The Report of the Trauma Steering Group was approved by Government in February 2018. An interim implementation group has been established by the HSE, as recommended in the report, and is progressing the four immediate actions (orthopaedic bypass protocols, selection of Major Trauma Centre for Dublin, recruitment of National Clinical Lead and detailed implementation planning).
No decisions have been made in relation to the preferred location of the Major Trauma Centre for the Central Network.
The implementation group is currently undertaking a public consultation exercise on the proposed draft service specifications for Major Trauma Centres and Trauma Units in Ireland and on the approach and process for the designation of the Major Trauma Centre and two Trauma Units for the Central Network. This is to ensure that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide feedback in advance of formal submissions being requested. This public consultation exercise will close on 14 February 2019.
Following the public consultation exercise, it is expected that the formal designation process will commence, with each of the Dublin Hospital Groups (Ireland East Hospital Group, Dublin Midlands Hospital Group and RCSI Hospital Group) invited to make submissions for hospitals within their Group to be designated as the Major Trauma Centre or as a Trauma Unit for the Central Trauma Network.
An Independent Assessment Panel comprised of local and international experts will review and score the written proposals in line with the service specifications and assessment criteria, will conduct site visits to the hospital sites and will meet with Hospital Group management and other key representatives as part of the assessment process.
The panel will make a recommendation to the HSE's trauma implementation group, which in turn will make a recommendation to my Department in relation to the preferred location for the Major Trauma Centre and two Trauma Units for the Central Trauma Network.