Major trauma means multiple, serious injuries that could result in disability or death. It is the leading cause of death for those aged 44 and under.
The network is part of a national strategy to improve trauma care and to reduce the number of deaths from major trauma. We also work hard to improve quality of life for trauma patients through rehabilitation.
At the heart of the network is the Major Trauma Centre at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. It is a multi-specialty hospital optimised for the provision of trauma care. The network also includes three trauma units, two local emergency hospitals, two pre-hospital care providers and other NHS and third sector organisations.
Depending on journey time and injury, patients can be transported directly to the Major Trauma Centre following on-scene assessment, or may be transferred from a trauma unit following initial care and stabilisation.
Trauma units play a vital role in the initial resuscitation of major trauma patients. They may also be involved in the on-going care, specialist needs such as burns, and rehabilitation.
The network is supported by a small team hosted at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
- Clinical Lead: Dr Peter Westhead
- Network Manager: Erin Burns
- Rehabilitation Lead: Karen Poole
- Education Programme Lead: Mr Geoff Bryant
- Major Trauma Centre Clinical lead: Dr Stephanie Tilston
Where we are
Major trauma centre
- Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton – University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
- St. Richard’s Hospital, Chichester – University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
- Worthing Hospital – University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
- Conquest Hospital, Hastings. Part of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
Local emergency hospitals
- Eastbourne District General Hospital. Part of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
- Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath. Part of University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
Pre-hospital care providers
- South East Coast Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (SECAmb)
- Air Ambulance Kent Surrey and Sussex (KSS)
In addition the Sussex Trauma Network includes:
- A number of third sector healthcare providers
- Sussex Community NHS Trust
- Surrey and Sussex commissioners
Sussex Trauma Network
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