Wednesday 19th October is National Burns Awareness Day – A Message from QV Hospital is below.

National Burns Awareness Day

Tomorrow (Wednesday) is National Burns Awareness Day and QVH is working with NHS colleagues across the South East to spread the word on immediate first aid for a burn. Staff from Burns and Peanut wards together will the local fire brigade will be on the Market Square, East Grinstead High Street, from 9am-4pm handing out flyers, stickers and providing advice on treating burns. If you are in the town, come along and support your colleagues.

Do you know how to give first aid for a burn?

Every year around 200 people from across the South East have to stay in Queen Victoria Hospital’s specialist burns unit, with a further 1,000 receiving specialist outpatient burns treatment. It is estimated that around 300 people a day are seen with a burn in A&E departments across England and Wales.

If you are with somebody when they experience a burn or scald, or if it happens to you, remember – Cool, Call and Cover:

Ø Cool the burn with running cold tap water for 20 minutes and remove all clothing and jewellery.

Ø Call for help – you can call the NHS 111 service for initial advice on treating burns, or call your local GP. In an emergency, call 999.

Ø Cover with cling film or a sterile, non-fluffy dressing or cloth. Make sure the patient is kept warm.

You can see more detailed advice from QVH burns care advisor Krissie Stiles on our YouTube channel here

While most burns are usually minor, and do not require specialist treatment, it is important that you know what to do if you, or a friend or family member, suffer a burn. Giving the right first aid quickly can make an enormous difference to a person’s recovery time and the severity of their scarring, yet more than half of all children and adults with a burn injury

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