The centre is one of two serving the Northern Trauma Network which extends from the Scottish Borders to Yorkshire.
We are one of twelve major trauma centres in the UK treating both adults and children. 15 -20% of those attending our centre are children.
Major trauma is the leading cause of death in those under 45 years of age and is also a major cause of debilitating long-term injuries. There are over 1,000 major trauma cases in the Northern region each year.
Trauma admissions are primarily taken directly from the scene via the ground and air ambulance services. The department has a roof-top helipad to receive and transfer patients from across the north of England.
Together with James Cook Hospital in Middlesbrough, it is one of two major trauma centres that serve the Northern Trauma Network.
What is the major trauma network?
The Northern Trauma Network has eight trauma units and two major trauma centres which cover the Northern region (Scottish Borders to Yorkshire).
The Northern Trauma Network is the overarching structure that supports two major trauma networks covering the north east, north Cumbria and part of North Yorkshire. The network brings together groups of services and personnel with a collective aim to reduce death and disability following injury.
Major trauma centre
Level 3 of the New Victoria Wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.
Our trauma ward (Ward 23) is located on Level 4 of the Claremont Wing at the Royal Victoria Infirmary.
Major trauma centre: 0191 282 6200
Major trauma ward (Ward 23): 0191 282 5423
Trauma Audit Research Network (TARN)
The Trauma Audit and Research Network, is the independent monitor of trauma care in England and Wales and is committed to making a real difference to the delivery of the care. One of the ways we do this is by promoting improvements in care through national comparative clinical audit.
For a number of years we have participated in the national TARN audit.
You can find more information on the TARN website
Telephone: 0191 282 5493