Bowel and Bladder Services

Bowel and Bladder Services

Gateshead Children bladder and bowel service consists of a specialist nurse Michelle Newton who is trained to support individuals with bladder and bowel problems.

The Bladder and bowel service offers a confidential, friendly service for all ages (0-19) and enables a smooth transition into adult care.
A comprehensive bladder and bowel assessment is carried out and a treatment programme tailored to suit your child/ young person individual need is developed.

Common areas of concern may include:

  • Persistent bedwetting/ getting up a number of times in the night to use the toilet
  • Persistent constipation and or soiling
  • Leaking urine on coughing, exercising or laughing
  • Frequent need to rush to use the toilet to pass urine (more than seven times a day)
  • Feeling the need to constantly go to the toilet to pass urine
  • Day time wetting (Delay in developing toilet training skills over four years old)
  • Specialist advise on toileting aids equipment and containment products

You can refer your child into the service by calling the telephone number: 0191 4458417 (8:30-4:30) .You can also be referred to us by your Doctor, Health Visitor/School Nurse or any other Health Professional involved in your or your child’s care.

Bladder and Bowel Service
Bensham Hospital
Saltwell Road

Useful Links:

Bladder Capacity in Children 

Healthy Bladder

Healthy Bowel

Understanding bed wetting in children with down syndrome and other learning disability leaflet

Pictures for bed wetting

Bed wetting information

Teenage Bedwetting

Night’s away advice for bedwetting

Medication for bed wetting -desmopressin

Hirschsprung dieasease

Information how to complete Charts



Drinking :



Healthy bladder and bowel

Adult learning disability constipation information

Constipation child

Constipation parent information

Understanding Toilet Refusal – the child who will only poo in a nappy Information for families

Medication for constipation –Movicol and preparation

Day time bladder problems

Toilet readiness

Toilet training booklet for parents

Information Sheet on Toilet Training Children with Special Needs

Guidance for parents/carers using disposable containment products (nappy, pull-ups, pads)

Toilet training information for family

Toilet training booklet for child

Products / assessment

Guidelines for good practice

Other Useful Resources:

The potty Journey- Guide to toilet training children with special needs, including Autism and Related disorders Judith A Coucouvanis AAPC publishing 2008