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   Posted 6/23/2011 10:46 PM (GMT -6)   
I am an American who will be moving to Leeds, UK in Sept. I was wondering how you order your ostomy supplies and if you could provide me with any companies. Also if you know of a good dr. in the area, I a all ears.

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   Posted 6/24/2011 3:55 AM (GMT -6)   
hi dreamer06,

i'm not in the UK but next door in Ireland - have a look at for the IA which is active both here & the UK - you should find alot of what you need infowise here including a forum & details of the local IA group.

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   Posted 6/24/2011 4:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I get mine sent from a mail order supplies company, but you can also get them from local pharmacy shops. Either way, they need to get the prescription from your GP. Obviously, as you will be new to these shores, you need to register as a new patient with a local surgery. I assume this is one of the many chores on your "checklist" for your arrival?!?!?!
There are several mail order companies, mine is called "Comfort For You". Once you are registered at a surgery, I would make an appointment with your GP and get a referral to a local hospital, to get set up with a stoma nurse, but you probably already have that planned. Best to be all set up, in case you get any problems once here.

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   Posted 6/26/2011 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I put my order into my doctor's surgeyr online and then collect it from my local chemist 3 days later. Can't use a delivery company as work full time and don't want them delivered at work and have to haul them home and husband works nights so don't want them waking him up during day if they delivered to home. So local chemist works for me, luckily is at an independant and are brilliant. If I need it in an emergency they can order in morning and it will be there late afternoon the same day.

One thing to bear in mind is that some things you have in the states we don't have over here. Main one that springs to mind is sure seals. We have seals but they are thick and sort of shallow kidney shaped, not the very thin ones you have over here. However, I have opsite that is on my prescription and also mefix tape. Opsite is on a roll and can cut it to size I want and is clear very thin and usually used for wound coverings. Mefix is a white adhesive tape, again on a roll that I can cut to fit.
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   Posted 6/27/2011 4:06 AM (GMT -6)   
try to google - one i used was Charter Healthcare - your GP should help you with this  - most you just order on the phone and they deliver free. i am in greater london. good luck
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