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In September, Tallaght Hospital’s CEO Mr David Slevin informed the hospital board about “the forthcoming publication of a steering group report on trauma services nationally” and “positive engagements” with the DMHG, St James’s Hospital, Dublin and Trinity College Dublin (TCD). This process had culminated “in agreement that DMHG would submit and support a proposal that trauma services be based on the Tallaght Hospital campus”.
“The intention is that this service would be underpinned by institutional support from St James’s Hospital, TCD and Tallaght, with appropriate consideration of trauma services within the Group statutory hospitals,” reported meeting minutes.
A Tallaght Hospital spokesperson said the DMHG intends to establish a “Group partnership position as a major provider of national trauma services based on the Tallaght Hospital campus”. This position has been “underpinned predominately by a joint proposal of institutional support from St James’s Hospital and Tallaght, with appropriate consideration of trauma services within the statutory hospitals in the Group”.
A review process of trauma services (current and future capabilities) within the Group will be completed as part of a preparation process “for a formal expression of interest following the publication of the National Steering Group Report”.
A working group has been established by the DMHG with representation from the major trauma providers within the Group. The support of “further external or independent expert advice” has been commissioned following a public procurement process.
The DMHG is also working with its acute hospitals that have emergency departments to develop trauma services along a hub-and-spoke configuration.
The National Steering Group’s report will be completed early this year.