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Stoma Care Team - P1010603 e-mail lageThe Isle of Wight NHS Trust’s Stoma Care Team are the first recipients of the Colostomy Association’s prestigious Purple Iris Award. 

This new Award recognises and celebrates the clinical and professional care and outstanding contribution beyond the nursing remit given by a team/department in a hospital or community setting directly involved with provision of high quality stoma care to patients.

The Award was made at the Colostomy Association’s Patient Open Day at the Madejski Stadium, Reading, Berkshire on Saturday 20th July 2013.

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A colostomy is a common surgical procedure that pulls a section of the large intestine (colon) through an opening in the abdominal wall.   The opening is known as a stoma. A pouch is placed over the stoma to collect waste products that would usually pass through the colon and out of the body through the rectum and anus (your back passage). A colostomy can be permanent or temporary.

It is estimated that around 6,400 permanent colostomies are carried out each year in the UK and 30 are carried out on the Island each year.   There are approx 200 patients on the Island with a permanent colostomy.

Matron Sue Biggs says:

“It wasn’t until Colostomy Nurse Specialist (CNS) Andie Coates was on stage to receive certificates recognising outstanding service with three other groups from across the country that it was announced that we were the recipients of first ever Purple Iris Award.  Our aim in the team is to provide patients with quality care every time and it is great to know that this has been recognised with this award.   Everyone in the team is thrilled.”

The Stoma care team on the Island comprises:

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  • Michelle Houchin,  Secretary
  • Amanda Broadbridge, CNS Stoma Care
  • Andrene (Andie) Coates, CNS Stoma Care
  • Sue Biggs, Matron
  • Jill Hambley, Admin Support

Mr Monty Taylor, Chairman of Trustees, Colostomy Association said:

“The Purple Iris Award recognises outstanding service given by a stoma care department to patients, their families and carers – the CA is delighted to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the Isle of Wight stoma team – congratulations to everyone – keep up the great work!”

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