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  • Continence means controlling your bladder (wee) or bowels (poo).
  • Tell a nurse or doctor if you notice changes or have any concerns about your bowel or bladder movements.
  • Get out of bed and use the toilet (rather than a bedpan) if you can – this can help prevent pressure sores.
  • Ask hospital staff if you need help with getting to, using or going to the toilet.
  • If you have been asked to remain in bed, or are unable to get up, toileting aids such as bed pans and urine bottles can be used.

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Reviewed on: 28-02-2022