Hundreds of people in Fylde and Wyre will benefit from a new community-based nurse specialising in stomas thanks to new NHS investment.

Previously, residents of Fylde and Wyre living with stomas – an opening in the abdominal wall which diverts urine and faeces into an external pouch – had to go to hospital to have a check-up.

But the new service, commissioned by NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and delivered by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, will mean patients can see the new nurse closer to home.

The CCG has allocated £50,000 a year of funding to the new service, which will help an estimated 750 patients across the area, making sure they all receive better care and also help the NHS locally to save money.

Fleetwood GP Dr Adam Janjua, who is the cancer lead for Fylde and Wyre CCG, said: “Previously patients with stomas who required a review needed to go to hospital.

“If they did not contact the hospital they may never get seen. Obviously this means patients could be missed and could be living with stomas or using prescribed products when they no longer need to.

“Our newly-commissioned nurse has been busy working with all our 19 GP practices to generate a database of patients with stomas and eventually all of these people will be seen and have their stomas reviewed.

“This new system will mean GPs notify the nurse when a new stoma patient registers with their practice so we will no longer have a situation where people live for years with stomas that go unchecked.”

The new community stoma nurse, who will have a base in each of the CCG’s four neighbourhoods – Fleetwood; Thornton, Poulton and Over Wyre; Lytham, St Annes, Freckleton and Ansdell; and Kirkham and Wesham – will see every patient identified as living with a stoma to carry out a review and check their prescriptions.

They will then carry out a review of every patient each year going forward and if any stoma patients have a problem they will have a point of contact, rather than needing to go to hospital.

The nurse will also carry out home visits for those patients who are unable to get out of the house.


Notes:

  • NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is the organisation responsible for planning and buying health services in the area to meet patients’ needs. This is known as ‘commissioning’.
  • Led by family doctors (GPs), the CCG currently serves a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside. The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.
  • The CCG receives a set amount of money from the government and is committed to spending this wisely for the benefit of local people.
  • Giving you more choice is a priority of the modern NHS. More information is available at fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/choice
  • The NHS Constitution sets out your rights as an NHS patient: nhs.uk/choiceintheNHS/Rightsandpledges/NHSConstitution/Pages/Overview.aspx
  • There are many ways to get involved in health service developments, including joining our Influence membership scheme or your practice’s patient participation group.