Our Practice is a teaching Practice. Our Registrars are fully-qualified Doctors who have chosen General Practice as the career they wish to pursue. They spend one year with us and are closely supervised by Doctors to ensure that they are able to provide care of the same standard as that provided by your Doctor.
Foundation Year Doctors
As part of our training commitment, we also have “FY2” Doctors in our surgeries. These Doctors are not yet fully qualified and join us typically for 3 months as part of their training rotation.
We also teach medical students. A medical student may be present while you are having a consultation with your Doctor. You will always be told if a student is going to be present. If you wish to see the Doctor alone, please tell the receptionists and nobody will take offence!
Dr Ola trained as a GP in 2016 from Southampton after having worked as a Paediatric Trainee in West Yorkshire, Glasgow and Teesside. He enjoys all facets of general practice especially Mental Health and Dermatology. He lives in Whiteley and likes reading and photography.
Dr Chhapia joined Portsdown Group Practice in 2019.
Dr Helen Gadsden qualified from St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College in 2001 and completed her GP training in Poole. She moved to the Portsmouth area in 2009 with her husband and was a partner at a practice in Waterlooville for 6 years before joining PGP in 2015. She works mainly at CPH and has interests in women's health and family planning. She spends her time outside work with her young family and enjoys running and gardening.
MBBS London, BSc, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip Occ Med
Dr Jayesh Gohil qualified from St Thomas' Hospital, London in 1992. He joined Portsdown Group Practice in 1996. His main interests include dermatology, occupational medicine, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine. He enjoys walking and gardening and spending time with his young family.
Dr Kipgen qualified from Barts and the London Medical School in 2006 (MBBS). He completed his GP training in Dorset in 2015 (MRCGP). He has a broad range of experience gained from hospital posts earlier in his career; these include paediatrics, sexual health, orthopaedics and emergency medicine. In his spare time he enjoys hill-walking and is a keen amateur chef. He also enjoys playing and watching sport especially rugby and football.
MA MB Camb, BChir, MRCP, DCH, MRCGP
Karen qualified in 1991 and has worked at Cosham Park House since 1998. Her specialist field is cardiology and Diabetes. With four young sons and a husband in the Navy, Karen spends most of her spare time as her family’s taxi driver.
MBBS, DTM&H, DGM, MRCGP
Dr Ko Ko Laing qualified in 1989, his previous surgery in Victory Road merged with the Portsdown Group in April 2010. He is a highly experienced GP, is based in Kingston Crescent Surgery he has a number of special interest which includes medicine, rheumatology and joint injections. He is a keen tennis player and also enjoys travel.
Dr Philip Monnery qualified from ST George’s Hospital Medical School in 1991, Undertaking a career in the Royal Air force. Initially undertaking surgical training and specialising in Ear, Nose and Throat he became a consultant in the Military in 2006. A change in life goals meant a change to general practice in 2009. He joined Portsdown Group Practice in 2015 and maintains his special interest in ENT and is responsible for the Portsdown Travel Clinic. He is married to Alison and has three children who keep them both very busy. He likes nothing better than to relax in the garden and is frequently seen with either a chainsaw or an axe, what could go wrong!?
MBBS London, DRCOG, DFFP, MSc, MRCGP
Richard qualified in 1986 and has worked at Crookhorn Lane since 1994. His special expertise is in ultrasound-scanning, and he runs specialist clinics within the practice. Richard also runs a scanning clinic at QA Hospital. A fervent ex-rugby player (and All Blacks supporter) he spends a disproportionate amount of his leisure time training his dogs.
Initially trained in London as a mature student before moving to the south coast 10 years ago, training at Queen Alexandra Hospital and eventually joining Portsdown Group Practice. Has a special interest in mental health. Has two young daughters and enjoys spending most of his free time with his family.
BSc, MBBS, DRCOG, DGM, DCH, MRCGP
Dr Andrew Plane studied for a degree in physiology (1980) before qualifying in medicine in 1986 at University College London. He has a particular interest in elderly medicine, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
Outside work he is particularly interested in regular exercise and a healthy diet. He also likes to play the piano, gardening and spending time with his family. He likes music from all genres and is very keen on going to various gigs and festivals. He is an avid reader and goes to regular book club meetings. He and his wife are hoping to buy a camper van and to travel extensively in the near future!
MBBS, MRCPCH, DCH, DFSRH, MRCGP
Dr Andrew Ozzard qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ medical school in 1998. He spent the next 10 years working in and around London before moving his growing family back towards the south coast in 2009 on taking up a partnership at the practice. He is based mainly in Cosham but can pop up anywhere at any time. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his children, the gym, travelling and gardening….though not always in that order!
BM Soton, DRCOG, DFFP, DCH, MRCGP
Dr Shepherd qualified in 1996 and worked at Crookhorn Lane Surgery from 2001 until 2014, when she moved down to Somerstown to join the clinical team there. She specialises in women’s health and family planning, she is also a GP trainer.
Dr Shepherd spends most of her time with her young family enjoys keeping fit, cycling and running regularly, as well as being a green belt in Tae Kwando.
BM, DRCOG, MBA
Profile coming soon
MBBS, MRCP, RCGP
Dr Lucy Stradling qualified in 2007 and joined the practice in 2014 after completing GP training in Portsmouth. She now works at the Somerstown surgery and aso does some shifts at QAH. When not working Lucy enjoy walking, swimming and has recently learnt to knit!
BM Soton, DRCOG, DFFP, MRCGP
Dr Andy Whittamore qualified from Southampton University Medical School in 2000. First coming to the practice in 2003, he completed his GP training and joined Portsdown as one of the Partners at Crookhorn Lane. He specialises in Respiratory disease and works for 2 days per week for Asthma UK as their Clinical Lead. He enjoys spending time with his family, walking their dog and travelling when possible.
BMBS Nottingham, MRCPCH, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH
Dr Sarah Swindells qualified in 2004 and after a period of time in Derby and the Peak District, she joined the Portsdown Group as a salaried GP in 2010, she later became a Partner in the practice in June 2015. Sarah works at the Cosham and Paulsgrove surgeries. Dr Swindells is also a trainer. She has a particular fondness for shoes.
Our Nurse Practitioners work very closely with the Duty Doctor. They are qualified to Degree Level and provide outstanding levels of care in our duty clinics and across the practice in general.
Tina has worked for the practice since October 2016 after working at Queen Alexander Hospital for the past 13 years, during that time she has worked as a senior sister on the medical assessment unit and ambulatory clinic as a nurse specialist. She is currently working towards her master‘s in nurse practitioning.
BSc (HONS) Specialist Community Practitioner (District Nursing)
Heather qualified in 1994 as an Adult RN with a Diploma in Higher Education. She went on to complete her degree in 2001 to become a qualified District Nurse. After working as a District Nursing Sister for 10 years she took on further study to become a Community Matron working in Solent NHS Trust. She joined Portsdown Group Practice in 2015 focusing on preventing unnecessary hospital admissions for the more vulnerable patients in the practice. Heather has an interest in Learning Disabilities and the elderly frail patients. She is the lead nurse for both these specialities and carries out reviews both in the surgery and in the patient’s own home if they are housebound. Heather works across all of the Portsdown Group sites, she also carries out visits to the housebound patients and the patients in residential and nursing homes to administer their yearly flu vaccinations.
Qualified in 1998 and worked as a Senior Sister in an outer London A&E before travelling overseas to Australia for 3 years, during this time worked both within a large trauma centre/A&E and cosmetic surgery before returning to the UK to become a Nurse Practitioner in the Minor Injuries Unit at St Mary’s Hospital for 11 years. In 2008 completed Advanced History Taking and Clinical Assessment at Brighton University followed by becoming an Independent and Supplementary prescriber in 2013. Predominately working at Kingston Crescent and Somerstown.
Maria Mills has spent the past 30 years working in Portsmouth, the last 15 years being spent as a senior sister / nurse practitioner within the emergency department. She has a special interest in cardiology. Out of work she spends time with the grandchildren or in France.
Paramedic Specialist Practitioner
Angela qualified as a SEN (State Enrolled Nurse) in 1986 then as an RGN (Registered General Nurse) in 1998 with over 30 years experience in nursing predominantly in care of the elderly, for the last 10 years she managed an end of life / continuing care NHS unit in the community. Angela qualified as an independent nurse prescriber in 2012 and joined the practice as a nurse practitioner in May 2015 she predominately works at the Cosham Surgery.
We have several Practice Nurses who see patients on an appointment system from Monday to Friday. They work closely with the Doctors and are able to advise on various health problems. As well as performing general nursing duties such as changing dressings, removing stitches and ear syringing, they also run specialist clinics for those with asthma, diabetes and hypertension. Further clinics are planned including family planning and HRT clinics. They also carry out adult and child immunisations, cervical smears and give advice on travel-related health issues. An appointment can be made via the receptionists.
Group Business Manager
Business Intelligence Manager
The practice management team is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The management team supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also help to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Our receptionists have first contact with the patients. It is their job to help and advise you within the guidelines laid down by the Doctors and the Managers. They are fully trained and operate within a strict code of confidentiality. The more detail you give them of your requirements, the better they will be able to provide the service you will need.
Surgery Team Leader (Kingston Crescent)
Surgery Team Leader (Cosham Park House)
Surgery Team Leader (Crookhorn Lane)
Surgery Team Manager (All Surgeries)
We have four secretaries who deal with a vast amount of day-to-day secretarial work within the practice. We also have a secretarial team administrator who provides support to the secretaries. The senior secretary works along side the team and leads on new initiatives.
We have a number of Community Midwives attached to the Practice to provide maternity services to our patients.
There are several attached Community Nurses who care for the patients confined to their homes and requiring nursing assistance.
Health Visitors are experienced, specialised trained nurses who promote health and prevent ill-health, primarily with babies and children.
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