Inter Island Public Health Forum

Nicholas Cortes

Nicholas Cortes

Title of presentation: ‘Remote, yet Ever-Present: the GHA Medical Microbiology service.’

In September 2014 the first ever consultant – led Medical Microbiology service for the Gibraltar Health Authority was established. Adopting a unique service model, this faced the challenge of meeting an initially unknown level of demand, yet presented the opportunities of shaping a brand new clinical service. This is a reflection of four years of service provision & development across numerous fields such as antimicrobial stewardship, infection prevention, laboratory liaison and not least clinical microbiology & infectious diseases, including a taste of the fascinating clinical infection cases encountered in Gibraltar & the challenges faced in their clinical management.