Meet Diane Kruger (right) and Rachel Roberts, the first Major Trauma Rehab Coordinators to be appointed in NHS Forth Valley.
Each year in Scotland around 4,000 people are seriously injured with around 800 to 1,000 cases being defined as major trauma. Trauma remains the leading cause of death for people under the age of 40.
Diane and Rachel are part of the Scottish Trauma Network which involves the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) and hospitals across Scotland – including 4 major trauma centres – working together to improve and optimise the health and wellbeing of people who have been seriously injured. Their approach is to improve patient outcomes through working collaboratively with all the rehabilitation teams to ensure patients get the rehabilitation they need as early as possible in their journey, saving lives and giving lives back.
Both Diane and Rachel will be a single point of contact for families, an advocate for patients and will support multidisciplinary teams in complex decision making. Diane has a background in Speech and Language Therapy (most recently in the NHS Forth Valley ReACH team) and has worked in London for several national specialist rehabilitation units. Her colleague Rachel was formerly clinical lead for rehabilitation in Lothian but prior to this spent 14 years in NHS Forth Valley’s Emergency Department.