Referral to emergency

If any of the following are present or suspected, please refer the patient to the emergency department (via ambulance if necessary) or seek emergent medical advice if in a remote region.

  • All referrals to emergency should be discussed with the Burns Service prior to presentation contact details, please refer to Referral information section.
    • burns at the extremes of age – young children and the elderly
    • burns greater than 10% total body surface area (TBSA) in adults
    • burns greater than 5% TBSA in children
    • full thickness burns
    • burns with inhalation injury
    • burns associated with major trauma
    • burns with pre-existing illness
    • burns of special areas – face, hands, feet, genitalia, perineum, major joints and circumferential limb or chest burns
    • burn injury in pregnant women
    • chemical burns
    • electrical burns
    • non-accidental burns

For clinical advice, please telephone the relevant metropolitan Local Health Network switchboard and ask to speak to the relevant specialty service.

Central Adelaide Local Health Network

Women's and Children's Health Network

Category 1 - appointment clinically indicated within 30 days

  • acute burn referrals discussed with the burns service

Category 2 — appointment clinically indicated within 90 days

  • healed burn that is causing significant functional impairment or discomfort

Category 3 — appointment clinically indicated within 365 days

  • nil

For information on referral forms and how to import them, please view general referral information.

Essential referral information

Completion required before first appointment to ensure patients are ready for care. Please indicate in the referral if the patient is unable to access mandatory tests or investigations as they incur a cost or are unavailable locally.

Clinical management advice

Patients can be referred to the burns service by any clinician.

Burns service provides management for the following:

  • acute burns
  • burns surgical intervention
  • elective burns surgery
  • burn scar management
    • rural and remote burn care by ‘burns link specialist clinicians’ and telemedicine consultations.