Taking control of bladder problems: our Continence Care team advise

Helping you get back in control

Bladder problems can have a significant impact on your quality of life, and stop you enjoying everyday activities and the things you love to do. One in three women over the age of 50 years are affected, as are one in five men - but embarrassment can delay people seeking help.

Our continence department is staffed by experienced gynaecology and urology specialist nurses who offer nurse led clinics to help you manage your bladder symptoms. The team also treat women with prolapse symptoms. Our knowledgeable specialist nurses are highly committed to ensuring quality, evidence-based care is delivered to all their patients.  The team are fully supported by the Consultants.

We offer a holistic assessment on your first visit to allow you time to discuss your symptoms, and your treatment plan will be tailored to your individual needs. This will include fluid and dietary advice, bladder retraining and structured pelvic floor muscle exercises.

The conditions we treat include:

Overactive bladder

Symptoms of an overactive bladder include urinary urgency (needing the toilet with little warning), frequency (going to the toilet more than 7-8 times daily), and sometimes not being able to make it to the toilet (urge incontinence). You may also be woken up at night because you need to pass urine.

Stress incontinence

Symptoms of stress incontinence include urine leaking on coughing, sneezing, laughing and physical exercise. This can sometimes occur after childbirth and during the menopause due to weakening of the pelvic floor muscles.

Pelvic organ prolapse

Weakened pelvic floor muscles can cause one or more of the pelvic organs to “drop” into the vagina. This can also affect your bladder or bowel function.  Pelvic floor exercises are nationally the recommended first line treatment, but it can be difficult to know if you are doing these correctly so our experts can help you make sure you are doing them properly.

An assessment with our specialist nursing team can give you the proactive steps to better understand and manage your condition. Get in touch or contact our Private Patient Team to access the service by calling 01580 363158.

Published on 05 August 2020