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A London hospital’s major trauma centre has been rated as the best in the country.

The unit at St Mary’s hospital, in Paddington, was judged by NHS England to be the best of 25 centres treating critical injuries typically caused by road collisions, falls, freak accidents and shootings and stabbings.

Inspectors said the unit provided a “high quality” service to patients and was at the centre of an “outstanding” trauma network of hospitals across north-west London.

The unit, which has a trauma theatre and staff on standby 24/7, was praised for its innovation and high patient satisfaction rates. The quality of its care meant St Mary’s had an extra two survivors for every 100 patients treated compared to the UK average.

See here for a story from last year about St Mary’s work to treat victims of gun and knife crime.

Plans are now at an early stage to provide a helicopter landing pad at St Mary’s to speed the transfer of life-threatening cases. This would sit on the roof of a new building that it is hoped will be completed by 2020.

Dr Tracey Batten, chief executive of Imperial College NHS trust, said: “We are delighted that we have been ranked as the number one trauma unit in the country.

“It’s a terrific recognition of the hard work of the staff. But more importantly for patients, it means we have two or three more patients surviving per hundred that we see. We are obviously getting great clinical outcomes.”

The Royal London, in Whitechapel, was praised for a “high standard of care”, “outstanding leadership” of the trauma hospital network in north-east London and work to reduce the threat of knife crime and injury to cyclists.

London’s other two major trauma units, at King’s College hospital, in Denmark Hill, and St George’s hospital, in Tooting, also received positive ratings.

King’s was commended for its “excellent” work on gangs and violence but marked down for the need to take spinal cord injury patients two hours’ drive away to Stoke Mandeville hospital in Aylesbury.

See below for a link to a PDF giving details of all the trauma unit inspections: National Peer Review Trauma National Report July 2014

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