You have been referred to the Lower Urinary tract symptom Clinic because we have either received a new referral from your GP or as a follow up appointment for your urinary symptoms.
You may be suffering from urinary frequency, urgency, a poor stream, nocturia (getting out of bed to pass urine), or a feeling of incomplete emptying amongst other symptoms.
The clinic is run by a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Urology. At this appointment you will have some basic diagnostic tests assessing your urinary symptoms; these will be done on your arrival to the clinic before you see the nurse specialist. This may include a urine test, a flow test, recording of baseline observations such a blood pressure, weight and pulse. This information will be looked at when you see the nurse specialist.
Collecting this information and flow tests can take time before you see the nurse specialist so please be prepared to be in the department for a few hours (this varies between patients).
After these preliminary tests have been completed, you will see the nurse specialist who will take a history and then examine you. The examination will include abdomen, groin, external genitalia and a DRE (Digital Rectal Examination) of the prostate. These need to be completed so that we can determine your condition and discuss treatment options with you.