About Us

Inside Out Stoma Support Group was set up in November 1999 by stoma patients and Stoma Care Nurse Clare Bossom at St Mark’s Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ. It was set up for stoma patients providing those who were seeking help and advice.

Later we were incorporated with the St Mark’s Hospital Foundation, Charity Registration Number 1140930. To provide continuing support, reassurance and practical information to anyone who may be about to have or who has already had a stoma. Colostomy, Ileostomy and Urostomy. as the years have progressed we have added into our knowledge base Mitroffanoff, PEC, Internal Pouches and Intestinal transplants. We provide support both to the stoma patient and their families/carers before, during and after surgery.

We hold coffee mornings every two weeks, (see coffee morning page for dates), it is where you can come and have a chat with other stoma patients and learn from their experiences of how to start living again, let your hair down, and not to be afraid of making some of those strange noises we blame on the dog or rats! We invite manufacturers to come and bring us up to date on the latest bags etc. we also try and have someone to come along and give us a talk on subjects that are of interest to stoma patients.

All ostomists are welcome as is their partners, family members/carers you will find us at ST Mark’s & Northwick Park Hospital, Watford Road, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ. Car Park 4 (for those who drive, follow the ring road), https://goo.gl/maps/Vybpv6PbLAG2 


Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the information on this web site is accurate and complete, the contents are provided for general information only and should not be relied upon for any specific purpose. Inside Out Stoma Support Group accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or statements made. Anyone acting upon them do so at their own risk, we recommend that you consult your Stoma Care Nurse, GP or Consultant, before changing your procedures.

As you take a tour through our pages of information, which we hope will be of great help. You will also find a number of booklets that have been compiled by our well known manufacturers, hospitals, institutes and support groups, some you will find a little dated, but you will find yourself a more up to date version by going to their web-sites from our link pages or you can ring their 0800 numbers and ask them to send you a copy. There are articles that I have come across in my 68 years of living with a stoma, from magazines and newspapers. Whilst we have tried to give credence to each and everyone we may have missed some, which we can only apologise. We hope you find this a helpful guide and answer some of those niggling questions that whirl around in your head.

After going through these pages and you did not find the answer to your question/problem then contact us on info@iossg.org.uk

Remember you are never on your own!