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Southampton Information

Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust

SUHT has approximately 1400 beds mainly at Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital. It functions as a District General Hospital and as a Regional/Supra-regional specialist hospital. Specialist units include Paediatric Oncology and Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery (including Paediatric), Neuro Surgery, and Eye Surgery. Other specialist work includes management of patients with Cystic Fibrosis, malignant disease (radiotherapy and bone marrow transplants) and complicated Orthopaedic surgery. CHST has facilities for elderly care, psychiatric and psychogeriatric patients as well as acute facilities. The trust is designated as a cancer centre.

Southampton Health Protection Agency Laboratory

The regional HPA Microbiology Laboratory at Southampton is part of the Regional Microbiology Network of Health Protection Agency laboratories. The laboratory is fully accredited by CPA and fully accredited by UKAS and provides all clinical and diagnostic infection services to Southampton University Hospitals Trust ( SUHT ), Community Health Services Trust ( CHST ) and General Practices, via a contract. In addition, it has a wider remit to provide public health microbiology services across the South East region. This supports Health Protection Units in their management of infection outbreaks in the community and supports individual Trusts in preventing healthcare-acquired infection. Regional HPA services based in Southampton include the Lyme Referral Unit, the HPA Regional Molecular Epidemiology Unit and the Wessex Environmental Microbiology Service.

During 2007 / 2008, 420,000 specimens were received of which approximately 30% were from General Practice. The population covered by the laboratory’s catchment area is 480,000. A range of microbiological services is provided including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology, and food and environmental microbiology. The molecular diagnostic service offers a range of diagnostic PCRs and surveillance assays to assist infection control. 

The trainee will be exposed to a wide range of clinical and management problems and teaching of all staff groups is encouraged. Infection prevention is a key activity and the trainee will gain considerable exposure to this. There is an active Infection Control Team and the SpR will contribute on a regular basis and contribute to the development and review of policies and infection control projects. There is access to research and microbiology training facilities in the University Microbiology Department. There are close links to Communicable Disease Control based at the Health Protection Unit and secondment is recommended.

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