Wishaw General - SCN June Weir organised an open day in the cast room at Wishaw General Hospital (NHS Lanarkshire) and colleagues from associated departments, such as A&E, MIU, Orthopaedic Wards, Consultants and even the Orthopaedic Secretaries were invited to learn more about the treatments, procedures and products within the cast room. The event was well attended and well received. The banner stands, t-shirts, mugs were much appreciated and helped to make the day a success.
Nottingham Children's Hospital - The outpatients clinic had a 'try to plaster cast' session in the waiting room today. The children enjoyed trying finger casts on the clinic staff.
Below from left to right: Russells Hall, Dudley - Lots of preparation to display an exciting information stand, Walsgrave Hospital, Coventry - T-shirts proudly worn to spread the casting crew word, Cheltenham General Hospital - A real artistic effort this afternoon in Cheltenham.
Leicester Royal Infirmary - Lewis Hill and Jigar Naik from Leicester County Cricket team and James Hadfield from The Milton Keynes Lightening ice hockey team came along to show support. Lots of hands on fun in the cast room was had.
North Tees University Hospital
North Tees University Hospital held an International Casting Day event and raised awareness via a competition to guess the amount of casts applied during one month in their busy cast room. August saw 833 casts applied, with answers from 47 - 1257 received. A quirky skeleton display and a table top stand with cakes, bunting and pull up stands all made a fun event to raise the cast rooms profile.
First event of 2015
International Casting Day 2015 has started early and in style at Withybush Hospital. Roger Harris and the cast room team hosted an educational visit from years 2 & 3 form Wolfcastle School on the 24th September. In total nearly 40 pupils and staff attended for an action packed afternoon of casting and x-rays.
An exhausted Steve George, the BSN medical Account Manager for Wales and the South West said after the event: “A total of 33 kids visited the plaster room and X-ray facilities and gained a greater understanding of how the hospital works, and more importantly, remedied any misconceptions they had about breaking a bone or having a cast applied. This is what International Casting Day is all about.”
So the challenge is now to build on this success, raise the profile of your plaster room and inspire the next generation of budding Cast Technicians.
Macclesfield District General Hospital