This service offers professional, confidential advice and treatment options for bladder and bowel problems, with the aim of improving or curing your symptoms.
We are a team of specialist nurses, who help people manage bladder & bowel problems. We see adults and children with a range of bladder and bowel issues.
Adult Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service
Our Bladder and Bowel Specialist Nurses are qualified nurses who have received specialist training to enable them to provide high quality care for people living with bladder and bowel problems.
Our aim is to improve, or effectively manage a patient’s condition and provides help and support to patients and carers whilst they are dealing with incontinence.
Bladder and bowel problems are extremely common and affect approx.
1 in 4 adults at some point in their lives. In spite of it being a common problem many people feel embarrassed and distressed about it and can be reluctant to seek help. Seeking help can really improve a persons’ quality of life with the right assessment and treatment programme.
There are different symptoms and reasons for continence problems including:
- Stress incontinence - Urinary leakage when you cough, laugh or sneeze
- Urge incontinence - Needing to rush to get to the toilet and sometimes leaking before you get there
- Nocturia - Waking up more than a couple of times in the night to pass urine
- Functional incontinence - Having a condition or disability that stops being able to remove your clothes quickly or get to the toilet in time
- Bowel Incontinence - Difficulty in controlling bowel movements
What we offer
- Assessments, development and ongoing review of treatment or management plans for your continence problem
- Tips to promote a healthy lifestyle to improve or control symptoms- i.e. changes to diet or fluid intake
- Pelvic floor exercise programme
- Medication advice
- Support bladder and bowel training programmes
- Provide continence products where applicable
- Advice and support with catheter problems
- Telephone support for patients and healthcare professionals
How to access our service?
We accept referrals from anyone living in East Cheshire or registered with an East Cheshire GP. If you'd like to be referred to our service, make an appointment to see your GP.
Telephone: 01625 663337
Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service
New Alderley House
Macclesfield district General Hospital
Children’s Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service
The Children’s Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service consists of two Paediatric nurses who are experienced in children’s continence issues. We are a community based service, with an office at Macclesfield District General Hospital.
We work Monday – Friday, excluding bank holidays.
We hold clinics at Waters Green Medical Centre, Congleton War Memorial Hospital, Knutsford District Community Hospital and Handforth Clinic. We also see some children and young people in school or at home if their needs require this.
To access our service the child or young person must have an East Cheshire GP.
We provide assessment, treatment, support and advice to children and young people from age 4 to 19 years with the following issues:
- Daytime wetting or bladder issues such as frequency and urgency
- Constipation and soiling
- Children with night time wetting can be referred to our service from the age of 5 years
- Children over the age of 4 years who are not toilet trained
- Children who are currently unable to become toilet trained: following a thorough assessment and usually a toilet training programme, we are able to prescribe continence products for children over the age of 4 years who fit the criteria for requiring continence products
How to access our service
Children and young people must be referred by a healthcare professional, with the parent/carer’s consent.
Health Visitors and School Nurses are able to give healthy bladder and bowel advice and may ask for the child to make an appointment with the GP, if there is any suspicion that there is a urine infection, the child is constipated, the child needs medication prescribing in the interim period between referral and an initial assessment, or there is an acute problem which needs dealing with urgently.
Telephone: 01625 663337