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Malton Diagnostic Centre (MDC)

The Malton Diagnostic Centre (MDC) (also known as the One Stop Clinic) at Malton Community Hospital is an enhanced service for all urology patients to allow fast access to diagnosis and treatment.  The traditional system required you to be referred by your GP and to attend multiple visits (e.g., first appointment, return for tests and then again to receive test results).

In contrast, the MDC enables you to have your consultation with a specialist and a range of tests in a single visit all on the same day. An individual plan for your treatment will be agreed with you and the team before you go home.

Who will I be seen by?

The MDC is run by a team of highly trained urology specialists led by consultant urologists.  Depending on your condition, you will be assigned to one of the specialists in the clinic and he/she will be your personal specialist throughout your visit.

However, all clinics are led by a consultant urologist who will supervise and liaise closely with your personal specialist and take ultimate responsibility for your care.

What tests will I have in clinic?

Your specialist will decide which tests are needed, although not every patient will need a test.  Possible tests available include: blood tests, ultrasound scan, X ray, flexible cystoscopy, prostate examination and biopsy, urinary flow rate evaluation or urodynamics (bladder pressure studies).

You will be asked for a sample of urine and we will give you a container and tell you what to do, so please ensure that your bladder is comfortably full on arrival.  More importantly, please don’t use the toilet before you have been seen by the staff.  There are water dispensers in the centre for you if you need to drink before giving your sample.

What does it mean to me as a patient?

The majority of referrals are for assessment and treatment of routine urological conditions.  However, if your GP explains that you have been referred urgently due to suspected cancer, you will be offered an appointment to attend within two weeks.

It is very important that you are available to attend during the initial two week period and over the next two months if necessary.  Please ensure that your GP has your up to date contact details, including a mobile phone number and email address where possible.

Unlike a traditional clinic, you will spend up to four hours in the clinic, so please come prepared to spend either all morning or all afternoon.

At the end of the consultation what will happen to me?

Your test results will be compiled at the end of clinic and the results of all the tests and assessment will be discussed with you before you leave.  The exception is prostate biopsies which take about ten days to process. We will arrange in the clinic when and where you will be able to receive these results.

We will do our best to answer any questions you might have and make a plan of action for you and your GP before you leave.

What happens after the clinic?

You will either be started on treatment, discharged back to your GP, have further follow up with the urology team, be asked to come back for a specialist test at a later date if the test is not available in the OSC, or be added to a waiting list for an operation.

Your follow up or operation will be at the unit of your choice, i.e. York, Scarborough or Bridlington (for surgery and follow up) and Malton, Selby or Whitby (follow up only).

Useful Links

We recommend the British Association of Urological Surgeons website.

Click on the 'Patients' drop down menu and then click “I think I might have” if you seek information about a specific urological condition, or, “I’m told I need” if you want procedure-specific information about urological surgery or procedures.

Urology Patient Information Leaflets

Visit Patient Information Leaflets for guidance and useful information.


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