The Alfred Trauma Service was founded in 1984. It is the largest and most active Trauma Service in Australasia. The Trauma Service treats over half of all major Victorian trauma cases and is one of three Victorian Major Trauma Services (The Alfred, The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Royal Children’s Hospital) all based in the state capital, Melbourne. The Trauma Service provides 24/7 integrated emergency, trauma and critical care. Over 7,000 trauma patients are admitted annually to The Alfred, with 1,200 of these patients classed as major trauma.
Trauma clinical care is provided through a comprehensive range of services including:
- Emergency & Trauma Centre with:
- An integrated helipad
- Four major trauma resuscitation bays with digital imaging
- Dedicated CT and MRI
- Adjacent Operating Theatres
- Adjacent 45 bed Intensive Care Unit with 10 designated trauma beds
- Adjacent Interventional Medical Imaging
- A 50-bed Trauma ward and an adjacent 42-bed Neurosurgical/Orthopaedic ward
- Related Hyperbaric service
- Related State Adult Burns unit
- The full range of adult medical and surgical sub-specialties.
Patients receive comprehensive care overseen by Trauma Surgeons and Physicians, Medical and Surgical specialists, Trauma and Critical Care Nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Orthotists, Speech Therapists, Pharmacists, Social Workers, Imaging, Pathology and Rehabilitation specialists. This integrated care results in morbidity and mortality amongst the lowest of any major trauma centre in the developed world.