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Urology training has a well-established tradition and thrives throughout the region.
It is based in the University & Cancer Centres of Edinburgh, Dundee and Aberdeen where there is a strong emphasis on academic urology and subspecialisation.
In the smaller training units at Dunfermline and Inverness, the emphasis is on general urology provision to more remote populations.
These centres, however, are well-equipped and carry out a significant amount of subspecialist uro-oncology, including laparoscopic surgery; Inverness also has Cancer Centre status.
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
The hospital lies near to the centre of the historic granite city as well as being close to beautiful Deeside and its associated outdoor pursuits. Aberdeen's strong links with the oil industry mean that the population is as culturally diverse as the city itself.
Sam McLinton & Nick Cohen lead the upper tract laparoscopy & stone team and are committed to training in laparoscopy and upper tract endoscopy with laser treatment as well as to percutaneous stone surgery. Satchi Swami, Les Moffat, Fadel Mishriki & Justine Royle deal with lower tract & genital oncology.
Aberdeen offers a large volume of core urology with excellent training opportunities, as well as training in subspecialities and academic urology. Trainees are made to feel part of the team. There are regional training meetings and we also offer an extended training programme on Friday afternoons, including mock vivas & a journal club.
Click here to see recent publications from the Aberdeen unit.
Fife is located in the central belt of Scotland. It is within reach of the major population centres of Edinburgh and Glasgow with good access to the Highlands. As well as being the home of golf, Fife was one of the cradles of the Industrial Revolution, due to its long coal mining heritage.
The urology team consists of five Consultants who all provide sub-specialty experience, including laparoscopic surgery, as well as delivering core urology. There is currently one ST trainee attached to the department. The inpatient and emergency work is provided on the Queen Margaret Hospital, Dunfermline site but we have established an innovative one-stop clinic which is based at the Victoria Hospital, Kirkcaldy.
We provide undergraduate education to both Edinburgh and Dundee Medical School students and, recently, have been developing links with the Bute Medical School in St Andrews, including provision of clinical exposure for students in their pre-clinical years.
The urology service and training in Tayside is a "hub-and-spoke" model, with the main training base in the integrated Ninewells Hospital and Medical School building in Dundee. Ninewells is also the main centre for unscheduled care. Clinics and elective operating lists are provided in Perth Royal Infirmary, and in the regional surgical treatment centre based in Stracathro Hospital.
Six Consultant Urologists provide an integrated service with subspecialty provision, and training opportunities are available to four Specialty Trainees on all three sites.
There is close multidisciplinary working with uro-oncologists, uro-radiologists and uropathologists and with Allison Robertson's specialist nurse team.
Derek Byrne is the lead clinician for surgical management of advanced bladder cancer and is Foundation training tutor. Ghulam Nabi (Senior Lecturer in Surgical Urological Oncology in the University of Dundee) is the lead for surgical management of prostate cancer and heads the department's academic work. Chris Goodman is clinical and administrative lead and provides the female urology and urinary incontinence service; he also works with Paul Halliday in the surgery of advanced renal cancer. Andrew Martindale is the lead for diagnostics/access work and, with Ghulam Nabi, also leads for laparoscopic surgery. Greg Kata is the lead for upper tract endoscopic, photodynamic and stone work.
Tayside's diverse and beautiful combination of rugged coast, varied countryside and city environments offers excellent living and recreational opportunities.
Click here to see recent publications from the NHS Tayside unit.
Raigmore Hospital, Inverness
Located in the centre of the Scottish Highlands, Inverness is surrounded by the most beautiful countryside, affording unbeatable opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts as well as providing some excellent schools.
The recently-established urology unit serves the population of the city as well as the smaller, remote DGHs in Caithness, Lochaber and the Western Isles. We are privileged to have one StR from the Scotland East Rotation and, in addition, we are involved in the development of relevant urology training for remote & rural trainees in general surgery. We play a full part in the clinical teaching of medical students through the Raigmore Campus (linked to Aberdeen University). The unit is well-respected for the breadth of training provided and the new Centre for Health Science has provided excellent opportunities for funded research projects.
There are four Consultant Urologists in the unit, all providing general and subspeciality urology, supported by a dedicated team of subspecialists in radiology, pathology & oncology. Laparoscopic renal surgery is well-established and major pelvic surgery is provided, with a developing practice in laparoscopic pelvic oncology. Mr Bramwell is the lead for stone treatment & female urology. We have one Associate Specialist and three specialist nurses running clinics for TRUSP/biopsy, prostate assessment, urodynamics and erectile dysfunction.
Click here to see recent publications from the Raigmore unit.
Western General Hospital, Edinburgh
The urology department operates a "hub-and-spoke" system with the hub based at the Western General Hospital. The hospital forms part of the Edinburgh University Teaching Hospitals (with the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh & the Sick Children's Hospital). The "spoke" units are based at Borders General Hospital in Melrose, St John's Hospital in Livingston and Roodlands Hospital in Haddington.
We have clear subspecialisation within the department (see below) to deliver the highest quality of care and all the Consultants provide general urology expertise within their timetables:
| ||Andrology ||Mr Roland Donat|
Mr Simon Phipps
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|Mr Ammar Alhasso|
Mr Laurence Stewart
| ||Scottish Lithotriptor Centre ||Mr Simon Phipps|
Mr Gordon Smith
Mr David Tolley
| ||Urological cancer ||Mr Prasad Bollina|
Mr Param Mariappan
Mr Alan McNeill
Mr Tony Riddick
A dedicated Nurse Urology Unit provides a wide spectrum of specialist urological nursing services to our patients.
Click here to see recent publications from the Western General Hospital.