Elderly woman asked to prove incontinence with soiled pads

1 April 2011

A blind woman in Nottinghamshire was asked to take soiled incontinence pads to the doctors to prove her condition was bad enough to warrant a prescription.

Edith Braddow had to keep hold of the used sanitary pads and take them to be weighed at her next appointment, so the doctor could check how much urine the 77-year-old was releasing.

The request was made with the aim of discovering if Mrs Braddow should receive the incontinence pads on prescription or if she should pay for them, after a change in services meant she had to be reassessed.

Mrs Braddow's son Ian, who is also her full-time carer, told the Nottingham Evening Post he was left speechless by the incident.

He said: "The new assessment is so degrading. It's attacking the elderly. Mum is not only disgusted she also feels really down."

A spokesman for Nottinghamshire Community Health said: "A review of the continence service took place during 2010 and changes made have been to ensure patients receive optimum clinical care."

Urinary incontinence can be brought on by a number of factors, ranging from weakened pelvic muscles to bladder stress resulting from exercise.

By Edward Briggs

 

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