Leeds Major Trauma Centre Celebrates Fifth Anniversary
Wednesday 11th April 2018
The Leeds Major Trauma Centre was officially launched in April 2013.
Seeing a variety of patients, the MTC is designed to be the first port of call for adults and children in West Yorkshire suffering major trauma. Through the West Yorkshire Trauma network, the MTC serves patients across the region from incident to rehabilitation.
When it opened in 2013 the MTC was managing approximately 900 severely injured patients - now that number is over 1600 each year. A further £8million investment from the Leeds Teaching Hospitals board has enhanced facilities over the years, including the creation of a dedicated MTC ward, dedicated MTC theatre and enhanced staffing. It is now the second largest MTC in the country.
David Berridge, Deputy Chief Medical Officer at LTHT commented: “As well as being second largest MTC in the country we have consistently remained in the top three for outcome. Over the last three years, Leeds MTC has been leading the way nationally in the management of major limb trauma requiring combined plastic and orthopaedic surgery - a huge achievement.
“I am really proud of the centre and it’s great to celebrate our fifth anniversary with some great achievements. To see how much the centre has grown and how many patients we are helping day-in, day-out really means a lot.”
In 2017, in conjunction with Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the HELP Appeal, the Trust extended the night time capability of our roof-top helipad with the installation of important night lighting and fire fighting equipment. This has meant that our most severely injured patients have even greater access into the MTC allowing for life and limb saving interventions at the very earliest opportunity.
Nik Kanakaris, Clinical Lead for Major Trauma added: “To celebrate our fifth year with some fantastic achievements is something to be really proud of. Our teams work together to help and support patients through what can be a very daunting time and what can in some cases be the worst time of their lives.”