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The Team

About the ACS team



Dr Helen Lyall, Consultant Gynaecologist

Dr Lyall is a Consultant Gynaecologist and lead clinician for the ACS Unit at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She qualified in 1988 from the University of Dundee and has always worked in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. She has been directly involved in assisted conception and reproductive medicine for 20 years.

During her training Dr Lyall also worked in Edinburgh, moving to Glasgow in 1995. Dr Lyall has published widely and was awarded a MD from the University of Dundee in 1994. She has been a member of a number of national groups looking at the provision of assisted conception treatment, most specifically equity of access, and is a member of the National Infertility Group, convened by the Scottish Government


Professor Scott Nelson, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Scott is the Muirhead Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of Glasgow and HFEA licence holder for Glasgow Royal Infirmary ACS unit. Professor Nelson is a prominent specialist in reproductive medicine, world renowned as the leader for personalised ovarian stimulation. His particular area of expertise is in the use of biomarkers to individualise care.


Dr Susheel Vani

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Dr Aparna Sastry

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Dr Claire Banks

Dr Banks is a Consultant Gynaecologist, and qualified in Medicine in 2002 from the University of Glasgow. She has worked in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology throughout her postgraduate career, with a special interest in assisted conception since 2007. Before studying medicine, Dr Banks completed a law degree, graduating from the University of Glasgow in 1996 with an LLB Honours degree in Medical Law and Ethics.


Dr Samra Khan

Dr Khan qualified as a doctor in 2003 and completed her core obstetrics and gynaecology training in Oxford and Glasgow.

To pursue her special interest in subfertility, she joined the assisted conception unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 2011 for advanced training in this field. She attained a certificate of completion of training in 2013 following which she continued to serve as a consultant within the same unit.

Besides offering tertiary level care for management of infertile couples she also leads the oocyte donation service at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and also provides a fertility service for the south side of Glasgow through a dedicated fertility clinic at Victoria hospital.

Dr Khan is very enthusiastic about her specialty and committed to provide a high quality care to her patients.


Isabel Traynor, Redesign Manager

Isabel is the Redesign Manager of the Assisted Conception Service. She graduated from Caledonian University in 1992 with BA Honours in Health & Nursing Studies and had an extensive gynaecology career in Western Infirmary, Glasgow. She worked there for 10 years, in a variety of roles ranging from staff nurse, research nurse, ward manager and clinical nurse manager in gynaecology across North Glasgow NHS Trust.

Following this experience, she took up post as the Senior Charge Nurse in the Assisted Conception Unit in Glasgow Royal Infirmary in October 2002. This challenging role includes clinical and service management, with a research and education component. This experience has been transferred to a clinical environment ensuring that evidence based practice is delivered locally. A range of nurse led services have also been developed within the unit. She has completed several post graduated qualifications in Infertility, Ultrasound Scanning and Non Medical Prescribing. She has had the privilege of both presenting and being chairperson at several national Infertility meetings for nursing and multi-disciplinary groups. She is the previous chairperson of the Senior Infertility Nurses Group.


Joanne McNabb, Senior Charge Nurse ACS

Joanne qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1980 then as a Certified Midwife in 1981. Her career in midwifery progressed to a Community Midwife then three years later to a Labour Ward Sister. After a short break she returned to Rottenrow Maternity in Glasgow as a Bank Midwife before joining the Assisted Conception team at Glasgow Royal Infirmary where she has spent the last 22 years.

Predominately based in the Theatre and Recovery Suite Joanne is an integral part of the team, helping to plan and deliver the care that provides the best possible experience for patients using the service.


Helen Walton, Pre Genetic Diagnosis Co-ordinator for Scotland

Helen qualified as Registered General Nurse in 1989. She worked as a staff nurse in the Gynaecology wards in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She completed the Family Planning course and obtained a BSc in Professional Studies in Nursing at the Caledonian University. In 1996 she moved to the Assisted Conception Services. She enhanced her knowledge and skills within the infertility unit, with further education and research. In 2005 she was employed as the Pre Genetic Diagnosis Co-ordinator for Scotland, to assist couples who have a known genetic condition, arranging, implementing and evaluating the patients care.


Joanne Leitch - Lead Embryologist

Joanne has gained over 10 years of experience in Clinical Embryology in both public and private health care settings. In her current appointment as Lead Clinical Embryologist, she plays a key role in the largest IVF clinic in Scotland. Joanne is a Diplomat of the Royal College of Pathologists and previously an Executive Board member of the Association of Clinical Embryologists.


Linsey White, Quality Manager

Linsey studied Pharmacology at Glasgow University and worked in the field of drug discovery in the biotechnology industry before moving into the medical device industry. She worked within the Quality Management team at Alere for 7 years, predominately in Heart Failure, before joining the ACS as Quality Manager. As Quality Manager, Linsey’s responsibilities at the ACS include maintaining the Quality Management System to meet the HFEA code of practice requirements; auditing the ACS; and insuring the compliance and continual improvement of procedures to meet patient expectations.


Craig Spinks, Business Manager

Craig graduated with a Business Management Honours degree and has significant experience working across various NHS sectors which include Golden Jubilee National Hospital and Oral Health Directorate. He commenced current post in July 2014 and has a wider remit across Women & Children’s directorate in addition to Business Manager role within Assisted Conception Service.


Alison Elliot, Counsellor 

Alison is a member of British Infertility Counselling Association BICA, an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, Supervisor and a member of Scottish Infertility Counselling Group. She has 12 years experience of counselling but has decided to specialise in fertility issues. Her previous role was working as a counsellor at Sandyford, a sexual health clinic and has worked for NHS GG&C for over 10 years. She enjoys the diversity and complexity of working at the fertility clinic. Often clients describe their journey as a roller coaster ride or feeling stuck or in limbo while going though treatment. Offering a safe place to discuss, explore and get support to make sense of what is going on can be invaluable.