Bladder and Bowel Service

Bowel and Bladder Services in Gateshead

Health Visitors / Early Years Practitioners /School Nurses

You can self refer to the 0-19 Service by contacting  single point of contact telephone number 03000031918.

The 0-19 team can support your child with Bowel and Bladder issues after carrying out an a full assessment. The assessment will lead to a health care plan to follow for 6 months. School can be copied into this plan if requested and can be added to your child Educational Health Care plan.

After initial assessment and interventions have been supported for 3-6 months and resulted in no improvement the practitioner will refer to  bowel and bladder specialist nurse for additional interventions, please speak to practitioner.


Carries out initial physical assessment to diagnosis condition and supports medication plans during 0-19 Service interventions. Please ensure medication is regularly reviewed if not improving bladder or bowel condition.

Gateshead Children Bladder and Bowel Community Service

Referral from 0-19 Service after 6 months of intervention and support

This service consists of a specialist nurse Michelle Newton who is trained to support children their family and care team  with bladder and bowel problems.

The service offers a confidential, friendly service for all ages (0-19) and enables a smooth transition into adult care.

A further comprehensive bladder and bowel assessment is carried out  to rule out any medical issues causing bladder and Bowel issues your child is experiencing and a treatment /medication programme tailored to suit your child/ young person individual need.

Common areas of concern may include:


•             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

•             Persistent bedwetting/ getting up a number of times in the night to use the toilet

•             Day time wetting (for example overactivity of bladder/ Giggle incontinence/ hypo activity of the bladder etc )

•             Specialist advise on toileting aids /equipment for containment reasons if medical condition effecting development


Self help -advice and support


Gateshead Autism Information Hub Facebook site = private group also has specific Bladder and Bowel Health advice



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