We offer a specialist service for women with problems with urinary incontinence (leaking urine from the bladder) and pelvic floor problems (prolapse) and problems after childbirth. We understand how these problems can affect every part of day to day life and our aim is to help improve your quality of life.

We realise it may take a lot of courage to come to clinic to talk about your problems and want to reassure you we take great care in providing a sensitive, caring and professional service.

Our focus is on the outpatient evaluation and management of female pelvic floor disorders.

Outpatient diagnostic testing is available, including Urodynamic tests and ultrasound.

We offer a wide spectrum of clinical care for pelvic floor disorders, including nonsurgical treatments, such as vaginal pessaries and behavioural therapies and surgical therapies. We are currently in the process of developing a Specialist laparoscopic theatre.

Women are living longer and staying healthier, increased exercise and other active pursuits are part of this new lifestyle, but unfortunately, bladder control problems slow down or sideline many women. Sufferers often see bladder control problems and other pelvic-floor disorders as a barrier to health, vitality, and self-esteem.

Pelvic floor disorders include bladder control problems (urinary incontinence), faecal incontinence, and pelvic organ prolapse—that is, the dropping or falling of the uterus, bladder, rectum, and vagina. Any of these problems may occur separately or in some combination with each other.

Good clinical care for pelvic floor disorders is often Multidisciplinary. This means we have a team of dedicated Specialist staff, including Doctors, Specialist Nurses, Physiotherapists and a Specialist midwife. As a team we collaborate frequently with other Specialists such and Consultant.

We run different clinics to support you and your problem.

Examples include:

• Assessment of pelvic floor symptoms with investigation and treatment planning clinics
• Specialist incontinence and prolapse clinics for planning surgery 
• A clinic with a Gynaecologist and a Urologist for women with complex problems
• Nurse- led urogynaecology clinics
• Community continence clinics (with Physiotherapy)
•( Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation clinic) PENDING
• Perineal clinic for women after the birth of their baby

Women need to know that these disorders need not stand in the path to a full life.

At The Lancashire Women and Newborn Centre the service is made up of highly qualified, experienced specialists with advanced training. Our approach allows for comprehensive care, even for patients with the most complex conditions. We begin with state-of-the-art diagnostic procedures and evaluation, and then offer a complete treatment and education plan to each patient based her own individual needs and preferences.

We provide a broad range of management and treatment options for urinary incontinence and prolapse.

Treatment types may include behavioural modification, pelvic muscle rehabilitation, biofeedback, and pharmaceuticals, with or without the latest minimally-invasive surgery. Contact us today and get on the road to an active, vital life!

The perineal clinic

This is a dedicated weekly clinic run by Specialist Midwife Mrs Annette Dugdale, 
Mrs Mary Hill and Mrs Sally Hooper Specialist Physiotherapists.

Patients who sustained perineal trauma during birth could directly referred here by their community midwives. Patients with non-birth related perineal problems also are being reviewed and offered different types of treatment (physiotherapy, surgery).

Staff are involved in research for patient benefit and some of the projects here are at the forefront of research into all areas of urogynaecology. As a result the treatment options available to patients may be unavailable elsewhere.

All new procedures are followed up and outcomes are strictly monitored to ensure that treatments offered are of proven quality. 

We offer a wide range of investigations and carry out some surgery as a day case or outpatient procedure.

Surgical procedures

There are currently a wide range of incontinence and prolapse surgery. The unit has three all day operating lists per week allowing for a range of urogynaecological operations to be performed. Outcomes of all surgical procedures are audited prospectively in our unit in accordance with the requirements of the British Society of Urogynaecology.