Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are common infections that can affect the bladder, the kidneys and the tubes connected to them.
The symptoms, which can be painful, usually pass within a few days and can be cleared up with antibiotics.
But sometimes people have been treated by their GP for many months -yet their symptoms have not been resolved.
In men, this may be related to bladder outlet obstruction, a blockage in the base of the bladder, and in women it can be linked to post-menopausal changes.
With all patients, Tim will carry out thorough tests to rule out any other underlying problems before coming up with a personalised treatment plan.
Investigations range from urine flow and bladder emptying tests through to a cystoscopy, a medical procedure used to examine the inside of the bladder using a thin, flexible tube.
Once Tim has a full microbiological assessment, he will be able to recommend the best way forward for each patient.
Some patients are found to be suffering from painful bladder syndrome, also known as interstitial cystitis, a bladder condition that causes long-term pelvic pain and problems with urination.
There are a number of different treatments which can help relieve the symptoms, such as diet and lifestyle changes, but the condition cannot be treated with antibiotics.