Crew travel 940 miles for Fin & Little Treasures Children’s Trust

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Friday 4th October 2013 – 4.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A cycle team from West Midlands Ambulance Service have finally completed a 940 mile cycle challenge helping to raise over £6,000 towards a specialist vest.

The team which was made up of paramedics and technicians predominately based at Lichfield Ambulance Station cycled a massive 90-115 miles each day, for 11 days straight, to try and raise vital funds in order to buy a physio vest* for friend and colleague Steve Roberts’ son, Fin, who has cystic fibrosis.

The team began the challenge on Monday 9th September in John O’Groats, where they battled their way through all weathers, aches, pains, punctures and even a few sheep on the way before finally arriving safely at Lands End on the Thursday 19th September!

Technician, Katie Maughan, who drove the support vehicle during the challenge said: “It was a very hard and challenging time for the guys, with a lot of rain, wind and steep terrain on some days but they ploughed through. There were quite a few punctures and a lot of aching legs and sore bottoms!

“The team received excellent support from a number of business sponsors** as well as many generous donations from friends and work colleagues.

“We were also supported by a number of friendly faces during the journey. Staff from Fort William Ambulance Station in Scotland cycled with the team into Fort William. On nearing Staffordshire, WMAS ambulance staff and Uttoxeter cycle club members joined the ride through Buxton and Uttoxeter. Ian Stroud from Charles Design, who kindly printed and supplied the team with cycling shirts, met us in Bridgnorth and sponsor, Chris Doorbeejah from Energy Excel, joined the team in the support vehicle between Bristol to Lands Ends.

“Although tough, everyone thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and we are all really pleased to have managed to raise so much money, which can be put towards the £8,000 vest for Fin.”

Steve Roberts, Fin’s dad and WMAS Clinical Team Mentor said: “We’re over the moon with the support that we have received to try and raise the funds to enable us to get a physio vest for Fin, who has recently been quite unwell with his cystic fibrosis.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to the team for all their efforts, it really is greatly appreciated.

“As well as the support from the cycle team, we have had received a great deal of help from the Little Treasures Children’s Trust who have helped us to provide a fantastic standard of treatment for Fin.”

Anyone wishing to give a donation to help the team achieve their £8,000 target can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/joglefin/

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Notes to editors

*The vest is made out of soft, flexible material and is connected to a small air compressor machine. The machine delivers burst of air into the vest rapidly inflating and deflating, which created gentle pressure and vibration on the chest helping to break up mucus and bring it up the upper air ways where it can be removed.

** Business Sponsors including:
• Tempest Ford
• Charles Designs
• Energy Excel
• Freedom Cycle
• Scot Rail
• Rock 34
• Burton FC
• St Georges Park

Do you live in Clun Valley? Raise some money for your local Community First Responders and enjoy a bit of history

Enjoy past and present photographs of Bucknell, the railway and the surrounding areas in
Bucknell Memorial Hall on Saturday 12th October 2013 from 10am till 4pm.
£2 entry fee (Under 16 free)
Refreshments will be available
All proceeds to Leintwardine & Bucknell Community First Responders

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Road traffic collision in Yardley

Friday 4th October 2013 – 11.15am – Chris Kowalik.

A woman cyclist has been taken to a major trauma centre following a collision with a lorry in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Speedwell Road, Yardley, shortly before 6.35am today.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the MERIT team of a trauma doctor and a critical care practitioner in a rapid response vehicle attended along with an ambulance crew.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman, who is in her forties had suffered numerous injuries including to her chest, pelvis and abdomen. She had also suffered limb fractures. Her injuries were immediately treated at the scene and advanced life support administered.

“Accompanied by both the rapid response paramedic and the MERIT trauma team, she was taken by the ambulance crew to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Lucky escape for motorists

 

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Thursday 3rd October 2013 – 4.30pm – John Hawker.

A car driver and coach driver had a lucky escape this morning following an RTC in Stourbridge.

The crash occurred on the Stourbridge Road, Hagley at around 8.50am. An off duty paramedic officer came across the crash en route to work and was joined by an ambulance and a further paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The off duty paramedic officer came across the car that had been in collision with the rear of a coach. The coach had broken down and was stationary at the time of the crash.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 30’s, suffered minor cuts and bruises but was extremely shook up. He received treatment at the scene and was transferred to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment due to the severity of the impact.

“The driver of the coach was uninjured, but shortly before the crash was working on the engine and only left the rear to fetch some more tools. The man in his 50’s was also checked over for shock but did not require further treatment.

“Considering the severe damage to the vehicle, the driver was extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious or even fatal injuries.”

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Man trapped for 45 minutes

Thursday 3rd October 2013 – 9.15am – John Hawker.

A man has been trapped in the car he was travelling in for 45 minutes following a crash in Birmingham last night.  A second man was also seriously injured.

The crash occurred on Bristol Road, near Fircroft College, Selly Oak, at around 10.45pm.  Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Trusts MERIT Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and been in a serious collision with a fence and traffic lights.

“The two occupants of the car had suffered serious injuries, with one man being trapped in the vehicle.

“The first man, believed to be in his late 20’s, suffered serious head and spinal injuries.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised. 

“The second man, also believed to be in his late 20’s, suffered chest, pelvic and spinal injuries and was trapped in the vehicle.  He received emergency treatment whilst being extricated from the car. 

“Both men were transferred by ambulances to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.  The hospital had been pre alerted to the patients serious injuries and a trauma team were on standby.

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Man trapped for 45 minutes

Thursday 3rd October 2013 – 9.15am – John Hawker.

A man has been trapped in the car he was travelling in for 45 minutes following a crash in Birmingham last night.  A second man was also seriously injured.

The crash occurred on Bristol Road, near Fircroft College, Selly Oak, at around 10.45pm.  Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Trusts MERIT Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and been in a serious collision with a fence and traffic lights.

“The two occupants of the car had suffered serious injuries, with one man being trapped in the vehicle.

“The first man, believed to be in his late 20’s, suffered serious head and spinal injuries.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised.

“The second man, also believed to be in his late 20’s, suffered chest, pelvic and spinal injuries and was trapped in the vehicle.  He received emergency treatment whilst being extricated from the car. 

“Both men were transferred by ambulances to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.  The hospital had been pre alerted to the patients serious injuries and a trauma team were on standby.

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Do you want to be an ambulance service apprentice?

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Wednesday 2nd October 2013 – 4.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is currently on the lookout for aspiring individuals who would like the opportunity to commence a career in the NHS.

To date WMAS has already recruited 50 apprentices to join its workforce in the Non-Emergency Patient Transport Service and is now advertising for 42 more to join team.

In partnership with Performance Through People, WMAS is offering successful candidates the opportunity to obtain an intermediate level apprenticeship in Health (Healthcare Support Service) qualification, whilst getting first hand on the job experience.

Adam Layland, PTS Senior Operations Manager said: “The apprentice programme we have committed to will lend a helping hand to anyone* who is interested in commencing a career in the NHS Ambulance Service.

“Whilst working alongside our PTS staff, the apprentices will be given the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills over a 12 month period. On completion of the programme, apprentices will have the opportunity to continue their career and apply for substantive posts available within the service.”

In recent months the Trust’s very first PTS apprentice, 22 year old Scott Kenzie, completed the qualification and was offered a full time permanent position with the PTS team at the Trust.

WMAS will be holding an open evening at the Trust’s Headquarters** on Monday 7th October between 5pm – 8pm. The drop-in event will provide prospective applicants with all the necessary information about the scheme and provide the opportunity to ask any questions that they may have. Representatives from West Midlands Ambulance Service and Performance Through People will be on hand at the event, alongside current PTS apprentices who will be able to talk about their own experiences.

Apprentice opportunities are currently available for Worcestershire, Birmingham and Coventry and Warwickshire areas. More information about the apprentice scheme can be found on the NHS jobs website via http://www.jobs.nhs.uk.

If you would like more information or have any question but are unable to attend the open event please call our Recruitment Team on 01384 215896 who will be more than willing to help.

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* Applicants will need a minimum of three GCSEs and a driving licence.

** West Midlands Ambulance Service, Millennium Point, Waterfront Way, Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LX.

Incident in Powick

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Wednesday 2nd October 2013 – 4.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been seriously injured following an incident in Worcestershire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to the junction of The Drive and Old Malvern Road in Powick shortly before 12.15pm this afternoon.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were dispatched to the scene. The police and fire service were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a man that had been in collision with a car. On arrival at the scene crews found bystanders providing first aid to the man.

“The man who had sustained serious multiple injuries was treated by ambulance crews at the scene before being fully immobilised and airlifted to the major trauma centre and Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and specialist treatment.”

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Local MP visits ambulance hub

Wednesday 2nd October 2013 – 3.15pm – Claire Brown.

A local Northfield MP visited the Trust’s newest ambulance hub in Birmingham this week.

Labour MP Richard Burden took a tour of Hollymoor Hub on Hollymoor Way in Northfield on Tuesday 1st October which has been operational since July. The site is home to a dedicated team of ambulance fleet assistants who clean, stock and prepare ambulances in readiness for clinical staff to start their shift.

During the visit, Mr Burden saw the modern and roomy rest room where staff have their breaks, the management offices and training facilities and the fleet garage where mechanics carry out servicing and repairs to front line ambulance vehicles. Mr Burden also had the opportunity to see first had the ‘Make Ready’ area of the Hub in action where ambulances are cleaned, checked and re-stocked ready for the start of a crews shift.

Hollymoor Area Manager Dax Morris met with Mr Burden and said: “We’re very pleased that Mr Burden has taken the time to visit us at our new Hub and I hope it’s given him a chance to see the inner workings of our new facility.

“Whilst Make Ready isn’t a new thing for the Trust, after many successful years in Staffordshire, it’s a new way of working for us in Birmingham and we’re already reaping the benefits.”

Mr Burden, Labour MP for Northfield, said: “I received a great welcome at Hollymoor Hub on Tuesday, which was great to see in action. I certainly see the sense in the new system for both response times and safety. It’s also good to be reassured by West Midlands Ambulance Service that even though the new hub is the main operational base, most ambulances are always out at different locations across South Birmingham to get to incidents as quickly as possible. I’m pleased that ‘Make Ready’, the project to modernise the ambulance service in the West Midlands, is moving ahead so successfully.

“I hope that it will not only save costs and provide a better environment for staff – but deliver improvements for patients too. Birmingham, like the rest of the country, continues to face an A&E crisis. The amount of time people are waiting in ambulances, and to be referred to treatment, is still too high in the city.

“New facilities like the Hollymoor Hub will be crucial for improving services. I’d like to thank all the staff there for their hard work and dedication for all the work they do, and wish them the best going forward.”

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Notes to Editor:

Hollymoor is one of five hubs in Birmingham and the Black and are a central part of the Trust’s ‘Make Ready’ project which has overhauled and modernised the ambulance service in the West Midlands selling our traditional ambulance stations and replacing them with a network of smaller, lower maintenance and lower cost community ambulance stations.

In Birmingham and the Black Country alone, the number of new community ambulance stations is nearly three times that of the current traditional ambulance stations and is where ambulances disperse to from the hub to respond to 999 calls.

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Back to School

Wednesday 2nd October 2013 – 1.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A paramedic from Shropshire returned to his former primary school this week to speak to today’s children about the work of the ambulance service.

Jon Ostrowski was joined by colleagues Paramedic Edd Davis, Paramedic Kelly Murphy and Emergency Medical Technician Andrew Bovington at St. Patrick’s Primary School in Wellington on Monday.

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The visit was part of a continuing education drive in Shropshire which involves West Midlands Ambulance Service frontline staff visiting schools and nurseries to show children around ambulances and the equipment they use, teach first aid and the importance of when to call 999.

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Jon said: “Certainly it felt very odd to be teaching in that school after more than 20 years away. I also discovered several of the pupils were actually the children of people I went to school with so it was a really nice experience. All of the staff were really eager for the children to learn and the children seemed to really enjoy the experience.”

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Teacher Gemma Everson of St. Patrick’s Primary School said: “It was absolutely fantastic and the children LOVED it! They have all learnt some valuable lessons about the role of paramedics and the important job they do. The visit also allowed them to experience some of the procedures and equipment they may see if they ever find themselves in a real life emergency situation which I think they will carry with them into adult life.”

Jon concluded: “Quote of the day goes to a year 1 boy who when asked ‘What do you think we do?’, replied ‘You’re heroes’.

If you know of a school in Shropshire that would like to be visited, contact Edd on 07816 247 681 or email eddcjdavis@gmail.com

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Hear Edd Davis on BBC Radio Shropshire here:

Man winched off Roaches

Tuesday 1st October 2013 – 8.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A climber has been winched off the Roaches in Staffordshire after injuring himself in a fall of around 40 feet. Despite the dramatic rescue, the man was extremely lucky.

The incident started at just before 3.00pm on Tuesday afternoon on Hen Cloud Rocks. An ambulance crew were able to walk the quarter of a mile from the road and up about 200 feet on very rugged terrain to the grass embankment at bottom of a near sheer cliff face where the patient had ended up.

The crew were backed up by a rapid response vehicle, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board, the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and the Hazardous Area Response Team from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Due to the location of the incident and previous experience of dealing with such cases, an RAF Sea King helicopter was requested to start running towards the incident.

“At the scene, the 36 year old man was able to tell ambulance staff that he had landed on his feet as he tumbled down the rock face.

“He was complaining of back pain and had probably fractured a couple of ribs. Given the location, the difficulty of lifting and carrying the man back to the road were clearly not going to be easy so the decision was taken to winch the man onto the RAF helicopter for onward transport to University Hospital North Staffordshire.

“There is no doubt that although the man has been injured, it could easily have been much much worse.”

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Pictures courtesy of Dr Nick Crombie

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Road traffic collision in Stretton

Tuesday 1st October 2013 – 5.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a collision involving a bus and a car in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Princess Way, Stretton at 2.35pm today.

A senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, two ambulance crews and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving a bus and a car.

“A woman pedestrian in her forties had been trapped between the two vehicles. She had suspected rib and pelvic injuries. Fluids and pain relief were administered at the scene and she was immobilised before being flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 80s, was shaken and had minor facial injuries. He had got out of the vehicle and was taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton.

“His passenger, a woman in her 70s, was trapped in the car and was freed with the help of the fire service. She had suspected knee injuries and had shoulder and back pain. She was immobilised as a precaution and was also taken to Queen’s Hospital in Burton.

“None of the injuries are believed to be serious.”

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