Stoma Care

The Stoma Care Team advises and cares for patients that have had a stoma formation. We offer support at all stages of the journey, including pre-operative diagnosis, inpatient care and after discharge from hospital.

Stoma formation

A stoma is a surgically-created opening on the front of your abdomen. It diverts your faeces or urine into a bag on the outside of your body. There are many different illnesses that may result in stoma formation. These include:

  • Cancer
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Diverticular disease
  • Faecal incontinence
  • Acute trauma

Stoma care

We provide a wide range of services to help support you during stoma formation. Our specialist stoma care is delivered on the inpatient wards, and we offer access to patient support systems both pre- and post-surgery.

After discharge, we provide ongoing support in the community and run follow-up clinics in hospital. Some clinics are also held in community locations.


We accept referrals from surgical consultants, the colorectal nurse specialists and GPs. Some patients self-refer to our service.

Key staff

Salts Specialist Stoma Nurse (Hospital/Community): Gill Wilson

Salts Stoma Care Assistant (Hospital): Vacant

Salts Specialist Stoma Care Nurse (Community): Fiona Holtham

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