Burns (Regional Burns Unit)

The Regional Burns Service was established in 1966 at Pinderfields Hospital as the first NHS-funded purpose-built facility in Britain for the treatment of major burns. It serves a population of approximately 5 million people across Yorkshire, Humber and North Lincolnshire and encompasses 16 A&E departments, 7 Walk-In Centres and 11 Minor Injury Units.

Pinderfields Hospital is a Burn Centre and provides care for adult patients with the most severe injuries and for those requiring the highest level of critical care. Children with burn injuries are also treated in Pinderfields Hospital, but children requiring Level 3 critical care are treated at the Paediatric Burns Centre at The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital or the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.  Children initially treated elsewhere return to the Pinderfields burn service for step-down and ongoing management when their need for level 3 care has passed.

We treat over 180 adult and 200 paediatric in-patient burn injuries every year. In addition, we provide out-patient and outreach services to over 1000 patients annually.

Patients with burn injuries often present with unique clinical, psychological and social challenges; a burn injury can be one of the most severe forms of trauma and therefore treatment in specialised services is required.

Pinderfields Burns Centre has facilities for:

  • 2 Adult burn ICU beds
  • 5 Adult burn beds
  • 5 Children’s burn beds

Major emphasis is placed on an effective multidisciplinary approach to patient care.

The Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) is led by 4 Consultant Burn Surgeons and 4 Consultant Anaesthetists/Intensivists and includes:

  • Adult and paediatric burns nurses
  • Adult and paediatric clinical psychologists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Outreach nurses
  • Play specialists 

All inpatients are reviewed at the Monday and Friday morning burns MDT meetings and treatment plans are agreed and discussed with individual patients or their parents. On all other days, patients are reviewed by the registrar for burns/plastic surgery with consultant input, and consultation with other MDT members as required.

There are three scheduled operating sessions per week for the treatment of burns which are on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. However, surgery can be carried out at other times whenever clinical need dictates. Patients who have completed their inpatient treatment are reviewed in the community by outreach nurses or during Consultant-led outpatient clinics within the hospital as appropriate.

The aims of the service are:

  • To provide a 24/7 specialist service that is patient and family centred.
  • To provide a range of therapies/treatments for patients with a thermal injury.
  • To promote independence and self-management of patients with burn injuries.
  • To facilitate safe discharge in the most appropriate timescale.
  • To provide ongoing care and support as required following a patient’s discharge from hospital.


Pinderfields Hospital, Aberford Road, Wakefield, WF1 4DG

To contact the Regional Burns Unit, please call:

Hospital Switchboard

01924 541000

Adults’ Burns Centre – Gate 29, Floor C

01924 541700

Children’s Burns Unit – Gate 46, Floor E

01924 541931

Information leaflets

Holidays and sunshine.pdf
Advice following a non complex burn or scald injury.pdf
Silicone Gels.pdf
Scar Massage.pdf
Preventing Burns and first aid.pdf
Returning to work after a burn injury.pdf

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​​​​​Watch our videos about how the burns psychology service has changed during the Covid-19 outbreak:

Adult Burns Psychology Service 


Children's Burns Psychology Service

Burns Psychology service videos via Pinderfields Regional Burns Service YouTube channel:

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Introduction to Burns Psychology service: common responses + access to service:


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