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Delivering trauma care to Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Argyle, Dumfries, Ayrshire, Loch Lomond, the Western Isles and Hebrides

West of Scotland

The West of Scotland provides emergency services to a population of 2.7m with access to services currently through 27 Emergency Department/Urgent Care Centres.

The model for West of Scotland trauma network has been drawn together to deliver the agreed standards and benefits as set out in the National Framework for Trauma. 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 Forth Valley
  • NHS Lanarkshire
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
  • NHS Highland (Argyll and Bute CHP)

The network will provide all aspects of trauma care, from the point of injury to rehabilitation, in the region.

At the heart of the regional network, is the Major Trauma Centre (MTC) which will be sited at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) and Royal Hospital for Children (RHC) in Glasgow which will provide care for around 1,000 critically and severely injured patients per annum. The trauma network will also make appropriate links, via the NHS Boards, to social care and the voluntary sector.

The MTC will be supported by Trauma Units and Local Hospitals. Trauma Units will 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.

Much has been achieved in the West of Scotland in the two years since the commitment to proceed with a National Trauma system. The overall focus of the programme builds 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 Hospitals (LEH).




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

Network Development

To progress the development of the network, the West of Scotland Trauma Steering Group is well established with representation from clinicians and managers from NHS Ayrshire & Arran, NHS Lanarkshire, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Dumfries & Galloway, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde; NHS Highland, NHS Golden Jubilee and the Scottish Ambulance Service.

A number of Clinical Leadership roles have been/are being appointed to support driving forward the agenda.

  • West of Scotland Clinical Lead, Angus MacLean, who will provide clinical leadership for the region and chair the West of Scotland Clinical Governance Group
  • Major Trauma Centre Clinical Lead, Finbar O’Sullivan, who will provide clinical leadership in developing the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital
  • Trauma Unit Clinical Leads

A West of Scotland Rehabilitation Group has been established to develop a model of care that will support delivery of the standards and a Major Trauma Centre Steering Group is well established to redesign services at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital to create the Major Trauma Centre.

It is recognised that the trauma network will require new ways of working and different roles to support this. In 2018/19 a number of key roles will be recruited to including : Trauma Co-ordinators, Advanced Nurse Practitioners for Critical Care and Major Trauma Ward and a Rehabilitation Consultant (non-medical) to help develop the rehabilitation model for the region.

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

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

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

Finbar O’Sullivan, 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

West of Scotland News

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