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London South has the largest cancer research campus in Europe and academic urology departments committed to the translation of basic science. These are made possible through the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre and the MRC Centre for Transplantation.
Our unique strengths are in the training and education of young urologists whilst underpinning the principles behind patient safety and quality of life.
Amongst numerous awards, this is the only region to have received the "Golden Telescope" three times (in 2006, 2009 & 2010) for lasting and outstanding contributions to urology.
Croydon University Hospital
This thriving urology department has 2 Consultant Urologists, 1 visiting Urologist from St. George’s Hospital, 1 visiting Oncologist from The Royal Marsden Hospital, 2 Senior Associate Specialists, 1 Specialist Registrar and a full complement of F2 and F1 doctors. Most of its medical students are from St. George’s Hospital medical school.
Within the cancer network, Croydon University Hospital has strong links with The Royal Marsden and St. George’s Hospitals and its lead urologist performs complex pelvic cancer surgery at the latter.
There is strong support from a Clinical Nurse Specialist and the department is proud of one of the oldest one-stop haematuria clinics in the country, established in 1993. In addition high-quality patient care is delivered through a one-stop prostate clinic and a direct access prostate biopsy clinic. A recent audit has shown that the department’s multidisciplinary team meeting is one of the busiest in the network.
Education and training, including hands-on surgical experience, are high priorities at Mayday.
Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals Trust
Epsom & St Helier University Hospitals Trust has the largest general Urology department in the South Thames Region. It has five fulltime Consultants, and two visiting Oncologists from The Royal Marsden Hospital. Most aspects of general urology and urological surgery are covered as well as subspecialties including:
- modern management of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) including green light laser prostatectomy
- a comprehensive multidisciplinary prostate cancer service (in collaboration with the Royal Marsden Hospital)
- a large stone unit providing a comprehensive service involving all aspects of stone treatment (regional lithotripsy service, percutaneous nephrolithotomy and laser stone surgery)
- advanced upper tract laparoscopic service for kidney cancer, benign kidney conditions and adrenal disease
- a female urology service including modern incontinence surgery and Botox bladder injections
There is an active audit department with, on average, 8-10 completed audits and 1-2 peer reviewed publications per year. Trainees have the opportunity to attend the Institute of Urology training program and Regional Training Days.
Click here to see recent publications from the Epsom & St Helier unit.
Guy's & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust
The Guy's Hospital Urology Centre is one of the premier urology units in the UK. With 11 full time urologists, it offers a wide range of services both regionally and nationally. As part of the King's Health Partners (KHP) it is based within one of 5 national centres for translational research and has a Chair in Robotic Surgery and Urological Innovation.
The centre has a £3 million integrated urological diagnostic centre where all new patients are seen and fully assessed often in a single visit. We offer specialist care in all aspects of urological oncology, stone disease, BPH, andrology and general urology, strongly supported by a team of urology nurse specialists. The unit has a long history of innovation and was at the forefront of the development of robotic-assisted surgery and urological laparoscopy.
With strong links to KCL School of Medicine the unit is focussed on education at both an undergraduate level and for its 8 Specialist Registrars and other junior surgical doctors. There is an unrivalled urological simulation laboratory supported by the London Deanery with a robotic fellowship programme and dedicated endourology training posts.
Research interests include image-guided surgery, blue light cystoscopy in the diagnosis of bladder tumours, Botox injection for OAB, diagnostic techniques in prostate cancer and the VHL genetic linkage. We have led and participated in a number of NCRI-supported clinical trials. We have over 400 publications and grants of nearly £8 million.
Click here to see recent publications from the Guy's & St Thomas' unit.
King's College Hospital
King’s College Hospital (KCH) is internationally renowned for its significant contribution to minimally invasive urology and technological innovation. It has 6 Consultants, 3 trainees (including a laparoscopic fellow), 3 clinical research fellows and a full complement of F1, F2 and CT trainees.
There are active programs in laparoscopic urology, laser prostatectomy, endourology and laparo-endoscopic single site surgery (LESS). There are strong links with professorial liver, renal and uro-gynaecology units.
Click here to see recent publications from King's College Hospital.
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
Kingston has a thriving urology department with 5 Consultants, 3 linked to St. George’s and 1 to The Royal Marsden Hospital. All sub-specialties are represented with particular strength in female urology. The on-call rota is 1:4.
The department has 1 Specialist Registrar, 1 flexible trainee and a full complement of F1, F2 and CT trainees. Feedback reports on training and education from the trainees have been excellent.
Click here to see recent publications from the Kingston unit.
South London Healthcare NHS Trust
This trust has been formed by the merger of 2 urology units from the Princess Royal University Hospital in Farnborough and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich.
Princess Royal Hospital: The urology services are based at Farnborough, 12 miles from Central London. Staffing includes four Consultants, one Specialist registrar, one Staff Grade, one SP1, 2F1 trainees and one Specialist Nurse. The hospital provides extensive hands-on experience in core urology, specialist andrological services, female incontinence and upper tract laparoscopic surgery. Pelvic laparoscopic and robotic surgery is carried out in collaboration with the cancer centres. It has a long tradition of Consultant-led teaching and training, with a very active directorate of education and support for pursuing educational research as well as audit activities.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) has been a PFI venture since 2001 when urology from Greenwich District Hospital to the site. It is an integral part of the South East London Cancer Network (SELCN). The urology department has 4 Consultants, 1 Specialist Registrar, 3 SAS doctors and 2 nurse specialists in incontinence and oncology.
QEH provides excellent services in incontinence and stone disease. A mobile lithotripter visits every 4 weeks. The consultants are closely involved in urological oncology as “in reach” surgeons to Guy’s.
A major strength is the high quality of training in open and endoscopic urology, which is enjoyed by trainees. There is an innovative training program in laparoscopic renal surgery, the results of which have been audited and presented.
There are close links with the Southern Laparoscopic Urology Group (SLUG) with one of the Consultants being a founding member.
Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton
The Royal Marsden Hospital and its associated Institute is the largest cancer research campus in Europe and provides a comprehensive training in clinical urological oncology. There are extensive facilities for basic science research for those who are interested.
This is an internationally-renowned centre and a professorial unit for urological oncology (both open and minimally-invasive). There is an active program in robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy.
Clinical training is available from ST2 to fellowship level. Short and long-term visitors are welcome.
Click here to see recent publications from the Royal Marsden unit.
St George's Hospital, Tooting
St George’s Hospital is the main teaching hospital for South West London, a joint cancer centre with the Royal Marsden Hospital and the regional trauma centre. The urology department’s workload and sub-specialisation reflects its role in supporting delivery of major cancer surgery, reconstructive urology and trauma.
Specific areas of expertise include robotic-assisted surgery, minimally-invasive renal surgery, complex stone surgery, genito-urethral reconstruction and female urology.
There is an active clinical research program and the team maintain a high profile at regional, national and international meetings.