Urology Services

We have three Consultant Urologists and medical support teams as well as three Specialist Nurses providing the Urology Service. Services are delivered to over 195,000 patients annually at four Outpatient clinics at:

  • Altnagelvin Hospital
  • Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex
  • South West Acute Hospital
  • Roe Valley Hospital.

The Urology services work closely with the Causeway Hospital. In the recommendations of the Regional Urology Review it stipulated that the current Western Trust Urology Service and the Causeway Urology Service should be reconfigured to form the Team North West Urology Service. It is anticipated that this will be complete by 2015.


Urology Update - February 2015

In mid December 2014 the Northern Health and Social Care Trust began to experience significant medical staffing shortages within Urology. As a consequence of this the Health and Social Care Board worked closely with the Northern Trust and the Western Trust to put in place interim arrangements to ensure that patients continue to access elective and non-elective urology services. Interim arrangements were agreed on the 19 December 2014 with the Western Trust taking management responsibility for Urology across both Trusts until 31 March 2015 in the first instance.

The interim urology model now in place mirrors the model identified in the Northern Ireland Urology Review 2009 as the direction of travel for Team Northwest Urology. The model determined that all Urology inpatient surgery would be undertaken at Altnagelvin Hospital, day case surgery and diagnostic procedures would be provided across three hospital sites i.e. Altnagelvin, Causeway and Omagh Hospitals. Outpatient appointments would be delivered across four sites including Roe Valley, Limavady.

All routine Inpatient and Day Case surgery was suspended in January 2015, this has subsequently been extended to February 2015. All patients were reviewed individually and prioritised in terms of clinical need. These patients have been the focus of clinical delivery since December 2014. The interim model has delivered significant progress, at week commencing 16 February 2015 the back log of urgent procedures and diagnostics have been cleared.

It is anticipated that routine surgery will re-commence in March / April 2015, there has been an acceptance that waiting times for routine patients would drift slightly however it is anticipated with the medical resources now engaged across both Causeway and Altnagelvin a period of relative stability will have been achieved which will potentially allow waiting times for our patients to be managed back to an acceptable level and in line with the ministers directives.


 

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