The Major Trauma Psychology Service is part of the Department of Psychological Services at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital. We offer emotional and psychological support for people with psychological difficulties caused by major trauma. We aim to support you while you're an inpatient, and to make sure you can access the right support after you have been discharged from hospital.
What is a ‘major trauma’?
Definition: An injury (or combination of injuries) which is life-threatening, or could be life changing because of long-term disability.
Major traumas often happen suddenly, and they usually involve some kind of loss and injury, requiring hospitalisation. Common causes of major trauma include:
- road traffic accidents
- sporting injuries
- work-related or industrial accidents
- natural and man-made disasters
Although we are aware that these events do happen, we don't expect them to happen to us. We often think this way, because it would be too overwhelming and stressful if we expected them to happen to us. And we know that these events are unusual and unlikely. But when it does happen, it can be shocking. It can be difficult to adjust to psychologically, as well as the recovery. It can cause a range of emotions and reactions.
This is when the support the Major Trauma Recovery Service can help.
Our team is made up of clinical psychologists and trainee clinical psychologists.
To support you with your psychological recovery, we use different methods of talking therapy. These methods are evidenced-based, so they are proven to help.
We also provide psycho-education. This means we help you understand more about your mental health and wellbeing. We can tell you about common reactions to trauma, and give you strategies to support your wellbeing.
Often, we support patients with:
- anxiety and panic attacks
- stress and acute stress reactions
- loss and adjustment difficulties
- low mood
- symptoms of psychological trauma
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
We also signpost, and we may refer you to other sources of appropriate support e.g.:
- religious and spiritual
- alcohol / drug recovery matters
- Patient Leaflet: Major Trauma Psychology Service
We advise that you discuss the strategies within this leaflet with a member of the psychology team, ensuring that you seek further guidance and support from professionals where appropriate.
- Patient Leaflet: What is Rehabilitation following Major Trauma?
- NICE Trauma Guidelines
- Hull Major Trauma Centre Clinical Guidelines
- North Yorkshire & Humber Major Trauma Network (Information for Patients and Relatives)
- YouTube: Barts Health NHS Trust
- Understanding Acute Stress Following Trauma
Suggestions and Feedback
We're always trying to improve the standard of our care, and to develop new approaches.
If you can think of any way we could improve our service, please do not hesitate to tell us.
Call us on 01482 461060 or 01482 461061
Ward 40, Floor 4
Hull Royal Infirmary