Private Urology Services

Through our partnership with West Sussex Urology, we are able to provide a broad range of general and specialist private urology services in Sussex, using consultants, doctors and nursing staff who are experts in their field.

Private urology services in Sussex

We can provide:

  • Laparoscopic surgery for renal and prostate cancer,
  • Bladder cancer management,
  • Complex stone disease with endoscopic laser fragmentation of renal stones and lithotripsy,
  • Urethral and bladder reconstruction,
  • Female and male incontinence,
  • Paediatric and adolescent urology,
  • Erectile dysfunction,
  • Vasectomy and
  • Vasectomy reversal

Our locations

We deliver private urology services at both Worthing and St Richard’s hospitals.

Why choose us?

Patients will see the specialist of their choice or be transferred to a sub-specialist within the group as appropriate. Ths ensures the best specialty care at all times.

We offer cancer patients rapid access to diagnostics and treatment. Care for these patients is managed by a local multi-disciplinary team (MDT) and the Sussex specialist MDT for complex cancers.

This allows us to provide immediate access to specific radiology imaging and oncology support for cancer patients and commits us to the highest standards of care.

Our committed team of surgeons is dedicated to modern urological care. Our pioneering specialists are working at the forefront of new treatments in urology and are ready to provide you with the expert care you need.

Advice and guidance

Below you can find links to a range of advice and guidance that you might find useful:

You can follow us on Twitter @wsurologyllp for more advice and guidance.

Our consultants

  • Suzie Venn
  • Simon Woodhams
  • Barnaby Chappell
  • James Hicks
  • Paul Carter
  • Dan Magrill
  • Angela Birnie
  • Rob Frymann
  • Paimaun Zakikhani

Suzie Venn

Suzie Venn joined St Richard’s Hospital in 2000, having trained at the Royal London Hospital and the nationally renowned centres of the Institute of Urology, University College London and Guys Hospital. 

Here, she developed her subspecialty interests in urethral stricture disease and reconstructive urology.

She also trained in adolescent and reconstructive urology, and later joined the Reconstruction Team at the Institute of Urology as a part time consultant and honorary senior lecturer.

At St Richard’s Hospital, Suzie is the clinical lead for reconstructive surgery, male and female incontinence and paediatric and adolescent surgery.

Simon Woodhams

Simon Woodhams studied at St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School then completed higher surgical training through Guy’s Hospital, also working at Winchester, Chertsey, Worthing and Brighton. He took up his consultant post at Worthing Hospital in 2001.

Simon is a busy general urologist with interests in prostate, bladder and kidney problems. He is also a leading local cancer surgeon performing all major pelvic cancer operations on urology patients. 

He helped establish the laparoscopic prostatectomy service for Sussex and has been involved in creating pathways for the management of prostate cancer on a national level. 

His other major interest is in surgery for benign prostate enlargement where he has been unique position to have offered greenlight laser prostatectomy and holmium laser prostatectomy but more recently has favoured TURis bipolar prostate resection.

He is a pioneer for day-case prostatectomy, setting up the only stand-alone facility for this surgery in the country. 

Simon also leads the teaching of prostatectomy to junior surgeons at the national teaching courses at the Royal College of Surgeons.

At Western Sussex Hospitals, Simon is Clinical Director for Cancer Services.

Barnaby Chappell

Barnaby Chappell qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School in 1997 and completed his higher surgical training in 2009, having spent his senior years at Guy’s Hospital, specialising in complex renal surgery and robotic surgery. During training he undertook international fellowships in America and Belgium.

He is trained in all aspects of open and endoscopic urology and has particular interest in laparoscopic surgery, particularly for the management of prostate, renal and bladder cancer. He has expanded his interests in urological cancers by researching innovative surgical techniques and imaging modalities to improve staging and treatment, including Template Biopsies of the prostate and multiparametric MRI.

Barnaby also has an interest in treatment of benign prostate hyperplasia and has recently been trained to use the Urolift system and is currently introducing this for private patients across West Sussex.

James A Hicks

James completed his early surgical training at St Richard’s Hospital. After two years of research in urological cancer cell biology he underwent his specialist training in the cancer centres of Portsmouth, Southampton and Bournemouth. There he developed his specialist interests in urological cancer surgery.
He is experienced in laparoscopic kidney and prostate surgery and has completed a laparoscopic fellowship in Leipzig, Germany, with Professor Dr Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, one of the world’s leading surgeons and authorities in laparoscopic radical prostatectomy. He is well published in the techniques, outcomes and complications of laparoscopic radical prostatectomy.
His interests include the management of kidney, bladder and prostate cancers and all aspects of core urological conditions. Having spent three years as the Clinical Lead for Urology for St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals, he now concentrates on the managerial roles of clinical lead for the Urology Cancer Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT), the clinical lead for governance for urology at St Richard’s Hospital.

Paul Carter

Paul trained in Bristol and London, researching male lower urinary tract problems for his MD and later working at King’s College Hospital in the then newly evolving field of laparoscopic urology.  He has developed a major interest in  Urological Oncology since his appointed as Consultant Urological Surgeon to St Richard’s Hospital in 1994.

Paul introduced upper tract laparoscopy to St Richard’s in 2007 for benign and malignant kidney disease and has continued to develop this service to include laparoscopic nephrectomy, nephroureterectomy and pyeloplasty now as routine laparoscopic procedures.

His other major interest is in surgery for benign prostate enlargement and more recently has introduced the day case TURis bipolar prostate resection procedure at St Richard’s Hospital. 

In summer 2010 he spent three months working at the University Hospital of Geneva, exploring the role of the Da Vinci Operating Robot in the laparoscopic surgery of kidney and prostate cancer.

Paul is currently Chief of Surgery for Urology at the Western Sussex Hospitals trust and continues to promote a multidisciplinary and network approach to urological cancer management, pioneering new technology in the investigation of urological cancers such as template biopsies of the prostate.

Dan Magrill 

Dan studied medicine at St George’s Hospital. His surgical training rotated through hospitals in London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex, and included an international fellowship in New York.

He has a sub-specialist interest in the management of stone disease and endourology, and he is an expert in the minimally invasive management of both benign and malignant diseases of the urinary system.

Dan’s research and publications have included work on benign prostatic hyperplasia, prostate cancer screening and diagnosis, day case stone surgery and renal cancer.  He was part of the Oncology Team of the Year in 2010.

Angela Birnie

Angela Birnie qualified from University College London Medical School in 2003 with degrees in Medicine and Physiology. Following higher surgical training in Oxford, Angela subspecialised in female urology at Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth. There she worked closely with the urogynaecology team. She held an honorary contract at the Female Urology department at Epsom and St Helier’s University Teaching Hospital during this time.

Angela is trained in all aspects of open and endoscopic male and female urology and is particularly interested in female urology and incontinence. She was appointed this year as a consultant urological surgeon at Western Sussex Hospital Trust.

Angela is committed to improving standards of patient care. She believes that excellence in healthcare is underpinned by shared decision making and excellence in education.

In addition to her master’s in medical education Angela’s research and publications have focused on stone surgery, novel surgical reconstruction techniques, spinal cord injuries affecting urological disease, leadership and management as well as issues affecting female surgeons. She has presented her research findings to regional, national and international audiences.

Rob Frymann

Rob Frymann completed his undergraduate training at the University of Sheffield. His basic surgical training was under taken at St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester. He then did two years of research in Bristol working towards his MD thesis (looking into the treatment of benign prostatic obstruction).

Rob was a specialist registrar in the South Thames region, which included a further year at St Richard’s Hospital. He also spent a year at Worthing Hospital, and a 2 year oncology (cancer) and laparoscopy fellowship in Newcastle, Australia.

Rob has been a consultant urological surgeon since 2008, specialising in upper tract laparoscopy and laser surgery. He was a consultant at the James Paget University Hospital in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk from August 2008 to June 2016. During his time in Norfolk, he established the laparoscopic nephrectomy service for the James Paget.

Since 2009 he has performed Holmium laser prostatectomy (HoLEP) in preference to standard TURP. He has performed over 250 HoLEPs with audited results. He undertakes laser stone surgery, and also set-up a mobile lithotripsy service at the James Paget in 2010.

Rob has been consultant urological surgeon at Western Sussex Hospital since July 2016.

Paimaun Zakikhani

Consultant Urological Surgeon at at West Sussex . He practices in all areas of general urology; his main subspecialty interest being the minimally invasive management of urinary stone disease.

Paimaun grew up in Birmingham and attended King Edward VI Five ways school. He received his medical qualification from the university of Aberdeen; he then underwent his basic surgical training in Aberdeen, Mansfield and Leicester.

In 2007 Paimaun worked as a urology registrar in Wellington, New Zealand where he developed his passion for urology. Paimaun undertook his specialist training on the East of Scotland Training Scheme. He rotatied through high volume specialist centres including, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Dundee and Fife.

His subspeciality training took him to Australia. There he underwent 15-month fellowship training in upper tract laparoscopy and endourology at the St George Hospitals in Sydney. The fellowship also allowed to develop his skills in laser enucleation of the prostate along with Urolift. Paimaun has developed subspecialty expertise in, rigid and flexible ureteroscopy with laser stone fragmentation, and percutaneous stone surgery.


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