New trauma centre should be based at UHW – report
A MAJOR trauma centre treating people with multiple and serious injuries should be based at Wales’ largest hospital, experts have recommended.
South Wales is one of the only areas of the UK to currently be without a major trauma network.
Now proposals for a trauma centre in South Wales have been assessed by an independent panel of experts who picked the University Hospital of Wales (UHW) site in Cardiff over Morriston Hospital in Swansea.
If the plans are given the final goahead, the accident and emergency department at UHW would be enhanced.
Morriston would still play a “lead role” in a wider trauma network for the South Wales region and would house its own large trauma unit.
A consultation on the major trauma network, which includes south and West Wales and South Powys, started today and will run for 12 weeks.
A spokeswoman for the NHS Wales Health Collaborative said: “The consultation period will run until 9am on February 5, 2017.
“During this time, the proposals will be made available for the public to review at a series of local public meetings across the region.
“The times and venues for these events will be publicised locally through the region’s health board websites.
“As part of the consultation period, members of the public in the region are invited to submit their comments and opinions on the proposals.”
Major trauma refers to multiple or serious injuries that may result in disability or death.
Injuries can include serious head injuries, multiple injuries caused by road traffic accidents, industrial accidents, falls, mass casualty events and knife and gunshot wounds.
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board (UHB) was reportedly picked to house the centre as it already manages a significant proportion of major trauma patients from across mid and south Wales.
The University Hospital of Wales site, which includes the Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospital for Wales, was deemed better placed to offer care to seriously injured children.
But Swansea AM Mike Hedges said UHW was surrounded by busy roads and claimed Morriston is a better location geographically for the centre.
A spokeswoman for Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board, which operates Morriston Hospital, said the board was disappointed with the Cardiff recommendation but pleased that progress was being made.
“The most important thing is that South Wales develops a successful major trauma network providing joined up, top-class care for patients wherever they live,” she said.
“The review also recommends that Morriston Hospital will continue to play a key role in the network as a major trauma unit for South-West Wales.”
Details of the proposals will be contained in the public consultation document entitled A Major Trauma Network for South and West Wales and South Powys.
It can be downloaded from 9am today by going to www.publichealthwales.org/majortraumaconsultation
The University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff has been recommended over Morrison Hospital in Swansea as a base for a new major trauma centre