Burns and plastic surgery services at The Children's Hospital at Westmead

Contact details

Burns Unit, Clubbe Ward

Enquiries: (02) 9845 1114

Fax: (02) 9845 0546

The Burns Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead is the paediatric component of the NSW Severe Burn Injury Service, located in Clubbe Ward. It is the referral Unit for all major paediatric burns in NSW, also caring for major plastic surgery and general surgical patients. The Hospital admits approximately 200 - 220 children with burns injuries each year, ranging from birth to 16 years old from all over NSW. The majority of burns patients admitted are aged between one and four years and have received scalds from hot drinks, jugs or bath water.

The philosophy of the Unit is to provide the highest standard of burn injury care to the child and their family, both during and after hospital treatment. Treatment is under constant review and updated subject to relevant research.

Our research

The Burns Unit at The Children's Hospital at Westmead has a strong reputation for clinical excellence in the treatment of children with burns injury. Traditionally, many professionals within the Burns Unit have been active members of the Australian and New Zealand Burns Association. This relationship has been reflected in many publications and presentations on improvements and experience in the management of children with burn injuries. The formation of the Children's Hospital Burns Research Institute seeks to build upon this established clinical track record and introduce an exciting new element - laboratory-based burns research.


Clubbe Ward and the Burns and the Plastics Surgery Treatment Centre provide inpatient and outpatient/ambulatory care to paediatric burns and plastic surgery patients under 16 years of age. Clubbe Ward is a shared ward with plastics and general surgery. There are two treatment rooms on the ward for undertaking procedures such as wound dressings, debridement etc. This is a nurse-run service operated by a nurse practitioner, a clinical nurse consultant and registered nurse. The Burns Service is supported by a number of allied health staff, including physiotherapists, social workers, play therapists, a burns fellow and anaesthetist.

Clubbe Ward is named after Sir Charles Clubbe, whose association with the Hospital commenced in 1884 and spanned almost fifty years. A brilliant surgeon, capable administrator and kindly man, he served as Honorary Surgeon and President of the Board of Management. Clubbe Ward opened in 1923 and has always cared for surgical patients. In the 1970's and 1980's there was an emphasis upon general and abdominal surgery. With the transfer to Westmead in 1995, the Burns Unit became the main focus but the ward still caters for some children with other conditions.



  • Dr Erik La Hei
  • Dr Torey Lawrence
  • Dr Andrew Holland
  • Dr Peter Hayward
  • Dr Robert Gates
  • Dr Sandrine Roman
  • Dr Damian Marucci


  • Kerry Bolwell, NUM
  • Deborah Maze, Clinical Nurse Consultant
  • Stephanie A’Court, Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Kayla Frazer, Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Madeline Jacques, Nurse Practioner
  • Chloe Vella, Transitional Nurse Practioner
  •  Sharon Welsh, Clinical Nurse Specialist