After Trauma Team

In England, approximately 20,000 adults and children are seriously injured each year. Major trauma is any injury that has the potential to cause long-term disability.

There are many causes of major trauma, including road traffic accidents, falls or accidents at work. Injuries are severe and complex, often with multiple fractures, nerve and soft tissue damage and sometimes traumatic limb loss. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury are specific types of major trauma.

About the service

The ESHT After Trauma Team (ATT) is a team of multidisciplinary clinicians based primarily at our East Sussex Trauma Unit at the Conquest Hospital, but covering the whole of East Sussex Healthcare Trust.

The team is responsible for those patients who have been admitted to our hospitals for treatment and support following a major traumatic injury.
Major Trauma can include significant isolated injuries or serious multiple injuries which may result in disability.

The team includes specialist Medical, Nursing and Therapeutic clinicians who meet weekly to discuss these admissions and any specialist rehabilitation needs that they may require.

We work within the wider Sussex Trauma Network to ensure those patient needing medical care at our Sussex Major Trauma centre in Brighton are transferred seamlessly and those returning from Brighton or from out of area receive the support they need upon their arrival and with their longer term medical management and rehabilitation needs.

The After Trauma Team includes support and care from:

  • Trauma Nurse Service Co-ordinator
  • AHP Rehabilitation Consultant
  • Rehabilitation Co-ordinator
  • TARN Co-ordinator
  • Specialist Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) Occupational Therapist
  • Specialist Orthopaedic Physiotherapists
  • Specialist Neurological Physiotherapists
  • Orthopaedic Specialist  Nurse Practitioner

How to contact the After Trauma Team

My Health and Care Records

Any patient who has been admitted to one of our acute hospitals may have already been invited to join and create a profile within My Health & Care records.
The After Trauma team will be using My Health & Care Record to follow up with some patients following recent treatment at either Conquest Hospital or Eastbourne District General Hospital.

My Health and Care Record will be used to provide patients with information to support their recovery and may also ask patients to complete a questionnaire to see how they are getting on and identify if any additional support is required. Patients may be contacted through a letter, inviting them to register. If patients choose not to register then the follow up questionnaire will be sent through the post

If you want to know more please see our trust webpage for more details:

My Health and Care Record – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (esht.nhs.uk)

Services we link into:

ESHT Rehabilitation services: Rehabilitation – East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Sussex Trauma Network: Home – Sussex Trauma Network (bsuh.nhs.uk)

Spinal Injuries Association: Spinal Injuries Association – Spinal Cord Injury Charity

Headway: The brain injury association – www.headway.org.uk

Your comments

We are always interested to hear your views about our leaflets. If you have any comments, please contact the Patient Experience Team – Tel: 0300 131 4500 Ext: 5860 or by email at: esh-tr.patientexperience@nhs.net

Hand hygiene

The trust is committed to maintaining a clean, safe environment. Hand hygiene is very important in controlling infection. Alcohol gel is widely available at the patient bedside for staff use and at the entrance of each clinical area for visitors to clean their hands before and after entering.