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Coming to fracture clinic

Outpatients Reception

When you come to fracture clinic at Starship, the first thing you need to do is to check in at the outpatients reception on Level 3. The receptionists will check to make sure your address and contact details are up to date. They will then tell you where you need to go next.


Having a bivalve

A bivalve is the name used for having your cast cut into two halves. This usually happens when you have a cast change or your cast removed, and can be the first part of your visit after you arrive at outpatients reception.

In the videos below, you can watch some children and young people having a bivalve.

After your bivalve, your cast will be strapped together again with velcro straps so it is still supported while you go to x-ray and then see the doctor. The doctor looks at your x-rays and checks to make sure your bones have healed enough to have your cast removed, or if they are still healing and need more time in a new cast.

You can view a transcript of this video here.

You can view a transcript of this video here.

You can view a transcript of this video here.

Your Guide from Outpatients to Children's X-Ray

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Having an x-ray

The most common procedure when you come to fracture clinic, is having an x-ray to see how well your bones are healing. The children's x-ray department is on level 1 of Starship. The receptionist or one of the orthopaedic nurses will let you know if you need to have an x-ray.

See our map to help you find your way from level 3 outpatients reception down to level 1 children's x-ray. Don't forget to check in at the x-ray reception desk so they know you have arrived for your x-ray.

In the video below, you can follow Sophie's journey from the bivalve room to the children's x-ray department where she has her x-ray.

You can view a transcript of this video here.

Seeing the doctor

As part of your visit to outpatients, you will have an appointment with one of our doctors. The doctor will check that your broken bones are healing well, and it is a good opportunity to ask any questions you might have. 

Starship Child Health is also a teaching facility. This means that doctors sometimes have medical students present during their clinics. If you would prefer not to have students present during your appointment, please inform a member of the staff.

In the video below, you can follow Taufau's journey back from x-ray to level 3 outpatients, where she meets with the doctor and has her cast removed.

You can view a transcript of this video here.

More Information

You can download or print our factsheets on 'Cast care' and 'How Bones Heal'

You are welcome to ask questions at any time with any member of staff during your visit. 

To find out more about getting to Starship see Directions and Parking

Information on the Orthopaedic service at Starship can be found in the Directory of Services

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