Useful Contacts and Websites

The Colostomy Association

Tel: 0118 939 1537 Helpline: 0800 587 6744 or 0800 328 4257
The UK support group for ostomates.  The Colostomy Association provides information and support for anyone with a colostomy.

The Ileostomy Association

Tel: 028 9334 4043 / 0800 0184 724 Fax: 028 9332 4606

E-mail: Website:

ia is a UK registered charity whose primary aim is to help people who have to undergo surgery which involves the removal of their colon and the creation of either an ileostomy or an ileo-anal pouch. The website has a forum to speak to other ileostomists.

Urostomy association

T: 01889 563191

E: Website:

The Aims of the Urostomy Association:

  • To assist those who are about to undergo or who have undergone surgery which results in a urinary diversion.
  • To improve the quality of life of people who have undergone urinary diversion surgery and those who care for them.

Beating Bowel Cancer

Tel: 020-8892 5256 Advisory line: 020-8892 5256
Website: Email:
This organisation raises awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer and offers support to people who are affected. You can contact them on the number above and they will be happy to send you some written information.

Bowel Cancer UK

Tel: 08708 50 60 50 (Bowel cancer advisory service - Mon-Fri 10am-4pm) 
Tel: 020 7381 9711 (General enquiries)
Website:  email:
It provides information about bowel cancer through its website, leaflets and a quarterly newsletter.  It also has a special advisory service run by specialist colorectal nurses. 

The National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease 

The National Association for Colitis and Crohn's Disease (NACC) brings together people of all ages who have Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease, their families and the health professionals involved in their care. These two illnesses are both forms of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and they affect about 1 in 400 people in the United Kingdom. We hope that you will find the information you are looking for within our website.

Ostomy Lifestyle

Ostomy Lifestyle is a UK charity that was established in 2007. They provide support, advice and information to anyone affected by surgery on their bowel or bladder. ‘We seek to empower people, enabling them to make informed choices and to communicate frankly about all aspects of stoma surgery, and we are working to raise awareness of ostomy issues, amongst both the medical profession and the general public’

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They produce information and leaflets on common digestive diseases and illnesses, including bowel cancer.