"Problems with bladder retention"

About: Workington Community Hospital / Urology

(as the patient),

I was referred to the outpatient clinic by my GP as I was having difficulties with bladder retention. My nurse at the outpatients department is called Yvonne and she gave me a set of exercises to follow and suggested I purchased a pelvic floor educator which I did. I have tried to discipline myself to carry out the pelvic floor exercises but due to a couple of problems with cystitis I have only done the exercises intermittently. On my latest visit to the nurse she checked my bladder by scanning it to check if it was retaining any urine after a visit to the toilet but it was clear. Yvonne has now referred me to the physiotherapist for further help with my exercises. I can only say that she has been extremely good with me and very helpful and understanding. She has a lovely patient/nurse manner.

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Response from Diane Benson, Continence Advisor, NHS Cumbria


Thank you for responding to the survey. I am happy that you found the experience non daunting and useful. Your comments may help other people to come forward to seek help with what can be an embarrassing problem. The Continence service deals with all types of bladder and bowel problems and as you highlighted we see people who don't have to be incontinent but can have a promotional role.

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