Dr Tamara Stephens

Dr Stephens graduated from University of the Witwatersrand in 2001 with a Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery. At the end of her internship (at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital) and Community Service (at Polokwane Provincial hospital) she left South Africa to gain further experience in the United Kingdom. Initially rotating through Accident and Emergency (AE) as a locum doctor, where she soon managed to secure a Critical Care post through the South West rotation at Southampton General Hospital (SGH) through the University of Southhampton, under the supervision of two world renown emergency physicians, Mr Michael Clancy and Dr Andy Eynon.

Mr M. Clancy was her mentor while completing her rotation in AE. An infamous ER consultant based at Southampton’s university hospitals that lead and developed emergency care in the United Kingdom following a prominent national appointment. Dr A. Eynon worked for the SGH Trust developing the neurosciences intensive care unit at SGH into a National leader for the care of patients with brain and spinal illnesses. He was the Director of neuro-intensive care through which she rotated for an 8 month period, gaining extensive knowledge on the first world management of traumatic brain injuries and concurrently developing an extreme passion for neuro-intensive care medicine. Dr Stephens completed her membership exams through the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in 2006, however failed to be eligible to write the fellowship exam at the end of her AE rotation due to changes in the UK’s NHS legislation implemented at a national level with regards to foreign ER registrars and their training visa’s.

So she was forced to return to SA in July 2008 where she joined Dr Tyrone Richards at Fourways Life Hospital Emergency Unit and was made a junior managing partner in year 2009. Dr Richards & Dr Stephens chose to separate from the existing partnership in 2013 and take on Life Flora Trauma unit, a P1 facility located in the West rand of Johannesburg.

They have chosen to run this unit in consistency with UK and USA based ER units, that being on an “ER research-protocol” driven basis, This empowers our nurses and junior doctors to initiate basic treatment on patients following the protocols we have drawn up allowing easy implementation of basic treatment without compromising patient quality of care until the doctor can attend to the patient. This approach was first initiated at Life Flora EC unit and has assisted with its patient growth over the years from a patient volume of about 800 to 2500 patients per month at present.

She has a great passion for teaching and high belief in the fact that the knowledge of doctors working in the private sector and the standard at which private health care facilities function need to be maintained at a level equivalent or superior to that of global academic institutions. She therefore has become highly involved in the academic side of emergency medicine, playing an integral part in furthering her knowledge and the teaching of others.

At present Dr Stephens sits on the council of Emergency medicine as the senior Diplomat representative for the council of Emergency medicine for the College of Medicine of South Africa (CMSA) and has also had the honour of being elected as a Senate member for the CMSA from year 2016 - 2018. Her council responsibilities include being involved intricately with the examination process of the emergency medicine program here in SA, meeting with the academic heads of emergency Medicine at the Universities of the Witwatersrand, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Kwazulu Natal twice a year to discuss advancements in emergency medicine in South Africa. Other responsibilities include setting both the written and oral exams for the Diploma in Emergency Medicine, as well as overseeing the accreditation process of authorising hospitals who wish to be involved in the training of candidates for the Emergency Medicine Diploma exams. She has been reelected to sit a further 3 years as the diplomat representative from 2018-2020.

She has completed the following postgraduate courses: her Membership Exams through the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in year 2007 (MCEM (UK)) and the Diploma in Emergency Medicine Exam through the CMSA in 2009 (DipPEC (SA)); as well as all advanced life support courses including: Advanced Airway, Cardiac, Paediatric, Neonatal, Trauma, ECG and Cardiac Echo courses (AIMES / ACLS/ EP-ACLS / PALS/ ATLS/ Neonatal resus/ EGLS) and is currently completing her 60 documented EFAST assessments so that she can become an accredited ER Sonographer for EFAST. She became an Advanced Trauma Life Support Instructor in the UK in year 2008 while training in the UK on her registrar rotation and had the honour of being elected to teach the first ATLS course in Namibia in 2016 with the aim of spreading it’s trauma teachings across Africa in the years to come. She is currently in the process of writing up her research in partial fulfilment of a Masters degree in Masters in Emergency Medicine, through the University of the Witwatersrand (MscMed), and very recently she has been selected to be an Honorary Lecturer in the Department of Emergency Medicine, the School of Clinical Medicine and the University of the Witwatersrand.

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 21 840 6642/3
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Suite: Emergency Centre, Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital, 4 Gardner Williams Avenue, Paardevlei Estate, Somerset West, 7130

Dr Tyrone Richards

Dr Richards graduated from the University of the Western Cape in Year 1994 obtaining a Bachelors of Science degree passing with honours. He was a High School teacher from year 1985 to 1991 and lectured at The teachers Training College in 1987. His great interest in the medical field made him decided to follow his passion for medicine and so he decided to study even further and obtained his Bachelors Degree in Medicine and Surgery
through the University of Medusa in 1996.

He is currently in the process of writing up his medical research article in partial fulfilment of a Masters degree in Emergency Medicine, through the University of the Witwatersrand (MSc Med) and has completed all the required coursework having only his thesis to complete. He has successfully completed the following advanced emergency medicine courses: Advanced Airway, Cardiac, Trauma, Paediatrics, Neonatal, FMA and emergency cardiac ECHO (AIMES, ACLS, ATLS, PALS, Neonate and EGLS).

He has worked since 1998 as an emergency physician for various emergency departments around Gauteng way before the College of Medicine of South Africa had even
established an Emergency Medicine speciality or developed the registrar rotation for the now Fellowship in Emergency Medicine. During his 20 years of experience, he gained extensive knowledge and skill by rotating through both government and private emergency units such as: Johannesburg General Hospital: Netcare Sunninghill Hospital, Garden City Hospital, Milpark Hospital, Olivedale Hospital, Union Hospital as well as Life Bedford Gardens Hospital, Fourways Hospital, Flora Hospital and Sandton Mediclinic.

As a well trained emergency doctor his responsibilities included but were not limited to the assessment and management of all emergency cases in both the paediatric and adult population, gaining efficient skills such as suturing of wounds, reduction of joint dislocations, application of splinting devices, electrical and chemical cardioversion, insertion of intercostal drains, endotracheal intubation and resuscitation of the critically ill or injured patients. He has mastered the emergency management of a variety of medical conditions including but not limited to: Acute Myocardial Infarction, Acute Stroke, various cardiac arrhythmias, near-drowning cases, electrocution, unstable polytrauma patients, various acute respiratory conditions and severe anaphylaxis.

From 2002 until 2006, Dr Richards worked as a flight Flight Doctor for International SOS His scope of daily practice involved evacuating, diagnosing, stabilising and managing on flight, seriously ill patients from various countries on the African Continent. The management of these patients often required him to implement intensive care management in a majority of these patients.

In 2004 he was promoted to Deputy Medical Director at International SOS and maintained this senior position for 2 years. Here his responsibilities included the guiding and overseeing all aspects of patient management of the ISOS flight doctors and nurses as well as supervising the administrative staff on their daily functions. However his role in the logistical planning and co-ordinating all medical evacuation of out of country patients was the most significant roll he played as one of the Medical Directors at International SOS.

From 2006 he became the Practice Manager and senior partner in two medical partnerships which he maintained over the last 11 years. Drs Frankel and Richards was the partnership that ran the Life Fourways Hospital where he played an active roll between 2006 to 2012. At present he is the senior managing partner of Dr. Richards & Partners as from 2012 which runs the highly efficient unit at Life Flora Hospital. Dr Richards & Partners has recently been honoured with the the opportunity of being involved in the initiation and running of Busamed’s new private Hospitals at Modderfontein, Harrismith and Gateway Private Hospitals. In all of the above units Dr Richards has been highly involved and passionate in driving the “Angels Stroke Initiative” with great success. Due to his teaching background he has always had a passion for education and learning, through self teaching he has gained a broad knowledge in program software development and has recently developed a clinical management protocol app “EC Consultants App” which is now available at all our units, solidifying our companies aim of “protocol driven emergency care”. This app and all our protocols are widely available on this app to all our staff members both doctor and nurses alike.

He currently serves as a Member of Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) at Life Flora Hospital since 2010 and Chairperson since December 2016, as well as being a Member of the Physicians Advisory Board at Busamed Harrismith Private Hospital since 2017.

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 21 840 6642/3
Email: tyrone.ecconsultants.co.za
Suite: Emergency Centre, Busamed Paardevlei Private Hospital, 4 Gardner Williams Avenue, Paardevlei Estate, Somerset West, 7130

Dr Attie Botha

Dr Attie Botha obtained his MB;ChB at the University of Stellenbosch in 2005, after which he completed his Internship training at Windhoek Central Hospital in Windhoek, Namibia. After returning to Somerset West’s Helderberg Hospital in 2007, he completed his community service year and continued to manage the orthopaedic surgery department there until the end of 2009.

In 2010 he was appointed as registrar at Tygerberg Hospital and completed his postgraduate specialist training in Orthopaedic Surgery. In 2014 he obtained his MMed Orth (Stell) degree Cum Laude, and was awarded the Post Graduate Student of the Year award by the University of Stellenbosch’s Faculty of Health Sciences for academic excellence in a structured master’s degree.
In the same year, the College of Medicine presented him with the prestigious JM Edelstein medal for a very high standard of academic proficiency in the Fellowship examination of the College of Orthopaedic Surgeons of South Africa.

He completed an AO Spine Fellowship, qualifying him as a spinal surgery subspecialist. During this time he worked with highly regarded peers in the field of spinal surgery, and gained extensive exposure in the various sub-disciplines of spinal surgery.

Dr Botha has delivered many podium presentations at congresses and actively participates in research which is published in peer reviewed journals. He is also a member of the South African Orthopaedic Association, the South African Spine Society and AO Spine.

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 21 840 6697
Fax: 086 443 6845
Suite: 202, 2nd floor, Paardevlei Private Hospital
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Website: www.spinalclinic.co.za

Dr Pierre du Toit

Dr Pierre du Toit obtained his MBChB degree at the University of the Free State in 1995 after which he completed his internship at Potchefstroom Provincial Hospital. He thereafter was appointed Medical Officer in the same hospital and gained experience in general internal medicine and anesthesiology.

In 1997 he completed an Honorary Degree in Pharmacology (BSc Hons Pharm) at the University of Potchefstroom. He then was appointed as Registrar at the University of the Free State and completed his postgraduate specialist training in Internal Medicine.

Dr du Toit then joined the private practice as a specialist physician in Klerksdorp. He worked in Wilmed Park Private Hospital and Life Anncron Clinic from 2002 until 2015 where he gained experience in Intensive Care, diagnostic endoscopy and various sub-disciplines of Internal Medicine.

Some of his many interests are hypertension, diabetes and the pharmacological management of cardiovascular risk.

Dr du Toit has attended many international seminars and workshops. He is also a member of the Faculty of Physicians of SA and a member of the American Society of Echo Cardiography.

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 21 840 6608
Fax: +27 21 851 0529
Suite: First Floor, Room 102, Paardevlei Private Hospital

 

Dr Heinrich Pohl

MBChB (Pret) FCS (SA) MMed (Stell)

Dr Pohl qualified as a general surgeon from the University of Stellenbosch. Prior to that he worked in various surgical units in the country gaining vital surgical experience. It was during his training in the Eastern Cape that he met his wife, Berdine, who is currently a paediatrician in private practice.

 

They have 3 daughters. They enjoy travelling and spending time in the outdoors.Dr Pohl takes interest in, amongst others, endocrine surgery and has co-authored an international journal publication in the field of breast cancer. He has also recently worked as a consultant in the surgical critical care unit of Tygerberg Hospital.

He is a member of various professional surgical societies in South Africa:

  • Association of Surgeons of South Africa
  • South African Gastroenterology Society
  • South African Society of Endoscopic Surgeons

Contact Details
Telephone: +27 21 840 6701
Suite: 203, 2nd floor, Paardevlei Private Hospital

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