The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Royal opening for Leeds Major Trauma Centre at LGI

19 September 2014

The £8 million Major Trauma Centre at Leeds General Infirmary has received the Royal seal of approval with a visit from HRH The Duke of Gloucester.

The Duke toured the facility, following a patient journey from the hospital’s helicopter deck through A&E, scanning, theatres and intensive care before a visit to the Major Trauma Ward, where he unveiled a commemorative plaque.

The Leeds Major Trauma Centre was created in 2013 as part of a network set up across England to improve care for patients with life-threatening multiple injuries.

It is one of only 12 combined paediatric and adult trauma centres in the country and takes adult patients from across West Yorkshire as well as from the Harrogate and York district, and children from across the wider region.

The facility has already made a big difference to both the quality of care and outcomes, and is one of the top three centres for volume of patients and survival rates in the UK.

Significant sums were invested at the Infirmary to increase capacity enabling the hospital to double the number of major trauma patients it can accommodate. Altogether the facility serves a potential population of 2 million adults and 6 million children.

A new purpose-built major ward was constructed at the cost of £1.2 million together with a new dedicated Major Trauma Theatre, and there major investment in the adult Intensive Therapy Unit, now expanded to 42 beds.  This was complemented by extra capacity and equipment A&E and scanning, plus a significant investment in additional specialist staff.

Dr Linda Pollard CBE, Chair of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, who welcomed the Duke to the hospital, said "This is a fantastic facility which is providing top quality care for patients from across Yorkshire. We are very proud that HRH The Duke of Gloucester was able to see for himself what we have achieved and to meet a cross-section of our staff who make this possible."

Mr David Berridge, Medical Director (Operations) for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals, added: "The Major Trauma Centre was established to provide the best treatment, facilities and expertise in a single location, and in its first year of existence it has already led to a dramatic improvement in survival rates and outcomes for the most seriously injured patients. This is a great asset for the whole of the Yorkshire region and the Duke’s visit was a real opportunity to showcase the excellence of our service."

This is the third high-profile Royal visit to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals in the least three months. The Duke, who is a cousin of Her Majesty The Queen, followed in the footsteps of HRH The Princess Royal and HRH The Countess of Wessex, who both opened new services at the Trust over the summer.