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Easy intimacy and restful sleep, free from ostomy interruption

January 14, 2021 at 06:00:00 PM · London
About This Webinar

This webinar will endeavour to explore how having a stoma affects intimacy and sleep patterns, based on the presenter’s understanding of patient expectations before stoma-forming surgery, as well as their experiences after. Major surgery can have significant physical and psychological impacts on every aspect of a persons’ life, and this webinar aims to give specialist stoma care nurses the necessary confidence to address them.

Some of the most impactful changes involve alterations in a person’s body image, which can present major challenges to their self-confidence and intimate lives. Stoma care nurses need to be able to address this difficult topic. This begins with understanding that intimacy means different things to different people. The webinar will identify the value of building a therapeutic relationship with ostomates, and how listening to their experiences can provide an understanding of the importance of confidently and empathetically broaching this subject at a time of great change. It also will briefly cover the physical difficulties that can affect sleep pattern, describing how stoma nurses can understand and help ostomates overcome fear of leaks, a noisy stoma and anxiety when staying away from home to achieve a good night’s sleep.

The session will also present opportunities to hear the voices of those who are living with a stoma. These people will share their experiences to enable stoma care nurses to enhance their practice. The session will also emphasise the importance of communication, as well as of signposting ostomates to other clinicians and support networks, who can improve the everyday experience of life with a stoma.

Who can view: Everyone
Webinar Price: Free
Featured Presenters
Webinar hosting presenter Amanda Gunning
Lead Stoma Care Nurse, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust
Amanda Gunning is the Lead Stoma Care Nurse Specialist at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust. She has a background in surgery, focusing on colorectal and urology procedures, and she has worked in stoma care since 2004. Amanda has worked as a stoma care nurse in a number of NHS hospitals, including Whipp’s Cross, Chelsea & Westminster and the Royal Marsden. She has been a Trustee for Colostomy UK and continues to work closely with the association, providing clinical support as required. Amanda regularly presents at national and international events and has a particular interest in research on topics including parastomal hernia prevention and management, as well as quality of life after stoma formation. She has a passion for providing high-quality, patient-focused care addresses the specific physical and psychological needs of individuals with a stoma.
Webinar hosting presenter Benjamin Wakefield
Editor, Gastrointestinal Nursing
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