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Urinary Catheterisation Microsite

This site provides information regarding the Urology Service provided by NHS Borders and documentation relating to the management of urinary catheters within NHS Borders.


Who is this site relevant to?

All clinical and non-clinical staff caring for patients with a urinary catheter as well as patients and their carers.


Where are we?

The Urology service is based at the Borders General Hospital, Melrose.


About our Services:

  1. Weekly Consultant out-patient clinics
  2. Weekly Consultant operating sessions
  3. Associate Specialist clinics
  4. Haematuria Clinic
  5. Nurse Led Prostate Biopsy Service
  6. Nurse Led male and female lower urinary tract assessment clinics
  7. Nurse Led Erectile Dysfunction clinic
  8. Nurse Led Bladder treatment clinic
  9. Nurse led postal review service for patients with stabilised prostate cancer
  10. Flexible cystoscopy clinic
  11. Urodynamic clinic
  12. Cancer diagnosis clinic



  • Mr Ben Thomas, Urology Consultant
  • Mr Ammar Alhasso, Urology Consultant
  • Dr Tahir Kamran, Associate Speclist in Urology
  • Alan McLaren, Uro-Oncology Specialist Nurse
  • Meg Caroll, Urology Nurse Specialist
  • Lisa Reavely, Urology Secretary


When we are open:

The Urology Department is open Monday - Friday 08:30 - 17:00


How to contact us:

The Urology Team can be contacted through the Borders General Hospital Switchboard on 01896 826000 or via the Urology Secretary on 01896 826929


Useful Documentation


NHS Borders Policy for Male and Female Urinary Catheterisation

The aim of this Policy is to provide guidance to support:

  • reduction of Catheter Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI)
  • improvement in urinary catheter management
  • reduction in the numbers of urinary catheter in use in NHS Borders
  • reduction in urinary catheter related mortality and morbidity

The objectives are to: 

  • standardise practice across NHS Borders
  • reduce the potential risk of infection associated with urinary catheters
  • ensure staff undertaking this procedure are competent in insertion of urinary catheters and their management
  • ensure that catheters are removed appropriately at the earliest possible point
  • ensure alternatives to urinary catheterisation are fully considered prior to catheterisation
  • ensure that patients are aware and informed of the risks of an indwelling urinary catheter
  • engage patients in the management of their catheter.


NHS Borders Urinary Catheter Care Passport

This is a joint passport to be completed by the patient, carer(s) and the nursing/medical staff assisting with catheter maintenance.

The first section of this passport has been prepared to help the patient/carer understand the urinary catheter.  It includes useful information relating to the management of a catheter on a daily basis.

The second section of this passport is for use by nursing and medical staff to record information around catheter insertion and maintenance to ensure the catheter is managed appropriately.

If you have a catheter you must be given a Urinary Catheter Care Passport.

Patient self/ supported management MUST be part of the discharge plan. The Urinary Catheter Care Passport MUST be explained/ discussed with the patient/ carer at the time of insertion and prior to discharge.


NHS Borders Managing a Urinary Catheter - Patient Information Leaflet

This leaflet is designed to help patients and/or carer(s) look after a catheter.

Any questions that are not covered or if further assistance is required please ask your nurse or doctor.