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Men’s sexual health Medicine for Members event

by Philip Owen (Public Governor)—This month's presentation of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's key medical services, by resident consultants, was presented by Nigel Borley, a long term member of our hospital's urology team.

bio-philip-owen.jpgPhilip Owen, Public Governor

This month's presentation of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital's key medical services, by resident consultants, was presented by Nigel Borley, a long term member of  our hospital's urology team. His subject was Men's sexual health. Such a title surprisingly enough, encouraged one third of the audience to be women who asked many key questions relating to their male partners’ anxieties and concerns on the subject.

Our hospital is privileged to have such long term associations with consultants like Nigel, who has been a resident consultant with us for nearly 15 years. His presentation covered many of the areas of anxiety experienced by male patients in areas of cancer threats to the prostate, bladder inadequacies in managing urine flow especially at night times, and some of the causes of male impotency.

His presentation covered the management of the body's anatomy in both normal and abnormal function of the key areas from kidneys to uretha in an easy to understand manner, and addressed the abnormalities of operation brought on by invasive elements such as cancerous tumours and the onset of old age. Each of the functional areas were examined in a manner that was understood by the audience, and outlined the many problems that could arise in a clear and sympathetic manner. Indicators of bad and good influence on their operation was outlined in a manner that was both instructive and also comforting to those in attendance, and what we all learned was that treatment in these areas, especially in the area of prostate cancer, were still in the formative stage and it was clear that cases were not generic but shaped by each individual's physical make-up. Medicine is still a combination of science and the arts bound together by a consultant’s personal interest and understanding of each patient's difficulties.

Nigel made more time available than the average GP (he spoke for nearly two hours)  to explain situations and cause and and effects in layman’s language that produced a better understanding of the approach to problem solving that consultants take. The audience was left with a calmer attitude on how each one of us could cope with such situations should they arise—that in itself was valuable and we were grateful to Nigel for the clarity with which he explained function, malfunction and solution to such medical problems.

These regular meetings are of great value to patients and those members of the community whose interests and concerns covers medical issues that the local GPs do not have the time to explain. They are free to attend and we would be delighted to have interested members of the hospital attend to answer their questions and concerns.

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