BIG supports the Bladder and Bowel campaign 2021

Jun 22, 2021

It’s World Continence Week from 21-27 June, and The Bowel Interest Group (BIG) has thrown its support behind the UK’s Bladder and Bowel campaign starting on the 21st June in The Guardian newspaper, and online at

The Bladder and Bowel campaign 2021 looks at the importance of early diagnosis, management and treatment of key bladder and bowel conditions and shares tips with people on how to support their own bowel health. Featuring information and advice from Professor Anton Emmanuel, Consultant Gastroenterologist at UCLH and the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, it encourages patients to ‘take action today’ if they notice signs of constipation, to avoid the condition impacting their lives, while reducing the financial burden on the NHS.

The Third Edition of the Bowel Interest Group’s Cost of Constipation Report, reveals the significant cost of constipation to the NHS and the devastating impact that the condition has on patient lives.

The report, cited in Bladder and Bowel, found that:

  • Up to one in seven adults and one in three children in the UK is affected by the condition.
  • Almost 77,000 people in England were admitted to hospital with constipation in 2018/2019, equal to over 200 people a day. 
  • £168 million was spent by NHS England on treating the condition, through emergency admissions and laxative prescriptions.

“Managing a common and intrusive problem like constipation is a significant opportunity to improve patient outcomes by early evidence-based treatments while making savings,” Professor Emmanuel says in the report. “By working together, both patients and healthcare professionals can effect the change that is needed to bring the cost of constipation down, reducing the cost to the NHS, and to the wellbeing of the patients who are needlessly suffering.”

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