COVID-19 (updated 9th August)
UK private hospitals including the Yorkshire Clinic are now resuming private work. Face to face appointments are currently limited to patients who require physical examination. Non face-to-face, i.e. telephone or video (with the secure and easy to use Attend Anywhere) appointments are also now offered, on Tuesday mornings and evenings. Investigations including cystoscopy, imaging and surgical treatments are also now restarting with rigorous COVID-19 safety precautions.
If you wish to request a consultation please do so by telephoning my secretary Nichola Robinson on 07964222152 or emailing
Self-funding patients can be directly invoiced; patients with private medical insurance should contact their provider to check level of cover (most insurers are now covering for non face-to-face consultations).
James Forster Urology
UK Trained with International Experience:
Following Urological higher surgical training in the UK, Mr Forster completed a Fellowship in kidney stones and laparoscopic (keyhole) kidney surgery in Leeds. He has also operated on complex stones in Sri Lanka. He has performed over 1000 kidney stone operations, and over 200 laparoscopic and robotic kidney cancer operations.
Qualifications: MBChB (University of Leicester), MD (University of Leeds), FRCS (Urol) (Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh), FEBU (European Board of Urology).
Mr Forster was educated in West Yorkshire and studied medicine at the University of Leicester. He was awarded a higher research degree (MD) at the University of Leeds for his research at Cancer Research UK into the genetic involvement in bladder cancer.
He is the author of seventeen peer-reviewed international publications. He is a regular reviewer of two prestigious urological journals.
Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Fellow of the European Board of Urologists, Full member of the British Association of Urological Surgeons.
NHS Hospitals: Consultant Urological Surgeon since 2013 at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with provision of acute cover to Airedale Foundation Trust
Out patients consultation
Evaluation & treatment of Male bladder/prostate problems
Investigation and treatment of recurrent urinary tract infections/cystitis
Treatment of Incontinence, including Botox therapy
Evaluation of blood in the urine (Haematuria)
Kidney stone investigations/treatment
Men's health and erectile dysfunction
Circumcision, vasectomy and other testicular surgery
Self pay or via Medical Insurance
Mr Forster is a recognised consultant with all major health insurance companies including:
For appointment bookings and enquiries
Secretary Nichola Robinson 07964 222152
Information for Urological Conditions
Examples of some common Urological conditions
Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections - prevention and management
Urinary tract infections (UTI) are a common and troublesome urological complaint. UTIs can occur in any of the urological organs – most commonly in the bladder (cystitis) or kidney (pyelonephritis). In the UK, over half of women will have a UTI at some point, with 7% having two or more UTIs within a year. In men they can occur in the prostate (bacterial prostatitis) and testes (epididymo-orchitis). Overall, UTIs account for over 6 million GP consultations per year. Simple cystitis is bothersome, causing irritating and sometimes debilitating symptoms such as passing urine more often, stinging/offensive urine, pain in the lower abdomen and feeling unwell. More seriously, kidney infections can cause fevers/shaking and significant loin pain. Mr Forster offers tailored assessment and preventative treatments to minimise the impact of UTIs
The lifetime risk of forming a kidney or ureteric (kidney pipe) stone is increasing, both in the UK and internationally. This may be due to changes in diet and lifestyle. The age of first forming a kidney stone may be anywhere between the first few years or final years of life, though the majority of new patients are between 20 and 60 year old. Risk factors for stone formation include dehydration (often related to a warm workplace or lack of fluid intake), hot climates, obesity, and a family history of stone formation. Specific dietary factors are important, and these can depend both on patient factors, and the type of stone formed, for example some stones are related to a high animal protein diet.
Other medical conditions can be linked with kidney stone formation, including hypercalcaemia (a high calcium), diabetes, or gout (which causes high uric acid levels, seen in some stones).
Symptoms of kidney stones can be very sudden and severe, if the stone drops into the ureter (kidney pipe). This can be a medical emergency, with severe pain in the loin often accompanied with nausea and vomiting, and sometimes with blood in the urine. Stones in the kidney itself cause less sudden symptoms, with the patient experiencing anything between aches and pains in the loin, urine infections, blood in the urine, or sometimes no symptoms. Stone prevention is a major component of the management of patients with kidney stones. Mr Forster offers individual assessment of patients to examine and investigate risk factors, and offer specific advice and treatments to reduce the risk of further stone formation.
Blood in the urine (haematuria)
Blood in the urine is often a worrying symptom for patients. It can be visible (i.e. seen by the patient) or non-visible (i.e. found on dipstick or laboratory testing). There are many potential causes for haematuria both within the urinary tract and non-urological conditions. Mr Forster offers a prompt and thorough evaluation including utilising the latest diagnostic technologies.
Evaluation and treatment of urinary symptoms
Urinary symptoms are very common, and affect both men and women. Some patients "put up" with or ignore symptoms for many years before seeking specialist urological advice. Symptoms can include having to urinate more frequently - often with little notice, getting up at night, or (usually in men) a weak flow and prolonged urination. Causes include an overactive bladder or enlarged prostate, though sometime other factors contribute. Mr Forster offers a thorough evaluation, investigations and treatment specific to each individual patient.
I just want to say a massive thank you for all that you have done for me. I am recovering well due to the great expertise of you and your team. Thank you so much.
Just a card to say a big thank you for the wonderful procedure you and your team conducted to remove the offending stone in my left kidney. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Just to say a huge thank you for fixing me recently, and for fitting me in at such short notice. I'm feeling much better now - its so good to be pain free again and to be able to sleep properly at last. Thanks again - much appreciated.