MBChB, MRCP, MRCGP, DTMH
- General Practitioner
My research is the diagnosis and management of the common infections that cause people to present in primary care.
I am interested in new technologies to help diagnose the infectious causes of coughs more accurately, which may help us identify when antibiotics are likely to be helpful and when they are not. This could then help target antibiotics more effectively and avoid the risks associated with their unnecessary use.
Although around 1/3 of us have the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus living harmlessly on our skin, sometimes it can cause skin infections. In the majority of cases treatment is straightforward, but when it becomes resistant to antibiotics, treatment can be more difficult. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is the most well recognised example of antibiotic resistant Staphylococcus aureus and I am part of a large group exploring how Staphylococcus aureus survives in the community and develops resistance to antibiotics.
I am also studying new models of care for urinary tract infections. These are very common in primary care and people have often tried simple measures to help their symptoms before they seek help. When these measures fail, I am interested in how to help people get access to effective treatment promptly and safely.
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