Newcastle Laboratories

Dr. Kathy Walton


Laboratory Medicine Management Team, Microbiology & Virology Services

Consultant Microbiologist

Head of Department, Consultant Microbiologist

Qualifications:MB ChB, MRCPath, FRCPath

Kathy trained in Bristol, Manchester and Newcastle before taking up her post as Consultant Microbiologist in Newcastle in 1994. She has been Head of the Department of Microbiology & Virology since 2013.

Her clinical interests include infection in patients with complicated urinary tract infections, bronchiectasis, infective endocarditis and intracardiac electronic device infections. She has a particular interest in infection in immunocompromised patients including liver transplant recipients. Kathy is very active in medical education; she is Joint Head of School for Laboratory Medicine, Health Education North East and a senior examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists. Her research is clinically orientated and mainly related to urology and bronchiectasis.

Recent publications:
Pickard R, Lam T, MacLennan G, Starr K, Kilonzo M, McPherson G, Gillies K, McDonald A, Walton KE, Buckley B, Glazener C, Boachie C, Burr J, Norrie J, Vale L, Grant A, N’Dow J
Antimicrobial catheters for reduction of symptomatic urinary tract infection in adults requiring short-term catheterisation in hospital: a multicentre randomised controlled trial.
Lancet 2012; 380 (9857):1927–1935

De Soyza A, Perry A, Hall A J, Sunny S, Walton KE, Mustafa N, Turton J, Kenna DT, Winstanley C.
Molecular Epidemiological Analysis Suggests Cross Infection with Pseudomonas aeruginosa is Rare in Non-Cystic Fibrosis Bronchiectasis.
European Respiratory Journal 2014; 43(3):900-3.

Kanagasundaram NS, Perry JD, Hoenich NA, Clark RA, Fraser RA, Walton KE.
Fluids for continuous renal replacement therapy — an evaluation of microbial integrity.
International Journal of Artificial Organs 2015; 38(1):13-6.

McDonnell MJ, Jary HR, Perry A, MacFarlane JG, Hester KLM, Small T, Molyneux C, Perry JD, Walton KE, De Soyza A.
Non cystic fibrosis bronchiectasis: A longitudinal retrospective observational cohort study of Pseudomonas persistence and resistance.
Respiratory Medicine 2015; 109: 716-726.