Barnsleystomacareteam Hospital held its annual Stoma Care Open Day last Thursday, helping to raise awareness of the care and treatment available to patients living with a stoma.

The open day, attended by almost 100 people, was organised by the hospital’s stoma care team, and supported by 15 services and support groups. Attendees had a chance to see the latest products available to stoma patients, as well as taking advantage of the complimentary therapies offered from the trust’s cancer services team.

A stoma is a surgically created opening on the abdomen which allows stool or urine to exit the body. There are 3 main types of stoma – colostomy, ileostomy and urostomy.

Jane Parker, colorectal nurse said: “Coming to terms with having a stoma and looking after it properly can be a difficult and life changing task but there are an increasing number of products and services now available for stoma patients to help make life easier.

“This open day, and similar events, show people living with a stoma, or their relatives, that there is a wide network of support and also allows them to see what advances there have been in the products available. I would like to thank everyone who attended, especially the service and support group representatives, who made such a valuable contribution to the day.”

For more information on stoma care, please contact the team on 01226 432528.