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The Wessex Stoma Support Group

Supported by:







- Friendly, non-medical support & Advice
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Family and friends welcome
- Regular Meetings
- Social Functionsv Fundraising
- Good Company & Pleasant Chat

‘We believe that there is the potential need for support no matter what stoma you have and we are here to support you. A support group is a place where people can share personal stories and experiences, express their emotions and be heard in an atmosphere of acceptance, understanding and encouragement. By helping others, people in a support group also strengthen and empower themselves.’
Wessex Stoma Support Group Chairman Ken Edwards.

It is the aim of the Wessex Stoma Support Group to provide non-medical support and advice to all ostomists and their families during all stages of ostomy surgery: prior to surgery, during hospital stays and also aftercare.

This might include home visits by our trained members, hospital visits or simply a phone call.

We have several trained advisors within the Group to provide non-medical support to anyone who asks for it.

Our information is given out to patients by the stoma clinic at Salisbury District Hospital and we are proud to have the support of the stoma nurses.

We hold regular meetings approximately six times a year at the Bob Blandford Memorial Hall in Wilton. To these we invite along a variety of guest speakers and suppliers to do talks and displays; these include sessions with Ostomy Lifestyle, talks and demonstrations by suppliers, and even kickboxing demonstrations! This part of the meeting is followed by free refreshments and cakes and a chance to mingle with other members. And all this comes with pleasant chat and informal atmosphere where questions can be asked and stories shared.

Members also enjoy the social side of our Group including events such as the annual Barbecue at Dairy House, Christmas Lunch, Pantomime, Coffee Mornings and much more.

We offer to members transport to Hospital for stays and clinics, and for visiting relatives if they have no other means of transport. It can be a reassuring thing to know that in times of trouble and isolation help is only a phone call away.

We hold fundraising events such as coffee mornings and craft fairs in and around the Salisbury area.

The Group has a strict code of confidentiality for all its members as well as codes for equality and child protection.

We also produce our own quarterly newsletter with regular input from the Salisbury District Hospital stoma nurses as well as lots of other interesting pieces from members. This goes out to a wide range of hospitals and surgeries in the area.

The Group has a fully elected Committee, which meets on a regular basis to discuss policy and any other matters raised by the members during the full meetings.

It is the Group’s aim to work closely with Salisbury District Hospital for the benefit of our members or any Ostomists who may show interest in joining the Group and also inform health professionals of the need for support groups for ostomies.