Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service

Bladder and Bowel Specialist Service

Who are we and what do we do?

The bladder and bowel specialist service consists of the team of specialist nurses who are trained to support individuals with bladder and bowel problems.

We offer a confidential, friendly service for all ages.  We will undertake a comprehensive assessment of your condition, which may include a physical examination or ultrasound scan.  We will then provide a programme specific to your needs in order to promote continence.  This may include self-help advice, medication, toileting aids or equipment.

Who do we see?

We see patients of all ages, both adults and children who have a GP within Gateshead. 

Patients we see commonly have concerns such as:  

  • Persistent constipation
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Persistent faecal soiling
  • Frequently needing 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
  • Leaking urine when coughing, exercising or laughing
  • Children with day time wetting issues (only available to children are over 5 years old)
  • Changes in urine flow / difficulties passing urine
  • Persistent bedwetting or frequently needing to urinate overnight

Where do we work?

We see our patients in various settings.  We see patients in clinics across Gateshead or at home if they are housebound, or in school if appropriate.  We also undertake telephone / virtual appointments. 

How to be referred to the service

You can be referred to the service by your Doctor, Health Visitor, School Nurse or any other Health Professional.  Adults are also able to refer themselves into the service. 

Practical advice for bladder and bowel health

  • Adults ideally should 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 can help.  These drinks can irritate the bladder and bowel.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, including two portions of fruit and three portions of vegetables a day alongside 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.

Additional advice

Useful websites include: (children only)

Contact details

Bladder and Bowel Service

Bensham Hospital

Saltwell Road



Telephone: 0191 4458417