Help us improve the lives of ostomates worldwide!

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We are currently looking for people who have a stoma and are living in Northern Ireland to help us evaluate and trial some of our new and innovative products.

Do you or someone you know have a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy?
Did you know that one of the world’s leading manufacturers of stoma bags, skin care productsand accessories is a Northern Ireland family-owned and operated company based in County Down?

The Eakin Healthcare Group, founded by pharmacist Tom Eakin forty years ago, manufactures and sells stoma care products to 40 countries from the purpose built factory in Comber.

Our Research & Development Department is a team of highly experienced and skilled pharmacists, scientists and product development engineers who are currently working on the next generation of stoma appliances, designed to improve the quality of life for people with a stoma.

We are currently looking for people who have a stoma and are living in Northern Ireland to help us evaluate and trial some of our new and innovative products.

If you, or someone you know, has a colostomy, ileostomy or urostomy and are interested in helping us by providing product feedback, then please contact us by phoning (028) 9187 4810, Mon – Fri 8.30am – 1.30pm, or by emailing shona.coulson@eakin.co.uk for more information.

Your help is vital to ensure customer focused product development and the launch of new products to improve the quality of life of ostomates worldwide.

When you contact us, we will be discreet and anything you tell us will remain completely confidential. We will not use your personal information for sales, marketing or any promotions and we will not share your personal information with anyone else.

French nurses visit eakin

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Staff at eakin were delighted to welcome the visitors, who travelled from France to attend an eakin presentation and workshop.

During their visit they also learnt the history of eakin, received more training about our products including our new eakin dot 2-piece and had an opportunity to tour the factory.

Olivier Montels, Development Manager of eakin in France: “It’s important for Health professionals to know more about us, our values and our products to understand fully the commitment of our teams to create and fabricate eakin products. We are even more pleased that this was the first visit of French ET nurses.”

Eakin will also be present at the AFET days – which is the French National Congress of ET nurses – happening in Lyon from the 8th to the 12th of October. 

We thank all our visitors for taking the time to visit us and we look forward to welcoming them again in the future. 

We’re on a mission to raise awareness for people living with a stoma

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Although there is increasing news coverage and more ostomates are speaking out, we believe more can be done to educate the wider public.

We have over 200 ducks on an adventure over the summer to raise awareness for people around the world living with a stoma. If you find a duck on its travels, please help it on its way to a new location (you could win a prize!) All you need to do is: –

1. Find the ducks name (look underneath)

2. Take it with you….

3. Leave it somewhere nice where it can be found easily!

4. Take a photo of the duck in it’s new location

5. Send your photo, the name of your duck and where you left it to mail@eakin.co.uk

6. Track the ducks journey on facebook/TGEakin!

Prizes

If you find a duck and help it on its journey your name will go into a monthly prize draw to win an Amazon voucher.

Good luck!

For full T&Cs please click here

Introducing the new eakin Contour Flange Extenders

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new product, eakin Contour Flange Extenders.

eakin Contour Flange Extenders are uniquely designed to let you extend your line of defence against leaks to ensure you feel more secure whilst also experiencing enhanced comfort.

eakin Contour Flange Extenders are suitable for you if….

  • You have lumps bumps or hernias and want to bend, stretch and move without restriction, then eakin Contour Flange Extenders are ideal as the unique fluted design allows them to mould and flex easily to any body type or shape – no matter how challenging or difficult
  • Or perhaps you’re looking for security and comfort in equal measures? You’ll get this from the skin–friendly hydrocolloid, thin tapered edges and the smooth satin finish which combine to hug the body like a second skin and prevent edge lift.

For further information please contact your local distributor for samples.

Are you living with a wound and would like to share your story?

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Our in-house Research & Development Department work very hard in the lab developing new products but we are keen to talk to people currently living with a wound to help us gain a better understanding of your daily wound care.

Perhaps you have fistula or an opening in your skin that creates enough output to require a bag to collect or multiple daily dressing changes. Maybe you are under the care of a community nursing team that help you with your wound, or maybe you are skilled at managing it yourself.

It is our hope that with your help we may be able to develop products in the future to improve the quality of life of people living with a wound.

If you, or someone you know, has a wound and are interested in helping us by providing their story, then please contact us by email at mail@eakin.co.uk for more information.

When you contact us, we will be discreet and anything you tell us will remain completely confidential.

We will not use your personal information for sales, marketing or any promotions and we will not share your personal information with anyone else.

Winners of our photography competition

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We are finally announcing the winners of our photography competition!

We’d like to say a big thanks to everyone for participating, they were all amazing! They all capture exactly what we are hoping to achieve, having a stoma is just a small part of a bigger life.

And now we’d like to congratulate Slade Thomas who takes 1st prize, Lukas Klein who takes 2nd prize and Ellen Rana-Sudario who takes 3rd prize.

Although there is only 3 winners, we’d also like to reward Heather Cowlin who has been super active during the competition! So Heather will receive a special merit and recognition prize for submitting so many great photos.

Again, a big thank you to all other participants!

Eakin make some noise for Ostomy Awareness Day 2016

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charity bake sale for colostomy day at eakin, 2016

We combined raising funds for Macmillan and doing our bit to raise awareness for Ostomy Day 2016.

While raising money for Macmillan Coffee Morning Eakin staff used the opportunity to wear our favourite colour purple and make some noise for Ostomy Awareness Day 1st October 2016!

In total we raised £378.00 on the day, this amount was matched by the company, bringing the grand total to £756.

Summer photography competition

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To capture what “A Small Part of A Bigger Life” means to you we’d love to see your photos showing people enjoying very real, normal moments of life.

From festivals to sports, hill walking or sightseeing, eating out or family celebrations…whatever makes you feel happy!

HELPFUL HINTS FOR TAKING A WINNING SHOT!

Photographs should capture people / groups of people enjoying everyday life
Photographs should feel spontaneous and natural (avoid looking directly at the camera)
Preference will be given to images that‘raise a smile’ and create a ‘warm / happy feeling’
PRIZES

  • 1st Prize: Surprise gifts tailored to you & delivered to your door every month
    for a year! Plus! Your winning photo featured in a national campaign!
  • 2nd Prize: Surprise gifts delivered to your door every month for 6 months!
  • 3rd Prize: Surprise gifts delivered to your door every month for 3 months!
  • The top 12 entries will also receive and feature in a 2017 desk calendar.

Click here to enter