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How Continence Problems Can Affect Mental Health

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For Mental Health Awareness Month, Bladder & Bowel UK’s Children’s Specialist Nurse, looks at how bladder and/or bowel issues can cause stress and affect a young person’s mental health. Historically, continence problems (wetting and soiling) in childhood were thought to be the result of an underlying psychological, emotional, or behavioural problem. A journal article written […]

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Treatment and management after an anterior resection: a case study

Written by Brigitte Collins​ of MacGregor Healthcare, this blog post analyses management and treatment for rectal cancer from a case study of a 48 year old man after his experience with low anterior resection syndrome (LARS).  Progression of treatment for low anterior resection syndrome, inclusive of transanal irrigation (TAI): a case study Nearly 43,000 people […]

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Taste the Difference Challenge! – The benefits of decaffeinated tea and coffee

This guest blog, written by Sarah Coombes, Continence Nurse Specialist for the University of Leicester talks about an innovative approach to improving bladder health by promoting decaffeinated drinks. Last year as part of Continence Awareness Week, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust’s (UHL) Adult Continence Team launched their ‘Taste the Difference Challenge’. The team worked […]

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Bladder & Bowel UK announces launch of two new awards for excellence in continence care and product innovation

Bladder & Bowel UK are pleased to announce the launch of two new awards to highlight excellence within the world of continence promotion and care. Awards for excellence in continence care Against the ongoing challenges that bladder and bowel services face across the country, these awards are a chance to celebrate the people and products […]

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37 years as a nurse (and still loving every minute): My path into continence care

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Karen Irwin, Specialist Nurse and Bladder & Bowel UK’s Service Manager, discusses her journey into continence care. Not everyone gets excited about bladder and bowels, but I’ve loved this area of care since I completed my nursing training 37 years ago. After living my whole childhood and teenage years in Lancashire, I decided to venture […]

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Maintaining a healthy bladder all year round

Bladder health is important for overall wellbeing. There are actions that can be taken to make sure that not only does your bladder stays as healthy as possible but that will also reduce the likelihood of future bladder problems. The most important thing you can do to keep your bladder working well is to ensure […]

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Bladder & Bowel UK’s Karen Irwin reappointed to RCN’s bladder and bowel forum

Bladder & Bowel’s specialist nurse and service manager Karen Irwin has been reappointed on the Royal College of Nursing’s Bladder & Bowel Forum committee.  Karen is thrilled to be reappointed for a further term of office on the RCN Bladder and Bowel Forum. Congratulations also to Fiona Le Ber, Clinical Nurse Specialist Community Continence and […]

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Managing bedwetting at Christmas

Davina Richardson, Children’s Continence Nurse at Bladder & Bowel UK, talks about how to support your child who experiences bedwetting at Christmas. Enuresis, or bedwetting is a common condition in children and young people, that can be distressing and frustrating for them and for their families. Furthermore, it can embarrassment and fear of others finding […]

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