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United charity aims to break down stigma

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A new charity – Bladder and Bowel Foundation (B&BF) – is now a reality. The board of trustees and the staff are all committed to improving the help, care, treatment and support available to patients, carers and healthcare professionals.

Formed out of Incontact and the Continence Foundation, B&BF incorporates the objectives of both organisations and will continue to provide information and support for all types of bladder and bowel-related problems, for both patients and professionals. It will work in partnership with other charities and organisations in the field.

Continence Awareness Week took place on 15–19 September 2008. Across the UK hundreds of healthcare professionals, including nurses, doctors, continence advisers and physiotherapists, helped to raise awareness of bladder and bowel disorders.

Whether it was organising a simple display of information in clinics and waiting rooms or an exhibition or conference on a larger scale, the important point was that we can all do something.

We would like to thank all of you who took part in this year’s Continence Awareness Week campaign. Raising awareness of these common, but seldom talked about problems, is a never-ending job.

If you would like to help us by becoming a member or being involved in future awareness projects, please contact us on
01536 533255.

B&BF heralds a new start. The brand new website, developed with input from respected healthcare professionals, clinicians and industry experts will provide a major resource for anyone looking for bladder and bowel information. The site offers easy access to the latest information about treatments, products and management techniques, while keeping the user up to date on research news and policy developments.

Lesley M.H. Woolnough is executive director of Bladder and Bowel Foundation, Kettering.

For further information, please contact us or visit our website. For general enquiries call 01536 533255, for the nurse helpline call 0845 345 0165 and for the counsellor helpline call 0870 770 3246. Alternatively, visit bladderandbowelfoundation.org

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