Continence Department

The Continence Nursing Service aims to provide a quality integrated continence care as outlined in Good Practice in Continence Services (DOH 2000).

The service aims to provide a local, accessible service to reduce the incidence of bladder and bowel dysfunction by the provision of comprehensive and effective assessment, treatment, advice and review.

A conservative treatment programme is offered for patients with continence problems who are keen to seek ways of improving the management of their difficulties.  The assessment includes bladder scanning, general advice on fluids/diet/smoking/lifestyle changes, pelvic floor, etc.

Please see links on the right-hand side of this page for referral information.

The Continence Nurses offer a wide range of training and education such as:

  • digital rectal examination for nurses
  • male, female and supra-pubic catheterisation training
  • continence assessment and management


Care Homes and Care Agencies are supported by a programme of education relating to continence care.

Please note that patients who require provision of continence pads should be referred to their own District Nurse via the GP Surgery or, if mobile, attend the nearest DN Treatment Clinic.

This service is available to residents of Plymouth, South Hams and West Devon only.