Bridgewater’s Stoma Nurse’s care helps to turn David’s life around

Warrington’s Stoma Care Services part of Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust are helping 80 year old David following a ileostomy for which he has struggled with aftercare for almost 30 years.

Stoma Nurse Louise with David Stoma Nurse Louise with David

David had a ileostomy in 1990.  An ileostomy is used to remove waste from the body, with surgery being required when the colon or rectum is not working properly.

David explains: “Following my ileostomy I have been through some really tough times and I have really struggled to get the aftercare required for my condition.The effect that this has had on my life has been very significant, as I seemed to have had to fight constantly to get the correct support to aid my condition. I have spent the last 25 years in pain and discomfort as well as suffering from at least three leaks a week.

I was unable to go to work and my social life suffered as I was unable to find the correct aftercare support to assist me with things like the most appropriate medication and changing my bag without pain and stinging of my skin.

Then in 2017 the whole thing was turned around after a visit to Warrington Hospital when I was referred the Bridgewater Warrington Stoma Care Team.

Now for the first time in over 25 years I don’t sting, have bleeds or suffer from leaks. I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that I have a new life, it now takes me five minutes in a morning to check and clean myself and change my bag.

There are no words to describe the difference that Louise and Joan from the Bridgewater Warrington Stoma Care team have made to my life since they started to look after me, with their patience, excellent care and advice. I no longer feel that I am on my own and they are only ever a phone call or visit away should, I require any help.

I find it totally inadequate to put into words  the difference these two nurses have made to my life and for the first time in many years I am now looking forward to the future”.

Bridgewater’s Warrington Stoma Care Nurse Louise Bains commented:  “Sadly I think in David’s case it was the lack of specialist education in basic stoma care that was a major contributing factor with the problems that David has encountered.

As Bridgewater Community Stoma Nurses we are totally committed to ensure the delivery of high quality, cost effective care by developing and sustaining evidence-based care with relevant research, audit, teaching and supporting all healthcare professionals throughout the trust”.

It is estimated that there are 120,000 ostomates (people who have undergone a surgical procedure to create an opening in the body to discharge waste.) in the UK. With the cost to the NHS in excess of £9000 per patient per year. Common reasons for needing a stoma include bowel cancer, bladder cancer, inflammatory bowel disease (crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis), diverticultis or an obstruction to the bladder or bowel.

If you would like any further information regarding stoma care please visit the Community Stoma Care Services page.

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