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Two new GPs join NHS Portsmouth CCG
04 September 2019

Two new doctors have joined the NHS organisation responsible for planning and commissioning most of Portsmouth’s health services. 

They are Dr Simon Simonian and Dr Carsten Lesshafft, whose arrival has been welcomed by Dr Linda Collie, the Clinical Leader for NHS Portsmouth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). 

Dr Collie said: “I am delighted that Carsten and Simon have joined the CCG. It’s always good to welcome new faces, new ideas and a new insight into what we are doing and how we can further improve services for all our patients across Portsmouth.” 

Dr Lesshafft (pictured left) qualified from the University of Mainz, Germany, and has worked in hospitals in the Midlands and as a GP in Birmingham, Derby and Willenhall before moving to Southsea to work as a full-time GP for the Trafalgar Medical Group Practice, which runs the Osborne Road Surgery and Eastney Health Centre.

He has also worked at Walsall CCG, and is keen to ensure that services must be both accessible and easy to navigate for all patients.

Dr Lesshafft said: “I understand that change is not always embraced easily by everyone. I am also conscious that in order for the local healthcare system to be able to progress and evolve, Portsmouth CCG and its partners must make sustainability a key priority for the people who work in it.”

Dr Simonian is a newly-qualified GP living locally and working mainly at the Primary Care Alliance, having completed his training at the Craneswater Group Practice in Southsea. He previously studied medicine at the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, where he qualified in 2012 - as well as a Masters in Healthcare Ethics and Law from Manchester University.  

He said: “I feel that a hands-on approach to challenges arising within healthcare is essential in evolving our services to address local needs, as well as looking towards new possibilities such as technologies and resources available in order to achieve this.  

“My hope is to be able to work together with primary and secondary care to make the health resources available to our population the ones that Portsmouth need.”

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