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The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery


Latest Developments      General Information for patients and relatives     Ward information leaflets  


The Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, based in Morriston Hospital, provides a network of care for a population of 2.3 milion across West, Central and South Wales.


The Welsh Centre moved to Swansea from St. Lawrence Hospital, Chepstow in 1994, and since that time has become well established within Morriston Hospital. 


The burns service has developed since the transfer and has always been at the forefront in the use of developing technologies for the benefit of burn patients e.g. Integra (artificial skin).  


The service treats around 750 patients a year, of which half need inpatient treatment. Approximately half are children.


It has been checked against national standards and scored highest when assessed against other burn services in England. As a result, the Welsh Burns Centre has been designated as the new regional Adult Burn Centre for Wales and the South West of England.


Plastic Surgery at the Centre has a wide remit and we are able to offer nearly all services in Swansea for congenital deformity, to treat cancer, following accidents and infections and for a range of acquired problems such as arthritis of the hands and the development of pressure sores. 

The Welsh Center for Burns and Plastic Surgery is also the base for Interburns, an international network for training, education and research in burns. To find out more, see our Interburns page.

Latest Developments

Burns and Plastic Surgery
2008/2009 saw the completion of the  £9 million 1,600 square metres Burns and Plastic Surgery extension project (pictured). The extension has provided:
A refurbished physiotherapy room including a folding wall for patient confidentiality; reconfigured occupational therapy service to give staff and patients more space; a new reception area; a dedicated seminar room to provide enhanced teaching facilities, and improved facilities for children (two ITU cubicles which are more child friendly and a separate outpatients area for children.
The completed extension also has two fully operational burns theatres and an additional fourth plastic surgery theatre. The project itself received a ward in 2008/2009 for the Willmott Dixon Turner ‘Best Site’ out of their 21 projects in South Wales and the South West of England.
The Director of the Welsh Centre for Burns and Plastic Surgery, William Dickson, (pictured) was awarded an MBE in the 2008 New Year's Honours List.
2008/2009 also saw a leading Swansea physiotherapist elected to a top position on the Board of the British Burns Association (BBA). Menna Davies, who’s been a physiotherapist with Swansea NHS Trust since 1989, was given a three-year term on the distinguished Executive Board.
November 2008 saw the successfully appointment of a 11th Consultant into the team. This is part of a succession planning strategy for the service.
In February 2009 Anglesey Ward the elective plastic surgery ward was ring fenced for the specialty. This allowed an increased Day of Surgery Admission area, increasing the proportion of day of surgery admissions from 20% to 70%.

General Information

The clinical team
The Burns and Plastic Surgery service based in Morriston Hospital, Swansea is currently supported by 14 Burns and Plastic Surgery Consultants:
Mr. Bill Dickson                         Director, Welsh Burns Centre:  Burns & Hypospadias
Mr. Mark Cooper                        Breast Reconstruction, Microtia and Facial Palsy
Mr. Max Murison                        Hand Surgery and LASER therapy
Mr. Hamish Laing                       Associate Medical Director (Performance improvement): Hand Surgery, Sarcoma and Skin Malignancy
Mr. Peter Drew                          Burns Surgery ,Pelvic Reconstruction
Mr. Ian Josty                              Hand Surgery, lower limb trauma and skin malignancy
Mr. Dean Boyce                          Training Programme Director,Hand Surgery, Brachial plexus
Mr. Tom Potokar                         Burns Surgery, Lower limb reconstruction
Mr Leong Hiew                            Breast Reconstruction
Mr Nick Wilson-Jones                 Paediatric plastic surgery including hypospadias
Mr Richard Karoo                        Head and Neck Oncology, Reconstructive Microsurgery and Skin Malignancy
Ms. Dai Nguyen                           Breast Reconstruction & Burns           
Mr Amarijit Ghattaura                Locum Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Miss Sarah Hemington-Gorse    Locum Consultant Plastic Surgeon
The Nursing Team
The Lead Nurses for the service are:
Lead Nurse Burns                    Philippa Thompson
Lead Nurse Plastic Surgery     Clare Baker
The Burns and Plastic Surgery service has five wards:

Ward details

Wards Ward Manager Ward Information Leaflet
Pembroke Ward  beds for emergency patients Victoria Davies  
Angelsey Ward beds for elective (planned) patients Nigel Broad  
Powys Ward beds for burn patients Rachel Govier  Powys Ward Patient Info Leaflet
Tempest Ward beds for Critical Care burns facility Jackie Crook  Tempest ward Patient Info Leaflet
Dyfed Ward beds for children Louise Scannell  Dyfed Ward Patient Info Leaflet
Burns and Plastic Outpatients Department Sheriden Thomas  
Burns Theatres and Dressings Rooms Stephen Honeyman  
We have a dedicated outpatient's department for both our Burns and Plastic Surgery patients, and also run clinics across South Wales in a number of locations, including:
  • Aberdare;
  • Abergavenny;
  • Carmarthen;
  • Cardiff;
  • Llantrisant, and
  • Newport   
Burns Multi-Disciplinary Team
Mrs Menna Davies                             Physiotherapist
Mrs Sandra Osbourne                       Dietician
Mr Ron Evans                                    Mental Health CNS
Miss Janine Evans                             Occupational Therapist
Liz Brown                                          Clinical Nurse Specialist, Burns Outreach
Ms Jodie Thompson                           Occupational Therapist burns Outreach Team
Sarah Russel                                     Child Protection Nurse
Barbara Pickerel & Ann Hall               Pharmacists
Useful Links
Changing faces       http://www.changingfaces.org.uk/Home
Welsh Dragon Burns Club     http://www.welshdragonburnsclub.co.uk/
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Last updated: 29 October 2013