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First Of Its Kind Stoma Service To Launch

Stoma team
The new stoma service will provide expert advice, support and prescriptions to patients in Cheshire

04 July 2019

A new stoma service is set to be the first of its kind in Cheshire.

The Specialist Nursing, Assessment and Prescription Service (SNAPS), run by Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership* (CCICP), will provide local stoma patients with direct access to specialist support and a centralised prescribing hub for their stoma products.

 Instead of going through their GPs, patients will be able to access SNAPS to get prescriptions, general support and expert advice from the Stoma Care Specialist team.

 The programme will be rolled out in two phases with the first starting on Monday 8 July 2019 for Winsford and Nantwich patients and the second phase on Monday 5 August 2019 for those who live in Crewe and Northwich, as well as Sandbach, Middlewich, Alsager, Scholar Green and Haslington (known as SMASH)

SNAPS also delivers care across primary, community and hospital settings, providing ongoing support for stoma education and management, review following hospital discharge, and home visits to patients who may need them.

Julie Woodcock, Stoma Team Leader, said: “This is an exciting project that will ensure that all patients have easy access to specialist care and an effective prescription service.”

Tony Mayer, Associate Director for CCICP, added: “The team has worked tirelessly to create a much-improved service for patients with a stoma.

“Some patients, who have already had support and reviews from the specialist nurses, confirm that the new arrangements make a huge difference to not only their clinical care, but have also the improved social opportunities that sometimes impact people with a stoma.”