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Skin replacement techniques help burns victim

Grahame Elsmore, from Wednesbury suffered 60 per cent burns nearly 20 years ago when he had an accident with flammable liquid in his garage.

He says the treatment techniques and facilities have changed unimaginably in the two decades since then.

He's now trialling skin replacement techniques which are making his scar tissue much softer and elastic, enabling him to get much more movement in his arms.

Since his accident he's had a 13-year-old son with his partner - something he says at his darkest times he never dreamed of happening.


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Young burns victim is helping doctors trial new techniques

Wiktoria Kaleta, 13, from Tettenhall in Wolverhampton is one of the patients who is going to benefit from the new specialist burns unit based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

Doctors and surgeons will also treat younger patients like Wiktoria at the Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Five years ago the teenager was badly burned in a house fire. She's now helping doctors trial new skin replacement and grafting techniques to improve her scarring.

She says it's very rewarding to be involved in the trials and hopes it could help other people in the future.

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£6m burns research and treatment centre set up in Birmingham

A&E entrance at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. Credit: PA

A £6 million treatment and research centre for people with burn injuries is being set up in Birmingham.

The unit is based at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital but will treat patients at the Birmingham Children's Hospital and draw on expertise from the University of Birmingham.

It is also a partnership between the Ministry of Defence, University College London and the Royal Free Hospital in London to help test out the latest techniques in burn's surgery and medicine.

Doctors hope it'll become a world leader in developing new skin replacement treatments to repair scarring.

The latest skin graft techniques will be trialled at the unit and patients will also take part in clinical trials.

In pictures: Prince Charles at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Prince Charles is at the queen Elizabeth hospital to visit injured servicemen and women. He has brought presents for soldiers.

The Prince last visited the hospital on 22 June this year Credit: ITV Central

The Prince of Wales is a regular visitor to the hospital which treats injured service personnel.

The Prince of Wales meeting hospital staff Credit: ITV Central

HRH visits the hospital twice a year, usually in the summer and at Christmas. Staff say his visits help boost morale for men and women returning from Afghanistan with injuries.

Prince Charles speaking to the British forces foundation Credit: ITV Central


Hundreds protest at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Protesters at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Credit: Bob Withers

About three hundred workers from the PCS, the UCU and UNITE converged on Queen Elizabeth Hospital from different locations for a demonstration.

Hundreds out in force at Birmingham protests Credit: Bob Withers

As one of the city's largest public sector employers they say the hospital is exactly the kind of place that will be affected by further attacks on their pay and pensions.

Unions gathered at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Credit: Bob Withers