Support work joins casting team

healthpicsd' Joyce Afflick in action with patient James Wills and dad Julian
healthpicsd' Joyce Afflick in action with patient James Wills and dad Julian
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A SUPPORT worker at Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital has become the first non-nursing staff member to qualify as a ‘plasterer’ - helping with the recovery of youngsters who have suffered broken bones.

A SUPPORT worker at Sheffield’s Children’s Hospital has become the first non-nursing staff member to qualify as a ‘plasterer’ - helping with the recovery of youngsters who have suffered broken bones.

Joyce Afflick is a newly qualified orthopaedic technician who has joined the hospital’s six-strong casting team after completing an intensive six-month course of anatomy and physiology.

The busy team fit up to 30 castings a day and have now branched out to provide children with a pot that will stand out from the crowd.

Casts in all colours of the rainbow are available, and there is even the chance to cover them in glitter - a popular choice for youngsters who want to bring a bit of bling to their broken bones.

Joyce, from Norton Lees, said she was thrilled to join the team.

“It’s absolutely fabulous, I feel very proud,” the 50-year-old said.

“I have always liked dealing with bones and how they heal.

“You see the children coming in with their feet turned in but at the end of the treatment it’s great to see them running around like other children again.

“Red casts are probably the most popular and the children love having glitter on their casts.

“However a lot of teenage boys are now starting to get pink casts to attract the girls at school.”

One of her first jobs was with 11-year-old James Wells, who was put in a red cast to help correct his ‘habitual toe walking’ - a condition which means he continuously walks on his tip toes due to tight tendons at his heels.

He said: “This is my second casting – and red is my second favourite colour to blue which was the colour of my first pot!

“My mum, dad and my twin sister Katie will all get to sign it first – as well as my dog Nasher. I just can’t wait to ride my trials bike and run again playing basketball.”

Lynne Chadburn, lead nurse in paediatric casting, said it was great to welcome Joyce to the department.

“This is good news for us and good news for Joyce because she has a job she’s successful in,” she said.