Bladder and Bowel Team

The Bladder and Bowel team offers a confidential, friendly service for all ages.

The children’s service (0-19 years old) and the adult service (from 18 years old) are available via an appointment system. A comprehensive bladder and bowel assessment is carried out and a treatment programme is tailored to suit your individual needs.

Common areas of concern may include:

  • Persistent bedwetting/ getting up a number of times in the night to use the toilet
  • Persistent constipation
  • Persistent soiling
  •  Leaking urine on coughing, exercising or laughing
  •  Frequent need to rush to use the toilet to pass urine (more than seven times a day)
  • Feeling the need to constantly go to the toilet to pass urine
  • Day time wetting (Delay in developing toilet training skills over four years old)

Support for families in implementing individual toilet programmes of care and give specialist advice on toileting aids and equipment. 


You can self-refer yourself or your child into our service by calling the telephone number. You can also be referred by your Gateshead Doctor, Gateshead Health Visitor/Gateshead School Nurse or any other Health Professional involved in you or yours or child’s care.  


Clinics are offered in different areas of Gateshead on different days of the week 9am until 4pm.

The team

The team are trained to support individuals with bladder and bowel problems, it comprises of specialist practitioners who are educated to degree level.  We have a Registered Children Nurse who is also a Nurse Prescriber.

Where is the service provided from?

The team are based in Bensham Hospital, Saltwell Road, Gateshead.NE8 4YL

Telephone: 0191 4458417

Working hours are 8.30am till 4.30pm Monday to Friday. (excluding Bank Holidays)

Practical advice

What you can do before an appointment to help keep your bladder and bowel healthy

Have six to eight drinks evenly spaced out throughout the day, with the last drink no later than one and a half hours before sleeping at night.

Avoid drinking citrus drinks, such as pure orange juice and blackcurrant; fizzy drinks caffeinated drinks, such as cola, hot chocolate, tea and coffee as they can all irritate the bladder and bowel.

Eat a well-balanced diet, including two portions of fruit and three portions of vegetables a day with a variety of wholemeal foods.

Keep as active as possible, recommended at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.


Establish a regular toileting routine with regard to both bowel and bladder, making sure you empty your bladder, four to seven times a day and before going to sleep. Ensure that you open your bowels daily or on alternate days. 


Further advice

Further advice and support can be gained from your GP, Health Visitor or School Nurse.

Useful websites include: and (Children)

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