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A prized new addition to the private hospital’s already stellar line-up, Mediclinic Newcastle proudly welcomes Urologist Dr Thulani Nicholus Nkosi.
Sharing his journey into the medical arena, Dr Nkosi explains that he qualified as a urologist in 2009 after studying at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (previously known as the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA).
“I completed my Undergrad and Post Grad in Medicine and Masters in Urology at MEDUNSA while doing my internship at Ladysmith Hospital. After that, I worked at Rob Ferreira Hospital in Nelspruit for a year,” describes the doctor.
Incredibly dedicated to the field of Urology, Dr Nkosi explains that he decided to specialise in the said sector during his internship. He noted that numerous patients were being referred to a state facility in Pietermaritzburg for treatment, as no urologists were locally available.
The doctor further says that some of these patients faced severe health issues, including renal failure and obstructions.
“It was then that I realised there was an immense need for a urologist in the area, so medical conditions linked to urology could be detected and treated early, before it was too late,” declares Dr Nkosi.
Working in the Public Health sector from 2010 to 2014, he highlights that in 2015, he moved to Empangeni, where he practised urology for a year. “I also worked at Madadeni Provincial Hospital for four months as head of urology.”
Then in 2016, with a myriad of experiences in the field under his belt, Dr Nkosi went into private practice establishing his practice along Dunton Street, a stone’s through away from Mediclinic Newcastle. Jointly holding an additional practice in Ladysmith.
With Dr Nkosi joining the Mediclinic Newcastle team, he explains that he is excited about what this means for the Newcastle community and neighbouring towns.
“I will now be able to treat people fully and operate on them, as Mediclinic Newcastle’s facilities are brilliant and people do not necessarily have to be referred out of town,” he emphasises.
With this in mind and after discussing the challenges men face, Dr Nkosi highlights that he has learned that men often suffer in silence. They only seek medical assistance from a urologist when it is virtually too late. Sadly, this decision negatively impacts their lives in more ways than one, affirms the doctor.
“There are men who will leak urine and will merely think it is because they are becoming older. Some will treat their issues as an infection and attempt to treat it as such.”
However, while men often try to shrug off their medical conditions, once they seek out Dr Nkosi’s assistance, he expresses that helping them and seeing his patients heal and live a full life, gives him tremendous satisfaction.
Moreover, and discussing the most prevalent health issues in Northern KwaZulu-Natal, the doctor says:
- Renal failure, erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer are the three top issues found among men.
- Urinary incontinence is a prevalent and embarrassing condition that affects scores of local women.
Paediatric urology is another aspect of his speciality that Dr Nkosi feels is essential due to its sizeable impact on a child’s life. According to the doctor, if not treated appropriately, it can affect children’s overall health and even fertility later on in life.
In conclusion, Dr Nkosi encourages the men of the Newcastle community to visit their urologist and GP for prostate cancer screening, especially if they have a family history and are 40-years-old or older.
As the doctor settles in at Mediclinic Newcastle, join us in welcoming Urologist Dr Nkosi to the community in true Newcastillian fashion.
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This post and content is sponsored and provided by Mediclinic Southern Africa – Newcastle.