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Continence Awareness & Support available
25 September 2019

1 in 10 people have problems controlling their bladder or bowels and it can have a real impact on people’s daily lives but in most cases the problem can be cured or managed so it doesn’t interfere with everyday life.

Incontinence is a subject which many people find difficult to discuss or seek help for. Having continence problems often causes anxiety, loss of self-esteem and can be isolating. A lot can be done to help cure, treat or manage bladder and bowel problems and there is a much wider choice of treatments, products and management options available to people.

The IOW NHS Trust’s Continence Service helps individuals achieve and maintain control of their bladder or bowel functions. They will offer a continence assessment and identify a suitable course of treatment necessary. Continence assessments can be performed within a clinic or within a person’s home.

The Continence service will also support hospital staff in meeting the needs of complex individuals whilst they are staying in hospital, such as those with spinal injuries.

Alison Spearman, Continence Service Team Leader said “We know many people are suffering in silence and not seeking help because they are either ashamed or embarrassed.

A lot of older people believe it is an inevitable result of ageing but it is not something you have to put up with just because of your age or equally because for instance you have had a baby.

We want people to be aware of us and the help we provide to manage the problem for people of all ages.

Alison continued to say “We have recently produced a Urinary Catheter Passport for people with long term catheters. The document will contain patient personal information, catheterisation history, change record, how the patients manage day to day, self-management and much more.

The purpose of the catheter passport is to improve communication across Trust Services and reduce catheter associated urinary tract infections. The Catheter passport has been developed to ensure people who are catheterised receive the optimum standard of care by improving communication between the hospital, community services, the ambulance service, out of hour’s service and the person. The passport is to be issued to patients from the 1st October”

Please visit your local GP who will then be able to carry out preliminary tests before referring you onto the service.

The Continence Advisors are always available though from Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00 and can be contacted directly:

Telephone: (01983) 552457.

Email: ContinenceService@iow.nhs.uk

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