Frenchay Hospital trauma lead supports police drink-drive crackdown

Monday, 2 December 2013

A trauma doctor at Frenchay Hospital's Major Trauma Centre has pledged his support to the Avon and Somerset Police drink drive campaign.

Dr Benjamin Walton, the lead consultant for the Major Trauma Centre at Frenchay Hospital, is helping raise awareness of the dangers of drink and drug driving having seen the effects of collisions on victims and their families.

Dr Walton hosted the launch of this year's Operation Tonic drink drive campaign at Frenchay Hospital and met with Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou from the Operations Department, who leads Operation Tonic.

At the launch, Dr Walton spoke about the impact drink driving can have. He said: "I work in North Bristol NHS Trust, which is the major trauma centre for the Avon and Somerset area. My job is to help coordinate the care of seriously ill people who come through Frenchay Hospital.

"We see people who are brought in after serious road collisions and the impact drink driving can have. Of course not all collisions will be drink related but a proportion of the horrendous injuries we see are caused by someone getting behind the wheel of a car when they are drunk. We see first-hand the effect this has on the patient and those closest to them. There really is no excuse for this kind of reckless behaviour."

Chief Insp Georgiou said: "We know drink driving is one of the major causes of collisions and this is why we run Operation Tonic at this time of year. We are really grateful for Dr Walton's involvement with this year's campaign as his experiences help to highlight the devastating impact of having a few drinks and then driving. You risk being stopped and arrested by the police but, much worse than this, you could seriously injure or even kill someone."

IPolicef you see someone who you believe is driving under the influence of drink or drugs call the police on 999 or text 'drunk' and information on the vehicle, and the driver if you have this, to 81819.

Frenchay Hospital is the Major Trauma Centre for the Severn Major Trauma Network in the South West and the designation will transfer to the new hospital at Southmead when services move into the Brunel Building in May 2014.

The major trauma centre takes responsibility for the care of all patients with major trauma in the area covered by the network and will mean that those patients with the most serious of injuries will be brought directly or via a trauma unit to the Major Trauma Centre for treatment.