Improved services for colorectal patients at Daisy Hill Hospital

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Monday, April 9th, 2018

To mark Bowel Cancer Awareness Month in April, the Southern Trust’s Stoma/Coloproctology Team is highlighting a number of developments to improve services for patients with bowel conditions. 

The team of four Stoma/Coloproctology Nurses work across Craigavon and Daisy Hill hospitals, supporting patients with a range of bowel conditions and their families from diagnosis, during their treatment and throughout their recovery.



The Team have recently hosted their annual open day for stoma patients. One hundred and sixty people from across the area attended the event to meet with representatives from stoma manufacturers and view the most up to date products for ostomy patients.

The main charities, including the Ileostomy Colostomy associations and the Colorectal/Stoma nurses were on hand to advise and chat to patients, carers and families about the latest developments in stoma care.

The Trust has also recently appointed a new Colorectal Cancer nurse, Fiona Keegan to the team to ensure that everyone diagnosed with colorectal cancer has access to a key worker who will make sure that they receive the best care and treatment to meet their own individual needs and choices.



The role is funded by the Health and Social Care Board in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support as part of a regional Clinical Nurse Specialist workforce expansion programme across Northern Ireland. 

Welcoming Fiona to the team Esther Gishkori, Director of Acute Services for the Southern Trust said, “Our Stoma/Colorectal Nursing Team are greatly valued by patients for the high-quality clinical care and compassion they offer during what can be a very difficult time – receiving a colorectal diagnosis and for many a stoma.

“With 221 patients diagnosed with colorectal cancers last year in our area, a dedicated specialist for this large group of patients is a great benefit to our stoma/colorectal team. It has been demonstrated that having the support of a Clinical Nurse Specialist has a very positive impact on people’s experience of care.



Esther added, “We are delighted that more colorectal cancer patients will benefit from this expertise and support right through their journey from diagnosis, during treatment and through to recovery.” 

The Southern Trust has a number of Clinical Nurse Specialist for a range of cancers including Breast, Lung, Gynae, Upper GI, Urology and Skin who all play a vital role in the coordination of patient care and developing services.

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