September is Urology Awareness Month, which focuses on raising awareness to breakdown the stigma and encourage people to take care of their urological health.
What is urology?
Urology deals with diseases of the male and female urinary area (kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra) and the male reproductive system.
It’s estimated that 1 out of every 2 people will be affected by a urologic condition at some point in their life. Regardless of who you are, keeping track of your urological health is essential to catching problems early and increasing the success of treatments.
Urology Awareness Month
To mark Urology Awareness Month this year, we chatted to Dr Miah, a urology consultant in the South East of England, to tell us why he chose to specialise in urology and why looking after your urological health is so important.
Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a locum consultant urologist for the NHS in the South East of England, where I have a sub-specialist interest in robotic surgery at Oxford University Hospitals.
What’s the favourite thing about your job?
Urology truly provides a great variety of surgical practice with a perfect balance of operative, outpatient and acute patient management.
What are the challenges?
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all specialities and urology has not been spared. Our primary challenge now is to make robust plans to address the backlog of those patients that require urological attention.
Why is keeping aware of urology disease important?
Urology admissions forms up to 20% of acute surgical admissions and up to 5% of primary care referrals. This makes it vitally important to understand and appreciate urological health as it forms a significant part of NHS healthcare delivery.
How can people look after their urological health?
Maintaining a good fluid intake- drinking between 1.5 to 2 litres of water every day as this flushes out the kidneys and reduces the risk of a urine infection. The British Association of Urological Surgeons have a wonderful website with an extensive and dedicated section on urological health for patients.
How do you find working as a urologist through an agency?
Working through an agency allows me to fit my timetable with what is available. At present there is an abundance of both short and long-term positions throughout the UK to suit the needs of a urologist depending on their preferences. Athona have been very professional and quick in securing positions with excellent communication throughout the whole process.