psychological support for major trauma patients to help them to come to terms with the trauma and what has happened to them and the injuries they have sustained as a result of the trauma. The Major Trauma Centre is part of University Hospital Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.
Patients (and their family members/ friends if they have been affected too) can seek support whilst on the ward (one-off or ongoing). We also meet most major trauma patients to ascertain whether an individual may be considered ‘high risk’ of developing depression/ PTSD or anxiety post discharge.
All individuals who complete a screening assessment on the ward, receive a follow up phone after approximately 4 weeks to see if they do need further emotional/ psychological support. If needed, we provide this support in major trauma psychology outpatient clinics on site (or signpost them to community services, if the patient would prefer- often this is when logistically Brighton is not convenient for them to attend weekly appointments).