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Specialist trauma network means higher patient survival rates

The Wessex Trauma Network (WTN) links trauma centres across the south Credit: PA

More patients in the south are surviving life-threatening injuries because of a network of trauma specialists, according to an independent audit by the Trauma Audit and Research Network (TARN).

The Wessex Trauma Network (WTN) consists of one trauma centre - based at Southampton General Hospital - and seven units across the south.

Southampton General Hospital's trauma centre has a full range of specialist surgical and intensive care for adults and children who suffer major trauma. The seven units are based at Portsmouth, Basingstoke, Poole, Dorset, Salisbury, Chichester and on the Isle of Wight – as well as two ambulance services and the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.

The Network means that patients across the region with major injuries now bypass their local hospitals to go directly to Southampton if their injury occurs within a 60-minute drive, while those injured further afield are taken to their nearest trauma unit and assessed and resuscitated before being rapidly transferred if they require specialist intervention.

Last year, the centre saw 571 patients with immediately life-threatening injuries compared to 272 in 2012, and 419 patients with potentially life-changing injuries compared to 226 in 2012.

The development of major trauma centres and networks have ensured patients are treated by the right clinicians in the right locations as quickly as possible and that is why we are seeing such fantastic improvements in survival.

We have a tremendous network in our region with excellent teamwork across our ambulances services, trauma units and the trauma centre and clinicians throughout the WTN are constantly looking for ways to improve further.”

– Dr Mark Baxter, director of major trauma at UHS

£10 million for Southampton’s ‘digital centre of excellence’

Southampton General Hospital continues to achieve excellence. Credit: ITV News

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust will receive £10 million on being named a ‘digital centre of excellence.’

The trust is one of twelve across the country that has been given the title by the Department of Health.

The £10 million will be spread over a period of four years to pioneer innovations in information management and technology.

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Hospital opens doors for visitor tours - including the door to the mortuary

Visitors can see what it is like to be treated in intensive care through a makeshift unit complete with a simulated patient, ventilator and monitor Credit: Press Association

Exclusive access is to be given into life at Southampton's hospitals. In what's being dubbed an extensive behind the scenes insights, visitors will be able to tour operating theatres, x-ray departments and even a mortuary.

Medical teams from across Southampton General Hospital in Tremona Road will provide an insight into their life-saving roles - from medical testing to emergency treatment.

The open day takes place on Saturday 24 September, with free visitor parking for the duration of the event.

Our staff, as well as many of our partners and other organisations, have really gone above and beyond to make this open day special for our visitors and celebrate some of the amazing work carried out within the NHS every day."

– Katherine Barnes, open day event co-ordinator

Amputees describe their Greenland adventure

It's less than three years since Alex Lewis had all four limbs amputated - after contracting a rare Strep A infection. Incredibly he's just kayaked more than 100 miles around Greenland.

It's all thanks to the Pilgrim Bandits - a charity set up to help amputee soldiers. They believe having no legs is no reason to give up sky diving, skiing or any other physical sport.

If you would like to know more about Alex and the charity, check here and here.

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Petition questioning Patient Transport Service

A petition with twelve thousand signatures has been handed in - calling for improvements to the Patient Transport Service in Sussex.

Coperforma have been running the service since April and there have been complaints about long waits and delays.

Sussex Defend the NHS who organised the online and paper petition said, "This CCG need to stop being complacent about the service and take some real action to ensure its safety and security for patients and the drivers. This chaos has gone on long enough."

Meanwhile the GMB union is organising protests on Tuesday in Eastbourne and Brighton.

Businessman who died from cancer leaves £10m to hospital to benefit other patients

A number of rare cars, motorcycles, watches and cameras, once owned by a businessman from Poole, will go up for auction on Monday. The proceeds are set to transform the lives of countless cancer patients.

Robert White died of cancer last year at the age of 62. The money raised from his lifetime collection will build new state-of-the-art facilities at Poole Hospital and the Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester.

And it's all thanks to the help of the famous American chat show host, Jay Leno. Richard Slee explains.

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