- Reference Number: HEY-482/2016
- Departments: Orthopaedics
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This leaflet has been produced to give you general information. Most of your questions should be answered by this leaflet. It is not intended to replace the discussion between you and the healthcare team, but may act as a starting point for discussion. If after reading it you have any concerns or require further explanation, please discuss this with a member of the healthcare team.
This advice sheet has been produced to give you information about a stable (undisplaced) finger fracture. It is not meant to replace discussion between you and your child’s doctor. If after reading it, you require further explanation please discuss this with the relevant person who has been caring for your child.
Your son/daughter has had a plaster tape neighbour strapping of the fingers applied today in the Fracture Clinic. Your child must keep bending and extending their fingers for 5 minutes during every waking hour to avoid stiffness. Injured fingers become stiff very quickly so it is very important to encourage your child to exercise their fingers by making a fist and opening it.
Today there was no rotational deformity in your child’s finger. The Orthopaedic Surgeon your child saw has demonstrated rotational deformity to you.
Should rotational deformity occur you must contact the department to enable us to arrange for you to be seen at the next clinic to deal with the deformity. Please telephone (01482) 674378 Monday to Friday during clinic hours 9am – 4.30pm.
The plaster tape neighbour strapping needs to be removed after 3 weeks or _____ weeks from the day of application and your child’s fingers left free and your child must continue to move them. If the tape becomes unclean, wet or falls off you can replace it with new tape, as demonstrated by the Fracture Clinic staff today.
Your child should avoid any contact sport i.e. football, rugby, hockey, netball etc. for a further 6 weeks. Care should also be taken if riding bikes, scooters or using roller blades etc. The long-term implication of the injury will have been explained to you. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.
Following your child’s appointment today, the doctor has discharged your son or daughter from clinic. This means they will not have another appointment to see us.
If your child has any problems or further queries relating to this injury, please contact us during clinic hours 9.00am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.
Should you require further advice on the issues contained in this sheet, please do not hesitate to contact the clinic on telephone: (01482) 675181
General Advice and Consent
Most of your questions should have been answered by this leaflet, but remember that this is only a starting point for discussion with the healthcare team.
Consent to treatment
Before any doctor, nurse or therapist examines or treats your child, they must seek your consent or permission. In order to make a decision, you need to have information from health professionals about the treatment or investigation which is being offered to your child. You should always ask them more questions if you do not understand or if you want more information.
The information you receive should be about your child’s condition, the alternatives available for your child, and whether it carries risks as well as the benefits. What is important is that your consent is genuine or valid. That means:
- you must be able to give your consent
- you must be given enough information to enable you to make a decision
- you must be acting under your own free will and not under the strong influence of another person
Information about your child
We collect and use your child’s information to provide your child with care and treatment. As part of your child’s care, information about your child will be shared between members of a healthcare team, some of whom you may not meet. Your child’s information may also be used to help train staff, to check the quality of our care, to manage and plan the health service, and to help with research. Wherever possible we use anonymous data.
We may pass on relevant information to other health organisations that provide your child with care. All information is treated as strictly confidential and is not given to anyone who does not need it. If you have any concerns please ask your child’s doctor, or the person caring for your child.
Under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Data Protection Act 2018 we are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of any information we hold about your child. For further information visit the following page: Confidential Information about You.
If you or your carer needs information about your health and wellbeing and about your care and treatment in a different format, such as large print, braille or audio, due to disability, impairment or sensory loss, please advise a member of staff and this can be arranged.