Urology expertise centralised at Princess Royal Hospital
This weekend inpatient urology services are being brought together at the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH).
Currently urology inpatients are treated at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, while outpatients are seen at both the hospitals in Brighton and the PRH in Haywards Heath. Brighton and Hove patients will still be able to be seen at the Royal Sussex County Hospital for outpatient appointments.
Urology involves the medical management of conditions such as urinary tract infection and prostate enlargement and Urologists also carry out surgery for conditions such as bladder cancer, prostate cancer and kidney stones.
Mr Andy Symes, Consultant Urologist, said: “At the moment the team works across two hospital sites, in Brighton and Haywards Heath. Caring for all the urology inpatients as well as carrying out diagnostics and day surgery on a single site will be safer for patients and more efficient for staff.”
The service moves will take place on the weekend of 19/20/21 June with significant work before and after that date to ensure a smooth transition. The physical move will take place on the Friday and Saturday. The London-Brighton bike ride is on the Sunday when the Trust will be making final preparations for receiving patients the following day, which has been factored into the plans.
The move is part of wider changes which will see emergency and cranial neurosurgery move from the PRH campus to the Royal Sussex County Hospital as part of the major trauma centre; and a dedicated service will be created at the PRH for patients with a fractured neck of femur (hip).