Provides comprehensive care under the watchful eye of our Urology specialists.

The Department of Urology at Bon Secours Hospital Tralee provides a Consultant led diagnostic and treatment service for both adult and paediatric patients with suspected urological disorders or disease.

All aspects of general urology focusing on the urinary tracts of males and females are treated; common problems including urinary tract infection, urinary incontinence, scrotal swellings, penile abnormalities, investigation of blood in the urine, investigation of an abnormal prostate blood test (PSA), bladder and prostate cancer. The Urology Department is continuously introducing new treatments to extend our service to our patients, such as minimally invasive intra-urethral bulking procedures for stress urinary incontinence.

In their treatment of urological conditions, our team provides dynamic patient care and comprehensive treatment plans for the best possible outcomes. 

Common urology procedures include but are not limited to:

  • Cystoscopy performed with a flexible camera under local anaesthetic
  • Cystoscopy performed with a rigid camera under general anaesthetic
  • Intra-urethral bulking injection for stress urinary incontinence
  • Rectus fascia/natural sling procedure for stress urinary incontinence
  • Circumcision and frenuloplasty
  • Trans rectal Ultrasound guided Prostate biopsy
  • Botox injection to bladder wall
  • Varicocelectomy
  • Orchidopexy
  • Ureteroscopy with stenting
  • Flexible ureteroscopy and laser for kidney stones
  • Extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy (ESWL) for kidney stones
  • Transurethral prostatectomy (TURP)
  • Radical Prostatectomy


Operating from our state of the art theatre suites, our Department comprises highly experienced staff for both day care and inpatient procedures.


We offer an excellent Urodynamics Department supporting both the hospital’s Urology and Gynaecology teams. Services provided include:

  • Non-invasive Uroflow
  • Full Urodynamics
  • Bladder instillations for interstitial cystitis and bladder cancers
  • Intermittent self catheterisation education
  • Change of catheter



Botulinum toxin injection to bladder wall

Botulinum toxin is injected into the bladder wall through a special needle passed directly through a telescope within the bladder. This causes the bladder muscle to relax, resulting in a reduction in the need to urinate as frequently as one did before, with reduced urinary urgency. 


Examination of the urinary bladder

Ureteric Stent

A ureteric stent is a thin tube insterted into the ureter (drainage tube of the kidney) to prevent or treat obstruction of the urine flow from the kidney. This can be necessary with kidney stones and in certain cancer cases also. 


Ureteroscopy is an examination of the upper urinary tract (ureter and kidney)

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John Buckley
Consultant Urologist
Urology, Operating Theatre
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: (066) 7149897 (Direct) Fax: Fax: (066) 7149866

Mr. John Buckley

Consultant Urologist


Mr. Buckley’s first introduction to Urological surgery was in Boston in the University Medical Centre where he was exposed to Dr. R. Krane's Unit. He also assisted at vascular access procedures and renal transplantation.

Mr. Buckley has been a full time Urological Surgeon since 1987. He is fully trained in all aspects of open and endoscopic Urological surgery. He has extensive experience in Urodynamics, Urogynaecology and the surgery of the incontinent patient. Mr. Buckley is fully trained in all aspects of stone surgery, including open, ureteroscopic and percutanous stone management. He is experienced in the use of a number of lithotripters. He is fully trained in all aspects of urinary tract reconstruction, including ureteric replacement, bladder augmentation, continent diversion, the insertion of the artificial urinary sphincter and urethral reconstruction. Mr. Buckley trained in the management of the spina bifida and spinal injured patients and in the managing of neuro-urology and the neuropathic bladder. He is trained in the management of paediatric patient including hypospadius repair, urethral reconstruction, ureteric reimplantation and the management of the upper tract obstruction and continent diversion. Mr. Buckley is also trained in andrology and renal transplantation. He is trained in cancer surgery of the urinary tract including radical nephrectomy, retroperitoneal lymph node dissection, radical cystoruethrectomy and radical prostatectomy

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Medical Societies

President, Medical Students Representative Council           1978 - 1979

Fellow, Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland                       1984 - Present

Member, Scottish Urological Oncology Group                     1989 - Present

Member, British Associations Urological Surgeons

Member, Junior Advisory Committee to Glasgow Royal     1990 - Present

College of Surgeons and Physicians                                     1990 - 1993

Member, West of Scotland Urology Group                           1990 - Present

Corresponding Member American Association of Urology  1991 Present

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Deirdre Fanning
Consultant Urologist
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee

Ms. Deirdre Fanning

Consultant Urologist


Ms Fanning, originally from County Wexford, graduated with Honours from University College Dublin in 2004. Ms Fanning has completed both Basic Surgical Training and Higher Surgical Training Schemes in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. Ms Fanning was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons in 2012.

Ms Fanning takes great pride in developing her knowledge and expertise with postgraduate qualifications including an MD from University College Dublin, a Masters in Medical Education from Queens University Belfast and a Diploma in Health Services Management from Westmoreland College, Dublin. Ms Fanning  has received numerous awards and research grants for her work. Ms Fanning is a proud member of learned societies, such as the European Association of Urology, American Urology Association and the Irish Society of Urology.

Ms. Fanning joined the staff of Bon Secours Hospital Limerick at Barringtons in June 2015, and Bon Secours Hospital Tralee in November 2015.

Areas of Interest

Ms Fanning caters for all areas of adult general urology. This encompasses a wide range of conditions including for example Urinary Tract Infections, Urinary Incontinence, Kidney Stone Disease, Benign Prostate Disease, Superficial Bladder Cancer, Assessment for Prostate Cancer, Scrotal Swellings and Penile Abnormailities. 


MB BCh BAO (Honours)  - University College Dublin - 2004

IMRCS –Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland - 2006

Diploma in Health Services Management  - 2009

Masters of Medical Science (Medical Education) - 2009

Doctor of Medicine by Thesis (MD) - 2009

FRCS (Urology) - 2012



2004 Surgery Medal – Mater Misericordiae University Hospital                       

2007 Brendan Devlin Prize – Waterford Surgical October Club                    

2007 Joint University College Dublin / RCSI Surgical Research Fellowship Grant

2007 Medical Trainee Scholarship – University College Dublin                   

2008 Medical Trainee Scholarship – University College Dublin                   

2008 Travelling Fellowship in Surgery – RCSI & AstraZeneca                                 

2008 Seed Funding Award – University College Dublin                                

2008 Research Scholarship – British Urology Foundation                

2008 International Scholar-in-Training Award – American Association for Cancer Research             

2008 Student Project of the Year – Irish Healthcare Awards                          

2008 Sir Peter Freyer Poster Prize – 33rd Sir Peter Freyer Surgical Symposium

2009 Travel Award – Irish Association for Cancer Research 

2009 Liam O’Connell Research Medal – UCD Medical Graduates Association    

2009 Registrar’s Prize – Irish Society of Urology         


Publications (2012 onwards)

Moloney J, Drumm J, Fanning DM. A Rare Case of Paratesticular Leiomyosarcoma. Clin Pract. 2012 Feb 14;2(1):e29. PMID: 24765428


Fanning DM, Forde JC, Mohan P. A simple football injury resulting in a Grade 4 renal trauma. BMJ Case Reports 2012 Mar 8;2012. PMID: 22605590


Ma’ayeh M, Power R, Fanning DM. Haematuria in association with Lynch Syndrome.

Clin Pract. 2012 Apr 2;2(2):e41. PMID: 24765440


Forde JC, KM O’Connor KM, Fanning DM, Guiney MJ, Grainger R. Ureteric Angioplasty Balloon Placement to Increase Localised Dosage of BCG for Renal Pelvis TCC. Irish Medical Journal 2012 Mar;105(3):87-8. PMID: 22558818


Fanning D M, Flood H. Erythroplasia of Queyrat. Clin Pract. 2012 Jun 7;2(3):e63. PMID: 24765462

Oon SF*, Fanning DM*, Fan Y, Boyce S, Murphy TB, Fitzpatrick JM, Watson RW.


The identification and internal validation of a preoperative serum biomarker panel to determine extracapsular extension in patients with prostate cancer. Prostate. 2012 Mar 13. PMID: 22415934  

(Joint First Author)


Meurs P, Galvin R, Fanning DM, Fahey T. Prognostic value of the CAPRA

Clinical prediction rule: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BJU Int. 2013

Mar;111(3):427-36. PMID: 22882877


Sullivan JF, Fanning DM, Cheema I, Creagh TC. A Rare Case of Recurrent Urachal Adenocarcinoma of the Bladder. Irish J Med Sci. 2013 May;106(5):147-8. PMID: 23914577


Fanning DM, McDermott TED. Premature Ejaculation – A Short Lived Problem! The Consultant 2013. Autumn Edition

Mohamed Taha
Consultant Urologist
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 716 4568 Fax: 066 716 4581

Mr Mohamed Taha

Consultant Urologist


Mr Taha spent the last eight years completing his Urology training here in Ireland across various centres including Beaumont University Hospital, Tallaght University Hospital and Galway University Hospital. During that time, Mr Taha completed the Fellowship of the European Board of Organ Retrieval and Kidney Transplant and also a Senior Clinical Fellowship in Pancreas and Kidney Transplant. During his time in University Hospital Galway, Mr Taha worked extensively in paediatric urology and he will bring this special interest with him here to Tralee.

Mr Taha has extensive experience in dealing with all common adult and paediatric urological complaints.



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  • Suite 10, The Kerry Clinic, Bon Secours Hospital Tralee, Co. Kerry.

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