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New stoma guidelines for primary care nurses

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A new series of guidelines to support primary care staff prescribe stoma and continence products is to be distributed to GP practices.

The Patients, Industry and Professionals Forum has produced a series of briefings on stoma prescribing guidelines, types of stoma and urinary continence prescribing guidelines.

The forum said it thought many primary care clinicians would benefit from specialist advice on stoma and continence care.

Ray Hodgkinson, director general of British Healthcare Trades Association, said: “Patients who are prescribed stoma and continence products often have complex needs, and may require a variety of types and number of appliances to manage their condition.

“The PIPs Forum aims to safeguard standards of patient care and promote best practice, and to ensure that patients/carers have access to the information they need to make choices about their care, their choice of provider, and choice of treatment.”

PIPs is a partnership between patient groups, industry and professional groups involved in stoma and continence care, which was launched in 2001. Patient groups represented include the Colostomy Association, the Ilestomy and Internal Pouch Support Group and the Urostomy Association.

The guidelines can be downloaded free from the PIPF website.


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