Major trauma survival rates rise in north west London

The North West London (NWL) Major Trauma Network, hosted by Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, has been identified as one of best in the country for survival.

The network, which comprises St Mary’s Hospital Major Trauma Centre (MTC) and six other trauma units at Chelsea and Westminster, Ealing, Hillingdon, Northwick Park, West Middlesex University and Watford hospitals, see more than 3,000 major trauma patients a year, with around half admitted to the MTC.

All seven hospitals in the network enter data into a national Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) database to monitor clinical outcomes and operational performance. The most recent national report for survival scores rated north west London network’s collective performance as the second best in the country over a 2 year period. The network was placed 12th nationally in the previous report.

This improvement in patient survival is as a result of a number of initiatives and projects across the network over the last few years. These include the development of rib fracture management care pathways, improved triaging for accident and emergency trauma calls, enhanced staff education for those providing major trauma care and improved rehabilitation services.

Dr Nicola Batrick, Director of the NWL Trauma Network said:

“As a network we have worked hard to ensure that we are continually developing our services to meet the needs of our most seriously injured patients. We are pleased that the latest TARN figures show this work is helping to save additional lives and we will continue to work hard to make sure we are providing the best care possible for our patients in the MTC and Network Trauma Units.”

The NWL trauma network reaches from Westminster to just beyond the M25 and covers a daily average population of 3.9 million residents, tourists and commuters.