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Posted: 22/09/09

Students give their views on region's trauma service

Motorcycle students from West Nottinghamshire College had their say on plans to change the system for dealing with trauma patients in the East Midlands last week.

During a workshop by East Midlands Ambulance Service and organised by NHS Nottinghamshire County, students from the Ashfield college campus heard about the current trauma system in the region and initial thoughts on what a new system would look like. 

There are around 660 cases of major trauma per year – where someone has a less than 10% chance of survival – and road accidents account for more than 50% of cases.

Wendy Saviour, chief executive of NHS Nottinghamshire County said: “It’s great that the community is working together to develop a specialised system of care for the most seriously injured patients.

“We aim to continue to lead the way with specialised trauma centres which will ultimately save lives and improve people’s chances of recovering from their injuries.”

Motor vehicle tutor at the college’s Ashfield campus, Bob Payton, said: “Most of our motorcycle students are riders themselves and the presentation showed them a number of trauma scenarios involving motorcycle riders and the risks they face.

“The presentation and talk gave them a great opportunity to give their views on the way they think trauma patients should be treated in the future and also highlighted the risks that they as young riders face.”

A similar event was also organised by NHS Nottinghamshire County at Mansfield's Civic Centre in August.