Patients welcome to ostomy open day

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The Friarage Hospital’s stoma care department is holding an open day for ostomy patients at The Golden Lion Hotel, Northallerton.

Friarage main entranceAn ostomy is a surgically created opening in the stomach (stoma) that allows waste or urine to leave the body. Coming to terms with having a stoma and looking after it properly can be a difficult and life changing task for patients but there are an increasing number of products and services now available for patients to help make life easier.

To be held on Tuesday 24 May 2016 from 11am to 2pm in the Yorkshire Suite, Golden Lion Hotel, High Street, Northallerton, the open day is a great opportunity for patients to meet with representatives from stoma manufacturers and view the most up to date products including support garments and underwear suitable for ostomy patients.

Colorectal/stoma nurses from the department will be on hand to give help and advice and chat to patients. There will be tea, coffee and refreshments and parking is available at the back of the hotel

Proceeds from a raffle to be held on the day will go to the Friarage MRI scanner appeal which is aiming to raise £2million for an MRI (scanner – an essential piece of medical equipment used to investigate almost any part of the body) – at the Friarage Hospital.

Judith Smith, colorectal/stoma specialist nurse, said: “We hold our open day every two years. It has always been well attended and beneficial for ostomists in Hambleton and Richmondshire as the event provides an opportunity to see new products, talk to representatives from the manufacturers and meet with ourselves.

“We look forward to welcoming patients past and present and their carers and family for an update and to see how things have progressed in stoma care.”

Patient Dave Rooney, 31, from Bedale said:  ‘Living with a stoma can at first feel like an isolating and potentially embarrassing condition. The open day is a great opportunity to realise that you are not alone and that there are lots of people just like you who live happy and successful lives.

“The products and services on offer to support stoma care make life after surgery not only normal, but happy and enjoyable. We should be proud of the courage we have shown on the road to recovery, and embrace who we are with pride and dignity.”

For further information on the open day please contact the Friarage stoma care department at the Friarage Hospital on 01609 764620.