The Northern Trauma System is overarching structure that supports two major trauma networks covering the North East, North Cumbria and part of North Yorkshire.Â The network brings together groups of services and personnel, with the aim to reduce death and disability following injury. The three overlapping phases (pre-hospital, in-hospital and rehabilitation) of a patient’s journey require organisation so that patients are treated at the time and place that most benefits them, which a major trauma network is best suited to deliver. The Northern Trauma System was formally established in April 2012 with the two Major Trauma Centres at Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle and James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough supported by Trauma Units throughout the region.
Major trauma describes serious and often multiple injuries where there is a strong possibility of death or disability, it is the main cause of death for people under the age of 45 and is a major cause of debilitating long term injuries. More than half of major trauma is caused by road traffic accidents.
With the implementation of a major trauma network, there is a much better chance of surviving and recovering from a major trauma injury. Patients have direct access to specialist teams and state-of-the-art equipment to ensure they receive immediate treatment, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The Chair of Northern Trauma System Executive Group is Dr. Dave Bramley and Chair of Trauma Clinical Advisory Group is Dr. Jackie Gregson.