Barts Health provides vital, life-saving trauma services to our local communities in east London and further afield. Our Major Trauma Centre at The Royal London Hospital is a leading specialist centre with an international reputation for caring for some of the most seriously injured patients across London. It is also the home of London’s Air Ambulance.
Our local trauma units at Newham University Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital have dedicated facilities and teams to deliver high quality, clinical care to patients with less serious injuries.
Trauma refers to any damage to the body due to a physical injury or accident – and this is the leading cause of death among children and adults aged 44 and under. We treat patients with multiple injuries resulting from road traffic accidents, falls and violent crimes such as assault and gun/knife crime. Whether you’re a patient, relative, friend or a healthcare professional looking for advice our team of specialists are here to support you.
Responding to a major incident
We are leaders in the field for developing effective, efficient, coordinated disaster response systems. Over the last few decades, our clinical teams across the trauma service have been involved in the management of various major incidents, including the London bombings in 2005, the nail-bombing attack in Soho in 1999, and the terrorist bombings in Bishopsgate in 1993. We have developed and put in place action plans for dealing with emergency situations.
Our plans, which can be implemented 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, aim to save lives, relieve suffering and minimise the long-term effects on health.
Our aim is to be prepared for emergencies, crises and disasters of any kind. These range from localised fires and explosions to large-scale terrorist attacks.
AfterTrauma is a website, chatroom and app for recovering trauma patients. You can find information on different injuries, symptoms and difficulties and where to get help. The app (available from April 2018) has a 'recovery tracker' to help you stay on track with your rehabilitation, and a message board where you can connect with other traumatic injury survivors, family and friends.
If you would like to share your views about your experience, and contribute to research that will help other trauma survivors, you can join the AfterTrauma patient and carer group. The group's activities include connecting with each and other and sharing stories, developing recovery information for other patients, commenting on trauma research projects, helping with fun fundraising events and even talking to the media. Find out more about AfterTrauma.
Why choose us
Our hospitals treat more patients than any other facility in the UK and we consistently aim to ensure our patients receive the very best treatment for each of their individual injuries.
The Royal London Hospital leads the north east London and Essex trauma network and cares for a population of over five million people. The team works collaboratively with partner units and rehabilitation services to ensure that every patient receives the best care possible – with the optimum outcome.
We have a dedicated trauma ward where patients benefit from coordinated care from surgical, nursing and therapies staff. In addition to providing fast access to individual specialists, we conduct a multidisciplinary ward round involving all relevant disciplines and clinical teams, to ensure that every patient’s treatment is as good as it can possibly be.
Operations are scheduled so that different teams of surgeons can operate on a patient’s various injuries in one theatre session – this can reduce their time in hospital and promote faster rehabilitation.
Our clinicians have pioneered trauma care in the UK and The Royal London is at the heart of a London-wide network of trauma centres, offering world-class clinical care for people living and working in the capital. We are also well known for our leading research and training.
We are part of a large, specialist teaching hospital trust, and able to call on experts from a wide range of specialist areas. This ensures that our patients receive the very best treatment for each of their individual injuries.
Specialists from the following areas are on hand to treat our trauma patients:
- Cardiothoracic surgeons
- Ear, nose and throat specialists
- General trauma and vascular surgeons
- Maxillofacial surgeons
- Obstetrics and gynaecologists
- Plastic surgeons
Trauma patients are usually taken to the most appropriate location by the ambulance team.
Patients who attend one of our local trauma units will be seen and assessed quickly via the specialists who are based in the Emergency Department. Treatment will begin soon after arrival. If a patient requires surgery, we have emergency operating theatres that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our specialist team cares for patients with traumatic injuries, which are not life-threatening or limb-threatening. This may include minor head injuries and broken bones.
Barts Health is one of three designated major trauma centres serving the capital. Patients attending a major trauma centre will be cared for by a team of dedicated consultants from various specialities assigned to look after specific injuries. If a patient requires surgery we have emergency operating theatres that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Patients requiring emergency, life-saving surgery are identified within minutes of arrival in the resuscitation room and transferred immediately to the operating theatre.
Patients who have been seriously injured can lose large volumes of blood and may require emergency life-saving blood transfusions. Co-ordinated care from the roadside to the emergency department means doctors at the scene can radio ahead for blood, prepare the trauma team and ensure blood and blood-clotting products are immediately available on arrival at the hospital.
Ambulance crews use an agreed protocol to take injured people to the hospital most suited to their needs. The most seriously injured will be taken to a major trauma centre – such as The Royal London Hospital. The majority of people will receive treatment in their local trauma unit. If patients arrive in a trauma unit and then require the specialist services of a major trauma centre they will be stabilised and transferred immediately to the major trauma centre for treatment.
Patients who need to stay one of our trauma units will be cared for on the general surgery ward or orthopaedic ward, depending on their needs. They will be seen by specialist surgical, nursing and therapies teams.
If you are receiving care in one of our trauma centres, then we will spend time with you, and the people closest to you, to discuss your treatments and the process for your recovery. We will talk to you about the dangers and long-term implications of certain injuries. You will be offered support and advice from a wide range of professionals who have expertise in caring for traumatic injuries.
Our aim is not only to save lives, but to do all we can to help patients to return to their normal lives. To help achieve this, we provide comprehensive support and therapeutic care, including occupational therapy and physiotherapy.
Allied health professionals from many disciplines are routinely involved in the care and rehabilitation of trauma service patients. They play a key role in assessment and early rehabilitation after traumatic injury. Our therapy teams help people to recover from their injuries during their hospital stay. In some cases, patients go straight home following their stay with us, but other may need further rehabilitation either in specialist units or from teams closer to home (as an inpatient or within the community). In all cases, the allied health team members will help to guide the patient and others in the team in deciding what should happen. They will often get involved in making referrals to teams in other organisations to ensure that the patient achieves their maximum independence.
If a patient is treated at the Major Trauma Centre at The Royal London Hospital, they may be transferred back to the care of their local hospital for their on-going therapy and rehabilitation.
Our hospitals attract a high concentration of complex cases and as a result we have some of Britain’s leading specialists on our team. In addition, our teaching hospital status means that we have a higher proportion of doctors and nurses to patients than non-teaching hospitals.
Our trauma service includes:
- a dedicated trauma ward for patients with serious multiple injuries
- access to emergency operating theatres 24 hours a day, seven days a week
- a specialist trauma medical and nursing team dedicated to treating patients with serious multiple injuries
- team-working arrangements across the hospital to ensure co-ordinated care for patients with serious multiple injuries
- new training programmes for clinical staff to enable them to develop the skills needed to treat patients with serious multiple injuries
- new research programmes to ensure optimal care for patients with serious multiple injuries.
If you need to contact one of the trauma wards for advice, or have a query about one of your patients, please use the contact details below. Alternatively, please contact the consultant or nurse specialist involved in your patient’s care.
Newham University Hospital
Tel: 020 3416 5000
Tel (Emergency Reception): 020 7363 8124
Tel (Urgent Care Reception): 020 7363 9200
The Royal London Hospital
Tel (Ward 12D): 020 3594 0718
Fax: 020 3594 0719
Whipps Cross University Hospital
Tel (Poplar Ward):020 8535 6422
Tel (Primrose Ward): 020 8535 6423
Tel (Rowan Ward): 020 8535 6424