Further developments as we campaign against the lack of stoma friendly toilets



The rights of disabled people are enshrined in law. Yet, people who have had a colostomy or an ileostomoy are suffering enormous practical difficulties in public places as so few have appropriate toilet facilites.

Sue Field, the Lead Stoma Care Specialist Nurse from East Sussex Healthcare Trust provided me with this letter which indicates that there are many people in East Sussex living with a stoma who urgently need to see an improvement in facilities provided.

I have already written about this issue on this website but now I am happy to say there has been some progress.  I found out that East Sussex Healthcare Trust does not provide stoma-friendly toilets for visitors or people coming as outpatients .  I felt it was utterly outrageous for a hospital trust to have neglected the needs of some disabled people.  So after writing an email to their complaints department they have replied saying that they would like to address the problem.

It just shows that sometimes all that is needed is for somebody to speak up.


Disability rights, health and stomas

I had a very positive meeting with Councillor Colin Fitzgerald this weekend to discuss the provision of appropriate toilet facilities in Hastings for people who live with a stoma.   One of his first remarks to me was that he had never thought about the issue before I brought it up.  Neither had I, until I began to witness the enormous struggles experienced by a friend of my family who has an ileostomy.  These struggles are often simply because of the lack of appropriate toilet facilities in public places.  This is my point, most of us will be aware that many people live with a stoma, either because of an ileostomy or a colostomy.  But, it is unlikely that many of us will have thought about the practicalities of this.  In our society we don’t generally go around talking about our own toilet habits.  So the people with stomas are often suffering in silence. Continue reading “Disability rights, health and stomas”