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Aberdeen’s new major trauma centre to address recruitment crisis

First of its kind, the new trauma centre in Aberdeen will form part of a network in Dundee, Glasgow and Edinburgh with an initial funding of £15.2 million from the government.

The centre will provide access for trauma victims to a range of services including rehabilitation and psychological assistance.

It is hoped that the nature of the roles will address the recruitment crisis and also save lives.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman said: “What’s important, beside the quality of care offered to patients, is that it offers the opportunity for clinicians and other health care professionals to work across specialisms and boundaries and geography.

“Certainly what I’ve been told here is that the posts they were creating for the centre they have had no difficulties in filling.

“There are still recruitment challenges in the north but I think the buzz of this new venture and the opportunity for the staff to increase their own skills, widen their experience and work in other ways – all that creates an atmosphere that others want to be part of.

“This marks an important day in changing trauma care in Scotland for the better.”

The centre has been described as a milestone in progressive healthcare for the north-east and represents a major investment in the NHS.

Kate Burley, associate director of the Scottish Trauma Network, said: “The network has been working in collaboration with NHS boards and the Scottish Ambulance Service to enhance the services for patients with life changing or life-threatening injuries.”

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