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The Urogynaecology Clinic in the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital was established in 1993 in order to provide a comprehensive, effective clinical service to women with continence-related problems. The Urogynaecology Clinic operates with the Department of Physiotherapy and the Department of Midwifery & Nursing to provide multidisciplinary team care.

The majority of women attending this clinic have bladder control problems relating to physical exertion and/or bladder overactivity (urinary frequency, urgency and the inability to 'hold on'). Some women may also have related problems such as genital tract prolapse, bladder voiding dysfunction and recurrent urinary tract infections.

Treatment options include:

  • Lifestyle modification
  • Physiotherapy
  • Medications
  • Surgery

If conservative non-surgical treatments fail, women may be required to undergo urodynamics, a specialised set of investigations (conducted in the clinic) designed to objectively measure bladder function.

Professor Chris Fitzpatrick, Consultant Obstetrician/Gynaecologist is Director of the Urogynaecology service. One consultation clinic and three urodynamic clinics are held every week. Women are advised to attend their general practitioners for assessment before referral.

A self-administered Coombe Continence Questionnaire in PDF format can be downloaded at the bottom of this page and given to the doctor or midwife at the first consultation. A full range of Patient Factsheets in relation to treatment options can be found by clicking on the quicklink on the right hand side of this page.






Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital
Cork St.
Dublin 8.

Tel: +353-1-408 5200
Fax: +353-1-453 6033

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