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The Physicians Associate will see you now – A new role to assist patients in Primary Care
Eastham Group Practice are pleased to introduce Mr Ehtzaz Chaudhary as our new Physicians Associate. We have been fortunate enough to appointment a Physicians Associate to support our doctors in the diagnosis and management of patients.
Across our network; “Healthier South Wirral” there are 5 Physicians Associates working together to develop this role to help meet the needs of the local patient population.
What does a Physician Associate do?
Physician associates (PAs) are medically trained, healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors and other members of the practice team to provide a range of patient care.
They are able to:
- Take medical histories from patients
- Carry out physical examinations
- See patients for on the day or scheduled appointments
- Manage and treat patients of all ages and make referrals
- Visit patients at home, nursing or residential homes
- Review and act on laboratory results
- Run specialist clinics such as family planning, baby checks, long term conditions or minor ops – with extra training
- Teach and supervise students
- Provide patient health promotion and disease prevention advice
- Help GPs with some admin tasks
They are trained and qualified to run their own clinical appointments but always work under the supervision of a GP.
Why do we need Physician Associates?
Due to a growing population, the advances in technology, better diagnosis, prevention and treatments, the NHS can sometimes struggle to cope. This is a new role to bring more talent, adding rather than taking away from existing members of the medical workforce and increased access for patient services and care.
Like other medical staff, physician associates work with their patients to provide the best and most suitable care. They have access to patients’ medical records in case they need to refer to past medical history.
Strict rules of confidentiality are adhered to throughout this practice.