Bury health service highly commended for supporting young people

An NHS health service has won an award for the excellent care they provide to children with bladder and bowel problems.

Bury continence cares awardBury continence service for children and young people won the Bury community services category of the trust’s CARES Awards.

The service supports children who experience night or daytime wetting, constipation and soiling. These issues affect over 900,000 children in the UK, but can be very embarrassing for the child and their family.

The team were highly commended out of the 65 award nominees for their efforts to provide trans-anal irrigation training to children and their families at home. Previously this training was carried out in hospital.

Trans-anal irrigation is a method of emptying the bowels using water. This helps to prevent constipation and gives children more predictable bowel movements, which allows them a better quality of life.

Providing training in the child’s own bathroom helps to reduce any fears, anxieties or embarrassment the child has of their bowel condition, or of starting the procedure somewhere unfamiliar.

It also reduces the number of hospital admissions, the amount of time off work or school and the costs of travel and regularly washing soiled clothes or bed sheets.

Jennifer Lalouche contacted the service to get support for her son, Refaeli.

Heather Refaeli JenniferJennifer said: “I really didn’t know where to go. We knew we had this continence issue and a friend of mine recommended Bury continence service.

“We were talked through the options, we tried medication first and then the irrigation systems. Having someone come to the house was really important for us so that Refaeli could be comfortable in his own environment.”

“Refaeli’s quality of life has improved drastically. He has the confidence to be in school all day long, without any issues whatsoever, knowing that he’s clean and taken care of.”

The continence service can also provide toilet training or products for children over four years of age with complex needs.

They can offer advice and treatment, such as medication or alarms, for children with day wetting above the age of four years and night wetting above the age of five years.

Claire Bilsborrow, Continence Advisor, said: “A lot of families can feel reluctant to ask for help with a continence issue, due to the sensitive nature, but there’s a lot we can do to help and resolve the issue.

“Through support we can give children a lot more predictability and control over their bladder or bowel movements, improving their social experience, self-esteem and giving them a happier life overall.”

A video of the service is available to watch on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wa4-xWfmtT4

More information is available at: www.penninecare.nhs.uk/burycontinencecyp