Our Women’s Health service covers all aspects of gynaecology, breast care and female urology. Each specialty is covered by London Bridge Hospital consultants, each of whom are specialists in specific fields of women’ health. At London Bridge Hospital we have world class consultants from London’s top teaching hospitals. You can be assured you’ll be seen by the best possible consultant for your specific conditions.
Treatment within women's health is one of the most rapidly advancing technological areas of medicine. Central to our approach to women's health is a breadth of specialist expertise and support services for the range of disorders, major and minor, affecting the female reproductive system. Wherever possible, we use the most minimally invasive techniques available. Our consultant gynaecologists and physicians are here to advise you on any aspect of your health, including fertility issues, contraception, gynaecological problems and difficulties associated with the menopause. Our nurses have spent many years caring for women of all ages undergoing treatment for gynaecological conditions including:
- Hysterosalpingogram test (HSG)
- Menopause Menstrual cycle problems
- Ovarian cysts
- Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)
- Ovarian and Cervical Cancer
More information on Gynaecology treatments and surgery is available on our Gynaecology page
Our breast service offer treatment for women who have physical breast symptoms such as a lump, or for women who have no symptoms (asymptomatic) and require a screening mammogram. The One-Stop Breast Clinic, located at The Shard provides a structured approach to symptomatic conditions, providing expert advice and any test that you may require in just one clinic visit. In this way we hope that by the end of your appointment your breast problem will have been fully investigated, diagnosed and explained to you. Most breast symptoms turn out to be due to relatively minor breast changes so that the one-stop clinic is often the only visit you will have to make. Our aim is to offer a breast service in a way that is most convenient and accessible to you with appointments available in the late afternoon or early evening, so as to cause as little disruption to your day as possible.
We offer diagnosis and treatment for the following:
- Benign breast conditions - Women’s breasts will go through a number of changes throughout their lifetime, because of the varying levels of the female hormones oestrogen and progesterone in the body. Benign conditions include; Breast Cysts, Duct Ectasia, Gynaecomastia and Hyperplasia.
- Breast screening - Breast cancer screening is undertaken using a mammography scanner which uses X-rays to examine the breast tissue. Used as both a diagnostic and screening tool, the goal of mammography is to detect the early signs of breast cancer.
- Breast cancer - The most common sign of breast cancer is a lump in the breast. This can be any size but is usually felt as a separate lump within the breast tissue which is harder than the normal tissue around it. Breast cancer can also cause nipple discharge which is frequently blood stained. Breast cancer lumps are practically never painful and generally are felt by accident whilst washing or during self breast examination. Breast cancer can sometimes cause a red discoloration of the overlying skin so this is another important symptom which should always be checked by your doctor.
- Breast reconstruction - The process of recreating a breast structure, aiming to match the remaining natural breast after having mastectomy. It has been shown to improve satisfaction of body image shape, psychological and emotional well-being, energy level and satisfaction with breast appearance after mastectomy.
More information on our One-Stop Breast Clinic
Problems with the bladder can affect women of all ages with the risk of developing these types of concerns increasing after childbirth and the menopause. There are effective treatments available for Urinary incontinence and our service can assist with the following:
- Stress urinary incontinence (SUI) - Coughing, sneezing, lifting and exercises causes leaking of urine. Treatment involves strengthening the ligaments that support the neck of the bladder to prevent leakage, with lifestyles changes and improving the pelvic floor muscles through exercises. Surgery may be an option is symptoms do not improve.
- Urge Urinary Incontinence (UUI) – When there is a sudden need to pass urine without warning. This might mean that you may not make it to the toilet in time and you may leak. Treatments for urge incontinence include lifestyle techniques, bladder retraining and medications to help inhibit bladder contractions.
- Pelvic Organ Prolapse (POP) - Women most commonly develop pelvic organ prolapse after childbirth, a hysterectomy or after the menopause. Treatments depend on the severity of symptoms and type of prolapse you have. If the symptoms are mild lifestyle modifications, pelvic floor muscle strengthening or a vaginal ring pessary may help. If the prolapse is very bothersome, surgical repair may be offered. POP can also affect the function of your bladder and bowel.
- Urodynamics Test - Urodynamics is an investigation to monitor how your bladder fills and empties. It recreates your bladder symptoms, enabling us to accurately diagnose the cause and offer you the best treatment for your particular problem. It may also be carried out prior to prolapse, continence and other gynaecological surgery, even if you do not have any problems with your bladder.
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) - UTIs are common in the female population, the main symptom is pain on passing urine and sometimes blood is seen in the urine. A urine sample is taken and sent to the laboratory to check for infection. This urine sample can determine which particular antibiotics are best used to treat this urine infection.
- Vulval Conditions – There are a number of vulval conditions that affect the lower genital tract in women, from dermatological to neurological diagnoses. The most common symptoms are pain, itching or skin change, with each condition being treated in relation to their investigative findings.
More information on Urology is available on our Urology page