Excellence in the Community Awards – Coventry and Warwickshire

Friday 8th November 2013 – 3.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

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An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,000 staff.

The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science, Ferno UK and SP Services at the Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House on Thursday 7th November recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Tonight is a celebration to say a really big thank-you to all of you and your colleagues for what you do on a regular basis to help and support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands but, more importantly, to provide the very best care that you consistently do on a daily basis to save as many lives as we can. It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the best performing ambulance services in our country. That takes an awful lot of hard work, not just by our own staff that we employ but also by the volunteers. Over two thousand volunteers work on a regular basis to support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands and I am really grateful for all the support that you provide. I would like to add my personal thanks to your partners and your families for the support they give you. I know that what you do is held in very high regard and I am really proud of the work that you do.”

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum turned to poetry to pay tribute:

“Oh volunteers come ye may, Serving the communities both night and day, I’d like to speak on behalf of all the nation, And thank-you for your dedication.”

Presenting some of the awards Susie Lillingston, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire said: “The ambulance service is under increasing pressure every day and as volunteers you have an exceptional role as you help in so many different ways. All of you are invaluable and essential services for which we, the general public, are very grateful. Let’s not forget those who do the fundraising which is a thankless task but without which much of the work some of you do just wouldn’t be possible.”

Award winners from Coventry and Warwickshire and their citations:

Good Citizen Award: ‘Blue Watch’ at Foleshill Fire Station – Watch Commander Tim Parsons and Crew Commander Mark Leeson

A further example of good working relations between the emergency services was in evidence at a serious house fire. Firefighters from Blue Watch at Foleshill fire station were first on scene at an incident.  They immediately became involved in the resuscitation of a patient and the treatment of a second person. Crew Commander Mark Leeson was singled out by ambulance crews for his prolonged efforts to resuscitate a patient. Mark and Tim received their awards in recognition of their professionalism and excellent working relations at the scene of a serious fire incident.

Community Training and Defibrillator Award: Alan Howarth

Alan Howarth, a volunteer with ‘Coventry First Responders’ is recognised for educating and training in schools throughout the Coventry area. A police officer by day, he is a Community First Responder (CFR) and CFR coordinator in his spare time.

Community Training and Defibrillator Award: Caroline Holmes from the Arrhythmia Alliance

The Arrhythmia Alliance is a charity based in Stratford-upon-Avon which was set up following a tragic incident where the founder’s husband died from a sudden heart attack with an undiagnosed arrhythmia. The charity has to date helped communities place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) throughout the UK and they have this year placed 23 AEDs in Warwickshire.  The charity has also launched a new campaign in Warwickshire to give away 20 AEDs free to schools. They also have the support of many local and parish councils and of course West Midlands Ambulance Service. The award was presented to the Arrhythmia Alliance in recognition of its excellent work in the community.

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Business Support Award: Chris Thompson, Coleshill Station Commander from Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service

Midlands Emergency Responders (MER) is a local charity operating as part of the CFR scheme and tasked to emergencies by the ambulance service. Station Commander Chris Thompson from Warwickshire Fire & Rescue Service has generously supported the group by allowing them to use Coleshill Fire Station. There is a distinct possibility that several more fire stations may be also used by CFR Schemes in the future. For his support to the CFR scheme and the wider assistance of Warwickshire Fire Service, Chris Thompson was presented with a Business Support Award.

Distinguished Service Award: Brett Sinson from Long Compton

The CFR scheme recruits people from all walks of life. Take Brett Sinson as an example. He is a busy dentist in Oxfordshire  by profession but still has some spare time to serve as a CFR in Warwickshire.  Brett was nominated by his colleagues and the local parish as a true local hero.

Distinguished Service Award: Keith Higginson from Shipston

Keith Higginson has served as a CFR for over 5 years. Keith is the holder of the Queen’s Emergency Services medal. He has raised thousands of pounds for his local scheme and is an outstanding ambassador for the CFRs and his local community.

Distinguished Service Award: Paul Mallabone from Rugby Community First Responder scheme

Recently a local CFR Scheme was given a national award for their excellent work in the community. The Rugby CFR scheme has also won the local Rugby Mayor’s charity award.

Chief Officer Commendation: Sue Osborne and Sally Daniel from Henley Community First Responder scheme

In January when the temperature registered minus 6 celsius and snow was falling, Sally Daniel and Sue Osborne were called out to a crashed car. Despite not having a 4×4, they set off to the rescue. They found two people standing at the side of the road in freezing conditions for over 40 minutes. Fortunately no-one was injured and they only wanted to get back home safely. Sue and Sally duly obliged and took them to the next village where their family later collected them.  It’s not all about treating patients for injuries. It can also be about support for those that live in a community, as Sally Daniels & Sue Osborne demonstrated on that winter night.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Jim Leonard from Lapworth

Jim Leonard has been a long server, firstly with the fire service as a co-responder and then after his retirement he continued to be a CFR. Ten years on Jim is still very much part of the CFR scheme. Jim’s award was in recognition of his valuable contribution to the community. Jim was unable to attend but his award was received on his behalf by Bobby Qayum, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Coventry and Warwickshire.

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Community First Responders are everyday members of the public who are trained in life-saving techniques, including the use of a defibrillator. They are essential in areas that are remote, far from an ambulance station and hard for an ambulance crew to reach quickly. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge are among their many assets.

About St John Ambulance:

St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. It teaches young people in schools and through its youth programmes. It teaches employees for their workplace, and it teaches people in the community. Some become St John Ambulance volunteers, providing first aid at events, or supporting their local ambulance service.

Media requiring further information relating to St John Ambulance representatives or to request interviews should contact:

Jo Cunningham PR Officer 07815 913887 or jocunningham@cakemedia.co.uk

Excellence in the Community Awards – Birmingham and the Black Country

Friday 8th November 2013 – 3.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

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An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,000 staff.

The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science, Ferno UK and SP Services at the Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House on Thursday 7th November recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Tonight is a celebration to say a really big thank-you to all of you and your colleagues for what you do on a regular basis to help and support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands but, more importantly, to provide the very best care that you consistently do on a daily basis to save as many lives as we can. It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the best performing ambulance services in our country. That takes an awful lot of hard work, not just by our own staff that we employ but also by the volunteers. Over two thousand volunteers work on a regular basis to support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands and I am really grateful for all the support that you provide. I would like to add my personal thanks to your partners and your families for the support they give you. I know that what you do is held in very high regard and I am really proud of the work that you do.”

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum turned to poetry to pay tribute:

“Oh volunteers come ye may, Serving the communities both night and day, I’d like to speak on behalf of all the nation, And thank-you for your dedication.”

Presenting some of the awards Susie Lillingston, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire said: “The ambulance service is under increasing pressure every day and as volunteers you have an exceptional role as you help in so many different ways. All of you are invaluable and essential services for which we, the general public, are very grateful. Let’s not forget those who do the fundraising which is a thankless task but without which much of the work some of you do just wouldn’t be possible.”

Award winners from Birmingham and the Black Country and their citations:

Chief Officer Commendation: Adam Hipkiss from Sedgley. St John Ambulance

21-year old Adam Hipkiss from Sedgley is a regular crew member manning one of the charity’s emergency ambulance vehicles.  There have been a couple of examples of Adam’s maturity and professionalism, particularly the treatment of a patient suffering a heart attack where care and compassion were the order of the day. For his ongoing enthusiasm and professional care to patients, Adam was awarded a Chief Officer Commendation.

Chief Officer Commendation: Kristion Osborne from Walsall

Kristion heard a screech of brakes and breaking glass outside his house. He immediately went outside to a serious road traffic collision and managed to get access into the crashed car and drag a man from the vehicle. Kristion then performed CPR and first aid to the casualty before emergency crews arrived. Even then he continued to assist ambulance staff in the treatment of several patients involved at the scene. In recognition of his valuable assistance to the emergency services, a Chief Officer Commendation was awarded to Kristion Osborne.

Chief Officer Commendation: Red Watch – Walsall Fire Station. Watch Commander Brian Worrallo and Crew Commander Peter Smith

At the same incident as that attended by Kristion Osborne (above), Walsall Fire Station ‘Red Watch’ arrived on scene and they were immediately faced with the resuscitation of a patient. They assisted the trauma doctor and ambulance crews in administering fluids and other medical treatments. The doctor on scene was full of praise for the joint working of the fire crews involved and recommended them for a Chief Officer Commendation.

Chief Officer Commendation: Gary Phillips, Paul Wainde and Richard Hawkins of Land Rover Business Protection Ambulance Team in Solihull

and Mark Szucs, Nigel Malloy, Edward Lowe, Steve Keely and Abid Mahmood of DHL Medical.

As one of the largest employers in the region Land Rover has a crack medical team ready for action. The specialist team attended to a patient suffering a cardiac arrest at the Solihull site earlier this year.  The Land Rover Business Protection Ambulance team together with the DHL Medical team immediately started basic life support and CPR was administered, together with the use of an AED normally located at the Land Rover premises. As a result of prompt and commendable actions by the medical teams on site, the patient was successfully resuscitated and conveyed to hospital.

Good Citizen Award: Daniel Watterson from Kings Norton

Daniel attended to a motorcyclist in cardiac arrest after he collided with a car in Kings Norton. When ambulance crews arrived, he identified himself and was already treating the patient. He came across the incident on his way home from Red Cross duties. He was doing exceptional CPR and was in complete control of the situation. Daniel stayed on scene assisting the ambulance crew while resuscitation efforts continued, which was very nearly an hour!  Following the incident, the CARE Team doctor at the scene had nothing but praise for Daniel.

Community Training and Defibrillator Award: Andy Bradshaw, Michael Marshall, Matt Walters, Natalie Layton, Zara Biddle and Katie Byrne from Fox Hollies Leisure Centre in Acocks Green

Just to highlight how important a defibrillator is in the workplace, look no further than Fox Hollies Leisure Centre. Mark Percival was an off-duty member of staff when he suffered a cardiac arrest. The centre lifeguards managed to get him out of the water and started Basic Life Support, CPR and used the AED. Thanks to Andy Bradshaw (Operation Manager), Mike Marshall, Natalie Layton; Katie Byrne; Zara Biddle and Matt Walters the patient survived and made a full recovery.

Chief Officer Commendation: David Whitehouse, Stephen Wade, Stuart Vickers and Kim Weaver-Davies from Wolverhampton Railway Station

Four railway employees from Wolverhampton railway station, trained in the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and basic life support techniques, went to the aid of a gentleman who had collapsed in cardiac arrest while waiting to board a replacement bus service near the station. The patient was given immediate treatment and an AED, normally located at the train station, was used. When ambulance crews arrived on scene the patient was starting to recover.  The ambulance crew highly praised the railway employees for their prompt and professional actions. Also present to assist with the presentation of this award were the patient Norman Brotherton and his wife Jean from Penn. A Community Training and Defibrillator Award was also awarded to Wolverhampton Railway Station.

Stephen Wade, Norman Brotherton, Stuart Vickers, Kim Weaver-Davies, David Whitehouse, Raj Parkesh

Chief Officer Commendation: Raj Parkesh from Wolverhampton Railway Station

Not satisfied with saving one life, staff at Wolverhampton Railway station did it once again at the end of September. A man travelling on a train suddenly collapsed as the train was about to pull out of Wolverhampton. The emergency button was pushed and staff at the station swung into action. Raj Parkesh immediately started CPR and basic life support on the patient. I am pleased to say that the patient is now recovering at home and has conveyed his grateful thanks and that of his wife and two young children. A family friend wrote to say: “Your staff can be rightfully proud of themselves and deserve praise for the way they handled the situation on what started out as an ordinary Friday night.”

Business Support Award: Richard Bourton from MG Sales Centre in Longbridge

One of the most treasured possessions for a Community First Responder group is a vehicle. One of the most famous names in the motoring world has come forward to provide a vehicle to the Sutton Coldfield ‘FastAid’ teams. To mark this generous support Richard Bourton from the MG Sales Centre in Longbridge was presented a Business Support Award.

Business Support Award: Mark Gibbons, Sales Manager from Baxi Commercial Division

Baxi Commercial is a sponsor of ‘FastAid’ Community First Responder (CFR) group in the Black Country. Mark Gibbons, Baxi Commercial Northern Regional Sales Manager, gives up his spare time to be a CFR for the local group. Impressed by Mark’s dedication to the cause, Baxi Commercial has supported FastAid Black Country as its chosen charity this year with a £3,000 donation. This is fantastic news and has helped towards the purchase of a response car for the CFRs to serve their community.

Distinguished Service Award: Carol Morris from ‘FastAid’ Community First Responders Bilston Group

Carol Morris has shown a consistent commitment and enthusiasm to the ‘FastAid’ charity, her local community and WMAS for almost 7 years.  Carol is described as a very kind and caring lady and she continually promotes the good work of the charity at her local school, fire station and local groups.  Carol is an extremely reliable, loyal and motivated lady who is a real driving force in Bilston where she responds.

Distinguished Service Award: Chris Firkin from ‘FastAid’ Community First Responders Walsall Group

Chris Firkin has been an active CFR with ‘FastAid’ charity since April 2012.  There is no job or task too great for Chris and how he balances his work with a young family and his role as coordinator, Heartstart Instructor, fundraiser and event cover for the whole of Black Country, we are not entirely sure.  However, he does it very well!  Chris has received numerous messages of thanks and praise from ambulance staff and he continues to be a great member of the team, always smiling, light-hearted and is good to be around.

Distinguished Service Award: Dave Monk from ‘FastAid’ Community First Responders

David Monk has been a member of ‘FastAid’ from the very start and has worked extremely hard to raise funds to enable ‘FastAid’ to purchase a whole range of new equipment.

Distinguished Service Award: Stuart Grainger from Birmingham

Stuart Grainger is a CFR in the heart of Birmingham city centre. He deals with a variety of callouts and he also plays his part in the highly successful Temporary Minor Injury Unit on Friday and Saturday nights in Broad Street in the city.

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Community First Responders are everyday members of the public who are trained in lifesaving techniques, including the use of a defibrillator. They can be called upon by the ambulance service’s control room to attend medical emergencies in their area while an emergency ambulance vehicle is en-route.

About St John Ambulance:

St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. It teaches young people in schools and through its youth programmes. It teaches employees for their workplace, and it teaches people in the community. Some become St  John Ambulance volunteers, providing first aid at events, or supporting their local ambulance service.

Media requiring further information relating to St John Ambulance representatives or to request interviews should contact:

Jo Cunningham PR Officer 07815 913887 or jocunningham@cakemedia.co.uk

Excellence in the Community Awards – Shropshire

Friday 8th November 2013 – 3.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

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An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,000 staff.

The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science, Ferno UK and SP Services at the Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House on Thursday 7th November recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Tonight is a celebration to say a really big thank-you to all of you and your colleagues for what you do on a regular basis to help and support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands but, more importantly, to provide the very best care that you consistently do on a daily basis to save as many lives as we can. It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the best performing ambulance services in our country. That takes an awful lot of hard work, not just by our own staff that we employ but also by the volunteers. Over two thousand volunteers work on a regular basis to support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands and I am really grateful for all the support that you provide. I would like to add my personal thanks to your partners and your families for the support they give you. I know that what you do is held in very high regard and I am really proud of the work that you do.”

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum turned to poetry to pay tribute:

“Oh volunteers come ye may, Serving the communities both night and day, I’d like to speak on behalf of all the nation, And thank-you for your dedication.”

Presenting some of the awards Susie Lillingston, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire said: “The ambulance service is under increasing pressure every day and as volunteers you have an exceptional role as you help in so many different ways. All of you are invaluable and essential services for which we, the general public, are very grateful. Let’s not forget those who do the fundraising which is a thankless task but without which much of the work some of you do just wouldn’t be possible.”

Award winners from Shropshire and their citations:

Chief Officer Commendation: Brett Smith and Natalie Western from St John Ambulance in Telford

Brett Smith and Natalie Western, both from Telford St John Ambulance group, were on duty at Shrewsbury Flower Show in August when they were called to a man who had collapsed. With the help of Brett and Natalie, the patient appeared to recover but just before he boarded his coach to return home the gentleman collapsed once again and stopped breathing.  Brett and Natalie were on hand a second time to start immediate CPR. They managed to stabilise the patient before ambulance crews arrived. Brett and Natalie were awarded in recognition of their excellent efforts at the scene in treating their first cardiac arrest patient.

Good Conduct Award: PC Tim Blackham and PC Alex Saxton, Force Operations Support Team, West Mercia Police, Shrewsbury Police Station.

PC Blackham and PC Saxton arrived on scene in Telford to find a car had left the road and caught fire. Two of the  occupants were already out of the vehicle. However,  one person remained in the car. Despite the car being well alight, the Officers bravely reached into the car to cut the passenger’s seatbelt and drag him from the wreckage to a safe distance before the car was totally engulfed in flames. Ambulance crews at the scene commended the bravery of PC Blackham and PC Saxton.

Training and Defibrillator Award: Kay Kendall from Veolia Environmental Services in Shropshire

Kay was recognised for her outstanding work to place Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) at a number of sites operated by the company she works for. Veolia Environmental Services has installed AEDs in 8 sites in Shropshire and across other areas of the West Midlands. Kay Kendall has had a significant hand in training staff in basic life support, AED operation and awareness. For her enthusiasm and outstanding contribution to saving lives, Kay Kendall was presented with a Training & Defibrillator Award.

Training and Defibrillator Award: Richard Morris from Alcoa in Telford

Richard Morris has been a Community First Responder in Telford for four years. He works for Alcoa Fastening Systems in Telford and instigated the purchase, training, and location of AEDs at the company’s premises. Richard has also managed to get the company involved in fundraising and delivering community training in Telford. He has delivered most of this training himself and he always assists in any CFR training that is taking place. Richard was unable to attend. His award was received on his behalf by Terry Foster, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Shropshire.

Business Support Award: John Smout from The Keys Pub & Restaurant in St. Martins

Pubs and restaurants are the mainstay of any community and very often get involved in fundraising for a good cause. The Keys Pub and Restaurant in St. Martins has been nominated for its consistent fundraising to keep the local CFR schemes running.  The efforts of landlord John Smout and his staff in running firework nights, quiz nights and race nights are a credit to St. Martins and a lifeline to the local CFR schemes. John was unable to attend. His award was received on his behalf by Terry Foster, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Shropshire.

Distinguished Service Award: Liz Vanegas De Quickenden from Cleobury Mortimer

Although Liz has only been a responder for a short time she has thrown herself into the role. She gives up many hours to respond and also gives up many hours to organise and train people in her local town of Cleobury Mortimer. She has taught students in the local schools and colleges, as well as teaching AED awareness to many local organisations.

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Chief Officer Commendation: Tracey Prosser from Church Stretton

In July, Tracey was called to the Long Mynd Hotel near Church Stretton to a guest who was choking. Tracey was already at the hotel and immediately went to their aid and started to treat the patient before the ambulance crew arrived. In fact so cool under pressure was Tracey that after she had stabilised the patient and handed over to the ambulance crew she calmly went into another room at the hotel to give a talk on the CFR scheme to the local Round Table.

Chief Officer Commendation: John Roberts from St. Martins

Very often at these events, praise is rightly given to people who were first on scene to help treat a patient. We often forget about the family and friends who are caught up in the distressing situation. CFR John Roberts attended a serious incident on the River Dee. Whilst emergency teams made desperate attempts to rescue a swimmer, John was involved reassuring the distressed family, which can often be just as traumatic as dealing with the incident itself. For his calm, professional and excellent work at the scene, John Roberts was presented with a Chief Officer Commendation.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Dave Moss from Telford & Wrekin Community First Responder scheme

Dave Moss been a Community First Responder for nearly 12 years, and was responsible for helping set up Telford and Wrekin First Responders. He put a tremendous amount of effort into fundraising to set up the group and has been group co-ordinator until recently. Unfortunately, Dave has now stepped down from responding. Dave was presented with the award in recognition of his many years of hard work and commitment.

Volunteer Team of the Year Award: St John Ambulance, Venture Event Medical Management Ltd. and West Midlands Ambulance Service Logistics Dept. at V Festival in Weston Park.

Every year WMAS, St John Ambulance and Venture Event Medical Management join together to provide emergency medical cover to over 85,000 revellers attending the V Festival at Weston Park.  The operation is regarded as an exceptional team effort and this year’s was arguably the best yet.  Over 300 St John volunteers were active at the site administering medical attention to over 1,500 patients.  All the volunteers deserve the highest praise for the hard work involved. In particular, the management team who helped to delivered a safe and well run medical facility at this year’s event.

Glen Curry collected the award on behalf of St John Ambulance. Carol Taylor collected the award on behalf of Venture Event Medical Management. Tracey Morrell collected the award on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Excellence in the Community Awards – Herefordshire and Worcestershire

Friday 8th November 2013 – 3.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

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An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,000 staff.

The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science, Ferno UK and SP Services at the Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House on Thursday 7th November recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Tonight is a celebration to say a really big thank-you to all of you and your colleagues for what you do on a regular basis to help and support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands but, more importantly, to provide the very best care that you consistently do on a daily basis to save as many lives as we can. It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the best performing ambulance services in our country. That takes an awful lot of hard work, not just by our own staff that we employ but also by the volunteers. Over two thousand volunteers work on a regular basis to support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands and I am really grateful for all the support that you provide. I would like to add my personal thanks to your partners and your families for the support they give you. I know that what you do is held in very high regard and I am really proud of the work that you do.”

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum turned to poetry to pay tribute:

“Oh volunteers come ye may, Serving the communities both night and day, I’d like to speak on behalf of all the nation, And thank-you for your dedication.”

Presenting some of the awards Susie Lillingston, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire said: “The ambulance service is under increasing pressure every day and as volunteers you have an exceptional role as you help in so many different ways. All of you are invaluable and essential services for which we, the general public, are very grateful. Let’s not forget those who do the fundraising which is a thankless task but without which much of the work some of you do just wouldn’t be possible.”

Award winners from Herefordshire and Worcestershire and their citations:

Chief Officer Commendation: Elizabeth Bytheway from Kidderminster

Acting quickly and calmly to manage the scene of an accident is not easy especially when you come across an incident unexpectedly.  Elizabeth Bytheway did just that on her way through Kidderminster when she noticed a car that had collided with traffic lights. With no medical assistance on scene, Elizabeth stepped forward to start treating two adults and a baby for their injuries. She continued to treat the patients until they were finally conveyed to hospital. Elizabeth was presented with a Chief Officer Commendation in recognition of her single-handed response and management of several casualties at the scene of an incident.

Good Citizen Award: Lorraine Cross-James from The Rose Garden Retirement Village in Hereford

The Rose Garden Retirement Village is a large complex in Hereford and it was here that ambulance crews responded to a 999 call after a resident had collapsed. On arrival, the crew were immediately impressed with the actions of Lorraine Cross-James a member of staff who was doing excellent CPR and basic life support on a resident who is now recovering well. The crews were so impressed with the professionalism and emergency care given by Lorraine they recommended her for an award.

Training and Defibrillator Award: Rob and Maggie Underwood from ‘Redditch HeartSafe’

Rob and Maggie Underwood believe that all venues should install an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). When a sudden cardiac arrest occurs, the casualty is usually relying on the ambulance service and first responders and although they try their best they can sometimes be some distance away from the scene. Rob and Maggie work with Redditch HeartSafe to provide defibrillators to the Redditch area. Car-washing, bag-packing and seeking support from local businesses are all part of acquiring funds to purchase the vital lifesaving machines for the community. Rob and Maggie were presented with their award in recognition of their significant efforts.

Business Support Award: Simon Powell from ‘Black Mountain Charity Events’

A ton of animal feed, 75 fencing stakes and barbed wire; some farmed meat. Not exactly what you would expect when raising money from a charity auction but it works for the Black Mountain Charity, a group of people from the Black Mountain area of Wales bordering Herefordshire who have raised money for local charities! Simon Powell from the Black Mountain Charity is a representative of the organisation that has raised in the region of £15,000 for local charities including some well-known organisations such as Midlands Air Ambulance and the Community First Response scheme.

Business Support Award: Sainsbury’s Kidderminster – Store Manager Kevin Healey and Charity Liaison Staff Helen Bower and Samantha Buckley

‘Severn Area Rescue Association’ (SARA) plays an important role in assisting WMAS when it comes to river rescues and flood alerts. It is not easy to fund an increasingly expensive operation like SARA so when Sainsbury’s in Kidderminster stepped forward the organisation was overjoyed. To mark the business link between SARA and their sponsor Sainsbury’s, the store was presented with a Business Support Award. Steve Bradley from SARA assisted with the presentation.

Distinguished Service Award: David Tew from Redditch

David Tew joined the CFR scheme in September 2010.  He has undertaken the role of Co-ordinator for the Redditch area and has worked tirelessly in spreading the word of Community First Responders around Herefordshire and Worcestershire. In August last year, Dave attended an 18 month old in a cardiac arrest where he assisted a crew with resuscitation. H also conveyed the mother to hospital. He was commended for his actions.

Distinguished Service Award: Chrissie Johnston from Kington

Chrissie Johnston supports CFR schemes across Herefordshire, especially her local scheme in the Kington area. Her enthusiasm and desire to support the popular CFR schemes is praiseworthy.  Chrissie gives support to the new CFRs which is far and beyond what is expected.  Chrissie recently attended an emergency involving a family member and conducted herself with true professionalism. Chrissie is commended for her hard work in her local community.

Volunteer of the Year Award 2013: Loraine Coleman from ‘Herefordshire Heartstart’

Our headline Volunteer of the Year Award goes to someone who actually received recognition at last year’s event. This year she is collecting the highest award for her outstanding work as a co-ordinator for the ‘Herefordshire Heartstart’ project.  This person works tirelessly to provide training to all local communities and schools across the county. In fact since her last appearance at these awards over 30,000 people, including all schools in Herefordshire have received HeartStart training and this has been verified by the British Heart Foundation.  This is a magnificent effort and worthy of this award.

Ian Painter Area Development Manager for the British Heart Foundation said: “I would also like to congratulate Lorraine on her award and the enthusiasm and training she has provided for the people in Herefordshire. Teaching young people how to save a life is as important as learning to read and write and we think it’s essential for every young person to leave school knowing Emergency Life Support skills (ELS). They are skills which equip young people for real situations they might face in their lives.”

Lorraine Cross-James, Loraine Coleman, Chrissie Johnston, Simon Powell

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Community First Responders are everyday members of the public who are trained in life-saving techniques, including the use of a defibrillator. They are essential in areas that are remote, far from an ambulance station and hard for an ambulance crew to reach quickly. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge are among their many assets.

About St John Ambulance:

St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. It teaches young people in schools and through its youth programmes. It teaches employees for their workplace, and it teaches people in the community. Some become St John Ambulance volunteers, providing first aid at events, or supporting their local ambulance service.

Media requiring further information relating to St John Ambulance representatives or to request interviews should contact:

Jo Cunningham PR Officer 07815 913887 or jocunningham@cakemedia.co.uk

For more information about Herefordshire Heartstart, visit www.herefordshireheartstart.org

Excellence in the Community Awards – Staffordshire

Friday 8th November 2013 – 3.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

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An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,000 staff.

The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science, Ferno UK and SP Services at the Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House on Thursday 7th November recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Tonight is a celebration to say a really big thank-you to all of you and your colleagues for what you do on a regular basis to help and support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands but, more importantly, to provide the very best care that you consistently do on a daily basis to save as many lives as we can. It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the best performing ambulance services in our country. That takes an awful lot of hard work, not just by our own staff that we employ but also by the volunteers. Over two thousand volunteers work on a regular basis to support the ambulance service here in the West Midlands and I am really grateful for all the support that you provide. I would like to add my personal thanks to your partners and your families for the support they give you. I know that what you do is held in very high regard and I am really proud of the work that you do.”

The Trust’s Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum turned to poetry to pay tribute:

“Oh volunteers come ye may, Serving the communities both night and day, I’d like to speak on behalf of all the nation, And thank-you for your dedication.”

Presenting some of the awards Susie Lillingston, the High Sheriff of Staffordshire said: “The ambulance service is under increasing pressure every day and as volunteers you have an exceptional role as you help in so many different ways. All of you are invaluable and essential services for which we, the general public, are very grateful. Let’s not forget those who do the fundraising which is a thankless task but without which much of the work some of you do just wouldn’t be possible.”

Award winners from Staffordshire and their citations:

Outstanding Achievement Award (Special Award for Services to Air Ambulance Charities): Bill and Linda Snaith from Rugeley

Bill and Linda Snaith from Rugeley are two of the 80-strong family of Midlands Air Ambulance volunteers. They have been with the charity since 2006, and have personally raised over £7,000. They continue to attend a great number of events throughout the year and can often be seen manning the charity’s merchandise stand. Like all the volunteers, Bill and Linda gain a great sense of satisfaction from their work and they make a real difference in saving lives in the community.

Bill and Linda’s award was presented by WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh and Georgia Bennett who received serious injuries in a road accident and was herself treated by air medics and conveyed by the air ambulance.

Georgia Bennett’s public blog about her crash can be read here:

http://georgiasurvivingtheunsurvivable.blogspot.co.uk/p/about-me.html

Outstanding Achievement Award: George Smith, Voluntary Car Driver from Norton Bridge, Stafford

George Smith started as a van driver with the community transport service in 1994 and retired in October 2005, before returning to the voluntary care service.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Arthur Smith, Voluntary Car Driver from Stafford

Arthur Stone has been a voluntary car driver since May 2000 and operates as part of the Mid Staffordshire Hospitals contract.

Outstanding Achievement Award: Mike Hayes, Voluntary Car Driver from Doxey, Stafford

Mike is also a long serving voluntary care driver operating for Mid-Staffs hospitals contract.

Chief Officer Commendation: Andrew Burton of St John Ambulance from Stafford

What would you do if a colleague at work suddenly collapsed in front of you?  This was exactly the situation Andy Burton found himself.  As an active St John volunteer in Stafford, Andy realised action was needed and immediately took control of the situation. He started CPR and continued the treatment until an ambulance paramedic arrived to defibrillate the casualty. The patient was eventually conveyed to hospital and today he is extremely grateful to Andy for saving his life. Andy Burton is now an Emergency Medical Technician with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Chief Officer Commendation: Jon Mannion from Wilnecote, Tamworth and James Manley from Heath Hayes, Cannock – both of St John Ambulance

Jon Mannion and James Manley were on their way to the Birmingham Headquarters of St John Ambulance when they came across a road accident on the M42. A car had gone down an embankment and the person inside had stopped breathing. Quick thinking by Jon and James resulted in the patient being removed from the car and CPR was started before ambulance crews arrived. For their professional actions in stopping to assist at a serious accident in a difficult location, Jon and James were presented with a Chief Officer Commendation.

Good Citizen Award: Wendy Birks and Michael Harding from Blurton,  Stoke On Trent

Chief Officer Commendations to WMAS staff: Rachel Parkes, Andy Semple, Karen Salt, Dr. Latif Hussain, Tom Larlow, Lamara Shelley and Christine Green

A car driver who collapsed at the wheel of his car and collided with a lamppost in Blurton was fortunate to have several bystanders go to his immediate assistance, which almost certainly saved his life. Wendy Birks and Michael Harding resuscitated the car driver and worked alongside a trauma doctor and other ambulance personnel to successfully achieve a Return of Spontaneous Circulation (ROSC).  So important were the efforts of the bystanders and ambulance staff at the scene that the patient actually regained consciousness and was talking to staff at the scene, before he was conveyed to hospital.

Good Citizen Award: Matthew Panchal, a student at Keele University

In January of this year, a collapsed patient outside a betting shop just up the road in Newcastle resulted in a 999 call for a cardiac arrest. Arriving ambulance crews were quite relieved to see a member of the public performing external chest compressions on the patient as they arrived on scene. That vital intervention proved invaluable as it allowed paramedics to concentrate on providing their extended advanced life support skills to the patient in order to stabilise his condition prior to transporting to Hospital. Matthew was awarded in recognition of his public spirited actions on that day.

Good Citizen Award: Amy Jones, Viki Hibbs, Janet Beards from Stafford

The award goes to three bystanders who showed total disregard for their own safety when they went to the assistance of one of our own paramedics after he was attacked by a dog in Staffordshire. Paramedic Andy Hopwood was dealing with an unconscious patient when the patient’s dog – a Staffordshire Bull terrier – bit him three times on the wrist and twelve times on the arm. Amy Jones, Viki Hibbs and Janet Beards came to the rescue by dressing Andy’s wounds until colleagues arrived. Andy Hopwood assisted in presenting the three with their awards.

Business Support Award: John Pointon & Sons from Cheddleton

John Pointon & Sons have been generous supporters of Cheddleton and Wetley Rocks Community First Response Team for many years, having provided the present response car used by the team.  Not only have the team acquired a car, John Pointon & Sons have also thrown in a cottage for their use!   This year a cottage owned by the company has been renovated to a very high standard and made available to the team for use as a response post.  Having a centrally placed base to respond from will allow the team to increase the number of hours on duty for the benefit of the local community.

Business Support Award: Rob Stevenson, Burton College HeartStart Project Lead and Zoe Pagett, Burton College student

Burton College in Staffordshire has been a huge supporter of the HeartStart initiative in the county. HeartStart Staffordshire won the Volunteer Team of the Year award at this event last year and the team have since gone from strength to strength teaching thousands of people across Staffordshire basic CPR techniques.  Education colleges like Burton continue to play a key role in the success of the initiative and therefore are deserving of recognition.

Distinguished Service Award: Keith Dawson on behalf of Tame Community First Responder scheme based in Fazeley

The Tame CRF group was awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year and members of the group were also invited to a Buckingham Palace garden party. They later received their prestigious award from the Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.  Not to be outdone by Royalty, West Midlands Ambulance Service invited Keith Dawson, on behalf of the CFR group, to come forward to receive a Distinguished Service Award for their service to the local community.

Distinguished Service Award: Louise Davies of the Codsall Group of South Staffordshire Community First Responders

Louise Davies has been a CFR since July 2012 and has gone way above and beyond her role as a volunteer.  Louise is extremely proactive with local schools and businesses and led the call for a local community defibrillator to be located in the village square.  She continues to organise equipment and uniform and actively promotes South Staffordshire First Responder charity initiatives in Codsall.  A true member who supports her local community.

Distinguished Service Award: Martin Watson from Eccleshall

Martin has organised and taught numerous Staffordshire HeartStart courses, adding to the 10,000 members of the general public in Staffordshire who have taken the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills.  Martin has been a driving force in the success of the initiative and also gives his time to his community by opting to be available for 999 calls in his local village as a CFR.

Distinguished Service Award: Rob Stevenson from Burton

This award is for Rob personally in recognition of his contribution not only with his training exploits with Burton College students (see above), but also the general public in teaching them Basic Life Support. Rob continues to play a starring role in the HeartStart success across Staffordshire.

Distinguished Service Award: Mick Duncan from Rugeley

Mick Duncan is another individual being recognised for his valuable contribution to the HeartStart Staffordshire initiative. He has organised and taught on many HeartStart courses and Mick also makes himself available for his CFR roles within the region.

Chief Officer Commendation: Christopher Gosling and John Thompson from Tamworth Community First Responder scheme

Christopher and John were first on scene to immediately start treating a patient with serious complications after going into labour at a private address. The patient later gave birth to a healthy baby girl in hospital, but she was full of praise for the two CFRs who came to her aid and she even took the trouble to email West Midlands Ambulance Service to say: “I want to thank the two wonderful volunteers who took care of me – they played a huge part in saving my daughter’s life, and potentially mine too. I will be eternally grateful to them.” The patient, Lisa Guilder from Tamworth, assisted in presenting Chris and John with their awards.

Chief Officer Commendation: June Jervis and Tracey Ainsworth from Churnet Valley Community First Responders

Ambulance crews arriving on scene are always reassured to see individuals carrying out very effective CPR, using their AED, good airway management of the patient plus the quickly assessment any other patients. Such was the case in August when a serious road traffic collision which involved six patients included an unconscious casualty. June Jervis and Tracey Ainsworth from Churnet Valley CFR group were on hand and they did an excellent job at the scene. The ambulance crew could not speak highly enough of them and for their professional actions they received a Chief Officer Commendation.

Outstanding Achievement Award: John Kay from Dane Valley Community First Responders in Cheshire

John has been a Dane Valley Community First Responder since the start of the scheme over 10 years ago. He is still committed to responding and is very much seen as the ‘elder statesman’ of the Dane Valley group by the other members. At 77-years old, John is still prepared to be called out of bed in the small hours to attend an incident if circumstances require it. Allegedly, in the early days, he used to go to bed literally with his uniform in order to achieve the fastest possible response time should he get the call. John is a tremendous flag flyer for Dane Valley and drives much of the scheme’s successful fundraising which has kept them on the road and ultimately benefits the whole community, visitors to the area and occasionally people outside the area.

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Community First Responders are everyday members of the public who are trained in life-saving techniques, including the use of a defibrillator. They are essential in areas that are remote, far from an ambulance station and hard for an ambulance crew to reach quickly. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge are among their many assets.

About St John Ambulance:

St John Ambulance teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. It teaches young people in schools and through its youth programmes. It teaches employees for their workplace, and it teaches people in the community. Some become St John Ambulance volunteers, providing first aid at events, or supporting their local ambulance service.

Media requiring further information relating to St John Ambulance representatives or to request interviews should contact:

Jo Cunningham PR Officer 07815 913887 or jocunningham@cakemedia.co.uk

Voluntary Car Drivers, are as the name suggests drivers who offer their time to the Patient Transport Services Department of the Trust to assist in transferring patients between their homes and hospital appointments where an ambulance is not needed but transport is required.

Fire in West Bromwich block of flats

Thursday 7th November 2013 – 11.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have been taken to hospital and a fifth treated at the scene after a fire in a block of flats in West Bromwich.

Ambulance crews were alerted to the incident at 8.35pm on Thursday evening.

Initially two ambulances were sent to the Camberley block in Beacon View Road.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival the crews found a mother and two young children in one flat suffering from smoke inhalation.

“They were treated at the scene with oxygen before being taken to Sandwell Hospital as a precaution.

“A man from the floor above was also complaining of smoke inhalation and he too was taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“Just over an hour after the initial call, the emergency operations centre received a second call stating an elderly woman was complaining of breathing difficulties.

“A rapid response vehicle was sent and the paramedic assessed the patient. After taking observations, the woman chose not to go to hospital and was left with family.”

The cause or location of the actual fire was not known to ambulance crews.

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Cyclist injured in Ledbury

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Thursday 7th November 2013 – 9.30am – Steve Parry.

A cyclist has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the A449 Ledbury Road near Ross on Wye this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at 6am.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Medical Emergency Response Incident team (MERIT), two BASICS trauma doctors together with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to a collision between a car and cyclist near Ross this morning.

“Crews treated a male, believed to be in his forties, for serious head injuries and an arm injury.

“The patient was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board. He was anaesthetised by a doctor at the scene before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

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

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CFRs recycle donation

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Wednesday 6th November 2013 – 5.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Burntwood and District Community First Responders (CFRs) have recently received a donation over £2,800 from recycling and waste management company, Veolia Environmental Services.

The money was raised through a fun day held at the companies Kingswood Lakeside offices and also through the support of a staff charity bag pack at Sainsbury’s (Cannock), Tesco (Heath Hayes) and Morrisons (Burntwood).

Paul Dadge, Burntwood CFRs’ Chairman said: “We rely entirely on donations from the public and this donation will enable us to pay the insurance for our response vehicle and fuel costs into the New Year. We are extremely grateful for the support given to us by Veolia over the last few months, without this we would have had to curb the number of hours we were able to respond in the local community.”

CFRs are groups of volunteers that respond to emergencies on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. CFRs are trained by the Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and may be requested to attend to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, diabetic emergencies, strokes and breathing problems in rural locations. In many illnesses or injuries the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability. Burntwood and District CFRs respond in Burntwood, Cannock, Cheslyn Hay and Great Wryley.

The team are currently raising money to replace their old response vehicle. Anyone wishing to help them with fundraising ideas or donations can do so by emailing join@burntwoodcfr.org.uk or calling 0800 01 999 34.

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Pictured: Burntwood and District CFRs with Veolia staff.

Calling all lifesavers!

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Wednesday 6th November 2013 – 1.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A village in Staffordshire has recently converted a disused red telephone box into a new home for a lifesaving defibrillator.

The Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) which was purchased by Checkley Parish Council went live on Thursday 31st October and can now be found in the phone box outside Hollington Village Hall.

Ten villagers to date have been trained in the use of the defibrillator and general first aid techniques.

Victoria Tufail, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager said: “As a service we strongly believe that by having defibrillators installed in public places and by having people trained in their use, helps to ensure that the best care possible can be provided quickly and effectively prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

“The quicker someone in cardiac arrest 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. So every second really does count!”

Should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest the first port of call should always be to dial 999 and commence CPR immediately. However, anyone dialling 999 for a cardiac arrest from within Hollington Village will now be advised of the location of the defibrillator and given the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk any caller, trained or untrained, through instructions in how to use the device. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.

Sharon Farnell, Parish Clerk said: “A little while ago the Parish Council were presented with the opportunity to adopt a redundant telephone box. As we had managed to raise some funds during the Diamond Jubilee it was decided that we would put the money to good use and purchase a defibrillator and place it within the phone box. As the Hollington is a very small rural village we thought it would be beneficial to have access to such a lifesaving device.

“I would like to express my thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service for their advice regarding the purchase of the defibrillator and for providing the free training, which we all thoroughly enjoyed.”

For more information about community initiatives and free lifesaving first aid courses provided by West Midlands Ambulance Service please visit http://www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/HeartStart.aspx or www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/CFRs.aspx.

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Pictured:  Peter Wilkinson, Vice Chair of Checkley Parish Council with the defib.

 

Pedestrian Injured in Redditch

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Wednesday 6th November 2013 – 7am – Steve Parry.

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Redditch last night..

The incident occurred in Rough Hill Drive, Crabb Cross just before 11pm.

An ambulance crew, together with the Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) treated the patient.

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

“A male in his thirties was treated for a serious head injury.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before he was conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

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

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All ready to celebrate Bonfire Night? Here is some advice from West Midlands Ambulance Service to keep you and your loved ones safe

Looks like the weather’s going to be kind for bonfire night: mostly dry but a bit chilly. A good night to go to an organised display.

If you’re organising your own display, keep the fireworks in a closed box and use them one at a time. Follow the instructions and never return to a firework once it’s been lit.

Keep naked flames, including cigarettes, away from fireworks and never use paraffin or petrol on a bonfire.

Never throw fireworks and direct rocket fireworks well away from spectators. Fireworks have the potential to kill or maim.

If you suffer a burn, remove clothing or jewellery unless it is stuck to the skin. Soak the area under lukewarm water for 10–30 minutes. Take pain relief if required.

Seek medical help if the burn’s bigger than your hand, is blistering or it goes white or skin is charred – cool and cover in cling film.

Have a great, but safe night.

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Road traffic collision in Moseley

Tuesday 5th November 2013 – 2.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A woman has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Alcester Road, Moseley, shortly after 12.25pm today.

The Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a BASICS Emergency Doctor in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman pedestrian in her sixties sustained serious leg injuries and an arm injury which were immediately treated at the scene and she was given pain relief. She was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham whose major trauma centre had been put on alert.”

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Incident at Stafford Railway Station

Tuesday 5th November 2013 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been seriously injured in an incident at Stafford railway station this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 8.40am today.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man in his twenties had suffered extensive burns which were treated at the scene. He was also given pain relief before being taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Pedestrian injured in City

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Monday 4th November 2013 – 8am – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham city centre this morning.

The incident occurred on St Chad’s Queensway just after 6.10am.

Two ambulances together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer 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 in his twenties was treated for multiple injuries.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before he was conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.

“Two passengers travelling in the car were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Three Midland Motorway Incidents

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Sunday 3rd November 2013 – 7pm – Steve Parry

West Midlands Ambulance Service dealt with three motorway incidents within five minutes of each other earlier this afternoon.

The three incidents took place around 5pm on:

M6 junction 9 south.

“An ambulance and paramedic officer attended a collision between a car and motorbike. One male motorcyclist was treated at the scene for minor injuries and later released.”

 M42 junction 4-5 southbound.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident just before 5pm. 999 calls suggested 4 vehicles were involved. One female patient was assessed on scene and later released. A further female was treated for back pain and was taken by ambulance to Hartlands Hospital. An ambulance; ambulance officer and Basics doctor attended the scene.”

M6 Junction 1 southbound

 “An ambulance; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance officer attended the scene. Initial calls suggested up to ten vehicles were involved. One female patient with a wrist injury was taken to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for assessment and treatment.”

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A4097 Fatality

Sunday 3rd November 2013 – 3pm – Steve Parry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that a 999 call was received following a road traffic incident on the A4097 at Curdworth on (Saturday morning).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4097 at 5am.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were alerted to a single vehicle road traffic collision.

“A man, believed to be in his thirties, was treated for minor injuries and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save a female in the vehicle and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Firework Incident in Worcester

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Friday 1st November 2013 – 9.30pm – Steve Parry.

Ambulance Crews were alerted to an incident in Broadway, Worcester following reports that a firework had exploded in the crowd.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent a paramedic officer and a Community First Responder also attended the scene. The Service had a number of other resources on standby should they be required. However, they were later stood down.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a firework incident at an event in Childswickham Road.

“Two adults presented with minor leg and chest injuries and two children were assessed at the scene. It is understood at least five other people received minor injuries but left the scene before the emergency services arrived.

“All the patients were treated at the scene and later released.”

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Fatality near Ledbury

Friday 1st November 2013 – 8pm – Steve Parry.

A man has died in a road traffic collision near Ledbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near the junction of the A483 and A417 at approximately 3.20pm.

An ambulance together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended a road traffic collision involving a car and lorry.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient who was confirmed dead at the scene.”

 

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WMAS Joint Statement with Paul Passant – Shropshire Resident

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Friday 1st November 2013 – 4.30pm

Dr Marsh has been in the ambulance service for 27 years and says he has never known a period when the Service has been under so much pressure. Mr Passant has been campaigning for more funding to be available from Commissioners for extra ambulances in Shropshire since the beginning of 2013 when his grandson Thomas had to wait over 40 minutes when he developed a life threatening condition.

The number of 999 calls in Shropshire is rising every year and even though the ambulance service is providing more paramedic cover in the county than ever before, it is still not enough. Quite simply, Shropshire needs more emergency paramedic ambulances and West Midlands Ambulance Service needs more money in order to provide them.

The situation is nothing new. West Midlands Ambulance Service previously claimed to have been one of the worst-funded ambulance services in the country. The Trust has one of the lowest funding averages compared to other ambulance services. This claim was further substantiated in an independent report commissioned by Primary Care Trusts and published in September 2009 entitled: “Efficiency Review of The West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust”, referred to as “The Lightfoot Report”.

In February 2012, West Midlands Ambulance Service wrote to the then Shropshire County PCT outlining the need for more funding. The report stated: “Within Shropshire PCT there are clearly factors such as its geography that make responding to incidents and achieving performance targets difficult. As the Lightfoot report highlighted, performance of around 65% …” (against a target of 75%) “… could only be expected in Shropshire due to its nature, currently performance is around 74% Year to Date, and therefore is comfortably above this expectation.”

In order to achieve the targets the report called for:
• Two additional 24/7 ambulances at a cost of £1.2m.
• Shropshire County PCT to reduce delays at hospitals by “improving hospital turnarounds and thus improving ambulance availability within the PCT to respond to calls and be better placed to respond quickly to outer areas.” or provide an additional £900,000 for the equivalent of one-and-a-half additional ambulance crews to offset the effects of the delays. This funding has not been forthcoming.

Since then handover delays at hospitals have continued. The hospitals are also stretched and under pressure, but the knock-on effect of ambulances waiting at A&E to handover patients means they can’t go to the next emergency.

Mr Passant said: “Frontline staff and everyone in the ambulance service are working as hard as they can to provide the very best possible care to patients but are being undermined by a lack of adequate funding. I have met with Anthony Marsh and seen copies of the correspondence he has sent to the CCG setting out the risks. I am confident Anthony is doing all he can to raise the concern of inadequate funding and to secure the additional ambulances. I share Anthony Marsh’s determination to secure more funding for ambulances in Shropshire. West Midlands Ambulance Service can only provide them if it gets the money from commissioners.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said; “I welcome the continued support of Paul Passant and other residents of Shropshire in order to secure the required funding for additional emergency ambulance crews in Shropshire.”

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Incident on M5

M5 incident - 01-11-13
Friday 1st November 2013 – 7.45am – Suzie Fothergill.

A woman has been treated by ambulance crews following a road traffic collision on the M5 yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called between junctions 3-2 of the northbound carriageway of the M5 at approximately 9.45pm last night.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers 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 that had been in collision with the central reservation.

“On arrival at the scene crews found a car in the middle of the carriageway. The two occupants from the vehicle were found on the hard shoulder.

“The passenger of the car, a woman believed to be in her 30’s, had suffered a significant leg injury. The woman was treated at the scene and provided pain relief before being immobilised and conveyed to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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