Continence

If you have any problem with your bladder and/or bowel, don’t be embarrassed about getting medical help.  The symptoms can be improved and sometimes cured, often with simple methods, or if not we can arrange onward referral to the most appropriate specialist.

Who we are

The service is run by a service manager, continence nurse specialists and continence nurses.

How we work

We work in clinics based in Somerset.

To help you we can offer:

  • treatment/management options based on your individual needs
  • carry out a detailed assessment and offer treatment/management options based on your individual needs
  • offer you an individual care plan and promote self-care wherever possible
  • give you a choice of a range of patient literature – for example, pelvic floor exercises, bladder training
  • provide education/training to individuals, carers, external agencies

How you can access these services

We are happy to accept self-referrals as well as referrals from all other professionals, carers and family members.  If you wish to self-refer please contact us on 01460 243 352 or 01823 346 158.

You will be offered a clinic appointment when you are referred to the service.  If you are unable to leave the house to get to a clinic we can arrange a visit from the community nursing service.

Where you can access these services

Clinics are held at the following venues:

  • Bridgwater Community Hospital
  • Burnham-on-Sea Community Hospital
  • Chard Community Hospital
  • Crewkerne Community Hospital
  • Frome Community Hospital
  • Langport Surgery, Langport
  • Park Gate House, East Reach, Taunton
  • Shepton Mallet Community Hospital
  • South Petherton Community Hospital
  • Wellington Community Hospital
  • West Mendip Community Hospital
  • Wincanton Community Hospital
  • Williton Community Hospital

Waiting Time

We aim to see all referrals within 6 weeks.

Contact

To contact the service please call 01460 243 352  or 01823 346 158.

Continence Service
Somerset Partnership Foundation Trust
South Petherton Community Hospital
Bernard Way
South Petherton
TA13 5EF

Additional Information

Please visit the Bladder and Bowel Foundation website for more information.

Continence Product Advisor (www.continenceproductadvisor.org) is a new website providing evidence-based guidance on how to select appropriate products for managing incontinence and use them effectively.

A joint venture between the International Consultation on Incontinence and the International Continence Society (which hosts the site), the Continence Product Advisor was created by an editorial team based at University College London and the University of Southampton in partnership with a web design team at the ICS.  Based on the findings of the recently published fifth International Consultation on Incontinence, it aims to make independent, evidence-based advice available and accessible to incontinence product users first and foremost but also to health care professionals, purchasers and manufacturers.