The Children and Young People’s (CYP) Continence Service was established in February 2021 to promote Health Bladder and Bowel’s for the child and young people of West Hertfordshire. We also manage the allocation of continence products for our patients who require them.
We are based at the Peace Children’s Centre in Watford and the team consists of two Continence Nurses and two Continence Support Workers. They are also assisted by the Specialist Nursing Administration Team. The service operates a Monday to Friday service between the hours of 9am and 5pm (except Bank Holidays).
We are a Nurse Led Team and provide clinical assessment, treatment and support for children and young people who have bladder and/or bowel dysfunction, where first line intervention (Tier 1 from Health Visitors and/or School Nurses, GP’s) has not resolved the referring problem.
Continence issues affects large numbers of children and young people and can prevent them from achieving their full potential. It can lead onto psychological issues and these need to be spoken about and addressed. Children with additional needs are also greatly affected by continence issues, either directly or in directly of their underlining diagnosis. With our support, we will look at diet/fluids/behaviour and biological links to the continence issue. If medications are required, we will liaise with the GP and monitor the effects of the medications.
We operate a Tier 2 Continence Service, in line with guidance from the Children’s Continence Commissioning Guide published by the Paediatric Continence Forum (Sept 2019) and provide support to children aged 4yrs to 18yrs. If they attend one of our Special Schools, we will continue to support them until they are 19yrs.
We run clinics in St Albans and Watford currently, with plans to expand according to need.
Peace Children’s Centre
Thursdays 09:00 till 13:00/12:00 till 17:00, alternate weeks.
St Albans Health and Wellness Centre
Wednesdays 09:00 till 13:00/12:00 till 17:00 alternate weeks.
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