Hundreds of patients in the Fylde and Wyre area of Lancashire are set to benefit from a new community-based nurse specialising in stomas.
Previously, residents of Fylde and Wyre living with stomas were required to attend hospital for check-ups.
“If they did not contact the hospital they may never get seen”
But the new service, commissioned by NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group and delivered by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals, will mean patients can see the new nurse closer to home.
The CCG has allocated £50,000 a year of funding to the service, which will help an estimated 750 patients across the area.
Fleetwood GP Dr Adam Janjua, cancer lead for Fylde and Wyre CCG, noted that previously patients who did not contact the hospital may never get seen.
“Our newly-commissioned nurse has been busy working with all our 19 GP practices to generate a database of patients with stomas and eventually all of these people will be seen and have their stomas reviewed,” he said.
“This new system will mean GPs notify the nurse when a new stoma patient registers with their practice so we will no longer have a situation where people live for years with stomas that go unchecked,” he added.
The new community stoma nurse will have a base in each of the CCG’s four neighbourhoods – Fleetwood; Thornton, Poulton and Over Wyre; Lytham, St Annes, Freckleton and Ansdell; and Kirkham and Wesham.
Community stoma nurse to help Lancashire patients
They will see every patient identified as living with a stoma to carry out a review and check their prescriptions, said the CCG.
They will then carry out a review of every patient each year going forward and if any stoma patients have a problem they will have a point of contact, rather than needing to go to hospital, it added.
The nurse will also carry out home visits for those patients who are unable to get out of the house.
NHS Fylde and Wyre CCG covers a population of 152,000 people across approximately 320 sq km of coast and countryside.
The majority live in the urban towns of Fleetwood, Thornton, Poulton-le-Fylde, Kirkham and Lytham St Annes, but a significant proportion live in rural villages.