Bladder and Bowel Care Service - Adults - Introduction
Where to Start
According to the information given on our referral form about your bladder and or bowel symptoms you will either be sent an appointment to attend our women’s health physiotherapy class for stress urinary incontinence this is a female only group setting and then be offered and individual appointment or you will be sent a letter requesting you contact our central bookings team to make an appointment to be seen in one of our clinics , all men will attend these clinics
Pelvic Health Class
  • If you are a woman with stress incontinence or mixed urinary incontinence, you will be enrolled in the Pelvic Health Class. This group class aims to provide women with the appropriate education and advice about managing their symptoms, and doing their pelvic floor exercises.
  • This session lasts approximately 80 minutes, and at the end you will be offered an individual appointment for the future if required.

Clinic Appointment

Bladder Symptoms
  • Clinic appointments are for men or women that experience bladder symptoms of needing to use the toilet frequently and urgently
  • Can experience bladder incontinence before reaching the toilet

Bowel Symptoms
  • Constipation – difficult open bowels, passing hard stool
  • Bowel Urgency – having to rush to go to the toilet
  • Faecal incontinence – unable to control bowels

During the appointment which will last 45 – 60 minutes your clinician will take a detailed history of your symptoms and your bladder and bowel habits.
An internal examination (vaginal or rectal) may be necessary to according to your symptoms.
Together you will discuss a management plan to help improve your symptoms.
We work in close contact with GPs, district nurses, carers and care homes, and can advise your GP on medication and further investigations.
Please find more details about how to improve your bladder and bowel health, and how to manage your condition in the ‘Advice on managing my condition’ tab on the right, or click here.
Leakage if you cough, sneeze, laugh or even on some movements Information for both men and women
Increase frequency (the need to pass urine more often); Increased bladder urgency (Need to rush to the toilet); Urge urinary incontinence (Passing urine before reaching the toilet); Nocturia (Waking to use pass urine at night)
Constipation, Diarrhoea, Bowel Urgency (Need to rush to toilet), Bowel Emptying Problems (unable to full empty bowel, having to using other techniques to empty bowel effectively)
Sadly when people become forgetful this may also mean they gradually loose the memory of what to do in a toilet or even where the toilet is. Advice can be found here to help manage in these circumstances.
Last updated04 Jul 2019
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