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Mural makes children break a smile at fracture clinic

Children coming to the fracture clinic at an Essex hospital have been wowed by a new mural painted by a talented local artist.

The mural at Broomfield Hospital, which shows happy and smiling children not letting their injuries stop them having fun and playing, is proving to be a real boost to those that see it and its positive message.


It was painted by Arthur Dess, from Chelmsford, who has been painting for over 15 years and creates unique murals up and down the country. 

He said: “Whenever I get to take on a project like this it’s exciting as I know the children will love it. The children on the mural are smiling and happy despite their injuries. I really wanted to show that, no matter what, children can bounce back from anything.”


And it is already getting the thumbs up from young patients, their families and staff alike.

Paediatric orthopaedic nurse specialist Helen Gille, explained how she wanted to develop a small area specifically for children to feel comfortable in the waiting room.

“My aim was to brighten up the waiting room and create a talking point. It was done within a week and the reaction of the families has been amazing. Parents are taking photos of their children next to the matching picture of their treatments – the children love it.


“The pictures of the children illustrate some the work we do in the fracture clinic, so it really helps to normalise the treatment for the children and the parents to show they are not alone on their journey.”

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