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B.U.G.S Celebrates 10 Years of helping Burn Injured Patients 

Volunteers in B.U.G.S. (Burns Unit Group Support) are celebrating 10 years of achievements and outstanding work in providing help for burn injured patients at Salisbury District Hospital.


Founder members of B.UG.S. From Left to Right Janet Tromans (former Burns Unit Sister), Jenny Collings (Chairman of B.U.G.S.) and Julia Chute (Vice Chairman of B.U.G.S.).


B.U.G.S. is a nationally recognized independent charity that was set up in 2000 by a senior physiotherapist, a Burns Unit sister and a former patient. Since then B.U.G.S. has provided extra support and advice to patients from across the Wessex region thanks to the hard work of clinical staff and volunteers who have an understanding of what it is like to have a burn injury.

B.U.G.S. is now able to offer many kinds of support thanks to generous donations from many different sources. This support includes:

  • hand massage from a qualified practitioner
  • funding for children to take part in activity breaks at special burn camps where they can spend time with others with whom they can share their experiences
  • support for specific projects aimed at improving patients’ time on the Unit

B.U.G.S. has also:

  • produced information booklets and videos for adults and children’s story books
  • established a quiet room within the Unit where patients can get away from the ward environment
  • provided additional friendly support to burn injured inpatients and those attending burn care outpatient clinics

Jenny Collings, Chairman of B.U.G.S. said: " It seems hard to believe that we have been providing such a wide range of additional support and help to adults and children with burn injuries for 10 years now, so it’s great to celebrate our achievements and look forward to a positive future for B.U.G.S."

"Around 300 people of all ages were treated on the Burns Unit last year, and because of the scarring and deformity that burns can cause, many return for several years for follow up care. The medical support continues once people leave hospital through continued care and treatment in the follow up clinics. Yet to make a full recovery, all burns patients need to come to terms with their injuries - however minor they may seem - and the accident that caused them. B.U.G.S. is there to informally help them re-build their own self image and give them the mental and physical ability to face the outside world."

Mrs Collings added: "Sharing experiences through informal, friendly support can provide people with a way forward during difficult times. With the help of our donors, B.U.G.S looks forward to continuing support in the years ahead by all the various means."

Notes to editors:

B.U.G.S. is open to all current and previous burn patients who chose to join, or ask for friendly help and non medical advice. It is also available for their relatives. Support is provided for as long as people want it.


For further information please contact:

Patrick Butler

Public Relations Manager

Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 01722 425170



Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:05 
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