Pouch Stories

What does a pouch look like?

This is an X ray of my pouch. Two months after the formation of the pouch I was invited back to hospital where I was asked to lift my legs up to my chest in a foetal position, and a tube was inserted into the pouch, through which a marker fluid was added. This came out though the lower part of the loop ileostomy. Meanwhile the radiographer took loads of pictures! The pouch is the kidney shape object that shows up as a brighter white, and the tube that provides the marker can be seen.

Pouch Image


The 2018 Information Day will take place on Saturday 12 May 2018 at St. Mark's Hospital, Harrow.

Download 2018 Information Day Poster

2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the invention of the Pelvic Pouch at St. Mark's Hospital, and we are delighted to have Professor John Nicholls one of the pioneers and foremost experts on the subject as keynote speaker giving his personal reflections on 40 years of the pouch operation.

You can download the  Agenda by clicking on the link below.

Download the programme for 2018 information day.

You can download a Registration form by clicking the link below.

Download a Registration form for 2018 information day.

Last years event was a great success attended by 54 people (excluding Committee members and Presenters).

Recordings of presentations from last years Information Day can be viewed on the web site. 

Please note, the latest edition of ROAR! contains an incorrect date for the information day.

The correct date is Saturday 12 May 2018.

For further information please contact

Susan Burrows
Membership secretary


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