12 May, 2014


The Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation (COBF) based in Hall Green Birmingham has scooped two awards in the LUTS National Continence Care Awards. The first award for the best Patient Support went to local lady Helen Williams from Solihull for providing empathy and advice to patients calling the COBF Advice Line. The 2nd award was presented to the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation charity for providing, clear, accurate patient information. The awards were presented at the House of Commons on 6th May by Glyn Davies MP and Madeline Moon MP and was also attended by local MPs Lorely Burt and Roger Godsiff.
The Awards were designed by the Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms Group (LUTS) to demonstrate support for ambition, excellence and leadership in continence care across the country and to celebrate the individual efforts, innovative practices and organisational leadership which are ensuring that people with incontinence receive the highest quality care, across health and social care settings.
The COBF are the leading national bladder charity who provide advice on all bladder health problems and have specialist knowledge in overactive bladder, incontinence and the excruciatingly painful syndrome known as interstitial cystitis.
Helen Williams from Solihull (pictured) was surprised to win the category for patient support. She said “When patients telephone our advice line, they are often distraught and desperate for answers to their bladder problems. I don’t think people always realise just how debilitating and restricting bladder illnesses can be and it’s really good to be able to point people in the right direction to receive the treatment they need. So often, people think their problems are because they are aging, they don’t always know there are very effective treatments available. It’s a good feeling to know you have helped people, especially when they don’t even realise they can be helped.”
Yvonne Partridge, Business Director at the Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation said “It’s good to see national recognition for a health issue that quite honestly just isn’t talked about, particularly when our recent survey highlighted that over 20% of people with bladder dysfunction had to give up work because of it ”
Notes to Editor
The Cystitis and Overactive Bladder Foundation is a registered charity and has been in existence for 21 years. They support patients with all types of bladder problems.
Can provide full interviews and photographs if required.
Contact: Yvonne Partridge – Business Director 07792 927200 or 0121 702 0821
The COB Foundation, Kings Court, 17 School Road, Hall Green, Birmingham B288JG

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