Job Title: Consultant Urological Surgeon
Chorley - 01257 245696
Preston - 01772 522443
Primary Medical Qualifications: MBBS
Other Qualifications: BSc MD FRCS(Urol)
Year of Registration: 1987
GMC Number: 3247114
Career History: Qualified from St. George's Medical School, London. Urological training within North West registrar programme, with two years research based at Christie Hospital leading to an MD from Manchester University. Consultant urologist for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (1999-present)
Specialist Areas: Urological oncology, particularly complex pelvic surgery; education; paediatric urology
Specialist Interests: Urological oncology, particularly complex pelvic surgery; education; paediatric urology
Research Interests: Cancer trials - principal investigator for BOXIT study; clinical audit
Clinics: General Urology Clinic; Oncology Clinic
Language Spoken: English
Awards and Prizes: Brackenbury Prize in Surgery
New pre-surgery area for patients
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has opened a new Day of Surgery Admissions Area (DOSAA) to improve patient experience when they come into Royal Preston Hospital for an operation.
There is now a designated area for ENT, maxillofacial, orthopaedics, plastic surgery and urology patients to prepare and be assessed before having a procedure. It also means that patients now only have to come into hospital on the day of their operation rather than 24 hours before.
The new facility includes eight single-sex cubicles, six assessment rooms, pharmacy area, lockers for patient’s personal belongings and a comfortable waiting room and has been officially opened today. Up to 30 patients a day are expected to use the area.
Stephen Taylor, Ward Manager, said: “We’ve been working really hard on this new area for the last three months and we’re delighted that it’s now open. The new dedicated facilities will improve patient experience by providing a more appropriate and comfortable environment that ensures privacy and dignity, and will eliminate unnecessary pre-op overnight stays in hospital. It will also be quicker and easier for surgical and anaesthetic teams to prepare patients for their procedures and will reduce the number of patients who do not attend.”
Consultant Urologist Rosie Blades was the first Consultant to use the new facility. She said: “I found using the DoSAA a positive experience as despite a relatively large number of patients it seems a calmer place to work and this can only be beneficial not only to patients but also staff. In addition to the improved environment, having technology to hand and more space enhanced the experience. I had a repeat patient that said he felt very calm during his visit and he felt confident that the area is a clean, fresh, professional and safe environment.”
Mark Greenwood from Blackpool visited the DoSAA to receive treatment for kidney stones. He said: “It is so much better to have a designated area for people who are coming in for a procedure. There’s plenty of space, it’s very comfortable and it’s great that there are lockers so you have somewhere to put your things.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our focus is on providing excellent care with compassion and this new facility will really enable staff to do that. The designated area means patients will be comfortable and prepared for their procedure.”