Dr Nizar Merali (MBchB, MBA, MRCGP, DGM, DDAM) is one of the founding partners at GP Direct. His special interests include managing men’s diseases in general, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart disease, depression and medico-legal work.
Dr Imtiaz Gulamali (MBBS, MRCPI, MRCGP) joined the Practice as a partner in 2003. His special interests include rheumatology, diabetes, respiratory medicine and cardiology. In addition his non-clinical interests lie within the field of medical education. He is currently a GP trainer, GP Appraiser and chair of Harrow CCG's Education Forum. He is currently the clinical governance lead within the Practice. Dr. Gulamali was awarded a Fellowship from the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2010.
Dr Tayyaba Sherif (MBBS, LRCP, MRCS) is one of the founding partners at GP Direct. Her special interests include family planning and child development. Dr Sherif is currently the Diabetes lead within the Practice.
Dr Rabia Yaqoob (MBBS, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG, DFFP) is one of the founding partners at GP Direct. Her special interests include female health, child health, chronic disease management and joint injection. She is currently a GP trainer, the women’s and children’s health lead within the Practice and is also the educational lead.
Dr Shahla Ahmad (BSc, MBBS, MRCGP) joined the Practice as a partner in 1999. Her special interests include family planning, child health surveillance, paediatrics, depression, teenage health issues and continuing care for the terminally ill. She is also involved in service redesign and until recently worked closely with the local health authority in reshaping services.
Dr Umar Khan (MBBS, MRCP) joined the Practice as a partner in 2002. His special interests include cardiology, nephrology (Kidney related issues), respiratory medicine, neurology, diabetes and care of the elderly. He currently works for NHS Harrow as a GP with a special interest in Cardiology.
Dr Uday Kumar (MBBS, MRCP(UK), MRCP(London), MRCGP, DRCOG, DCH, DGM, SCE (Diabetes and Endocrinology, RCP)) joined GP Direct in April 2013. He has a special interest in teaching and training. His special interests also include Diabetes, Chronic disease management, Rheumatology and musculoskeletal disorders, child health and geriatric medicine. Dr Kumar is the Practice prescribing lead.
Dr Wahid Shaida (MBBS, DCh, DFFP, MRCGP, PGCert (TPC)) has worked as a salaried GP at the Practice since 2002. His special interests lie in the field of medical education. He is a GP trainer for recently qualified doctors. He is currently the information governance and complaints lead within the Practice.
Dr Sanober Saleem (MBBS, MRCGP, DGM) joined the practice in March 2015. She completed her GP training in West Kent. She has a special interest in elderly care medicine and mental health problems. Her strengths include chronic disease management and women’s & children’s health.
Dr Sumaiya Zaheer (MBBS) joined the practice in May 2015. She completed her training in Watford in early 2014. Dr Zaheer has an interest in Women's health and Dermatology. Dr Zaheer returned from maternity leave in early 2017.
Dr Ajaykumar Trivedi (MBBS, MRCGP) joined the practice in March 2016 as a full time salaried GP. He has a wealth of experience as a GP and as a hospital clinician. he has a special interest in cardiology and chronic diseases.
Dr Joan St John (MBChb, MRCGP, DCH, DRCOG) joined the practice in November 2016. Dr St John is a highly experienced GP with a special interest in diabetes and family planning. She is a Diabetes UK Clinical Champion and also partakes in the baby and postnatal checks at the practice.
Dr Sarika Shah (MBBS, MA (Cantab), MRCP (UK), MRCGP) joined the practice as a salaried GP in September 2017 following completion of her GP Registrar training at the practice, she was under the Hillingdon training scheme. She completed a year of Core Medical Training prior to GP training. Her interests lie in General Medicine & Paediatrics. She would like to develop a specialist interest in Diabetes.
Abigail Matsika (RGN) joined the practice in September 2015 as part of an innovative role (Enhanced Practice Nurse) which has been piloted across Harrow. Abigail undertakes intensive management of patients with a range of specific needs, usually in their own homes. Abigail is currently working towards her independent prescribing and nurse practitioner qualfication.
Rachel Coles (RGN) joined the Practice in late of nurse lead. 2014. Rachel undertakes a varied role which includes seeing patients for minor illness, diabetic reviews and a range of other nursing tasks such as dressings, smears, vaccinations to name but a few. In the autumn of 2015 Rachel acquired the role
Mairead Flavin (RGN) has been at GP Direct since its inception. She has been a pillar at the Practice with well over 30 years nursing experience under her belt. In addition to her general nursing duties she undertakes cryotherapy to remove warts/verrucas/skin tags at the Practice.
Bisy Joseph (RGN) joined the Practice in April 2016 to pursue a career in general practice. She brings with her many years experience as a hospital nurse. Bisy undertakes a variety of tasks including dressings, smears, childhood immunisations, travel vaccinations, ear syringing, ECGs among other tasks.
Our Supporting Healthcare Staff
Mano Ravindran has been at the Practice since 2007 as a doctors’ assistant undertaking a varied role which includes chronic disease management, taking ECGs, blood pressure checks and new patient health checks. She also has a key role as a medical note summariser which entails summarising the key medical information from paper records into our clinical system of new patients.
Radhika Lakhani is our full time practice pharmacist. She deals with patient medication queries (you can book a telephone consultation with her), processing query repeat prescriptions and working with the local health authority to ensure best practice with prescribing guidelines. She joined the practice in July 2016 and is actively working towards becoming an independent prescriber. We envisage Radhika’s role expanding significantly in the near future to include medication and chronic disease reviews.
Omer Hussein is our Service Development Manager. He is responsible for service developments and improvements within the Practice. He also has a key role in IT and communications at GP Direct. He has a real passion for improving services and communication with patients.
Bimal Gandhi is our Practice Manager and is responsible for the smooth running of the organisation. Bimal brings with him a wealth of experience in general practice. He joined the practice in April 2017.
Margaret Lovett is our Receptionist Manager. She has played a pivotal role in the day to day running of the Surgery since starting as a receptionist here in 2001.
Naznin Merali is our Financial Supervisor ensuring the smooth running of financial matters of the organisation on a day to day basis. She also organises the doctors’ rota and training needs of the Practice.
Gillian Coe (MAMS) is our Medical Secretary. She is the main point of contact for referral queries within the Practice; she is supported by other members of the team to ensure referrals are processed in a timely and accurate manner.
Receptionist and Administration Team
Our receptionist and admin team are the backbone of the Surgery supporting the clinical and management team in meeting the needs of our patients. The team of around 20 strong deals with appointments, registrations, medical record management, processing medical reports and helping process referrals, to name only a few of their varied tasks.
Other members of the primary health care team include the health visitors, the district nursing team and midwives.