Reports

Manslaughter and preventable harm

No doctor goes into work intending to harm patients. However, in this world of increasingly complex and interdependent medicine, mistakes can, do and will always happen. The criminal prosecution and subsequent imprisonment of surgeon David Sellu for manslaughter following the death of a patient under his …

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EAU 2015 – Madrid highlights for NMIBC

As we have come to expect in the field of bladder cancer research, EAU Madrid did not present any revolutionary or paradigm-shifting data or papers; however, there were some very interesting updates and validations of previously presented novel data that may shift paradigms in the …

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Management of stones: recent developments, new concepts and definitions

A precis of a session at the EAU Annual Meeting in Madrid, 21 March 2015
For those of us who were urological trainees in the 1980s, nothing since has compared to the revolution in the management of urinary tract stone disease that occurred then. The massive …

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RSM urology section: Malcolm Coptcoat and spring short papers meeting 2015

It was the Royal Society of Medicine, Wimpole Street, London, that hosted the 2015 Malcolm Coptcoat and Spring Short Papers Prize meeting, chaired by President, Roger Plail. The evening meeting started with urologists, both consultant and trainee, descending from all corners of the country – …

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2015 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium

The underlying theme for this year’s multidisciplinary symposium on genitourinary cancers, held in Orlando, Florida, USA, was ‘Integrating biology into patient-centric care’. The first half of the meeting was dedicated to carcinomas of the prostate and bladder; the key points are summarised below.
Prostate cancer
The European …

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Into Africa: engaging with urology in the developing world

We have just completed a superb RSM Winter Meeting on the East African ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. In addition to exciting updates in urological practice within the UK, the president of Zanzibar attended the meeting to give a fascinating insight into the history, problems and challenges …

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Reith Lectures: The Future of Medicine

The Reith Lectures return to the subject of health care: Professor Atul Gawande presents his view on ‘The Future of Medicine’ 
First broadcast in 1948, the Reith Lectures were created to advance public understanding of significant issues of the day through high-profile speakers and to …

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Primary Care Urology Society: inaugural meeting

On 18 November 2014, the inaugural meeting of the newly formed Primary Care Urology Society (PCUS) took place at Carlton House Terrace in central London. Since the setting up of the PCUS, over 90 GPs, community nurses (and assorted ‘others’) have signed up to join …

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Priority setting in healthcare: thinking the unthinkable

I am just settling into my seat on Quantas flight Q9 in preparation for the 24-hour flight back to England. I have been in Melbourne, Australia, for 3 days at the International Society on Priorities in Healthcare 2014 conference entitled ‘Examining the past and contemplating …

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Urology Question Time: BPH under the spotlight

The inaugural ‘Urology Question Time’ was held at the ICO Conference Centre in central London on 8 May 2014, attracting delegates from all over the country, including consultant urologists, trainees, nurses and GPs. The event was chaired by Mr Ben Challacombe, Consultant Urologist from Guy’s …

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