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Liverpool PCT offers new specialised care service for men with lower urinary tract symptoms

Liverpool Primary Care Trust : 25 February, 2008  (New Product)
A new service offering specialised care for men with lower urinary tract symptoms has been introduced by Liverpool PCT, which means men in Liverpool symptoms will receive better and more appropriate treatment that will reduce the need for them to be treated in hospital.
Previously many men with these symptoms were being unnecessarily referred to hospital for assessment and treatment. Now they can be referred to a specialist assessment service, which can make an informed decision on whether the patient can be treated and managed within primary care or has more complex needs that requires hospital treatment.

Approximately 600 referrals are made annually to urology services within the acute sector for men with lower urinary tract symptoms who could be managed more appropriately by this new service

Dr Paula Grey, joint director of public health for Liverpool PCT and Liverpool City Council said: “We understand that these conditions can cause embarrassment to a patient and very often they will prefer to be assessed and treated in the community, which is more convenient, effective and less stressful than a hospital environment. Patients with more complex needs will continue to be referred for hospital treatment.”

Currently patients can be referred by their GP to the service and can choose the most convenient clinic venue for them through the “choose and book” system. At the most one evening surgery a week is being offered for increased convenience.

Val Ward, continence service manager for Liverpool PCT added: “This service was successfully piloted in south central PBC and after excellent feedback from patients and GPs it is now being rolled out across Liverpool.”

“We want to reduce a patient’s need to attend hospital and offer them more choice in where they are assessed and treated for their medical condition. This service will also help to reduce waiting times for patients with more complex needs, who require hospital treatment, as fewer patients will be referred to hospital.”

The assessment service is currently only available to men in Liverpool but similar pathways for women will be available later in the year.
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