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St George’s Hospital is one of four major trauma centres in London, covering a diverse population in the south west London, Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) areas. We receive over 100 trauma calls per month and exceed our target for “Injury Severity Score >16″ cases.
As part of the South West London and Surrey Trauma Network, we are supported by 7 trauma units within the region.
With the addition of the helipad in 2014, we now receive the majority of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) patients from the KSS area.
We have a diverse group of consultant anaesthetists within the trauma group including experience in neuroanaesthesia, head and neck anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, military anaesthesia and high risk assessment and management. The consultant anaesthetists working within this service cover on call commitments dedicated to major trauma care, with a major trauma theatre and hybrid theatre including state of the art equipment on standby 24hrs. During their time with us, our trauma fellows are expected to take part in quality improvement projects, teaching and training programmes, whilst also gaining exposure to emergency trauma work during their on call and day time duties. The trauma service is backed by a rigorous governance programme, with biweekly multidisciplinary education and governance meetings attended by all specialities.
Lead consultant Anaesthetist: Dr Himala De Zoysa
Senior Trauma Fellow: 1 every 6 months
Opportunities for research and audit are plentiful. We report all data to the national Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN).
We are currently one of the centres taking part in the 4 year UK REBOA trial, having been recruited in 2018.
Training courses are run for all grades and specialities from one day trauma care introductions to trauma leadership courses for senior doctors. ED trainees, anaesthetic registrars, ODPs, students and paramedics are all given training in trauma care. We also have high fidelity simulation training within the ED and within the St George’s Simulation Centre