Lewis Macdonald marks Aberdeen trauma centre anniversary



2 October 2019

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has lodged a motion in Parliament marking the first anniversary of Scotland’s first major trauma centre at Foresterhill in Aberdeen.

Lewis said:

“The opening of the major trauma centre at Foresterhill was a major step towards improving the way that victims of traumatic injuries are treated in the North and North East of Scotland, and provided certainty about the future of hospital care in the North East.

“The choice of Foresterhill as the first centre in the wider Scottish Trauma Network only happened thanks to a high profile public campaign, led by hospital consultants, NHS staff and their trade unions.

“I was delighted to be part of that successful campaign which forced a rethink on the way trauma care was to be provided in the region.

"Without that campaign, victims of trauma would have had to travel to the Central Belt for treatment.

“The first year of the Aberdeen major trauma centre has been a great success and it is now leading the way for trauma care in Scotland.”

The text of the motion tabled by Lewis reads :

Marking the First Anniversary of Aberdeen Major Trauma Centre

That the Parliament notes the first anniversary of Scotland’s first Major Trauma Centre, at Foresterhill in Aberdeen, and commends all those involved in its first year of operation; understands that the centre and the wider North of Scotland Trauma Network are designed to improve trauma care in the immediate aftermath of serious injury, improving the likelihood of survival and increasing the prospects of recovery, while benefiting the delivery of health care generally in the city and region; recalls that the Major Trauma Centre was established only once proposals to confine major trauma care to two centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh had been abandoned in May 2016, following a high-profile public campaign in Aberdeen, and congratulates the hospital consultants, NHS staff and trade unions, Aberdeen Trades Union Council and all those involved in that successful campaign, securing the benefits of the Major Trauma Centre for all those living in the north and north east of Scotland.