Mr Pete Acher was appointed as a consultant urological surgeon at Southend University Hospital in December 2011 following comprehensive training on the South Thames part of the London Specialist Registrar rotation.
Prior to this he studied at Cambridge University and undertook a PhD on the subject of prostate cancer brachytherapy. In 2010 he received a commendation at the prestigious Royal Society of Medicine Young Trainee of the Year Awards.
As well as general urology, Mr Acher manages urinary stone disease, problems with urinary flow and urological cancers.
In his NHS role, Mr Acher has set up advanced Prostate Diagnostic services incorporating multiparametric MRI and comprehensive transperineal prostate biopsy- this has reduced infections and inconclusive transrectal biopsy, and most importantly is preferred by patients. He has also introduced short stay laser prostate (HoLEP) surgery for benign prostate problems and manages kidney stones.
Pete Acher strongly believes in evaluating outcomes and contributing to published literature. He regularly presents and teaches at international meetings and has received numerous prizes for his work. An up to date list of publications can be found by clicking here. His clinical approach to patients is that they should receive the best available and up-to-date evidence-based care.
Pete Acher investigates and manages the following conditions:
- Raised PSA/ Prostate cancer- MRI and targeted transperineal biopsy, active surveillance, brachytherapy
- Kidney stone disease
- Blood in the urine/ urinary tract infections
- Difficulty passing urine (laser surgery for benign prostate disease, urethral strictures
- Circumcision (including local anaesthetic)
- Scrotal conditions eg. hydrocele repair, vasectomy, epididymal cyst removal.
Pete Acher lives with his family and chickens in Brentwood. He enjoys outdoor challenges, particularly if they involve cycling across Scotland, and when time allows, golf and sailing.