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Issue No.8 2001

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ISC Lifestyle?

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...an exciting response from our readers!

this issue of Select, we are including a

special Lifestyle Feature that establishes a

new precedent in communication from

ISC users. In the last Select magazine we

published a frank and compelling

lifestyle article entitled - An Inspiring

Story...written by a LoFric ®

User - which

prompted many more letters from others

who practice ISC. We like to think that

this is helping readers to gain knowledge,

inspiration and encouragement from the

experiences of others

...see pages 2-6

Away from home?

ISC anywhere is now a reality!

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We are pleased to announce that LoFric H 2 0, an innovative new ISC Kit, is

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now available on prescription to complement standard LoFric. The range

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of LoFric Kits includes options that may suit your travel plans, leisure or

sporting activities.

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...see LoFric Kits featured on Pages 8 & 9

Inside this issue...

Pages 2 - 6

ISC Lifestyle Stories...

inspired by Select readers

Page 7

In Partnership with Associations - News

Useful ISC Tips

Pages 8 & 9

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LoFric Away Day Kits

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LoFric H 2 0 on Prescription

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In Partnership with

Associations - News

Pages 10 & 11

Select Home Delivery

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The Select Team

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Welcome to the very first Select

lifestyle feature which was

inspired entirely by our readers!

Our grateful thanks to the authors of these letters, which

have been edited and adapted into articles.

Where applicable, we have included pictorial references of

LoFric ®

products, accessories and services, deemed to be

important by the writers. All names and personal details

are treated in the strictest confidence.

My self-esteem is returning and I am

planning my next adventure...

Ihave been doing ISC for about 6 years, 5 times/day. I went into urinary

retention following treatment for a back injury - mastering ISC was a

long slow process. Learning conditions were far from ideal, on a bed in an

open ward and my mobility difficulties led to much improvisation. I was

highly motivated (the alternative was an indwelling catheter) and I had

no problems with the theory of the technique, only putting it into

practice. Being female was a definite disadvantage, a mirror helped but

poor lighting didn’t. The first catheters I was given were unlubricated (to

be reused for 1 week) and needed KY jelly.

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Cleansing them caused more problems,

as did hand washing as there was no

nearby basin. Fortunately I was then

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given LoFric catheters. They glided in

and out and were more comfortable.

The water needed for these was solved

by my drinking water jug. A leg bag

quickly replaced a paper tray for

draining urine into, which also gave me

a better grip when inserting the catheter.

When I got home I was only able to

catheterise on a bed. Further difficulties

followed due to incontinence between

catheterisations and recurrent bladder

infections. I had been given no urology

follow up and it was several months

before I was able to see the urologist

again. He wasn’t interested in such

mundane problems. I was getting more

depressed but fortunately found

Incontact. I was not alone with my

problems any longer and knew there

was help there. Unfortunately Astra

Tech Select wasn’t available then. The

refitting of my bathroom to cope with

my mobility problems - led at last to

being able to catheterise on the loo seat -

as there was now room to balance the

mirror and have somewhere to place the

catheter/leg bag.

Two years on, I was referred to another

hospital and an urologist who

unfortunately was not able to help with

my incontinence other than suggest "a

bit of padding" or an indwelling urethra

catheter. I was given new advice on ISC,

trying to teach me to place the catheter

by feel. This method may help some

patients, but Raynauds disease has

caused my fingers not to be too

sensitive. More surprisingly, this

teaching was with a male-length cheap

catheter with no lubricant. I was told to

reduce the ISC to 3 per day (no attempt

to find out what volume of urine I

passed with ISC), to forget what I had

previously learned and that I shouldn’t

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be using LoFric catheters. Somewhat

sore and disillusioned I went home (and

did not follow the instructions).

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I am now in

control and find

it easier to cope

Not giving up I at last managed to make

contact with a local continence advisor

who came to see me at home several

months later. She checked my technique

and to see if I was emptying my bladder

fully by ultrasound (failure to empty the

bladder fully could have led both to

incontinence and infections). I passed,

but she changed jobs the following

week. She recommended that I see

another consultant. It took some time to

find the right specialist and to persuade

my GP that I needed a third opinion.

The adjustable ladies catherisation mirror is

available through Astra Tech Select - see page 11

Meantime my confidence with ISC grew

and in order to cope better away from

home I started to try and manage

without the mirror, ie: do it blindly. To

my surprise I was putting the catheter

straight in...the mirror had become a

prop. I also learnt to catheterise in my

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wheelchair, and I got some LoFric Cath-

TM

Kits which were easier than a separate

leg bag on day trips. As these still need

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TM

a source of water... LoFric Hydro-Kits

would probably be more useful. Antibacterial

hand gel is a help when

washing hands is difficult. For longer

trips and holidays I have found a baby’s

changing bag useful as it is big enough

to hold a whole pack of catheters and

has plenty of pockets/pouches for

wipes, etc.

“Mean time my confidence

with ISC grew”

My complex incontinence problems

have now been almost resolved after

two minor operations and an urologist

who deals with mundane problems. I

had to have a supra-pubic catheter for

two weeks which emphasised the

freedom that ISC gives. No hiding of

catheter with valve or leg bag under

clothing and no body image problems

long term.

My self-esteem is returning and I am

planning my next adventure (minus the

suitcase of incontinence pads). Being

female has its advantages, at least our

catheters are shorter and easier to pack.

New situations bring new challenges,

but it is now my mobility difficulties

which are the biggest hindrance.

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Editor: Thanks to this LoFric user for

providing such a detailed experience

packed with ISC tips, which we are sure

will be beneficial to others.

Ienjoyed reading through Issue 7

of the Select magazine. The

inspiring story on page 3 was very

good and the item brought home the

feelings and confusions of when I

first was told that I had to start ISC.

I drink plenty of water but increase the

intake if I feel that I have an infection

coming on, only to hopefully flush out

the infection. Obviously, if nothing has

changed within 48 hours, I do start to

take antibiotics.

I am pregnant with my fifth child. I was

using ISC on pregnancy no. 4. At first it

was easy to catheterise myself, but as the

uterus became larger and the weight of

the baby increased, it became more

difficult to catheterise. The catheter

would get stuck or I found it hard to

insert due to the baby’s head being so

low in the pelvis. I tried different

positions and found that if I laid on my

side it was much easier to insert and

remove. Although I did find that if the

bladder was very full, the urine would

override the catheter and leave me wet

and messy. Now my Continence Advisor

has told me to use leg bags to drain the

urine into - which was a fab idea, it works

wonders especially when my hands go

numb. I am now in control and find it

easier to cope.

Editor: We would like to congratulate this

reader on the recent birth of her son!

NB: The reader is wise to increase her

fluid intake when she suspects an

infection, but if flu-like symptoms occur,

she must see her GP.

Please consult your healthcare

professional before trying any new

techniques when pregnant.

If your story is not in this issue, don’t worry!

Because of the number of letters received,

we plan to publish more lifestyle articles in

future Select issues...so please continue to

write to us with your experiences. Send

your lifestyle stories and letters Freepost

(no stamp required) to:

Astra Tech Select, Freepost SWC

1804, Stonehouse, GL10 3BF

ADVICE FROM YOUR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL.

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The red dress...

it’s a symbol of my recovery...

Since the end of February

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2000 I have used LoFric

catheters – 4 or 5 a day. I

have a Mitrofanoff continent

urinary diversion.

In October 1999 I became ill

with cancer of the bladder. I

had a Grade 3 tumour. It was

discovered that the cancer

had gone into the muscle of

my bladder but not

anywhere else, so that if I

was prepared to lose my

bladder I had a good chance

of survival. Between

November 1999 and January

2000 I had numerous small

operations as well as major

abdominal surgery.

I never imagined that something like this would

happen to me. The diagnosis threw my family

and myself completely sideways and for a while

it was like walking down a dark tunnel. I was

still young and I have always led a very active

life. I am a professional artist – a painter – and

“I can wear a bikini and I can

run and jump again”

teach art in a college. I am married and have a

daughter and son. We have a second home on a

Greek island, which we often visit. I thought

that I would never be able to paint again – some

of my work is very large. I thought that my

teaching career would be finished. For a while I

was going to sell our Greek home.

My surgeon made me a new bladder from my

bowel and a catheterisable stoma from my

appendix (Mitrofanoff) and he saved my life. I

am very lucky to be alive. I will never be quite

the same as everyone else, but I can wear a

bikini and I can run and jump again. I have had

two holidays at our house in Greece and I am

LoFric ®

Plus is an environmentally

friendly catheter available on

prescription

still teaching and exhibiting

my artworks. I have

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used the LoFric Plus

catheters (which are brilliant),

but generally use the original

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LoFric .

I have made a number of paintings

and photomedia artworks about my

experience. The last paintings that I did - "The

Red Dress" and "Magenta" - are more positive.

After getting the all clear from my last CT scan,

I bought a red dress in a cut-price designer sale.

I printed photographs onto canvas, and made a

painting of the dress. It’s a symbol of my

recovery.

I have survived. Many thanks to Astra Tech and

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for LoFric catheters.

Editor: many thanks for your inspiring and creative

story...and for allowing us to reproduce the beautiful

symbolic dress. Good luck with your future artistic

ventures!

Now I can put my energies i

after my ten-month old daug

I

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have been using LoFric catheters for

nearly two and a half years now. At 12

years old, I had a reflux operation, but by

then my right kidney had stopped

functioning. A few years later I started

getting water infections all over again

and was losing control of my bladder.

At 19 years old I had an ileoclamcystoplasty

(bladder enlargement) operation, they took

away most of my bladder and replaced it with

layers of bowel. I then had to learn to

catheterise myself and flush out my bladder

four or five times daily. It took a long time to

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Before my holiday to Cyprus

this year I contacted the Astra

Tech Select helpline to see if they

had any tips on how to manage

my ISC when in unfamiliar

territory. I was expecting a few

‘how to do’ tips on a fact sheet. I

was not disappointed in that

respect, however, in addition I

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TM

was sent a Lofric Hydro-Kit

sample. No more worries about

finding clean water, or

somewhere and something to

catheterise into (I am fully

wheelchair dependant).

TM

The Hydro-Kit is a complete ‘all you

need’ kit with water to lubricate the

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standard LoFric catheter and a very

strong plastic bag to drain into, which

is simply sealed by tying a knot in it.

When used in conjunction with the

free anti-bacterial wet wipes available

from the Astra Tech Select service, you

are completely free to go where you

want without worrying about finding

“I for one can say, hand on

heart, that they have really

improved my quality of life“

a toilet and running water - which is a

godsend for a wheelchair user like

myself abroad (obviously in an ideal

world you should wash your hands in

clean water – but reality is very

different).

TM

I also found the Hydro-Kit very

useful during the night. If like me,

you wake up in the middle of the

night and need to go in a hurry, but

nto looking

hter

Away from home?

the effort of getting into the

wheelchair is likely to end in a leak,

TM

then the Hydro-Kit is the ideal

solution. The one drawback is that

they are not available on prescription.

When I asked why I was told that the

TM

DOH do not consider Hydro-Kits to

be cost effective. I for one can say,

hand on heart, that they have really

improved my quality of life and I will

be writing to my MP to demand that

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the Hydro-Kit is available on

prescription!

ISC KITS

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Editor: A variety of LoFric Kits are

available...please see Pages 8 & 9 in this

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issue of Select. The new LoFric H 2 0 Kit is

now available on prescription. We are

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TM

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hopeful that LoFric Hydro-Kit and LoFric

TM

Cath-Kit may be available on prescription

in the near future.

recover physically and mentally, with

time, it just got easier. At 20 I

discovered I was pregnant, I was told

there could be complications due to

my artificial bladder. Thankfully it

went well. I was induced 2 weeks early

due to the pressure on my bladder. I

gave birth without any major

problems to a baby girl, 6lbs 13ozs.

I still suffer from water infections, but

I have now learned when they are

coming and how to treat them. I drink

plenty of water and am on a low dose

of Nitrofurantion everyday. I thought

using catheters would make my life

“I have grown more confident and am healthier

now and that is all that matters”

very difficult and embarrassing, I was

paranoid at first and thought people

were looking at me and talking about

me, but not anymore. I have grown

more confident and am healthier now

and that is all that matters. So now at

the age of 22, I can put my energy and

attention towards looking after my 10

month old daughter.

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Cranberries have given

me a better lifestyle!

I have been doing self catheterisation

for 10 years and have suffered

bladder infections over that period,

two of which have meant me having

hospital treatment. The last one was

April 2001 when I spent eight days

in hospital.

After being out of hospital for two weeks

I read a note in my pension magazine

relating to Cranberry juice/tablets. I had

already been drinking Cranberry juice but

after reading the article I purchased the

cranberry tablets (200mg). I now take two

each morning with my food and the result

has been outstanding. My urine is now

clearer than at any time in the past 10

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“This, with the aid of LoFric

catheters makes me feel on

top of the world.”

years, my frequency is now down to three

times per day and my nights are free from

getting up. This needless to say has given

me a better lifestyle without looking

where the nearest toilet is situated. This

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with the aid of LoFric catheters (they are

the best product on the market) makes me

feel on top of the world.

I purchased the cranberry tablets from my

local health shop and they are under the

name of Natures Aid and that in itself is

the bottom line, as there are no known

side effects.

INFORMATION:

Cranberry has been used to prevent kidney

stones and ‘bladder gravel’ as well as to

remove toxins from the blood. Cranberry has

long been recommended for people with

recurrent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Cranberries prevent E. coli, the most common

cause of UTIs and recurrent UTIs, from

adhering to the cells lining the wall of the

bladder. This anti-adherence action renders the

bacteria harmless in the urinary tract. Recently,

the pro-anthocyanidins in the berry were shown

to have this anti-adherence action. Cranberry

has been shown to reduce bacteria levels in the

urinary bladders of older women significantly

better than placebo, which may help to prevent

future infections.

One capsule of concentrated cranberry juice

extract (400mg) can be taken two times per

day. Several glasses (16 ounces) of a highquality

cranberry juice each day can

approximate the effect of the cranberry

concentrate. Cranberry concentrate has no

known side effects and is safe to use during

pregnancy and lactation. Cranberry should not

be used as a substitute from antibiotics during

an acute urinary tract infection.

Source: Healthnotes Online

Certain medications interact in a positive/or

negative way with cranberry. Always check with

your continence advisor or GP before trying

changes to your diet.

Useful tips...from an ISC user

If you haven’t ‘been’ recently, it is a good idea to open one’s

bowels before catheterisation.

After washing your hands, give the edge of the sink a good rub

with a dry part of the towel – the water-filled catheter sleeve is

less likely to accidentally detach and land on the floor!

Catheters seem to pass most easily at 30 seconds after wetting,

so why not have a cheap little clock in your bathroom? (It might

help you not to be late for work into the bargain!).

Align the catheter’s slight curve to match the natural curve of

it’s journey through the urethra.

Towards the end of the insertion, close your fingertip over the

end of the catheter, so that you can control and direct the initial

flow of urine.

Withdraw the catheter slowly to ensure complete emptying.

Before complete withdrawal, place your fingertip over the end

of the catheter again for the withdrawal procedure – it can make

it more comfortable and prevent an uncontrolled splash as the

tip emerges.

Withdraw at the most comfortable pace (it can vary), this will

avoid unnecessary trauma to the urethra.

It is useful to occasionally monitor residual urine using a jug

(someone is bound to ask you about these amounts at some

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ASSOCIATIONS

Emotional effects of ‘taboo’

health problem highlighted at

Continence Awareness Week.

This year’s Continence Awareness Week (17-23

September), took as its theme the emotional effects of

having imperfect bladder or bowel control. The subject

was suggested by a user focus group when asked which

aspect of the condition they thought was most neglected.

The centre-piece of the campaign was the launch of

a free self-help leaflet called Helping You to

Help Yourself. The leaflet, which

was devised by a consultant clinical

psychologist, offers a number of tips

about how to maintain - or regain -

the self-esteem and confidence that

can be lost when bladder or bowel

control is impaired. It also suggests how

the condition can be explained to friends

and relatives in a way that reduces

mutual embarrassment.

A sister publication, Don’t Make Me Laugh,

was released at the same time. Addressing the same

subject, but in greater depth, this 60-Page guide focuses on

practical ways of dealing with common emotions of

anxiety, worry, low mood and self-esteem. According to

Nicky Asbury, the co-author of both publications, Don’t

Make Me Laugh is for women who feel they can manage

their physical symptoms, but who want to try some new

ways to manage their emotional reactions.

MORE LEAFLETS!

We have been busy producing a range of new and revised

publications:

Only When I Laugh is a new, eight-page booklet about

stress incontinence and pelvic floor exercises. This

In Partnership

offering provides the basic facts about stress incontinence,

the function of the pelvic floor and pelvic floor exercises.

Expecting a Baby? The hugely successful leaflet that

accompanied last year’s Awareness Campaign has been

revised and reprinted. So popular that 40,000 copies were

distributed within a month of its launch, this publication

highlights the steps mothers-to-be can take before, during

and after childbirth to minimize the risk of bladder

problems.

Our Well Behaved Bowel leaflet is also

available again, having been out of

print for some months. This

offering gives tips for keeping

one’s bowel healthy and answers

commonly asked questions about

regularity and ‘normal’ behaviour

Don’t Make Me Laugh is available

exclusively from the Foundation for £2.99

including p&p. All other publications can

be obtained by calling our Helpline, or

sending a large SAE to:

The Continence Foundation, 307 Hatton Square,

16 Baldwins Gardens, London EC1N 7RJ.

NEW HELPLINE NUMBER

As an extra service to our users, we have changed our

Helpline to a ‘0845’ Number. This means that callers are

now only charged at the local rate for their call - no matter

where they are calling from in the UK. Our Helpline is

staffed by Continence Nurse Specialists who can advise

on all aspects of the condition.

Helpline: 0845 345 0165

(9.30 to 4.30 Mon-Fri)

e-mail:continence-help@dial.pipex.com

Website: www.continence-foundation.org.uk

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stage), but run the urine down the side of the jug (like lager!) to

prevent frothing, as bubbles make the fluid level harder to read.

When disposing of the catheter, fold the sticky patch over onto

itself and it won’t stick to other things later. Also if you doubleknot

it, it is easier to get into a disposal bag; or if disposed of in

a bin, is less conspicuous to others, like squeamish adults or

over-curious toddlers!

Never be complacent, once you’ve sorted out the best procedure

for you, stick to it.

Editor: Many thanks to this ISC user for taking the time to help

others!

ISC

share your

L ifestyle

stories!

If you wish to share any of your experiences

with other readers please write to us at:

Astra Tech Select, Freepost SWC 1804,

Stonehouse, GL10 3BF

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answering all

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ISC KITS

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AVAILABLE ON

PRESCRIPTION

When water is not

available...

Designed for safe, hygienic self-catheterisation

when away from home, H 2 0 is a complete readyto-use

ISC kit that includes a LoFric catheter, a

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sterile water sachet and an integral handling aid.

It’s easy to use...simply pull the lower half of the

sleeve to release the water.

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To learn more... call the Select Help


your ISC

for those

ys

LoFric® Kits provide everything you

need for comfortable, safe and hygienic

intermittent self catheterisation(ISC)

when away from home. These kits are

designed for occasional use especially

for people who practice ISC with

LoFric®

- now you can enjoy more

freedom and convenience.

When access to water

and a toilet is difficult...

TM

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TM

LoFric Hydro-Kit is a complete, integrated ISC

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unit that includes a LoFric catheter, sterilised

water plus an integral drainage bag. If you lead an

active life and want more independence wherever

TM

you go, Hydro-Kit is the convenient answer. After

catheterisation, the drainage bag is used to hold

urine and sealed for disposal at a convenient time.

When access to a toilet

is limited...

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TM

Whether in the UK or abroad, LoFric Cath-Kit is

the ideal choice for ISC when access to a toilet is

TM

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limited. Cath-Kit includes a LoFric catheter with

a handy integral urine drainage bag which, after

catheterisation, can be used for convenient and

hygienic disposal.

Please note that LoFric ® Hydro-Kit TM and LoFric ® Cath-Kit TM are not available on

prescription but may be purchased direct from Astra Tech.

line 0800 783 7027 or send in the freepost reply slip on the back page

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ASSOCIATIONS

In Partnership

Continence Topic

Sheets from ASBAH

The Association for Spina

Bifida and Hydrocephalus

(ASBAH) has recently

published a new series of

continence topic sheets

written specially by its

staff and medical

advisers for people

with these conditions.

There are eight topic

sheets in the series. Two

more sheets will be added in

the future. The first eight sheets are:

Toilet Training and Spina Bifida

Toilet Training and Hydrocephalus

Adaptations for Toileting

Clean Intermittent Self Catheterisation

Bladder Augmentation

Antegrade Continence Enema

Colostomy, Ileostomy and Urostomy

Artificial Sphincter

Sheets still being prepared will cover Diet and

Continence; and Tests and Procedures.

Individual Topic Sheets are available free...please send

a large stamped addressed envelope to:

ASBAH Information, 42 Park Road, Peterborough PE1 2UQ

(If the whole series is required, these

are available as a complete pack, priced

at £3 - cheques payable to ASBAH).

ASBAH

Astra Tech are

pleased to sponsor

SIA Magazine

Astra Tech is pleased to confirm their support for the

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA). The company is

sponsoring a series of special articles entitled Continence

Matters in the excellent SIA-FORWARD Magazine. The

articles are written by Mary White, an experienced

Clinical Nurse Specialist. Continence Matters addresses

issues relating to bladder problems and catheterisation

and provides solutions and guidance for many people. If

you would like a copy of any of these articles please call

us on 0800 783 7027.

To contact The Spinal Injuries Association please see

useful helplines and addresses opposite.

New books and

website services from

MS Research Trust

November will see the publication

of My Dad’s Got MS - My Mum’s

Got MS appeared three years’ ago.

This was aimed at children under

ten and explained some of the issues

of having a mother with multiple

sclerosis. Since then, it has been

apparent that there was a need for a

companion volume for children

whose father is affected. The new

book will fill this need.

Both books are free (please enclose

40p for postage), and will be

available from MS Research Trust,

Spirella Building, Bridge Road,

Letchworth, SG6 4ET. Those with

access to the internet will perhaps

have noticed a few changes to our

website

www.msresearchtrust.org.uk.

These include the addition of a new

front page and a page that will

record our campaigns to improve

access to services and treatments for

people with MS.

Forthcoming changes during the

next few months include an

overhaul of the Information pages

and making our publications

available online. There will also be

another specialist chatroom in

December - check the website for

details closer to the time. You can

contact us in the following ways and

we hope you will!

The Multiple Sclerosis

Research Trust

Spirella Building

Bridge Road

Letchworth

SG6 4ET.

Tel: 01462 476700

Fax: 01462 476710

Website: www.msresearchtrust.org.uk

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...register with Select for

free home delivery

plus free accessories

The benefits of the discreet, direct-to-your door

Select Home Delivery Service are being

appreciated by more and more ISC users.

Once registered the Home Delivery

Service is free and, apart from taking

care of your regular catheter

requirements, Select also provides

you with a wide range of free

accessories including Wet &

Dry Wipes and Disposal Bags

with every order. It’s easy to

register, just contact the Select

freephone helpline and one of our

friendly team will advise you on

what to do – we can even obtain

prescriptions on your behalf, if you prefer.

Select catheter

pouches are designed

to hold up to 5 male or

female catheters and

will slip neatly into

your pocket or handbag.

These smart LoFric

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watches and

cuddly dolphins are available for

children who practice ISC and are

registered with Select...please check

with us for availability.

Dry wipes, wet wipes and scented

disposal bags are supplied free with

every order to all Select registered

members. Adjustable Ladies Mirrors,

®

Water Bottles and LoFric Handles are

also available free on request.

useful helplines and addresses

See contact details on back page....

Astra Tech Select 0800 783 7027

Freepost SWC 1804, Stonehouse, GL10 3BF

Incontact 020 7700 7035

United House, North Road, London, N7 9DP

The Continence Foundation 0845 345 0165

307 Hatton Square, 16 Baldwin Gardens, London, EC1N 7RJ

Promocon/Disabled Living 0161 832 3678

St Chad Street, Manchester, M8 8QA

The Association for Spina Bifida

& Hydrocephalus (ASBAH) 01733 555 988

ASBAH House, 42 Park Road, Peterborough, PE1 2UQ

The Stroke Association 0845 303 3100

Stroke House, 123-127 Whitecross Street, London, EC1Y 8JJ

The Multiple Sclerosis Society 0800 800 8000

MS National Centre, 372 Edgeware Road, London, NW2 6ND

The Interstitial Cystitis Support Group 01908 569169

76 High Street, Stony Stratford, Bucks, MK11 1AH

The Spinal Injuries Association 020 8444 2121

76 St James Lane, London, N10 3PF

Multiple Sclerosis Research Trust 01462 476 700

Spirella Building, Bridge Road, Letchworth, Herts, SG6 4ET

The Royal Association for Disability

and Rehabilitation (RADAR) 020 7250 3222

12 City Forum, 250 City Road, London, EC1N 8AF

The Multiple Sclerosis

Resource Centre (MSRC) 0800 783 0518

7 Peartree Business Centre, Peartree Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex, CO3 5JN

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Select team

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Lizzie & Brenda

Liz &Rachael

Lizzie & Brenda....man the Select freephone helpline

and process your orders. Rachael and Liz...handle all

communications and edit the Select magazine...Mary

White is a clinical nursing specialist and offers

professional healthcare advice. Whatever your enquiry,

do not hesitate to call...we will be pleased to help.

Please call the helpline below or fill in this slip and send it freepost to :

Astra Tech Select, Freepost, SWC 1804, Stonehouse, GL10 3BF

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SELECT ACCESSORIES:

Wet & Dry Wipes & Disposal Bags - supplied free with every order

Available on request:

Adjustable Ladies Mirrors

150ml Water Bottles

®

LoFric Handles

Catheter Pouches

LOFRIC ® :

Available on prescription:

®

LoFric

®

LoFric

Plus

LOFRIC ®

KITS:

Available on prescription:

®

LoFric H 2 0 Kit

Available direct from Astra Tech:

®

LoFric

TM

Hydro-Kit

®

LoFric

TM

Cath-Kits

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HELP LIN E

For more information about topics covered in this issue contact:

Liz Bloxham or Rachael Parker at: Astra Tech Select, Freepost, SWC 1804, Stonehouse. GL10 3BF

Whilst every effort is made to publish accurate information, Astra Tech Limited can not be held responsible for misrepresentation by third party contributors.

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0800 783 7027

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