Online Clinics

Online clinic on prostate disease

The online clinic on prostate disease is now closed. However, you can read all of the questions asked and the answers from our panel of experts by visiting the clinic.

Our panel of clinicians, including well known 'TV doctor' Dr Hilary Jones, gave advice on dozens of issues, including such as prostate cancer, prostatitis, BPH and other urinary tract problems, PSA testing, treatments, alternative therapies and surgery.

The online clinic on prostate disease was hosted by talkhealth and supported by the charities Movember and Orchid.

The Experts

Dr Hilary Jones - GP

Dr Hilary Jones has been a GP for more than 30 years, is a regular contributor to a range of TV programmes and has written several books on health and wellbeing.

Dr Jones joined the breakfast show TV-am in 1989 as its resident doctor. He was one of the first presenters to be signed up by GMTV when it took over ITV's breakfast slot in 1993 and is now the health editor for GMTV's successor, Daybreak.

He has written several books including ‘Before You Call the Doctor, ‘Doctor,What’s The Alternative?’, ‘Your Child’s Health’, ‘I’m Too Busy to be Stressed’ and ‘Total Wellbeing’. Dr Jones also regularly contributes to the Steve Wright Show on Radio 2, Radio 5 Live, LIVE with Gabby on Channel 5 and also writes for the magazines Fabulous and Rosemary Conley.

Hilary is still a practicing GP and is a great believer in the health benefits of physical fitness. He is a patron of The Meningitis Research Foundation, Bliss (the premature baby charity), Diabetes UK, the Meet a Mum Association and Breakthrough Breast Cancer. He is also associated with many other charities including Alzheimer’s Society, The Stroke Association, Northern Lights Children’s Charity, National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society, British Heart Foundation and Lucy Air Ambulance.

Mr Christopher Eden – consultant urologist

Mr Christopher Eden is a consultant urologist at The Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford and The Hampshire Clinic, Old Basing and a leader in the field of keyhole radical prostatectomy. He qualified in 1985 from King's College Hospital, London, winning the surgery and paediatric prizes, and trained in urology at King’s College, St Thomas’ and Guy’s Hospitals in London

Mr Eden performed the first laparoscopic pyeloplasty in the UK in 1994, first laparoscopic radical prostatectomy in the UK in 2000 and first laparoscopic radical cystectomy in the UK in 2001. He has performed over 2,500 major laparoscopic operations.






Dr Jon Rees – GP

Dr Jon Rees is a GP working in Nailsea, north Somerset. Before working in general practice, he was a surgical senior house officer in Taunton and then spent three years as a clinical research fellow in urology.

He continues with an interest in urology, working with three consultants to provide a ‘primary care diagnostic urology service’ to two PCTs, and has been on the guideline development group for the NICE ‘Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms in Men’ guideline, published in 2010.

He is on the editorial board for 'Trends in Urology and Men's Health' and heavily involved in teaching GPs on all aspects of urology.


Philippa Aslet – senior urology specialist nurse

Philippa became a urology nurse practioner at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge in 1996 and helped to set up and run nurse-led urology clinics. These clinics developed innovative new services for erectile dysfunction, elevated PSA and LUTS.

Philippa now leads the urology nursing team in Basingstoke and specialises in prostate cancer care, where she performs transrectal ultrasound guided biopsies of the prostate. Philippa has an active role teaching and lecturing locally, nationally and internationally and has been part of the national cancer peer-review team. In 2007 was re-elected to sit on the Council of the British Association of Urological Nurses.







Omar Karim – consultant urological surgeon

Mr Karim was nominated by his peers as one of the top robotic surgeons for prostate cancer in 2010 and has been a consultant urological surgeon in the Thames Valley area for 17 years. He specialises in diseases of the prostate and kidneys, with a particular expertise in nerve-sparing robotic surgery for the prostate and partial nephrectomy for kidney cancer.

Mr Karim has a special interest in intraoperative robotic ultrasound imaging of kidney tumours. He is also a trainer in robotic surgery and has taught surgeons in London, Guildford, Bristol and Dublin. He has been an examiner for in-service examination for urology trainees.




Mr Benjamin J Challacombe – consultant urological surgeon

Ben is a consultant urological surgeon with a special interest in the minimally invasive treatments of prostatic and kidney diseases. He is the Guy’s & St Thomas’ surgical tutor and a robotic surgery mentor.

He has learnt both laparoscopic and robotic radical prostatectomy and, in 2002, performed the first randomised trial of telerobotics between Guy’s and Johns Hopkins Hospitals.

Ben has also helped to develop both the robotic cystectomy and robotic partial nephrectomy programmes at Guy’s Hospital. His current research interests are in haptic probe development in robotic surgery, trans-perineal template biopsy and prostate histoscanning techniques.

Page last reviewed: 09/11/2012

Next review due: 09/11/2014

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