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Burns (adult)

Checked: 23-08-2023 by 3 Vicky Ryan Next Review: 23-08-2025

Overview

Acute Burns

There is specialist burns unit at Southmead Hospital for adults (aged 16 and over).

Please see the Referral Criteria for Adult Burns Unit.

This link also has advice on first aid treatment of burns and how to refer.

CKS also has advice on initial assessment and first aid treatment of burns:

 

Please note that referrals for cosmetic treatment for scarring caused by burns is not routinely funded. Please see the Cosmetic Surgery or Treatment Policy for details.

Referral

Acute/Urgent Referrals

For acute referrals telephone NBT switch (0117 950 5050) and ask for on call burns team who may request you use the following online referral tool:

https://referrals.mdsas.com/ .

Tips when completing this form:

  • Do not send referrals via email as these will not be accepted.
  • The form does not pre-populate from EMIS and requires manual entry of information.
  • GP practices are not included in the drop down list of organisations and so click the link below the organisation box to enter the name of your practice.
  • Fill in the form with as much information and include pictures.
  • Call 0117 9505050 and ask to speak to the On-Call Plastics SHO who will advise and offer an appointment or advise as necessary.

Please note: This system is recommended Nationally (mdsas) and has been agreed by the burns Network (SWUK). It is in use at all burns service providers in SWUK.

The process of using this system was distributed to all MIUS and EDs during COVID explaining the procedure. Some referrers will not be familiar with this system and junior medical staff are also told to accept telephone referrals. For contacts that are requesting advice, they may be asked to upload a referral via the telemedicine system as this allows for photo upload. How to refer via telemedicine

For other burn wound advice please use one of the; following contacts:

  • Adult burns unit, 24 hour helpline: 0117 4143100 or 0117 4143102
  • Acute Burns Clinic telephone: 0117 4144005
  • Karen Highway Adult Burns Specialist Nurse Bleep 1380 
  • Burns SHO on-call bleep 1311 or via switchboard.

 

Routine Referrals 

Referrals for cosmetic treatment for scarring caused by burns cannot be made by GPs without individual funding in place. Please see the Cosmetic Surgery or Treatment Policy for details.

If funding is approved then please submit to Plastics via eRS.

 



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