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Major trauma centre

Cambridge University Hospitals is designated as the major trauma centre (MTC) for the East of England.

Up to 800 people every year receive major traumatic injuries in this region – in a car crash, for example. Major trauma is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 40 in the UK.

The major trauma centre will form the centre of the regional trauma network, and will provide all major specialist services for major trauma patients.

What is major trauma?

Trauma is a condition caused by physical injury. As with all other medical conditions, trauma has a spectrum of severity from simple injury to complex, life changing and life threatening major trauma.

Within the major trauma centre itself, an integrated service is responsible for overseeing and co-ordinating all aspects of outreach support, resuscitation, acute and on-going care, and rehabilitation for patients who have experienced major trauma.

Find out more about major trauma in the East of England: