The delivery of trauma and orthopaedic services in Ayrshire and Arran has changed.

NHS Ayrshire & Arran, will establish a dedicated trauma unit in University Hospital Crosshouse in keeping with the work of the Scottish Trauma Network.

Following major trauma, rehabilitation is essential to address the physical and psychosocial needs of patients that result from their injuries and experiences.

Ayrshire patients will return to local hospitals for rehabilitation and will benefit from investment in the Douglas Grant Rehab centre.

By changing how services are configured and concentrating major trauma and trauma cases in the Major Trauma Centres and Trauma Units, this will ensure equity of access to those specialist services for trauma patients.

This change will also enable boards to develop elective centres of excellence within their local emergency hospitals.

Supported by investment from Scottish Government, a National Treatment Centre for inpatient elective care will be created at University Hospital Ayr. This welcome investment is part of the Scottish Government’s National Elective Centre Programme.