Our urology service deals with specific diseases of the male genito-urinary system and female urinary tract.

If you are a male patient you may come to us with disorders of the prostate, testicles, penis, kidney and bladder, along with general urology conditions. Female patients can be treated for kidney, bladder and urinary problems.

Your treatment

For some urological conditions, you will be seen in a clinic specific to that condition. You may initially see a nurse specialist with expertise in the treatment and care of your condition. We run specialist clinics for the following:

Erectile dysfunction


This clinic is for men who have problems with erections and is run by a nurse specialist. Clinics are held on Tuesday afternoon at Hexham General

Hospital, Wednesday evening at North Tyneside General Hospital and Thursday and Friday mornings at Wansbeck General Hospital.

Haematuria clinic

This clinic is for patients who have seen blood in their urine or who have tested positive for blood in their urine. You will be given an assessment and an explanation of the necessary investigations and procedures that may be carried out. Investigations may be carried out while you are in the clinic or arranged for a later date and may include:

  • Samples of blood and urine being taken
  • A renal ultrasound scan
  • An intravenous urogram where you will be injected with a radio-opaque dye and x-rays will be taken as the dye passes through your body
  • Flexible cystoscopy where the bladder is examined using a telescopic camera – you will be given a local anaesthetic before the examination

Intermittent self catheterisation

You may come to this clinic if you have difficulty emptying your bladder. These clinics are run by the nursing team who will teach you to self catheterise for bladder emptying or dilatation.

Intra-vesical chemotherapy


You may receive this treatment if you have cancer of the bladder. This involves chemotherapy drugs being given directly into the bladder through a small catheter. The treatment is given as a day patient at North Tyneside, Wansbeck and Hexham general hospitals.

We recognise that urological conditions can be sensitive and very distressing. Our staff treat all patients and their relatives with utmost dignity and sensitivity, as well as providing you with the highest quality of care in a safe and comfortable environment.

If you need to have surgery, the consultant will discuss the most appropriate operation with you beforehand and, whenever possible, will carry out the operation at North Tyneside or Wansbeck general hospitals - whichever is closest to your home. You may however need to be referred to the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle which is ran by Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Newcastle Hospital and ourselves work very closely together in the specialty of urology. Day case surgery is carried out at all our general hospitals - Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck. Follow up appointments, with your named consultant, after surgery are held at the hospital where you were initially treated.

Clinics

We carry out specialist investigations and procedures to help diagnose and treat a wide range of urological problems. These are carried out at our general hospitals in Hexham, North Tyneside and Wansbeck and you can be referred onto these clinics by your GP.

Hexham General Hospital


General urology clinics are held every Monday and Friday mornings.

North Tyneside General Hospital 


General urology clinics are held every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday morning. A urology oncology clinic is also held every Monday afternoon.

Wansbeck General Hospital 


General urology clinics are held every Monday morning and Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons. Follow up clinics are held every Thursday afternoon and Friday morning and a specialist retention of urine clinic is held every Friday morning. We also hold outpatient clinics at Alnwick Infirmary, Berwick Infirmary and Blyth Community Hospital.  In these clinics we carryout consultations, diagnostic tests and some treatment procedures.

Alnwick Infirmary


Treatments and clinics are held on the first and second Tuesday of every month.

Berwick Infirmary

Treatments and clinics are held on the third Tuesday of every month and on the first and fourth Wednesday (alternate months).

Blyth

A general urology clinic is held on the first Friday of the month.

Our urology nurse practitioners also carry out their own treatment and diagnostic sessions. Your consultant may refer you to a  nurse practitioner after they have seen you.

The team

Hexham General Hospital

  • Mr. A Thorpe - consultant urologist
  • Mr T. Page – consultant urologist
  • Susan Godfrey - urology nurse practitioner

North Tyneside General Hospital

  • Mr S.T. Hasan - consultant urologist
  • Mr. M.I. Johnson - consultant urologist
  • Mr S.R. Ferozepurwalla - urology registrar
  • Christine Hall - lead  clinical nurse practitioner
  • Pauline Bagnall - urology cancer nurse specialist

Wansbeck General Hospital

  • Mr. D J Thomas - consultant urologist
  • Mr T J Dorkin - consultant urologist
  • Mr M B K Shaw - consultant urologist
  • Mr. K K Zachariah - associate specialist (registrar) in urology
  • Jane Eggleston - urology nurse practitioner
  • Jill Ferguson - urology nurse practitioner
  • Susan Richardson - urology nurse practitioner

Contact

If you have a question or concern call our switchboard on 0344 811 8111 and ask to be put through to the urology secretary at the hospital where you are having treatment.

If you need to change your appointment please call 0344 811 8118 and one of our patient care advisors will help you re-arrange you appointment.  

 

Useful links

Prostate Cancer Charity

Macmillan cancer support