What is Major Trauma

Major trauma is serious or multiple injuries that could result in death or significant disability, and is usually caused by accident or violence.

10,000 people die following injury every year in England and Wales.  Injury is the leading cause of death among children and adults aged 44 and below, and there are many millions of non-fatal injuries each year.

Around 500 major trauma patients are treated in hospitals in Lancashire and South Cumbria every year.

The NHS estimates that between 450 and 600 lives per year across the country could be saved by providing better organised trauma care.  In 2012 a major trauma network, with the region’s Major Trauma Centre at Royal Preston Hospital, was established in Lancashire and South Cumbria to improve outcomes for people who experience a major trauma.