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1 October 2018

MSPs Welcome Opening of Aberdeen Trauma Centre

Aberdeen is leading the way for Scotland’s Trauma Network with the opening of a centre which will treat the most seriously injured patients across the region.

The move has been welcome by SNP MSPs Gillian Martin and Stewart Stevenson.

The facility, which was opened on Monday (October 1st) by Health Minister Jeane Freeman, is the first of four major trauma centres due to open as part of Scotland’s Trauma Network.

It will ensure that those seriously injured get the best possible care and chances of recovery, wherever their location.

The network has been backed by more than £15million investment so far and will include the Scottish Ambulance Service and existing trauma services.

Further facilities are due to open in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee giving patients the best specialist treatment and rehabilitation.

Commenting, Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said:

“Trauma care across Scotland is changing and I thrilled Aberdeen has lead the way in supporting this network.

“It means we can ensure people with serious injuries have the best chance of recovery from their injuries.

“Providing intensive treatment to patients as close to home as possible is important not just for them but relatives.

“The Scottish Government is determined to make sure NHS Grampian is able to provide the best care possible.”

Commenting, Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said:

“More than £15million has been invested already in the Major Trauma Network and there will be a gradual increase over the next five years.

“This collaborative way of working brings together both the professionals and components together across the North of Scotland.

“This includes the Scottish Ambulance Service as well as community-based rehabilitation teams once the patient has returned home."

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