The Emergency Department is based at the Northern General Hospital and delivers safe, high quality care to adult patients from Sheffield and beyond, including Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster, Bassetlaw and North Derbyshire. It serves a population of 1.8 million and cares for 120,000 patients per year, around 320 a day.
As one of only 22 dedicated Major Trauma Centres in the country, the department delivers round-the-clock, critical treatment for seriously ill patients.
Major trauma describes multiple, serious injuries that could result in significant physical harm or death. This includes serious head, chest, abdominal and skeletal injuries, that have been sustained as a result of accidents, sport or violence.
Major trauma centres save lives and prevent long-term disability by giving patients urgent access to specialist trauma teams, dedicated theatres and state-of-the-art equipment.
Blood loss in patients can happen extremely quickly and litres of blood can be lost in a matter of minutes. Thanks to the generosity of local people a satallite blood fridge has now been installed directly in the Emergency Department. This will mean minutes will be saved as blood will not need to be transferred from elsewhere within the hospital. Having immediate access to the blood will help save lives and help improve the outcome of patients bleeding from traumatic injuries or medical and surgical conditions.