The Urology Department based at Derriford Hospital deals with urinary tract problems. This doesn't just mean treating men with prostate trouble, but includes a variety of conditions.
Inpatient work includes the management of urological malignancies such as prostate, bladder, kidney, penis and testicular cancer. Other common conditions include urinary obstruction, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.
The unit takes cancer referrals from outside the Derriford catchment area and provides a cystectomy and radical prostatectomy service for Cornwall. A prostate brachytherapy service has been established and will soon be open to peninsula-wide referrals for localised prostate cancer.
A Peninsula-wide service is provided for rare kidney cancers that involve the major veins and the co-operation of the Derriford cardiac surgical unit is central to this.
Laparoscopic (keyhole) surgery is provided for benign and malignant kidney and adrenal conditions. It is anticipated that laparoscopic radical prostatectomy for cancer will soon be available.
Laser prostate surgery is also available for external referral.
The majority of operative procedures are conducted as day cases.
In the outpatient setting general urology clinics are complemented by dedicated clinics for prostate cancer, prostate biopsies, flow problems, bladder pressure measurements, bladder cancer telescopic follow up, erectile dysfunction and 2-week-wait cancer referrals.
Outpatient clinics take place in Derriford, Kingsbridge, Tavistock, Stratton, Liskeard and Saltash.
The senior staff include:
- Haematuria Patient Information Leaflet
- Flow Clinic Chart for patients