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News - Our Emergency Department has been designated a Trauma Unit

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Our Emergency Department has been designated a Trauma Unit

 

Our Emergency Department has been designated a Trauma Unit as part of a new regional NHS network providing emergency care to patients with life threatening illness or injury.

 

Trauma Unit

 

The ED service at Wonford hospital - which responded to 96,437 attendances last year - is part of a new specialist trauma network in the NHS South region which becomes operational on Monday 2 April 2012. 

 

This approach for the care of patients with life threatening illness or injury has been successfully run in London for a year and is believed to have saved over 60 lives and improved patient recovery.



In the NHS South region, patients with specific specialist needs will be treated at Trauma Centres in Plymouth Derriford hospital (for head injuries) and Bristol Frenchay hospital (for burns). Devon Air Ambulance airlifted 360 patients to the RD&E for emergency treatment in 2011. 


RD&E Consultant Dr Alasdair Dow, who was involved in the development of this network, said: “This arrangement, setting out clear roles for each hospital emergency department in this region, should ensure patients get the very best specialist care in the right place at the right time. We will clinically assess the needs of our patients and draw on the wealth of skills and technology available to us in our local Trauma Centres to give patients every chance of survival and recovery. For professionals working in the NHS this provides a first class emergency resource to draw on when every minute counts.”

 

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