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Major trauma centre - best in the country for survival rates

The Major Trauma Centre based at the Royal Stoke Hospital has been ranked number one in the country for survival rates.

The figures published by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) show that for every 1,000 major trauma patients treated at the University Hospitals North Midlands Trust, 13 more people survived who would otherwise not have been expected to.

In addition, the centre, based at Hartshill, also had the best survival rates for adult major trauma in 2015/16. During this year there were an additional 15 survivors per 1000 patients than expected.

The Trust serves a population of nearly three million people, stretching from Anglesey to the Peak District. The Trust’s major trauma service is the fifth busiest in the country and the busiest for spinal injuries.

Within the Emergency Department alone the centre has 22 consultants and more than 250 staff in total. The service opened a bespoke Acute Rehabilitation & Trauma Unit at Royal Stoke a year ago and works within the North West Midlands and North Wales Trauma Network supporting five trauma units and three local emergency hospitals.

When anyone is seriously injured in incidents such as vehicle collisions, falls, or assaults, they are taken either directly to Royal Stoke or transferred from our partner Trauma Units within the network. They arrive by helicopter or land ambulance and are greeted by a consultant-led trauma team. This includes a consultant in emergency medicine and a consultant in trauma resuscitation anaesthesia, together with specialists in orthopaedic and general surgery. They have rapid access to our full range of consultant surgeons and interventional radiologists for management of life threatening bleeding.

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