Staff at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust are raising awareness of incontinence related issues and encouraging people to not be embarrassed and get support that they need.

Continence nurses and physiotherapists will be on hand Friday 9 September, the Leisure Centre Keighley, in-between 9am – 3pm and Friday 30 September, Richard Dunn Sports Centre, in-between 9am – 3pm offering vital advice and support.

Stacey Clayton, Continence Nurse at the Care Trust, said: “Bladder and bowel problems are surprisingly common: it’s thought that one in ten people will be affected by incontinence at some point in their lives. Embarrassment about either urine or bowel problems stop a lot of people getting the help and support that they need. We know it’s not something people talk about but trust us it is important.”

Urinary incontinence is the unintentional passing of urine. Bowel incontinence is when people experience difficulty controlling their bowel movement which can result in involuntary passing of stools. The team will be offering people the chance to discuss any continence issues in confidence and be able to help people get the support they need.

Stacey added: “If you are experiencing bladder or bowel problems, you don’t have to be embarrassed about getting medical help. Everyone has the right to continence where achievable. Symptoms can be improved, and sometimes cured or made easier to live with.”

Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust has a dedicated team who can support people’s bladder and bowel problems. They can support both your physical health needs and any mental health needs you may be experiencing as a result of your bladder and bowel problems. You can speak to your doctor or nurse who can make a referral on your behalf to the Continence team.  More information about the team can be found on the  care trust website.