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New mural tickles the funny bones of child fracture patients

Fracture clinic murals

New wall art in the paediatric fracture clinic at Basildon Hospital has transformed it into a fun and bright space for young patients.

The colourful display features a skeleton character named Basil Bones, with fun facts and questions about bones in the body for children and their families to enjoy during the time they are at the clinic.

The rib-tickling designs are already proving a huge hit with young visitors. Sean Symons, clinical director of trauma and orthopaedic surgery, who leads the unit, said: “We’ve now got an amazing, welcoming, bright and fun area that lots of patients and their families have told us they really love, and more importantly makes them feel at ease when they visit.

“Hospitals can be very frightening places for children, so anything that can improve their journey through the hospital like this fun wall art is fantastic. It totally takes away the clinical feel in the department and is loved by staff just as much as our patients.” 

The artwork and installation were paid for by Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity, which said: “We are so pleased that it has made such a positive difference to young patients attending the fracture clinic.”


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