Everything about major trauma is now about getting the patient to the right place, first time. For rural areas this means that often the rural community hospital is bypassed, so that a patient can be transported – often by helicopter – to one of Scotland’s major trauma centres.
This, of course, makes sense. Combining early effective response, often involving EMRS/ambulance service colleagues as well as early callout of BASICS Scotland responders to begin treatment on scene – along with definitive care including early imaging and restorative surgery where necessary – is optimum patient care.
However, there are occasions when a community hospital – or a protracted local rural practitioner response – will be required to stabilise casualties e.g. in multiple casualty incidents or when air transfer is not available.
So how does rural Scotland – and the role of the rural GP/nurse/paramedic – fit into ongoing development of Scotland’s Major Trauma Network?
This is the question which will be addressed at the next meeting of the RRHEAL Rural GP VC Education Network. Held on Tuesday 24th November – 1230-1400 – the event is free for rural practitioners to sign up to across rural Scotland.
Chaired by Dr Charlie Siderfin (GP – Balfour Hospital, Orkney) and with input from EMRS colleagues, this meeting will consider what community hospitals can do to provide an effective response to the major trauma patient; and how this fits in with ‘best practice’ and the major trauma network.
- Spotlight: Background to the Scottish Major Trauma Network
- Case & Arran Major Trauma Pathway
- EMRS: Scotland Major Trauma Network and You
To sign up, please complete the application form available from RRHEAL here. You can link in from any NHS Scotland VC site, or via your personal NHS Scotland VC account (Jabber). There are however limited places so please contact RRHEAL as soon as possible.
We hope to see you there.