Frenchay Hospital's burns unit given cash for new machine

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A burns unit at a Bristol hospital has bought a new laser imaging machine using a £52,000 charity donation.

Frenchay Hospital has said its new Laser Doppler imaging machine will enable doctors to treat burns wounds more effectively.

The money was given by London-based charity Dan's Fund for Burns to purchase the new technology.

Plastic surgeon Jonathon Pleat said it would make a big difference to the work of the adult burns team at Frenchay.

'Minimise unnecessary surgery'

Along with clinical examination, it is expected to improve the accuracy of judging whether surgery is needed from 60% to more than 90%.

The machine is used to assess the blood flow of a burns injury to measure how deep the wound is.

Dan's Fund for Burns was set up in 2002 in memory of Dan Miller, who died in the Bali bombings.

Polly Brooks, chair and founder of Dan's Fund for Burns, said: "We are only too aware of the need to minimise unnecessary surgery on burns patients at a time when their body is already in excruciating pain and under great stress."

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