A grandfather who wore an environmentally friendly wooden cast as part of an NHS study after breaking his wrist has urged others to participate in research to help ‘move things on’.
Charles Bee, from Charlbury, took part in a study comparing two casts after falling off a chair and breaking his wrist in September last year.
The 72-year-old was one of the first John Radcliffe Hospital patients to wear an eco-friendly wooden cast instead of the traditional rigid and non-biodegradable fibreglass cast.
NHS researchers believe the Woodcast, which can be removed and remoulded when heated up, has patient comfort and environmental cost benefits.
Charles, a grandfather-of-five, was standing on a chair and attempting to put out an oil lamp in his west Oxfordshire home when he fell and broke his wrist.
He said: “I fell off a chair which I shouldn’t have been standing on in the first place. One or two people told me I must have been inebriated, but I just fell off the chair, end of story.”
Charles visited his GP and A&E at Witney Community Hospital before being offered the chance to take part in the Oxford-based trial.
“What made me want to take part in the trial, one pure and simple reason, was everybody should put themselves forward for us to move things on,” he said.
Patients completed weekly online questionnaires until cast removal and again three months after injury to see how well they recover.
Charles said he benefited from having the wooden cast, as the study team were able to split it along the middle so it could be removed in case of airport security checks.
He visited stepson Nicholas Smith in China three weeks after his injury, followed by a trip to see his daughter Alyson Bee in Australia.
Charles said: “It was quite comfortable. It solved a problem. The major help for me was it was light and I was able to remove it as I travelled.”
Contact your doctor about research opportunities. Visit ukctg.nihr.ac.uk for trials seeking volunteers.
An open day on research opportunities in Oxford will be held on Tuesday next week at the Warneford Hospital.