Patients welcome to ostomy open day

Posted on in Health improvement, Support groups

The Friarage Hospital’s stoma care department is holding an open day for ostomy patients at the Northallerton hospital.

An 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 Wednesday 17 September from 11am to 3pm in the nurses recreation hall at the Friarage Hospital, 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 free parking is available at the hospital.

Proceeds from a tombola 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 is very well attended and has proven popular with patients living in Hambleton and Richmondshire.

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

Bianca Grainger, 35, from Northallerton attended the last event two years ago. She said: “It was eye opening and a very useful event. I did not realise how many different stoma manufacturers there are, as well as the range of products available.

“As a patient you have a choice what to wear and the open day gives you the opportunity to see what is out there as well as providing support.”

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