Infection control

Infection control

Infection Prevention & Control services worldwide, including New Zealand, have been challenged by outbreaks and the emergence of multiple resistant organisms as an increasing cause of nosocomial infections in hospitals, long term care facilities and the community. Infection Prevention & Control procedures and protocols are an important part of healthcare management.

Although the principles of Infection Prevention & Control remain unchanged, evolving knowledge, technologies, equipment, and data require continuous evaluation of current Infection Prevention & Control practices. The nature of general practice, residential patient care and hospital settings may require specific strategies directed to the prevention of transmission of pathogens among healthcare workers, patients and visitors.

Our Infection Control Specialists have broad based experience in primary, secondary and tertiary care infection control. They are available to guide and advise you on current procedures, future programmes and infection control outbreak management and prevention. 

Arlo Upton

Clinical Microbiologist

Arlo is the main contact for all clinical microbiology matters. Dr Upton is a graduate Of Otago Medical School and completed most of her training in Auckland, in both infectious diseases and clinical microbiology. Dr Upton was Medical Director at Labtests, Auckland, for three years before relocating to Dunedin with her husband in early 2018. Arlo will continue to live in Dunedin with regular travel to Christchurch and Timaru. She looks forward to interactions with her medical, nursing, and midwifery colleagues in the Canterbury regions and South Canterbury.

Contact Arlo by email below or Tel: (03) 4702690 or Mob: 021 021 59863

Jacquie Leaman

Microbiology Head of Department

Jacquie Leaman is Charge Medical Laboratory Scientist in Christchurch, with specialist qualifications in microbiology and immunology. Jacquie trained and qualified at Christchurch Hospital and has been with Southern Community Laboratories for many years in Christchurch. She has special interest in skin, fungi and urine bacteriology. Jacquie has had many years hospital and community experience in infection control.

Contact Jacquie by email below of call (03) 359 0944

Clinical microbiologist roster

We always have a rostered Clinical Microbiologist available via phone to provide advice and answer your queries.