Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital achieves Australasian paediatric trauma first

23 June 2017

The Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is the first paediatric hospital in Australasia to be awarded Level 1 Major Trauma Service status by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (RACS).

A voluntary review by the Australasian Trauma Verification Program found the South Brisbane hospital’s trauma service, which currently cares for up to 130 children severely injured in car crashes, fires and other accidents annually, has evolved into a ‘high standard’ and ‘high-functioning’ service dedicated to providing the best trauma care for patients.

RACS defines a Level 1 Major Trauma Service as being capable of providing the full spectrum of care for critically injured patients, from their arrival in emergency through to discharge and rehabilitation.

A Level 1 Major trauma service also takes a lead role in the coordination and management of mass casualty scenarios, and provides prevention and outreach programs, quality improvement programs, research, education and fellowship training, and trauma systems overview.

Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital’s Burns and Trauma director Professor Roy Kimble, said the Level 1 status was an outstanding achievement for the hospital.

“The Trauma Service staff and the multidisciplinary teams across the hospital that we work with have worked tirelessly to build a superior trauma service for Queensland children and families.”

‘To achieve this in the short time since the hospital opened in late 2014 is testament to our dedication to ongoing quality improvement to ensure a trauma patient’s healthcare journey is the best it can be.”

“Whether it be a severe burn, significantly broken bones or a life-threatening internal injuries, the life of a child or young person can be turned upside down by such severe injury, so it’s vital these kids and their families receive the highest quality care, treatment and support as they travel the, sometimes, long road to recovery.”

RACS also praised the Lady Cilento’s Children’s Hospital’s Trauma Service for translating research into practice, particularly “evident in the management of children with significant burns.”

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Fionnagh Dougan said the achievement demonstrated an unwavering commitment to excellence in providing life-changing care for children, young people and their families.

‘The achievement of Level 1 Major Trauma Service Status for Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital is a major achievement and exemplifies our leadership in paediatric healthcare in Australasia.”

“It recognises that we have not only first-class facilities and systems but also exceptional clinicians who work collaboratively to provide the best possible care to patients,” Ms Dougan said.

Trauma patients and their families will benefit further with the recent appointment of a dedicated family support nurse and a family support social worker. These two roles will enable the Trauma Service to deliver enhanced follow-up care and support for injured patients. The positions are jointly funded by Children’s Health Queensland, the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Day of Difference Foundation.


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