Liz Wright is quite literally Sheffield’s pottiest hospital patient... after needing to wear a new plaster cast every year since the age of 10.
Liz is the most frequent visitor to the plaster room at the Northern General Hospital’s fracture clinic, where she has needed to be seen on a regular basis for more than 30 years.
The mum-of-two suffers from madelung – a genetic deformity in her arms and wrists – which causes pain if her arms are not supported with casts.
The condition has caused her to require around 50 pots to be fitted since she was diagnosed with the complaint at the age of 10.
Liz, now 41, who works at the Northern General herself as a nurse, said she was on familiar terms with staff in the plaster room as a result of her condition.
“The team are really supportive and I know I can ring them up whenever I need to,” she said.
“They even have gauze of every colour of the rainbow to brighten up your cast.
“I’ve currently got glittery purple – I like a bit of bling!”
Liz, who lives in Hope, Derbyshire, added: “I have got to know the staff in the plaster room very well over the years, they are a godsend.
“We always have a good laugh and they really cheer me up as well as doing a really important job.”
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Madelung deformity often occurs as a rare genetic condition, and does not usually appear until a patient is aged around 10 to 14.
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals’ plaster technicians provide casts for patients across the trust, from people who have suffered broken bones to patients being treated for problems related to diabetes.
Technician Kay Taylor said: “We’re an extremely busy unit and we have an excellent team that work really hard.
“Our team certainly go above and beyond the call of duty.”
Yesterday was National Casting Day, a nationwide initiative intended to raise awareness of the skills and services of hospitals’ plaster rooms.