Physician Assistants

--Physician Associates--

We have 3 Physician Associates. Our physician associates are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside our GPs and provide medical care, as an integral part of the multidisciplinary team. Physician associates are dependent practitioners working with a dedicated medical supervisor, but are able to work autonomously with appropriate support and as their experience develops.

Physician associates work within a defined scope of practice and limits of competence. They can:

  • Examine and complete referrals
  • See patients with undifferentiated diagnoses and long term conditions
  • Formulate differential diagnoses
  • Perform diagnostic and therapeutic procedures
  • Develop and deliver an appropriate treatment and management plan
  • Request and interpret diagnostic studies (such as blood tests)
  • Health promotion and disease prevention advice

Currently, physician associates are not able to prescribe or request ionising radiation (eg chest x-ray). However, they are trained to know about medications and can recommend them. If a prescription or x-ray is needed, they can request or work with a GP to get this organised for you as required.

Mr Ritchie Aseke (m)

Ritchie

I trained as a Physician Associate at the University of Birmingham where I also completed a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Material Science. I have been practicing at Fernlea Surgery since February 2020 as an integrated member of the medical team, and with supervision of the doctors, I am involved in the diagnosis, investigation and treatment of all our patients for both acute and chronic conditions. My current interests lie in general medicine and exploring how new technology can be used to improve on the experience and access to healthcare services.

Pharmacists

Miss Nisha Patel (f)

Counsellors

Miss Susan Morrison (f)

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