Adult Major Trauma Centre

North Bristol NHS Trust is one of two designated Major Trauma Centres in South West England, servicing the Severn region. 

The Major Trauma Centre, supported by six acute trusts as designated trauma units, helps increase the chances of survival and recovery for seriously ill patients. 

The Brunel building, Southmead Hospital, is equipped with a helipad and a major specialty for: 

  • Neurosurgery 

  • Burns 

  • Plastics 

  • Pelvic Surgery 

  • Open Fractures 

As a Major Trauma Centre, Southmead Hospital will ensure that patients who are admitted have access to specialist equipment and a full range of trauma specialists, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and radiology teams. 

This will help improve patients’ chances of survival and help them recover faster; it is estimated that survival rates are increased by up to 30%. 

In addition to clinical teams, we have a team of experienced nurses and therapists who are available specifically to coordinate the care of seriously injured patients and provide support and information to patients and families both during and after their stay at the Major Trauma Centre.