A new saw has been purchased for the plaster room at Grimsby hospital to help children feel at ease when getting their casts removed, following a request from a nurse.
Ward sister Rachel Beckett submitted a request to the Health Tree Foundation – the charity at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust – via its “circle of wishes” scheme, which attempts to match donations to needs highlighted directly by staff or patients.
Ms Beckett said: “My wish is for a quiet, child friendly plaster saw to cut plasters off young children in the plaster room at Grimsby hospital.
“Our current saws are very noisy and sometimes children become agitated when our technicians use them,” she said. “Their whole experience of attending a fracture clinic can become a scary time and their parents stressed as a result of this.”
Thanks to generous donations from the public the Health Tree Foundation was able to “grant this wish”, said the trust in a statement.
Ms Beckett added: “It’s working great already. It is much quieter than our standard plaster saw and it’s also been great with our dementia patients as well our children.”