Urology

The Department of Paediatric Urology at Monash Children’s Hospital provides a specialty service for the diagnosis and management of babies and children with both simple and complex disorders of the urinary and genital tracts (genito-urinary system).

Phone (general enquiries): (03) 8572 3838
Phone (clinic appointments): (03) 8572 3004
Fax: (03) 8572 3647
Email: paedurology@monashhealth.org

 To support the Urology department at
Monash Children’s Hospital:

About us

Paediatric urologists have particular training to manage genitourinary problems present at or before birth, as well as those that develop during childhood. Our close links and co-location with Monash Maternity, Monash Newborn and Monash Medical Centre allow for the seamless provision of urological care for all conditions in patients from before birth to beyond puberty.

We accept new referrals of patients from birth until their 16th birthday. For long-term patients, we participate in a planned transition model to enable continuity of care for those with ongoing needs.

For older adolescents and young adults, Monash Health Urology Units offer an internationally-renowned service for the care of urological disorders beyond puberty.

For children with disorders of continence (wetting), Monash Children’s Hospital has a specialist continence service based at Kingston campus, for assessment and management of these conditions.

For children with complex renal and urological problems, we have a multi-disciplinary Nephro-Urology Clinic, where patients can see a urologist, a kidney specialist (nephrologist) and specialist nurses all in one visit.

For antenatally-detected anomalies of the genitourinary tract, we work closely with the Foetal Diagnostic Unit of Monash Medical Centre to offer counselling and advice on appropriate perinatal care for a foetus with suspected urogenital disorder.

Our specialists 

Learn more about our team of specialists here.

Urgent enquiries:

For urgent inquiries outside office hours, please call switch on (03) 9594 6666 and page the on-call paediatric surgical registrar.

General enquiries:

Peta Young, Executive Assistant
Department of Paediatric Urology
Level 4, Monash Children’s Hospital
Monash Health
246 Clayton Rd, Clayton, Vic 3168

Phone: (03) 8572 3838
Fax: (03) 8572 3007
Email: paedurology@monashhealth.org

Conditions we manage

Urologists manage congenital (inborn) and acquired problems of the urinary and genital tracts. The subspecialty expertise of our unit enables us to provide the full range of paediatric urological services. Monash Children’s’ Hospital’s close links and co-location with Monash Maternity, Monash Newborn and Monash Medical Centre allow for the seamless provision of urological care in patients from before birth to puberty.

Information on many common urogenital concerns of childhood are contained in the following documents, which can help explain what is normal and what requires medical attention.

There are also information sheets on uncommon, rare and serious conditions, to help provide initial explanation for parents grappling with these diagnoses in their children. Useful links to other resources are included where appropriate.

Wards and clinics

Wards 

Paediatric urology patients are cared for in paediatric wards at Monash Children’s Hospital Clayton and Casey campuses.

Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton – Lagoon ward
Children needing surgery will be admitted via the day admissions centre on Level 3; adjacent to Lagoon Day Ward and the operating theatre suite.

After surgery, patients will recover in Lagoon Ward prior to discharge home. Patients requiring overnight or longer stay will be admitted to Forest Ward.

Monash Children’s Hospital, Clayton – Forest Ward
Forest Ward is the dedicated surgical ward, also on Level 3 of the new Monash Children’s Hospital at Clayton. It is staffed by specially-trained nurses with expertise in peri-operative care of children. They have particular knowledge and skill with the types of operations required in childhood, which may be quite different from conditions in adults.

Patients with surgical conditions admitted from the emergency department, transferred from other hospitals or needing to stay in hospital after an operation will be admitted to Forest Ward.

Casey campus – Ward F
At Casey Hospital all children are admitted to the hospital via the paediatric Ward F (Level 2). There is a special section for pre-operative patients. All patients will return to ward F to recover and be discharged on the same day or stay overnight as required.

 

Clinics 

There are a number clinics for children requiring urological care at Monash Children’s Hospital:

Clayton campus – new Monash Children’s Hospital

  • The Paediatric Urology Clinic is a Medicare-rebated clinic on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons in the Level 2 (ground floor) Specialist Consulting unit
  • A multidisciplinary Nephro-Urology Clinic occurs on Thursday afternoons in Specialist Consulting. This clinic is also a Medicare-rebated clinic and is especially for children with complex kidney and urological disorders to be seen by both nephrologist (medical kidney specialist) and urologist in the same appointment.
  • Monash Foetal Diagnostic Unit conducts a specialist antenatal clinic for care of unborn babies with identified concerns. Paediatric Urologists contribute advice and management in antenatal care of babies with suspected problems of urinary and/or genital tracts.

Casey Outpatients Clinic
A public outpatients’ clinic runs at Casey Hospital for general paediatric urology. For some complex conditions, referral from the Casey clinic to a Clayton clinic for surgery at Clayton site may be advised.

Referrals

How to refer a patient 

To refer a patient, please:

  1. complete the electronic referral form below, or
  2. print and complete the Paediatric Surgical Services referral form and send to:

Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org
Fax: (03) 8572 3007
Head of Unit: Associate Professor Chris Kimber

Urgent referrals

Urgent referrals can be faxed to (03) 9594 6008.  These referrals will be triaged within one business day.

During after-hours contact the on-call Paediatric Surgery Registrar via switch: (03) 9594 6666

Electronic referral form


A/Prof Chris KimberDr Nathalie WebbDr Rob Coleman


Urgent (within 1 month)Semi-urgent (within 3 months)ElectiveSecond opinion


How to be referred

How to be referred

Many people contact the hospital asking how they can see our doctors. To be seen as a Medicare-funded patient, your child will need to be referred by your current doctor. This may be your paediatrician or your GP. Your doctor will need to complete the electronic referral form or write a referral letter, giving details of your child’s condition. These letters can be sent via fax or email to:

Fax: (03) 8572 3007
Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org

Our doctors will review the referral letter and decide which unit at Monash Children’s Hospital is the most appropriate for the condition. We will then contact you regarding making an appointment. Please ensure you bring all relevant test results, especially all ultrasounds and other imaging.

For patients not eligible for Medicare cover, specialist urologic care can also be arranged. Please contact the Department of Paediatric Urology to discuss this:

Phone: (03) 8572 3838
Fax: (03) 8572 3647
Email: paedurology@monashhealth.org

Can I change an appointment once it has been booked?

If you wish to change or cancel an appointment, you will need to ring Specialist Consulting at Monash Children’s Hospital on (03) 8572 3004.

Please tell us as soon as possible if you can no longer attend. If we have enough notice, we can offer the appointment to another child.

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