Dorset County Hospital Top For Trauma Care
8:55am 26th December 2014
Patients with major injuries arriving at Dorset County Hospital's Emergency Department have a significantly better chance of survival compared to other hospitals.
The latest national data showing survival rates for trauma patients places DCH among the best hospitals in the country.
DCH is a designated Trauma Unit so is able to receive severely injured patients and provide life-saving care. Patients are treated at DCH or stabilised to be transferred to our local Major Trauma Centre in Southampton if necessary.
As part of a review of Trauma Units in the Wessex region, Dorset County Hospital recently received six commendations for 'excellent practice and performance'.
Consultant anaesthetist and director of major trauma for the hospital Dr Ian Mew said: "This is truly a whole-hospital effort and one that I'd like to congratulate everyone on achieving. This really does demonstrate that small hospitals providing excellence in major trauma care are a lifeline for their local population and it's a service that we're very proud to deliver.
"Major trauma is the biggest killer for people under the age of 40. But relatively minor traumatic injuries can still be life threatening in the ageing population and early, high quality medical care is what is needed to return people of all ages back to a quality of life that they can be happy with."
Dr Mew and his trauma team work closely with other emergency services to ensure everyone across Dorset is working towards the best care for severely injured patients.
Three consultants from DCH fly on the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Dr Mew provides Enhanced Life Support training to Dorset Police. His guidance has been so well received, it is now being rolled out to forces across the country.