Catheter Care

Catheter Care

Welcome to our catheter care section. Here you will find helpful information and advice on your catheter and how to use it.

The Bladder & Bowel Catheter Nurse Service can offer you expert advice from a specialist urology nurse about catheter care to help you find the right care plan and products to better manage your condition.

You can book a FREE catheter review, available over the phone by visiting our Catheter Nurse Service section, or calling 0800 031 5406.

How Does A Catheter Work?

A catheter drains urine from the bladder into a drainage bag which may be supported at thigh or calf level. The leg drainage bag requires changing every 5 to 7 days depending on manufacturers instructions. A Belly Bag or a catheter valve…

Catheter Problems

Dealing With Catheter Problems Occasionally people may experience problems with their catheters or accessories and the advice below should help. In all cases remember that good fluid intake is essential and often problems can be sorted…

What Is A Catheter

A catheter is a soft hollow tube, which is passed into the bladder to drain urine. Catheters are sometimes necessary for people, who for a variety of reasons, cannot empty their bladder in the usual way, i.e. passing urine into a toilet or…

Drainage Bags

A drainage bag collects urine from a catheter or penile sheath. Normally there is a tube which connects the catheter or sheath to the drainage bag. With a catheter everything should be sterile. Drainage bags come in different sizes and can…

Disconnecting a Night Drainage Bag

If someone is doing this for you, they must wear disposable gloves. High standards of hygiene are essential at all times. You must wash your hands prior to handling your night drainage bag, see our 6 step handwashing guide here. Wash…

Attaching a Night Drainage Bag

It is essential that high standards of hygiene are maintained at all times. You must wash your hands prior to handling your drainage bag, see our 6 step handwashing guide here.  How to attach a night drainage bag If someone is doing this…

Let’s Talk About Catheters.

To celebrate the launch of our new catheter nurse service we wanted to dedicate a space where we talk about all matters relating to catheters. Catheter patient, Leanna Benjamin talks openly about what she wished she had known about having…

Catheter Nurse Q&A

At Bladder and Bowel Community, we don’t want anyone to struggle or feel lost or struggle with their catheter needs which is why we have launched our Catheter Nurse Service in partnership with Amcare Group.   For more information about our…

Catheter Nurse Service

Bladder & Bowel Catheter Nurse Service Our aim is to provide you with the support and care you need to live a full and happy life. This includes providing you with a free, personalised advice and support service over the phone or in…

Indwelling Catheterisation

Indwelling catheters can be used short-term or long-term. Short-term: these are frequently inserted after an operation or if you are unable to pass urine due to obstruction.  They may also be used to introduce therapeutic drugs or to…