BMI Carrick Glen HospitalDalmellington Road, Ayr, KA6 6PG Directions
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Expert assessment and treatment of urological symptoms
You can access speedy appointments, assessments, and treatments with a fellowship-trained Consultant Urologist at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital in Ayr.
Our hospital provides a calm, relaxing environment where polite and professional administration staff support our medical teams and make your visit as smooth and welcoming as possible.
If you’re referred to Carrick Glen Hospital by your GP, or if you self-refer, there’s no waiting times to see a consultant. We can arrange for you to see a urologist within seven days at a time to suit you.
The hospital specialises in minor procedures under local anaesthetic and serves those living in Ayrshire and further afield.
A Consultant Urologist or Urological Surgeon is a highly skilled and well-trained expert who manages and treats issues to do with the urinary tract in men and women. The most common of these are recurring urinary tract infections (UTIs), raised prostate-specific antigens (PSA) in men, and blood detected in the urine.
Most diagnostic tests and treatments are minimally invasive, ranging from urinary tests and urine flow rate tests (uroflow), to fibre-optic inspection (flexible cystoscopy) of the urethra and bladder.
Urologists use flow rate tests to measure how much urine you’re passing and the rate at which it’s flowing.
A flexible cystoscopy is a painless procedure where the consultant inserts a tiny camera about the size of a charging cable up the urethra and looks around the bladder. They can use it to treat prostate, bladder, or scar tissue in the urethra. A flexible cystoscopy takes about five minutes and involves a local anaesthetic (you’re awake while it happens), and you can go straight home.
Your Consultant Urologist at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital has access to wide-ranging diagnostics to diagnose urological problems, including ultrasound scans to look at your kidneys or bladder, flow rate tests and x-ray.
They will deliver any procedure requiring general anaesthetic at our allied hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. You may also be referred to Ross Hall Hospital if your urologist recommends a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan or a computerised tomography (CT) scan.
These imaging techniques produce detailed pictures that help urologists see your kidneys, bladder, and ureters more clearly and, in the case of MRI, to see if cancer has spread for those with prostate cancer.
At your initial consultation, you’ll only need to wait for a couple of minutes in the waiting room before your urologist comes out to greet you and show you to their consulting room.
You can expect a detailed conversation about your symptoms and medical history, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss treatment options.
A physical examination is usual, and we can arrange for a chaperone to be present.
Your Consultant Urologist can also organise a urine flow test on the same day.
Should your consultant advise an x-ray, this can be done by our radiologists at the hospital there and then. Our radiologists carry out ultrasound scans, these are typically done several times during the week, so you may have to come back another day for it.
Your consultant would schedule any MRI or CT scans at our sister hospital, BMI Ross Hall Hospital, in Glasgow. These take place within a couple of weeks. You would return to Carrick Glen Hospital for follow-up appointments with your consultant.
Another regular treatment is medication for women with UTIs. Your urologist may start you on a low dose of preventative (prophylactic) antibiotics and move on to teach you how to do a bladder wash if the antibiotics don’t work. If neither do the trick, your treatment may include a game-changing medicine called a sublingual therapeutic vaccine.
A sublingual therapeutic vaccine tastes like pineapple and is sprayed under your tongue. It detects dead bacterial antigens fast and gets rid of the infection in most people. Moreover, it’s not injected – a bonus if you’re needle-phobic.
In addition to the above, we can offer:
Procedures that are carried out under local anaesthetic are performed at Carrick Glen Hospital. Those requiring a general anaesthetic take place at Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow. The same consultant that you saw at Carrick Glen will do your surgery at Ross Hall Hospital.
One of the most significant changes in urology practice in recent times is that you no longer need to return to hospital to have a catheter removed (a tube inserted by a doctor or nurse to drain fluid from the bladder). Instead, we can give you a syringe and show you how to take it out yourself at home. Catheters are needed after most urological surgical procedures.
Everyone at BMI Carrick Glen Hospital will make you feel welcome, from the reception team, nurses, and radiologists to your consultant urologist.
You’ll benefit from rapid assessment and diagnostics at the hospital, including ultrasound scans and urine flow tests. Your consultant can also refer you to BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow for MRI and CT scans.
Pay for yourself with our fixed price packages. This includes your pre-assessment, treatment, follow-ups and six months of aftercare.
We are widely recognised by health insurers. Ask your insurer about your cover and for an insurer pre-authorisation code.
Pay for yourself with monthly repayments spread over 12 months, interest-free (terms and conditions apply)