~ Clinic offers holistic, dedicated treatment for stoma patients who will be trained to be self-dependent. The stoma OPD will be conducted at Healthway Hospitals, Old Goa once a week ~
~ The clinic commenced with an intensive day-long workshop for nurses, followed by an interactive session for patients with stoma. ~
Goa Khabar: Old Goa based Healthway Hospital has launched the only stoma clinic in Goa, with support from the Ostomy Association of India, which is a voluntary association of ostomates, nurses and doctors, who are dedicated to the service of fellow ostomates.
Stoma is an artificial opening created surgically for cancer patients or sometimes for non-cancer patients who have a condition, where the natural passages like the rectum or the bladder are removed permanently and a new opening is made on the abdominal wall for faeces and/or urine.
This artificially created opening, aids in discharge of urine and stool. It remains permanently in many cases and requires proper care. Since it is not a natural opening, stomas require artificial fitting for collection and disposal of urine or faeces, which could require specialised care. A person who has undergone a stoma surgery is called an ostomate.
This unique clinic will offer holistic treatment, provide better care, as well as create awareness for stoma patients in order to make them as independent as possible. In addition, stoma bags will also be provided to ostomates for their use at a discounted rate.
The stoma OPD will be conducted at Healthway Hospitals, Old Goa once a week.
The specialised clinic will be a boon to stoma patients across Goa and in the neighbouring states, who will now have access to a dedicated facility to seek specialised stoma-related treatment.
The clinic commences with an intensive day-long workshop for nurses, followed by an interactive session for ostomates over the weekend at Healthway Hospital.
Through proper use and appropriate application of the stoma, an ostomate or a person with a stoma, can lead a normal physical and social life.
The training of nurses from Goa and other neighbouring states will involve stoma care, pre-operative work up, recognizing stoma abnormalities, care of the stoma patient in immediate post-operative period complications, familiarisation with various surgical techniques and products used in stoma care.
The module will also incorporate psychological and counselling aspects of such patients, apart from training about aspects like pouching and irrigation.
The ostomates themselves will be helped and trained into becoming self-sufficient in stoma care and will participate in interactive sessions, followed by check-ups. Patients will also be sensitised about various aspects of stoma, which includes ways and means of keeping the artificial opening clean, which is critical in care of such patients.
Ostomates who would like to be a part of the sessions could register at Healthway Hospital, Old Goa.