• We're here for you

    IA is a support group run by and for people with ileostomies and internal pouches with the primary aim of helping people who have had their colon removed return to a full and active life as soon as possible after surgery

  • Supporting our young members

    Young IA aims to support our members aged under 40, and other young people, either pre-surgery or post-surgery, who undergo either an ileostomy or an internal pouch operation

  • Internal pouch advice & support

    We provide information, advice and support for people who have had internal pouch surgery, and for others who are interested in the subject

  • Enjoy the benefits of membership

    Join IA today to access visiting services, specialist advice and the IA Journal, a valuable source of information for both ileostomists & internal pouch patients

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Latest News

Pouchitis Trial - Alicaforsen

Atlantic Healthcare is recruiting pouch patients for a Phase 3 trial of alicaforsen enema to treat pouchitis. The trial is a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, safety and efficacy study of…

Support from Surbiton High School

IA is delighted to have been chosen as one of the charities that Surbiton High School are raising funds for in 2016. The students have already held a series of events so far including a very successfu…

A message from Buckingham Palace

IA was delighted to receive the Queen's warmest wishes and congratulations on celebrating 60 years of support.…

Happy Birthday IA - 60 today

Happy 60th Birthday IA!  On 14 April 1956, in the Board Room at Birmingham QE Hospital, a group of people gathered to form the first UK stoma patient support, only the second in the world. Initially…

Find your local group

IA is made up of local groups throughout Great Britain and Ireland. There is also a postal branch for overseas members.

Click the map for further information about your local group, including how to get in touch.