Information for the public
Some treatments may not be suitable for you, depending on your exact circumstances. If you have questions about the specific treatments and options covered in this information, please talk to a member of your healthcare team.
Your treatment and care should take into account your personal needs and preferences, and you have the right to be fully informed and to make decisions in partnership with your healthcare team. To help with this, your healthcare team should give you information you can understand and that is relevant to your circumstances. All healthcare professionals should treat you with respect, sensitivity and understanding and explain faecal incontinence and the treatments for it simply and clearly. The people who work with you to manage your faecal incontinence should have the relevant skills, training and experience. They should work together closely to ensure you get sensitive and supportive care.
The information you get from your healthcare team should include details of the possible benefits and risks of particular treatments. You can ask any questions you want to and can always change your mind as your treatment progresses or your condition or circumstances change. Your own preference for a particular treatment is important and your healthcare team should support your choice of treatment wherever possible.
Your treatment and care, and the information you are given about it, should take account of any religious, ethnic or cultural needs you may have. It should also take into account any additional factors, such as physical or learning disabilities, sight or hearing problems, or difficulties with reading or speaking English. Your healthcare team should be able to arrange an interpreter or an advocate (someone who supports you in putting across your views) if needed.
If you think that your care does not match what is described in this information, please talk to a member of your healthcare team.
If you agree, your carers and relatives should have the chance to be involved in decisions about your care. Carers and relatives also have the right to the information and support they need in their roles as carers.
If people are unable to understand a particular issue or are not able to make decisions for themselves, healthcare professionals should follow the advice that the Department of Health has produced about this. You can find this at www.gov.uk/government/publications/reference-guide-to-consent-for-examination-or-treatment-second-edition/consent. Your healthcare professional should also follow the new Mental Capacity Act (www.justice.gov.uk/protecting-the-vulnerable/mental-capacity-act).