On Saturday 6th May, Karen Vercoe, Children’s Occupational Therapist took part in Alder Hey’s very first “After Trauma Day” Along with other organisations, SP Therapy Services supported this event.

The aim of the event was to enable children and their families to re-visit the hospital environment under less-traumatic circumstances and to visit the departments and services they received at the time of their accident.

Major trauma describes serious injuries that are life changing and could result in death or serious disability, including head injuries, severe wounds and multiple fractures.

Major trauma centres are set up to provide specialised trauma care and rehabilitation. There are 27 major trauma centres in England. Of those 5 are Children’s Hospitals, Alder Hey in Liverpool being one of them. The service was set up in 2012.

There are many phases to the care offered when someone experiences a Major Trauma – from the treatment given at the scene by the paramedics; the acute treatment in hospital; acute rehabilitation and then ongoing rehabilitation in a community setting. Many charities offer help and support to patients and families that have experienced trauma.

The day started with a presentation from a parent who described her experience and was followed by a very exciting visit from the Air Ambulance. The Ambulance was able to stay on site for the event with everyone getting chance to see how the service operates.

There was a tour of the hospital including a trip to the CT Scanner and Theatres.

Each organisation provided fun activities for the children to take part in – dropping eggs from a height with and without mini crash helmets, brains moulded from jelly and lots of games to promote fine motor skills.

The event was a huge success and the atmosphere was very positive and will hopefully become an annual event.