Call for care at ‘home time’ after two incidents in half an hour

Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – 9.22pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are calling on children and drivers to remember each other after two young children were taken to hospital after separate incidents within half an hour of each other.

The collisions in Sutton Coldfield and Worcestershire saw the youngsters taken to hospital after collisions with cars.

The first incident took place near the Asda in Walmley Ash Road, Minworth at 3.25pm on Tuesday afternoon.

A girl of about 11 years was in collision with a car. An off duty paramedic came across the incident very soon after it happened and stayed with the girl until an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle arrived.

She had suffered a head injury and possible broken leg and was taken to Good Hope Hospital.

The second incident happened at the junction of Shrubbery Road and Stonebow Road in the village of Drakes Broughton at 3.50pm on Tuesday afternoon.

This time a young boy of about the same age suffered ankle and leg injuries. The ambulance that attended took him to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

WMAS Director of Nursing and Quality, Sandy Brown, said: “Sadly, these two incidents and the very serious incident in Wednesbury today (Tuesday), show just how important it is that we all take responsibility for the safety of each other.

“If you are a parent, please take the time to talk to your children about making sure they go to school safely and area aware of vehicles when they are playing outside.

“There are some excellent materials available to assist you from the likes of the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and the ‘Think!’ campaign from the Government.

“Equally, if you are a driver, please be especially mindful of children being about at the beginning and end of the school day. The reality is that some youngsters do walk out from between parked cars without a care in the world which can have tragic consequences.

“If everyone looks out for each other, then there is a better chance that we as an ambulance service will have fewer incidents such as those above to deal with.”

For more information have a look at the following websites:

http://think.direct.gov.uk/
http://www.rospa.com

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Written by officialwmas

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) covers a geographical area of approximately 5,000 square miles and serves a population of 5.6 million people living in Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Coventry & Warwickshire, Staffordshire and the Birmingham & the Black Country conurbation. The Trust has a total number of 4000 members of staff and uses 864 vehicles.

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