Bladder and Bowel (Continence) – Specialist Community Service

Clinical Specialist Team: A community based specialist service providing continence assessment, treatment and support for adults aged 18 years +, following initial assessment and first line treatment. This is a predominantly clinic based service for patients with capacity who are able to engage in treatment/therapy to help them recover their bladder and bowel continence, when initial assessment and treatment has not been successful or where assessment is required prior to secondary (acute hospital) care referral.

The team provides supplementary support to community staff in cases of complex need, disability or frailty if the patient assessment and treatment is better to be carried out in the patient’s own home or care home. The team does not undertake initial continence assessment unless the patient is in a residential care home with no input from any other community nursing team.

The team provide continence education programs, to NHS staff, social services, voluntary and some private care agencies, care homes, as well as speaking to public groups and support groups

Specialist Continence clinics are held in the following locations:

  • Cleveleys
  • Bispham
  • St Annes
  • Garstang
  • Lancaster
  • Morecambe
  • Heysham
  • Carnforth


Home Delivery Service (admin only): We also provide support to the clerical staff who, co-ordinate and monitor the contracted home delivery service, run by NHS Supply Chain, for the local provision of continence products (TENA incontinence pads) in line with national recommendations and local Provider Services resources.

The Specialist Bladder and Bowel (Continence) Service operates Mon-Fri, please see contact page for details.