MTC Facts


Did you know…

  • Our trauma team is made up of doctors and nurses from emergency medicine, anaesthetics, orthopaedics, surgery, intensive care and radiology.
  • Our trauma team also has immediate access to specialists in paediatrics, plastics, vascular, maxillofacial, cardiothoracic and neurosurgery.
  • If you have a serious injury the air ambulance can bypass other hospitals and bring you straight here. Our trauma team will be ready and waiting.
  • Whether it’s an injury to head, chest, abdomen, pelvis, face, spine, bones, soft tissues, whether adult or child, all our specialties are here on one site.
  • We have a ground-level lit helipad. We are one of only five UK hospitals that can receive helicopters day or night.
  • The odds of surviving a major injury have risen by 30% since major trauma centres & networks were introduced in 2012.
  • Over the last three years, the number of injured people treated by the major trauma centre South Tees has increased by over 50%
  • In the last two years, 60 of our patients had injuries so severe that they were not expected to survive. Over half of them did.
  • Major trauma affects people of all ages. In 2014, our youngest severely injured patient was 1 month old. Our eldest had recently had their 100th birthday.
  • Almost two thirds of the severely injured people who are treated at James Cook Major Trauma Centre are male.
  • June and July are our busiest months for dealing with serious injuries.
  • In 2014, our MTC treated 160 patients with major head injuries. The commonest cause of these were falls.
  • Last year we treated 83 patients with severe chest injuries. Our surgeons are now able to rebuild broken rib cages.
  • In 2014, our MTC treated 80 patients with major pelvic injuries. The commonest causes were car, motorbike and horse riding accidents.
  • Last year, falls and road traffic collisions were the commonest cause of serious injury in our region.

Major Trauma Centre James Cook