Hello and Goodbye
Welcome to Dr Shatha El-Khalidi and Melanie Jones who have recently joined the team.
After qualifying as a doctor and specialising for six years in obs and gynae in Iraq, Shatha studied again in London to gain her UK qualifications. She joined MFS in early 2009 as a clinical research fellow after working in obs and gynae at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. She speaks English and Arabic.
Melanie has joined the rest of the housekeeping team to ensure that Centre House is always spotless and a welcoming environment for all patients, visitors and staff.
Consultant Dr Liz Howland and fertility nurse specialist Nikki Harris have both recently returned to MFS after their maternity leaves. Welcome back!
And it’s ‘so long’ to Sue Lloyd, one of the biomedical scientists who left MFS at the end of May after more than six years of analysing the blood and pregnancy tests of MFS patients.
Another Doctor in the (Centre) House
Congratulations to Salma Khanom who after five years at medical school at the University of Birmingham has passed her final exams and is now Dr Salma Khanom MBChB. Salma will continue as one of the weekend admin team and as a Forum moderator until the summer when she takes up her new job at Walsall Manor Hospital for her Foundation Year 1 (FY1) training. Who knows she may be back at MFS one day as part of the clinical team. . .
Congratulations to fertility nurse specialist Sarah Watson who has become engaged to David McGibbon after he proposed to her . . . in a layby. (Who says modern men know nothing of romance.)
Finance assistant Kerry Poston and fertility nurse specialist Donna Price both celebrated the arrival of second sons in December and April, respectively. So welcome to Jack and Owen and congratulations to both your families.
‘And . . they’re off!’
Fertility nurse specialist Tracey Lewis and DMS project manager Lorraine Sears will be putting all those gym classes and training sessions to good use later in the summer. Tracey will tackle a 12km run for Acorns Children’s Hospice and Lorraine’s going for the 5km Cancer UK Race for Life. Contact Tracey or Lorraine by email if you would like to sponsor them.
Life’s a Learning Curve . .
Congratulations to clinical embryologist Dr Pradnya Joshi who has completed an ‘evidence-based study in infection-control’ module in preparation for the new laboratory standards, and also to Jill Anthony-Ackery, who has passed the ‘fundamentals of senior management’ first stage of her MBA.