PERFORMANCE: Ipswich Hospital Trust has been given official trauma unit status, the trust has announced.

The status comes after a review of all NHS trauma services in the region by the East of England Trauma Network.

In a letter to the hospital, Ruth Derrett, major trauma programme director for the network, said: “We greatly appreciate the support from the trust board and its trauma committee throughout the designation process and we hope to continue working together in improving outcomes of patients who have suffered serious injuries.”

Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridgeshire is the regional major trauma centre.

If patients stabilised at Ipswich need further specialist care, such as neurosurgery  they are transferred to the trauma centre. Equally, Ipswich Hospital is equipped to receive patients back from the centre for ongoing care.