University of Sydney Burn Units

Concord Hospital

The Concord Burns Unit provides a tertiary referral service using a multidisciplinary team approach to attend to all aspects of burns care from the acute phase through to rehabilitation.

The Unit is part of the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service with a catchment area of approximately five-million people. It has a 16-bed capacity with nine beds commissioned and utilised to date. A dedicated burns operating theatre, skin culture laboratory, gym, allied health services and Ambulatory Care services are all on site.

The Skin Culture Laboratory situated at the Unit conducts tissue culture research and cultures skin for use in grafting procedures for burn patients. The Laboratory is able to isolate skin cells taken from a 4cm square biopsy and expand them in vitro to more than 500 times in area. These can then be grafted back to the patient in approximately three weeks. In addition, a dedicated research laboratory has been established at the ANZAC Institute charged with developing and evaluating 3 dimensional skin replacement tissues.

The Children's Hospital at Westmead

The Burns Unit at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, itself part of the new Sydney Children’s Hospital Network, represents the sole paediatric burns unit for NSW and the ACT. The Unit consists of both Clubbe Ward and the Burns and Plastic Surgery Treatment Centre, which together form part of the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service.

The unit provides complete care for all children with burn injuries, including a many on an ambulatory care basis or through telemedicine support of rural and remote clinicians. A comprehensive, multidisciplinary support service is provided to ensure optimal care not only of burns wounds but also the other physical, social and emotional needs of the patient and their family.

The Burns Unit is also affiliated with the University of Sydney through the Children’s Hospital Burns Research Institute, which conducts clinical, laboratory and experimental research to help improve the care of burn injuries in children.

Royal North Shore Hospital

Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) is a designated Major Trauma Centre and one of the two adult burn units providing tertiary referral services for NSW burn injured patients. The unit is part of the NSW State-wide Burn Injury Service and provides a patient centred multidisciplinary team approach to burn care from acute through to rehabilitation and community reintegration.

There are currently seven commissioned burn beds on the Burns and Plastics Unit and two dedicated ICU burn beds. In addition to acute burn patients, the ward also accommodates plastic and reconstructive surgery patients. The Unit incorporates an operating room and is co-located with the Burn Ambulatory Care facility and the Allied Health facility.

The RNSH Unit conducts ongoing burns research through the Kolling Institute of Medical Research. As a centre of research excellence the Kolling has a major role in research training through the Northern Clinical School of Sydney Medical School, the University of Sydney.