New prostate cancer service at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust to diagnose patients in days
11 January 2021

The Urology Department at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT now offers a state of the art service that will diagnose potential prostate cancer patients extremely quickly, using a new technique which reduces the risk of post-procedure infection.

The new service, called the Prostate Best Time Pathway, means that patients get diagnosed quicker because the Trust now offers local anaesthetic transperineal biopsies in the Outpatient Department. This is a significant improvement for patients who previously had to be admitted to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust and have a biopsy under general anaesthetic or faced a significant wait to have the procedure carried out in their surgical daycase unit.

Most patients referred into the service on a suspected prostate cancer pathway by their GP, will be invited for a scan straight away. The results will then be reviewed by the Urology Team and those patients that need it, will be invited in for a biopsy as an outpatient.

Mr Gerald Collins, Consultant Urologist at the Trust explains, “I am really excited about this, as it offers a phenomenal service to our patients.  We already run a first class service but this improvement makes it even better for our patients’ experience. It improves the quality of the work we offer, is more sophisticated and means that patients have their diagnostic tests straight away. If the patient then needs a biopsy, we can perform it in the Outpatient Clinic here at Tameside Hospital, the patients don’t need to be admitted or to have a general anaesthetic.

“The whole team here at Tameside are passionate and proactive and are looking forward to helping more patients in this way in the future.”

Christopher Bayley from Audenshaw was the first patient to use the new service. He said: “The team in the Urology Department are fantastic, the service has been brilliant and a lot quicker than I expected.”

The Urology Team at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS FT have been running a full service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr Collins is keen for anyone to continue to go to their GP and get a referral if they need it. “We have put a number of things in place in clinic to ensure the safety of our patients, there is no reason to delay your appointment with the team.”