A patient treated at the East of Scotland Major Trauma Centre has praised the ‘phenomenal’ staff for the care they provided to her.
Judith Lindsay was treated by the team in December 2018. She sustained life threatening and life changing injures following a head-on car collision and spent two months in the Ninewells centre.
She said, “My memory as a patient is of an army of professionals who provided me with amazing care and encouragement to begin my recovery. Although it was an incredibly difficult time for me, they reminded me that the person I was before my injuries was still there.
“The skills, knowledge, compassion and dedication of the staff was phenomenal. The team consisted of various specialisms from physiotherapy and occupational therapy to medical and nursing staff.
“I have recently returned to work with NHS Fife and my life and family’s lives are now getting back to some normality. On behalf of myself and my husband and family, we are so grateful for the love and support we received.”
The East of Scotland Major Trauma Centre at Ninewells has treated 145 patients with serious sustained injuries in its first year.
The centre, which was opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in November 2018, was the second of its kind to open as part of the Scottish Trauma Network.
The Network consists of four major trauma centres in Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh which host dedicated trauma services including rehabilitation support to help patients with significant injuries to recover more quickly.
Clinical lead for major trauma and consultant in emergency medicine Dr Michael Johnston said, “The Major Trauma Centre has helped us to change the way we treat patients. This new joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach to the patient journey has led to a better coordinated and seamless treatment pathway.
“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 is a new approach to trauma care, but one which is vital to enhancing patient recovery time. This is done by making sure that rehabilitation starts very early in the patient’s pathway of care.”