Frailty in urology – part 2

The first article in this series defined frailty and introduced the concept and importance of identifying patients living with frailty who undergo surgery, including those undergoing urological procedures. In the second part of this series we outline how to identify...

A report from the second laparoscopic urology workshop in Dakar, Senegal

Hôpital Général Idrissa Pouye (HOGIP), formerly Hôpital Général de Grand Yoff – HOGGY), in Dakar, Senegal, is one of the most well-regarded teaching hospitals in West Africa. It has over 300 beds, a urology team of six consultants and attracts...

The bulbocavernosus reflex

Despite its first discovery predating the early-1940s, clinical application of the bulbocavernosus reflex (BCR) has been limited to date. The BCR traditionally involves contraction of the bulbo- and ischiocavernosus pelvic floor muscles, often referred to as the ‘bulbocavernosus muscle’, in...

How the COVID pandemic has shaped ongoing service delivery at ERIC, The Children’s Bowel & Bladder Charity

- CHARITY FOCUS - Like many organisations and charities, COVID-19 generated a rapid period of adaptation and diversification for ERIC, The Children’s Bowel and Bladder Charity. Their Head of Communications, Alina Lynden, explains what this meant for the organisation and...

Practising surgery in a war zone: an interview with Dr Volodymyr Melnyk

It is now nine months since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine commenced in late February 2022, with Putin announcing a “special military operation” to “denazify and demilitarise” Ukraine. The rest of the world, however, saw it for what it...

The Malcolm Coptcoat Travelling Fellowship Award

The Urology Foundation and The Malcolm Coptcoat Trust are pleased to announce the creation of The Malcolm Coptcoat Travelling Fellowship. The annual Fellowship will support travel to international centres of excellence for a period of four to six weeks to...

Movember addresses sexual health needs in prostate cancer patients

When Travis Garone and Luke Slattery met up in the Gypsy Bar in Melbourne for a quiet beer back in 2003 and came up with the idea for Movember, they could not have imagined what it would become and the...

The how, why and when of bladder washouts: a guide

Bladder washouts are a treatment usually employed by the urology team, more often in an inpatient setting, and commonly indicated for haematuria with clot retention and catheter bypassing [1,2]. Bladder washout is a cornerstone of treatment in urology wards, yet...

Sustainable healthcare: what steps can urologists take?

Human health is intrinsically linked to environmental health, making the ever-pressing climate crisis fundamentally a public health emergency. The healthcare sector is responsible for 8% of the UK’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide [1]. As the largest publicly funded healthcare...

Suprapubic catheterisation – a core surgical trainee’s perspective

Suprapubic catheters (SPCs) are in widespread usage in medical practice and this review will focus on the pre-assessment, indications, methods and complications that are associated with the insertion of an SPC. Although suprapubic catheter insertions may be done electively or...

Dr Glaucomflecken: Stayin’ Alive

Peter Cackett spoke to ophthalmologist and social media sensation Dr Glaucomflecken about his early days in comedy, the role satire can play in impacting medical governance, and where he might take his brand of medical comedy next. It was towards...

Keep patients at the heart of treatment decision

Rebecca Porta, Chief Executive of The Urology Foundation, and Chris Whitehouse, Chair of the Urology Trade Association, mark Urology Awareness Month. Rebecca Porta Chris Whitehouse Keep patients at the heart of treatment decision This September marked Urology Awareness Month (UAM),...