Carolyn Hemsley

Clinical lead and infectious diseases and microbiology consultant/lead for OPAT service


Carolyn Hemsley is the infection lead for Guy's Hospital and works with Synnovis infection science laboratories.

She joined Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust as a consultant in infectious diseases and microbiology in 2007. She was clinical and service lead for microbiology and infection from 2014 to 2021, including a leadership role in supporting the infection science laboratories and specifically the microbiology laboratory service. 

Carolyn set up, and leads, the outpatient parenteral antimicrobial therapy service (OPAT). This supports people in the community who are receiving intravenous antimicrobials. She runs an OPAT and general and bone infection clinic at Guy's Hospital. The infection clinic has a focus on long-term infections such as bone and joint infections, deep-seated and organ space collections and fungal infections.

She supports the Cancer Centre at Guy's, managing infection in cancer patients. Carolyn also has an interest in the management of infection in non-HIV patients who have a weakened immune system.

Education and training

  • Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (BMBCh) Masters (MA), Oxford University
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP)
  • Fellow of the Royal  College of Pathologists (FRCPath)
  • Wellcome Trust training fellowship, 2000

Last updated: January 2023

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