Your stoma nurse will teach you how to care for your stoma before you leave hospital. This will include learning how to change your stoma pouch, how to measure the stoma so the aperture of the hole in the pouch is correct and general advice on taking care of your stoma. They will also fit you with a more discreet type of pouch, and will discuss the different types of pouches that are available to you.
They may also tell you about accessories that you can use with your stoma bag to protect your skin, make bag changing easier and provide extra security.
Click below for practical advice and reminders on pouch changing and care for your stoma.