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Delivering trauma care to Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Ayrshire, Argyle, Dumfries, Loch Lomond and The Western Isles & Hebrides

West of Scotland

The West of Scotland Trauma Network is a collaboration of 6 NHS Boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service. The Boards which participate in the regional network are:

  • NHS Ayrshire and Arran
  • NHS Dumfries and Galloway
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Highland (Argyll and Bute CHP)
  • NHS Forth Valley

The ethos of the network is Saving Lives, Giving Life Back.  The network delivers all aspects of trauma care, from the point of injury to rehabilitation from Day 1, in the region.

At the heart of the West Network is the Major Trauma Centre based in the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children.   The MTC provides 24/7 access to a consultant led multidisciplinary specialist team for patients who have experienced major trauma.  This team, in addition to nurses and doctors includes a range of specialist Allied Health Professionals, Psychology, Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Medicine Consultants. Patients admitted to the MTC will either be treated within the 24 bed specialist rehabilitation major trauma ward or in the most appropriate specialist area including Department of Clinical Neurosciences and National Spinal Injuries Unit.   Patients will be seen by a Major Trauma/Rehabilitation Coordinator who will be responsible for coordinating their care and supporting their discharge.

The MTC is supported by 6 Trauma Units and a number of Local Emergency and Community Hospitals. Trauma Units provide most of the care and treatment for those trauma patients who do not require the services of the major trauma centre, but who do require highly skilled specialists offering immediate care and treatment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Road, Glasgow G51 4TF

Network Development


A number of clinical working groups are in place to support the network to develop its improvement plan going forward that will support redesign of patient pathways to deliver the Scottish Trauma Network requirements.  Key priorities include:

Further development of the specialist rehabilitation model to ensure all patients in West receive an equitable and high standard of care

Improving compliance against the Scottish Trauma Network Key Performance Indicators

Continuing to review major trauma protocols and guidelines

Continuing to develop and support the education and training requirements for staff working within major    trauma

Continuing to work with colleagues across health and social care to improve patient pathways and outcomes    following major trauma

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Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 4TF

Royal Hospital for Children
1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 4TF

Brian Digby, Regional Clinical Lead
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, 1 Carnegie Road, Hillington, Glasgow G52 4NY

Helen Dorrance, MTC Clinical Lead
Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, 1345 Govan Rd, Glasgow G51 4TF

Heather McVey, Senior Planning Manager
NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, 1 Carnegie Road, Hillington, Glasgow G52 4NY

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