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 causes.
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
First aid is the critical first step for treating a burn.
Information for Health Professionals
Burns Guidelines (4mb)
If a health professional requires a laminated copy of the above Quick Reference Chart please contact Linda Quinn.
Burns Assessment Form (188Kb)
The above form can be downloaded and used by health professionals when treating burn injuries especially prior to transferring or referring to the WCH.
Burns SA report (SA Health website)
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 :
To arrange a burns outpatient clinic appointment out of hours follow pathway :
To arrange a referral and review of digital photos follow:
All referrals require the following burns referral document completed.
Burns 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
Information for Families
Burns advice and emergency service 24 hours
Burns Outpatient Clinics Monday - Friday mornings
Head, Burns Service
Burns Advanced Clinical Practice Consultant
Mr Anthony Sparnon
Level 2, Good Friday Building
last modified: 08 Mar 2016