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Let's Talk Incontinence – Continence Awareness week
Press release date17/06/2020
Nobody likes to talk about toilet problems but incontinence is a common problem that affects both men and women of all ages.
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With 14 million people in the UK experiencing bladder problems and 6.5 million people experiencing bowel problems (that we know of). It is more common than diabetes and asthma, and yet, people can go on silently, without realising that help is available to improve symptoms– so why aren’t we getting help?


As part of Continence Awareness Week (17-23 June), University Hospitals of Leicester (UHL) is encouraging people to start having conversations and making the most of the help available.


Lynne Hill and Sarah Coombes, adult continence nurse specialists, promote continence care in the hospitals and are now trying to raise awareness into the community. Lynne said: “Living with incontinence can be really challenging. It affects both men and women and it can feel uncomfortable discussing it with others. It may be embarrassing to admit you have a problem, which can result in not getting the support and advice that could improve your quality of life. But referrals are easy from your GP, and if you find yourself in one of our hospitals as an inpatient, we are able to offer you a continence assessment before you leave.”


Continence nurse specialists first assess a person's bladder and bowel symptoms – like the need to urinate often, frequent night waking to use the toilet (nocturia), or stress incontinence – when a person leaks urine when coughing, sneezing or laughing. Upon identifying the problem they will then put together a treatment plan and provide self-help advice that will improve the person’s health.


A typical treatment and advice plan can include:

- Aiming to drink at least 1.5-2 litres each day

- Limiting fizzy drinks and alcohol

- Switching to decaffeinated tea or coffee

- Eating at least five pieces of fruit/veg a day

- Embracing whole wheat and high fibre options for meals

Contact information:
Contact information
Please email communications@uhl-tr.nhs.uk for more information.
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