Keith Cartwright MA BM FRCP FRCPath FFPH

Professor of Clinical Microbiology

Professor Cartwright was Director of the Public Health Laboratory at Gloucester from 1981 to 1995 and then Group Director of PHLS South West until the closure of the PHLS in 2003. His final post before retirement in July 2004 was as Head of Intervention Policy and R&D for the newly created Health Protection Agency.

He retains his positions as Professor of Clinical Microbiology, University of Bristol (personal Chair) and Medical Director, The Meningitis Trust.

His principal research interests have been in the epidemiology, diagnosis and management of meningococcal disease and other severe community-acquired infections.

He retired from the UK Department of Health's Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation in 2006 but continues as a member of the HPA Meningococcus Forum and Pneumococcus and Hib Forum.

He now undertakes a substantial amount of medico-legal work, mainly in the field of meningitis and other central nervous system infections, and continues to undertake clinical trials of new vaccines.


What is childbed fever?

Childbed fever is an infection of the womb in new mothers which can lead to septicaemia. If left untreated infection will cause organ failure and death - even in young, fit mothers.
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What's the aim?

We would like every parent and every midwife and doctor to know that childbed fever is still a very real threat to a mother's life.
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Who is Jessica?

Jessica Palmer was a Mum. She died in June 2004, at 34 years old, of childbed fever caused by Group A streptococcus.
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