At Great Western Hospital we perform and look after
approximately 180 new stoma patients per year, the ages
can range from newborn to 100 years old.
For those of you who need to have a stoma as part of your
treatment, we appreciate that this can be a very stressful
Ideally a confidential, pre-operative consultation should take
place prior to admission to hospital, so that you have the
opportunity to ask questions and receive information about the
surgery, hopefully dispelling any preconceptions and allaying
If you wish, we can arrange for you to meet with someone who has
had similar surgery. Visitors can demonstrate successful
rehabilitation and give responses based on personal
A vital aspect of our role is the siting of the stoma prior to
Choosing a suitable site for the stoma is the first step to
ensuring you will enjoy optimum quality of life after your
It is important that the siting of the stoma is carried out with
The biggest concerns for patients following stoma surgery are
fear of leakage, odour and pouch changing.
This highlights the importance patients place upon their initial
ability to cope with the practical aspects of stoma care.
Following surgery we focus on teaching self-management of your
stoma, advising on the choice and use of appliances and skin care
so that you are confident before you go home.
We also provide your GP with specific details about your
prescription requirements, and on how to obtain supplies of your
chosen stoma equipment either from a chosen chemist or a delivery
For some patients, managing stoma care is not easy.
Part of our role is to liaise with your GP, district nurse and
home care service, to ensure you can be discharged home with full
We will review you, usually within one week after you
are discharged, to ensure you have no management concerns and
to answer any questions you may have.
Further stoma care will take place as required, depending on
your individual needs.
You can refer yourself to the Stoma Care Nurse for any stoma
Most of our patients find they are able to return to their normal
lifestyle after surgery and a suitable convalescent period.
For those of you who are likely to require stoma surgery, we
hope this introduction has given you a brief idea of what you can
expect from your Stoma Care Nurse.
For established ostomists, please remember we are always
available for advice and support for as long as you need us.
Please contact us at email@example.com and we'll put it right.
© 2017 Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust