The Ninewells operation of Scotland’s major trauma network will be up and running in the autumn, the health secretary has said.
The Dundee site is one of four connected centres that will deal with the worst injuries, including life-threatening stabbings and car accidents.
Ministers said four years ago the centres would be operational from 2016.
Health Secretary and Dundee East MSP Shona Robison has now revealed the Dundee and Aberdeen centres will be launched as part of the network this autumn.
With other centres in Glasgow and Edinburgh, they will treat the most seriously injured patients.
The full roll-out will be phased in over the next three-five years, she added.
Ms Robison said: “When fully implemented, it is envisaged the Scottish Trauma Network will improve care and outcomes for about 6,000 trauma patients each year.
“Furthermore, the additional investment in enhanced pre-hospital, diagnostic, acute and rehabilitation services is expected to benefit many more severely ill patients.”
Explaining the need for the centres last year, Scotland’s chief medical officer Catherine Calderwood said: “Each year in Scotland, about 5,000 people are seriously injured, with around 1,000 cases being defined as ‘major trauma’.
“For each trauma fatality, there are two survivors with serious or permanent disability that will have significant impact on quality of life.
“These severely injured patients require highly specialised care, extended hospital stays and extensive rehabilitation.”
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an extra £5 million for establishing the network on a visit to Dundee last year.