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100% accuracy at time of writing cannot be guaranteed.  A listing in this website is provided for informational purposes only, and does not mean it is an endorsement.  All companies listed are tried at the reader’s own risk.  All information provided is intended as a supplement to any professional help already

given.  Before acting on suggestions from anyone, ostomates are advised to check with a doctor or stoma care nurse that the course of action is suitable

for them. Whilst every care is taken, the author will not be held responsible.

















The Bristol Ostomists Self Support Group was formed in 1991, and currently has over one hundred members, whose family, friends and carers are all welcome at their meetings.  Membership covers the whole of the south west of England, and meetings are held quarterly in Bristol.  The popular meetings start with some entertainment, followed by refreshments and a raffle.  During this time, it is easy for people to meet and chat to others, who may have experienced similar problems and overcome them.  Some ostomates feel very isolated and alone after stoma surgery, and find that coming to these meetings can radically alter their lives.  A stoma care nurse is present at the meetings, and members

can discuss difficulties and concerns with her in confidence.  The stoma care nurse is also available

for home visits, if this is easier.  In addition, there is always a guest speaker at each meeting.

B.O.S.S. have very good connections with the hospitals, and a core group of members have been trained to act as ‘listeners/visitors’ to new patients, before or after surgery to allay their fears and give them confidence.  The group also offer support to members, who may have to return to hospital, and will keep in contact with them until they are home again.

Further details can be obtained from visiting the group’s website -, or by telephoning Christina Hammond on 0117 973 6746 or Rob Malkin on 0117 966 8021.  

Alternatively, email     





The Wessex Stoma Support Group is a local support group, which provides non-medical support and advice to anyone who has or is about to have a stoma.  The support group has members from Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire.  However, if any ostomate is willing to travel from further afield, they would

be most welcome.  The group has a strict code of confidentiality for all members.

The support group holds regular meetings throughout the year, when they often invite guest speakers and suppliers.  They also hold regular fundraising events - car boot sales, table sales, etc.  

Further details regarding the group or the meetings can be obtained by contacting Michael Slater

on 01722 741 233, or by emailing




The Mid Devon Ostomy Support Group welcomes all ostomates (colostomates, ileostomates and urostomates), who reside in Crediton and the surrounding areas of Mid Devon.

Meetings take place regularly throughout the year at the Boniface Centre, Church Lane, Crediton, Devon, EX17 2AH, normally on a Saturday between the hours of 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.   It is very easy to find the centre by road, and there is a car park at the rear.  In addition, the centre is a short walk from Crediton railway station, and it is situated on the bus route from Barnstaple, Exeter or Exmouth.

 Everyone is welcome to attend with a partner, friend or carer.  The meetings are varied, including guest speakers, stoma representatives with their latest products, raffles, and the opportunity for ostomates to share tips and experiences with each other.  Light refreshments are served.

For further details of the group or the date of the next meeting, please telephone Janice Kelly

on 01363 776 417 or email




The Lanhydrock Ostomists Group (LOG for short!) was formed in 2009, and has become a very successful support group for all ostomates.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., at the

Lanhydrock Memorial Hall, Trebyan, Lanhydrock, Bodmin, PL30 5AE.  (This is situated on the B3268 towards Lostwithiel from Bodmin).  All ostomates, partners, friends or carers will be very welcome.  Membership is free, and refreshments are provided.

Further details regarding the group or the meetings can be obtained by contacting Mandy Rowe

on 07980 432 072, or by emailing




The Cornwall Ostomy Support group - was formed by Barbara Brown, Stoma Care

Nurse Specialist at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, and stoma patients to provide support,

practical advice and encouragement to people, who are about to undergo or have undergone

surgery resulting in a stoma.  All stoma patients are welcome, i.e. colostomy, ileostomy, internal

pouch, urinary diversion (ileal conduit) and urostomy.

 As all members of the group have experienced this type of surgery, they know how ostomates feel.  They understand their concerns and special needs.  In addition, they realise that family and carers require encouragement and moral support in assisting a patient to return to a full and active lifestyle.

The Cornwall Ostomy Support group does not offer medical advice at any time, nor do they try to  counsel.  They call on their own experiences, and those of their friends, and share them amongst

the group.  They organise events and open days, and if requested, hospital and home visits.  Help  offered is always of the highest standard, and the stoma care medical team are there to assist

patients and answer any questions.

For further information, please contact Beryl Goddard on 01872 274 471,

or alternatively email





Colon-Aid is a support group for patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer, and who may also have

a stoma.  The local group covers patients, who were or are currently being treated at the Yeovil

District Hospital, Yeovil, and for those patients who have moved into the area.  Membership is open

to all age groups, and currently includes patients between the ages of 50 and 90 plus, families,

friends and carers, who all have direct experience of living with and coming to terms with their  conditions.

The group offers assistance by holding monthly meetings on the third Friday of the month at St. Margaret’s Hospice, Little Tarrat Lane, Yeovil, BA20 2HU, where people can meet to share

experiences, raise questions, etc.  Telephone support on a one-to-one basis for those who cannot

attend the meetings, or require a friendly ear in times of need, is available via the Yeovil District

Hospital Colorectal Stoma Care Department.  Some members are working, and others are unable to attend the meetings, but they are kept in touch by the Monthly Newsletter, telephone calls and social events.

For further information, please contact Rowland Hackett on 01935 424 771 or


Alternatively, contact can be made via the Colorectal Stoma Care Department at Yeovil District

Hospital on 01935 384 367, from Monday to Friday, during normal working hours.