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.
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
For Health Professionals
The Urology Service has a weekly General Clinic, a weekly Stone Clinic and a monthly Prostate (TRUS) 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 Service.
- Mr Owen Niall (FRACS Urol) – Head of Unit Consultant Urologist
- Mr Prassannah Satasivam
- Mr Dennis Gyomber
- Ms Janice Cheng
- Mr Daniel Steiner
- Ms Catherine Temelcos
- Mr Sudheshan Sundaralingham
Other Urology Medical Staff
- One Fellow
- Two Registrars
- Two Residents
- One Intern
Urology Surgery Nurse Liaison: Carolyn Melville
Urology Specialist Clinic Lead: Karina Barca
Urology Nurse Consultant: Lauren Chandler
Urology Referral Triage Guidelines – Click here
Statewide Referral Criteria apply to some Urology conditions seen at Northern Health.
In addition, the following conditions are not routinely seen at Northern Health:
- Children under 16 years of age should be directed to Paediatric Surgery | Northern Health
- Vasectomy should be directed to General Surgery | Northern Health
- Infertility surgery (including vasectomy reversal)
For further guidance on how to manage this condition in general practice, or what specific investigations and information are required for specialist referral, please visit your local HealthPathways website or equivalent online care pathways website. Please contact your local PHN if you require login access to HealthPathways www.melbourne.healthpathways.org.au
How to Refer:
All referrals to Northern Health should be sent via E-referral or Fax: 8405-8616
Urgent Referrals can be made directly to the on-call Urology Registrar via Northern Health switchboard Tel: 8405 8000
Minimum Referral Information
To ensure safe, timely access to Northern Health, all referrals must contain the minimum referral information as detailed below:
|Patient Demographic Information:||Clinical Information|
|– Full Name (and alias)
– Mobile Number
– Date of Birth
– Medicare Number
– Indigenous Status
– Interpreter Requirements
|– Reason for Referral
– Requested Specialty / Service
– Working Diagnosis
– Current Manage of the condition
– Medical History (current and relevant past)
– Current Medications
– Relevant Investigations and pathology
* Please note: that if a referral fails to meet the minimum referral information it will be declined with notification by letter to referring GP and patient.