This page gives you information about how to look after your splint and care for your skin.

About your splint

Your splint will be fitted by a member of the nursing team. You will be given instructions on when it should be worn and how much body weight you can put through your limb.

Useful information

  • Always make sure that you dry your skin well after washing.
  • A fan can be used to help cool your skin if it feels hot and sweaty. If left untreated it can cause a pressure ulcer, redness and friction.
  • Wash the lining of your boots or shoes if they become dirty due to sweating.
  • Rest and keep your hand/arm/leg raised, supported on a pillow or cushion.
  • Exercise your toes and fingers.

Please contact the Plaster Room if you have any queries or your skin is getting sore. The contact details are at the end of this page.

Contact information


If your skin becomes sore, please contact a member of the Plaster Room team for advice as soon as possible.

Plaster Room

Cheltenham General Hospital

Tel: 0300 422 3148

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Tel: 0300 422 8411

Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm

If the Plaster Room is not open, please contact your GP or NHS 111 for advice. It is important to stop a pressure sore from forming.

NHS 111

Tel: 111

Printable version of this page

Care of your splint GHPI1456_01_23 Department: Trauma and Orthopaedics Review due: January 2026 PDF, 157.0 KB, 3 pages
Reference number GHPI1456_01_23
Department Trauma and Orthopaedics
Review due January 2026