PGP Pulse

Welcome to PGP Patient Pulse, the official patient newsletter of Portsdown Group Practice. Please continue to read to stay informed about what is going on in our surgeries.


Dr Helen Gadsden


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 Cosham Park House 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.

Dr Jayesh Gohil

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 Peter Kipgen


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.

Dr Karen Kyd


Dr Kyd qualified in 1991 and has worked at Cosham Park House since 1998. Her specialist fields are cardiology and Diabetes.

Dr Ko Ko Laing


Dr 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


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!?

Dr David Mosley


Dr Mosley 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. He has a special interest in mental health. He has two young daughters and enjoys spending most of his free time with his family.

Dr Andrew Plane


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.

Dr Shane Lookit

Dr Lookit joined Portsdown Group Practice from Hanway Surgery in May 2020.

Dr Andrew Ozzard


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!

Dr Liz Shepherd


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.

Dr Lucy Stradling


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!

Dr Andrew Whittamore


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.

Dr Sarah Swindells


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.

Dr Ebadur Chowdhury


Trained in the north east of England. He joined Portsdown group in 2019. He has special interest in Minor Surgery, Joint Injections and Diabetes. He enjoys spending times with his young family and Travelling.

Dr Shamilia Somasundram

BMedSci (Hons), BMBS (UK) 2007, MRCGP 2012, DFSRH, CME 2013

Dr Somasundram graduated from University of Nottingham in 2007, completed GP training in 2012 and worked in East Midlands area for a number of years. Also qualified to become GP Trainer in 2013 due to her passion for teaching. She also has a special interest in Women’s Health. When she is not at work – most of her time is spent with her husband travelling and they both enjoy a good hike !

Dr Simon Donhou

BM EM Cert. (ACEM) GP Cert. (Derm) DCH FRACGP 

 Dr Donhou graduated from Southampton University in 2009. He worked at Queen Alexandra hospital for 2 years before moving to the Gold Coast of Australia. There, he worked in Emergency Medicine, Orthopaedics and Intensive Care Medicine. He specialised as a GP in 2016 and has special interests in both dermatology and paediatrics. He enjoys cycling, triathlons and football, but mostly loves spending quality time with his family. He’d also be lying if he said he didn’t miss the Aussie weather!

Dr Sally Hawkins

Dr Hawkins qualified as a doctor in 2002 from the University of Liverpool, and began her career training as a surgeon before becoming a GP. She has had a very varied career as a GP working  in GP surgeries, A&E, teaching medical students at the university and was Clinical Lead of a busy urgent care centre for many years. She joined Portsdown in 2021 and works part time in the e-hub responding to e-consults. In addition Dr Hawkins currently works as a digital GP for an online company,  and also provides some locum NHS GP work in her local area.  Outside of work she enjoys  spending time with her young family.

Dr Harpal Marwaha

Dr Marwaha studied medicine at St. George’s University London and qualified in 2005. He completed GP training in 2010, and joined the practice in 2021. He has an interest in teaching and has 1st and 2nd year medical students from Southampton University regularly attend the surgery as part of their training.

Dr Daniel Jalil

Dr Jalil was born and brought up in Portsmouth. He read Medicine at Cardiff University, where he qualified in 2015. He spent his first 2 years as a junior doctor in Leicester, before returning back to Portsmouth, to come home and help the community he grew up with. During his training to become a GP, he worked at Portsdown Group Practice, and decided to stay on post completing his GP training in 2021.

Dr Sian Evans

After graduating from the University of Bristol Medical School in 2011, Dr Evans moved to London for her postgraduate training, completing her GP training on the UCLH scheme in 2017. She joined Portsdown Group Practice as a remote GP in 2021. She has post graduate diplomas in contraception and women’s health (Diploma of Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists). She enjoys spending her free time with family and friends, keeping fit and trying new gym classes.

Dr Chantal Nicholson


Dr Nicholson joined the Portsdown Group Practice from Hanway Surgery when they merged in 2020. She qualified in 2003 and has been working as a GP in the Hampshire area since completing her GP training in 2011. She has an interest in Women’s Health and, as a qualified coil fitter she will be overseeing the new Coil fitting service at Portsdown.

Dr Junayd Nackvi


Dr Junayd Nackvi qualified from Barts and the London SMD in 2015 and completed his GP training in Portsmouth. He has a special interest in both Ophthalmology (Eyes) and ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat). He spends his time outside of work with family and enjoys going to the gym and tinkering with cars.

Dr Mariam Safdar

Dr Safdar completed her primary medical qualification from Pakistan in 2012. After working there for a year, she came to UK in 2014 and completed her GP training in 2019. She has been working in Portsmouth since she qualified as a GP.
She also has a keen interest in education and equality and diversity. She works as a Training Programme Director for the MidWessex GP school with special interest in mentoring junior doctors that have qualified abroad and are new to the NHS.

Dr Mahwish Baig

Dr Baig completed his MRCGP in 2021 from Hull and since then has worked as a salaried GP in different surgeries across Humber trust in East Yorkshire. He joined Portsdown Group Practice in May 2022. When not working, he loves going swimming and spending time with his family. 

Dr Perminder Sethi

Dr Sethi joined the team at Portsdown in early 2021, after working in several settings across Portsmouth. He has been a GP since 2005 and has worked extensively in urgent care.

He is from London, and completed medical training there. Dr Sethi arrived in Portsmouth after working abroad in Australia and falling in love with living by the sea. A second spell of working overseas took him to Tanzania and deepened an interest in Public Health, which he explored more fully by undertaking a Masters back in London.

Dr Tijanna Stubbs


Dr Stubbs grew up in Portsmouth, before moving to London to complete her BSc and subsequently graduating in Medicine from Bristol university in 2014. She joined the practice as a GP registrar in 2018 and on qualifying, remained part of the team. She has a particular interest in Womens Health. She lives locally with her husband and one year old who keeps her busy! In her spare time, she loves to read, travel and ski.

Dr Clinton Ohaa


Dr Ohaa Completed his medical school in 2015 from the University of Lagos, Nigeria . He then went further to work in surgical specialities in Ireland before moving over to Portsmouth to undertake specialist training in general practice. He completed his GP training in Portsmouth with Portsdown Group in February 2024 and has remained with the practice. He has interest in minor surgery , health care management and medical education.

Dr Genevieve Baragwanath

Dr Baragwanath joined the practice as a GP in 2022 having completed her registrar training there. She qualified from medical school in 2010, and spent the following 8 years rotating around hospitals in the south/southwest, initially doing a variety of medical and surgical jobs before undertaking training in Diabetes and Endocrinology. During her endocrine training, she spent some time doing medical research into the rarer forms of diabetes, known as monogenic diabetes, before deciding to move from secondary to primary care.