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Hospital Receives Trauma Unit Status

Entrance to Leighton Hospital's Emergency Department
Entrance to Leighton Hospital's Emergency Department

Friday, May 4, 2012

Patients in Crewe and the surrounding areas will now have access to improved emergency care, following the announcement that Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (MCHFT) has been awarded the status of ‘Major Trauma Receiving Unit’.

Changes to the way that patients with major trauma are treated are being made across the country following evidence that major trauma systems can save 20% more lives every year.

The University Hospital of North Staffordshire (UHNS) has been designated as the area’s local Major Trauma Centre, and will be supported by Leighton Hospital as a Major Trauma Unit. Whilst UHNS will treat the most seriously injured patients, Leighton Hospital will play a vital role in the new Major Trauma System, providing high quality treatment to trauma patients who arrive via ambulance and whose condition is too severe for immediate and safe transfer to UHNS.

Speaking about the accreditation, Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive of MCHFT, said: “Major trauma patients require round-the-clock emergency access to a wide range of clinical services and expertise, and by achieving Major Trauma Unit accreditation, we will be able to save more lives and significantly improve peoples’ chance of making full recoveries.

“As part of the new system, we will be able to ensure that seriously injured patients get the specialised care that they require 24 hours a day, seven days a week. By working closely with UHNS and our other trauma partners, we hope that these changes will greatly improve the quality of emergency care provided across the region.”