Urology

Welcome to the Barts Health urology service. Our experienced team diagnose and treat conditions affecting the kidneys, bladder and male genitalia. We are one of the country’s leading centres for urological disorders, and care for patients from across London, Essex and the rest of the country.

We work hard to continually improve our service by adopting the latest technologies and strive to provide a convenient and high-quality service for our patients. We welcome feedback from both patients and clinicians, which helps us to provide the best service that we can.

The team’s research programme includes cutting-edge investigations into prostate cancer, testicular cancer, renal cancer, bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction, stone disease and continence. The Urology team has an active teaching and training programme and we are the main hub for an East London urology training programme for registrars.

Why choose us

The Urology team has an active teaching and training programme and we are the main hub for an east London urology training programme for registrars. Our teaching is supported by advanced simulation training technology.

The team’s research programme includes cutting-edge investigations into prostate cancer, testicular cancer, renal cancer, bladder cancer, erectile dysfunction, stone disease and continence.

Urological cancer care

We understand how difficult it can be to find out that you have cancer and we will help in every way that we can.

We will arrange for you to have a one-to-one consultation with a doctor or special nurse, to provide you with personalised advice and targeted support.
 
You will be given contact details for the specialist nurses, so that you can call them at any time with your treatment related queries and concerns. 
    
Once you have been through a treatment programme, and your urological cancer has stabilised, one of the nurses will continue to see you to provide emotional and psychological support until you feel well enough again.

For patients

There are many reasons why you may be referred to us for a specialist urology opinion. We want to make sure that the right tests are performed as soon as possible for you, so we have introduced pathways for some of the most common conditions.

You may already know the pathway that you have been referred on, and we have produced a guide to each pathway to help you to understand the process. 

Non-cancer referrals

We care for:

  • Male-type urinary symptoms
  • Female-type urinary symptoms
  • Patients with frequent urinary tract infections
  • Patients with kidney stones
  • Men with “andrology” problems including erectile dysfunction, male infertility and problems with the penis, scrotum or testes
  • Children with urological problems
  • General urology problems that are not covered by the above list

We would like to reassure our non-binary and transgender patients that we will welcome you into any of our clinics. Patients with a prostate will sometimes benefit from an additional scan of the prostate which is available at the first appointment on the pathway for male-type urinary symptoms, but can be arranged for any of our patients seen in any clinic if it will be of benefit.

Possible cancer referrals

Some patients are referred so that we can rapidly perform the necessary tests to determine whether they have cancer or not.

There are separate pathways for these, including patients who:

  • have blood in the urine (haematuria)
  • may have prostate cancer
  • may have kidney cancer
  • may have testicular cancer
  • may have penis cancer

We understand how difficult it can be to find out that you have cancer and we will help in every way that we can.

We will arrange for you to have a one-to-one consultation with a doctor or specialist nurse, to provide you with personalised advice and targeted support.

You will be given contact details for the specialist nurses, so that you can call them at any time with your treatment related queries and concerns.

Once you have been through a treatment programme and your urological cancer has stabilised, our nurses will continue to see you to provide emotional and psychological support until you feel well enough again.

Our locations

We provide urology services from:

Some services are only available at one hospital. The table below identifies where the first stage of consultations and investigations will typically take place.

Urology services by hospital
Pathway Whipps Cross Hospital The Royal London Hospital Newham Hospital
Male-type urinary symptoms Yes Yes Yes
Female-type urinary symptoms Yes Yes Yes
Frequent urinary tract infections Yes Yes Yes
Kidney stones Yes Yes No
“Andrology” (erectile dysfunction, male infertility, penis/scrotum/testis problems) Yes No No
Children’s urology Yes No No
Possible cancer – blood in urine Yes No No
Possible cancer – prostate Yes No No
Possible cancer – kidney Yes Yes Yes
Possible cancer - testicular Yes Yes Yes
Possible cancer - penis Yes Yes Yes

For clinicians

Referral pathways and referral proforma

As part of our recent outpatient transformation project, we are developing streamlined pathways for common urological conditions. These will allow us to arrange any appropriate investigations as soon as the referral is received, minimising the time that patients need to wait for answers and ongoing care.

As such, we will soon be only accepting referrals that are accompanied by our referral proforma. This includes additional information about appropriate community management and basic investigation of common conditions, based on national guidelines where available.

Referrals will be made through Advice and Guidance (A&G) on e-RS and we welcome both referrals and requests for advice through this service.

The proforma will be adapted so that it can be imported to your patient management system to allow auto-population of results and demographics fields.

A short summary history is welcomed but we have worked hard with local GPs and the community outpatients transformation team to minimise the amount of time that this form takes for GPs to complete, as well as keeping mandatory investigations to a minimum.

You will be able to download the latest version of the proforma on this page once it is complete.

We welcome feedback on our pathways and referral proforma and would encourage you to contact us by post.

Our locations

We provide urology services from:

Some services are only available at one hospital. The table below identifies where the first stage of consultations and investigations will typically take place.

Urology services by hospital
Pathway Whipps Cross Hospital The Royal London Hospital Newham Hospital
Male-type urinary symptoms Yes Yes Yes
Female-type urinary symptoms Yes Yes Yes
Frequent urinary tract infections Yes Yes Yes
Kidney stones Yes Yes No
“Andrology” (erectile dysfunction, male infertility, penis/scrotum/testis problems) Yes No No
Children’s urology Yes No No
Possible cancer – blood in urine Yes No No
Possible cancer – prostate Yes No No
Possible cancer – kidney Yes Yes Yes
Possible cancer - testicular Yes Yes Yes
Possible cancer - penis Yes Yes Yes