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Trauma Service: John Radcliffe Hospital

The Trauma Service provides treatment for patients who have sustained physical injuries (usually of bones) as a result of accidents. The care of these patients at the John Radcliffe Hospital is carried out by a dedicated team who provide a 24-hour consultant-delivered service that is unique to Oxford.

The Trauma Service is located in the Trauma Unit at the John Radcliffe Hospital. This is a dedicated and purpose-designed building which houses the two trauma wards, the outpatient clinic area providing fracture clinics, hand clinics and spinal clinics. The building also provides facilities for radiological investigation and therapy treatment for all trauma patients.

The Trauma Service in Oxford works with:

  • specialist Radiology and investigative teams
  • Trauma and Orthopaedics at the Horton General Hospital in Banbury
  • surgeons at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre (NOC) for spinal trauma
  • neurosurgeons at the West Wing, John Radcliffe, for the treatment of patients with head injuries
  • plastic surgeons at the West Wing, John Radcliffe, who are important in reconstructive surgery after serious injuries.

Other surgical and medical specialties are involved depending on the nature of the injuries.

NHS South of England major trauma system

People who suffer serious injury (which is known as major trauma) need the highest quality specialist care to give them the best chances of survival and recovery. In April 2012, arrangements for a regional major trauma system were implemented to ensure people across the south of England receive world-class major trauma care.

The system is made up of five major trauma networks that will each have a Major Trauma Centre for treating the most seriously injured patients, linked in with a number of local trauma units for treating those people with less serious injuries.

Ambulance crews will use an agreed protocol to take injured people to the hospital most suited to their needs. Patients with a severe injury will be assessed by ambulance staff at the scene of the incident. They will then be taken by ambulance direct to the nearest Major Trauma Centre if it is safe to do so, and the patient does not need stabilising. If a patient needs to be stabilised first, he or she will be taken to the nearest trauma unit. For less severe injuries, patients will be taken to the nearest trauma unit.

Patients with less severe injuries, urgent or emergency care needs will continue to be treated by their local A&E, Minor Injuries Unit or GP.

About the system

NHS South of England's major trauma system has been designed to ensure that seriously injured patients in the region receive world-class specialist care. This is achieved through a network of five major trauma centres which are to be based at:

Major trauma centres provide specialist teams 24 hours a day seven days a week with emergency access to consultant-delivered care for a wide range of specialist clinical services and expertise. These centres are supported by a number of trauma units, which provide care for all except the most severely injured major trauma patients.

Find us and contact us

The Trauma Unit is at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Patients and visitors should park in Car Park 1 (pay and display). The Trauma Unit is next to the car park and the entrance is clearly signed.


  • Ward 2A: 01865 221135
  • Ward 3A: 01865 221128


  • Tel: 01865 220217
  • Fracture Clinic: via JR Switchboard 0300 304 7777