Job Title: Consultant in Emergency Medicine
Department: Emergency Department
Telephone Number: 01772 524864
Primary Medical Qualification: MB ChB
Other Qualifications: BSc. FRCS(Edi) FCEM DIMC
Year of Registration: 1997
GMC Number 4409311
Career History: Trained at St Andrew's and Manchester Universities. Worked in a number of hospitals in North West England in various specialities. Worked for London's Air Ambulance Service after completing Specialist Training in Emergency Medicine. Appointed Consultant Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2006-present)
Specialist Areas: Extensive experience in pre-hospital care. Area Medical Director for the North West Ambulance Service with responsibility for Cumbria and Lancashire. Network Director of the Lancashire and South Cumbria Major Trauma Network and major trauma lead for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.
Specialists Interests: Pre-hospital care
Research Interests: Directorate lead on research. Co-chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Research and Development Committee
Languages Spoken: English
New CT scanner for Major Trauma centre
We are delighted to announce that our new CT scanner for the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Preston hospital, has now been installed.
The scanner will be used mainly by the Emergency Department and inpatients, and will help to make sure any patients with life and limb threatening injuries receive prompt diagnostics.
This new service means that the most urgent CT cases will be now undertaken within the local environment of the Emergency Department and will minimise patient transfer times.
The new CT scanner has excellent, advanced, clinical capabilities and will ensure that we maintain high image quality and an excellent service for patients.
In April 2011, we joined forces with the Lancashire Evening Post to raise money for this vital equipment to ensure that major trauma patients from across Lancashire and South Cumbria will receive a full body CT scan as soon as they arrive at hospital, enabling prompt diagnosis and life and limb saving treatment to begin immediately. The CT scanner also provides critical scans for people who have experienced a stroke.
Almost £200,000 was raised by the local community and hospital staff by organising fundraising events and activities. In January 2013 the newly formed clinical commissioning groups across South Cumbria and Lancashire responded to the support the public demonstrated for the appeal, and as part of the overall investment in the trauma services they enabled the whole scheme to be brought forward.
Sandy Nevinson, 25, from Ulverston in Cumbria, was one of the first patients to use the new CT scanner and officially opened it. She was rushed into the Emergency Department at Royal Preston hospital after being hit by car in July. She suffered devastating chest, leg and pelvis injuries and the scanner saved vital minutes in enabling to discover the extent of her injuries.
Sandy said: “It’s thanks to this scanner that I’m alive. I don’t remember being here after the accident but it is nice to be able to come back in more positive circumstances.”
Dr Gora Bangi and Dr Ann Bowman, chairs of the two local Clinical Commissioning Groups for Chorley and Preston respectively, said, “The aim of clinical commissioning groups is to ensure that services are developed and delivered to meet the needs of local people. Our communities told us, through their commitment to the Lifesaver Appeal, how important care for major trauma patients is to them so we are delighted that the new CT scanner has now been installed. Prompt diagnosis is critical in reducing the likelihood of long term ill health and disability following major trauma, so the CT scanner will have a significant positive impact on outcomes for patients.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “We are delighted that the new CT scanner is now up and running and it is already making a real difference to our patients and our staff. We worked closely with our clinical commissioning colleagues to ensure a smooth transition to the new health services structure. This generous donation to our appeal demonstrates how well we’re working together to provide the care our local communities require, and we thank the clinical commissioning groups for this valuable support.”
Stuart Heys, Chairman of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “I’d like to thank the Lancashire Evening post for its unstinting support of the appeal. The paper has promoted every fundraising effort, and published a great series of stories about patients who have experienced trauma and injury, which has really helped get the local community behind the campaign. Local people have given us fantastic support – we’ve had balls, parties, raffles, sponsored walks, school children dressing up, even people jumping out of aeroplanes for the appeal! I’d like to thank everyone who made a donation and helped us to get this vital piece of equipment. Whilst I hope Lancashire Evening Post readers never have need of this equipment, it’s peace of mind to know you’re in the best hands and will get the best care possible should the unthinkable happen.”
Andy Curran, Consultant in Emergency Medicine for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said, “It is fantastic to have the CT scanner here in our department and we are extremely grateful to all those who helped to make this happen. The scanner is already benefitting our patients and will continue to do so.”
We are delighted that the new CT scanner is now up and running and it is already making a real difference to our patients and our staff.