COVID-19 and Major Trauma

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On 9 January 2020, WHO reported that Chinese authorities had made a preliminary identification of a novel coronavirus from a patient hospitalised with pneumonia in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China.

The virus can cause pneumonia-like symptoms, those who have fallen ill are reported to suffer coughs, fever and breathing difficulties. In severe cases there can be organ failure. As this is viral pneumonia, antibiotics are of no use, If people are admitted to hospital, they may get support for their lungs and other organs, as well as fluids. Recovery will depend on the strength of their immune system. Many of those who have died were vulnerable because of existing underlying health conditions.

Declared as a global pandemic in March 2020, the world is still learning about the disease. We have all had to adapt, and it is because of this that visiting in hospitals was restricted for a time. Hospital sites are working out how we can adapt long term, with the realisation that we will have to live alongside COVID-19 for the foreseeable future.

We understand  how challenging having a loved one in hospital can be.

If your friend or relative attends one of the Major Trauma Centres (either Manchester Royal Infirmary or Salford Royal Hospital) they will be assigned a  key worker who is the nominated point of contact. We advise you contact hospital websites to receive up to date advice on the latest guidelines, restrictions in visiting and procedures.

Our interactive map links to individual websites and can be found in the ‘Patient Journey’ section.