DR PERVEZ MUZAFFAR
MBBS, MRCGP - GMC 5083713
Dr Muzaffar is one of our GP Partners at the practice and has been with Darwen Healthlink since 2004. Dr Muzaffar trained as a GP locally and has held various positions in PCT and the CCG as Executive Member and Communication Engagement Lead. He is currently the Director of Darwen PCN and the Clinical Lead for ELMS Out of Hours Service provider for East Lancashire and Blackburn with Darwen. Dr Muzaffar also supports and gets involved in Health Improvement Project, Social Integration and Raising the Awareness about Immunisations, Organ Donations and Screenings. Dr Muzaffar’s aim is to serve patients and the Community with the best possible care which they deserve, and he is proud to be working for the NHS. Dr Muzaffar works Mondays-Fridays. Spoken Languages - English, Urdu and Punjabi.
DR SUNIL JESTHI
MBBS, DGM, MRCGP, DPD - GMC 5207056
Dr Jesthi is one of our GP Partner's and has done the Diploma in Dermatology at Cardiff University and has trained in Dermatoscopy and Skin Cancer Diagnosis. Dr Jesthi works Monday-Friday and is happy to see anyone with any worrying Moles or Skin Lumps. He is also trained to administer joint injections. Spoken Languages - English, Hindi and Urdu.
DR NAYLEA CHOUDRY
MBBS, MRCGP, DRCOG, Distinction DFFP and PGDDERM - GMC 6027718
Dr Choudry is one of our GP Partners. Dr Choudry qualified in London, is a Lead in Medical Education, GP Trainer and an Undergraduate Training Lead for Medical Students. Also, she is the lead in Medicine Audits, Quality and Improvement and Safeguarding Lead. Dr Choudry works Tuesday-Friday and has special interests in Women's Health, Child Health Surveillance and Minor Surgery. Spoken Languages - English, Punjabi and Urdu.
DR IBRAHIM DERAR
MRCGP, MBchB - GMC 3382804
Dr Derar is one of our GP Partners at the Practice. His working days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Spoken Languages - English and Arabic.
DR AKASHA KHAN
MBBS, MRCGP - GMC 7234426
Dr Khan is one of our Salaried GP's at the Practice and works Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. She has special interests in Child Health and Women's Health including Menopause. She also, has interest in MSK. Spoken Languages - English and Urdu.
DR AADIL PATEL
MBBS, MRCGP - GMC 7487593
Dr Aadil Patel is one of our Salaried GP's at the Practice. He works Monday to Wednesday. Dr Patel Graduated Medical School in 2014 and completed GP Training locally in East Lancashire. He joined Darwen Healthlink initially as a Trainee GP in 2020 before joining as a permanent GP. His interests are Child's Health, Women's Health and Medical Education. Spoken Languages - English, Guajarati and Urdu.
DR SAMEENA SHAMRAIZ
Dr Shamraiz is a Trainee GP at the Practice. Dr Shamraiz did her MBBS Degree in Pakistan before moving to the UK in 2011. She has worked in General Medicine for over 4 years and has special interest in Menopause. Dr Shamraiz’s working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Spoken Languages are English and Urdu.
DR SALEHA PATEL
Dr S Patel is a current GP Registrar at the Practice. She has been with the practice since November 2022 after completing training in the Department of Acute Medicine, Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Paediatrics and Palliative Care based at East Lancashire Health Trust. Dr Patel works Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Spoken languages - English and Gujarati.
DR WASEEM MEHMOOD
Dr Mehmood is one of our Salaried GP's at the Practice. Dr Mehmood studied in Pakistan and came over to UK in 2018. He qualified as a GP in 2023. His working days are Wednesday and Friday. Spoken Languages - English, Punjabi and Urdu.
DR JODIE GOULD
Dr Jodie Gould is a Foundation Year 2 Doctor completing her final Foundation Job. She has a background in Biomedical Sciences having completed her Degree and Research in the area prior to going into Medicine. Dr Gould completed her Medical Training in Leicester and since then has worked in ELHT covering many areas such as Paediatrics, Women's Health and Psychiatry. Her working days are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Advanced Nurse Practitioner
Dip HE Registered Nurse in Adult Health, RCN advanced Nurse Clinical Practitioner, Masters Advance Patient Assessment and diagnostic skills, Cert V300 Non medical prescribing, QNI Queens Nurse
Lisa has been a Nurse since 2006 and has worked as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner since 2014. Lisa is also, a Queens Nurse. As an Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Lisa is able to undertake comprehensive and sophisticated Physical and/or Mental Health Assessment of Patients with Complex Multiple Needs and/or in crisis. She is also, able to interpret the results of multiple different assessments and investigations in order to make a diagnosis, and plan and deliver care. Lisa is able to prescribe and work with individuals to manage their medicines. Lisa's working days are Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Haroon is a Clinical Pharmacist based at the Practice. Haroon has worked as a Community Pharmacist for many years starting his career as a Pre-Registration Pharmacist and then Community Pharmacist at Boots The Chemist in Darwen. Thereafter, he has worked at various Independent and Multiple Pharmacies in the Blackburn and East Lancashire area. Along with Community Pharmacy, he has also worked as a Medicines Management Pharmacist for Blackburn with Darwen CCG Medicines Management Team for a number of years, supporting various GP Practices within the area. Haroon's current role as a Clinical Pharmacist is to support the Practice team and patients with Medication related advice and guidance. Haroon can see patients for Medication Reviews and Medication related queries along with supporting medication use for Chronic Conditions. Haroon's appointments can be accessed via the Practice's Medication or Reception team. Haroon's working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Spoken Languages - English, Gujarati and Urdu.
Sumayya is our Pharmacy Technician at the Practice. Sumayya qualified as a Pharmacy Technician in 2013, she has worked across Community and Hospital Pharmacies. Her current role involves her working closely with Haroon our Senior Clinical Pharmacist by dealing with Medication Queries, Helping in Quality, and Improvement Projects within the Practice. Sumayya is also a Qualified Holistic Therapist which helps her greatly in advising patients on Leading a Healthy Lifestyle. She enjoys helping patients and is a Proud Member of the Darwen Healthlink Team. Sumayya's working days are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Spoken Languages - English, Guajarati, Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi.
Mental Health Practitioner
Vicky is a Mental Health Practitioner based in the GP Surgeries across Darwen. Vicky is a Mental Health Nurse, and her role is to Triage, Assess, Complete Formulations, Support Treatment Plans and Educate individuals on their Mental Health needs. Vicky, also supports Discharges from Secondary Care Services, such as the Community Mental Health Teams, to reduce the risk of relapse in the Community. Vicky's appointments can be accessed by contacting Reception or speaking to your GP. Vicky's working days are Monday and Thursday.
Salim is a Clinical Pharmacist based at the Practice. Salim is passionate about Healthcare and has dedicated his career to helping people live Healthier Lives through the proper use of Medications. His experience has been developed working in Community-based Pharmacies. Salim has extensive Medicines Management Skills which he has developed whilst working with the many Professionals who make up the NHS. His role in this Practice is to help deal with Medication Queries, undertake Medication Reviews and offer other services which will help patients understand their condition better and help make the most of their medications they have been supplied with. Salim's working days are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Sue is one of our Practice Nurses at the Practice. Sue trained in Blackburn and initially worked in the Surgical and Urological Department at Blackburn Royal Infirmary. Sue spent time travelling overseas and worked out in Australia in a Women's Hospital and Agency Nursing whilst travelling around. Eventually Sue returned home and has been Practice Nursing in Darwen since 2001, initially for Darwen Healthcare and then Healthlink for the last 7 years. Sue's working days are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Chloe qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2013 and joined the Practice in 2019 after working at Royal Blackburn Hospital. Chloe sees patients in clinic for Chronic Diseases such as Diabetes, Asthma & COPD, Childhood Immunisations, Travel Vaccinations & Cervical Screening. Chloe works Monday - Wednesday and is also a Mentor for Student Nurses.
Julia has been Qualified as a Nurse for over 10 years and worked at Royal Preston Hospital before joining the Practice. Julia has special interests' in Promoting Healthier Eating, Healthier Lifestyle and Weight Management. Julia sees Patients in Clinic for Chronic Diseases such as: Asthma and COPD and she also undertakes Cervical Screening. Julia's working days are Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Katie works for the wider Darwen Primary Care Network and works at the Practice on Tuesday and Thursday. Katie worked at both Blackburn and Burnley Hospital before moving to Primary Care in 2019. She covers all long-term conditions, including Asthma, Chronic Kidney Disease, COPD, Diabetes and Hypertension Reviews. Katie, also covers Immunisations including Baby Clinics and undertakes Cervical screenings and she is also a Mentor for Student Nurses.
Sharon has been with the Practice for 16 years. She started off on Reception for 11 years then became a HCA in 2016. Her job consists of doing Blood Pressure Monitoring, Blood Tests, Hypertension and CHD reviews and Urine Testing. Patient care is her priority. Healthcare assistants support Practice Nurses with their daily work and carry out tasks. They may act as a Chaperone when a Patient or Doctor requests one. Sharon's working days are Monday-Friday.
Frances has worked in General Practice since 1999. She has previous experience of working in a Patient Facing Role as an Assistant Practitioner and has been a Practice Manager for Dr S Ahmed's Practice from 2015 and more recently Darwen Healthlink from 2016. Frances works alongside the GP Partners and oversees the day to day running of the Practice. The Practice Manager 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 Practice Manager supports the GP's and other Medical Professionals with Delivering Patient Services and also Helps to Develop Extended Services to Enhance Patient Care. Frances works Tuesday-Friday.
Practice Operations Administrator
Senior Prescription Clerk