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Odstock Burns Support

What Next – After Burn Injury

Information for Teenagers and Young Adults

Talking to Friends

  • Many people have a hard time talking about what happened
  • It may get easier with practice
  • Decide what you want to tell others and then practice with someone you trust

Emotional Health

Thoughts can get stuck going around your head. These may leave you feeling sad, alone or struggling to concentrate or sleep. Psychologists and counselors can help you to understand these thoughts and feelings. Ask your GP or the Burns Unit for more information.

Taking Care in the Sun

When you are having fun outside remember to protect your skin.

  • Use a high factor sunblock (UVA & UVB)
  • Cover up scars (sun protective clothing)
  • Avoid the midday sun

Physical Health

Getting involved with physical activities can be fun and helpful. If you are worried you can contact your physiotherapist or the Burns Scar Management Clinic.


Your physical, emotional and mental wellbeing may also be helped by balanced nutrition and hydration, social activities and complimentary therapies.

Skin Camouflage

Changing Faces provide a skin camouflage service. The creams are fully waterproof and are available on prescription.

Burn Camps

Burns Camps are activity camps and are a good opportunity for you to meet and talk with people your own age that have similar experiences to you. Many who attend make long term friendships. Activities you can try include:

  • Abseiling
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Rock climbing
  • Tree top climbing

Camps are run for those aged 8 - 17, with a weekend camp run for young adults (18- 25 years).

BUGS can sponsor you to attend. Burn Camps information.

Useful Websites

For more information see our FAQs page or discharge booklet.

More Questions?

You can use our contact form, write or call The Nurse in Charge on the Burns Unit

Tel: 01722 345507
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Registered Charity Number: 1052284