APPROACH

CONSULTATION

Tim welcomes men and women with all common urological conditions, otherwise known as general urology. If you decide to make an appointment with him, you will be seen for an initial 30-minute consultation where your GP’s letter will be discussed with you. Tim will then explore your current and historic medical problems to work out the best plan for you.

Tim will plan investigations for you, if any are needed, and aim to have these done speedily – often on the same day. This ensures you get the answers you need as quickly as possible.

TREATMENT

Once you have your diagnosis, Tim will explore all the options available to you and discuss the pros and cons of each to help find the best solution for you. This may not always involve drugs or surgery and, where suitable, an option of monitoring or surveillance may be appropriate. Tim is an expert in minimally invasive surgery and these options will always be discussed with you where relevant.

Tim operates mainly at Spire Southampton Hospital and other private hospitals nearby including the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital and BMI Sarum Road Hospital. Tim’s NHS work is based at University Hospital Southampton. After surgery, Tim supports his patients pro-actively with any functional problems that may arise. This is particularly important for prostate cancer surgery.

All patients can expect to have their urinary and sexual function problems actively managed, should they wish to pursue treatment. Tim leads the prostate cancer research trial portfolio at University Hospital Southampton, and is continuously auditing his work to ensure high standards of care.

THE TEAM

Dr Roy Amit Kukreja

Consultant Anaesthetist

Roy qualified from King’s College, London, in June 2000, and undertook his post-graduate training in anaesthesia through Wessex School of Anaesthesia. After this, he worked as an attending physician at the University of Michigan, USA, for two years before taking up his consultant position at University Hospital Southampton. Roy specialises in providing anaesthesia for major surgery. He also has a specialist interest in providing high quality dental sedation through his company 3H Medical.

Dr Alex King

Consultant Oncology Radiologist

Dr Alex King is aa consultant oncology radiologist based in Southampton whose focus is on image-guided tumour ablation. 

Alex and Tim successfully combine their respective skills and expertise to perform image-guided prostate cryotherapy as a joint procedure in a safe and controlled manner

Dr David J. Breen

Abdominal and Interventional Radiologist

David is a world expert in abdominal imaging and solid organ cancer interventions. He has been president of the British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (BSGAR), vice-chair of the NHS England Interventional Radiology CRG and served on the NIHR Upper GI CSG. He is committed to new research and developments in liver and renal tract imaging. See Cancer Ablation UK for more information.

Dr Julian Nixon

Consultant Anaesthetist

Julian qualified from the University of London in 1994, moving to the south coast in 1996 to start his training in anaesthetics. In 1999, due to a growing interest in intensive care medicine, he took a sideways step to do a training rotation in general medicine, gaining his membership of the Royal College of Physicians (completed 2003). Julian returned to anaesthetics in 2001, starting a training rotation based at Southampton and gaining his fellowship to the Royal College of Anesthetists in 2003.

 

Julian completed advanced training in intensive care medicine and was awarded a dual CCT in intensive care medicine and anaesthetics in April 2006. He was appointed as a consultant in intensive care medicine and anaesthetics at University Hospital Southampton, taking up post in May 2006. His specialist interests in anaesthetics include complex major surgery (major urology and hepatobiliary surgery) and orthopaedics (mainly hip, knee, foot and ankle).

Dr James Smart and Dr Ken Tung

Radiology

Dr James Smart and Dr Ken Tung both provide specialist urological radiology reporting for Tim’s patients at the Spire. Both were specially trained in advanced reporting techniques for diagnostic multi-parametric prostate MRI scans for the PROMIS study, which was led locally by Tim. This study has confirmed the accuracy of these scans in the detection of prostate cancer and, building on their great experience and reporting skills, Tim can now safely avoid prostate biopsies in many men with reassuring scans.

Dr Catherine Heath

Oncology

Dr Catherine Heath, a consultant clinical oncologist and honorary senior clinical lecturer, trained in Leeds and completed a fellowship in Toronto. She specialises in radiotherapy for urological malignancies including IMRT with image guidance, prostate brachytherapy (low dose rate and high dose rate) and radioisotopes including radium-223.

Dr Heath is a trustee and founding member of the British Uro-Oncology Group (BUG), which was formed in 2004 to meet the needs of UK clinical and medical oncologists specialising in the field of urology.

Dr Jeff Theaker and Dr Charlie Tilley

Cellular Pathology

Dr Jeff Theaker and Dr Charlie Tilley are consultant histopathologists who have a specialist interest in urological cancers. Having support from expert pathologists is crucial when making tough decisions about cancer treatment and surveillance. Fast turnaround and prompt communication of results are key strengths of the Spire’s pathology team.

FIND OUT MORE Tim operates mainly at Spire Southampton and other private hospitals nearby including the Nuffield Health Wessex Hospital and BMI Sarum Road Hospital.