New trauma cen­tre should be based at UHW – re­port

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

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

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