Literature and Factsheets

New: Colostomy Irrigation And You DVD
A DVD entitled "Colostomy Irrigation And You" is available from the CA at a cost of £4.99 inc p&p. This DVD explains the procedure and includes step by step video footage of whats involved.

Please note that not all colostomates have the potential to irrigate so it is essential that you consult with your stoma care nurse or surgeon for advice before trying to do so. They will be able to advise on your suitability.

To order a copy of the DVD, please complete the order form and send it with your cheque made payable to "CA Ltd" to: Enterprise House, 95 London Street, Reading, RG1 4QA and allow 30 days for delivery.

Download our Leaflets and Booklets

Please see below a list of our literature in alphabetical order, available to download and print. The files listed are PDF files (portable document format). To view these files you will require the latest plugin for Adobe Acrobat Reader (which may already be installed on your computer) available from or simply click Get Acrobat Reader to receive the latest free download. 

 Leaflet/Book Title Leaflet/Book Description Download
About Rectal Discharge   Many people with a stoma experience discharge from the back passage despite the fact that they have a colostomy
About Stoma Reversal This leaflet offers you information on Stoma reversals and whether or not it would be possible for you
Active Ostomates Sports and fitness after stoma surgery
An Introduction to Irrigation Colostomy Irrigation can, in suitable cases, be an alternative to wearing a stoma pouch
Caring for Colostomates   An Aid-Memoire for Nursing Staff and other Carers who look after people with a Colostomy
Colonoscopy through the Stoma A patients perspective
Healthy Eating  Guidelines on nutritional management for people with a Colostomy
How Will A Colostomy Affect Me  This booklet aims to answer some of the questions you may have about your Colostomy.  
Living with a Colostomy  Contains useful information on adjusting to life with a stoma
One to One   Support and reassurance for YOU, your family and for carers
Parastomal Hernias All about hernia, what it is and how to treat it
Sam has a Stoma A story/colouring book aid for children about to have stoma surgery
Travel Advice Having a colostomy should not prevent you from travelling at home or abroad

Pain and Discomfort   

Pain and discomfort in the rectum and perineum following Stoma surgery  


Download our Factsheets

Please see below a list of our Factsheets in alphabetical order, available for you to download and print.

FactSheet Title FactSheet Description Download
Adhesive Removers A detailed list of adhesive remover products
Bed Protection A detailed list of suppliers who provide bed protection products
Clothing A list of clothing suppliers
Deodorants An extensive suppliers list of odour neutralisers
Disability Information An indepth factsheet of disability benefits and coping with a stoma when you have a disability
Holiday Checklist  A checklist including some hints and tips to help you when travelling
Large Pouch Manufacturers A list of manufacturers that produce larger cutting baseplates
Leakage A list of products that will give you more time to find somewhere to change
Manufacturers of Stoma Products A list of manufacturers who produce stoma products
Obtaining Prescription Supplies Information on how to obtain your prescription supplies
Other Support Organisations A list of other support organisations
Pancaking A list of lubricating deodorants
Pouch Covers Tailor-made pouch and bag cover supplier list
Seat Belt Protection & Extenders A list of companies that supply seat belt extenders
Skin Care A list of skin care products
Solidifying Agents A list of sachets and capsules
Stoma Alarms A list of devices to alert when the stoma bag is full
Stoma Product Suppliers An extensive list of stoma product suppliers
Stoma Support Organisations A list of stoma support organisations
Support Garments for Ostomates Support garment suppliers for Ostomates
Travel Insurance A detailed list of insurers who will cover Ostomates
Wind, Ballooning & Odour Hints & tips on wind, ballooing & odour

 Stoma Care advice in different languages

Hollister have produced a series of PDF files in various languages which can be downloaded by clicking here.

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