The HSE has published a Post-Consultation Document outlining public and stakeholder feedback on the framework for the designation of the Major Trauma Centre for the Central Trauma Network and the Dublin Trauma Unit(s).
The document is an account of the consultation process and sets out the final designation framework.
The framework will be used by an Independent Assessment Panel comprising national and international experts, in providing advice to the HSE on which hospital should be designated as the Major Trauma Centre for the Central Trauma Network and the location and number of Dublin Trauma Unit(s).
As part of the process to establish a trauma system for Ireland, Hospital Groups in the Dublin region were also recently invited to put forward submissions for their hospitals. These submissions will be considered by the Independent Assessment Panel.
The new trauma system will consist of two trauma networks, the Central Trauma Network and the South Trauma Network. Each trauma network will have a Major Trauma Centre and a number of Trauma Units. Each of the two Major Trauma Centres will provide the highest level of specialist trauma care to the most severely injured patients on a single hospital site. As part of the trauma networks, Trauma Units will deliver more general trauma care to the majority of patients who do not need the specialist expertise of a Major Trauma Centre.
The Post-Consultation Document, and further information on the progress towards the introduction of a trauma system for Ireland, is available at www.hse.ie/eng/about/who/acute-hospitals-division/trauma-services/.