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Meet the Team

Our caring, friendly and supportive team offer a specialist and individual service at the L&D Fertility Centre.

Miss Shahnaz Akbar, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Lead for Fertility Centre, Subspecialist Reproductive Medicine & Surgery MBBS MRCOG/FRCOG MRCPI MSc (USS)
Miss Akbar is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist specialising in reproductive health, subfertility, male and female infertility, assisted conception therapies,IVF,ICSI IUI, IVF with Egg/Sperm donation and special interest in Male factor subfertility, Polycystic ovarian syndrome, Fibroids/Myomectomy, Miss Akbar also possesses a Masters in ultrasound scanning and offers gynaecological scans.

Miss Akbar started as a Fertility consultant at Kings College Hospital in 2005 moving to L&D in 2008 as a Consultant. Miss Akbar was trained in London at Guy’s & St Thomas’.


Mr Jude Jose MD, MRCOG Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist
Mr Jose is a Consultant Obstetrician and Fertility Specialist who has been working at the L&D University Hospital since January 2011. He has a special interest in the management of male infertility. Specialising in the management of women with Polycystic Ovary syndrome. Mr Jose trained in the North-East London Deanery. He has been trained in all assisted conception techniques including IVF, ICSI, IUI and reproductive surgeries at Homerton IVF centre in London.

 

 


Sandra Horn, Matron
Lead Gynae Nurse, trained at the L&D, has many years of experience and knowledge in gynaecology nursing as a Staff Nurse and as a Ward Manager.

 

 

 

 


Preeti Patel, Speciality Doctor

 

 

 

 

 

 


Elizabeth Rollinson BSc, MSc, FIBMS, CSci Biomedical Scientist
A State Registered Biomedical Scientist who has worked at the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital since 1989 within the disciplines of Blood Sciences and more recently Andrology.

 

 

 

 


Ausra Blazeniene, Clinical Scientist
A State Registered Reproductive Clinical Scientist with extensive experience in embryology and andrology. Ausra has received training in different countries in USA and in EU. She helped to establish the IVF laboratory and to develop IVF procedures in the first IVF clinic in Lithuania in 1997 and other laboratories worldwide. She is a member of ESHRE, ALPHA, AAB, ACE, BAS, and ABA. Ausra speaks English, Lithuanian, Russian, and Polish, and has a background of German. As a scientist she has a special interest in new treatment technologies and techniques.

 

 


Caroline Cushen, Fertility Nurse

 

 

 

 

 

 


Diane Johnson, Fertility Nurse

 

 

 

 

 


Rama Acolatse, HCA

 

 

 

 

 


Christine Cummins, Medical Secretary
An experienced medical secretary who has worked in Haematology within the NHS for over 15 years. Christine’s is now working as Miss Akbar’s Secretary in the Fertility Centre. Professional qualifications include RSAI level II and CLAIT.

 

 

 

 


Carol McSkimming, Medical Secretary
Experienced Medical Secretary to Mr Jose, Fertility Consultant, for over 3 years. Previously worked in Histopathology for 12 months and Obstetrics for 6 years, within the L&D University Hospital.

 

 

 

 


Paula Lavender, Senior Receptionist
Paula has worked at the L&D University Hospital for over 12 years. Previously a Receptionist in Gynaecology for 5 years.

 

 

 

 


Surinder Seera, Receptionist
Surinder has worked at the L&D Hospital for over 16 years as a Health Records Clerk. Her experience has also extended to working part-time as a Receptionist within the Maternity Department.

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