It can be embarrassing or distressing to talk about itchiness down there, smelly discharge, blood in urine or painful urination. However, make sure to visit a urologist in a timely manner in case something bad comes your way. Here is a practical guide to urologists in Hong Kong, with all the resources and details you need.
What's a Urologist?
A urologist is a medical doctor specializing in urology, which focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of both the male and female urinary tract systems. The urinary system removes body waste and excessive fluid by passing urine. It consists of the kidneys, ureters (two thin muscular tubes that carry urine from the kidneys to the bladder), bladder and the urethra (passageway for removing urine out of the body).
Urologists also treat problems in the male reproductive system, including testicles (two organs responsible for producing sperm and a hormone called testosterone), prostate and penis.
What to know about Urologists in Hong Kong
There are 136 registered urologists in Hong Kong. You can find the official list of registered urologists in Hong Kong here.
Besides completing a 6-year study of a basic medical degree (MBBS) in University followed by a one-year hospital internship after graduation, urologists, according to the College of Surgeons of Hong Kong, must receive at least 2 years of basic surgical training. Then they have to take an accredited higher training programme in urology which takes 4 years before being accredited by the Joint Specialty Fellowship Examination.
When to see a Urologist?
You may be referred to a urologist by your doctor at a general clinic if he/ she suspects something more serious or when your symptoms related to the urinary system are not getting better. Sometimes, referral is made as particular treatments are not available at the clinic. That way, you can receive a more comprehensive consultation as well as management from trained specialists.
Common reasons to see a Urologist
Although most people think only men see urologists, women and men of all ages pay them a visit for different conditions they are experiencing, for example:
- Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)
- Blood in urine
- Bladder problems e.g. inflammation
- Kidney and ureteral stones
- Kidney blockage
- Cancers of the adrenal glands, kidneys and bladder
- Erectile dysfunction
- Prostate gland problems e.g. enlargement and cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Urinary incontinence especially after pregnancy
- Overactive bladder
- Bladder prolapse (bladder dropping out of the vagina)
- Undescended testicles
There are specialized developments in urology. Some of the urologists are more well trained in a particular area of urology, e.g. kidney stone surgery, urological oncology, infertility treatment, female urology or andrology.
How much does it cost to visit a Urologist in Hong Kong?
In Hong Kong the cost of a urologist consultation in the private sector varies greatly depending on the location, facilities, and the condition and treatment required for each patient. Our research shows that the consultation fee in the private sector ranges from $800-$1800.
For eligible HKID-holders, attending a public specialist outpatient clinic costs $135 for first attendance and $80 for subsequent attendance. The charge of medication is $15 per item.
Beware of very long waiting times in the public sector.
For non-eligible people, the price of attending a specialist outpatient clinic is $1190 per attendance.
For details, call the Hospital Authority at 2300 6555.
Please enquire at your clinic of choice for the specific costs.
* All amounts are in HKD and were last updated in May 2020. No responsibility is accepted for any inaccuracies, errors, or omissions. It is always best to call ahead to make sure the information is still up-to-date.
List of Urologists in Hong Kong
To make it easier for you, here is a list of Hong Kong urologists and specialised clinics.
Urologists in the public sector
Here is the list of public specialist outpatient clinics providing Urologist services throughout Hong Kong.
Urologists in the private sector
Address: 19 Floor, Oxford House, Taikoo Place, 979 King's Road, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: 2309 5000
Address 1: Suite 1910-1912, Melbourne Plaza, 33 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone 1: 2537 0808
Address 2: Suite 2101, 21/F, 26 Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon Phone 2: 2369 1108
Address: Rm 906, Eastern Commercial Centre, 393 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai
Phone: 2891 1125
Address: Suite 510, Central Building, No.1 Pedder Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2845 6223
Address: 20/F, Century Square, 1 D’Aguilar Street, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2155 9380
Address: 25/F, Unit 2503-05, No.9 Queen’s Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2156 5888
Address: 9/F, Virtus Medical Tower, 122 Queen's Road Central, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 8201 1133
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Address: No. 1 Old Peak Road, Mid- Levels, Hong Kong
Phone: 2825 5805
Address: LG 1/F, Block D, 222 Waterloo Road, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Phone: 2339 8206
Address: 2 Village Road, Happy Valley, Hong Kong
Phone: 2572 0211
Address: 41 Mount Kellet Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
Phone: 2849 0111
Phone: 3971 9980
Address: 2 Eastern Hospital Road, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong
Phone: 2830 8888
Address: 18 Fu Kin Street, Tai Wai, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong
Phone: 2608 3388
Address: 9 Chak Cheung Street, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong
Phone: 3946 6888
Address: Room 1101-1104, 11/F, Grand Centre. 8 Humphreys Avenue, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Phone: 2732 2218
Address 1: Room 701-702, 7/F, Hang Seng Tsim Sha Tsui Building, 18 Carnarvon Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Address 2: Office 22, 6/F, World-Wide House, No.19 Des Voeux Road, Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2110 1361
Address: Room 1805, Argyle Centre, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Phone: 2787 1188
Address: Room 1718, Argyle Centre Phase 1, 688 Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Kowloon
Phone: 3586 8238
Address: Room 1807, Wing On House, 71 Des Voeux Road Central, Hong Kong
Phone: 2522 2173
Does insurance usually cover consultations and treatments with Urologists in Hong Kong?
According to Alea, urology consultations are reimbursed under doctor specialist fees. Generally, high-end medical plans will reimburse urologist consultation and surgical fees in full without any sub-limit whereas local plans usually have surgical and doctor specialist sub-limits. If you have any health insurance questions, contact an expert at Alea at [email protected] or +852 2606 2668.
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Urological problems encompass diseases and conditions in the urinary systems of both male and female. The system is made up of kidneys, ureters, bladder and urethra. In some cases, urologists may also treat conditions in the male reproductive system, i.e. testicles, prostate and penis.
This article was independently written by Healthy Matters. It is informative only and not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be relied upon for specific medical advice.