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Delivering trauma care to Edinburgh and the Lothians, the Borders and Fife

South East of Scotland

The aim of the South East of Scotland (SEoS) trauma network is to develop a model in which internal and external stakeholders of trauma care in a geographical region collaborate to plan, provide and manage the treatment of people injured as a result of major trauma.  This new approach will save more lives and improve patient outcomes throughout the trauma pathway – from point of injury to rehabilitation, including injury prevention to patients with major trauma.

The SEoS trauma network builds on extant work carried out in the South East. The chair of the network is Colin Briggs, Director of Strategic Planning, NHS Lothian, and the regional clinical lead is Mr Edward Dunstan, Director of Surgery, NHS Fife. The SEoS trauma network includes managerial and clinical representatives from NHS Borders, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Lothian, and SAS.

There is an expectation from the SEoS trauma network that there are major trauma implementation teams in place within each member Health Board.

Visit the Major Trauma Centre website for further news and updates: https://services.nhslothian.scot/MajorTraumaService


Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SA

Much has been achieved in the SEoS

Much has been achieved in the SEoS in the two years since the commitment to proceed with a national major trauma system.  It is important that the network continues to evolve in a way that meets the needs of major trauma patients and carers in the region. The overall focus of the programme remains building on existing networks and specifically those areas where improvements can be achieved within existing resources and reinforcing the network links with the regional Trauma Units (TU) and Local Emergency Hospital (LEH).

A key area of focus for the coming months will be the regional rehabilitation network.  This work is being progressed by the Clinical Lead for Acute Trauma Rehab and the Regional Rehab Lead.  The leads are in the process of mapping the region’s existing pathways with MSK team leads from the acute sites (Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) & Western General Hospital).  The pathway will be looked at from an acute into community approach, highlighting the gaps from the point of discharge from a Major Trauma Centre (MTC) and then into community services or rehab setting.

The workforce redesign and pathway modelling undertaken will allow the RIE to shorten the length of stay through implementation of early and intense rehabilitation models.  Time to theatre will be supported through the development of elective centres supporting the Hospitals Plan of the RIE being the acute centre for NHS Lothian.  Close links with other Health Boards within the network through a regional clinical governance programme and trauma coordinators will facilitate timely repatriation back to local care facilities.

Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
51 Little France Crescent, Edinburgh EH16 4SA
0131 242 1182

Borders General Hospital
Melrose TD6 9BS
01896 827473

Victoria Hospital
Hayfield Road, Kirkcaldy KY2 5AH
01592 643355

Forth Valley Royal Hospital
Stirling Road, Larbert FK5 4WR
01324 566000

St John's Hospital
Howden Road West, Howden, Livingston EH54 6PP
01506 523000

Colin Briggs, Chair of the South East Trauma Network


Edward Dunstan, Regional Clinical Lead


Wendy Parkinson, Major Trauma Project Manager


Dean Kerslake, MTC Clinical Lead


Michael MacMahon, Clinical Lead for the Victoria Hospital Trauma Unit


Colm McCarthy, Clinical Lead for the Borders General Hospital Trauma Unit


Lindsay Reid, Paediatric Clinical Lead


Jon McCormack, Paediatric Clinical Lead


Orla Prowse, Regional Rehab Lead


Alan Carson, Clinical Lead for Acute Trauma Rehab


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