Herefordshire Heartstart – 200 mile coast-to-coast fundraising walk

Tuesday 14th May 2013 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.

A volunteer for a charity that is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in Herefordshire has been walking for over a week to raise much needed funds.

Nicola Stock, who is a volunteer instructor for Herefordshire Heartstart, started out on the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast walk on Friday 3rd May.

Her trek began at St. Bees in Cumbria and she plans to cover a distance of 200 miles across to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire in just twelve days.

Nicola hopes to raise at least £1,000 for Herefordshire Heartstart. The money will be used to enable the charity to continue teaching free lifesaving skills to people in the county. More sponsorship is needed for Nicola’s fundraiser to help her to reach her target.

Nicola said: “Every £1 really does count, as it helps to pay for new manikin lungs and wipes, sterilising fluid and course paperwork/hand-outs which are essential for every course we run. Manikin sterilising wipes are used on the Resuscitation Anne manikins for every person attending a course. We also have to replace manikin lungs and sterilise the mouth pieces of each manikin at the end of every course. We rely on donations to buy these items, as they are not currently funded by grants.”

If you would like to sponsor Nicola, please visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/NicolaStock

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309) which is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in the county with the support of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

It offers free two-hour courses to anyone aged 10 or over in techniques including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

For more information on Herefordshire Heartstart or to book onto a public course or to arrange a course for your group, visit http://www.herefordshireheartstart.org or email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or contact the Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654. twitter: @Heartstart_hfd.

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Three vehicle RTC

Monday 13th May 2013 – 3.45pm – John Hawker.

Two people have been injured after a three vehicle RTC in Shrewsbury this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Smithfield Road, near a Premier Inn, just after 2.00pm.  Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars and a van that had been in a serious collision.

“The driver of one of the cars, a man believed to be 34 years old, suffered neck and back injuries in the crash and was trapped in the vehicle.  He received emergency treatment whilst still in the car and was then extricated with the help of the fire service, who removed the roof and doors.

“The man had been immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar and transferred to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further emergency treatment. 

“A woman travelling in the second car, believed to be in her 40’s, suffered chest injuries and also received treatment at the scene.  She was transferred by ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.  A man travelling in the same car was checked over at the scene but declined further hospital treatment.

“The man travelling in the van was checked over at the scene and treated for the effects of shock, but did not require further treatment.

“Considering the damage to the vehicles, the occupants were fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

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Woman injured in crash

Monday 13th May 2013 – 11.55am – John Hawker.

A woman has been injured following an RTC near Bewdley this morning.

The crash occurred on the A442, Shatterford at around 8.00am.  An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to a single car that had overturned and was on its roof.

“The woman driving the car and its only occupant, suffered shoulder and chest injuries in the crash.  She was trapped for around 50 minutes.

“The woman, believed to be in her 20’s, received emergency treatment at the scene and her condition was stabilised.  She was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

“The air ambulance landed in a field near where the crash occurred.”

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We have no further details on this incident.

Serious RTC

Sunday 12th May 2013 – 10.30am – Suzie Fothergill.   

Two people have been taken to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in Staffordshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B5013 in Willslock, Uttoxeter shortly before 4.40pm yesterday afternoon.

 An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles; one carrying a paramedic area support officer, a community first responder and two Midlands Air Ambulances; one from Staffordshire and one from Cosford were dispatched to the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles that had been in a significant collision.

 “The driver of the first car, a woman, was treated for serious multiple injuries. Due to the nature of her injuries the woman was given an anaesthetic by the doctor from the air ambulance at the scene.

“The woman was fully immobilised and conveyed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of North Staffordshire where medics had been alerted and were on standby awaiting her arrival.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was treated at the scene for a minor neck injury before being conveyed to Queens Hospital in Burton for further assessment and treatment.”

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Cyclist injured

Sunday 12th May 2013 – 10.25am – Suzie Fothergill.   

A cyclist has been taken to hospital following an incident in Worcestershire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Vernon Road in Stourport on Severn shortly before 10.30pm yesterday evening.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a senior ambulance officer and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a car and a cyclist that had been in collision.

“On arrival at the scene crews found the cyclist, a man, lying on the pavement. The man was treated for a significant head injury. Due to the nature of the injury the doctor gave the man an anaesthetic at the scene.

“The cyclist was fully immobilised and conveyed to the specialist trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment. The doctor travelled on board the ambulance continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital.”

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Woman rescued from house fire

Saturday 11th May 2013 – 10.40pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A woman has been taken to hospital following an incident in Coventry today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a fire in a residential property on Terry Road shortly before 8.15pm today.

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene. The fire service and the police were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find the upstairs of the property on fire.

“Firefighters who entered the building found a woman in a collapsed unconscious state in one of the bedrooms and rescued her from the property.

“Once outside, ambulance personnel immediately assessed the unconscious woman who was found be having difficulty breathing. The woman was treated with oxygen therapy and became responsive on scene.

“The woman was conveyed to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire further assessment and treatment. The hospital had been pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting the woman’s arrival.

“Fortunately, smoke alarms that had been fitted in the property were activated alerting the neighbours to the incident and enabled them to contact the emergency services as quickly as possible.”

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RTC in Uttoxeter

Saturday 11th May 2013 – 5.45pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hockley Road in Uttoxeter at approximately 3.00am this morning.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a senior ambulance officer and a BASICS doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a single car that had been in collision with a metal barrier. One of the railings from the barrier had gone through the windscreen.

“Both occupants from the vehicle were out of the car on the arrival of the crews.

“The driver, a man, was treated for a serious head injury. Due to the nature of the injury the doctor gave the man an anaesthetic at the scene. The casualty was fully immobilised and conveyed to University Hospital of Noth Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“A second man who had suffered minor injuries was also treated the scene before being conveyed to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Exercise Amber 2

Friday 10th May 2013 – 4.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has today taken part in “the most significant” training exercise ever to test the emergency services’ response to a major mass casualty incident.

Ambulance crews, senior officers, emergency preparedness managers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a number of major incident vehicles attended the incident called Exercise Amber 2 at Swynnerton Training Camp in Staffordshire today.

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They were joined in the live-play exercise by teams and resources from England’s nine other ambulance services, several police forces, fire and rescue services, air ambulances, the military and voluntary groups.

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There were around 130 ‘casualties’ acted mostly by paramedic and nursing students from the University of Worcester, Coventry University and Staffordshire University.

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Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It is the most significant exercise that NHS ambulance services have ever conducted with our partner agencies in this country.

“This event is about assessing and demonstrating our joint working procedures, in making sure that in the event of a highly challenging, large scale untoward incident, the ambulance services can integrate quickly to respond effectively to treat the casualties and save as many lives as possible under the most extreme circumstances.

“Of course, we all hope that situations such as the scenario we exercised today will not happen in real life, however the reality is that as part of the emergency services we are mandated to deal with a wide variety of incidents so it is vital we are prepared.”

Exercise Amber 2 was organised by the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). Exercise Director David Bull, the NARU Head of Education, said: “The Ambulance Service response capabilities for mass casualty incidents have developed significantly over the past ten years, in terms of equipment, infrastructure and staff, and it is the same for our partners in fire and police.

“It is therefore vital that we run exercises like Amber 2 with our colleagues across the emergency services spectrum, helping us really emphasise the patient as the primary focus for emergency services staff who find themselves on-scene at particularly challenging incidents.

“There is no doubt that these exercises help us to learn more about working with each other to save lives in a dynamic and highly realistic environment and therefore help us to be better prepared if the real thing happens.”

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Note to Editors

The NARU Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Lead Carl Rees will be the first point of call for any queries for any communications issues, including logos and photos related to Exercise Amber 2. Carl can be contacted via Email: carl.rees@reesps.com or Telephone or text message: 07958 547727.

Two Injured A49 Crash

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Friday 10th May 2013 – 2.30pm – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the A49 near Onibury, this afternoon.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident just after 12.05pm.

 An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car towing a caravan, a car towing a trailer and another car.  

 “Two people travelling in the car towing a trailer were taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  

 “A woman believed to be in her fifties, received chest pain and head lacerations. She was trapped in her vehicle for a short time and later taken by land ambulance to hospital.  

 “A male travelling in the same vehicle received minor injuries and was airlifted to hospital. Both patients were immobilised with use of a neck collar and spinal board.

 “Ambulance crews assessed the occupants of the other vehicles involved and they were discharged at the scene and did not require further hospital treatment.”

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Putts, swings and shocks

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Thursday 9th May 2013 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.

A leading hotel resort and golf club on the Staffordshire and Shropshire border has taken delivery of a life-saving piece of kit thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Pattingham, Shropshire is now the proud owner of an automated external defibrillator (AED); a device used to restart someone’s heart when they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.

The leisure facility has over 900 golf, leisure and fishing members, 60 staff, 49 hotel rooms and regularly caters for large events such as weddings, conferences and golf days.

With such a busy venue tucked away in the countryside, it’s an ideal place for a defibrillator as it can help someone in cardiac arrest in the vital first few minutes whilst an ambulance is en route.

Senior managers together with staff from the various hotel departments were given training in basic life support and how to use their new piece of kit during a hands-on training session delivered by the Trust last week.

Emma Wilkins, Black Country Community Response Manager, delivered the training to 19 staff on Tuesday 30th April and said: “Its common sense for such a busy leisure facility to have a defibrillator and people trained in first aid as, with so many people on the greens, in the hotel and using the leisure complex, it’s inevitable that someone will need vital first aid. They’re a very proactive team who are keen on looking after their visitors and staff alike.

“By increasing the amount of defibrillators in the public domain and by increasing appropriately trained personnel in the use of a defibrillator and basic life support, the percentages of survival from a cardiac arrest can only increase.”

Stephen Kimbell, General Manager at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Park, was one of the staff who took part in the training and said: “I’m very impressed with the technology and intelligence of the defibrillator. By having this device on site at the golf club and people trained in how to save a life, it improves our ability to care for our customers and that is something I’m very proud of. I would also like to thank the Patshull Park golf club committee for instigating this essential piece of equipment. We hope that some of these members will also want to be trained on the AED to assist our staff”.

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Notes to Editors:

Eighty-five percent of those people who suffer cardiac arrests (850,000 adults suffer cardiac arrests each year) have the ability to be corrected by defibrillation. The quicker someone is defibrillated, not only improves the chance of their survival but it can also help to improve the chances of a patient’s full recovery and reduce the time to do so. For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

Pictured (left to right): Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Ayhan Tunc, HR Manager Sue Mitton, Golf Starter Keith Williams, General Manager Stephen Kimbell and WMAS Community Response Manager Emma Wilkins.

Please help to keep all bikers safe this year

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Thursday 9th May 2013 – 9.30am – John Hawker.

The beginning of Spring means many things to many people. For some, it means the start of the cricket season; for others it’s time to set up the BBQ or the chance to take country walks in good weather or going away in their caravan for long weekends. For motorcycle riders, it means finally being able to get back out on the roads and enjoy what is, for many more of a lifestyle than a hobby.

The return of motorcycle friendly weather brings with it a renewed emphasis on keeping all riders safe and healthy; whether that is bikers riding sports bikes, cruisers, mopeds, scooters, or quad bikes. A number of people, including our own motorcycle paramedics, use motorcycles as a part of their job and their daily life is on two wheels as opposed to the usual four.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is reminding motorcycle riders of the importance of using proper safety equipment and clothing. These along with common sense, can make the difference between a pleasant riding season and a serious accident with life changing consequences.

In 2011, 362 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in the UK, with a further 5200 suffering serious injuries. One in five people killed on our roads is a motorcyclist and on average, in the West Midlands between March and October every year, around 240 motorcycle accidents occur every month, that’s around eight every single day.

Motorcycle Paramedic, Mark Hayes, said: “A significant number of motorcycle crashes result in fatalities or serious injuries. It is important for motorcyclists as well as other motorists to understand their role in the safety of all road users.

“For motorcyclists, a good set of leathers and safety helmet go a long way to minimising injury. Secondly, it is really important for people to concentrate on arriving at their destination safely, rather than as quickly as possible. Preventing the accident is the ideal as opposed to relying on safety equipment to save lives.

“I think I speak for all riders by saying that the thing we want most from our ride is to return safely, in one piece. The last thing your family wants is a policeman delivering devastating news of a fatal accident. Unfortunately, statistics show that on average, one family a day in the UK receives such terrible news.

“As an experienced rider and having dealt with many accidents involving riders, one of the causes of accidents is drivers failing to see the biker because they are more difficult to spot than a car. The common comment from car drivers involved in accidents with motorcyclists is that they never saw the motorcycle until they collided. Contrary to popular belief, motorcycle accidents are not always caused by errors on the part of the motorcyclist. However, motorcyclists have a responsibility to do their part and practice safe driving habits whether they are riding for pleasure or part of their job. All motorists, whether on two, three or four wheels are responsible for respecting the rights of all other drivers no matter the size or type of their vehicle.

“As well as good quality clothing and a helmet, the Trust would ask riders to consider using high visibility clothing, and ensure that the equipment they use is in good condition.

“A significant percentage of motorcycle accidents, particularly fatal motorcycle crashes, occur at relatively high speeds. Unfortunately, even a relatively low speed crash can lead to serious injury, especially if the rider is not wearing appropriate safety clothing. Traumatic brain injuries lead to serious, lifelong consequences for riders and their loved ones. Riding at high speeds only heightens the risk that a crash will lead to serious injury or death.

“Proper motorcycle gear includes more than just a helmet that meets the high protection standard. In addition, motorcyclists are encouraged to wear closed-toe footwear, preferably over-the-ankle motorcycle boots. Riders should wear leather or Kevlar clothing, as well as leather or a Kevlar long sleeve jacket. Also full leather gloves help reduce injuries.

Mark, who has been riding for 20 years, added “By getting good training in road craft and safety, as well as using quality safety equipment you will improve your chances of avoiding an accident or at least surviving one. You can help make this riding season a success and look forward to many more to come.”

Notes to editors
With this press release there are a number of sound clips of interviews with motorcycle paramedic Mark Hayes, photographs of motorcycle crashes the Trust has attended and also a picture of Mark with his work motorcycle and personal bike.

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Superheroes run to help volunteer lifesavers

Wednesday 8th May 2013 – 1.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

A couple from north Shropshire are to run a 10km marathon this weekend dressed as superheroes, in aid of local volunteer lifesavers.

Holly Mayer and Nick Cooper will appear as Superwoman and Spiderman respectively at the event in Market Drayton on Sunday 12th May.

They will be raising money for North Shropshire Community First Responders, a group of everyday members of the public trained to a nationally recognised standard by West Midlands Ambulance Service in a variety of lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator. They could be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is on its way.

North Shropshire Community First Responders is a registered charity (number 1136523) funded by voluntary donation.

Holly and Nick, who run Festour Ltd. in Market Drayton, said on their facebook page: “We have both had friends and family who have been looked after by these much needed First Responders, so this charity is very close to our hearts.”

Tony Hobbs, Chairman of North Shropshire Community First Responders, said: “It’s great of Holly and Nick to raise money for us this way. It’s through their generosity that we are able to carry on saving local lives.”

To sponsor Holly and Nick, collect a sponsor form from their shop at 9, Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, or contact them via facebook (search for ‘festour festivals’)
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Marathon Man Matt

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Wednesday 8th May – 11.00am – Suzie Fothergill.

A paramedic from West Midlands Ambulance Service has successfully completed his challenge of running two marathons in eight days.

Matt Turvey’s 52 mile challenge began in London on 21st April and ended when he crossed the finish line of the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 28th April.

Matt, who is based at Stoke Ambulance Station, was inspired to raise money for Diabetes UK on discovering a former colleague’s son and his daughter’s (Molly) five-year-old classmate, Harry, had been diagnosed with type one diabetes. Despite being insulin dependent and having to undergo numerous invasive injections and finger pricks each day, Harry has taken it all in his stride.

As a paramedic, Matt is often called to emergencies that are diabetic related and he repeatedly sees the effects that the condition can have on patients.

Talking about his challenge Matt said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everybody who has supported me on this journey; for all the words of encouragement and more importantly the donations to Diabetes UK.

“We have raised approximately £2628, with more money to still come in. I really am overwhelmed with all the support I have received, which has helped me to exceed my original target of £2,000.  Special thanks go to my wife, Jenny, who orchestrated much of the fundraising and allowed me the opportunity to train and complete these runs!”

On the run up to Matt’s gruelling challenge, Hary too had been undertaking a number of trials of his own and has now successfully been fitted with an insulin pump, which means less injections and a more stable balance of his diabetes.

Mat continued: “It was brilliant news to discover that Harry was suitable for an insulin pump. He truly is an inspiration and I am proud to have raised this money for such a worthwhile charity.”

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Pictured: Matt with his wife, Jenny and daughter, Molly.

Man trapped under mower

Wednesday 8th May 2013 – 9.15am – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been taken to hospital following an incident in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.25am this morning to Stanton Upon Hine Heath following reports of a man who had become trapped underneath a sit on lawn mower on a grass embankment.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a man who had become trapped underneath a sit on lawn mower. It is believed that the man had been trapped for a long period of time.

“Once released the man was treated for multiple injuries. The casualty was given pain relief and immobilised at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured

Monday 6th May 2013 – 6.35pm – John Hawker.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured in an RTC in Birmingham this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Coventry Road, Yardley at around 3.15pm. Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

“A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian that had been in a collision with a car.

“The man suffered serious head and chest injuries and received emergency treatment at the scene. The man was anaesthetised by the Doctor and was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the man’s arrival and his serious injuries.

“Unfortunately, the man’s injuries were considered life threatening.”

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We have no further details on this incident.

Motorcycle crashes

Monday 6th May 2013 – 6.00pm – John Hawker.

Two men have been injured in two separate motorcycle crashes today, one in Worcestershire and one in Shropshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first crash occurred at 7.35am this morning on Worcester Road, Grafton Flyford.  Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 50’s, suffered serious leg and foot injuries in the crash.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital major trauma unit for further emergency treatment.

“The second crash occurred on Northgate Road, Bridgnorth at around 2.10pm this afternoon. A motorcycle was believed to have been in collision with a car.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the same air ambulance attended.

“The man riding the bike, believed to be in his 40s, suffered multiple minor injuries, including a chest injury.  He received treatment at the scene and he was taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”

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Four Injured in Tamworth Crash

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Sunday 5th May 2013 – 4pm – Steve Parry.

Four patients have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Tamworth this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stonydelph near Tamworth just before 2pm.

Two ambulances; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle; a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars.  

“A male driver, believed to be in his sixties, was treated for chest and minor injuries. He was immobilised with use of a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A family travelling in the second car were treated for minor injuries resulting from seat belts and air bag deployment. A male and female in their forties together with a 6-year old female were conveyed to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment and treatment. “

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Man Trapped in Weoley Crash

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Saturday 4th May 2013 – 5pm – Steve Parry.

An elderly man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Weoley Castle this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Black Hayes Road at approximately 11.40am.

 An ambulance, a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent to the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews found a car on its side in the garden of a property after it had collided with a garage wall.  

 “A man in his eighties was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour before being extricated by the emergency services.

 “The driver was treated for chest and pelvic injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

 

 

Pedestrian Injured in Nuneaton

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Saturday 4th May – 2pm – Steve Parry.

A teenager has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton.

The incident occurred in Coton Road just before 12.20pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car.

“A female, believed to be 16-years old, was treated for head and neck injuries.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board. Pain relief was also administered to stabilised the patient before she was airlifted to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Pedestrian Injured in West Bromwich

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Friday 3rd May 2013 – 11pm – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in West Bromwich this evening.

The incident occurred in Black Lake near the new Talbot Public House, just before 10pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, members of the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) including a doctor, attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car.

 “A man, believed to be in his forties, was treated for head and pelvic injuries.

 “The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, pelvic splint and placed on a spinal board. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

 “A doctor travelled with the patient and the hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the casualty.”

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Car Crash Man in Cardiac Arrest

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Friday 3rd May 2013 – 3pm – Steve Parry.

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Blurton, Stoke on Trent this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident on Oakwood Road at approximately 2.05pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to reports of a car colliding with a lamppost.

“Two bystanders were already undertaking effective CPR on the patient when ambulance crews arrived on scene.

“Crews took over the treatment of a man, believed to be in his seventies, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“The patient was given immediate advanced life support by medics. The man responded well to treatment and his condition was stabilised.  He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre alerted to the condition of the patient.” 

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Bromsgrove RTC

ImageFriday 3rd May 2013 – Steve Parry – 1.20pm

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Bromsgrove this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident on Stourbridge Road, Catshill at approximately 11.56am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to a report of a car colliding with a tree.

 “Crews treated a man in his fifties who was found to be in cardiac arrest at the scene.

 “The patient was given immediate advanced life support by medics. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

 “An air ambulance doctor travelled with the patient and the hospital was pre alerted to the serious condition of the patient.”

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Handsworth RTC

Friday 3rd May 2013 – Steve Parry – 1pm

A 3-year-old child has died following a road traffic collision in Handsworth this morning.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Rookery Road at approximately 10.15am.

 An ambulance; a paramedic officer; a rapid response motorcycle paramedic, together with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a child had been seriously injured following a collision with a car.  

 “The child was given immediate life support treatment and taken by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he later died.”

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Pedestrian and car in collision

Thursday 2nd May 2013 – 3.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on West Heath Road in Northfield shortly before 8.50am this morning.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were dispatched to the scene. A number of local nurses were also in attendance prior to the arrival of the ambulance crews.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a car and a pedestrian that had been in collision.

“On arrival at the scene crews found an elderly man lying in the road. He was treated for serious multiple injuries to his head, shoulder and leg. The man was fully immobilised and taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”

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Ambulance and police team up to share best practice

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Wednesday 1st May 2013 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

With 999 calls increasing year-on-year, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is working with West Midlands Police to educate ambulance crews and police about their own calls to each other.

WMAS and West Midlands Police, through a Working Group, have joined forces to share best practice, educate staff and streamline the working arrangements between the two services in a bid to reduce the demand placed upon each other by each other.

The services are sharing and updating vital details on warning markers and information on ‘at risk’ addresses to enable crews and police to undertake effective risk assessments prior to requesting help from each other.

The education drive, through posters, internal newsletters and aide memoires, will also highlight to police officers and ambulance crews the common misconceptions they may have and the instances where help should be sought from each other.

Every day in the West Midlands, the police and ambulance service answer in excess of 4,000 999 calls. Some of the calls result in both emergency services attending, however sometimes the police and ambulance service call each other for help when they don’t need to.

One common reason for ambulance crews to call West Midlands Police is to help gain access to a property to reach a patient. In reality, ambulance crews can force entry to a property if they believe there is a risk to the patient. Similarly, the police often call for an ambulance when a victim, offender or a member of the public they encounter has minor injuries. Minor injuries do not warrant an emergency ambulance and, instead, the police should be advising the injured to self-refer to a minor injury unit, NHS Walk in Centre or A&E as a last resort to get those injuries checked.

Jeremy Brown, the Trust’s Head of Emergency Operations Centres, is involved in the Working Group and said: “We rely on each other every single day for help but, in reality, with increasing demand on both services it’s crucial we look at how we can work more efficiently to ensure we’re delivering the right patient care, in the right place and at the right time.

“Working in partnership means we can establish clear guidelines for both ambulance staff and police staff and learn from each other in the process through exploring the calls historically made and received. It is hoped that these simple measures will ensure that both of our precious resources will be used much more effectively and will only be called upon when it’s really necessary.”

Superintendent Chris Johnson from Force Contact at West Midlands Police said: “We urge members of the public to think before they call 999 so that they do not place unnecessary demand on the emergency services and the same applies to our own staff.

“As a starting point we are going back to basics by asking our staff to really think about their own reasons for calling 999 and outlining in what instances either service will attend.  Ultimately our resources are finite and we want to reduce unnecessary demand so that we can ensure that help is given where it is most needed.”

 

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Pictured: Paramedic Samantha Wilyman and Inspector Jack Hadley

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