Urogynaecology specializes in treating disorders involving the
Patients are women with pelvic floor disorders or conditions
involving the organs, muscles or connective tissues in the pelvic
The outpatient Urogynaecology Clinic sees women who are
pelvic organ prolapse or lower urinary tract disorders. It
offers a range of investigations and treatments for overactive
bladder, stress urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, both
simple and complex,
interstitial cystitis, recurrent urinary tract infections,
perineal trauma and urinary voiding dysfunction. You can be
referred to this clinic from your GP, another hospital consultant
or from other continence service providers.
The outpatient Urogynaecology Clinic is located on the first
floor in the Women's Centre at Bishop Auckland Hospital and on the
first floor in the Colposcopy Suite at Chester le Street Community
When we receive a referral for this clinic, we will send you an
appointment letter with a date and time to attend the clinic.
Depending on your condition, we may send you a bladder diary to
complete and an instruction letter for you to complete an online
questionnaire about your symptoms and quality of life, known as an
A consultation consists of a urine test, weight and height
assessment, a full medical history and physical examination.
If you need to have urodynamic investigations, you will be given
information before you leave about which tests are required and an
appointment will be arranged for you.
Urodynamics are investigations to demonstrate how your bladder is
working. Urodynamics are diagnostic tests that can help to identify
the cause of incontinence problems so that the best treatment can
be offered to you.
These clinics are run by the Urogynaecology Specialist Nurses. They
see patients for bladder retraining, pelvic floor physiotherapy,
clean intermittent self-catheterisation, bladder instillations and
advice for interstitial cystitis.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community