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Children's bladder and bowel service

The service offers a confidential, friendly service to children with the following conditions, where primary advice and intervention by your health visitor, school nurse or other health professional has not been successful:

  • Constipation

  • Soiling

  • Stool withholding

  • Day time wetting

  • Nocturnal enuresis

  • Overactive bladder

  • Delayed toilet training

What you can expect from this service

Each referral is triaged by Specialist Nurse.  Children whose condition meets the criteria for this service will be offered an appointment for an initial assessment to be carried out.  The specialist nurse will then discuss the diagnosis/ differential diagnosis with family and provide information and support, make suggestions for improvement and self-care, and possibly prescribe medication.  Assessment may include investigations such as scanning of the bladder, or analysing urine as appropriate.  The nurse may prescribe aids to assist the child’s condition, and may prescribe disposable continence products for children aged 4-19 if there is a medical reason why they are unable to be toilet trained.   

Who is in this team?

Children’s Bladder and Bowel Specialist Nurse

Age range covered

0-19

Eligibity Criteria

Children and young people registered with a Gateshead GP who require level 2 bladder and bowel support.

How to be seen by this service

You can be referred by your Health Visitor, School Nurse, GP or any other Professional involved in your child’s care.  Alternatively, you  can contact Bladder and Bowel Service by calling 0191  4458417 or by emailing ghnt.qegatesheadbb@nhs.net

In some cases, your concerns may be best dealt with by your health visitor or school nurse, in which case your GP or health professional will direct you to the 0-19 service instead.  

When is the service available?

Monday – Friday 8.30am – 4.30pm

Useful Resources

Bladder and bowel speciailist service leaflet

Useful Websites

Bladder and Bowel UK

eric - The Children's Bladder and Bowel Charity

0-19 Service - Gateshead

Constipation in children

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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