Prior to surgery patients who are likely to become ostomates will normally be
seen by a Stomal Therapy Nurse (STN) to site the position of the anticipated
stoma. Following surgery an STN will also visit them to advise upon the most
suitable type of appliance and to arrange initial fitting and familiarization.
The needs of ostomates do change, and on-going advice is available from STNs
after discharge from hospital to ensure that the ostomates needs are met and
that the choice of appliance is that most suited to the physical characteristics
and personal taste of each individual ostomate.