The First Minister has officially opened a new hospital unit in Dundee that aims to dramatically improve outcomes for those with serious injuries.
Nicola Sturgeon arrived at Ninewells yesterday afternoon to unveil the East of Scotland Major Trauma Centre, one of four nationwide.
The centres will provide top-priority, life-saving care to adults and children following mass casualty events such as serious road traffic collisions or industrial accidents.
The new network will establish a closer working relationship between trauma teams at Ninewells and first responders from the Scottish Ambulance Service.
The aim of the unit is to cut the number of deaths due to traumatic injuries – currently the leading cause of death among under-40s in Scotland.
National medical chiefs believe the Scottish Trauma Network will save 40 lives a year and improve care standards for thousands of people.
Michael Johnston, clinical lead for the East Region of the Scottish Trauma Network, said the aim of the service will be “saving lives and giving life back”.
Ms Sturgeon had earlier attended the National Economics Forum in Dundee.