Trauma (traumatic injury) at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details

Phone: (02) 9382 1111

Fax: (02) 9382 

Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick (SCH) is one of three Level 1 Paediatric Trauma Centres in New South Wales, providing immediate care to children suffering a range of injuries from minor to major.

Newborns through to adolescents are often brought directly to SCH from the scene of their injury. We also admit severely injured children from ACT and more remote areas of NSW that need specialised paediatric trauma care through ambulance, helicopter and fixed wing retrieval services.

The Trauma Service at SCH has an Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Operating Theatres and Medical Imaging Service that are equipped to care for critically injured children to the highest standards. Staff involved in Trauma care are dedicated, caring, highly trained professionals who strive for the best outcome for all injured children.

Care and review

Injured children are cared for by the Trauma Service via daily ward rounds. This ensures that thorough care and assessment is provided to patients, with changes to their condition promptly identified and treated. The Trauma team works closely with other hospital specialists to provide superior care and support to patients and families during their various stages of treatment and recovery. 

Injury prevention and advocacy

Data collected by the Trauma Service contributes to the ITIM NSW trauma database, as well as being part of a collaboration with AusTQIP for a National Trauma Database aimed at improving Australian trauma processes, through data analysis and research. Surveillance of trends and injury occurrence rates at SCH also provides valuable data for injury prevention.

Health care professionals in trauma are ideally placed to lead initiatives aimed at reducing childhood injury. This includes publically raising awareness of injury trends and mechanisms, taking part in education and prevention campaigns and advocating for regulatory change where necessary. We collaborate closely with Kidsafe NSW in this area as well as working with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead as a combined voice in childhood injury prevention.

Education and Training

The Trauma team at SCH actively assist in developing the paediatric trauma skills and knowledge of health care professionals across NSW. Aside from providing a consultative over the phone service to health care professionals, regular symposiums, conferences, simulation training and education seminars are held, often in collaboration with the Trauma Service at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Research

Research is undertaken within an established collaboration with The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s ‘Centre for Trauma Care, Prevention, Education and Research’ and other academic institutions. This includes evaluation of injury causes, trends and management with a focus on childhood injury prevention.

Staff

The Trauma Service at SCH consists of the Director of Trauma, a Clinical Nurse Consultant, a Clinical Nurse Specialist, a Data Manager as well as the individual specialists who care for injured children.

For more information on our Trauma Service, please contact:
Director of Trauma:  Dr Donovan Dwyer
Trauma Clinical Nurse Consultant:  Ms Sarah Adams