The East of Scotland Major Trauma Centre was officially opened in Dundee on Monday by Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland.
The First Minister was welcomed by Chairman John Brown and Chief Executive Malcolm Wright.
The Major Trauma Centre will treat the most seriously injured patients in the East of Scotland and will provide specialist care ensuring that patients receive the best possible care and rehabilitation to improve recovery.
During her visit Ms Sturgeon met representatives from the Scottish Ambulance Service before visiting the refurbished major trauma emergency resuscitation bay in the Emergency Department.
The First Minister then toured the new Major Trauma Centre where she met with key healthcare staff who will be delivering this new service and also former trauma patients.
The East of Scotland Major Trauma Centre is the second centre to open as part of the Scottish Trauma Network which consists of four major trauma centres located across the country. The first centre opened last month in Aberdeen and centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh are due to open in 2019.
These centres will host dedicated trauma services including rehabilitation support to help patients with significant injuries recover more quickly. The Scottish Ambulance Service and existing trauma services across Scotland will also have a vital role in delivering enhanced trauma care.
The First Minister officially opened the Major Trauma Centre by unveiling a plaque in front of staff representing all areas of the trauma patient’s pathway of care and representatives from the Scottish Trauma Network.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, “The Scottish Trauma Network will help our most severely injured patients and ensure patients have the best chance of a speedy recovery from their injuries.
“The new centre will help those in major trauma get access to better care and rehabilitation support by specialist staff, which together will save lives and give life back.”
Dr Michael Johnston, Clinical Lead for Major Trauma and Consultant in Emergency Medicine with NHS Tayside, said, “The Major Trauma Centre will see the establishment of a major trauma service providing coordinated highly specialist treatment, care and rehabilitation for the most critically injured patients.
“This new joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach to the patient journey will mean a better coordinated and seamless treatment pathway.
“The major trauma service is about creating a dedicated specialty team around the patient. This begins at the roadside and continues until the patient arrives at the Major Trauma Centre where the assembled hospital based trauma team is ready to receive them, right up until the patient is discharged.
“This collaborative way of working ensures that treatment is brought forward at the correct time and crucially making sure that rehabilitation starts very early in the patient’s pathway of care. We know that this way of working does produce better outcomes for seriously injured patients.”
Martin McKechnie, National Clinical Lead for the Scottish Trauma Network said, “Major trauma often results in life threatening and life changing injuries. The network has been working in collaboration with NHS Boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service to improve and optimise the health and wellbeing of the seriously injured.
“The opening of this major trauma centre in Dundee, the second of four major trauma centres for Scotland, is an exciting milestone and highlights the ongoing work of the Scottish Trauma Network.
“This new approach to trauma care will save more lives and improve patient outcomes throughout the trauma pathway – from prevention to rehabilitation. On behalf of the Scottish Trauma Network, I would like to thank all staff involved for their continuing efforts to transform trauma care for patients in Scotland.”