Auckland DHB Services
The Urology Department has access to a total of 20 in-patient beds on Ward 73 at Auckland City Hospital.
The Urology Service admits patients for a wide range of interventional and diagnostic procedures from large bladder reconstructive surgery to small day cases. Patient through-put is generally quick, ranging from one to two days.
The ward nursing staff have the potential to co-ordinate a range of services to both Urology and other patients. There are on-going relationships with District Nurses, ACC Case Managers, Outpatients Clinics (especially the satellite clinics), Palliative Care, Oncology, Radiology and other equivalent providers. There is also a large customer service role.
Counties Manukau DHB Services
Provision of urology services for Counties Manukau patients is part of the regional urology service.
Services provided at Manukau SuperClinic include:
- specialist consultations
- investigations e.g. urodynamics, cystoscopies, prostate biopsies
- day stay surgery for minor urological procedures.
Patients requiring inpatient surgery or acute presentations requiring surgery are treated at Auckland Hospital.
What is Urology?
Urology is the branch of medicine that looks at diseases of the urinary system in females and the genitourinary system (urinary system plus genital organs) 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)
- sphincter muscles (muscles around the opening of the bladder into the urethra)
- urethra (the tube that carries urine to the outside of your body).
The male genital organs include the penis, scrotum and prostate gland. The prostate is a walnut-sized gland located between the bladder and the penis and in front of the rectum. The urethra passes through the center of the prostate.
A doctor who specialises in disorders of the urinary system and also the male reproductive system is known as an urologist. A doctor who specialises in kidneys and their function is called a nephrologist.
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