Diagnostics and treatment of a range of urological conditions will now be carried in one unit at the hospital trust.
The North West London Urology Centre at Northwick Park Hospital will treat more than 1500 patients a year for routine procedures, with onward referral of radical cancer patients to the hub at Imperial.
The service had previously been spread across three hospital sites and had to share areas with other clinical teams.
The relocation of St Mark’s Hospital to neighbouring Central Middlesex provided a venue for the Urology team to move into the vacated space which was subsequently refurbished.
The service will be expanded to provide more minor surgical procedures outside theatre to improve capacity as well as patient experience and outcome.
The new lithotripter (for treating stones) has been installed in the unit and the bladder cancer diagnostic and treatment service as well as the prostate cancer diagnostic services are now all co-located in the same outpatient centre.
The service will still offer a weekly clinics at Ealing and Elective operating theatres at Central Middlesex Hospital but the bulk of the outpatient activities will take place at Northwick Park enabling the team to work far more effectively and make further inroads into waiting lists.