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Burns Patients In Stoke Mandeville Helped By IPad


8:01am 31st May 2014

Staff and patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s burns unit have taken charge of an iPad, thanks to charity Dan’s Fund for Burns.

The iPad, will be used for therapy for people on their road to recovery from burns injuries, was presented to the team by Joy Hutson from the charity, which is supplying the technology to all burns units in the United Kingdom.

Maria Clarke, occupational therapist at the hospital, said:

"I’d like to say a big thank to Dan’s Fund.  The IPad has enormous potential for therapeutic use with patients."

The device can be used to help burn survivors by distracting them from pain when they are exercising, for co-ordination practice, psychological support, useful advice from the internet, or simply for entertainment.

Joy Hutson said:

“On behalf of Polly Miller Brooks, the charity’s founder and Director, and the trustees of Dans’ Fund for Burns, I’m delighted to present this IPad to the hospital. We hope it will assist in the rehabilitation of burns survivors at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, in whatever way the staff feel will be of the greatest benefit to them.”

Dan’s Fund for Burns was established by Polly Miller Brooks in memory of her husband, who died in the Bali bombing of 2002.  Polly survived the bombing itself but suffered burns on 43 per cent of her body. The Charity offers practical help to adult burns survivors and units including emergency funding for transportation costs, therapy equipment, computers, job retraining and training in camouflage makeup. 

Stoke Mandeville’s burns service is the regional centre of expertise for patients who experience a varying severity of burns. The service offers care and therapy from a variety of healthcare professionals, including psychologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists in conjunction with experienced nurses and clinicians. 

It caters for adult burns (up to 40% of total body surface area) in a dedicated burns unit and paediatric burns (up to 20% of total body surface area) on the paediatric ward.

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