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Children’s continence clinics

Who are these clinics for?

These clinics are for children under the age of 16 years with any of the following:

Bed wetting

From age 6 years if there has been no improvement over 6 months after following advice to increase drinks and going to the toilet with no nappies or pull ups for 1 week during this time. This advice may be given by a GP, health visitor, community nursery nurse, school nurse or MAST support worker*.

Daytime wetting

From age 4 years if there has been no improvement for 3 months after following advice to increase drinks and go to the toilet regularly, and the GP has ruled constipation and urinary tract infections. This advice may be given by a GP, health visitor, community nursery nurse, school nurse or MAST support worker.


When there has been no improvement following treatment for 3 months by GP*.


When there has been no improvement following treatment for 3 months by GP*.

Toilet training

Toilet training problems from age 5 years, including children with special needs, after input and supervision for 6 months by a GP, health visitor, community nursery nurse, school nurse or MAST support worker.

Continence products may be available for child and young people aged 4 years and above who have additional needs and where toilet training is not possible. This part of the service is only available only through a referral from a GP.

*This advice follows guidelines provided by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Who can refer you to these clinics?

GP’s, Health visitors, school nurses can refer you to these clinics.

What could happen at your visit?

Children and their parents or carers will have the opportunity to talk about the problem and how it affects them.

A full assessment will be carried out including a physical examination. A urine sample may also be needed.

Charts may be sent before the first appointment to help assess the problems. Other investigations may be arranged.

Information about the child’s condition will be given and children and their parents or carers will be involved in deciding what would be the best course of action. This could include:

  • general advice
  • advice about drinks and diet
  • medication or alarm therapy for bed-wetting
  • a toilet training programme
  • laxatives for constipation

Children and parents or carers are asked to fill in charts to record success and progress and bring these to clinic appointments. This information is important to provide an assessment of your child and decide on treatment plans.

We aim to work in partnership with families and ask for their cooperation in our management and treatment plans.

Please note that your child may not be seen by the same health professional in clinic at every appointment but may see another member of the team without compromising the care of the child.

Meet the team

  • Dr Sona Matthai – Consultant Paediatrician, Trust Lead for Continence
  • Dr Patrice Tom – Specialty Doctor in Community Paediatrics
  • Dr Onye Ezi – Specialty Doctor in Community Paediatrics
  • Rebecca Woodward – Paediatric Continence Team Manager
  • Donna Bartholomew – Paediatric Continence Nurse Specialist
  • Shelly Stuart – Paediatric Continence Nurse Specialist
  • Saliha Hamroun- Paediatric Continence Nurse Specialist
  • Theresa Cordin-  Paediatric Continence Nurse Specialist
  • Gill Newbold – Paediatric Continence Advisor
  • Debbie Wharton – Continence Support Worker
  • Lizzie Keenan – Continence Support Worker
  • Courtney Barker – Continence Support Worker

Contact information

Children’s Community Continence Clinic
Community Paediatrics
Centenary House
55 Albert Terrace Road
S6 3BR

Telephone number

0114 305 3240, available 9am to 5pm on Monday to Friday.

This number is for:

  • Making an appointment
  • Changing an appointment
  • Cancellations

Further advice

Further information and advice for professionals and parents on day and night wetting, constipation, soiling and toilet training is available on our website and the Education and Resources for Improving Childhood Continence (ERIC) website.



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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

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