ADDENBROOKE’S Hospital, in Cambridge, has been officially named as the new regional trauma centre for the NHS.
It is part of a requirement that every health authority region in England should have a dedicated major trauma centre (MTC) in place by the end of 2011/12.
Already, seriously injured patients are taken straight to Addenbrooke’s and the announcement is said not to affect current accident and emergency provision.
Dr Robert Winter, chairman of the East of England Major Trauma Network, said: “we are delighted with today’s news.
“We have been working with a number of very senior clinicians from across the east of England to help develop the network in our region.”
One of the requirements for the MTCs is that they must be located in a hospital which also has a neurosurgery department.
The new centre will serve the majority of the East of Endland, running as part of a network with the 17 existing emergency departments. There are around 600-800 cases of serious trauma every year in the East of England.
A spokeswoman for West Suffolk Hospital said this would not affect how patients are treated locally: “Seriously injured patients are taken straight to Addenbrooke’s hospital already, so this is more of a formalisation,” she said.