New trauma centre opened in Aberdeen

Thursday 25th July 2019

A new centre to respond to adult trauma and emergency cases by road and air has been officially opened in Aberdeen.

The £1.1m base is able to send helicopters, planes or fast response vehicles across the north of Scotland.

Teams of consultants are on hand round-the-clock to provide advice on pre-hospital care, responding to major incidents and helping critically ill and injured patients.

The medics can also provide advice by telephone to hospital staff in remote and rural areas on issues such as resuscitation of patients and how they can be safely transported.

The base is part of the Scottish Specialist Transport and Retrieval Service (ScotSTAR), which covers the whole of Scotland.

Dr Alastair Ross, ScotSTAR North Clinical Lead for the adult team, said: “Working closely, the teams  bring high-quality specialist care to patients by road and air, that best meet patient needs.

“The team is available 24/7 providing consultant-delivered critical care and safe transfer to definitive care for patients in remote healthcare locations and at accident scenes.”

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, who opened the base, said: “The new centre ensures that critical care across Scotland is of the highest standard.”