Newcastle RVI trauma team report big rise in cases
The work of trauma centres at North East hospitals is being highlighted in a series of special reports on Look North.
Keith Robertson fell during a holiday in Spain, but a triple fracture of his neck was not picked up until he returned home to Tyneside and began feeling unwell.
Trauma specialists at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary identified the problem, stressing that a sudden movement could be fatal.
Mr Robertson was quickly seen by a consultant and a course of treatment agreed.
Dr Bas Sen, Consultant in Emergency Medicine at the hospital, said there had been an "explosion" in the number of serious trauma cases being dealt with by his team - sometimes topping 400 a day.
Watch health reporter Sharon Barbour's special reports on Look North at 18:30 GMT all this week.
08 Dec 2014