DR RAJESH BHATEJA
MBBS (1995) MRCGP
Dr Rajesh Bhateja (Dr Raj) studied at University of Bombay qualifying in 1995. He worked in renowned private hospitals in New Delhi for 8 years before moving to UK in 2003. Here he worked in A&E in hospitals in London and Basildon before starting his GP training on the Isle of Wight. He joined our practice in 2014.
DR CATHERINE CAUSER
MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, DFFP
Dr Causer Studied and the University of London qualifying in 1993. She was formerly the senior partner of the Devonshire Avenue Practice for many years, until the merger with Southsea Medical Centre in 2019.
DR IAN MINAY
MB ChB(1988) MRCP DCH DRCOG MRCGP
Dr Minay studied at Manchester University qualifying in 1988. He worked in hospitals in Doncaster, Sheffield and York before training as a General Practitioner at Lymington. He joined the practice in 1997.
Special interests include Child Health Surveillance
DR CORDELIA EVELYN-EDWARDS
FOUNDATION YEAR DOCTORS
As part of our training commitment, we also have Foundation Year 2 (FY2) Doctors in our surgeries. FY2 trainees are seconded to GP practices, for approximately four-month placements. The aim of the placement is to give the FY2 doctor meaningful experience in general practice with exposure to the patient in the community, as well as gaining an understanding of the interface between primary and secondary care. Experience in general practice will contribute towards the FY2 doctor achieving the competences required for completion of their GP Foundation Programme.
Our Practice Nurses see patients on an appointment system from Monday to Friday. They work closely with the Doctors and can offer advice on various health problems. They carry out adult and child immunisations, regular healthcare injections, wound care, contraceptive injections, cervical smears and also run specialist clinics for those with asthma, diabetes, heart and lung disease and hypertension. They also provide up to date life style and health advice and provide a high quality of care in areas including chronic disease management An appointment can be made via the Reception/Care Navigation Team.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners (ANP)
ANPs are highly experienced and educated nurses who are able to assess, investigate, diagnose, and prescribe.
They are healthcare professionals educated to Master’s level and have developed the skills and knowledge to allow them to take on expanded roles and scope of practice caring for patients and supporting GPs. They are autonomous in making decisions based on assessment, diagnosis and interpretation of test results. ANPs are able to independently prescribe appropriate medication, evaluate or refer to other specialists if necessary.
Healthcare Care Assistants (HCA)
Our HCA's support our GPs, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Nurses by performing general nursing duties such as changing dressings, removing stitches, taking blood samples, blood pressure monitoring, electrocardiogram tests (ECG), injections, new patient and carers health checks, NHS health checks, and many more. An appointment can be made via the Reception/Care Navigation Team.
The Practice Management team is involved in managing all of the business aspects of the practice such as making sure that the right systems are in place to provide a high quality of patient care, human resources, finance, patient safety, premises and equipment and information technology. The management team supports the GPs and other medical professionals with delivering patient services and also help to develop extended services to enhance patient care.
Practice Business Manager
Mr Andrew Mckie is responsible the practice facilities and deputises for Mr Andrew Clarke when he is not available.
About our Care Navigators
Portsmouth GP practices have introduced a new scheme (Care Navigation) which should help patients see the most appropriate healthcare professional faster.
Practice staff across the city, including a number of receptionists, have been externally trained to become care navigators.
They do not offer you clinical advice but will help signpost you to the most appropriate health service for your needs, as the GP is not always the best person to see or the route for getting the most appropriate care faster.
We know that it is not always easy trying to navigate local health services to find out who is best placed to help you for a particular health problem or concern; Care navigators have access to a directory of information about services to point patients to the most appropriate source of help, advice and support.
On many occasions, a GP might not be the most suitable person for the patient to speak to or see. Patients can often be seen much quicker by a nurse or physiotherapist for example. In some places, a GP practice may not even be the right place for an enquiry.
The next time that you request an appointment at your practice, you may be asked some questions about the reason for your appointment. Please do not be offended by this – it is simply so the care navigator can ensure that you see the person best suited to help you. We want you to see the right person, first. The care navigator is not being nosy and will respect both your privacy and your right to say ‘no.’
Care Navigators play an important role in not only helping you to access faster healthcare but also ensuring that GPs can dedicate most of their time to those patients who most need their help.
Care Navigation Team
Our Care Navigators/Receptionists have first contact with the patients are trained to give general advice and help in every possible way. It is their job to help and advise you within the guidelines laid down by the Doctors and the Managers. They are fully trained and operate within a strict code of confidentiality. The more detail you give them of your requirements, the better they will be able to provide the service you will need. Care Navigators are a vital part of our team and will do their best to help you; please treat them with the same courtesy as you would the doctor.
Our midwife, Caroline Weeks, provides ante natal care for all those ladies in the practice expecting a baby. She also makes regular visits for the first few days after a baby is born. She or one of her colleagues will attend ladies giving birth in the G.P. Maternity unit. She is able to arrange home confinements for ladies if the circumstances are safe to do so.
Our District Nurses will visit the housebound and the elderly in order to deal with their nursing needs. Should you wish to contact them please telephone 0300 3002012.
Health Visitors are experienced, specialised trained nurses who promote health and offer advice on the development and health needs of primarily babies and children under 5 years of age. Health Visitors will see parents and children from before birth until five years. They will see you during your pregnancy and on a regular basis until your child starts school. To contact your Health Visitor, telephone 0300 123 6629