Severn Major Trauma Network (SMTN)

The Severn Major Trauma Network (SMTN) coordinates Major Trauma services across the former Avon area as well as parts of Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset.


The Severn Major Trauma Network (SMTN) consists of an adult Major Trauma Centre (MTC) which is at Southmead Hospital and six Trauma Units (TUs) at Gloucester Royal Hospital (Gloucester), Royal United Hospital (Bath), University Hospitals Bristol (Bristol Royal Infirmary), Musgrove Park Hospital (Taunton), Yeovil District Hospital (Yeovil) and Great Western Hospital (Swindon). There are also two Local Emergency Hospitals in the network in Cheltenham and Weston super Mare. There is a Paediatric Major Trauma Centre based at Bristol Children’s Hospital that receives injured children from both Severn Major Trauma Network and Peninsula Major Trauma Network to the South.

Severn Major Trauma Network's Map:

Trauma Units

Depending on journey time and the type of injury, patients may be taken directly to Southmead Hospital from the scene of the trauma, or via another hospital; a trauma unit. 

Trauma units provide initial stabilising treatment for some patients, and can provide some specialist care.  Patients who are not local to Bristol will sometimes transfer back to their local unit for further care and rehabilitation which enables patients to continue their recovery closer to home and family. 

Major Trauma Map Cheltenham and Weston General Hospital are local emergency hospitals within the network; they are not designated trauma units and will not receive any acute major trauma patients but do receive patients transferring out of the Major Trauma Centre after initial treatment. 

Severn Major Trauma Network Trauma Units

The Severn Major Trauma Network Trauma Units are: 

Bristol Royal Infirmary 

Gloucester Royal Hospital 

Yeovil District Hospital 

Great Western Hospital 

Royal United Hospital 

Musgrove Park Hospital 

Pre-Hospital providers

We work with a number of pre-hospital providers who ensure that seriously injured patients are taken appropriately to a specialist centre for care. 

Our Pre-Hospital providers include:

  • South West Ambulance Service
  • Devon Air Ambulance
  • Great Western Air Ambulance
  • Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance and Wiltshire Air Ambulance.