Hundreds of lives saved by Nottingham Major Trauma Centre

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Hundreds of extra lives have been saved thanks to the teams at QMC’s East Midlands Major Trauma Centre during its first five years.

 

QMC took on the important responsibility as the region’s Major Trauma Centre in April 2012 and has treated 5,650 patients since it opened its doors – not only saving those who have suffered catastrophic injuries but helping them get back to the lives they once knew.

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430 lives have been saved that wouldn’t have otherwise thanks to the Major Trauma Centre.

 

NUH’s major trauma centre is the busiest outside of London and has the finest clinical outcomes in the country. The team at the hospital have worked with colleagues from the region’s Air Ambulance services and East Midlands Ambulance Service to create a system that has surpassed expectation and is helping shape other centres across the UK.

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Grateful patients are also full or praise for staff and are going to great lengths to raise money for the centre to say thank you.

 

Neil Wood is one of those whose life was saved by the team’s efforts. Neil was in an accident with a HGV in August 2016 in Lincolnshire. He was air lifted to QMC and admitted to the Intensive Care Unit where he was for 8-9 weeks prior to being moved to the Major Trauma Unit.

 

His wife Sarah said: “The overall support and care provided by the staff on the Trauma Unit was incredible from admission to discharge. Neil and I cannot thank the staff enough.

 

“Neil is now on a long road to recovery; however he is improving each week with some setbacks, however with support from friends and family he continues to stay positive and make the most out of what has been a terrifying and heart breaking time.

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“Neil, myself and our children would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to each and every staff member we came across at Queen’s Medical Centre. The care and support you all provide is extraordinary.”

 

The team at the centre receive an average of135 trauma calls a month. In January it saw 103 patients from across the East Midlands region.

 

David Clarkson, Deputy Director for the East Midlands Major Trauma Centre at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The patients that we now see on a regular basis wouldn’t even have survived to reach us five years ago and now many of them are leaving hospital to return home to rebuild their lives.

 

“Survivors of major trauma in the East Midlands are now much more common. When you sit down and reflect on what we have achieved and the number of people who have been saved because of the major trauma service that is incredibly humbling. We’re helping them get back to their lives.”

 

David said that the work of the centre is continuing to improve with the results getting better year on year.

 

He said: “We are recognised as a really good system and set up. Teams from across the UK are visiting us to see what we’re doing which says a great deal about the work we’re doing.

 

“The feedback has been incredible on the ward. You hear from people who are here today because of the team and that is really satisfying for us – when they come back and talk to us about what they’ve been able to achieve since their trauma, it is very rewarding.”

 

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The work of the centre on the immediate consequences of the serious incidents that the trauma team deal with tend to get more attention, but David says the work in helping people to recover post-surgery is just as important.

 

He said: “We are not just saving lives, we are rebuilding them. It is very much about getting people back to the quality of life they had before.”

 

David believes that work will be strengthened as the centre develops its links with the £300 million new military rehabilitation centre at Stanford Hall.

 

He said: “We’ll continue to improve what we do working with our partners in the air ambulance, EMAS and build on those success as well as working with the new military rehabilitation development at Stanford Hall which will prove to be a huge opportunity for the region.

 

“The last five years have proved what we can achieve with the exceptional people – doctors, nurses, therapists – that work with us. It’s the sum of their efforts that continue to make the major trauma centre a success.”

 

Case study – Neil and Sarah’s story

 

“Neil was in a RTA with a HGV in August 2016 in Lincolnshire. He was air lifted to Queens Medical Centre and admitted to ICU. He was on ICU for 8-9 weeks prior to being moved to the Major Trauma Unit.

 

“When Neil was transferred to the Trauma Unit he had just come off the ventilator and was attempting to speak with a valve after having a tracheostomy for many weeks. Neil was awake, alert but not necessarily aware of his surroundings or why he was in hospital. He was confused and his short term memory was quite clearly impaired at this point.

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“I can honestly say, as Neil’s wife I found this all incredibly scary. Not knowing whether my husband would be the same again, whether he would remember his children (Harry 5, Poppy 2) and overall coming to terms with what had happened and how Neil would cope with this.

 

“The staff on ICU & the Trauma Unit were fantastic from the onset. The Trauma team were with me from the moment I set foot in the hospital. They explained what was happening and how they were basically a point of contact should we have questions or just need someone to talk with. This alone gave Neil’s family and I comfort in knowing we had a dedicated team to call upon.

 

“Neil was on the Trauma Unit for a number of weeks. Each and every member of the team were friendly, approachable and happy to talk to us any time and answer any questions.

 

“We as family were made to feel part of Neil’s rehab which helped us comprehend what was happening with regards to recovery. One idea the OT had was to start a memory folder which we found invaluable whilst on the Trauma Unit. The folder helped us speak with Neil about the accident and his injuries. Neil at this point couldn’t recall anything in relation to the accident; therefore this was a fantastic tool as we added photos of family and also jotted down who had visited etc.

 

“The injuries Neil sustained and the length of time he was bed bound had left him immobile. The Physio team were fantastic and helped Neil focus on rebuilding his strength and ability to do what comes naturally to many of us.

 

“Neil will quite openly say that he dreaded Physio! (This he can vaguely recall!!) However once it began he enjoyed it however not being able to do the simplest of movements became quite frustrating to him. Once again the staff were fantastic. Explaining how rehab takes time and each step was progress no matter how small.

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“One aspect of our experience which was handled so well by the team was how we introduced our children to seeing Daddy again for the first time in 2 months. The staff organised for us to use a separate room initially so the children could see Daddy without having to go onto the ward. This helped immensely as both children were a little unsure about Daddy’s wheelchair to begin with let alone everything else that came with being in hospital.

 

“Being able to have some personal space for the children to explore the changes and feel comfortable with those changes was very important for everyone. Our eldest child had many questions and the staff always made time to speak with him and answer in an age appropriate way which he would understand.

 

“The overall support and care provided by the staff on the Trauma Unit was incredible from admission to discharge. Neil and I cannot thank the staff enough.

 

“Neil is now on a long road to recovery, however he is improving each week with some setbacks, however with support from friends and family he continues to stay positive and make the most out of what has been a terrifying and heart breaking time.

 

“Neil, myself and our children would like to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to each and every staff member we came across at Queen’s Medical Centre. The care and support you all provide is extraordinary.”

 

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