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Our Centre

The South West UK Children's Burn Centre is based at Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, part of University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust, and treats around 1,000 children under the age of 16 with acute burn injuries every year.  A proportion of these children, young people and families remain under our service for a number of years for long term scar management and follow up care. If burn care services continue to be needed from 16+ years old, we refer the young person to our adult burn unit at Southmead Hospital, North Bristol NHS Trust. 

Our aim is to provide the highest quality multidisciplinary, holistic care for all children referred with burns, scalds and other skin loss conditions including staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, Toxic Epidermolysis Necrosis (TEN) and plastic surgery following septicaemia where needed. 

We are the lead children's burn service for the Southwest Burn Network and as such will accept complex Paediatric Burn cases from the Central South Coast, South Wales, and the Southwest. 

We provide the highest quality, equitable, child/family friendly burn care for all children and their families achieving the best possible outcome following a burn injury. Reasonable adjustments are made as far as is practically possible in supporting the individualised treatment and care needs for our children and families. 

Situated on Level 5 within the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, we have ward and rehabilitation paediatric burn beds and high-dependency beds (L1 and 2 paediatric critical care) with thermo-regulated, negative pressure cubicles. On Level 4 of the hospital, we have access to Level 3 Paediatric critical care (Paediatric Intensive Care PIC) as needed and a dedicated thermo-regulated Burns theatre. 

Our burns assessment area within the ward on Level 5 has direct access via a dedicated patient lift from the Children's Emergency Department (CED) and the on-site helicopter deck. Also on Level 5, our Burns Outpatient department delivers wound, scar and follow up clinics seven days a week. Our integrated nursing and therapy outreach service provides ongoing holistic burn care in the community saving families the time and expense of travelling into Bristol.    

Our burns multidisciplinary team is an essential resource in the delivery of expert and timely treatment and care. The core team includes plastic surgeons, paediatricians, paediatric anaesthetists, nurses, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, clinical psychology, and a host of support staff. Teaching is a key activity delivered by all members of the multidisciplinary team in addition to clinical treatment and care. When the time is right, families/carers are encouraged and enabled to provide the additional care needs for their children as they recover and rehabilitate after a burn injury. Burns update teaching is also provided to healthcare professionals both within the hospital and outside (for example, in Emergency Departments and Minor Injury Units).  

Burn injury prevention is another key activity for our centre. This includes both primary and secondary prevention interventions and campaigns. Our centre is actively engaged in Quality Improvement and Research activity. Good links with the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, and the University of Bath have continued since 2012. Our ongoing mission is to develop a UK research centre of world-leading excellence crossing clinical and academic boundaries for real patient benefit, in preventing burns and improving the outlook for children with burn injuries across all areas of the burn care pathway.