Burns Care

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Burns Care

Tasmanian Burns Unit - Patient Information Brochure

To help your burn heal there are five important things you can do to help:

  • Elevate limbs if burnt.
  • Keep dressings clean and dry.
  • Rest.
  • Gently exercise joints.
  • Control pain.


It is normal for a burn to swell for about 48hrs. You can help reduce or control the swelling by elevating the area that is burnt above the level of your heart.


Clean dressings will be applied to your burn at the clinic. This will act as a barrier to help prevent germs from entering your wound. You can help reduce the risk of infection by keeping the dressings clean and dry.


Exercise should be limited. Please discuss with the Burns Team as to what an appropriate level is. If your burn is over a joint on your arm or leg, you will need to gently bend this joint. This movement prevents the joint from stiffening and reduces swelling.


Apart from regular gentle exercise to move your joints, the burnt areas should be rested.If you continue to use your burnt limb, it can lead to increased swelling and pain.

First Aid for Burns

  1. Place burn immediately under cool running water (leave clothes on).
  2. Take wet clothes off.
  3. Continue applying cool water for at least 20 minutes to burned area while keeping the rest of the patient warm.
  4. Cover burn with clean, wet cloth.


5.   Do not apply butter, oils or creams to burns. Do not prick or burst blisters.

Ring the Burns/Surgical Specialities Unit on (03) 6166 8566 or your General Practitioner if you need advice.

Transport patient to hospital or General Practitioner if burn is:

Larger than a 50 cent piece.


Involves the face, hands or joints.


Argyle Street Car Park

Opening Hours
Monday – Thursday 8.00 am – 6.30 pm
Friday 8.00 am – 9.30 pm
Saturday 8.30 am – 5.30 pm
Sunday 9.30 am – 4.30 pm

Market Place Car Park

24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Street parking

Parking spaces are available outside the hospital in Campbell and Argyle Streets.

Short-term parking

Short term parking for patient drop off/pick up is available at the front entrance (Liverpool Street) and Argyle Street (this entrance is closed during the hours 8.30pm until 6am)

Contact Details

Burns Outpatient Clinic
12th Floor, Wellington Clinics
Argyle Street

Business Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
Telephone:  6166 0098
Fax:  6234 9636

Wednesdays, Weekends, Public Holidays and after hours contact

Tasmanian Burns Unit
Surgical Specialities
5th Floor, A Block
Telephone:  6166 8566 (this service is also available 24hrs/day for advice)
Fax:  6234 9636

Printable PDF Brochure

The Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) is Tasmania's largest hospital and provides a number of state-wide services that include cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, burns, hyperbaric and diving medicine, neonatal and paediatric intensive care and high-risk obstetrics.

It is the major teaching and research hospital for the state and works closely with the University of Tasmania.

Many health care professions are taught within the RHH, and gaining skills in examining and interviewing patients is an important part of their education and training.

We ask for your cooperation and encourage you to participate in our teaching and research activities.

Your permission is required for participation.

The RHH encourages feedback from patients, relatives and visitors.  This feedback enables staff to gain a better understanding of the needs of patients and assists us in continuing to provide the best in patient care.  Contact the Manager, Consumer Liaison Service, telephone 1800 811 911.

RHH is a smoke-free site

Date: October 2013