‘Lets get everyone talking about their bladder and bowels’
Working for the Pelvic Floor Team involves supporting and working with patients who may have bowel or bladder symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea or urinary incontinence.
Toileting habits and continence is a taboo subject and one which people do not like to talk about. A recent BBC report said that ‘many are suffering in silence’ from incontinence because they are too embarrassed to talk about it. It estimated that there are more than 14 million adults in the UK that have problems with their bladder and 6.5 million with bowel problems.
There are many ways in which patients can be helped with this. Some examples are:
- Pelvic Floor Exercises – do you know how to do them?
- What you eat and drink – did you know that what you eat and drink impacts on the bladder and bowel?
- Toilet position – Did you know that how you sit on the toilet affects how you are able to poo?
- Bristol Stool chart – Do you know what is a normal poo?
Come along and meet us at the Derriford Hospital Open Day on Saturday 19 March 2016, we’re happy to talk about bladders and bowels!
You can find us in the Physiotherapy Gym on level 7* and we will be joined in the Gym by colleagues from the various therapy specialities (such as physiotherapy; speech and language; and dietetics) who will explain the ways we support patients.
Pelvic Floor Nurse
*If you enter the main entrance on level 6, take the stairs/lifts next to Warren’s Bakery and you will find the Physiotherapy Department on your right-hand side as you enter the main corridor.