Major Trauma Centre

Major Trauma Centre

About Alder Hey's Major Trauma Centre Status

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Alder Hey became a designated Children’s Major Trauma Centre (MTC) in 2012. A Major Trauma Centre (MTC) is a specialised hospital which has the best available skills and equipment to treat patients who have the most serious injuries.

Alder Hey is part of The North West Children’s Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network (NWChMTODN) and Cheshire & Mersey Major Trauma Operational Delivery Network (CMMTN), and receives and manage seriously injured children less than 16 years of age from throughout the North West, North Wales and The Isle of Man.   

Patients with suspected serious injuries are usually brought directly to the MTC which may mean this is not your nearest hospital. Some patients may go to their nearest Trauma Unit (TU) for initial treatment and then be transferred to us. We receive transfers from Cheshire and Mersey Hospitals, Blackpool, Lancaster, Furness Hospital, North Wales and the Isle of man.

The centres have a range of Trauma Doctors and Therapists who provide specialist treatment for patients with multiple, serious injuries. 

We are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

What we do

The following ambulance services North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) and North West Air Ambulance (NWAA) will alert our Emergency Department about any patient they will be bringing to us and provide a handover of any injuries.

Once the patient arrives in our Emergency Department, they will be met by our designated Trauma Team.  

Contact us

We work with a lot of specialties across the Trust, so the best way to get in touch is to call our switchboard on (0151) 228 4811 and ask to be put through to the relevant team.

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