Hundreds of lives saved by Nottingham’s major trauma centre
Four hundred and thirty people owe their lives to Nottingham’s major trauma centre.
The East Midlands Trauma Centre, based at the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), treats severely injured patients – some of whom have experienced catastrophic damage – from across the region.
Pioneering doctors and nurses at the unit have treated 5,650 patients since it opened its doors in April 2012, making it the busiest trauma centre outside of London.
David Clarkson, deputy director for the trauma centre, said: “The patients that we now see on a regular basis wouldn’t even have survived to reach us five years ago and now many of them are leaving hospital to return home to rebuild their lives.”
An average of 135 trauma calls are made to the centre every month, with latest figures showing that 103 patients were admitted in January this year alone.
The centre, managed by Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH) NHS Trust, was rated as one of the best in Britain by NHS England in September 2015.
The Major Trauma National Peer Review report showed that the centre was the only one in the country to score 100 percent on definitive care (surgery and critical care) and rehabilitation.
Grandfather John Adcock feels lucky to be alive and credits the East Midlands Trauma Centre for saving his life.
The 64-year-old was told he would never walk again if he survived falling from a bungalow roof when his ladder gave way three years ago.
He was rushed to the trauma centre, where a team of specialists placed in an induced coma for two weeks as they worked on his shattered pelvis and shredded muscles.
In 2015 he said: “I am lucky to be alive. They brought me back from the brink and being able to walk is a huge thing.
“No one knows what’s around the corner. Just that split second of not being careful enough and your life can change so quickly.”
Mr Adcock, of Stapleford, is currently in hospital receiving treatment from neurology staff, but his partner Linda Saville, 63, told The Post how much they value the trauma centre.
She said: “It was brilliant, absolutely brilliant. Without them he wouldn’t be here. The care they gave John was excellent. You couldn’t fault it.”
Neil Wood was airlifted to the QMC in August last year after he sustained serious injuries in a crash with a lorry.
The 36-year-old spent nine weeks in intensive care before he was moved to the trauma centre. His injuries coupled with the amount of time he spent in bed left him immobile but staff helped him back on his feet.He continues to recover at home in Bourne, Lincolnshire, and is grateful for the care he received at the trauma centre.
His wife Sarah said: “The overall support and care provided by the staff on the trauma unit was incredible from admission to discharge. Neil and I cannot thank the staff enough.
“Neil is now on a long road to recovery. He is improving each week with some setbacks, however with support from friends and family he continues to stay positive and make the most out of what has been a terrifying and heartbreaking time.”
David Clarkson, deputy director for the trauma centre, said: “Survivors of major trauma in the East Midlands are now much more common. When you sit down and reflect on what we have achieved and the number of people who have been saved because of the major trauma service is incredibly humbling. We’re helping them get back to their lives.
“We are recognised as a really good system and set up. Teams from across the UK are visiting us to see what we’re doing, which says a great deal about the work we’re doing.”
The trauma centre is set to work closely with a new £300m military rehabilitation centre – the Defence and National Rehabiliation Centre – at Stanford Hall, near Loughborough when it opens in 2018.
Source Nottingham Post