Urology

For Patients and Visitors

What is the Urology Service?

The Urology Unit will provide assessment and treatment for any Urological issues- these are problems related to the urinary system. This includes any problems involving the kidneys, bladder, prostate and testes.  The Urology Unit provides clinics and operating sessions at both the Northern Hospital and Broadmeadows Health Service.

Common problems include cancer of the prostate, kidneys and bladder; kidney stones; difficulty passing urine, urine infections and incontinence. You will be assessed by the Urology team and any investigations or treatments required will be explained and organised.  We will write letters to your GP to keep them informed of your progress.

How to refer to the service?

A referral is required. Please visit your GP clinic

What can I expect from the service?

You will usually be seen by a senior Urology consultant surgeon or by one of the other members of the team who will then discuss your case with a senior surgeon.   You will be treated with respect and all of your concerns will be addressed.  An interpreter will be provided if necessary.

All cases of cancer will be discussed at our Multidisciplinary Cancer meeting where other cancer specialists, such as medical oncologists and radiation oncologists, will discuss your case and recommend an appropriate treatment plan.

What do I bring to my appointment?

Please bring along any relevant investigations such as X-rays, scans or blood tests; the name and address of your GP and other specialists who you regularly see; a list of your current medications.

You can bring along family members or friends to help you during the consultation.

Our Team:

The Urology Service has 7 consultant Urological Surgeons who are trained in all aspects of Urology surgery. We also have senior registrars and residents and a specialist Urology nurse.  There are nurses in the Urology Clinic who are also very experienced in Urology.

To contact Us:

Phone:      8405 8335

Email:       SpecialistClinics@nh.org.au

 

For Health Professionals

Service Overview

The Urology Unit has a weekly General Clinic, a weekly Stone Clinic and a weekly Prostate Biopsy Clinic to allow us to see your patients more quickly and in the appropriate clinic.

There is also a weekly Multidisciplinary Meeting where all cancer cases are discussed with input from consultant Pathologists, Radiologists, Medical and Radiation Oncologists and other health care professionals involved in the running of the Urology Unit.

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Suspected cancer
  • Abnormal PSA, haematuria, abnormal imaging eg renal or bladder cancer, testis masses
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) – difficulty voiding
  • Abnormalities of the genitalia
  • Renal stones
  • Urinary infections
  • Urinary incontinence

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Infertility
  • Vasectomy reversal
  • Children under 16 yrs of age

How to Refer:

All referrals to Northern Health should be sent to:

Fax:                        9495 3510

Referrals must include:

  • Reason for referral
  • Working diagnosis
  • Medical history
  • Current Medications
  • Relevant Investigations including imaging and pathology

For detailed referral criteria and required supporting information please see HealthPathways Melbourne via the link below:

HealthPathways Melbourne – Urology

Urgent Referrals can be made directly to the Urology Registrar via Northern Health switchboard  Tel: 8405 8000

Standard Urology Investigations Required to Support Referral:

  • Abnormal PSA: PSA, MSU, U+E+ Creatinine, FBE
  • LUTS: PSA, MSU, U+E + Creatinine, Renal Tract Ultrasound
  • Male Genitalia: Scrotal Ultrasound
  • Renal Stones: non contrast CT abdomen + pelvis, plain Abdominal XRay (KUB)MSU, FBE, U+E, Calcium, Phosphate, Uric acid
  • Haematuria: MSU, urine cytology x 3, FBE, U+E, PSA, CTIVP +- contrast
  • Urinary Infections: Renal tract Ultrasound, all MSU results, U+E, FBE, Glucose
  • Urinary Incontinence: Renal Tract Ultrasound, MSU, U+E

Head of Unit

Mr Owen Niall (FRACS Urol)

Consultant Urologist