Unique health partnership launched in St Helens

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A health service based in St Helens has become one of the first of its kind in the country.

The Paediatric Continence Service in Halton and St Helens is backing this year’s World Bedwetting Day on Tuesday 24 May.

The service, which is run by Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (Bridgewater), helps local children aged 0 to 19 years old with bladder and bowel conditions.

The team received a British Journal of Nursing Award for Urology and Continence in March for its innovative work to help diagnose and treat children with bladder problems outside of hospital; becoming the first community based team in the country to do so.

Following the success of this pioneering project, the team has also set up a help and information guide for other Urology and Continence professionals so similar initiatives can be established across the country.

However staff in the team recognise there is still more work to do when it comes to educating families about bowel and bladder conditions.

Sheena Kennedy, Paediatric Nurse Specialist at Bridgewater, said: “There are more than 500 children and young people aged between five and 19 currently in Widnes, Runcorn and St Helens who suffer with nocturnal enuresis, otherwise known as bedwetting and over 1,000 suffering with some sort of bowel or bladder issue. However there could be many more.

“This World Bedwetting Day, our team will be handing out leaflets and posters encouraging families to seek help and discuss the condition with their GP or school nurse without feeling embarrassed or anxious.

“We want to promote the message that it’s not the child’s fault and if you don’t seek help then it could have a serious impact on their self-esteem and confidence affecting their school and social life.”

If you have a St Helens, Widnes or Runcorn GP and your child is over five years old, then a parent or carer with parental responsibility can directly refer to the service. Alternatively you can seek advice from your GP or School Nurse.

Find out more about the Paediatric Continence Service in Halton and St Helens by visiting www.bridgewater.nhs.uk/haltonsthelens/paediatriccontinenceservice/.

For more information about World Bedwetting Day and the support available for parents visit www.eric.org.uk