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Training Practice

GP Registrars

Our Practice is a teaching Practice. Our Registrars are fully-qualified Doctors who have chosen General Practice as the career they wish to pursue. They spend one year with us and are closely supervised by Doctors to ensure that they are able to provide care of the same standard as that provided by your Doctor. 

Foundation Year Doctors

As part of our training commitment, we also have “FY2” Doctors in our surgeries. These Doctors are not yet fully qualified and join us typically for 3 months as part of their training rotation.

Medical Students

We also teach medical students. A medical student may be present while you are having a consultation with your Doctor. You will always be told if a student is going to be present. If you wish to see the Doctor alone, please tell the receptionists and nobody will take offence!

Dr Ola Babatolu (m)

Dr Ola trained as a GP in 2016 from Southampton after having worked as a Paediatric Trainee in West Yorkshire, Glasgow and Teesside. He enjoys all facets of general practice especially Mental Health and Dermatology. He lives in Whiteley and likes reading and photography.

Dr Rumi Chhapia (m)


Dr Chhapia joined Portsdown Group Practice in 2019. He is a GP partner at Portsdown Group Practice, An Acute Physician at Portsmouth Hopsital and Medical Director for PPCA (GP federation for Portsmouth). When I have spare time this is spent with my family, mainly playing football and having bbq’s! 

Dr Helen Gadsden (f)


Dr Helen Gadsden qualified from St Mary's Hospital, Imperial College in 2001 and completed her GP training in Poole. She moved to the Portsmouth area in 2009 with her husband and was a partner at a practice in Waterlooville for 6 years before joining PGP in 2015. She works mainly at CPH and has interests in women's health and family planning. She spends her time outside work with her young family and enjoys running and gardening.

Dr Jayesh Gohil (m)

MBBS London, BSc, DRCOG, DFFP, Dip Occ Med

Dr Jayesh Gohil qualified from St Thomas' Hospital, London in 1992. He joined Portsdown Group Practice in 1996. His main interests include dermatology, occupational medicine, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine. He enjoys walking and gardening and spending time with his young family.

Dr Peter Kipgen (m)

Dr Kipgen qualified from Barts and the London Medical School in 2006 (MBBS). He completed his GP training in Dorset in 2015 (MRCGP). He has a broad range of experience gained from hospital posts earlier in his career; these include paediatrics, sexual health, orthopaedics and emergency medicine. In his spare time he enjoys hill-walking and is a keen amateur chef. He also enjoys playing and watching sport especially rugby and football.

Dr Karen Kyd (f)


Karen qualified in 1991 and has worked at Cosham Park House since 1998.  Her specialist field is cardiology and Diabetes.  With four young sons and a husband in the Navy, Karen spends most of her spare time as her family’s taxi driver.

Dr Ko Ko Laing (m)


Dr Ko Ko Laing qualified in 1989, his previous surgery in Victory Road merged with the Portsdown Group in April 2010. He is a highly experienced GP, is based in Kingston Crescent Surgery he has a number of special interest which includes medicine, rheumatology and joint injections. He is a keen tennis player and also enjoys travel.

Dr Philip Monnery (m)

Dr Philip Monnery qualified from ST George’s Hospital Medical School in 1991, Undertaking a career in the Royal Air force. Initially undertaking surgical training and specialising in Ear, Nose and Throat he became a consultant in the Military in 2006. A change in life goals meant a change to general practice in 2009. He joined Portsdown Group Practice in 2015 and maintains his special interest in ENT and is responsible for the Portsdown Travel Clinic. He is married to Alison and has three children who keep them both very busy. He likes nothing better than to relax in the garden and is frequently seen with either a chainsaw or an axe, what could go wrong!?

Dr Richard Mannings (m)


Richard qualified in 1986 and has worked at Crookhorn Lane since 1994.  His special expertise is in ultrasound-scanning, and he runs specialist clinics within the practice.  Richard also runs a scanning clinic at QA Hospital.  A fervent ex-rugby player (and All Blacks supporter) he spends a disproportionate amount of his leisure time training his dogs.

Dr David Mosley (m)

Initially trained in London as a mature student before moving to the south coast 10 years ago, training at Queen Alexandra Hospital and eventually joining Portsdown Group Practice. Has a special interest in mental health. Has two young daughters and enjoys spending most of his free time with his family.

Dr Andrew Plane (m)


Dr Andrew Plane studied for a degree in physiology (1980) before qualifying in medicine in 1986 at University College London. He has a particular interest in elderly medicine, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Outside work he is particularly interested in regular exercise and a healthy diet. He also likes to play the piano, gardening and spending time with his family. He likes music from all genres and is very keen on going to various gigs and festivals. He is an avid reader and goes to regular book club meetings. He and his wife are hoping to buy a camper van and to travel extensively in the near future!

Dr Andrew Ozzard (m)


Dr Andrew Ozzard qualified from Guy’s and St Thomas’ medical school in 1998. He spent the next 10 years working in and around London before moving his growing family back towards the south coast in 2009 on taking up a partnership at the practice. He is based mainly in Cosham but can pop up anywhere at any time. When not at work he enjoys spending time with his children, the gym, travelling and gardening….though not always in that order!

Dr Liz Shepherd (f)


Dr Shepherd qualified in 1996 and worked at Crookhorn Lane Surgery from 2001 until 2014, when she moved down to Somerstown to join the clinical team there.  She specialises in women’s health and family planning, she is also a GP trainer.

Dr Shepherd spends most of her time with her young family enjoys keeping fit, cycling and running regularly, as well as being a green belt in Tae Kwando.

Dr Lester Russell (m)


Dr Russell qualified from Southampton Medical School in 1983 and after several years in hospital medicine, moved into general practice, where he completed his GP training in 1989. He was a full-time GP partner in Southsea until 2001, when he began a career in healthcare IT alongside part-time general practice. He joined The Portsdown Group in 2016 and does weekly sessions at the Crookhorn Practice. His wife is a nurse and together they have a practice in cosmetic medicine.

Dr Lucy Stradling (f)


Dr Lucy Stradling qualified in 2007 and joined the practice in 2014 after completing GP training in Portsmouth. She now works at the Somerstown surgery and aso does some shifts at QAH. When not working Lucy enjoy walking, swimming and has recently learnt to knit!

Dr Andrew Whittamore (m)


Dr Andy Whittamore qualified from Southampton University Medical School in 2000. First coming to the practice in 2003, he completed his GP training and joined Portsdown as one of the Partners at Crookhorn Lane. He specialises in Respiratory disease and works for 2 days per week for Asthma UK as their Clinical Lead. He enjoys spending time with his family, walking their dog and travelling when possible.

Dr Sarah Swindells (f)


Dr Sarah Swindells qualified in 2004 and after a period of time in Derby and the Peak District, she joined the Portsdown Group as a salaried GP in 2010, she later became a Partner in the practice in June 2015. Sarah works at the Cosham and Paulsgrove surgeries. Dr Swindells is also a trainer.  She has a particular fondness for shoes.

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