Day One trauma service to be expanded across West Yorkshire

Day One Trauma

Leeds Cares is delighted to announce that patients suffering from major trauma will now be able to access a specialist support service across all of West Yorkshire. The Day One service, initially established in Leeds in 2014, will now be expanded to the trauma wards at Airedale, Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield and Pinderfields Hospitals.

Day One is a not-for-profit support service that was originally set-up by a group of surgeons and former patients at the Leeds Major Trauma Centre; it is now funded & run by Leeds Cares. It complements the medical care delivered by the NHS Trust, by offering a pastoral and support service that includes financial and legal advice as well as access to counselling. Day One also offers access to a ‘peer-support’ service where current patients are matched to peer-supporters, trained volunteers who have had experience of a similar incident.

The official announcement about the service expansion will be made at an event today to mark the four year anniversary of Day One. Since 2014, the service has provided support to over 400 patients and their families receiving treatment in Leeds.

Professor Giannoudis, an Orthopaedic & Trauma Surgeon at Leeds Teaching Hospitals, was instrumental in establishing the service. He said “We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved in Leeds over the last four years and the feedback we’ve had from patients has been amazing. I really believe we’re helping them on their journey to recovery. I can’t wait to see what we can achieve when Day One is available across the other hospitals in the West Yorkshire Network.”

Patients are regularly repatriated from Leeds to local trauma units if they still require care, but require ongoing care and rehabilitation. The extension of the charitable service will mean the Day One case workers and volunteers can remain in contact with the patients even when they move hospitals.

17 year old Robyn Hoban, recently injured in a car accident, said the service had helped her focus on her recovery. “The peer-supporter really helped me to come to terms with what had happened to me and encouraged me to stay positive throughout.” Robyn attended the celebration event at Aspire in Leeds, alongside her family, who are hoping to embark on some fundraising work for Leeds Cares, the charity that supports and funds the Day One service.

David Welch, CEO of Leeds Cares, said they were looking forward to working with other hospital trusts. “With trauma patients, the road to recovery can be very long and is often problematic. We’re excited about working with these other hospitals to see how we can benefit patients even further and speed up that recovery journey. Initiatives like a new counselling service across the network are also being planned, to offer even more support to patients and families.”

To find out how you can get involved with Day One, or support us in funding the service, email Rebecca Baldaro-Booth