Stoma Care Team
The Stoma Care department for Southport and Formby Residents provide specialist nursing care to patients with a stoma, ileo-anal pouch or enterocutaneous fistula. A number of these patients have intestinal failure and require specialist nursing input to manage their complex abdominal wounds and appliances.
Patients are seen in a variety of settings, including wards, surgical outpatient clinics, nurse-led clinics and home visits (for local patients).
The Stoma Care Nurse believe all patients referred to them should receive the highest level of specialist, evidence-based care expected from a centre of excellence.
The team aim to:
- Assist the patient to physically and psychologically adapt to their new stoma or pouch using a range of education tools and techniques
- Support patients after discharge by providing expert follow-up care; in the form of home visits nurse-led outpatient clinics, email and telephone help lines
- Treat patients as individuals, and with the highest level of dignity and respect
- Act as a proficient source of knowledge to all members of the multi-professional team (both locally and nationally) involved in the provision of care to a person with a stoma or pouch
Call the Stoma Care department directly on 01704 387262
The team are based at:
5 Curzon Road,
The Stoma Care Team
Samantha Miller - Lead Colorectal Stoma Care Nurse
Vanessa Stevenson - Colorectal Stoma Care Nurse
The Stoma Care Service
The overall aim of the stoma care service is to provide an informative and supportive service to our patients. This will begin when you meet your stoma care nurse, usually before surgery. You will be given information regarding stomas and stoma surgery, and on admission to the hospital your stoma care nurse will talk to you about whether you have understood this information, and discuss any questions or anxieties you may have.
After your operation you will be shown how to care for your stoma, including how to empty and change the appliance independently. You will be given information regarding your diet, ongoing supplies, returning to work, common problems and much more.
Stoma Care Clinic
The stoma care clinics are for patients to attend for routine check-ups, if problems occur or if further information is required. These are run at Southport Health and Wellbeing Clinic on a Thursday afternoon between 2.00 to 4.00 PM. All local patients will receive a follow up appointment with a stoma nurse two weeks after being discharged. First Tuesday of the month at Phillips Lane Clinic.
The clinic is drop in, you can self-refer.
The Stoma Care outpatient clinics offer:
- Ongoing support to all ostomists
- Practical help and advice
- Colostomy irrigation information, advice and teaching
- Support garment measuring service
- Up-to-date information
- Psychological and sexual advice
- Support group information and networking