Because of the nature of the injuries, many burns patients need long term care and support. The length of the recovery will depend on the extent of the injuries, the need for surgery and the body’s own natural healing processes.
The booklet, called My Child is Leaving Hospital – What Now ?, provides information on the day to day care of the child, and exercises that help in the healing process. It also gives advice on how to deal with any scarring, and the emotional factors that not only affect a child that has suffered burns, but also parents who sometimes feel guilt and grief when they result from accidents in the home.
Jenny Collings, Chairman of B.U.G.S. said: “Unfortunately, many burns children need ongoing care and treatment even after they leave hospital, so it’s important that parents have an understanding of what that means and are aware of the support and help that we can offer them.”
“The booklet provides that extra bit of information and help for parents and gives them the confidence to care for their child when they leave hospital following a burn injury.”
Notes to Editors
B.U.G.S. is a charity which supports adults and children who have been burned. It also supports their families and carers.
The group was founded in May 2000 by staff trained in burn care and a former patient.
The group offers support, friendship, practical information and advice. It also helps to link into professional help and advice, therapy and treatment.
Help from B.U.G.S is offered to all current and former patients and their families, although burns patients do not have to have been treated at Salisbury District Hospital.
The booklet follows the launch in 2006 of a DVD and booklet for adult burns patients.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170
Jenny Collings, B.U.G.S. Chairman. Tel: 01722 327018