Urology is a surgical specialty which specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions affecting the urinary tract including kidneys, bladder and prostate. We treat both benign conditions e.g kidney stones, tight foreskin and malignant conditions e.g. prostate, bladder, kidney or testicular cancer. We look after adult patients of both sexes.
The department has a specialist team of 4 Consultant Urologists (Mr Martin Moody, Mr Eng Ong, Mr Soumya Misra and Mr Mike Foster), 2 Specialty Doctors (Mr Faisal Khan and Locum Doctor), 1 Core Trainee, 1 Foundation Year-2 doctor, 1 Physician Associate, 3 Clinical Nurse Specialists, 1 Urology Support Nurse and a dedicated secretarial team.
We work very closely with the Urology & Oncology teams at Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. Most of the urological conditions are seen and treated here in North Devon except a few major surgical procedures & radiotherapy are performed in Exeter.
How do I access this service?
There are a variety of reasons for which you may be referred to the service for example: blood in urine, blood in semen, flank pain suggestive of kidney stone, urinary tract infection, erectile dysfunction, tight foreskin, raise count for prostate blood test (PSA), testicular lump etc. To read more about these symptoms, please visit our British Association of Urological Surgeons website at https://www.baus.org.uk/patients/conditions/
You will normally be referred to the service by a healthcare professional e.g. GP, and you will be seen in one of our outpatient clinics. The outpatient clinics are held at North Devon District Hospital, Bideford, Holsworthy, Ilfracombe and South Molton Community Hospitals. When you are seen in the outpatient clinic, the consultant (or a member of their team) will discuss possible treatment options with you. About 10% of the patients seen require surgery and majority of patients referred to us are treated medically.
If you require a urological surgery, you may find many very useful information leaflets about your operation at https://www.baus.org.uk/patients/information_leaflets/
The leaflet from the Royal College of Surgeons of England at https://www.rcseng.ac.uk/library-and-publications/rcs-publications/docs/having-an-operation/ provides what you want to know before your surgery