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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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Bladder & Bowel UK announces launch of new specialist legal panel

Bladder & Bowel UK are pleased to announce the formation of the Bladder & Bowel UK legal panel. The panel brings together five of the country’s most experienced legal companies working across medical negligence and serious injury with expertise in bladder and bowel issues: CL Medilaw, Clarke Wilmott, FBC Manby Bowdler, Irwin Mitchell and Slater […]

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Managing bladder and bowel conditions when travelling at Christmas

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It can be difficult spending longer periods of time with friends and family when living with a bladder or bowel problem. Most people do not discuss their bladder and bowel condition with their families and friends whether this involves constipation and taking a long time in the bathroom, urinary or faecal incontinence or urinary urgency […]

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New motherhood and fitness

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In this guest blog, Davina Gordon discusses postpartum self care and how to get back in to exercise at your own pace. This post is promoted content by Contrelle. Take it slowly Having a baby is a momentous occasion. It changes everything, your body, your relationships, your priorities, and how you exercise. Getting back to […]

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Four steps to improved patient adherence

Dr Benjamin Disney, Consultant Gastroenterologist, University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, talks about patient adherence and how clinicians can tackle this issue with their patients. That patients will adhere to their prescribed therapies is something that many healthcare professionals (HCPs) take for granted. Yet, the reality is that between a third and a half […]

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Bedwetting: Advice for teenagers and young adults

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Time To Take Action: World Bedwetting Day 2021 For World Bedwetting Day 2021 Bladder & Bowel UK are releasing a series of blogs to help increase understanding of a problem that is not often discussed, but causes stress and distress throughout the world to children, young people, and their families as well as some adults. […]

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Managing Menstruation and Incontinence

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Jane Smith, Product Manager at Attends UK. She talks about managing menstruation and incontinence. Many questions are asked about wearing sanitary protection in combination with a continence product. There is little research on the subject. Continence nurse specialists usually advise that it is an individual choice for the person, their carer or family. If sanitary […]

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