Stoma Care & Support
Referrals for stoma issues are supported currently by Lisa Thomas Clinical Nurse Specialist. This is a non-promotional role sponsored by Dansac to receive referrals from the acute trust team to review post-discharge patients and any established ostomists with stoma issues who can’t attend the hospital clinic.
As part of the team, the Community Stoma Nurse Specialist is able to offer support and advice regarding all aspects of stoma care.
Education Training Advice and Support for:
- District Nursing Teams
- Residential & Nursing Homes
- Local Care Agencies
- Schools Day Centres Respite Care
Referrals are also accepted from GP’s, ANP’s, Primary Care and any other professionals.
Supportive links can be found on stoma company websites including Fittleworth DAC for both patients and professionals.
Common Stoma Problems
Local Support Groups
Coventry Stoma Support Group
Practical help and support group for Carers, Patients, Relatives
Meetings first Wednesday of the month 7 – 9 pm at Christ the King Presbytery (meet in the library) at 14 Westhill Road, Coundon, Coventry CV6 2AA.
The group is non-medical whose objective is to provide a social informal atmosphere where colostomates/ ileostomates and urostomates and their partners/ friends can meet and share experiences and stories for support.
Visitors to some meetings include manufacturers of ostomy products and stoma care nurses.
Contact: Martin Robbins tel 024 7640 2616 or 07947 385643 (Monday-Friday)
IA is a national patient support group run by and for people with ileostomies and ileo-anal pouches. Established in 1956 by a group of people with ileostomies and some members of the medical profession, IA is totally funded by donations and subscriptions.
IA’s core objectives are to help those facing these operations to return to a normal active lifestyle as soon as possible after surgery. With approx 10,000 members, 54 local groups, a postal group and a team of specially trained visitors, IA is able to provide patients pre- and post-surgery with the invaluable support of talking to someone who has shared the same experience.
Although major surgery of this nature will disrupt a person’s lifestyle, recovery will often be assisted by contact with people who have been through a similar experience and IA works hard to raise awareness and challenge the fear and misconceptions that surround bowel disease and surgery.
IA helpline 0800 0184 724 Monday to Friday 09:00-17:00