By the end of this year, it is hoped major trauma services will begin in the new Major Trauma Centres in the Mater Hospital, Dublin and Cork University Hospital, according to Mr. Keith Synott, Clinical Lead for Trauma Services.
This will facilitate the introduction of the new trauma system for Ireland, where the country will be served by two trauma networks, the Central Trauma Network and the South Trauma Network, with each trauma network having a Major Trauma Centre and a number of Trauma Units.
The objective is that each of the two Major Trauma Centres will provide the highest level of specialist trauma care to the most severely injured patients on a single hospital site. As part of the trauma networks, Trauma Units will deliver more general trauma care to the majority of patients who do not need the specialist expertise of a Major Trauma Centre.
The Mater Centre will be the MTC for the Central Trauma Network and CUH Centre will be the MTC for the South Trauma
“We are about to get our foot on the ladder towards implementing the country’s major trauma system,” Mr. Synott said at the launch of the Major Trauma Audit Report 2019-2020.
“Funding is secured, recruitment is underway. While we hope to have the service operating by the end of 2022, it will not be to the volume we required.”