Our plaster theatre service provides limb and body casts to assist with the healing of broken bones. The plaster theatre works closely with the orthopaedic and trauma service and accident and emergency, and provides an orthotics service.
Patients are referred to the service by a hospital consultant.
Plasters are normally made up of a bandage and a hard covering to hold broken bones in place and usually need to stay on for 4 to 12 weeks. It is important to look after the cast to ensure the best recovery.
Tips for looking after a plaster cast:
- exercise any joints that aren't covered by the cast – such as your elbow, knee, fingers or toes – to help improve your circulation
- avoid getting small objects, powders and sprays inside your cast, as they could irritate your skin
- don't try to alter the length or position of your cast
- don't lift anything heavy or drive until the cast has been removed
- use crutches or a sling, as advised by your health professional
- use painkillers if you experience any pain
If you have any concerns about your plaster cast, you can also call NHS 111 for 24-hour advice.
Outpatient area 5
Opening hours :
Monday to Friday
9.00am to 5.30pm
Telephone: 01634 830000 ext 3339 or 3340