Do you have problems with your bladder or bowel?
You are not alone! One in five Australians has difficulty controlling their bladder or bowel at some time in their lives. Usually, these problems can be improved or even cured.
There is always something that can be done to make things more manageable and our friendly team of medical professionals at the continence clinic are here to help and support people of all ages with urinary and faecal incontinence and other bladder, bowel and pelvic issues.
Our services include:
- Continence assessments, diagnosis and individualised treatment plans
- Pelvic floor exercise programs, bladder retraining and bowel programs
- Pelvic floor physiotherapy before and after gynaecological, urological and prostate surgery and issues related to pregnancy and childbirth
- Treatment for pelvic pain
- Catheter management including intermittent self-catheterisation
- Education for you and your carers
- Advice about appropriate continence aids and appliances
- Applications for subsidies to help cover the cost of continence supplies, subject to eligibility criteria
- Referrals, when necessary, to other members of the healthcare team
- Education sessions for interested community groups.
This service is available to all ages and can be accessed through:
- Northeast Health Wangaratta hospital (inpatients)
- Community Care Care
- Residential Aged Care Facilities (if appropriate)
- NHW is a registered provider for National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), TAC and Work Cover.
Referrals: Anyone can make a referral to this service including all healthcare professionals, you or your carer. For self-referrals, a health summary from your GP should be included.
Waiting Times: All referrals to our services are assessed and prioritised according to your care needs.
Cost: We offer both Government-funded and client-funded services. Fees are kept to the minimum amount and will vary between programs. Information regarding relevant fees will be provided to you individually.
If you are aged over 65 years, frail or disabled and require a home visit please contact the continence nursing team at Gateway Health.