Auckland DHB Nursing Services - Continence
Public Service, Community
The service provides nursing assessments including management and supplies for people from the age of four with bowel and bladder problems.
A full assessment of your conditions may include:
- bladder pattern analysis
- bladder scan
- bowel assessment.
A treatment plan for continence problems may involve:
- bladder retraining
- ongoing education/study days
- appropriate product recommendation
- bowel management programmes
- recommendation and regular review of postal supplies
- education and support to you and your carers
- referral on to other specialist services such as Urology.
What to expect
We will conduct a full assessment and then work with you to develop a plan to ensure your continence needs are met.
If you are able to attend a clinic you will be requested to do so. The clinics operate an appointment system to ensure you are not kept waiting.
If you aren't able to attend a clinic the nurse will contact you following the referral to arrange a visiting time at your home.
How long will I need to wait for an assessment?
We aim to see clients within 8 weeks.
How do I get continence supplies?
A detailed assessment needs to be undertaken to determine whether continence supplies are required.
How can I get a referral to the service?
Your GP or other healthcare professional known to you can refer via fax or electronic referral.
Referrals accepted to this service from:
- Primary Care
- Self-referrals and from acute settings
Referrals accepted to this service include:
- Assessment for urinary & faecal incontinence
- Bladder retraining programs
- Bowel management
- Advice on continence aids including purchasing information
- Education for clients/carers
- Education for health professionals
- Assessment for supply of continence aids for clients with irreversible continence problems.
Referrals can be sent by appropriate health professionals through the e-Referral system.
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This page was last updated at 11:08AM on October 27, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Auckland DHB Nursing Services - Continence.