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100% accuracy at time of writing cannot be guaranteed.  A listing in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not mean it is an endorsement.  All companies listed are tried at the reader’s own risk.  All information provided is intended as a supplement to any professional help already

given.  Before acting on suggestions from anyone, ostomates are advised to check with a doctor or stoma care nurse that the course of action is suitable

for them. Whilst every care is taken, the author will not be held responsible.


AT HOME








Showering or bathing is not restricted by having a stoma.  A stoma patient can shower or bathe with

the entire appliance on, or when it is necessary to change the appliance, with the whole product off.  


Water itself will not damage a stoma, but it is advisable not to let the shower stream fall directly onto it.  Endeavour not to put soap onto the stoma, but should this happen, ensure that the soap is thoroughly rinsed off the skin, so that the new appliance will adhere correctly.


If bathing with the appliance on, dry the pouch thoroughly with a towel, or use the cool setting on a hair dryer.  Long soaks in a warm bath may lessen the normal wear time of an appliance.  








Stoma products should be kept in a cool, dry place, away from heat.  To keep appliances in the best condition, the most suitable place is the bathroom, as it is generally cooler than other rooms.  However, ensure that the bathroom is not full of steam.


Do not put products in a fridge, as this may alter their effectiveness.


Appliances should be used in rotation to avoid any old stock accumulating.

STORAGE OF APPLIANCES








From time to time, some ostomates find that they have surplus stock - either they have been

sent manufacturers’ samples, which may not be relevant to their own personal needs, or indeed

the ostomate’s product requirements may have altered.  There are charities, who are able to

accept this surplus stoma stock and put it to good use.



When sending surplus stock, a few guidelines may be helpful:


 


 













The above are guidelines only.  Before sending surplus stock to a charity, please contact

them to enquire which products they are able to accept.














































































●   Please include the sender’s name and address.


●   Stoma products can be removed from the boxes, and placed in a plastic bag.   

     This reduces the cost of postage.


●   If possible, enclose the product code, i.e. the box flap, so that items can be

     identified.


●   Partial boxes, pre-cut and template cut pouches are acceptable.


●   Unopened tubes of paste and powder are also very welcome.  However, any

     opened tubes are unacceptable.

SURPLUS STOMA STOCK

SHOWERING/BATHING








Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service, which enables users to send and receive short messages called ‘tweets’.  ‘Tweets’ are text-based posts of up to 140 characters, which are displayed on the user’s profile page.  


Many ostomates prefer this method of communication, as it is more private and less obtrusive than

direct contact.  An ostomate can join in and follow many organisations on Twitter, including

Peak Medical and Pelican Healthcare, whose Twitter links are:  


Peak Medical Ltd.

Pelican Healthcare Ltd.  


TWITTER








Some ostomates find it more helpful to look at pictures, videos, etc. for explanatory purposes.  

You Tube is a video-sharing website on which users can upload, share and view videos.  By entering appropriate wording, e.g. changing a stoma pouch, etc., into the search box, a list of any relevant

videos will appear.



YOU TUBE

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Jacob's Well Appeal,

Jacob's Well Yard,

Swinemoor Lane,

Beverley,

East Riding Of Yorkshire.

HU17 0JX











Website

Email

Telephone


www.jacobswellappeal.org

office@JacobsWellAppeal.org

01482 881 162


Medical charity providing surplus stock to many countries

worldwide, where organisations are known personally to them.







Hospices Of Hope,

11 High Street,

Otford,

Kent.

TN14 5PG








Website

Email

Telephone


www.hospicesofhope.co.uk

office@hospicesofhope.co.uk

01959 525 110

Hospice care for adults and children in Romania, Moldova and

Serbia, who are suffering from a terminal or life-limiting illness.







Stoma Aid,

c/o Stone Logistics/PRS Ltd.,

Lorne Mill,

Lorne Street,

Bolton.

BL4 7LZ







Website

Email

Telephone

Helpline

  


www.colostomyassociation.org.uk

cass@colostomyassociation.org.uk

0118 939 1537

0800 328 4257



Distributes unused ostomy supplies to stoma patients in

developing countries, who cannot afford or access supplies.