Doctors & Staff
We have 6 GP Partner’s in our practice Dr Saied Pourghazi (GP Lead), Dr Fergus MacLean, Dr Chris Tervit, Dr Fiona Maxwell, Dr Katie Mitchell & Dr Parvinder Dhillon.
Dr SAIED POURGHAZI
ChB (Glasgow 1992) MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP
I was born and brought up in Iran but moved to the UK when I was a teenager.
I qualified from Glasgow University in 1992. I spent the first 8 years of my career working in hospitals in different specialities in and around Glasgow. I joined this practice in 2004 as a full time partner.
I would like to think of myself as a generalist but there are some areas that I have a special interest in. These are;
- Treatment of patients with Drug and alcohol addiction,
- Minor surgery,
- Care of terminally ill patients,
- Mental health.
Dr CHRIS TERVIT
ChB (Glasgow 1996), MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip GUM
Please forgive me but I am an east-coaster originally(!) – from Edinburgh….but I have been in the west since 1991 when I started medical school at Glasgow University. And yes all my relatives are from Scotland – although we think the name like many may be originally Scandinavian.
After graduation from Glasgow University in 1996, I spent the next seven years doing various hospital specialities and doing my training GP year in Possilpark Glasgow. I joined the practice here in 2003 when it was Dr McNamee and Partners.
I enjoy the diversity of general practice patient issues and working alongside a great team of colleagues here. I have a special interest in genitourinary medicine (aka sexual health) and work at Sandyford Renfrewshire hub every Wednesday.
I am keen on teaching both our GP trainees who come through the practice and medical students at Glasgow University. I am also involved in some medico-political group like the LMC and some CHP groups to help shape better services for patients.
Dr FERGUS MACLEAN
MB BS (Newcastle 1995) B.Med.Sci FRCP(Edin) MRCGP
I am originally from Edinburgh but most of my family holidays were spent on the West Coast. I feel at home here.
I studied in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and set out on a hospital career. I travelled to New Zealand to do further work in blood related medicine (haematology). I lived there for a couple of years before returning to Scotland. I then worked in cancer therapy in Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow to do terminal care medicine at Hunter’s Hill Hospice. I then did some work in General Practice and liked it. I decided to follow a career in it – a move I have been very happy with!
I was a partner in a semi-rural practice for 5 years before joining the team at Levenside in 2009.
I like the mix of General practice – the work and the people. I enjoy all aspects but have retained an interest in general medicine, elderly care, cancer care and blood medicine. I have a special interest in bone health in which the commonest condition is ‘brittle bone disease’ or osteoporosis. I work one day a week in a hospital setting for this.
Dr FIONA MAXWELL
ChB (Edinburgh 2003), MRCGP, DRCOG
I grew up in Glasgow and studied medicine in Edinburgh, graduating in 2003. It wasn’t long before I migrated back to the west coast and I spent the next few years working in a range of hospital posts before completing my training as a GP in Alexandria. I started working in Levenside in July 2009 and have really appreciated the friendly welcome from patients and staff.
I am interested in all aspects of General Practice and enjoy the variety of work but special interests include family planning and women’s health.
Dr KATIE MITCHELL
ChB (Aberdeen 2008), MRCGP, DFSRH
I was brought up on a farm in Dumfries and Galloway, where I still go frequently to see family. I moved to Aberdeen to study medicine in 2003. On graduation in 2008, I moved to Glasgow where I completed my junior doctor years and GP training.
I have been part of the Levenside Team since 2014, and I have been made very welcome by staff and patients.
I enjoy all parts of General Practice. But some of my main interests include family planning, women’s health, and children’s health. I also enjoy being involved in the training of medical students from Glasgow University.
Dr PARVINDER DHILLON
ChB (Dundee 2005), MRCGP
I was born and raised in Glasgow and qualified from Dundee University in 2005. I came back to this side of the country for my junior hospital jobs and then my GP training programme.
After qualifying as a GP, I worked as a ‘Portfolio GP’ for NHS Forth Valley, working in General Practice surgeries, prison services and numerous community hospitals thoughout the region. Thereafter I mainly worked as a salaried GP in Falkirk for several years.
I joined Levenside in May 2017, and feel very happy to be part of this team. As well as caring for patients, I enjoy assisting the GP trainees and medical students from Glasgow University.
Once a fortnight, from October to May, we have two (sometimes three) medical students with us for a day. You may be asked if you mind them sitting in while you see the doctor. At times we ask people with interesting stories, symptoms or findings to come in and meet the students to help them learn about certain medical conditions.
We are a Training Practice, which means we help qualified doctors train to become GP’s. Trainees, also called GP Registrars, are required at times to video their consultations for learning purposes.
At the present time we have Dr Ili Suhaimi.
Gillian, Jackie and Elaine make up our practice nursing team. Appointments with the nurses can be booked in advance. You can see the nurse for monitoring of your Asthma, Diabetes, Heart Disease or other chronic illnesses. They can also see you for your post-natal check-up and take your cervical smear. If you require advice regarding immunisation for foreign travel we have forms online or at reception which can be filled in and discussed with the nurse to assess your requirements.
Gillian, our lead nurse works Monday – Thursday. She is a practitioner in her own right and as such she can see patients and prescribe if required for minor illness including: urinary tract infection, cough, sore throat, asthma flare, chest infection, bites, rashes, allergies and sinusitis. She can also deal with requests for contraception or hormone replacement therapy.
Jackie has clinics on a Thursday and Friday.
Elaine has clinics Monday – Thursday.
Health Care Assistants
Karen covers our day time clinics and Margaret covers our late surgery on a Tuesday evening.
Our HCA’s can check your blood pressure, take blood samples, give patients flu vaccinations, provide hypertension reviews and may advise in other aspects of chronic disease management and general health care. There are appointments available daily.
Karen can also do B12 injections, chronic heart disease monitoring, diabetic reviews including foot checks and new patient medicals.
Our team of district nursing staff is headed up by Sister Jane Brown. We also have Sister Ann Marie Ross who covers Levenside in addition to other practices in the health centre. Staff nurses include Catriona Lynch, Anna Short and Nicole Johnston and the nursing assistants are Margaret Nicholas and Helen Armstrong.
In addition to this we have Jamies Gillies who specialises in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and works for many GP practices in the local area.
The District Nursing Service is intended for those patients unable to come in to the surgery. They provide a holistic assessment of your needs and will deliver nursing care in your own home or will refer you on to other agencies where appropriate.
Their remit is broad – ranging from wound care, assessment of continence issues, monitoring and treatment of long term conditions – to end of life care.
The District Nursing Team are available from 8.30am to 4.30pm, 5 days a week. They can be contacted on 01389 811838
As an extension to this service the nurses are also on duty during evenings, overnight, weekends and public holidays. The evening nursing service operates from 4.30pm to 8.00am. They can be contacted on 01389 828307.
The Health Visitor Team specialise in support for families with young children. They visit new mums at home and look after the health needs of babies until they are of school age. They organise childhood immunisation and are available for advice on all aspects of parenting. If you wish to speak to a Health Visitor please phone 01389 811808 or leave a message on the answering machine on 01389 811806.
At Levenside we have a friendly and helpful admin team of 12, headed up by Amanda Brooks Business Manager, Joan Gray Deputy Manager and Cathy Smith Operations Manager. All the staff are very approachable and will deal with your queries quickly and efficiently wherever possible. Often they are dealing with more than one issue at a time and we would ask that you be patient and they will do their best to keep any delays to a minimum.