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COVID-19 – our advice to ostomates

We find ourselves in uncertain times with the coronavirus (Covid-19) which seems to be taking over everyone’s life at the moment. Firstly, we’d just like to send our best wishes and support to all of our customers and social media followers, while this is a difficult time, remaining calm and being there for one another is really important! 

We thought we would write a quick article giving our advice on dealing with the coronavirus outbreak as an ostomate and the impact that this is having on everyday life. We have also included some important advice that the government has released.

Whilst we are aware that many of our customers will be more vulnerable than others due to varying health conditions, it’s important not to panic and listen to the advice being given by the Government and Healthcare Professionals.

Stoma Supplies

We understand that a likely concern for ostomates will be whether they are going to run out of stoma supplies. This is understandable and we would advise that all ostomates ensure they have plenty of supplies to last them, and if they are running short, to stock up in preparation. Again, this is not a reason to panic, but simply to make sure you are well prepared in case of any potential disruptions.

Stocking up now will also help to put your mind at ease and ensure that whatever happens over the next couple of weeks, you can still manage your stoma the way you normally would. Remember to also stock up on any accessories that you normally use as well as your preferred stoma bags. 

If you have any questions, contact your stoma nurse who will be happy to help you.

Key Advice from the Government

The government has issued plenty of advice to ensure we all take the steps needed to minimise our risk. As of today, the key pieces of information are:

  • Everyone should wash their hands more frequently and for a minimum of 20 seconds using soap and hot water. This is particularly important after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose or after being in public areas.
  • Stay at home and only leave your house when it’s absolutely necessary
  • Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.
  • Avoid all unnecessary contact with people

On a positive note, the Government has now published the “Covid-19 Response-Spring 2021”. Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do changed on March 8th. As the national lockdown slowly eases, different stages have been put in place with a roadmap out of lockdown for England. People will see restrictions start to lift and the government’s four-step roadmap, offer a route back to a more normal life. For more details, click here.

The “Hands. Face. Space” public information campaign continues to urge the public to wash their hands, cover their face and make space to control infection rates and avoid further peaks. This is vital guidance for everyone to follow even if you have had the covid-19 vaccine.

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