Friday 30th August 2013 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.
When Daniel Egan first joined West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) as an apprentice with the non-emergency Patient Transport Service he had no idea of the positive opportunities it would create for him.
Daniel, who is 22 and from Tamworth, initially worked with ambulance colleagues taking patients to Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals. During that period he built excellent communication skills between himself and patients which is an essential skill.
However, that was only the start of his career in the ambulance service. Not only did he complete his apprenticeship he decided to take his calling to the next level by joining the emergency side of the ambulance service applying for and successfully being taken on as a Trainee Ambulance Technician based at the WMAS hub in Coventry.
For the Trainee Technician post, Daniel embarked on eight weeks of clinical training followed by three weeks of intensive blue light driver training allowing him to be fully qualified to drive ambulances on blue lights.
Daniel who previously worked at a Call Centre and Nightclub said that starting out as an Apprentice has brought about a positive outlook for him.
“I had to complete and pass my training to be accepted as a Trainee Technician. I still need to complete 750 hours of supervised practice and build a portfolio of work and take a final assessment before becoming a fully fledged ambulance technician.
“I love my job; I enjoy all of it and I look forward to going to work. Every day provides new and exciting challenges for me.
“This proves that working as an apprentice can help you progress in your career. It has helped me to move forward. If I hadn’t taken this opportunity, I wouldn’t have been able to become a Trainee Technician. I see this as a chance to work my way up the career ladder.”
Daniel’s long term outlook is to become a paramedic.
If you are interested in joining the Trust as an apprentice, West Midlands Ambulance Service currently has a number of vacancies with the Patient Transport Service. You can find out more by going to http://www.jobs.nhs.uk and searching for the following reference numbers:
Thursday 29th August 2013 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.
Despite a van ending up on its side, facing the wrong way on a dual carriageway, its two occupants have escaped with only minor injuries near Warwick this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46, Hampton-on-the-Hill, shortly after 3.30pm earlier today (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a van, pointing the wrong way on its side, and a lorry which had been involved in a collision.
“Fortunately, the two occupants from the van, men in their 20s and 30s, suffered no serious injuries. Crews assessed the men at the roadside, treating a few minor injuries, before discharging them from care at the scene as they didn’t require further hospital treatment.
West Midlands Ambulance Service currently has a number of job vacancies across the West Midlands Region.
Patient Transport Services (PTS) is the non-operational side of the ambulance service. We provide transport, to and from regular hospital appointments, to around a million patients each year. If you want a change of career which is rewarding, why not join PTS?
We’re also on the look out for a Business Administration Apprentice to join the Trust’s Information Technology Department. If you’re fresh out of school or college and computers are more your thing, this one year apprenticeship is a great way to start your career.
Thursday 29th August 2013 – 8.30am – Chris Kowalik.
A pedestrian has been seriously injured in a collision with a car in Stoke-on-Trent.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Potteries Way, Hanley shortly after 9.20pm last night (Wednesday).
A paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and two BASICS emergency medics attended in their respective rapid response vehicles along with an ambulance crew.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man in his forties had suffered head, leg and pelvic injuries.
“Among the treatments delivered by crews at the scene was the anaesthetising of the man and the maintenance of his airway. He was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire which had been put on alert.”
Tuesday 27th August 2013 – 10.50pm – Chris Kowalik.
A five year old young girl has been seriously injured in a collision with a van in Walsall.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cartbridge Lane South shortly after 7.15pm today.
An advanced community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma team of a trauma doctor and a critical care practitioner all attended in their respective rapid response vehicles along with an ambulance crew.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The girl had bruising to her abdomen and back and a fractured arm. Saline and drugs were administered and the girl was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and a scoop stretcher before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”
One woman has died and another has been seriously injured in a two car road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls last night to the junction of the B4217 Shaftmoor Lane and Reddings Lane, Hall Green, shortly after 11.30pm (Monday). Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a significant collision. The passenger of one car, a woman, was in cardiac arrest and was being given CPR by police officers at the scene.
“Crews and the doctor took over resuscitation attempts and continued advanced life support on the woman. Sadly, despite efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.
“The driver of the same car, a woman believed to be in her 50s, sustained a serious chest injury. She was given pain relief before crews and the doctor worked with the fire service to extricate her from the wreckage.
“The woman was immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the regional trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.
“The driver of the second car had left the scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.”
Notes to Editors: I have no further details regarding this case. Please contact West Midlands Police for more information.
Two women have been injured, one seriously, following a collision involving a quad bike in Walsall yesterday evening.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of two people who had come off the quad bike they were riding on High Street near a church in Bloxwich shortly before 9.00pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One woman sustained a serious head injury, a fractured leg and suspected pelvic injuries and was unconscious. Crews and the doctor administered drugs and ventilated the woman to help with her breathing before she was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint.
“Crews conveyed the woman by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the regional trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.
“The second woman, believed to be in her late teens, sustained a minor head injury, knee pain and cuts and bruises. She was given treatment on scene before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”
A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Shrewsbury earlier today.
The incident happened on the A49 in Dorrington at around 12.30pm this afternoon (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a motorcycle and van that had been involved in a significant collision.
“The motorcyclist, a man, had sustained a serious head injury. Whilst crews and the doctor began to assess and treat the man, his condition worsened and he went into cardiac arrest.
“They quickly commenced advanced life support at the roadside but, despite resuscitation, the man’s condition quickly deteriorated and he went back into cardiac arrest. CPR and defibrillation continued in the helicopter en route to University Hospital North Staffordshire.
“Sadly despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, the MERIT doctor and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.
“The driver of the van, a man, sustained no serious injuries but was treated for the effects of shock. The man was taken by ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury hospital as a precaution.”
A man has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in Herefordshire this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an event in Deer Park within the grounds of Eastnor Castle in Ledbury shortly before 9.00am today (Monday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham together with a responder paramedic from South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a man in cardiac arrest being given CPR by bystanders. Crews took over resuscitation efforts and continued CPR as well as shocking the man’s heart several times with a defibrillator. After four shocks, the man’s heart restarted and he began to breathe on scene.
“Crews stabilised the man’s condition and administered life-saving drugs and oxygen before he was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital where medics were awaiting his arrival.”
A man has died after the motorbike he was riding collided with railings in Halesowen.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Coombs Road and Amber Way shortly before 6.50pm yesterday (Saturday).
An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the MERIT trauma team in a rapid response vehicle attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews administered advanced life support at the scene but, despite those best efforts, he was confirmed dead by the MERIT trauma doctor at the scene.”
Saturday 24th August 2013 – 7.10pm – Chris Kowalik.
A man who fell from his mountain bike in south Shropshire hitting his head avoided being knocked unconscious by his helmet.
He fell from his bike at a mountain biking event off Lower Wood Road, Ludlow to where West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 4pm today.
An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The event’s on-site medical team had already immobilised the man who is in his thirties. He was said to have fallen from his bike while going downhill at speed. He hit his head and his helmet was badly damaged; cracked in three places, but he hadn’t been knocked unconscious. Although wearing helmets would have been compulsory at an organised event, an incident such as it shows why it is important for all cyclists to wear them.
“He did have lower back pain and, in addition to having been immobilised, he was given pain relief by the land and air ambulance crews and was flown to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
Saturday 24th August 2013 – 5.45pm – Chris Kowalik.
Three people have been taken to hospital following a collision involving three cars that led to the temporary closure of the Collector Road in Castle Bromwich.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2.25pm today
An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and three ambulance crews attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the cars had overturned. In it were two women who had been freed with the help of bystanders prior to the arrival of crews. They had cuts and bruises, they were both immobilised at the scene and taken to Heartlands Hospital under alert as a precautionary measure due to the serious damage sustained by the car.
“A man in the second vehicle who had been freed by the fire service had sustained abrasions and was taken to the same hospital.
“A woman in the third car involved was discharged at the scene.”
A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a collision with a car in Warwickshire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4451 at Gaydon shortly after 3.45pm today.
A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham in Worcestershire attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his fifties, had back pain and a fractured leg. He was given pain relief, his leg was splinted and he was immobilised before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”
A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a collision on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6, near junction 12 for Gailey, at around 2.30pm this afternoon (Friday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill airbase in Staffordshire attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a 22-year-old woman out of her vehicle and on the hard shoulder being cared for by an off duty hospital medic. The car she had been driving had reportedly been in collision with the central reservation.
“The woman sustained a head injury, a fractured nose and back pain. She was given pain relief before being immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board. The woman was then airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”
Wednesday 11th September 2013 0915 – 1630 (Doors open 0815)
Villa Park Conference Centre, Trinity Road, Birmingham. B6 6HE
Hosted by West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and supported by the College of Paramedics the National Ambulance Patient Safety Conference is a free clinical conference for Ambulance and pre-hospital clinicians. The conference has more than 20 lectures, master classes and debates to attend on all things from Mental Health, to Trauma Management, Obstetrics and everything in between. The National Ambulance Patient Safety Conference is free to attend for NHS clinicians. CPD certification will be given and refreshments will be provided throughout the day.
With speakers and sessions including
– Dr Nick Crombie (Consultant Anaesthetist and Midlands Air Ambulance Clinical Lead)
– Mental Health Cop (Inspector Mike Brown)
– Andy Thurgood (Immediate Care Practitioner)
– Obstetric Emergencies
– Traumatic Cardiac Arrest Management
– Airway Management Masterclass
West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will be holding its Annual General Meeting of the Council of Governors (AGM) and Annual Members’ meetingfrom 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th September 2013, in the McGregor Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham B6 6HE.
The meeting is open to the public. Anyone wishing to attend should email: firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a seat as space at the venue is limited.
All members of the Trust are welcome to attend, as well as stakeholders and any interested members of the public. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to meet the Board of Directors and Governors, view presentations and hear more about WMAS.
The meeting will also include a presentation of the Trust’s activities over the past year, and present the Trust’s annual report 2012-13, including Quality Accounts and financial statements which will be available on the Trust’s website following the meeting.
Thursday 22nd August 2013 – 8.50am – Claire Brown.
A man who ‘died’ in Wolverhampton in March has been reunited with the train station staff that saved his life this week.
Husband and wife, Norman and Jean Brotherton, we’re on their way to Yorkshire for a weeks’ holiday on Saturday 30th March when they were told the train they were due to catch at Wolverhampton Train Station wasn’t running. Instead, a replacement bus service had been arranged so the couple headed to the bus station around the corner. Moments before the bus left the station, Norman stopped breathing.
Jean, 74, from Penn said: “We’d just got on the bus and sat down when I turned round to speak to Norman and realised something had happened to him. I tried to talk to Norman but he didn’t answer so I called out for someone to call 999.”
Fortunately for Norman, four staff from the train station who were helping passengers on-board the replacement bus knew exactly what to do. Train Station Manager, Dave Whitehouse and his three colleagues Stuart Vickers, Steve Wade and Kim Weaver-Davis jumped on board the bus to help Norman and his wife.
Dave and Stuart realised Norman wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse so immediately started CPR. Whilst Kim reassured his wife, Steve raced to the train station to collect their defibrillator. With the defibrillator in hand (a device used to restart someone’s heart when they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest) Steve ran back to the bus to help Dave and Stuart with resuscitation efforts.
Dave said: “We did CPR on Norman for about 7-8 minutes, shocking him once with the defibrillator, until a responder paramedic arrived. It doesn’t seem like a long time now but, that day, it felt like an eternity.”
When ambulance crews arrived, Norman’s heart was beating but he was still unconscious. Norman was taken by land ambulance to New Cross Hospital where he remained for 20 days.
Norman said: “I don’t know anything at all about that day or for the two days after. All I know is that I was sitting on a bus and I died. The staff at the train station are wonderful people and I owe them my life.”
Jean, 74 said: “I cannot thank the train staff enough for what they did that day. Their names are imprinted in our minds and it’s like having three more sons and a daughter in our lives. Thank you.”
Emma Wilkins, the Trust’s Black Country Community Response Manager, trained the staff at the train station three years ago and provided the defibrillator which is located at the station and is on hand in case of an emergency. Emma said: “If someone suffers a cardiac arrest, their chances of survival dramatically increases if someone starts CPR and uses a defibrillator straight away. Norman survived thanks to the swift actions of Dave, Stuart, Steve and Kim.”
Dave continued: “We’re all really thankful to West Midlands Ambulance Service as they gave us the skills and equipment to make a difference to someone’s life. Norman is the third person we’ve saved from a cardiac arrest and it makes you realise how important it is to do CPR and use a defibrillator. We’re all really pleased Norman is doing well and it was great to see him and his wife again.”
Notes to Editors:
Photograph one: (Left to right back row) Dave Whitehouse, Jean Brotherton, Norman Brotherton and Stuart Vickers. (Left to right front row) Steve Wade, Kim Weaver-Davis and Emma Wilkins.
If you’re interested in learning life-saving skills and want to find out more about a defibrillator for your local community group or business, please contact email@example.com or 07884 052 285. If you already have a defibrillator that wasn’t obtained through West Midlands Ambulance Service, please contact Emma to add your defibrillator location to the Trust’s database.
Wednesday 21st August 2013 – 6.45pm – Murray MacGregor.
A cyclist has been taken on blue lights to hospital with a serious head injury after he was in collision with a car in Stoke on Trent.
The collision happened at about 1.25pm on Rosslyn Road in the Longton area.
Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.
On arrival, crews were told that the rider, a man in his 20s, had landed on the windscreen of the car.
The man, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, had suffered a serious head injury. He also had a broken left leg and had suffered injuries to his other leg and both arms.
His condition was stabilised before he was rushed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire. He was anaesthetised shortly after arrival.
A woman in the front passenger seat of the car was treated for shock but was discharged at the scene. The man driving the car was uninjured.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Clearly it is not for us to say how the collision occurred, but we would once again urge people riding bicycles to wear a cycle helmet. They may not stop all injuries but can make a difference to the level of head injury.”
Tuesday 20th August 2013 – 10.10pm – Murray MacGregor.
A young woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after the car she was in was involved in a crash that left the vehicle upside down.
The crash happened on the B4371 at Hope Bowdler in Shropshire at around 5.40pm on Tuesday afternoon.
A rapid response vehicle was first on scene and was backed up by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a land ambulance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews were told that the car had rolled over twice and ended up on its roof. People who had stopped at the scene had then apparently rolled it back onto its wheels.
“The driver, who is believed to be 18 years old, had a broken arm, possible injuries to her pelvis and internally, as well as abrasions to her hands.
“She was immobilised before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”
As of this morning, 1,385 people have been treated by on-site medical staff at V Festival at Weston Park during the weekend.
Since the gates opened, on-site ambulance crews have been called out 279 times and a total of 30 people have been taken to hospital.
The medical cover for the festival has been provided by a team of almost 300 staff and volunteers from West Midlands Ambulance Service, Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance. The team has been operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which co-ordinated ambulances and other medical staff who have been stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “This year, many of the patients were treated for medical issues and many already had pre-existing medical conditions.
“With thousands of people all in one place, it’s always expected that some people will fall ill and require medical help. At Weston Park, the team of almost 300 staff and volunteers were on hand and have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient is given the very best treatment. The staff and volunteers will continue to remain on site all day today, until the last of the campers have left.
“Thank you to all WMAS staff, Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance for their hard work ensuring a safe festival for all those attending.”
A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital following a road traffic collision in Marlbrook near Bromsgrove, earlier today.
An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were called to the incident on the Old Birmingham Road, Marlbrook at just after 2.30pm.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crew responded to a collision between a car and motorbike.
“A man in his twenties was treated for a serious head injury together with abdominal and pelvic injuries.
“The patient was immobilised with the use of a pelvic splint, neck collar and spinal board. He was anaesthetised by a trauma doctor aboard the air ambulance before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”
“The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.”
A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Oldbury, earlier today.
An ambulance was called to the junction of Causeway Green Road and Wolverhampton Road at approximately 10.50am.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance crew responded to a collision between a car and motorbike in Oldbury.
“A man in his thirties was treated for back pain, wrist and pelvic injuries.
“The patient was immobilised with the use of a pelvic splint, neck collar and spinal board. He was given pain relief before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service continues to provide medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance.
The organisations are operating a medical centre and stage side first aid posts, which since the gates of Weston Park opened, has treated 828 patients. On-site ambulance crews have been called out to attend patients 173 times. A total of 15 people have been taken to hospital, they include people who have suffered injuries after falling over and also several with pre-existing medical conditions that required further treatment at hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, managers, first aiders, control room staff and logistics staff are on hand to make sure that if you are unfortunate enough to fall ill, help won’t be far away. In most cases, a trip to hospital isn’t required and after treatment revellers are able to continue enjoying the event. So far, the majority of the patients have been treated for medical issues, many already had pre-existing medical conditions but crews have also seen a large number of alcohol related cases.
“With nearly 300 staff and volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the weekend, the team is providing a first-class medical service ensuring festival goers can enjoy themselves safely.”
A girl has been trapped in the car she was travelling in for 90 minutes following a crash in Coventry this afternoon.
The crash occurred on Dorchester Way, Walsgrave at around 3.05pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the rapid response vehicle from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had overturned and come to rest on its roof.
“A passenger in the car, a 13 year old girl suffered severe leg injuries in the crash and was trapped in the vehicle. She received emergency treatment whilst in the vehicle and her condition was stabilised. She was then carefully extricated from the car with the assistance of the fire service.
“Once safely removed from the car, the girl was transferred by land ambulance with the WNAA Doctor on board to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the girls serious injuries and a trauma team were on standby.
“The man driving the car, believed to be 20 years old, suffered serious leg injuries. Another passenger, a 16 year old girl, suffered wrist, shoulder and a knee injury.
“Both received emergency treatment at the scene and were transferred to the same hospital by ambulances for further treatment.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to the car park of Aldi, Wellington Road, Donnington at around 9.40am this morning to reports of a child that had been in collision with a car.
A paramedic officer, an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a 9 year old boy that is believed to have been crushed between a car, a shopping trolley and a wall on the car park.
“The boy received emergency treatment at the scene for serious injuries to both legs. He received pain relief and both legs were placed in splints. He was also immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board.
“The boy was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The hospital had been pre alerted to the child’s injuries and his imminent arrival.
“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 50’s, was uninjured but extremely distressed. She was cared for by ambulance crews but did not require further treatment.
“The air ambulance landed at a nearby park. We would like to thank the players of a football match for their understanding in disturbing their game to allow the child to be airlifted to hospital.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service, in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance, is providing medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park.
The organisations’ staff and volunteers, of which there are almost 300, are operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which is co-ordinating ambulances and other medical staff who are stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas. They are on hand to assess and treat anyone who should become ill or injured during the weekend.
The doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, first aiders, control room staff and logistics staff provide first-class medical services onsite for the thousands of festival goers, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It’s been a steady start for the staff and volunteers since the gates opened to campers on Friday.
“So far, 238 people have been treated at the on-site medical centre collectively by St. John Ambulance volunteers and West Midlands Ambulance Service staff. One of the patients was a female camper who had a tent peg go through her foot. The woman received emergency treatment in the medical centre and was able to stay onsite and continue to enjoy the festival.
“On-site ambulance crews around Weston Park tended to a further 38 patients with only four patients requiring hospital treatment, one of which was a man with a burnt foot. The other three patients were medical cases with the patient requiring further hospital treatment.
“If you’re heading there today, it’s really important that you don’t forget your wellies as it’s muddy underfoot on site. With the weather forecast predicting more showers today appropriate footwear is essential to reduce the risk of injury through a preventable trip or fall.
“As always, festival goers are asked to pace themselves with their alcohol intake and keep themselves topped up with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to keep hydrated. This will help to ensure they get to see their favourite bands and above all, have fun!”
West Midlands Ambulance Service has unveiled its Staff Equality Ambassadors at a launch organised at the Waterfront Business Park in Brierley Hill yesterday.
The Trust is developing its services around the needs and preferences of patients and aims to eliminate inequalities in both patient experience and health outcomes. The support of over twenty staff ambassadors will further enhance the Trust’s equality and diversity ambitions.
Speaking about the new scheme, WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, WMAS, said, “Promoting equality and respecting peoples differences is an integral part of the way our Trust conducts its business. The Ambassadors represent a significant step forward in providing a focus through which the Trust can actively promote and develop an understanding of equality, diversity and multiculturalism both within and outside our organisation.”
The ambassadors all work in various roles in the trust and have volunteered their own time to promote the Trust’s equality and diversity initiatives. Staff ambassador and management accountant, Simon Hill based at Upper Deck House on Waterfront Business Park, said: “WMAS is getting a grip on inequality, but there is more work to do and hopefully the ambassadors can help to ensure all individuals are included and issues around inequality are addressed.”
The launch was also attended by Dr Habib Naqvi Senior Equality Manager, NHS England. Yvonne Coghill, Inclusion LeadNHS Leadership Academy was also a guest speaker at the event, and provided an inspirational speech to the Ambassadors.
(Photo on the website: l/R Sir Graham Meldrum, WMAS Chair with Staff Ambassadors Michaela Smith Paramedic Clinical Team Mentor from Bromsgrove; Simon Hill and Adam Joynes Paramedic Clinical Team Mentor from Bromsgrove)
A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Bushbury, Wolverhampton this morning.
The incident occurred on the A449, Bushbury Road near the junction with the M54 at 8.50am.
An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a lorry.
“A man in his twenties was treated for a pelvic injury.
“The patient was immobilised with the use of a splint, neck collar and placed on a spinal board. Pain relief was also administered to stabilise the patient before he was airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”
We are currently recruiting for Registered Paramedics, Graduate Paramedics, Qualified Emergency Medical Technicians, PTS Apprentices, Fleet Mechanics, Ambulance Fleet Assistants and Business Administrative Apprentice. For further information or to apply please visit http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/cgi-bin/advsearch?vpd_code=217
Tuesday 13th August 2013 – 8.00am – Suzie Fothergill.
Three people have been injured following a road traffic collision in Walsall today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Station Street and Bridgeman Street in Pleck at approximately 12:35am this morning.
Three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle were dispatched to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a car and a van that had been in collision. On arrival at the scene crews found the car had also been in collision with a lamppost.
“All occupants were out of both of the vehicles on the crew’s arrival.
“The driver of the car, a man, was treated for a fractured leg. The front seat passenger, a woman, was treated for minor injuries and the rear seat passenger, a man, was treated for a potential pelvic injury.
“All three casualties, believed to be in their early 20’s, were fully immobilised and conveyed to Walsall Manor for further assessment and treatment.
Tuesday 13th August 2013 – 8.00am – Suzie Fothergill.
A boy has been taken to hospital following a collision on the M6 today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 6-5 at approximately 12.25am this morning.
An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle were dispatched to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a lorry and a camper van that had been in collision.
“On arrival at the scene crews found the camper van on its side. Fortunately the eight occupants (3 adults and 5 children) who had been travelling in the van at the time of the incident had managed to get out of the vehicle via a side window.
“All the occupants were assessed at the scene. An 11 year old boy was found to have a fractured arm. The boy was treated at the scene and conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
“The lorry driver, a man, was found to be uninjured.”
Final preparations are being made ahead of this weekend’s V Festival at Weston Park to ensure first class medical services are available for thousands of festival goers, should they need them.
The annual festival is expecting to see an estimated 90,000 people attend the event each day, with the vast majority of them camping out throughout the weekend.
As the wall to wall sunshine appears to have subsided over the past few weeks, festival goers are being advised to come prepared for unpredictable weather and are urged to pack their wellies, as well as their sun cream.
West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and St John Ambulance will once again be working in conjunction with Venture Event Medical Management to ensure that should anyone unfortunately become ill or injured during the event that first aiders and clinicians are on hand to provide treatment.
On site throughout the weekend there will be there will be almost 300 medical staff and volunteers, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, first aiders, control room staff and logistics staff, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.
A number of designated medical posts have been set up within the park alongside a dedicated command and control centre which will be staffed by call takers and dispatchers who will co-ordinate ambulances and other medical staff on the ground to unwell patients as quickly as possible.
Medical teams will be deploying a number of specialist vehicles, which will help staff gain access to any tricky locations, these include utilising WMAS’ 6×6 all-terrain vehicle, which is fitted with a specialist stretcher and equipment, as well as a number of 4×4 vehicles, ambulances and push bikes.
Steve Wheaton, WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer said: “V Festival is a fun, good natured event and overall has a history of being very safe.
“Should anyone need our help, the self-contained medical centre is equipped to deal with all types of injuries, meaning the festival goers can avoid further trips to hospital A&E’s and continue to enjoy the music. However each year, the medical team will see couple of people who have over-indulged or become injured on their first night camping resulting in them having to leave the festival before the main event has even begun.
“We urge festival goers to take a few simple measures to ensure that they have the best time possible and see their favourite band rather than us in the medical centre.
“Over the years I have encountered huge variations in the weather at these events. Savvy festival goers will bring their wellies and sensible footwear to help avoid any unnecessary slips and falls, as well as sun cream and a hat should the sun decide to shine over the park during the weekend.
“If you have a known pre-existing medical condition, please don’t forget to pack your medication and remember to take it as instructed by your GP. Also remember to make your friends aware of any medication you are taking.
“It is important that people are sensible with their intake of alcohol and to pace themselves. I would also advise people to drink plenty of water and soft drinks to avoid dehydration and please remember to eat regularly.
“Have a brilliant time – look after each other and enjoy the festival safely.”
Glen Curry, Regional Events Manager for St John Ambulance, said: “V Festival is one of the biggest first aid operations in the West Midlands for St John Ambulance and we will be providing a 180-strong team of healthcare professionals, ambulance crews, first aiders and support staff at this year’s event.
“As well as manning numerous medical posts, we will also be providing a number of response and cycle teams. These teams will carry specialist equipment enabling them to quickly treat and extricate patients from the crowds or difficult locations, should the need arise.
“All our volunteers are trained and ready to deal with all kinds of injuries and medical conditions ranging from cut fingers to cardiac arrests. We don’t want to spoil anyone’s fun but we urge people to be sensible about the way they celebrate because no party goer wants to end up as a patient.”
Notes to editors
Last year the medical team treated in the region of 1300 people, with only 25 of these people requiring further hospital treatment. Both of these figures were lower than the previous year’s total, which is an overall testament for how safe V festival is and the professionalism and skills of the onsite medical teams.