Thousands of people of all ages can experience issues with their bladder and bowels and can find their symptoms embarrassing and difficult to talk about. However, most continence problems can be improved or even cured through the treatments and management options we offer.
Our Continence Advisory Service is made up of a team of specialist nurses and health care assistants with expert skills in both the assessment and the treatment of bladder, bowel, colorectal, stoma and pelvic floor problems.
You can self-refer to our bladder, bowel, pelvic floor and stoma service by using our online referral forms or by calling our Single point of contact on 0300 304 5555. Please note our Stoma service is only for patients registered to GPs in Greater Huddersfield.
As a result of Covid-19, some patients will have a longer wait for their first assessment. Currently we are unable to say how long this will be but we will keep our patients informed. We will be signposting anyone who is waiting to the self-care information here on our website. Many continence conditions can improve by following self-care advice and support.
What we do
The Continence Team are focused on providing proactive continence care to all our patients including those who are housebound. Our aim is always to provide the right advice and support so that an individual develops the skills and knowledge to improve or even cure their continence problem. We provide advice and support on the management of a bladder, bowel or pelvic floor dysfunction. All of our treatment programmes are aimed at maximising independence, promoting dignity and improving a patient’s presenting condition.
Most people who work with us will experience a significant improvement in symptoms within six months. The people who achieve the best results are those who take on board the specific advice provided after their assessment.
Here are just a few examples of people we can help;
The Continence Service also hold group information presentations at Fartown and Dewsbury Health Centres. Individual home visits and clinic appointments at Fartown and Eddercliffe Health Centres, are offered Monday to Friday.
As part of a treatment programme some of our patients may be prescribed disposable containment products (continence pads). These products are only supplied to individuals suffering from a long term incurable bladder or bowel condition. Your eligibility for containment products will be discussed with you. More information about our assessment process and the supply of continence pads can be found here.
“Nurse came to do a continence assessment for my 92 year old mum. A very useful and impressive service. Professional, skilled, kind and with real practical help and advice.”
“You have given me a new lease of life. It has been lovely to talk to someone who understands my problems. I wish I had contacted you earlier, I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done. Anyone suffering should contact this team.”
A patient who suffers with Multiple Sclerosis and had developed bladder, bowel urgency and leakage, fed back to us, her condition was affecting her quality of life and life choices.
“I have taken on board your advice and am now able to manage my condition. I’ve had no further episodes and my anxiety levels have improved with relaxation techniques you taught me and Pilates has also helped my pelvic floor rehabilitation plan. Thank you for your guidance, advice and support, you have given me the confidence to make the changes and manage my anxiety about my condition.
“I want to thank the Continence team, I have now been discharged and wanted to thank Julia for all her help and advice, I am so pleased with the level of service I received. Julia was very helpful with her help and advice and I feel I have progressed so much further with the support than I did before. I want to point out just how good she was, often going that extra mile. She is a credit to the service.”
Continence Specialist Nurse – our team of Registered Continence Nurses are specialists in the field of bowel, bladder and pelvic floor dysfunction. They are able to provide our patients with a holistic clinical assessment, diagnosis of their condition and plan an individual rehabilitation programme. Our patients find that our nursing team provide them with the support and guidance needed to implement a series of important life style changes including pelvic floor exercises.
Colorectal & Stoma Specialist Nurse – Our Colorectal & Stoma Nurse is a specialist nurse providing advice and support to patients with a stoma or with colorectal dysfunction
Continence Health Care Assistant – our Continence Health Care Assistants are vital members of the team who support our patient assessment and treatment processes. They have key skills in supporting our housebound patients and their carers in order to promote dignity and continence. This includes running some of our group sessions.