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Continence Service

Incontinence is a distressing problem which can severely impact upon a person’s self-esteem and quality of life. It is estimated that 3 – 6 million people in the UK may be affected by urinary incontinence and yet many people do not seek help as they may be embarrassed or just think that it is to be expected as you get older. Incontinence is a symptom not a disease which can, in many cases, be easily treated whatever your age. Pads are not the only solution!

The Medical Continence Service provides both outpatient and inpatient continence assessments for adults from 18 to over 100 years of age. The aim of the service is to cure/improve the symptoms of any bladder/bowel dysfunction, giving the person back an element of control and to improve any impact it may be having on theirs’ and their carers’ quality of life. 

Inpatient Services

The Continence Nurse Specialist will assess, treat and provide individual management advice for adults referred from wards across all three hospital sites for the following:.  

•  Bladder dysfunction – urinary incontinence, urgency, frequent urinary tract infections, unable to empty bladder effectively etc. 

•  Bowel dysfunction – Chronic constipation, faecal incontinence 

•  Urinary catheter problems 

•  Advice, teaching and, in some cases, provision of aids required to manage bladder/bowel dysfunction 

•  Advice for relatives/carers

Outpatient Services (Leicester General Hospital)

Castleden Older Person Bladder & Bowel Clinic – aimed at frail older people over the age of 65 years with bladder and/or bowel problems plus complex medical, physical or social needs

•  Run by a Geriatrician and Continence Nurse Specialists. 

•  Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments for frail older people with bladder/bowel dysfunction 

•  Comprehensive continence assessment of their bladder/bowel dysfunction 

•  Continence Nurse Specialist advice, teaching & provision of some aids required to manage bladder/bowel dysfunction

Castleden Nurse-led Bladder & Bowel Clinic - for adults 18 – 65 years of age with bladder and/or bowel dysfunction secondary to medical neurological disease

•  Run by Continence Nurse Specialists under Geriatrician lead. 

•  Comprehensive continence assessments for bladder/bowel dysfunction secondary to neurological disease e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease 

•  Intermittent Self Catheterisation reviews

•  Teaching of Intermittent Self Catheterisation

•  Advice, teaching and provision of some aids required to manage bladder/bowel dysfunction 

For advice or information, contact the Continence Nurse Specialist: Tel. 0116 258 4062

PLEASE NOTE – We are a hospital service and have no involvement in the community continence pad supplies or deliveries.