It was a celebration on 1st October 2022 at the CGH Main Building Auditorium. Yes – Celebrating Life – With an Ostomy was the theme of Ostomy Awareness Day 2022. It was the first time this event was open to the general public.
Aimed at breaking down societal stigmas surrounding colostomies, ileostomies and urostomies, spreading awareness and offering education and resources – the morning was full of learning, fun and food. Singapore Cancer Society also set up a booth to distribute FIT Kits, emphasising the need for screening for and early detection of colorectal cancer.
Rich sharing from doctors, patient, caregiver, dietitian, physiotherapist and stoma nurse, followed by a panel discussion. Interspersed with a vibrant group dance performance, a magic show, exercise segment and Chinese dance on either side of a tea break with some of the most delicious food items you can find in a hospital setting!
The highlight of the celebration – the announcement of the pilot of ostomate-friendly toilets. Two of the handicapped toilets at Clinic C, Level 3, Medical Centre in CGH were fitted with shelves to enable ostomates to their appliance change properly in a public area. The plan is to extend this modification to all handicapped toilets in the hospital, followed by those in the rest of the country. This improvement to public amenities will allow ostomates to move around in the community with confidence, leading to better quality of life.
Ostomy Awareness Day 2022 was jointly organised by Changi General Hospital and the Ostomy Association of Singapore, in collaboration with Singapore General Hospital, Sengkang General Hospital, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Yishun Health, National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital and Sozo Wound and Stoma Care. It was supported by industry partners Coloplast A/S Singapore, Convatec (Singapore) Pte Ltd, Optimal Medical Products Pte Ltd, 3M Singapore Pte Ltd, Nestle Singapore Pte Ltd, and Vinda Singapore Pte Ltd.
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