Plastic Surgery - Regional Paediatric Burns and Plastic Surgery Service
These children come from England, Wales and the Isle of Man. The catchment area for Wales includes the whole of the North Wales region and extends as far as Aberystwyth. Severely burned children are also admitted to Alder Hey from anywhere within the UK by the Burn Bed Bureau. Approximately ten patients per year require paediatric intensive care.
Alder Hey burns unit has a purpose-built five-bedded ward, consisting of five en-suite cubicles, two of which are high-dependency cubicles. State of the art facilities include an assessment room, treatment room and assisted bathroom. The unit is adjacent to theatres and PICU and meets National Burn Care Standards.
The burns multidisciplinary team comprises experienced nurses, two consultant burns surgeons, an Associate Specialist surgeon, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietician, psychologists, intensivist, anaesthetist, audit assistant and burn research nurse. All members of the multi-disciplinary team are experienced in caring for the burned child. A paediatrician is involved in the care of all neonates and in children where non-accidental injury is suspected.
Currently, discharged patients are repatriated if they live out of area, or are reviewed in follow up clinics in Alder Hey. There are two dressing clinic cubicles for this purpose and larger dressing changes are carried out on the ward. Alder hey also provides scar management clinic, a pressure garment service and a multidisciplinary scar reconstructive clinic.
We regularly support our children to attend Burn Camp and we offer a burn support club providing extra-curricular activities in holiday times. We run a school reintegration service and are working with Whiston Hospital on a transition programme to adult services.