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

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