Trauma Assessment Clinic
Trauma Assessment Clinic, Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore
The Trauma Assessment Clinic improves and streamlines the patient journey after an injury without compromising care.
How it works
The Trauma Assessment Clinic (TAC) is a new care pathway for patients. The patient arrives in the Emergency Dept. with an injury and is treated
This approach helps to:
- Avoid all the disruption associated with hospital attendance.
- Free up Consultant and clinic staff time for more needy patients.
- Review patients' injuries by a
consultant led teamin a much faster way than before. This speeds up treatment delays.
Run by Consultant Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgeon in the Midlands Regional Hospital, Tullamore, the service uses a team approach. This involves a consultant, a registrar (junior doctor), a CNS Clinical nurse specialist and a physiotherapist to review each patient’s case. The patient is then contacted directly via telephone with the plan of action for their injury.
This empowers nursing specialists to execute a treatment plan and allows local staff to deal with their own patients rather than physically referring them to a tertiary
The nature of the project means that there are many departments involved including
Impact of this project
So far, the Trauma Assessment Clinic pilot project has seen 1,668 patients. 30% of patients are discharged at this stage, 40% are referred to an appropriate clinic or a
This project uses technology and teamwork to improve the delivery of care for patients. It allows hospital staff to deal with patient injuries in a professional, efficient and speedy way. It values the patient’s time and it empowers them. It allows healthcare workers to apportion more time to deal with serious injuries and address other orthopaedic patients waiting to be seen. It up-skills paramedical staff and fosters a teamwork approach to managing patients.