Urology is the field of medicine that focuses on disease of the urinary tract and urogenital system. Urology focuses on the kidneys, urinary bladder, urethra, male reproductive organs and male fertility. Urologists are also trained in the surgical and medical treatment of diseases that affect these organs.
The Urology service is located across all hospital sites, Russells Hall Hospital, Guest Outpatient Centre and Corbett Outpatient Centre. The Urology inpatient services are situated on the second floor at Russells Hall Hospital.
Some of the services we offer include:
- Flow clinics (investigations of lower urinary tract problems)
- Flexible Cystoscopy (camera into the bladder)
- Urodynamics (complex investigations of lower urinary tract problems)
- Blood tests
- Rapid access prostate clinics
- Prostate biopsies
- Bladder biopsies
- Prostate resection surgery
- Bladder tumour resections
- BCG (chemical solution into the bladder for bladder cancer)
- Circumcision (removal of the foreskin)
- Stent insertion
- Removal of bladder stones (cystolitholapaxy)
- Adult plastic surgery to men for hypospadias
- Urethral strictures and penile deformity
- Hormone therapy
- Management of Haematuria (blood in the urine)
- Nephrectomies (kidney removal)
Russells Hall Hospital is part of a large cancer network involving other hospital trusts. Sometimes, when a patient is diagnosed with Cancer, it may be more appropriate for them to be treated in another trust.
For example, Radical Cystectomy (bladder removal) and Radical Prostatectomy (prostate removal) patients are referred to The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (New Cross Hospital) in Wolverhampton, following a discussion at a Urology Multidisciplinary Team Meeting (MDT).
The Urology Team consists of :
Mr A Abedin: Urology Consultant: (Secretary: 01384 244142)
Mr P Anderson: Urology Consultant: (Secretary: 01384 244203)
Mr S A Shahzad : Urology Consultant (Secretary: 01384 244201)
Mr S Ubee : Urology Consultant: (Secretary: 01384 456111 ex 2870)
Mr A Shafik : Urology Consultant (Secretary: 01384 456111 ex 3419)
Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) (Key Workers)
Caroline Roberts : Lead Nurse in Urology (Secretary to all CNS Team 01384 456111 ex 2873)
Angela Nicholls: Prostate/Community
Michelle Humphries: Rapid Access/Urology
Sally Allison: Stones/Urology
Tracey King: Kidney/Urology
Julia Morse: Bladder
Gemma Pickering: Prostate/Remote Monitoring Support Worker
- Prostate Cancer
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Cancer
- Testicular Cancer
- Ureteric Cancer
- Penile Cancer
What is the prostate?
The prostate is a gland usually the size of a walnut and can continue to grow as you get older. It is positioned underneath the bladder and surrounds the urethra (this is also known as the water pipe). The Urethra carries urine (wee) out of the body. The prostate main function is to help make semen which is the fluid that carries sperm and assists with urinary continence.
This diagram shows where the prostate gland is situated:
The common prostate problems are:
- Enlarged Prostate (BPH Benign Prostate Hyperplasia)
- Prostatitis (Inflammation/infection)
- Prostate Cancer
What is Prostate Cancer?
Prostate Cancer can develop when cells in the prostate start to grow in an uncontrolled way. Some prostate cancer grows too slowly to cause any problems or affect your life expectancy. A lot of men in this situation do not need any treatment.
Some prostate cancers grow quickly and are more likely to spread. This can cause problems so treatment may be required.
Below you will find some useful information regarding treatment options for Prostate Cancer. You can navigate your way around these websites in your own time.
This website provides a lot of information regarding prostate cancer diagnostics, investigations, treatments, side effects, emotional support and further support available. It also provides information regarding Covid-19 and Prostate Cancer:
0800 074 8383
This website provides a lot of information regarding all cancers including prostate and support that is available:
0333 255 8657
This website provides a lot of general health information as well as information about Prostate Cancer:
Prostate Cancer Living Well With and Beyond Cancer Clinic
All patients diagnosed with Prostate Cancer are booked on to a Prostate cancer living well with and beyond cancer clinic.
|This is an opportunity to attend an informative group session discussing Prostate Cancer. Patients are welcome to bring a friend/relative along. Your Clinical nurse specialist (CNS) will discuss this with you when you receive your test results and have a confirmed diagnosis of Prostate Cancer. An appointment will be booked for you to attend.|
All patients with a cancer diagnosis are also invited to attend a General Health and Well Being Clinic which discusses the following:
People who are living with cancer, and those who have had cancer, often have specific support needs. If these needs are not addressed, it can damage their long-term prognosis and their ability to lead an active and healthy life. These needs can include information about treatment and care options, psychological support, advice about financial assistance and support in managing their condition themselves. Your CNS will discuss this with you and you will receive an appointment to attend.
Both sessions are based at Russells Hall Hospital and are education and information events. The General health and well being clinic is 9am – 11.30am and the Prostate Health and Wellbeing Clinic will last for one hour.
People who are living with cancer, and those who have had cancer, often have specific support needs. If these needs are not addressed, it can damage their long-term prognosis and their ability to lead an active and healthy life. These needs can include information about treatment and care options, psychological support, advice about financial assistance and support in managing their condition themselves.
Carers also play a vital role in supporting people with cancer and it is important that their needs for information, advice and support are addressed. Addressing all of these needs is central to the National Cancer Survivorship Initiative (NCSI), which is coordinating efforts to improve the quality of services available to people affected by cancer. Although there have been significant improvements in support for people living with and beyond cancer, more needs to be done so that cancer survivors have the care and support they need to live as healthy a life as possible, for as long as possible.
Health and Well being Clinics are a Macmillan Cancer Support development as part of its survivorship work. Their aim is that everyone who has had a cancer diagnosis and is living with cancer, will have access to a Health and Well Being Clinic that will provide the support they need to enable them to lead as normal a life as possible.
The clinics support people around the end of cancer treatment with the transition between the treatment phase of their care and survivorship.
What are the benefits of the clinic?
It enables people living with Prostate Cancer, and their families, to manage the effects of their illness by giving them the necessary information and promoting positive lifestyle changes.
Who are they for?
They are for people who are living with Prostate Cancer. A clinical nurse specialist who specialises in Prostate Cancer will be at the event.
What will I gain?
Each session is delivered by a clinician with expertise in that field. Topics being covered include:
Where are they held?
They are held at Russells Hall Hospital in the Clinical Education Centre in South Block. The sessions last about one hour and follow on from the general survivorship sessions. We encourage patients to attend both sessions either on the same day or as separate appointments. Patients have the opportunity to attend pre and post treatment.
Due to Covid-19, face to face sessions are on hold due to Government Guidelines regarding group gatherings and social distancing. We are currently updating our website so patients who are diagnosed with Prostate Cancer will still receive this information. Please contact your clinical nurse specialist team if you have any concerns: 01384456111 extensions 2873.
Below are three PowerPoint presentations you can watch in the comfort of your own home. Please click on each one and work through the slides. If you have any questions please contact your clinical nurse specialist.
Patient information leaflets
The following leaflets are available for you to download and print off if you are able to do so. If you are not able to print them off and would like a copy please contact your clinical nurse specialist.
These leaflets are all related to prostate cancer:
If you require any further information please contact your clinical nurse specialist in the pack you were provided with.
We hope you have found this information of some use.
Any questions please contact your Clinical Nurse Specialist. 01384 456111 extension 2873.