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Bedwetting (nocturnal enuresis) can be worrying and frustrating, but it's common for children to accidentally wet the bed during the night.

“Bedwetting is a widespread and distressing condition that can have a deep impact on a child or young person’s behavior, emotional wellbeing and social life. It is also very stressful for the parents or carers. The prevalence of bedwetting decreases with age. Bedwetting less than 2 nights a week has a prevalence of 21% at about 4 and a half years and 8% at 9 and a half years. More frequent bedwetting is less common and has a prevalence of 8% at 4 and a half years and 1.5% at 9 and a half years.” (NICE 2010)

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Coventry Guidance

Enuresis Clinic Referral Criteria

The enuresis clinic is happy to receive referrals for the following children with daytime wetting and or nocturnal enuresis:

  • Children aged 5 to 16 living in Coventry
  • Children aged 5 to 16 registered with a Coventry GP practice but not living in the city.
  • Children aged 5 to 16 registered at a Coventry school

Unfortunately due to the number of referrals we receive we cannot accept referrals for children living outside the city who are not registered with a Coventry GP or attending a Coventry school.

Although we are happy to receive referrals for children aged 5 & 6 we would ask that you consider carefully whether this is in the best interests of the child at this time. It may be more beneficial to reassure parents that they are not alone and that a period of time ensuring that the lifestyle change, some of which are listed on the parents page at the end of this document are followed.

Children also need to be mature enough to be a part of the treatment process and if they are not motivated to be dry treatments are less likely to be successful.

The majority of referrals will initially be invited to a parent only information session. Before an individual assessment is offered there will be an expectation that families will utilise this information for a minimum period of three months.

Please indicate clearly on the referral form any reasons why a group information session is not appropriate.

If parents do not respond to the opt in letter for either the group session or individual appointments the child will be discharged and the referral closed.

Rugby Guidance
Community Paediatric Service

For children with enuresis issues who have had all the help they can from the School Nurses as well as Doctors, but still have bed wetting issues can be referred to the Community Paediatric service delivered by South Warwickshire Foundation Trust. 

About Community Paediatrics

We see children and families with a range of long term conditions for assessment, investigation, management and support.

In particular, we provide medical care to children and young people with complex health conditions, developmental problems, disabilities, life limiting conditions and social vulnerability.

We carry out statutory assessments for children to support Education and Health Care Plans, for those looked after by the Local Authority, and for those with suspected abuse or neglect.

We also provide advice and support to families requiring palliative care and following the death of a child.

We accept referrals from GPs, health visitors, school nurses, allied health professionals and other hospital and community doctors. We will see children and young people up to their sixteenth birthday and we will continue to see young people with complex needs up to their nineteenth birthday.

Children must be registered with a Warwickshire GP or in a Special School.

Location / how to find us:

The paediatricians in South Warwickshire are based at Warwick Hospital and Crown Way Clinic in Leamington.

Clinics are held at Warwick Hospital, Round Oak School, Welcombe Hills School, Ridgeway School, Crown Way Clinic and Stratford Health Centre.

The paediatricians in North Warwickshire are based at Riversley Park Children’s Centre in Nuneaton. Clinics are held in Bedworth Health Centre, Riversley Park Centre, Atherstone, Exhall Grange School, Oakwood School and Woodlands School.

The paediatricians in Rugby are based at the Orchard Centre. Clinics are held in the Orchard Centre and Brooke School.


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