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Well, after several high level conferences, breakout sessions, behind the scenes negotiating, loads of coffee, and maybe even the odd pint or two, we’ve hit on a name tells what we are about, being friends among ostomists.

Here to support each other, swap handy hints, commiserate and encourage.

Along with this, we’d love Ostomy Mates to join and help our friendship among ostomists flourish. Everyone is invited.

Contact Mike at Secretary@swindon-ia.org.uk


Thinking about the amazing lives ostomists are leading after their life saving surgery, we asked our Twitter friends to let us use their pictures to celebrate the lives they are living, from family life, to work, hobbies holidays and life in general.

Our mash-up collage is circulating like mad! Our poster is up at the GWH stoma clinic and having a tangible impact already. Have a look and download it from the #MeAndMyOstomy page. Send us your own pictures and a chance at Ostomy Mates fame!

20th June The latest Midlands IA magazine (only available direct from member associations) has been posted to Ostomy Mates, along with our June Newsletter.

 It can’t be downloaded!

June Newsletter 2023_v4.pdf

Our new #MeAndMyOstomy collage is available to download…

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26th June Our Secretary Mike and new “Young Set”  committee member Malcolm introduced stomas to Swindon St John Ambulance, the whys and wherefores, with some First Aid tips.

Star attraction was a Stoma First Aid  Kit donated by our wonderful GWH Stoma Care Team…

Chairman Fran gave a frank talk to Macmillan HCPs about empathy when breaking cancer and surgery news to new patients. Here we met up with our lovely Stoma Nurse team, so Ostomies were well represented! Frank unfortunately taken ill afterwards, and after a stint in the GWH is recovering well. On the right we are with Natasha at the Great Western Hospital celebrating the October World Ostomy Awareness Day.