Provision of urology services for Waitemata District Health Board (WDHB) patients is part of the regional urology service.
Urology services provided within WDHB include consultations, investigations and elective surgery.
Inpatient urology surgery and urodynamic tests are currently only available at North Shore Hospital not at the Waitakere site. Flexible cystoscopy, day stay surgery and prostate biopsies are available at both hospital sites.
Urology outpatient clinics consist of first assessment and followup appointments. Patients are either seen by a consultant urologist, registrar or urology nurse specialist. The majority of urology outpatient clinics are at North Shore Hospital. Limited appointments are also available at Waitakere Hospital.
WDHB cannot admit acute urology patients. Patients presenting to either North Shore or Waitakere Hospital's emergency departments will be transferred to Auckland City Hospital if they require admission or acute surgery.
What is Urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the urinary system in females and the genitourinary system in males.
The urinary system is made up of the:
- kidneys (where urine is formed from material filtered out of the blood)
- ureters (tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder)
- bladder (a balloon-like organ that stores urine)
- urethra (the tube that carries urine to the outside of your body).