Urology

The Department of Paediatric Urology, 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: (03) 9594 4723
Fax: (03) 9594 6008
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 transition care model to enable continuity of care for those with ongoing needs, up to 18 years of age.

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 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 advise on appropriate perinatal care of a fetus with suspected urogenital disorder.

Our specialists 

Learn more about our team of specialists here.

General inquiries:

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

Phone: +61 3 9594 4723
Fax: (03) 9594 6008
Email: paedurology@monashhealth.org

Urgent inquiries:

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

Conditions we manage and information sheets

Urologists manage congenital (inborn) and acquired (developed) problems of the urinary and genital tracts. Subspecialty expertise of our unit enable us to provide the full range of paediatric urological services expected of a busy tertiary-referral children’s hospital. Monash Children’s’ Hospital 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 of all ages; from before birth to beyond 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 or 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

Paediatric urology patients are cared for in paediatric wards at Clayton and Casey campuses. These wards are staffed by specially-trained nurses with expertise in peri-operative care of children. They also have particular knowledge and skill with the types of operations required in childhood, which may be quite different from conditions in adults.

Patients who need to stay in hospital after their operation will usually go to the wards of the campus in which they had their operation – that is, patients having surgery at Casey will stay overnight there when necessary.

Clayton campus – Wards 41 North and 42 South

Day-of-surgery admissions are processed through the admissions office near main entrance (Level 2), and then patient and family are taken to the day area at the rear of ward 41 north, on Level 4. From here, patients are transferred to theatre on Level 3.

Following theatre, patients will be admitted to either wards 42 south or 41 north (Level 4). Day surgery patients may be transferred to the Day Treatment Centre on Level 1 to recover prior to discharge.

Clayton campus – Clinics

There are three clinics involving paediatric urologists and patients at Clayton:

  • Paediatric Urology Clinic is a fee-for-service clinic, a Medicare-rebated clinic in the Special Medicine Building, for general urological problems
  • Nephro-urology Multidisciplinary Clinic is also a fee-for-service clinic in the Special Medicine Building, for complex kidney and urological disorders
  • Foetal Diagnostic Unit clinic is a specialist antenatal clinic run by Monash Maternity Services, for antenatal urology

Casey campus – Ward F

At Casey, all children are admitted to the hospital via Ward F (Level 2), the specialist paediatric ward. 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.

Casey Outpatients Clinic

A public outpatients clinic runs at Casey Hospital for general paediatric urology. For certain complex conditions, referral from the Casey clinic to one of the Clayton clinics may be advised.

Nephro-Urology Clinic

Description of service 

Clinic for patients with complex renal and urological conditions requiring multidisciplinary assessment or review

GP investigations performed prior

MSU +/- urinary tract ultrasound

Cost 

Nil to Patients eligible for Medicare

Note: Patients ineligible for Medicare will be charged a fee for all services provided; payable on day of service.

Site

Consulting rooms – Monash Special Medicine Building

Clinic times 

Thursday afternoons (alternate), 1.30–4pm

Staff

Dr Lilian Johnstone – Paediatric Nephrologist
Dr Amelia Le Page – Paediatric Nephrologist
Dr Nathalie Webb – Paediatric Urologist
Dr Robert Coleman – Paediatric Urologist
Ms Sharon Fogarty – Continence nurse advisor

Referral process – internal and external 

Phone: (03) 8572 3004
Fax: (03) 9594 3698
Email: scmonashchildrens@monashhealth.org

Please fax or email all referral letters for triage.

Referrals received from 

Doctors with an eligible provider number.

Patients with complex conditions may be booked to separate urology or nephrology clinics for part or all of the assessment or follow-ups, depending on clinical needs.

Referrals

How to refer a patient 

To refer a patient, please complete the Paediatric Surgical Services referral form and return it to us via the following:

Fax: (03) 9594 3698
Email: ffspaeds@monashhealth.org
Head of Unit: Associate Professor Chris Kimber


How to be referred

Lots of people contact the hospital asking how to be referred to see our doctors. Please see below for the process you need to follow. We cannot accept referrals from anyone who is not an Australian-registered doctor.

Referral for treatment under Medicare
You will need to be referred by your current doctor. This may be your paediatrician or your GP. Your doctor will need to write a referral letter, giving brief details of your child’s condition, and fax or email the letter to:

Fax: (03) 9594 3698
Email: paedurology@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 send you a date for an outpatient appointment.

Please ensure you bring all relevant test results, especially all ultrasounds and other imaging.

Can I change an appointment once it has been booked?
If you wish to change or cancel an appointment, you will need to ring the 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.

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

Referral Form


 A/Prof Chris Kimber Dr Nathalie Webb Dr Rob Coleman


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