Microbiology

a76The microbiology department at Airedale General Hospital offers a routine clinical microbiology service for investigation of infectious disease. Diagnostic tests including general bacteriology, culture and sensitivity, MRSA screening, cultures for acid fast bacilli (AFB), mycology, andrology screen for infertility, chlamydia and gonorrhoea screening using molecular techniques and parasitology. The service is under the clinical direction of a consultant microbiologist and director of infection prevention and control (currently vacant).

Screening samples for the identification of MRSA and clostridium difficile toxin detection are investigated for both community and hospital patients. We determine which antibiotics are the most useful to treat a particular infection. We also provide a screening service for specimens from contraceptive and sexual health (CASH). We work closely with our hospital and community infection control teams to help prevent the spread of infection.

The infection prevention team (IPT) comprises of a consultant microbiologist (the Trust’s director of infection prevention and control), Allison Charlesworth, matron infection prevention and the infection prevention nurses.

The infection prevention nurses are the first point of contact in the hospital for enquiries regarding infection prevention and control. There is also an out-of-hours service and the on call nurse can be contacted via Airedale switchboard.

StaffRoleTel No.
Vacant postConsultant Microbiologist & Director of Infection Prevention and ControlSecretary - 01535 293475
Sarah SharpSection Manager Microbiology01535 293460
Allison CharlesworthMatron Infection Prevention01535 294848