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General advice

Incontinence of urine or incontinence of bowel motion can increase your risk of developing problems with sore skin. If you do develop problems with sore skin please mention it when you ring to order your prescription so that we can offer you a review with one of the specialist nurses. Creams and lotions should be used with caution as they can affect the way some continence products work.

Many people with bladder problems find their problems are worse if they develop constipation. If you have an indwelling urinary catheter you might find you experience bypassing of urine or discomfort in the bladder area. Making simple changes to your diet & fluid intake can often improve constipation. If you do experience problems please ask for an appointment with one of the specialist nurses. Click here for an information leaflet on constipation.

If you notice blood in your urine or blood in your bowel motion you must make an appointment with your GP as this can be a sign of serious health issues.

RADAR keys enable you to access all disabled toilets. These toilets are accessible to wheelchair users and have sinks within the toilet area. Details of how to obtain a key can be found on the RADAR website. There are a number of organisations & charities who can offer support & information to people with bladder & bowel problems

If you are interested in finding out about new products or contributing to service developments you might like to consider attending our service user group meetings. You can find out dates & details of forthcoming meetings by contacting the service.


Diet & Fluid advice 

Most adults do not eat enough fibre. You should aim to have at least 18g of fibre each day. Making sure you have enough fibre in your diet can significantly reduce your chances of developing constipation

If you have bladder problems it can be tempting to reduce the amount of fluid you have. Not drinking enough can lead to further problems and can increase your risk of developing urinary tract infections & constipation. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that women should drink about 1.6 litres of fluid and men should drink about 2.0 litres of fluid per day.

It is important to remember some people with specific medical problems may have been advised by their Doctor to restrict their fluid intake or dietary fibre intake – this advice must always be followed.

If you have bladder or bowel problems it is likely you will be advised to make some changes to your diet and the drinks you usually have, it is important you try to follow this advice. If you are struggling to make the recommended changes please speak with your nurse.

If you require any further information or advice, feel free to contact the service on 01709 423240.  


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