Pick up health advice along with presents

SHOPPERS will be able to pick up advice and information about bladder problems as well as their Christmas presents in Eastbourne town centre this week.

Trust staff are taking to the streets on December 16 as part of a Bladder Awareness Roadshow to encourage people not to be afraid of dealing with the taboo subject.

They will be available to chat and give advice in the privacy of a purpose built trailer outside Debenhams between 10.30am-4pm.

The roadshow has been organised by Penny Whitling, Eastbourne DGH urology specialist nurse.

She said, “Continence and bladder and prostate problems still remain unreported by the public.

“It is still a taboo subject that understandably people do not want to discuss. A day does not go by without a patient telling me that they wished they had the knowledge and courage to have come forward earlier to seek advice, rather than ignoring the symptoms.

“Many of us suffer from a bladder related problem at one time or another in our lives.

“For some, the problem can affect their quality of life and relationships. It is never too late to get help and problems should not be ignored, just simple advice and medication can often help.

“There are also other straightforward treatments available.”

Joining Penny giving advice and information on the day will be Mr James Moore, consultant urologist, Rebecca Rushton, lead urology nurse, Judy Andrews, gynaecology specialist nurse, Debbie Davis, community continence nurse for NHS East Sussex Downs and Weald.