Accident victims with major injuries to be taken straight to Southampton

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ACCIDENT victims with life-threatening injuries will now be taken straight to Southampton.

From today patients will bypass their local hospital and be taken by road or air ambulance straight to a new trauma centre at Southampton General Hospital.

It means that someone seriously injured in the Portsmouth area will not be taken to Queen Alexandra Hospital, Cosham, but straight to Southampton.

Dr Andy Eynon, the Southampton hospital’s director of major trauma, said it would affect patients within 45 minutes of Southampton.

He said: ‘Patients who have had major trauma often need emergency operations involving a number of different surgeons and need access to many specialist departments.

‘The ability to provide such care under one roof has proven to outweigh any additional

journey time.’

He added: ‘In terms of cases that are more than 45 minutes away, we will be working with local hospitals to ensure patients receive rapid resuscitation and onward transfer to Southampton.’

At present, Southampton treats about 450 critically injured people a year. This is

expected to increase to 650.