What is the Pan London Major Trauma System?

In April 2010, the greater London area became the first area of the UK to implement a regional trauma system for its population of 10 million people. 

Following this, regional trauma systems have been implemented across the UK, and national data from the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN) shows that outcomes for severely injured patients have improved as a result (Moran et al 2018).

In regional trauma systems, hospitals receiving trauma patients are designated as either Major Trauma Centres (MTCs) or Trauma Units (TUs). MTCs have resources available 24 hours a day to manage severely injured patients, while trauma units (TU) are responsible for the local management of patients with less severe injuries. Trauma systems provide a continuum of care for all injured patients within a geographical location. This ‘inclusive’ approach to trauma care involves collaboration between ambulance services, hospitals within the region, community providers and government.

A diagram showing how the components of the London Major Trauma System fit together

These pages provide information about the London-wide trauma system and UK regional systems, including clinical guidelines and research-based evidence that inform trauma care across the UK.

Click here to see an interactive map of the London Major Trauma System, showing all the hospitals and networks involved, plus contacts for every MTC and TU.

Click here to see the latest events across the system.


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