The Doctors

Dr Akber Mohamedali

(Senior Partner)

Additional languages spoken: Gujarati, Urdu

Qualifications: MbChB, MRCP, Msc

Interests: Leadership development, Change Management, Innovation

Usual Clinic Days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday


I was born in East Africa and have lived in the UK since the 1960’s. I completed my medical degree in Manchester in 1976, followed by gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 1979. I completed a Master’s degree in Primary Care in 1994. I joined Grove Medical centre in 1980 and have spent many years working hard developing the practice, including introducing computerised records and overseeing the move to it’s current site, among other achievements. I have contributed to the development of primary care at a Regional and National level during the 1990’s and 2000’s, including holding the post of Chair of the Professional Executive Committee for Lewisham. I have been a GP Trainer for 25 years,, training Junior Doctors who wish to become fully qualified GP’s. Outside of work I have two daughters and five Grandchildren who keep me busy!

Dr Rachel Forgan


Qualifications: BMedSci; BMBS Nottingham; MRCGP (dist); DFFP; PGCE in Primary care Westminster University

Interests : Womens’ Health, Psychiatry, Complex presentations. Teaching and Training, Medical Leadership

Usual Clinic Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday


I studied at Nottingham University gaining a BMedSci with an interest in Public Health and my GMC registration. I then completed my GP Training in the UK before doing psychiatry in New Zealand and then returning to UK in 1999 when I joined the Grove Medical Centre. I enjoy working with patients to improve their health and wellbeing. I also take pride in the leadership role I have in the Practice, and the New Cross & Deptford area as the Clinical Director for North Lewisham Primary care Network in addition to my role in teaching and training the next generation of GPs. I split my time between these roles.

Dr Syed Ishaq Husain 

(Salaried GP)

Additional Languages spoken: Urdu

Qualifications: BSc, MBCHB, MRCP, MRCGP, PG Cert (Med. Ed.)

Interests: Medical Education, Diabetes, Cardiology, Information Technology

Usual Clinic Days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday


I completed my pre clinical studies at the University of St. Andrews and obtained my Medical Degree from the University of Manchester. Junior Doctor posts in the Midlands, Cambridge, Papworth and at University College London Hospital followed, gaining Membership of the Royal College of Physicians during this time. I then worked as a Cardiology Registrar at Newham University hospital. Following this I completed a 3 year GP training rotation in North East London and have been at Grove Medical Centre since 2016. I act as the Caldicott Guardian for Grove Medical Centre.

Dr Helen Barton

(Salaried GP)
Qualifications: MBBS AKC DCH MRCGP

Interests: Paediatrics, teaching medical students, Public health

Usual clinic days: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, Friday all day


I qualified at King’s (GKT) Medical School and then I trained in Kent, Surrey and Sussex. I spent several years working in the out-of-hours setting and numerous very varied practices then in 2013, I returned to London.  My interests include adult learning with a position on City Lit’s student panel, working as a GP tutor for medical students at the surgery and this year, I start the course to become a GP trainer. I find working with children really joyful and I am committed to the ensuring the wellbeing of all families. I am Safeguarding Lead for adults and children at the practice. As we are a Parkrun Practice I am keen to bring my enthusiasm as a Parkrun volunteer and runner to help develop the surgery as an Active Practice through the RCGP’s Active Practice Charter.

Dr Danae Politi

(Salaried GP)

Additional Languages spoken: Greek

Qualifications: BsC, MBBS, MRCGP, Pg Cert

Areas of Interest:   My main clinical interests include dermatology, preventative medicine and aesthetics medicine.

Usual Clinic Day: Friday


I studied medicine at King’s College London and I graduated in 2008.  As a junior doctor I gained experience in various hospital specialties including respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, psychiatry and urology working in different areas of the Midlands. As a South London enthusiast, I returned to Lewisham to join the renowned London Deanery for GP training.  During my GP training I gained experience in elderly care, palliative care, ENT, emergency care and paediatrics all of which allowed me to achieve a well rounded clinical knowledge as a GP. I registered with the Royal College of General Practitioners in 2013.   I found that working in South London as a GP for the last 8 years has allowed me to have a deeper more meaningful understanding of the local community needs with regards to healthcare, disease prevalence and local resources.    I have a postgraduate certificate in education that allows me to work as a GP trainer for the NHS.     In 2016 I joined North Health Lewisham as a Medical Director.  In this role I had the opportunity to take part in performance management of local practices in Lewisham, in terms of chronic disease as well as in the development of clinical policy.    In 2017 I joined One Health Lewisham federation as the GP IT lead. This role involves me leading a team that  aims to develop  effective IT solutions to cater the need of the Lewisham population in accessing healthcare in a convenient way.    I am the pan Lewisham PPG GP lead for the last 2.5 years as part of my role for One Health Lewisham.  This role gives me the great pleasure of ensuring that patient voices are heard in terms of development and feedback for already  existing or  upcoming  NHS services in Lewisham.

Dr Emma Nixon

(Salaried GP)


Interests: Elderly care, end of life care

Usual Clinic Days: On maternity leave


I completed my training as a GP in Lewisham in 2020, following junior doctor posts in London and the South East including paediatrics, palliative care, care of the elderly, breast surgery, urology, and obstetrics and gynaecology. I have worked at the Grove at different stages in my GP training since 2015. I studied medicine as a graduate at St George’s, University of London following a degree in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge. I hold postgraduate diplomas in Geriatric Medicine, Child Health, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. I enjoy caring for people at all stage of life but have a particular interest in care of the elderly and palliative care at the end of life.

Dr John McGuinness

(Salaried GP)

Qualifications MBChB, MRCGP, Bsc, DFSRH, PG Cert (Darzi)

Interests: Social Prescribing, Health Inequalities

Usual Clinic Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday


I studied Medicine at Leeds University and completed my GP training in Lewisham in 2019. My previous work included A&E in Australia for 2 years. I currently split my week between clinics at the Grove and other work as a fellow with King’s Health Partners in South East London and as a Social Prescribing Champion for the Royal College of General Practice. I support the work of our Health Champions and have an interest in wider projects working with local organisations to improve the health of our local community. This has been with the John Evelyn Community Garden, as a Parkrun Practice and focussing on improving relationships between the GP surgery and the voluntary and community sector. When not working, I enjoy running, music and spending time with my family.


Dr Ben Bentley

(Salaried GP)

Qualifications: MBChB, MRCGP

Interests: Diabetes, Respiratory and Social Prescribing 

Usual clinical days: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 


I completed medical school at Sheffield University in 2014, then spent my 2 foundation years in Nottingham and Lincoln gaining experience in a variety of specialities including A&E, Urology, Respiratory, Orthopaedics and Stroke. Following this I took some time to explore further interests, completing posts in Neurology, A&E, General Medicine and a 2 month expedition post in the Indonesian jungle supporting ongoing ecological research. On returning to the UK I entered my GP training in Lewisham and fully qualified in 2021. I enjoy the vast range of possibilities that being a GP offers, and its ability to satisfy my interest in multiple different areas of medicine. When not working I enjoy rock climbing, live music, cooking and learning about nature and how fascinating the natural world is. 


Dr Alastair Duncan

(Salaried GP)

Dr Helen Walker

(GP Registrar- a fully qualified doctor gaining experience in general practice, with a number of years of hospital experience already)

Dr Sophie Glover

(GP Registrar-a fully qualified doctor gaining experience in general practice, with a number of years of hospital experience already)

Dr Fatuma Nagaye

(Foundation Year 2 Doctor-a fully qualified doctor gaining experience in general practice, with at least one year of hospital experience already)