Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Burns Service

Burns Service

The Burns Service at the WCH provides inpatient and outpatient treatment for children from birth to eighteen years who have been injured by burning. We treat approximately 150 inpatients and 450 outpatients each year including patients from South Australia, Northern Territory and western parts of New South Wales and Victoria.

Burn injuries are a common form of trauma in children and have six main WCH page link iconcauses.

Burn injuries are for a lifetime and require specialised care. The Burns Service consists of a multidisciplinary team that works together to ensure optimal patient and family outcomes.

The Burns Service is also involved in prevention programs to assist in lowering the number of paediatric burns, as well as education programs to improve the treatment of burns

WCH page link iconFirst aid is the critical first step for treating a burn.

Information for Health Professionals

PDF iconBurns Guidelines (4mb)

PDF iconBurns Guidelines Quick Reference Chart (191Kb)

If a health professional requires a laminated copy of the above Quick Reference Chart please contact Linda Quinn.

PDF iconBurns Assessment Form (355Kb)

The above form can be downloaded and used by health professionals when treating burn injuries especially prior to transferring or referring to the WCH.

How to refer to the service

Health professionals wishing to refer to a specialist burn services staff member should adhere to the following referral procedures:

To arrange a burns outpatient clinic appointment during hours follow pathway :

PDF iconBurns Outpatient (In-hours) Metropolitan (20Kb)

To arrange a burns outpatient clinic appointment out of hours follow pathway :

PDF iconBurns Outpatient (Out-hours) Metropolitan (20Kb)

To arrange a referral and review of digital photos follow:

PDF iconDigital Referrals (Rural and Remote) (20Kb)

All referrals require the following burns referral document completed.

Word iconBurns referral form (40Kb)

Children receiving treatment for burns at the WCH may return at any time for assessment or redressing after telephoning to arrange a suitable time phone (08) 8161 7000.

Burn Prevention Information

Learn Don't Burn

PDF iconCampfire Safety    brochure (325kb)  |  poster (535kb)

PDF iconCooking Safety     brochure (262kb)  |  poster (863kb)

PDF iconHot water burns like fire    brochure (228kb)  |  poster (556kb)

PDF iconHot surface burns    brochure (224kb)  |  poster (543kb)

PDF iconTreadmill burns     brochure (304kb)  |  poster (1.3mb)

Information for Families

WCH page link iconPaedatric Burns Service


WCH page link iconNewland Ward

WCH page link iconPaediatric Intensive Care Unit


Link iconSouth Australian Country Fire Service

Link iconThe Australian & New Zealand Burn Association

Link iconBurnsurgery.org

Link iconThe Julian Burton Burns Trust

Link iconThe RAH Adult Burns Service

Link iconThe South Australian Metropolitan Fire service

Link iconThe International Society for Burn Injuries

Link iconThe Australian Professional Fire Fighters association


Burns advice and emergency service – 24 hours

Burns Outpatient Clinics – Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays

Contact Information

Head, Burns Service
Mr Bernard Carney

Burns Advanced Nurse Consultant
Linda Quinn
Ph (08) 8161 7000 pager 4258
email : linda.quinn@sa.gov.au

Mr Darren Molony
Plastic Surgeon

Dr Michelle Lodge
Plastic Surgeon

Mr Bernard Carney
Plastic Surgeon

Dr Amy Jeeves
Plastic Surgeon

Dr Rebecca Cooksey
Paediatric Surgeon

Debbie Thompson
Senior Physiotherapist

Vanessa Timbrell
Occupational Therapist

Liz Davies
Social Worker

Anne Gannoni


Level 2, Good Friday Building

Mailing Address

Burns Service
Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia    5006

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last modified: 31 Jan 2018