Continence Service

Overview of Service

The Children’s Continence Service promotes continence for children and young people in Bedfordshire and Luton. The service is primarily for special needs children who require help and support with toilet training including daytime wetting, constipation and soiling.  At the initial assessment, information and advice is given on helping the child acquire toileting skills including routines and recommended fluid intake. Families will be informed how to access a provision of nappies, if appropriate to the child’s needs.

Other help we can give includes workshops on toilet training; advice on intermittent self-catheterisation; visual symbols, reward charts and care plans; telephone advice; liaison with education and social services staff and follow up assessments.

Where Service is based

Union Street Clinic
Union Street
Bedford
MK40 2SF

Patients are assessed for their continence needs at clinics held at The Child Development Centre in Kempston, Bedford; at the Edwin Lobo Centre in Luton and at Special Needs Schools throughout the county. Occasionally, assessments are done in the patient’s home when they have severe health and mobility issues.

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday 08.30–16.30

How to Contact Service

Tel: 01234 310879
Monday to Friday 09.00 – 11.00 and 24 hour answerphone

How to access the service

Referrals are accepted for children aged four and above. Please ask for a referral from the following:

  • GP
  • Paediatrician
  • Health Visitor
  • Social Worker
  • Special Needs School Nurse

Self referrals are not accepted to this service