South East London trauma care best in the UK

Over 3,600 lives saved in the last 21 months thanks to trauma teams in the south east London, Kent and Medway (SELKaM) Trauma Network

Emergency Department entrance

Of the 3,800 trauma patients who were treated across the region between April 2013 and December 2014, 3,659 survived – that’s 85 more than expected, and the best results of any trauma network in the UK.

Almost 1,500 of those patients were treated at King’s College Hospital. King’s is the Major Trauma Centre for SELKaM and treats the most seriously-injured patients. King’s is supported by other trauma teams across the region, like at the Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Bromley.

Trauma patients have multiple serious injuries that could lead to death or serious disability, including those involved in car accidents, major falls, or violence.

Major trauma centres operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week and are staffed by highly specialist teams with access to the best diagnostic and treatment facilities, including orthopaedics, neurosurgery and radiology teams.

Robert Bentley, Clinical Director for the South East London Major Trauma Network and for Major Trauma King's College Hospital said:

“These fantastic results show the excellent work carried out over the last two years throughout the network to improve outcomes for trauma patients in South East London, Kent and Medway.

“By working together, our trauma teams make sure that our most seriously injured patients get the world class care they deserve.”

Notes to editor:

  • Trauma Networks are a system of hospitals set up to care for patients with multiple serious injuries that could result in death or serious disability, including head injuries, life-threatening wounds and multiple fractures.
  • The SELKaM Trauma Network is the busiest network in the UK and services a population of 4.5 million in a region that stretches from Lambeth to Folkestone.
  • Trauma is the leading cause of death among children and adults aged 44 and under and many thousands are left severely disabled for life. Every year across England and Wales, 12,500 people die after injury.

Notes to editors

1. King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s largest and busiest teaching hospitals, training over 900 dentists, 750 doctors and 300 nurses every year. The Trust is recognized internationally for its work in liver disease and transplantation, neurosciences, cardiac, haemato-oncology, stroke and major trauma. On 1 October 2013, King’s took over the running of the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley and Orpington Hospital, as well as some services at Beckenham Beacon and Queen Mary’s Hospital, Sidcup. The new enlarged organisation has over 10,500 staff and provides over 1 million patient contacts a year. 9,000 babies are delivered by our hospitals each year, and over 750 patients come to our Emergency Departments every day. For more information, please visit the website. You can also support the work of King’s College Hospital at

2. King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering collaboration between King’s College London, and Guy’s and St Thomas’, King’s College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts.

King’s Health Partners is one of only six Department of Health-designated AHSCs in England and brings together an unrivalled range and depth of clinical and research expertise, spanning both physical and mental health. Our combined strengths will drive improvements in care for patients, allowing them to benefit from breakthroughs in medical science and receive leading edge treatment at the earliest possible opportunity.

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  • three of the UK’s leading NHS Foundation Trusts;
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  • services provided over 225 locations, including seven hospitals and community and mental health centres;
  • 2.2 million patient contacts each year;
  • 31,000 staff;
  • 25,000 students;
  • a combined annual turnover of £2.8bn.

... to advance health and wellbeing by integrating world-class research, care and teaching.

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