Ostomy Accessories

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On this week’s Ostomonday video, I spoke about ostomy accessories (like adhesive remover, barrier wipes, mouldable rings, ostomy belts, frames, etc), and how they may be viewed as ‘optional extras’ by healthcare professionals. Personally, they are just as important as the bags & baseplates.

But what do YOU think, guys? Are ostomy accessories vital to your ostomy routine? Or could you go without them? I’d LOVE to hear your thoughts!

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Amanda White · 23rd August, 2016 at 9:09 pm

My husband is a urostomate. His GP kept declining his adhesive remover. He does have a hairy tummy (as most men do) and shaving was irritating his skin, so he uses a spray to help remove the bags without pulling all the hair out by the roots (ouch!). When he sat down with the GP and explained that the cost of fixing any skin issues will be more than the cost of the spray (it retails at £16 per bottle and he needs two per month) they saw sense and gave in! They did take their time approving his belts and pants (he has the ones with the pocket in as he is a little shorter and the tap was catching in an unpleasant place), declining to action the request via email, it took six weeks for that one to go through 🙁

    ThailaSkye · 23rd August, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    At least he got there in the end 🙂 I think it’s quite frustrating that GPs/CCGs make decisions on what is and is not allowed to be prescribed when they don’t fully understand the impact these decisions have on individuals. It’s good to have a receptive GP who will listen to the reasons why you need the product you are requesting – sadly it seems that not all GPs are so understanding and focus on their practice’s budget instead, and it causes problems for a lot of ostomates. 🙁

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