Burns & Plastics Therapy
This team aims to reduce the effects of a burn injury or a condition requiring plastic surgery in order to maximise the physical and functional performance of the individual. This team often see patients for years of rehabilitation after an injury.
CWH offers a Regional Centre for the Management of Burn Injuries.
The therapy team provides intervention to patients with a wide variety of burns and plastic surgery conditions.
The therapy team works closely with nursing and medical staff and are actively involved with the early intervention and rehabilitation of patients whilst they are in hospital, ensuring that impairments are reduced whilst physical and functional abilities are maximised.
An extensive range of treatment techniques are used by the team from the acute to rehabilitation phase including splinting, exercise, stretches and positioning, massage, activities of daily living, respiratory physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, pressure garments, scar management, education and advice.
Two pressure garment technicians work closely with therapist to make, alter and adjust pressure garments for all adult and paediatric patients who require pressure garments as part of their ongoing scar management.
The team provides services to all adult and paediatric patients under the Burns consultants and patients are seen on the Burns Intensive Care Unit, Burns Unit or other locations within the hospital.
The team provides a large outpatient service for Burns patients and often sees an individual patients for years following their original injury.
Outpatients are seen either at CWH or in the outreach clinics at Queen Mary's Hospital Roehampton. Adult patients with specific Therapy requirements who are under the care of a Plastic Surgeon can also be referred to this team.