The Staffordshire Urology clinic now offers immediate PSA tests to selected patients. The test uses the PSAwatch™ system and is the first rapid, quantitative point-of-care PSA test using whole blood. This system works with whole blood from a venous puncture or finger-prick, and measures PSA to one decimal place in the clinically significant range (0.5 – 25µg/l). Using PSAwatch allows a physician or nurse to provide their patients with a low cost PSA reading during an office or clinic visit, with no waiting.
Mr Lyndon Gommersall and Mr Christopher Luscombe attended the 10th Annual Uro-oncology Symposium at Birmingham University Medical School on 11th September 2013. This meeting reviewed the current treatment and research in Prostate Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Testis Cancer and Renal Cancer.
Since go live in late 2011, the Staffordshire Urology Clinic website has had almost 9,500 unique visitors and over 25,000 page views. The most commonly viewed page is the homepage, but local anaesthetic bladder botox, blood in the urine and kidney stones are also very popular.
British Association of Urological Surgeons – Manchester 2013
Each of our urology surgical consutlants attended this important national conference in Manchester last week. Encompassing all aspects of contemporary urological care it ensures that our specialists are up to date with the latest in the investigation treatment and management of our patients.
The British Association of Urological Surgeons has reported 2012 national results from data collected about radical prostatectomy for the treatment of prostate cancer. In this report, which aims to capture as many operations performed in the UK as possible, Mr Luscombe was within the top 20% of highest volume surgeons in the UK. His positive margin rate (which may mean cancer is not totally removed) was only 14% compared to a national average of just over 26%.
The Staffordshire Urology Clinic website has been attracting a growing number of new and return visitors since it was launched at the end of 2011. It’s content continues to grow and is constantly updated. Figures for the month of May 2013 show 908 new visitors and, if demand continues to rise, June 2013 should break the one thousand new visitor target.
The Staffordshire Urology Clinic has produced a number of videos of common Urological surgical procedures that their Consultants perform. These are accessible through either the website (and its video library), or at YouTube (search for StaffsUrology). In total there have been 1267 views and 1803 minutes watched. The top three videos are:
1) Laparoscopic removal of intra-abdominal undescended testis
3) Laparoscopic Pyeloplasty
There are number of other videos that have each been watched by hundreds of people, including Laparoscopic prostatectomy, laparoscopic nephrectomy and laser prostatectomy.
StoneScreen is the UK’s most comprehensive testing programme for patients with kidney stones. It consists of an immediate blood and urine test, followed by a postal questionnaire and further urine test. The results can be useful to design lifestyle modification that may reduce the risk of forming further stones. The Staffordshire Urology Clinic is delighted to introduce this service to Staffordshire. To find out more please click here.
Mr Golash has an interest in Medico-Legal reports. He continues to update his knowledge and has recently attended a Medico-Legal training course held in Birmingham.
The Staffordshire Urology Clinic has run clinics at the North Staffordshire Nuffield Hospital in Newcastle-under-Lyme since its formation in 2011. For the convenience of patients who had previously travelled from South Cheshire and from further North, it then introduced a clinic at the BMI South Cheshire Hospital in Crewe. Most recently a new clinic has been opened at Rowley Hall Hospital, Stafford. Both the new clinics offer the same high level of expertise and facilities that patients have come to expect from the Staffordshire Urology Clinic at the North Staffordshire Nuffield hospital, and also offer limited NHS appointments through the “Choose and Book” scheme (for details contact your GP).