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Northland DHB Continence Service

Public Service, Urology, Allied Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology


Our Service

Our continence nurse specialist and district nursing teams work with patients who have continence problems and links with other clinicians such as geriatricians, physiotherapists, dietitians and occupational therapists as required.

The service provides:

  • Assessment of urinary and faecal incontinence
  • Bladder retraining programmes
  • Bladder and bowel management care and advice
  • Education for patients/caregivers
  • Referral to a continence physiotherapist for assessment and treatment
  • Consultation and advice on medication-induced incontinence

What is urinary incontinence?

Urinary incontinence is described as the loss of bladder control with unintentional, involuntary loss of urine. This can vary from slight loss after sneezing or getting out of a chair to complete inability to control urination at any time throughout the day and night.

There are four different types of incontinence and it is important to differentiate between each in order to treat the incontinence appropriately: 

  • Stress
  • Urge
  • Overflow
  • Functional

What is faecal incontinence?

Faecal incontinence is described as inability to control the passage of faeces.

It can be severe or minor with only smearing or full bowel emptying. It is important to find the cause to be able to treat faecal incontinence appropriately.

Referral Expectations

Your GP will refer you to the Continence Service if you require advice, support, care and at times, supplementary supplies, to enable them to manage this issue at home.

Contact Details

Emergency Department: Open 24 hours / 7 days, Phone (09) 430 4100

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Whangārei Hospital
2 Hospital Road

Postal Address

Whangārei Hospital
Private Bag 9742
Whangārei 0148

This page was last updated at 9:01AM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Continence Service.