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Minions Provide Welcome Distraction for Children at Fracture Clinic

Newsdate: 27 January 2016  minions

Every year, staff at the Fracture Clinic, at Wigan Infirmary, create fun figures out of plaster, designed to take children’s minds off their injuries, during their stay at the clinic.

Last December, they designed and created “Minions”, a move that proved hugely popular among the younger visitors. “Minions” are characters from the family movies “Despicable Me”, “Despicable Me 2” and “Minions” and are among some of the most recognisable characters worldwide.

We know that attending the Fracture Clinic can be an enormously stressful time for any patient, especially for a child and their families. Enjoyable initiatives like this can really help to alleviate some of the pain involved. minions

As well as providing a light-hearted distraction for visitors, the “Minions” were also entered into the BeneCare Christmas Casting Competition, run by BeneCast, one of WWL’s casting suppliers. The result of the competition was announced on Monday 21 December, with the clinic’s efforts finishing a highly-respectable third.

This was a tremendous testament to the skilful work of Plaster Technicians Valerie Birch, Lenny Toole, Sylvia Richardson, Jeanette Brown and Auxiliary Nurse Scott Whittle. The group were able to show off their arty side by creating the very realistic “Minions”.

In addition, the “Minions” will also be shown off at the BeneCare Medical National Conference, to be held on Saturday 12 March – Sunday 13 March.

Deputy Ward Manager, Joanne McMenemy, was thrilled with the efforts of the team. She said, “Here at the Fracture Clinic, we attempt to make visitors feel as comfortable as possible. When it comes to children, we understand how upsetting a visit to hospital can be, so by making these figures, we try to have some fun and bring a smile to their faces.”