An A&E doctor with 20 years experience is to be responsible for setting up a network of trauma centres across London.
Healthcare for London has officially launched the creation of a trauma network for the capital, which will be the UK’s first such system and the largest of its kind in the world. The London model is also expected to form the first part of a national trauma network across England.
Additionally Dr Fionna Moore, a consultant in emergency medicine at Charing Cross hospital and medical director of the London ambulance service, has been appointed as London’s first trauma director. She will be responsible for leading the implementation of the London trauma network.
The network will be based around a series of major trauma centres or “hubs”, with local trauma centres linked to it like the spokes of a wheel.
The major trauma centres will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will be staffed by consultant-led specialist teams with access to the best diagnostic and treatment facilities.
They will be located at: The Royal London Hospital (Whitechapel), St George’s Hospital (Tooting), King’s College Hospital (Denmark Hill) and St Mary’s Hospital (Paddington). It is estimated that the Royal London will take a leading role in establishing London’s trauma system by April 2010.
The creation of the network follows a review of London healthcare provision by former health minister and surgeon Lord Darzi, which recommended that there should be greater centralisation of stroke and major trauma services, based on networks that link local services with specialist centres. A consultation document on setting up the network - called the Shape of Things to Come - was published in January this year.