Trust helps boost burn treatments

Hospital staff have been visiting Tanzania to help develop burn care for patients.

As part of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s longstanding link with the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC), they led a team of burns experts and nurses on the visit.

Burn injuries are common in remote villages of Tanzania as families use kerosene to cook with and provide lighting.

Doctors at the KCMC treat thousands of burns injuries every year, and have now received dedicated training in burns management and the care of pressure ulcer wounds.

Community matron Lorraine Jackson said: “It is a great privilege to be involved in the trust’s international work and to be able to share my own knowledge with colleagues in Africa.

“Some of the burns injuries at the hospital, especially amongst children, are quite horrific and it is so important that nursing and medical staff understand the best way to look after these injuries.

“Some of the very basics of first aid management are a key area that we will be helping our counterparts in Tanzania to address.

“Without effective and appropriate initial treatment, burns victims can often end up with very severe and debilitating scarring but there are simple measures which can be taken to look after wounds and minimise this risk.

“This is especially important in the remote rural villages where using the right early treatments can reduce the chances of infection.

“We want to be able to share everything we know so the team at Kilimanjaro are able to sustain more robust burns care in the long term for their own communities.”