MICHELLE Middlemass has a real love for her work as a plaster technician.
After all, when someone breaks a limb, it’s a vital service to help people back on the road to recovery.
But now, Michelle and the team in the plaster room are in the running for an award in the Best of Health competition after being nominated for the Team of the Year category.
And senior staff nurse Michelle, who is also an orthopaedic technician,
Fracture clinics can often have to deal with up to 30 people who need plaster casts for breaking a bone.
Michelle said: “Sometimes we are run off our feet and it can be a very busy department but we always go home knowing we have done our best for people.
“We love our jobs and if we were to win an award for doing our service to the public, that would be just lovely.”
The plaster room can handle anything from eight to 60 patients a day - including people who are coming back to the unit for reviews and to have stitches taken out.
It works throughout both the hospital sites, at both the University Hospital of Hartlepool and the University Hospital of North Tees.
As well as Michelle, the team includes plaster technician who has been there for 30 years, and a number of assistants.
Michelle, herself a veteran of six years service in the plaster room, said: “There can be times when you will be dealing with 33 new fractures on a Monday. It is part of the variety of the job.”
And the fun of modern day plaster work, means staff can offer children patterns for their casts which include Teddy bears, dog paw prints, and dinosaurs.
Even adults can pick from a number of colours. The plaster room team is the first to be nominated in this year’s Best of Health awards but we want many more entries.
The following are the sectors in which we hope to find outstanding people:
GP of the Year; GP Practice of the Year; Dentist of the Year; Nurse of the Year; Team of the Year; Optometrist of the Year; Pharmacist of the Year; Carer of the Year; Midwife of the Year;Receptionist of the Year; Long Term Achievement;
Health Care Apprentice/Student.
To nominate, either fill in the form on this page, or visit the Hartlepool Mail website and follow the link on the home page.