Major Trauma Centre
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, who works 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.
Our partner hospitals in Crewe, Shrewsbury and North Wales and our three ambulance services have all contributed to the excellent standard of care. The other important parts of the system, such as the Acute Rehabilitation and Trauma Unit (ARTU), mean that we can provide severely injured patients with early specialist rehabilitation in an optimal environment. It can also cater for patients with other serious injuries, particularly when they involve multiple parts of the body.
The major trauma service is the epitome of multi-disciplinary and multi-service working.
We have an excellent 24/7 service in Interventional Radiology, which has changed how we manage care since becoming a major trauma centre. Innovative practices such as chest wall stabilisation and rib fixation have been undertaken by our thoracic surgeons since September 2014, which has led to a marked improvement in patients sustaining multiple rib fracture. Read about the amazing story of Mr Ian Keller, whose life was saved by revolutionary chest wall reconstruction following a horrific accident.
The network comprises:
Major Trauma Centres:
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Birmingham Children's Hospital
Glan Clwyd Hospital
Ysbyty Gwynedd Hospital
Wrexham Maelor Hospital
Royal Shrewsbury Hospital
Local Emergency Hospitals:
County Hospital, Stafford
Specialist Rehabilitation Unit:
Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Hospital
UHNM's major trauma team saved 69-year-old grandfather Ian Keller (centre) after he suffered a horrific accident. He and his wife Vivienne were enjoying a day-trip on a barge when Mr Keller fell into the water and got sucked into the spinning propeller blade. The propeller cut through the right-side of his chest and arm, causing multiple injuries including damage to his ribcage and a hole the size of a football to his chest. Expert clinicians at Royal Stoke performed revolutionary chest wall reconstruction and fitted titanium plates to support his rib cage. Mr Keller not only survived but made rapid progress, being discharged from hospital less than a month later.
The case received extensive coverage in the local and regional press.
57 year-old Graham Bickerton is a patient on ARTU, the Trust's Acute Rehabilitation and Trauma Unit. He was brought to UHNM by air ambulance following a motorbike crash on 7 April 2017. Following the accident, he sadly lost the bottom part of his left leg.
Graham said: "The care has been absolutely stunning. I can't thank the staff here enough. It has been a very difficult time for me...at one stage I stopped eating, but they got me back again. They are fantastic.
"I will be here another few weeks while I learn to walk again. To begin with I will be in a wheelchair, then I will go to a zimmer frame, then I will be having a prosthetic leg. Hopefully all that will happen before I go on holiday in August. It is not a surprise to me that this centre has been ranked the best in the country."