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Local Campaign Highlights Hidden Health Problem

As part of Continence Awareness Week, one of the Trusts Continence Advisors and a Specialist Nurse will be available to provide specialist advice on bladder and bowel problems for patients, visitors and staff in the Out-Patients Department (OPD) of Manchester Royal Infirmary. For a few hours each day from the 12th until the 16th September 2005 they will be there to help highlight a hidden health problem affecting 1 in 5 women and almost 1 in 5 men. The initiative is part of a national campaign to draw attention to a condition called ‘Overactive Bladder Syndrome’, which although widespread many people feel uncomfortable raising the subject with their GP, nurse or pharmacist and few are aware that anything can be done about it. Effects of the condition include sudden uncontrollable urges to empty the bladder and needing to empty the bladder frequently. Karen Hignett, a Continence Advisor at the Trust says: “Unfortunately, most people with an overactive bladder are too embarrassed to ask advice or assume it’s untreatable, but it’s nothing to be ashamed about and professional help is available - that is the positive message we are promoting”. Posters will be on display and leaflets available from the stand in OPD during this time, which contain self-help information. One of the leaflets which will be available is ‘The Overactive Bladder’ which is produced by the Continence Foundation, the charity organising Continence Awareness Week. This leaflet can also be obtained from the Foundation by calling 0845 345 0165 or by e-mailing continence-help@dial.pipex.com with a subject heading of ‘overactive’. For further information contact Karen Hignett or Helen Moran, Continence Advisors on (0161) 276 8060 or Suzanne Ryder, Specialist Nurse Pelvic Floor Dysfunction on (0161) 276 6093.