- bladder dysfunction
- bowel dysfunction
- bowel incontinence
- stress incontinence
- urinary incontinence
If you have continence problems please do not be embarrassed to seek medical help. Bladder and bowel problems can affect both men and women of any age. It is estimated that 3 to 6 million people in the UK are living with some degree of bladder problem and 1 in 10 people will be affected by bowel problems at some point in their lives.
Incontinence can become more common with age and is more likely to affect women than men. However symptoms can be improved, and sometimes cured, using simple methods.
When you’re referred to our service, we’ll invite you to an appointment with one of our nurses. Depending on your circumstances, this will either be at a local clinic or we might come to your home. We may ask you to complete a bowel or bladder diary for a few days prior to your appointment.
During your appointment, we’ll discuss your medical history, the problems you’ve been having and any medication you’re taking. We may also:
- take a sample of your urine
- do an ultrasound scan
- do a physical vaginal or anal examination
Once we’ve assessed you, we’ll discuss your options and create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. Your treatment may include things like:
- pelvic floor exercises
- lifestyle changes
- bladder or bowel training
- specialist equipment
We’ll then agree on a follow up plan so we can see how you’re getting on. We may also refer you to other services such as:
You will be discharged from the Bladder and Bowel service once your treatment is complete or when no further progress can be made.
If you miss an appointment without contacting us beforehand, you’ll be automatically discharged from the service.