The urology unit at Leicester General Hospital is one of the largest in the country and is a supra regional centre for penile cancer. It is run by Mr Duncan Summerton, who is the chairman of the BAUS section of andrology.
We offer a full list of stone services including a subspecialist metabolic stone clinic, a specialist stone MDT and an on-site consultant-led lithotripsy service.
We have also recently acquired the Da Vinci surgical robot and are developing a programme of radical prostatectomy.
Our team consists of 11 consultants, one associate specialist, four specialist registrars, two trust grades, and a team of 12 junior trainees attached to the unit.
We conduct subspecialty training in andrology, female urology (led by Mr Tim Terry, head of the urology SAC and Mr Jonathan Goddard), and complex renal cancer surgery (led by Mr Roger Kockelbergh, the former president of BAUS section of oncology). We have the only industry-funded post-CCT fellowship training programme in female urology in conjunction with the uro-gynaecologists.
We also have a large volume of core urology work that is undertaken and supervised by consultants and senior trainees. We offer a wide number of opportunities for a trainee at any level to gain excellent exposure to the speciality in the early years of their training.
Our education receives excellent feedback scores and pass rates. Weekly in-house teaching sessions are provided for junior staff, covering common urological conditions. Additionally, we offer a monthly urology teaching programme for the specialist registrars, delivered by experts in the field.
We provide mock FRCS (Urol) vivas and MCQ exam practice in our teaching programme to provide the best preparation for the FRCS (Urol) exam. The region has a 100% pass rate in the FRCS (Urol) exam for our type one NTN trainees.
There is ongoing academic research within the unit, with a number of research fellows achieving high degrees. We conduct active clinical research in penile prostate cancer and superficial bladder cancer.