Western NSW Local Health District is holding an Open Day for people with Stoma on Saturday 20 June in Dubbo as part of Stomal Therapy Week (15 – 21 June). People from Dubbo and surrounds are invited to attend.
A stoma is an artificial opening of the body created by surgery, including colostomy, ileostomy, and urostomy. Anyone from a newborn baby to a very old person may need a stoma as a result of these types of surgeries.
Amy Keogh, Stomal Therapist from Dubbo Hospital, said Stomal Therapy Week is an opportunity to acknowledge and support people living with a stoma in the community, as well as to recognise health professionals involved in their care.
“Our Open Day aims to educate and inform people about the role of Stomal Therapy, which is the specialised care and teaching of people who are anticipating or who have had surgery resulting in the creation of a Stoma,” Amy said.
“People who have a Stoma face various challenges, but with the right information and advice they can lead a normal life. We want to take the opportunity during Stomal Therapy Week to educate and inform people about how best to do this.
“We also want people to know they don’t need to feel alone but have the support from Stomal Therapy nurses, who are specifically trained in this role, in particular caring for complex wounds”.
During the Open Day people can talk to their Stomal Therapy nurse about any issues and to have questions about their Stoma answered. Companies supplying stoma appliances will also be attending to display their products, with representatives present to answer any questions that people may have about the products.
“There will be lucky door prizes and it will be a fun day so we encourage patients, carers and their families to attend,” Amy said.
The Open Day will be held at the David Palmer Centre, Lourdes Hospital, Cobbora Road, Dubbo from 10.00am – 1.00pm on Saturday, 20 June. Light refreshments will be provided – for catering purposes please RSVP to Amy Keogh on 6841 5555 if you wish to attend.