Living with a urinary catheter

Mr Roger Feneley

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Brief outline: Mr Roger Feneley explains why catheters are used. He describes different types of catheter and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of having one or the other. He also talks about urine collection bags and explains how urine infections can be prevented.

Background: Mr Roger Feneley is an Emeritus Consultant Urologist to the North Bristol NHS Trust and Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. He founded the BioMed Healthcare Technology Centre to improve the care of patients with urinary incontinence and initiated the 21st Century Catheter Project with the Bladder and Bowel Foundation.

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Mr Roger Feneley is an Emeritus Consultant Urologist to the North Bristol NHS Trust and Visiting Professor at the University of the West of England. His special interest has focused on bladder dysfunction with the founding of the Bristol Urodynamic Unit in 1971; this exposed the high prevalence of urinary incontinence, particularly amongst older people. In 1998 he founded the BioMed Centre within the Bristol Urological Institute to improve the care of patients with intractable urinary incontinence and in 2005 this became the BioMed Healthcare Technology Cooperative funded by the Department of Health. He initiated the 21st Century Catheter Project in conjunction with the Bladder and Bowel Foundation to seek user support in designing a urine collection system which would mimic normal bladder function with cyclical filling and emptying.  

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