We are pleased to announce the appointment of Stephen Wright as Clinical and Patient Services Director with effect from 1st September 2020.
Stephen joined us in August 2019, bringing with him extensive clinical expertise gained during more than 20 years’ experience of working in the NHS. He has been published in a variety of nursing journals and contributed to several book chapters, relating to post-operative colorectal surgical patient care and stoma care.
The sunflower lanyard scheme was created in 2016 and rolled out at London Gatwick airport to help staff identify passengers who may need extra assistance, due to a hidden illness or disability. The lanyard is a discreet nod for acknowledging a hidden disability, without the wearer having to explain. Sunflowers are a sign of positivity, are gender neutral and joyful – which is why it was the chosen flower!
What started as a way to make airports more accessible has now turned into a globally recognised symbol.
Along with the lanyard, there are also many cards you can use to help signal an illness or disability. Whether it’s hearing loss, face cover exemption, diabetes, or a visual impairment for example, you can get a medical ID card. If you’re travelling with a stoma and are anxious about being stopped and questioned about your condition, you can take a travel certificate with you – we have one available for download here: travel section.
My interest in caring began at a young age when I joined the St Johns Ambulance Service – I was eleven! I would attend local events such as the annual carnival with them, and I would always have a fully stocked first aid kit at home and enjoyed practicing my bandaging techniques on my family.
When I left school one of my first jobs included working as a care assistant in a residential home. I really enjoyed this role and realised I would like to get into the care profession. I initially joined the hospital nurse bank which then led to a permanent role as a Nursing Auxiliary on a busy medical ward. This is where I met Sister Sue.
At SecuriCare, we provide a free home delivery service for all your prescription stoma and continence needs. We deliver all makes and brands of products, so no matter what you use, we’ll deliver it direct to your door.
My neighbour is a nurse and when lockdown hit, she couldn’t take Beau for walks during the week so I offered to. I find the walks with Beau have allowed me to take a step back and breathe.
This course has been specifically designed for Stoma Care Nurses and procurement professionals to develop their understanding of a stoma patient’s journey.
Please follow the link below for more information or to register your place.
Catherine Atkinson has been working in the stoma care field for more than ten years. Here she shares who it was that inspired her and why the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife is important to her
SecuriCare is the gold sponsor of Colostomy UK’s rugby team, Team Colostomy UK. This summer, the team took on the Chorley Panthers in a thrilling match held in Lancashire. Three players wore UltraFrame, our film flange extender, during the game and shared their thoughts on it on video, which you can view on our YouTube account via the link below.
The next Team Colostomy UK match is on Saturday 9th November vs Aldershot and Fleet RLFC.
SecuriCare regularly run and support a range of events for ostomates and those with continence issues. These events are held in locations across the UK, on a variety of dates and times and have differing themes – so hopefully there is something to suit everybody. SecuriCare events provide a great opportunity to meet other people with stomas or continence issues in comfortable surroundings, plus get advice and product information from your local product specialist.
Follow the link for May-October 2019 dates and information.
Putting you first: when you contact us, you’ll be talking to one of our team of specialist advisors who understand stoma care and incontinence needs. “It’s great when you can turn things around and help people find the right products and make a real difference to their daily lives.” – Annette Calam, Patient Careline Team Member