• Practice Management
Repeat Prescriptions , Test Results , Out of Hours , Home Visits ,
Access for the Disabled , Automated check-in touch screen
• General Practitioners
Dr Nizar Merali , Dr (Mrs) Tayyaba Sherif , Dr Imtiaz Gulamali ,
Dr (Mrs) Rabia Yaqoob, Dr (Mrs) Shahla Ahmed , Dr Umar Khan , Dr Wahid Shaida
• The Management
Mairead Flavin, Amee Shukla & CJ Geron
• Health Care Assistants (HCA)
• Administrators and Receptionists
• Where to find us
3-7 Welbeck Road, Harrow, HA2 0RQ (View Map)
43 Butler Avenue, West Harrow, HA1 4EJ (View Map)
32a Eastcote Lane, South Harrow, HA2 8BS (View Map)
Repeat Prescriptions can only be authorised by the doctor. Please hand in, post, fax or request online via EMIS Access, if you are requesting a prescription to be sent back to you by post you must include a self addressed envelope. You will receive a computerised tear-off slip with each prescription which you can use for future requests. Please make an appointment to see your doctor on a regular basis in order to check your medication. Please allow two working days for your repeat prescription to be authorised.
Make use of our online facility that will allow you to book appointments, request repeat prescriptions, message the Practice securely and update your contact details. You will need to come into the Practice in person to get a registration letter that will allow you to be able use the online access facility following online registration. You will need to bring in proof of ID in the form of passport or driving licence.
Many tests including blood test results are available within a few days, but some may take longer. Please telephone the surgery between 10am and 6pm for results of tests, seven days after the test was done. Always check if results are back before making an appointment to see a doctor or nurse.
Out of Hours
When the surgery is closed on weekends, evenings or bank holidays, Harmoni provides an out of hours service to our patients. If you need to speak to a healthcare professional during this time, call Harmoni on 0300 130 3017.
Although home visits are very time consuming and normally a doctor can see 5-6 patients in the same amount of time it takes him/her to make one home visit, this is a valuable service we offer to housebound patients or those in our opinion too ill to attend at the surgery.
To arrange a home visit, please telephone the switchboard on 020 8515 9300, give the receptionists some idea of your problem and ask them to arrange a home visit with one of the doctors. Please note, this service is for those patients who are housebound or severely ill and hence all home visits are arranged at the discretion of the doctor. The doctor will call before making the home visit and if in his/her opinion it is unwarranted patients will be asked to come to the surgery.
Although we try to ensure that we get to all home visits on the same day, it is likely that we maybe delayed in getting there till later in the day in case of any emergencies.
Access for the Disabled
Wheelchair access and toilets for the disabled are available. If you require assistance, our staff will be pleased to help.
Automated check-in touch screen
This automated touch screen allows you to check yourself in for an appointment quickly and with great ease at our Welbeck Road surgery.
Administrators and Receptionists
Dr Nizar Merali (Male) graduated with MBChB (Hons) in 1976. After doing his surgical house job at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, he moved south to take his post at Watford General Hospital as a House physician. He subsequently moved to Northwick Park Hospital to do a rotating scheme as a senior house officer. In 1982 he became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and having developed an interest in the care of the elderly pursued to attain a Diploma in Geriatric Medicine in 1986. In 1997 he successfully completed his MBA from City University in London and in 2000 went on to receive his Diploma in Disability Medicine. His interests include: managing Mens diseases in general, Hypertension, Heart Disease, Depression and Medico Legal Work.
Dr Tayyaba Sherif (Female) graduated with a MBBS in 1977. Shortly after arriving in the UK she passed her LRCP and MRCS examinations in 1980. Prior to becoming a General Practitioner in 1987, Dr Sherif did her house job at a hospital in Glasgow. Her interests include: minor surgery, family planning and child development. She is one of the founding partners at GP Direct.
Dr Imtiaz Gulamali (Male) graduated with a MBBS in 1985. Dr Gulamali moved to the UK in 1986 and after having worked in numerous specialities such as Oncology, Rheumatology, Medicine for the Elderly and General Medicine he became a member of the Royal College of Ireland in 1990. In 1992 he became a member of Royal College of General Practitioners in London and has been working as a General Practitioner ever since. His clinical interests include: General Medicine and its specialities such as Rheumatology, Diabetes, Respiratory Medicine and Cardiology. His non-clinical interests lie within the field of Medical education and research. Apart from being a GP he has been a GP trainer, GP Tutor, Course Organiser for GP Registrars and an Associate Dean. Dr Gulamali is also the Clinical Governance lead at GP Direct. Most recently he was elected onto the Clinical Commissioning Board in Harrow.
Dr Rabia Yaqoob (Female) graduated with a MBBS Lon. in 1991. Dr Yaqoob attained a Diploma in Family Planning in 1994, Diploma in Child Health in 1995 and a Diploma in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 1996 whilst working at a hospital. In 1997 she completed her General Practice Vocational Training at Barnet and gained membership to the Royal College of General Practitioners. She is one of the founding Partners at GP Direct. Her special interests include Female Health, Child Health, Chronic Disease Management and joint injections.
Dr Shahla Ahmed (Female) graduated with a MBBS Lon and a BSc (Hons) in Heart and Fetal Physiology with research in infertility in 1994. Dr Ahmed attained a diploma in family planning in 2000. Her special interests include family planning, child health surveillance, paediatrics, depression, teenage health issues and continuing care for the terminally ill. Dr Ahmed is also the prescribing lead for GP Direct.
Dr Umar Khan (Male) graduated with a MBBS in 1992. He moved to England in 1994 and started his hospital career at Sunderland General specialising in care for the elderly. Dr Khan became a member of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP) in 1997 and completed his General Practice Vocational Training in 2000 in Shropshire and has worked as a General Practitioner ever since. Dr Khan attained his diploma Family Planning in 2001. He is also a qualified GP with Special Interests (GPSI) in Cardiology. His special interests include Cardiology, Nephrology, Respiratory Medicine, Neurology, Diabetes and care of the elderly.
Dr Wahid Shaida (Male) graduated with a MBBS Lon. in 1991. Dr Shaida attained a Diploma in Child Health in 1995 and a Diploma in Family Planning in 1996. He completed his General Practice Vocational Training at University College Hospital London and the Caversham Group Practice in 1997 and has been a General Practitioner ever since. His special interests lie within the field of medical education and he has also taught at Imperial College London.
Omer Hussein - Practice Manager
Omer Hussein has been at the Practice since 2003, initially working in an IT and administrative role he has now taken on the role of Practice Manager. His current role involves improving processes and developing new services within the Practice. He also oversees the IT needs of the practice, including data quality and managing the website. If you have any suggestions you would like to submit please give him a call or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org
Mairead Flavin has been a qualified nurse since 1971, qualifying at University College Hospital, she went on to do a Neurosurgery course at the National Hospital in Queen Square. She went into practice nursing in 1988 with Dr. Mansur Ahmad at the MacMillan Medical Centre. Since Dr. Ahmads retirement in 1999 she has been working at GP Direct who took over the MacMillan Medical Centre. She has a special interest in Child Health Development and Womens Health, she also carries out Minor Surgery procedures at the Surgery.
Amee Shukla has been at the Practice since early 2009. She undertakes a wide variety of roles, including travel and childhood immunisations, smears, dressings, ECGs to name but some.
CJ Geron joined the Practice in April 2011. She is nurse practitioner with a wide range of skills. She works alongside the doctors in seeing patients with acute (on the day) problems such as coughs, colds, fevers, infections, abdominal pain, headaches etc and also runs a chronic disease clinic where she sees patients with long term problems such as Diabetes and Asthma.
Mano Ravindran is a qualified doctor from Sri Lanka who has been working in a newly designed role of a doctors assistant. She holds post graduate degree in Medical Microbiology from University College of London. She carries out a number of essential tests such as ECG, diabetic reviews, asthma reviews and blood pressure checks.
Health Care Assistants (HCA)
Valerie Carter is currently the HCA who carrys out new patient checks, ECG and blood pressure checks.
Administrators and Receptionists
Our non-clinical team play an invaluable role in ensuring the smooth running of the practice, assisting both patients and clinicians alike. Our senior receptionist is Margaret Lovett who has been with the Practice since 2001 . GP Direct is supported by an administration team of approximately 15 people.
Gillian Coe is GP Directs Medical Secretary with over 15 years experience in hospitals.
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