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I qualified as a general nurse in 1999, initially working on a general surgical ward at Hillingdon hospital. Within 12 months I found an interest in colorectal nursing, taking a sisters post on the colorectal surgical ward within the same trust.
In 2001 I joined St Mark’s Hospital as a ward sister, completing my BSc (Hons) degree in colorectal nursing focusing on enhanced recovery in colorectal surgery and became a clinical nurse specialist in stoma care at St Mark’s Hospital in 2007. Within my role as a clinical nurse specialist at St Mark’s I facilitated the enhanced recovery programme for patients undergoing stoma formation with twice daily in-patient teaching and an established outpatient follow-up programme to allow patients with a newly fashioned stoma adapt safely and quickly due to the reduction in hospital length of stay.
I have set up my own private stoma care practice and the first established stoma care/colorectal and nutrition service within one of London’s largest private hospitals, reviewing just over 600 colorectal patients per year, of which around 300 of these patients undergo stoma formation. Continue reading