NHS Western Isles becomes first Board in Scotland to hold major trauma course

NHS Western Isles recently became the first Health Board in Scotland to hold a renowned European Trauma Course for local healthcare professionals who are involved in the acute care of major trauma patients.

Western Isles Hospital in Stornoway hosted the first European Trauma Course (ETC) in Scotland from May 17th to 19th.

The course was attended by 12 members of medical and nursing staff from NHS Western Isles and was provided by a faculty of consultants from the North East of England. All of the staff who participated passed the course with flying colours, providing them with additional and enhanced life-savings skills.

The staff were recently presented with their certificates by NHS Western Isles Nurse Director, Sandy Brown, and Chief Executive, Gordon Jamieson, was in attendance to congratulate the staff and commend them on their success.

The European Trauma Course is an innovative 2.5 day course for healthcare professionals involved in the acute care of major trauma patients.

The ETC aims to teach healthcare professionals the key principles of the initial care of severely injured patients that is pertinent to the way this specific group of patients is treated within current practice throughout Europe and specifically in the United Kingdom.

The course participants were expected to work as part of a trauma response team and also to develop the skills to lead and manage a trauma response team.

Practical skills such as chest drain insertion, application of a variety of splints, advanced airway interventions and interpretation of a variety of x-rays and scans were included as part of the course.

The European Trauma Course is spreading across the United Kingdom and the ETC Faculty is hoping to return to the Western Isles next year to provide training for additional staff.

NHS Western Isles Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson said: “I would firstly like to congratulate all the staff who successfully completed this extremely important training. In an area like the Western Isles, which is remote from specialist treatment centres on the mainland, it is vitally important that our staff are trained to the highest possible level in the initial assessment, care and stabilisation of severely injured patients.”

NHS Western Isles Nurse Director Sandy Brown added: “These additional skills acquired by our staff should give people in the Western Isles the assurance that local healthcare professionals have the best possible up to date and enhanced skills in managing a wide range of serious and life-threatening situations.”