Bladder and Bowel Service

Bowel and Bladder Services

Bowel and Bladder assessment can be accessed via the 0-19 Service (School Nursing). Parents/Carers can self-refer to this service for toilet training advice. The single point of contact telephone number is 03000031918.

A level 1 assessment can then lead into the services of a bowel and bladder specialist nurse.

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 be referred via 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



Changing places toilets can be accessed in many areas. A hoist is available with use of own sling. INTU shopping centres (locally Eldon Square and Metrocentre) require two forms of ID to register for access one must be photographic and one must show proof of address. (parent/care ID not the young person’s)

Radar key can be bought and used for any key disabled toilet


Is your child ready to toilet train leaflet


Alarm help to support toilet training programme


 Useful Links:

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

Information how to complete toilet charts






Adult learning disability constipation information

Constipation child information

Constipation parent information

Understanding Constipation in Infants and Toddlers


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

Toilet training booklet for child

Information Sheet on Toilet Training Children with Special Needs

Toilet Training Children with Autism and Related Conditions – Information for Parents

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

Guidance for the provision of continence containment products to children and young people: A consensus document

Guidelines for good practice: bedwetting/ constipation /UTI

Potty Training Reward Chart;

ERIC’s Potty Training Reward Chart


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