The stoma care department at St Mark’s provides specialist nursing care to patients with a stoma, ileo-anal pouch or enterocutaneous fistula. The team aim to assist patients to physically and psychologically adapt to their new stoma or pouch, using a range of education tools and techniques.
They support patients following discharge by providing expert follow-up care in the form of nurse-led outpatient clinics, email and telephone help lines. Stoma care clinics are run at St Mark’s for patients to attend routine checks if problems occur or further information is required.
These outpatient clinics offer ongoing support to all ostomists, colostomy irrigation information, advice and teaching, a support garment measuring service, psychological and sexual advice, and support group information.