After Trauma is a website that connects and supports survivors of traumatic injury and their families.
After Trauma aims to provide a community for patients and families to rebuild lives and support each other after experiencing a traumatic injury. The website also contains information and resources to help survivors and families on the recovery journey.
After Trauma is supported and maintained by the Centre for Trauma Sciences in London. However, the information provided has come from clinicians and support services working in trauma services around the UK.
East of England Trauma Network
The East of England Trauma Network (Trauma East) brings together all those responsible for treating major trauma patients across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Suffolk and Norfolk. Our aim is to improve the treatment of this disease and reduce disability and deaths.
The East of England Trauma Network has been set up to ensure that the patient receives the most
appropriate care at the correct time. The Network is responsible for the care of major trauma patients in this region, covering the counties of Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
The Network comprises the Major Trauma Centre (MTC), 12 trauma units (TU) and one local emergency hospital. It also includes the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and a number of third sector healthcare providers.
In the East of England Cambridge University Hospitals, Addenbrookes Hospital, is the Major Trauma Centre as it is the only hospital in the region to provide neurosurgery and interventional radiology.
Sussex Trauma Network is linked with Stoke Mandeville National Spinal Injuries Centre.
Referrals should be submitted via the National Spinal Injury Cord Database: www.spinalreferrals.nhs.uk
For traumatic injury the referral should be submitted within 4 hours of diagnosis of Spinal Cord Injury.
For non-traumatic injury the referral should be submitted as soon as possible.
Major Trauma Service (BSUH), Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Provide psychological support for major trauma patients to help them to come to terms with the trauma/ what has happened to them and/or the injuries they have sustained as a result of the trauma. Patients (and their family members/ friends if they have been affected too) can seek support whilst on the ward (one off or ongoing). We also meet most major trauma patients to ascertain whether an individual may be considered ‘high risk’ of developing depression/ PTSD or anxiety post discharge. All individuals who complete a screening assessment on the ward, receive a follow up phone after approximately 4 weeks to see if they do need further emotional/ psychological support. If needed, we provide this support in major trauma psychology outpatient clinics on site (or signpost them to community services, if the patient would prefer- often this is when logistically Brighton is not convenient for them to attend weekly appointments).