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Introduction to Splintmaking

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In the Splintmaking Workshop we work with people of all ages, including children, who require assessment and provision of short term splintage. We treat patients with a diverse range of conditions. This can be as inpatients, outpatients, private patients and directly from GPs.

Patients are referred via Trauma and Orthopaedics, Rheumatology, A & E, Medicine, Oncology, Pain Clinic, Surgical services and a small number from Paediatrics. We accept GP direct access referrals and a limited number of referrals from the community e.g. district nurses, community therapists.

Within the Splintmaking Workshop, there is an emphasis upon the core skills of assessment, treatment intervention and evaluation. Joint working with the multi disciplinary team ensures that the splint fitted is appropriate to the diagnosis and that functional needs / occupational goals are addressed. All patients will be individually assessed and following this, a sound clinical decision regarding the most appropriate splint will be provided.

The Splintmaking workshop is based at the Royal Derby Hospital. Opening hours are 8.15am - 4.30pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone number 01332 787291. 
Visits to the East Midlands Nuffield Hospital and Home Visits are provided according to need. Due to the specialized equipment needed for splinting, patients are encouraged wherever possible to attend the department for assessment and treatment.


What the splinting process involves

The diagram below demonstrates the aspects of the splinting process:

Identification of problem by Consultant / GP

Referral sent to Occupational Therapy Splintmaking Workshop

Assessment (physical, psychological, functional & environmental considerations) and identification of aims of treatment

Splint Manufacture



Follow up (if required)

Discharge (referral on as appropriate)


How to refer to the Splintmaking Workshop


Referrals may be:
- in writing / fax, e.g. GP letter / referral from clinics
- by telephone, with supporting written information

The contact number is 01332 787291

Patients attend directly from the wards / some out patient clinics. GP patients and private patients attend on an appointment basis. Home visits can be carried out if the journey in to hospital would compromise the patient's condition. We do not accept self referrals.

Standard referral information

Patient details - name, address, date of birth, GP, telephone number, hospital number
Consultant / GP / referrer
Date of referral
Splint requested - position / restrictions / level of support required (as applicable)
Diagnosis / relevant problems
Weight bearing status (if applicable) & wearing regime
Carer support / home situation

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