It’s a case of preparation is the key! Get everything you need within easy reach before you start. Then take it slowly. Remember that there’s a continual drain of urine from the stoma, so it’s necessary to have something to absorb this once you’ve taken the pouch off. An ideal solution is a rolled up tissue or piece of toilet paper – place this on top of the stoma once the bag has been removed.
Remove the baseplate from the top to the bottom, keeping a firm downward pressure with your other hand on your skin as you do so. Don’t tear it off fast, like a sticking plaster, as this can damage the skin. You might find that when you’ve removed the baseplate the skin will be red or pink, but within a few minutes this should fade back to a normal colour.