Urology

Welcome to the Barts Health urology service. Our experienced team diagnose and treat conditions affecting the kidneys, bladder and male genitalia. We are one of the country’s leading centres for urological disorders, and care for patients from across London, Essex and the rest of the country.

As pioneers in the use of medical technology we use advanced techniques so that our patients can benefit from the very latest treatments. This includes keyhole surgery for kidney cancer and kidney stones, and up to date therapies for prostate and bladder cancer.

We provide urology services from:

  • Newham University Hospital  
  • St Bartholomew’s Hospital
  • The Royal London Hospital
  • Whipps Cross University Hospital 

Why choose us

The Urology team has an active teaching and training programme and we are the main hub for an east London urology training programme for registrars. Our teaching is supported by advanced simulation training technology.

The team’s research programme includes cutting-edge investigations into prostate cancer, testicular cancer, renal cancer, bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction, stone disease and continence.

Urological cancer care

We understand how difficult it can be to find out that you have cancer and we will help in every way that we can.

We will arrange for you to have a one-to-one consultation with a doctor or special nurse, to provide you with personalised advice and targeted support.
 
You will be given contact details for the specialist nurses, so that you can call them at any time with your treatment related queries and concerns. 
    
Once you have been through a treatment programme, and your urological cancer has stabilised, one of the nurses will continue to see you to provide emotional and psychological support until you feel well enough again.

For patients

We provide patients with specialist advice on a range of disorders such as incontinence, cancer, kidney stones, urological cancer, blood and prostate assessments. We also treat patients with erectile dysfunction.

If you would like to be seen by the Barts Health urology team, please ask your GP for a referral.

Who to contact

  • If you have a question please call the hospital where you are commonly seen.
  • If you have a question about an outpatient clinic appointment please contact the outpatient manager
  • If you have a question about an operation please ring admissions, preadmissions or scheduling
  • If you have cancer and have a clinical problem please phone your key worker; theclinical nurse specialist (CNS) .
  • If you unsure who to contact or are still having unresolved difficulties please call the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) at the correct site.

Outpatient clinics

Our outpatient clinics are managed by urologists, specialist registrars and specialist nurses who provide a personal and careful approach for patients undergoing tests and investigations.

Our specialist investigations include:

  • Prostate examinations using trans rectal ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging
  • flexible cystoscopy (using a thin flexible telescope to examine the bladder)
  • Urodynamic investigations to assess urine flow and bladder functioning

Outpatient clinics that are run by the Trust are:

  • Haematuria (blood in the urine)
  • Male lower urinary tract symptom
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Kidney stones
  • Urological cancer
  • Continence
  • Premature ejaculation
  • Prostate assessments
  • Urinary infections
  • Blockage of the urinary system

The Urology Centre, St Bartholomew’s Hospital

This clinic, a specialist centre with a nationwide reputation for excellence, has been set up for the convenience of our patients. Patients are able to have all investigations on the same day, in the same place - rather than having multiple appointments in different hospital departments.

At the clinic, you may undergo one or more of the following investigations:

Blood tests

  • To check your kidney function
  • (For men) to check your Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) - this is a screening test for prostate cancer.

Urine tests

  • A urine sample is checked for signs of a urinary infection
  • Flow rate test: you will be asked to pass urine into a device called a ‘flow-rate machine’ to measure the flow of your urine. Following this, you will have an ultrasound scan of your bladder to ensure that your bladder empties properly.

Scans

  • X-rays to examine your genito-urinary system
  • Ultrasound scans of the urinary tract

Patients may need to spend up to two hours in the clinic.

For children

We provide dedicated services for children at the Barts Health Children’s Hospital, based at The Royal London.

Our clinics for children include:

  • Paediatric urinary infections
  • Paediatric urology
  • Joint paediatric urology clinic with Great Ormond Street Hospital

Inpatients

Staying in hospital

We will respect your privacy and dignity throughout your stay with us. Our ward nurses will be there to care for you and make sure that you are comfortable. For information on how to prepare for your stay with us, including what to bring with you, please visit our inpatient section.

Returning home with a catheter

If you are leaving hospital with a catheter, you will be shown how to use it at home. You will be given a catheter starter pack which includes new bags and all the materials required to keep your catheter working and in good order.

The ward nurse will be happy to answer all your questions and you will be given an information leaflet to refer to. We will organise a district nurse to visit you to make sure you are recovering well and coping with your catheter.

Within one to two weeks you should receive an appointment letter from the urology nurse specialist. The appointment is for you to attend the urology department (as an outpatient) for a trial without catheter. During the appointment we will remove the catheter to see how well you can pass urine independently.

Overnight accommodation

Overnight accommodation is available if you have to come to hospital for regular treatment or complex investigations but do not need to be admitted to a ward. Accommodation is also available for your relatives if you are staying in hospital (as an inpatient). Please ask a member of staff for details.

For clinicians

To refer a patient please use the Choose and Book System.

The Royal London Hospital and St Bartholomew’s clinics and referrals

Please use the Choose and Book System or please write to the Trust's Central Appointments office:

Central Appointments (CAO)
1st Floor, 9 Prescot Street
Barts Health NHS Trust
London, E1 8PR

Tel: 020 7767 3200
e-fax: 020 7791 9670
Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5pm

Clinics available on Choose and Book:

  • Urology Stone (St Bartholomew’s Hospital)
  • Urology General (St Bartholomew’s Hospital)
  • Urology General (Urology Outpatient Dept, The Royal London)
  • Urology Continence (Urology Outpatient Dept, The Royal London)

Out-of-hours and emergency referrals

The urology on-call team is contactable via the switchboard on 020 3416 5000. In an emer-gency, please contact your closest Emergency Department.

Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital clinics and referrals

Please refer patients by using the Choose and Book System.

Clinics available on Choose and Book:

  • Urology Andrology 
  • Urology Cancer ‘two week wait’
  • Urology General
  • Urology Paediatrics