Burn Trauma Unit

The Burn Trauma Unit (BTU) at Hamilton General Hospital is the go-to treatment centre in our region for adults who need hospital care for serious burns and burn-related injuries. The BTU team is specially trained to provide care for patients across their journey, from emergency burn care to follow-up care in our outpatient clinic.

Learn about our Centre for Burn Research.

What to Bring

Please bring these items with you to the Burn Unit:

  • Personal care items such as hairbrush, toothbrush, comb, toothpaste
  • Slippers with a non-slip sole or comfortable running shoes
  • Photos and cards can be brought in to comfort the patient, but please arrange these items so they do not crowd patient areas or increase a patient’s risk of falling

Visiting the Burn Trauma Unit

Patients and their family members decide who can visit them in the Burn Trauma Unit. We ask that only two visitors visit at a time. If more than two visitors are needed at one time, please speak with a member of your healthcare team.

The BTU can be a frightening experience for a child, and so we ask that all children are accompanied by an adult during their visit. Please talk with a member of your healthcare team so that we can help you plan your visit.

To prevent the spread of infection to our patients, fresh or potted flowers are not permitted in the BTU.

Family Spokesperson

We ask that each patient have one member of their family or support group act as a spokesperson. Your designated spokesperson will be the only person allowed to receive information about your condition. They can then pass this information on to others you wish to share it with.

Our Team

The Burn Unit is team includes a variety of providers who collaborate to provide the best care. Some of the team members you may meet are:

  • Plastic surgeon
  • Nurse
  • Dietitian
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Social worker
  • Residents and other learners