Essex hospital open day

PUBLISHED: 09:46 06 May 2010 | UPDATED: 07:37 30 May 2010

BROOMFIELD HOSPITAL S stoma care department is hosting an open day for patients to find out more about the latest products, appliances and clothing available to them. Taking place on Friday May 21 between 10am and 2pm in the medical academic unit the even

BROOMFIELD HOSPITAL'S stoma care department is hosting an open day for patients to find out more about the latest products, appliances and clothing available to them.

Taking place on Friday May 21 between 10am and 2pm in the medical academic unit the event is being run by the trust's care nurses, supported by the Mid Essex Stoma Support Group. It is open to patients and their family and guests.

Kerry Sandlin, stoma care nurse at Broomfield hospital, said: "We try to hold these open days every two years as we want to give stoma patients the chance to talk with us in an informal setting and to also see for themselves the latest appliances, services, products and clothing available to them.

"Whilst we have invited all of our current patients we are also keen to reach those stoma patients who might have moved into the area, or those people who have lost in touch with a stoma care nurse."

During the day specialist manufacturers will be on hand to show people their products. Light refreshments will also be served.

What is a stoma?

A stoma is an artificial opening on your abdomen to collect waste (either faeces or urine). Stomas to collect faeces connect to your bowel (intestine); stomas to collect urine connect to your ureter (the tube that carries urine from your bladder to your kidneys). The waste products are collected in a reservoir bag, or pouch, on the outside of your body.

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