Philip Harris
Consultant Gynaecologist
Phil is the Clinical Lead for the service. He has been a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at WWL since June 1996. He qualified from The London Hospital Medical College in 1985, moving to the North West of England in 1987 to continue his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. During this time he also spent two years as a Clinical Research Fellow in Reproductive Medicine at the University Hospital of South Manchester. This is where he developed his skills and passion for the management and treatment of infertility. Phil is the Human Fertilisation Embryology Authority (HFEA) Person Responsible for the unit.
Zahida Khan
Obstetrician and Gynaecologist
Zahida has been a Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology since January 2011. She specializes in infertility and colposcopy. Zahida is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, British Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology, British Medical Association and Medical Protection Society.
Erica Burgan
Specialist Fertility Sister
Erica qualified as a registered nurse in 2004, completing her training at the University of Chester. Erica has nursed patients in Urology, Colorectal and Gynaecology services, gaining her mentorship module prior to commencing with Assisted Conception in 2008. Here she has undertaken further training in performing IUI treatments and completed an ultrasound course for early pregnancy and follicle tracking in 2011.
Joanne Collins
Staff Nurse
Joanne started in the trust in November 2000 as an Auxiliary Nurse. Joanne progressed to do her nurse training at the University of Central Lancashire, Qualifying April 2008. Joanne has previously worked for the Male medical ward, Female medical ward, Emergency Care centre, and Female surgical Ward. Joanne started working on the Assisted Conception Unit June 2014. She has recently carried out a mentorship course and is working towards an ultrasound course for early pregnancy and follicle tracking.
Maureen Thornley
Health Care Assistant
Maureen currently works as a Health Care Assistant in the Unit. After joining the NHS in 1969, Maureen started out in the maternity department. Following this, she then moved to gynaecology. Maureen joined us 18 months ago on the Assisted Conception Unit.
Lesley Walsh
Chief BioMedical Scientist
Lesley has 30 years experience working in a medical laboratory in disciplines which have included Biochemistry, Blood bank, Haematology, Microbiology and Histology. She specialised in Cytology and Andrology over 25 years ago, and worked at Billinge Hospital soon after the Gamete Intrafallopian Transfer GIFT programme began, performing all the laboratory procedures for semen analysis, GIFT, IUI and transport IVF. Latterly, she set up the laboratory at Wrightington Hospital which currently provides Andrology services for the Assisted Conception Unit.
Louise Rennox
Assistant Practitioner in Andrology
Louise has worked for the NHS in various laboratories for 15 years and gained an NVQ in clinical laboratory support. Louise started her career working in the private sector in quality control, followed by a period working within the forensic science laboratories. At the beginning of 2014 Louise joined the Assisted Conception team as an Assistant Practitioner in Andrology in which Louise has gained competency in all aspects of semen analysis and sperm preparation for treatments.
Amanda Evans
Amanda commenced in the NHS in 1990 working in administration roles for a number of departments including Infection Control, Maternity Services and Surgical Division. She has NVQ 2, 3 and 4 Business Administration. Whilst in the PA role for Surgery she gained the ILM Management Certificate and an Administration Degree. The Medical Terminology course was completed in 2008 allowing progression to gain Advanced Medical Administrators Diploma. Amanda joined the Assisted Conception Team in 2010 co-ordinating clinics, waiting lists and patient information. She works alongside the divisional accountant in maintaining the unit’s budgets.
Julie Porter
PA/Medical Secretary
Julie joined the NHS in July 2000, as Medical Secretary to the Obstetrics & Gynaecology directorate cancer lead. She was previously employed for ten years as a medical secretary in the private sector, prior to which she was in general practice. Julie has the AMSPAR diploma for medical secretaries, and over 25 years experience. She is now the personal assistant to Mr C P Harris, lead clinician for the fertility Service. Her role is to follow the patients journey from referral to discharge, liaising with internal and external providers to ensure they receive an effective and positive high quality experience.
Paula Marsh
Administration Assistant
Paula joined the assisted conception team in 2015 working on reception. Paula has worked in the NHS for 11 years within a variety of admin roles.
Cheryl Simpson
Accredited Counsellor
Cheryl is a BACP and BICA Accredited Counsellor and has worked with the Occupational Health Department since 2003. Her experience includes counselling on various subjects including multiple loss, bereavement, fertility-related issues, relationships, work and personal stress, anxiety, panic and depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, financial family problems, obsessive compulsive disorder, self-esteem, post natal depression, confidence, miscarriage, marriage break up, health anxiety and bullying/harassment. Parallel to staff counselling Cheryl has worked for five years for a tier three drug and alcohol treatment service for people with dependency issues.