Consultant Profile

Mr Andrew Thurston

Mr Andrew Thurston MA, MB, B Chir (Cantab), FRCS (London), FEBU, Diploma in laparscopic surgery
Practicing at:
Spire Harpenden Hospital
  • Urology
    • Benign prostate diseases
    • Bladder / kidney stone disease
    • Bladder cancer
    • Kidney Cancer
    • Prostate cancer
    • Urinary tract infections
    • Urological cancers
Special clinical interests:

The use of ultrasound in the clinic, prostate assessment, stone disease, urological cancers, laparoscopic surgery, laser surgery

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Demonstrator in anatomy, Cambridge University

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

British Association of Urological Surgeons
American Urological Association
Royal Society of Medicine
Holmium Users Group

Financial interests/shares:

Holds less than 0.1% of the shares in Spire Healthcare Group plc.

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0800 585112
Private secretary:
Private secretary telephone number:
07739 224 506
Personal email address:
Outpatient clinic held every Monday afternoon. Ad hoc arrangements can always be made to see patients outside of these fixed times.
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Mr Thurston has more than 30 years' experience in urology, and until recently was the clinical lead for urological cancer services at West Herts Hospitals NHS Trust, before he retired from the Trust.

Mr Thurston has considerable experience in general urology, but has also been trained in urological ultrasound, laparoscopy and holmium laser prostatectomy. He is keen on rapid assessment of urological problems.

Mr Thurston treats patients with any urological problems including rapid assesment of passing blood in the water (haematuria), abnormal PSA results, acute stone conditions, urinary retention (difficulty passing water) and acute testicular problems.

With Mr Thurston's broad experience spanning 30 years, he is well aware that patients' symptoms can cause severe anxiety. Over the years he has found that a straightforward approach to symptoms helps put patients at ease. Mr Thurston takes the time to discuss the various options available for treatment, and together with the patient, decides on the best treatment pathway for them.

Personal profile:

Mr Thurston is a keen violinist, and has played locally in both the Hertfordshire Philharmonic and St Albans Symphony Orchestras, and nationally in the European Doctors’ Orchestra. He has also played in a number of charity events with a pianist.

Mr Thurston has previously held a pilot’s licence; however, since his eldest daughter (who is a fast jet pilot in the RAF) took him for a sortie in a Hawk jet, light aircraft seems somewhat pedestrian.

Mr Thurston is also a member of the RSPB and the National Trust, and his day is never complete without solving the Guardian crossword.

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Mr Andrew Thurston

Mr Andrew Thurston Urology Consultant, Harpenden, Herts, private hospital specialist.

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