Levenside GPs

We have 7 GP Partner’s in our practice Dr Fergus MacLean (GP Lead), Dr Saied Pourghazi, Dr Chris Tervit, Dr Fiona Maxwell, Dr Katie Mitchell, Dr Parvinder Dhillon & Dr Fiona Gregor.

Dr FERGUS MACLEAN

MB BS (Newcastle 1995) B.Med.Sci FRCP(Edin) MRCGP

I grew up in Edinburgh and studied in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. After junior doctor posts and physician exams 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 Oncology in Edinburgh before moving to Glasgow to work in Palliative Care. To expand my horizons I did a trainee year in General Practice and liked it. I decided to follow a career in it – a move I have been very happy with! I joined 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. I have a special interest in Bone Health in which the commonest condition is ‘brittle bone disease’ or osteoporosis. I have a weekly outpatient clinic in Bone Health at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. 

 I am also one of Levenside’s GP Trainers. I act as an educational supervisor or tutor for doctors coming through our practice who wish to become GPs.  

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

Dr CHRIS TERVIT

MB ChB (Glasgow 1996), MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip GUM, Dip  BSLM

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 graduating 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. We have all seen a lot of changes since then. 

I enjoy helping all our patients, whatever their age or problem. I like the diversity of general practice patient issues and working alongside a great team of colleagues here.  

I have a special interest in genitourinary medicine (also known as sexual health) -I used to do a weekly Sandyford service clinic until 2019. Related to this I am also happy to help patients with genital dermatology issues, male urology problems and end of life care at home.  

In 2020 I completed a diploma in lifestyle medicine and am happy to help patients with lifestyle changes that could improve health and well-being.  

I am passionate about medical education- helping to create the next generation of doctors. I lead on teaching our GP trainees (qualified doctors who want to specialise in GP) who come through the practice- thank you for helping them learn. I am a tutor and lecturer at Glasgow University Medical School, now 1.5 days per week. I sometimes bring my medical students to the practice- again thank you for your patience with them- they learn such a lot from you all.

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.

Registrars

We are a training practice, which means we help qualified doctors train to become GP’s. We usually have 1-2 trainees throughout the year. Each trainee’s placement with the practice is between 6-12 months. Trainees, also called GP Registrars, are required at times to video their consultations for learning purposes. You may be asked if you would be willing to partake in this.

Our current registrars are: Dr Jasmin Gregory & Dr Ahmad Tariq

Medical Students

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.

Advanced Nurse Practitioners & Nurse Practitioners

Gillian Bonar, Jackie Low, Kathleen Fyfe and David Irvine make up our practice nursing team. Appointments with the nurses can be booked in advance.

Our practice nurses deal with chronic disease monitoring including; Asthma, COPD and Diabetes. They can also perform your post-natal check-up, take your cervical smear and prescribe contraception.

Our Advanced Nurse Practitioners are educated to Masters Level.
The ANP’s can prescribe any medicine for any condition  (including all controlled medicines). They can see patients with undiagnosed, undifferentiated medical conditions and make treatment decisions.  They are qualified to assess, diagnose and treat complex medical conditions. They can also order investigations such as bloods tests and x rays. They can refer patients to secondary care for further management or advice. ANP’s can undertake home visits.

If you are unsure which clinician would best suit your needs, our receptionists can offer guidance.

Gillian Bonar – Advanced Nurse Practitioner – our lead nurse works Monday – Wednesday.

Jackie Low – Advanced Nurse Practitioner – has clinics on a Monday/Thursday/Friday.

David Irvine – Nurse Practitioner – has clinics Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

Kathleen Fyfe – Practice Nurse – has clinics Monday/Tuesday/Friday.

Health Care Assistants & Phlebotomists

We have 3 HCA’s working in the practice – Karen Keir, Shona McLuskey, Margaret Nicholas and our phlebotomist – Sarah Geddes.

Karen covers Monday – Thursday, Shona covers Wednesday – Friday and Margaret covers our late surgery on a Tuesday evening. Sarah works Monday – Wednesday.

Our HCA’s can check your blood pressure, take blood samples, provide hypertension reviews and may advise in other aspects of chronic disease management and general health care. There are appointments available daily.

Karen and Shona can also do B12 injections, chronic heart disease monitoring, diabetic reviews including foot checks, chronic kidney disease reviews, thyroid reviews, DMARD reviews and new patient medicals.

Our phlebotomists can take blood samples, check your blood pressure and measure your height and weight. Our phlebotomists cannot provide chronic disease reviews.

Admin Team

At Levenside we have a friendly and helpful admin team of 13, headed up by Amanda Brooks Business Manager, Cathy Smith Operations Manager and Joan Gray Deputy 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.

District Nurses

Our team of district nursing staff include Catriona Lynch, Stephanie Clark and Gillian Harvey. The nursing assistants are Margaret Nicholas and Helen Armstrong.

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 4.30pm5 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.

Health Visitors

The Health Visiting Team offer health advice and support to families with babies and pre-school children. This includes help with parenting, behaviour management and support to women with postnatal depression.

The Health Visiting Team can be contacted Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm on 01389 821806.

Pharmacy Team

NHS Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians work within the practice undertaking medication reviews with patients on multiple medicines, with long-term conditions and on high-risk medicines to ensure patients medication is safe and effective. They also answer medicines related queries, review prescription requests for acute and annual serial prescriptions, and process immediate discharge letters.

Community Link Worker

Katherine Hill is our Community Link Worker. She is based in our Practice every Monday and Tuesday. Our Community Link Worker is a member of the GP Practice Team and provides advice and support on any social issues affecting you, local services and community-based groups and activities.
Katherine can support you with any social issues that are affecting your health and wellbeing, for example; poverty/income issues, housing issues, social isolation, bereavement, relationship issues, trauma, help for marginalised groups and much more. For further information on what our Community Link Worker can help with, please click here.
If you would like to speak with our Community Link Worker you can make an appointment via our reception team.

Wellbeing Service

Natalie Ibriami is our Wellbeing Mental Health Nurse. She is based in our practice Tuesdays & Thursdays (rotational). Our Wellbeing nurses are members of the GP practice team who can provide help and support with: Mild to moderate depression, anxiety and distress, bereavement/grief reaction, concerns regarding alcohol and substance misuse, disordered eating and concerns relating to poor memory function and/or cognitive impairment, amongst other issues.
If you would like to speak with our Wellbeing nurses you can make an appointment via our reception team.