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Our department of Urology (East Kent Urology) is one of the largest in the United Kingdom and is a dedicated unit providing leading edge clinical care, education, research and innovation. The department is rapidly evolving in its delivery of world-class care.

Our team includes 10 consultant urologists, 4 uro-oncologists, 5 uro-radiologists, 5 uro-pathologists and 10 scientists. We have a strong team of specialist nurses covering all major urological subspecialties including uro-oncology, stone disease, functional urology, andrology, continence and palliative care medicine. We also have a robust enhanced recovery platform.

The unit offers education and training for medical students, foundation doctors, higher surgical trainees, fellowships in robotic surgery, uro-oncology, stone disease, simulation and artificial intelligence. The Department works closely with the School of Biosciences, University of Kent and does translational collaborative work with several centres of excellence including The University of Oxford and The Royal Marsden Hospital.

Our Robotic Urological Centre is a high volume centre of excellence and one of only five centres in the UK to be recognised by The Urology Foundation. Additionally, it is one of a few in the UK that is recognised by ERUS (European Robotic Urological Section) and BAUS (British Association of Urological Surgeons) as a Fellowship Training Centre.

Our patient-centred, research-oriented, multidisciplinary approach enables us to offer the best possible individualised bespoke care to each of our patients.

Wards and Treatment Suites

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Clarke Ward is the dedicated urology inpatient ward in the Trust and is located at Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury. It has 36 inpatient beds with an additional admissions area where patients are prepared for theatre and where possible patients are encouraged to walk to theatre from the admissions area.

The Ward Manager is Alex Trad. There are four junior sisters that support the delivery of care to patients that are admitted to the ward. Clarke Ward has emergency admissions as well as patients for planned surgery. The Matron for Clarke Ward is Lorraine Crick.

Clarke Ward - 01227 783103

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We have a dedicated Urology Urgent Care Centre at Kent & Canterbury Hospital.

If you need urgent Urological care, please call NHS 111.

The Urology Department has two dedicated outpatient units. One is at Kent and Canterbury Hospital and is called the Urology Suite. The other is at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone and is called the Derry Unit.

These units offer bespoke urological services and include nurse-led clinics.

Derry Unit - 01303 854429

Urology Suite -01227 864383

The Urology Rapid Access Pathway is a service through which GPs can refer patients who have suspected urological cancers.

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Outreach Services

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East Kent Urology is one of the largest urology departments in Europe serving a community of nearly 800,000.

We are dedicated to not only providing the highest quality of care as a tertiary referral centre but also to increase awareness among patients and the public about different urologic diseases and treatment options.

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The Urology Department is committed to providing the best care to our patients whom we wish to be safe at home where feasible. During these unprecedented times of the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are committed to delivering care without compromise.

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The Surgical Pharmacy team working in Urology is part of the Pharmacy Directorate for East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, which provides a range of services throughout the Trust​.

It is a patient focused service that is involved in every aspect of the management of medicines.

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General Urology

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Both men and women can suffer from bothersome urinary symptoms. This may be having to pass urine more frequently or with difficulty, or having urine infections. We have set up a dedicated service for the assessment and treatment of people in these situations.

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Specialist Urology

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We offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of prostate, kidney, bladder, testicular and penile cancers.

Urology Cancer Nurse Specialists please either call the Cancer Care line on 01227 868666 (Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am - 4pm), or alternatively email ekhuft.uro-onccns@nhs.net

Find out more about our Urology Cancer Service here

The Robotic Urology Services offers da Vinci Robotic Surgery for a host of robotic urological procedures including robot assisted radical prostatectomy, robot assisted radical cystectomy, robotic pelvic lymph node dissection, robotic partial nephrectomy, robotic pyeloplasty and selected functional procedures including robotic ureteric reimplant and diverticulectomy.

The unit was among the first few in the country to initiate robotic surgery and is recognised as a high volume centre. It has performed over two thousand procedures to date. It is one of only five in the country recognised by The Urology Foundation as a Fellowship Training Centre.

Contact our consultants: 

Mr Ben Eddy (Prostate & Kidney Cancer)
Mr Sashi Kommu (Prostate & Bladder Cancer)
Mr Edward Streeter
 (Prostate & Bladder Cancer) 
Mr Milan Thomas
 (Kidney Cancer)
Theatre Coordinator – Biji Jacob biji.jacob@nhs.net

We offer treatment and support for patients with renal stones, and associated problems. We are a high volume service offering all modern forms of treating complex stone disease.

Stone Nurse Specialists:
Brenda McConnel - 01227 766877 ext 722 5741
Jane Weller - 01227 766877 ext 722 6462

Stone Administrator
Jenny Dorrell - 01227 766877 ext 722 5048

Ms Jemma Hale
Mr Pejman Khierndish

Mr Rajeshwar Krishnan
Mr Georgios Papadopoulos

Mr Adrian Simoes

Mr Issam Ahmed - Locum Consultant

Email - ekhuft.stone@nhs.net

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The functional and reconstructive unit at East Kent Urology (EKU) Department of EKHUFT provides specialist care for patients with disorders of the bladder and urethra.

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We offer diagnosis and treatment for andrology related conditions, including erectile dysfunction.

Clinical Nurse Specialist Wendy Muir runs an Erectile Dysfuction service at QEQM on a Thursday and at the Derry Unit Folkestone on a Wednesday Contact the Urology Suite; Derry Unit.

The Derry Unit is based at Royal Victoria Hospital in Folkestone. It is a diagnostic outpatient department offering the same facilities as the Urology Suite at Kent and Canterbury Hospital.

Erectile Dysfunction Nurse - Wendy Muir

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The aim of the team is to work closely with surgical and anaesthetic teams to make sure that patients are:

  • Having the most appropriate treatment for their condition
  • Able to make an informed decision about their treatment
  • As fit as possible before surgery

Our team

Consultant  - Dr Catherine Meilak

Nurse Specialist – Miss Lizzie Forsyth

Contact us

Telephone: 01227 783043

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At East Kent Urology we provide medical and surgical services to children with conditions affecting the urinary system in a safe and caring environment along with the paediatric team. We hold clinics at The Queen Elizabeth, Queen Mother Hospital, William Harvey Hospital and Kent and Canterbury Hospital in our dedicated child friendly out-patients departments.

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Enhanced recovery is an evidence-based approach that helps people recover more quickly after having major surgery.

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Education, Research and Innovation

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The Trust is a member of the Kent Cancer Research Network and a major recruiter into clinical trials covering all types of cancer.

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