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Continence Service

Who we are:

The Continence Service is a County wide service available to adults living within the County Durham and Darlington area; based at Bishop Auckland Hospital.  Clinics are held in various locations across the County.  

What we do:

We offer a discreet and confidential service to both men and women. Patients are usually seen in a clinic environment; however, a home visit can be arranged if appropriate.  Initial appointments take approximately 40 minutes, this includes a review of:

  • Symptom Profile
  • Urinary & Bowel Symptoms
  • Impact on quality of life
  • Lifestyle
  • Medical & Surgical history
  • Medication (in relation to bladder/bowel symptoms)
  • Other investigations depending on symptoms: bladders scan, vaginal examination, rectal examination.

Following initial assessment, treatment options will be discussed with the patient and a plan of care agreed.

We work alongside our medical and surgical colleagues to ensure all our patients receive a high standard of continence care which is based on up to date knowledge and skills.

Where you can find us:

Our team operates clinics throughout County Durham & Darlington and are based at:

Continence Service
Building 9
Bishop Auckland General Hospital 
Cockton Hill Road

Bishop Auckland

DL14 6AD

Tel No: 01388 455255



The Team:

Ruth Cooper: Continence Lead Nurse

Sarah Aungiers: Continence Lead Nurse

Irene Willis: Continence Specialist Nurse

Caroline Deighton: Continence Specialist Nurse

Joanna Trevor: Continence Nurse

Emma Leigh: Continence Nurse

Lynn Jackson: Admin

'Every aspect of my emergency care was dealt with quickly, efficiently and professionally with full explanations and compassion from all staff involved'.

Patient, Emergency Department, Darlington Memorial Hospital