Practice Staff

Our Doctors

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 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

Dr Farhana Dudhia (MBBS) joined the practice as a salaried GP in June 2018. Dr Dudhia has over 10 years experience as a GP and completed her medical training at St Georges. She worked in various practices across North West London and has been involved in training medical students and being a supervisor for clinical pharmacists. Dr Dudhia has a specialist interest in Dermatology and Women's Health.

Dr Thushiga Kasippilliai is currently working as a trainee GP at the practice as part of an international GP recruitment scheme, she completed her education and GP training in Holland before coming to the UK. Once she has completed her training within general practice in the UK, which is expected in mid-2020, she will continue working with GP Direct as a salaried GP for at least another year and half. In addition to speaking English fluently Dr Kasippillai also speaks Dutch and Tamil fluently. She is also able to understand German.

Our Nurses

Claire Townend (RGN) joined the practice in October 2018. She has a broad range of skills in general practice, having worked in this role for several years. Claire sees patients in respect of their long-term condition reviews such as diabetes and asthma care as well as undertaking dressings, ECGs, vaccinations (including travel and childhood) and smears. In January 2020 Claire was appointed as the practice’s nurse lead.

Zorah Lee (RGN and independent prescribing nurse practitioner) joined the Practice in early 2018 having previously worked at the practice a few years ago. Zorah is an independent prescriber and primarily sees patients in respect of the acute (same day) minor illnesses and also long-term management of diseases (e.g. diabetes and asthma). However, she is also able to support the nursing team with dressings, smears, childhood immunisations, travel vaccinations, ear syringing, ECGs among other tasks when required.

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.  

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' of 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. 

Natasha Mistry is our full-time independent prescribing pharmacist. She undertakes a wide range of tasks including diabetic reviews, pill checks, assessing and treating some minor illness conditions, 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 2018.


Practice Staff

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. 

Samantha Sharkey joined us as our practice manager in June 2018. Samantha brings 15 years of NHS experience with her and has worked as a senior manager for a GP provider organisation. Samantha ensures that the practice runs smoothly, overseeing both the admin and reception teams. 

Naznin Merali is our Deputy Manager and Financial Supervisor ensuring the smooth running of financial matters of the organisation on a day to day basis and providing support to the management team.

Paula Griffiths is our Administration Manager. She has been at the practice since 2013 and plays an instrumental role in ensuring the practice administrative systems run smoothly. This entails overseeing new registrations, processing of clinical correspondence, recall sysems (such as long-term condition reviews and childhood immunisation invites), supporting the clinical team with an array of tasks including referrals.  

Sangeeta Patel is our Receptionist Manager having recently joined the practice in July 2018. She has over 18 years of experience in the NHS. She ensures that patients receive a high quality service from the reception team.

Margaret Lovett is our Receptionist Supervisor. She has played a pivotal role in the day to day running of the Surgery since starting as a receptionist here in 2001 and helps train and develop the more junior members of the reception team.


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.