Mr Robert U Ashford MD FRCS (Tr. & Orth.)

Consultant Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Tumour Surgeon


Meet The Team


Pat Rouse (PA & Practice Manager)
Pat is normally the first team member that you will encounter. She is Chester born and bred, moving to Leicestershire ‘temporarily’ 30 years ago! She has a background of 30 years of working within the NHS mainly as a medical PA in Trauma & Orthopaedics (interspersed with a little bit of Urology and Radiology at times when they needed a spare hand!) She transferred permanently over to the Private sector in 2012.

She particularly enjoys the communication and problem solving part of her role especially when this involves engaging with patients and Medical Staff. To help add a greater depth and knowledge to her role and enhance her communication skills, she was encouraged, in the not too distant past, to undertake three years formal training in Contemporary Psychodynamic Counselling (two years of this under the auspices of The University of Leicester) gaining a qualification with distinction for this.

When not at work ‘organising and nagging’ Mr Ashford, she particularly enjoys spending time with her family which includes two robust rugby playing sons, daughter in law and a much longed for ‘dainty’ granddaughter. Her hobbies include all aspects of dance from Ballet to ballroom to helping teach salsa and anything French be it drinking the wine, visiting the Country or watching their rugby teams!



Ralph Leighton

Ralph is a Consultant Anaesthetist with specialist interest in Orthopaedic and Gynaecologic Cancer Surgery & ENT Surgery. He qualified in London and undertook his Anaesthetic training in Leicester . He is the Training Programme Director for Anaesthetics in the East Midlands (South). He shares rugby as a common interest with Mr Ashford both at Syston RFC where he coaches and as a season ticket holder for the Tigers.




Dr Janette Gross (Consultant Anaesthetist)
Janette is a Consultant Anaesthetist with a specialist interest in Regional Anaesthetic techniques for Orthopaedic Surgery. A Kiwi, All Black fan and graduate of Auckland Medical School in New Zealand, she has FRCA and FANZCA fellowships in anaesthesia after completing training in New Zealand, Australia and the UK. Her NHS practice is based at Leicester General Hospital where she is Lead Anaesthetist for Orthopaedic Surgery, an educational supervisor and senior general duties consultant with a strong leadership role in quality and safety matters. Another member of the team who is a Leicester Tigers season ticket holder she regularly reminds the other members of the team of her Antipodean rugby heritage.



Victor Masih (Surgical Assistant)
Victor is an experienced Orthopaedic Surgical Assistant and regularly works with Mr Ashford and also Mr Gabbar (www.spirehealthcare.com/leicester/our-facilities-treatments-and-consultants/our-consultants/mr-omar-gabbar).

He works at Leicester General Hospital as an Orthopaedic Scrub Nurse when not acting as a surgical assistant. He has worked in Orthopaedics since 1992, qualifying in Punjab, India and gaining further experience in the Middle East before settling in the UK.

He is the only member of the team to prefer the round ball game to the oval one!



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