Overturn the Decision Enforcing Professor James Malone-Lee to Suspend his Clinic.
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On Wednesday 21st October 2015 patients at the Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms (LUTS) clinic at the Whittington Hospital, London had their medical treatment abruptly suspended as the result of a decision made by the Whittington Hospital Health Trust, London. This decision forced one of the hospital’s leading specialists, Professor James Malone-Lee, to immediately close his busy lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) clinic, with indefinite effect.
Those attending the LUTS Clinic, including both UK and international patients, suffer from chronic urinary tract infections (UTIs). These infections develop from a normal acute UTI, however, they take much longer to eradicate. In these cases, the bacteria have evolved to protect themselves from both the body’s natural attack and antibiotics. This means much longer courses of antibiotics are required to treat the infection. Chronic UTIs can be difficult to detect and often patients have seen numerous consultants, undergone many invasive tests and tried various treatments before being referred to the specialist LUTS clinic in London. These infections are life-limiting and in cases, life-threatening if not correctly treated.
The Whittington Health Trust advised that that patients at the clinic now be treated under guidelines designed for acute UTIs, with the use of short-course antibiotics. Patients at the clinic have repeatedly tried short-course of antibiotics, which have failed due to the nature of the chronic, embedded infections. This is why longer courses are necessary.
Those who have suffered with a debilitating, chronic illness for many years were finally able to live their lives again under the care of the LUTS clinic. Patients have been left shocked and distressed at the closure of this clinic and have been referred back to their GPs. 100% of the clinic’s patients are tertiary cases and it affects patients across all age groups from small children to the elderly.
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Half of all women will experience a urinary tract infection in their lifetime. It is estimated that 15-25 percent of women who experience an acute UTI will go on to develop a chronic UTI. Although predominantly seen as a female illness it affects many men as well given the ease of how an UTI infection can be acquired.
The LUTS Clinic under Professor Malone-Lee and his team was established in 1999 and it is unclear what prompted the Whittington Health Trust’s decision to now prevent the appropriate treatment of chronic UTIs given how long the clinic has been in practice and the detailed, clinical monitoring and documenting of each patient’s treatment and responses. It is clear, however, that patients have been left to manage themselves with insufficient, alternative treatments that could prevent their chronic UTIs from being resolved.
We are asking that Whittington Health immediately reinstate the LUTS clinic’s ability to treat patients with prolonged antibiotic courses until a better treatment for chronic UTIs becomes available.
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