Providing Trauma Care

What is Trauma?

Trauma happens when your body experiences physical injury that is not as serious as major trauma; for example a fractured wrist, ankle or hip.

In the event of trauma, you will be taken to your local trauma centre - the nearest A&E department.

Major Trauma

Major trauma occurs when your body suffers serious physical assault; this could be numerous wounds or serious injuries that result in serious disability or death.
Examples of major traumas are:

  • Serious road traffic accidents
  • Stab wounds
  • Gun-shot wounds
  • Falls from height
  • Serious head injuries
  • Serious mechanical accidents

If you or someone else is suffering from major trauma you need to call 999 for an ambulance immediately.

In some cases, air ambulances will be dispatched to ensure that treatment is delivered as soon as possible.  You may not necessarily be taken to the closest hospital to the incident, but to a specialist Major Trauma Centre (MTC).  In the North West region, these are:

  • Manchester Collaborative MTC: Salford Royal NHS Trust, Manchester Royal Infirmary, University Hospital South Manchester
  • Liverpool Collaborative MTC: Aintree University Hospital, Walton Centre, Royal Liverpool University Hospital
  • Royal Preston Hospital
  • Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool
  • Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

For a map of all MTCs across the UK, please go to: http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/AboutNHSservices/Emergencyandurgentcareservices/Documents/2012/map-of-major-trauma-centres-2012.pdf