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Specialist Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Unit (SACU) 2021


About SACU and contacts 

The Specialist Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Unit (SACU) provides the antimicrobial resistance reference service for Wales, offering resistance mechanism determination and therapeutic guidance. 

SACU is also the British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) Testing laboratory, collaborating with the European Committee on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing (EUCAST) to develop EUCAST disc diffusion methods and breakpoints. The unit also provides expert advice regarding susceptibility testing from laboratories around the UK as well as organising 2x 3-day workshops and 2x 1-day conferences each year.  

The research side of the unit collaborates with many academic institutions and commercial businesses on European wide clinical trials and studies, acting as the central laboratory. Clinical trials and studies focus on reducing antibiotic use in primary care; using SACU expertise in microbiology and antimicrobial resistance detection. The unit offers novel antimicrobial evaluation and validation of commercial products. 


Specialist Antimicrobial Chemotherapy Unit 

Public Health Wales Microbiology  

Public Health Wales Microbiology Cardiff                               


University Hospital of Wales 

DX 6070100 

Heath Park 

Cardiff 90 CF 



CF14 4XW 




Tel:  029 21 842 170 (lab) 


Tel: 029 21 843 610 (office) 




Hours of operation: 


Monday – Friday 08:30 - 17:00 



Reference Service staff:

Clinical Lead Dr Lim Jones
Consultant Scientist/Operational Manager Dr Mandy Wootton
Consultant Microbiologist Dr Robin Howe
Senior BioMedical Scientist Kerry Prime
Senior BioMedical Scientist Dr Massimo Mentasti
BioMedical Scientist Swati Khan
Associate Practitioner Joseph Westlake
BioMedical Support Worker Hannah Parsons

 Research & Development Staff:

Medical Technical Officer Leanne Davies
Medical Technical Officer Jennifer Richards