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Children’s Major Trauma Services in Greater Manchester and North West England

Following the announcement to the press on Monday 23rd March of changes in Adult Greater Manchester's Major Trauma Services, we have issued a statement about Major Trauma Services for children in Greater Manchester and the North West of England.

"Major Trauma Services for Children in Greater Manchester and the North West of England will continue to be provided at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (RMCH).

RMCH currently treats in the region of 160 children a year for Major Trauma - and is one of the biggest centres in the country.  Major Trauma Centres were designated in April 2012.

We will continue to have all of the specialised services for children on the Central Manchester site who have the most serious injuries (caused most commonly by road traffic accidents and falls). Children in North West England who are assessed at the scene of an accident by ambulance services as having a sustained major trauma will continue to come directly to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital bypassing their local hospitals.

Children who are brought to their local hospital by other means other than ambulance and are assessed as having a major trauma will, as is the current practice, be transferred as quickly as safety allows to Royal Manchester Children's  Hospital  (or to Alder Hey Children's Hospital  as part of a network  if this is nearer)

The Major Trauma Services at Royal Manchester Children's Hospital has been peer reviewed by NHS England on three occasions since inception of the service, the most recent in March 2015. On each occasion the service has received a very positive evaluation."