East: Major Trauma Network
25 May 2012, 17:29
Heart's being why many more lives could be saved across Suffolk and Norfolk because of a new way of treating people who've been serioulsy injured in things like road crashes.
Major trauma is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 40 in the UK and every year in the East of England around 600-1000 people are treated for it.
A new system has now been created called the East of England Trauma Network to help treat patients more quickly to increase their chance of survival.
It includes millions of pounds of investment in our hospitals and ambulance service to give better care, training and equipment.
A specialist Major Trauma Centre has also been created at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridgeshire.
Dr Simon Lewis who is the Clinical Lead for the East Of England Trauma Network has been speaking to Heart about what kind of a difference it will make: