecting GPs in Kingston, Croydon, Richmond, Merton and Wimbledon.

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May 16, 2022

Point of Care Testing (POCT) at St George’s gets first UKAS accreditation

Last month, the SWLP POCT team received the exciting news that after two years of hard work, the blood gas and glucose meter service at St George’s was given full UKAS accreditation. It is the largest and most complex POCT service in the country to receive full accreditation, which proved challenging for both the POCT […]

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May 4, 2022

SWLP Point of Care Testing Team runs first community diagnostic outreach clinic

South West London CCG ran their first diagnostic outreach clinic in the community supported by our Point of Care Testing (POCT) team testing at-risk groups for diabetes. The clinic was run at a Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wandsworth where 34 members of the community were tested. Of that 34, 32 had abnormal results and two […]

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April 5, 2022

Reducing blood product wastage at Croydon Hospital

The team in Blood Transfusion at Croydon Hospital have been working hard to reduce wastage of blood products. They have been doing this by reassessing the holding stock levels, rotation of stock and usage of short-dated units. Procedural changes were put in place in December 2020 and there has already been a significant reduction in […]

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