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Urology

About Urology

Urology is a surgical speciality, covering the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organs.

Our department covers much of North Yorkshire, providing a range of Urology services across several sites.


Contact us

Please contact the relevant consultant with the secretary phone numbers listed below.

Secretaries

  • Carol Stone (Secretary to Mr Blake-James and Mr Khafagy) 01904 725985
  • Tracey Johnson (Assistant Medical Secretary to Mr Blake-James andMr Khafagy) – 01904 725610
  • Lisa Browne (Secretary to Mr Kumar and Mr Hilmy) – 01904 725846
  • Secretary to Mr Kondylis – 01904 725972
  • Sandra Brown (Audio Typist to Urology Nurse Specialists) – 01904 726490
  • Marie Robertson (Secretary to Mr Hawkyard and Mr Robertson) 01723 342132
  • Catherine Sayles (Assistant Secretary to Mr Hawkyard and Mr Robertson) 01723 342085
  • Vickie Hastie (Assistant Secretary to Mr Hawkyard and Mr Robertson) 01723 342210

Urology services we offer

Diagnostic services.  We offer diagnostic services for whole range of urological conditions including:

  • Raised PSA
  • Haematuria (blood in urine)
  • Male and female LUTS
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Impotence
  • Recurrent UTI
  • Phimosis
  • Paediatric Urology

Urological procedures

  • Laparoscopic and open radical surgery for kidney and upper tract urothelial cancer
  • Keyhole surgery for kidney and kidney / ureteric stones, including Percutaneous Nephrolithotomy (PCNL)
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy (ESWL)
  • Keyhole surgery for enlarged prostate – TURP and Urolift
  • Cystoscopy and TURBT
  • Botulinum toxin A bladder injections

Information for patients – your Urology journey

How do I arrange to see an urologist?

  • We accept referrals from your GP or from a hospital consultant. If you do have an urological problem, therefore, you should visit your GP first and they can decide whether a referral is needed.

What happens after that?

  • Once you have been referred by your GP, you will be able to schedule an outpatient appointment. We may arrange for you to undergo some tests in advance of your appointment to speed up the diagnostic process.

The One Stop Clinic

  • The One Stop Clinic (OSC) (also known as the Malton Diagnostic Centre) 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 OSC 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 OSC 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 they 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
    • 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 result.
  • 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 or Scarborough (for surgery and follow up) and Malton or Selby (follow up only).
  • For certain conditions, some clinics are run by fully-trained nurse practitioners; you will still remain under care of our consultants.

Meet the team

Consultants

  • Ben Blake-James
  • Simon Hawkyard
  • Mustafa Hilmy
  • Richard Khafagy
  • Filip Kondylis
  • Ash Kumar
  • Andrew Robertson

Registrars

  • Hany Khattab
  • Subash Madhavan
  • Michaelis Varnavas
  • Anna Wright

Cancer Nurse Specialists

  • Fiona Ayre, Macmillan Specialist Nurse (Tel: 01904 725848)
  • Carolyn Bedford, Macmillan Specialist Nurse (Tel: 01904 725848)
  • Jo Gales-Todd, Macmillan Specialist Nurse (Tel: 01904 725848)
  • Alyssa Kinsey, Macmillan Specialist Nurse (Tel: 01904 725848)
  • Carol Popplestone, Macmillan Specialist Nurse  (Tel: 01723 385246) 

Urology Nurse Specialists

  • Sarah Hillery, Urology Advanced Nurse Practitioner NMP (Tel: 01904 726978) 
  • Janette Glowala, Urology Nurse Specialist (Tel: 01904 726978 or 726315)
  • Carolyn Spence, Urology Nurse Specialist (Tel: 01723 342883)

Management Team

  • Liz Hill (Care Group Manager)
  • Michelle Adeniji (Deputy Care Group Manager)
  • Adam Spray (Senior Operational Manager)
  • James Nisbet (Operational Manager)
  • Laura Pycraft (Service Manager)

Secretaries

  • Carol Stone (Secretary to Mr Blake-James and Mr Khafagy) 01904 725985
  • Tracey Johnson (Assistant Medical Secretary to Mr Blake-James andMr Khafagy) – 01904 725610
  • Lisa Browne (Secretary to Mr Kumar and Mr Hilmy) – 01904 725846
  • Secretary to Mr Kondylis – 01904 725972
  • Sandra Brown (Audio Typist to Urology Nurse Specialists) – 01904 726490
  • Marie Robertson (Secretary to Mr Hawkyard and Mr Robertson) 01723 342132
  • Catherine Sayles (Assistant Secretary to Mr Hawkyard and Mr Robertson) 01723 342085
  • Vickie Hastie (Assistant Secretary to Mr Hawkyard and Mr Robertson) 01723 342210

Patient information leaflets

Click here to view our Patient Information Leaflets available for download. These are also available for you when you visit our department.


Feedback

We welcome feedback about our services.

If you'd like more information on how to tell us about your experience you can read our patient experience leaflet.

If you are unhappy with any aspect of your care, please try and discuss your concerns early on with a member of staff from the relevant service (e.g. one of the doctors, nurses or other staff caring for you). Often they can resolve the issue quickly for you or provide you with information or advice to help you decide what to do.

If you bring concerns to our attention it will not affect your future treatment or care. The Trust has a policy of dealing with problems openly. We welcome all comments and will do everything possible to put things right.

In some cases, you may feel more comfortable speaking to someone not directly involved in your care; our PALS team is here to help.


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.

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