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New Faces

Welcome to clinical research fellows Dr Adrija Kumar Datta and Dr Krishnaveni Nayini and also to fertility nurse specialist Donna Wassell who all recently joined the clinical team.

Dr Adrija Kumar Datta MRCOG MD MBBS
Dr Adrija Kumar Datta MRCOG MD MBBS
Dr Krishnaveni Nayini MRCOG MBBS DipFP
Dr Krishnaveni Nayini MRCOG DGO DFFP MBBS
Donna Wassell RN DipHE
Donna Wassell RN DipHE

Dr Adrija joined MFS in March 2010 after gaining his MBBS qualification in Calcutta, India in 1988 and his MD status in 1996. He has been practicing obs & gynae since 1990, working at the Assisted Conception Unit in Birmingham Women’s Hospital in 2005 and most recently, as a clinical fellow at the IVF unit in St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London and a senior registrar at the Royal London Hospital (2008-2010). He received his MRCOG qualification in 2005 and is currently studying for a diploma in medical education. In addition to English he speaks Hindi, Urdu and Bengali fluently and some Nepali.

Dr Krishna qualified in June 1999 and completed a diploma in obstetrics and gynaecology in 2003. She worked as senior house officer for 20 months in Burnley General Hospital, Macclesfield General Hospital and Rochdale Infirmary and as a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology for two years at University Hospital North Durham, George Elliot Hospital Nuneaton and Walsall Manor Hospital. In 2009 she completed a diploma in family planning and received her MRCOG qualification in 2006. In addition to English, she speaks Telugu, Hindi and Kannada fluently.

Donna joined MFS after training at Walsall Manor Hospital and qualifying in 2007 and then gaining experience as a district nurse and more recently as an endoscopy staff nurse at Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield.

Carol-Ann Smith
Carol-Ann Smith
Gemma Lester
Gemma Lester

The office team also has some new faces: Carol-Ann Smith joins MFS as the office manager, leading the team of receptionists, secretaries, office assistants, filing clerks and housekeepers. In addition, visitors to the unit on a Saturday and Sunday will be greeted by Gemma Lester, who joins the weekend office team, greeting patients on arrival and taking phone calls and making appointments.

‘So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu’

'So long' Ruth
'So long' Ruth
'Farewell' Donna
'Farewell' Donna
'Auf Wiedersehen' Sharon
'Auf Wiedersehen' Sharon
'Adieu' Pam
'Adieu' Pam

A few familiar faces have recently left MFS for pastures new, including fertility nurse specialists Ruth McPhail and Donna Price and office manager Sharon Edwards. And after almost 15 years at MFS, housekeeper Pam Mahoney begins her retirement at the end of June – we wish them all good luck in their new roles and, in Donna’s case, ‘bon voyage to Down Under’!

Everything in Moderation

Jo Milner MIBMS BSc (Hons)
Jo Milner MIBMS BSc (Hons)
Biomedical scientist and laboratory assistant Jo Milner recently began a new and additional role at MFS as one of the Forum moderators, helping to ensure that all is fair on the Forum and that it continues to be a friendly and supportive place for all its regular users and occasional visitors.

Staying in Touch

Lorraine Sears
Lorraine Sears

DMS project manager Lorraine Sears has extended her role at MFS by taking on a pre-patient liaison role. Every month MFS receives hundreds of enquiries by phone, email, via the internet and from people who attend the Open Evenings. Lorraine will contact many of these every month, in the evening or at weekends to assess the quality of how their enquiries were handled by the team and to provide any additional information that may be needed to help an enquirer decide whether or not to pursue treatment.

SINGing Chair for Heidi

Heidi Birch RGN RM MSc
Heidi Birch RGN RM MSc
Director of nusing services, Heidi Birch has been elected to the Chair of SING, the Senior Infertility Nurses Group. She will hold the role for two years and ensure that SING continues to enable senior nuses involved in treating infertility to share information and best practice with each other, to help further improve fertility treatment throughout the UK.

National Finalist at MFS

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Gail Bellingham FCCA MAAT and 3rd in NABBA UK!

In May, finance manager Gail Bellingham competed in the ‘trained figure’ class of the National Amateur Body Builders’ Association (NABBA) West Midlands regional competition and came second . . . and then just three weeks later competed in the UK finals and came third in a field of ‘seasoned competitors’.

Following her success she said: “For my first time competing, to qualify for the Britain competition, was an honour, and to place in the top three was just so unexpected and pretty much unheard of! I have qualified to do the NABBA Universe 2010 in October, which involves the top placed competitors from all over the world.” Watch this space for news of the MFS finance manager’s future attempt to conquer the universe!