Trauma Consultation

Invitation to provide feedback on the next steps towards the introduction of a trauma system for Ireland

The HSE are pleased to invite feedback on the proposed draft Service Specifications for Major Trauma Centres and Trauma Units, and the proposed approach and process to designate the Central Trauma Network’s Major Trauma Centre and Dublin Trauma Unit(s).

The implementation of the recommendations of the report of the Trauma Steering Group, A Trauma System for Ireland, represents an important change in the provision of health services in Ireland and is a key action in the Sláintecare Implementation Strategy.

The HSE recognises that implementing changes of this nature can present significant challenges. In delivering this change, the HSE is seeking the views of the general public and key stakeholders in the Health Sector to ensure a broad range of feedback on the items under consultation. They are: the proposed Service Specifications, and; the process to designate the Central Trauma Network’s Major Trauma Centre and Dublin Trauma Unit(s). The Service Specifications outline in detail what trauma-related services will be delivered in Major Trauma Centres and Trauma Units.

Trauma is a term which refers to physical injuries of sudden onset and severity which require immediate medical attention. Major trauma involves injuries which have the potential to cause prolonged disability or death and is the leading cause of death among children and young adults, and is increasingly a cause of death among older adults. Examples of major trauma include falls, road traffic collisions, and injuries to the head and spine. The burden of trauma on patients, their families, the health service and society in general, is significant.

The report of the Trauma Steering Group recommends the establishment of such an inclusive trauma system, and sets out key recommendations for the organisation of trauma care and the provision of patient-centred trauma services. The report takes a whole system approach addressing all elements of the trauma care pathway including prevention, pre-hospital care, acute hospital care, rehabilitation and supported discharge.

A key step to deliver this trauma system is the designation of two Major Trauma Centres. These will play a critical role in the formation, operation and standardisation of a national trauma system working with Trauma Units to be located across the country as part of two hub-and-spoke networks. The report of the Trauma Steering Group outlines that one Major Trauma Centre should be based in Dublin servicing the Central Trauma Network, with another based in Cork University Hospital servicing the South Trauma Network. The designation of hospitals as Major Trauma Centres or Trauma Units is contingent on meeting the respective Service Specifications.

This is your opportunity to have your say and any comments you might have are welcome.

The report of the Trauma Steering Group, A Trauma System for Ireland.

The Public Consultation Document, which outlines both the proposed draft Service Specifications and the proposed approach to the designation process.

Please note, the consultation portal will close at 5 p.m. on 14 February 2019 and no submissions will be accepted after this time.

Submit your comments and feedback here.

For more information, please see the following FAQs on the trauma consultation.