Visit to Donnington Wood Infant School

Primary schoolchildren in Telford have been taught about the importance of calling 999 appropriately.

Paramedic Edd Davis visited Donnington Wood Infant School on Monday 3rd February.

The visit was part of a voluntary countywide education drive which also involves practising some first aid, dressing wounds and looking around an ambulance.

Listen here to Edd teaching the children about when and when not to call 999:

The children also learnt how to apply bandages. Their patient was teaching assistant Mrs. Elmsore:

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One of the aims of the school visits is to ensure young children aren’t frightened by the presence of an ambulance or a uniformed crew in the event of a real emergency. The children were taken outside to look in the ambulance and listen to its sirens. But could the children make a siren noise louder than the ambulance?


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Edd said: “It is important for children to meet us in uniform, see the things we do, the equipment we use and have a look around the ambulance so they don’t feel scared if we have to help them in a real emergency. It is also important to teach them when and when not to call 999.”

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If you know of a school in Shropshire that would like to be visited, contact Edd on 07816 247 681 or email edward.davis@wmas.nhs.uk

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Man trapped under car

Tuesday 11th February 2014 – 6.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A middle aged man has suffered a serious burn after ending up underneath a car in Birmingham.

The incident happened in Weoley Park Road in Selly Oak at about 6.40pm on Monday evening.

An ambulance and the MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a man in his 50s trapped underneath a car in a semi-conscious state.

“With the help of firefighters, the man was extricated from under the car and taken to the ambulance where his injuries were assessed.

“The man had suffered a head injury, bruising to his abdomen, but his worst injury was a burn to his leg which had been pressed against the exhaust!

“He suffered a serious burn and was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with the doctor travelling.

“The driver was uninjured.”

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Man airlifted following RTC

Monday 10th February 2014 – 3.00pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver had to be airlifted to hospital this morning (Monday) following a road traffic collision in Upton upon Severn, Worcester.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between two cars on Tewkesbury Road shortly after 10.30am. An ambulance, a rapid responder paramedic and the Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene, which landed close by on the road.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a man who was disorientated following a crash and also had a head injury.

“It is believed the man, who was in his 20s, had been knocked unconscious in the collision but had regained consciousness before ambulance crews arrived. The man was out of his vehicle.

“Ambulance crews treated the man for an open wound to the back of his head and his reduced level of consciousness. His condition was stabilised and he was air lifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“Nobody was injured in the second vehicle.”

Boy in collision with car in Coventry

Monday 10th February 2014 – 12.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A 13-year-old boy has escaped serious injury after being involved in a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a serious collision between a car and a pedestrian in Radford Road at around 9.10am this morning (Monday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Fortunately on arrival, crews discovered a 13-year-old boy with minor injuries following a low speed collision with a car.

“Upon assessment, crews found the young boy had sustained minor facial injuries and abrasions to his back.

“He was treated for his injuries immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

“The driver of the car was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Road traffic collision in Rugby

Sunday 9th February 2014 – 8.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

A cyclist has been injured in a collision with a car in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Dunchurch Road and Orson Leys, Rugby at 5.45pm today.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The cyclist, a man in his twenties, had concussion and abrasions to his face, limbs and pelvic area.

“He was immobilised and was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Tree falls on car in Birmingham

Saturday 8th February 2014 – 5.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

A tree has fallen onto a car in Birmingham injuring two passengers in it, one seriously.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stoney Lane, Yardley at 2pm today, sending a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford on board which was a doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman passenger in her seventies was trapped in the car with the tree lying on top of it. The tree was cut away and removed by the fire service. The woman had a chest injury, a broken right leg and was experiencing spinal tenderness. She was given pain relief and oxygen and was immobilised before being taken by land ambulance accompanied by the air ambulance doctor to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Another woman passenger from the same car had neck pain and was taken to Heartlands Hospital. The driver was uninjured.

“A branch from the same falling tree also hit another nearby car. There were three people in the vehicle, all of whom were checked over and discharged at the scene.”

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Car on fire on M6

Friday 7th February 2014 – 7.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

A car occupied by an elderly couple has caught fire after colliding with a barrier on the M6.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway approaching its junctions with the M6 Toll and the M42 shortly before 5.45pm today.

An ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Passersby including an off-duty GP stopped to help, pulling an unconscious woman passenger from the car. She was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar as a precaution.

“Her husband who was driving the car, had chest pain and an arm problem. They were both taken in the same ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Child Injured in Cannock

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Friday 7th February 2014 – 5pm – Steve Parry.

A child has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Cannock this afternoon.

The incident occurred in Chapel Street, Norton Canes just before 3.45pm.

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

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

“A male, believed to be 5-years old, was treated for serious head, pelvic and leg injuries.

“The patient was anaesthetised by a flight doctor and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being airlifted to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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WMAS Storm Warning

 

Friday 7th February 2014 – 12.15pm – Steve Parry.

With more heavy rain forecast for the coming weekend, West Midlands Ambulance Service is urging the public to heed weather warnings and follow safety advice.

The ambulance service will have addition vehicles on duty this weekend as heavy rain and strong winds once again hit parts of the West Midlands region.

WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Craig Cooke, said: “In general, over the weekend we would ask all members of the public to follow the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time. We would also advise motorists to exercise extreme caution and not attempt driving through flooded roads.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk, including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to provide a service in these most challenging of conditions.”

The ambulance service is likely to face a busy time this weekend and the Service is reminding the public that they should only call 999 for life threatening emergencies.  For less urgent cases of illness, injury or pre-existing conditions, the public are advised to consider alternative medical assistance such as their GP, NHS 111, visit a walk-in centre or consult a pharmacist.

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6 Vehicle Crash – M42

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Friday 7th February 2014 – 09.10am – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a six vehicle road traffic collision on the M42 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 3a – 3 on the northbound carriageway of the M42 at just before 7am.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving six vehicles. Three patients were treated from separate vehicles.

“The man, believed to be in his forties, was treated for a wrist injury.

“A woman in her forties was treated for neck and back pain. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board. Both patients were conveyed to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“A third patient was assessed by ambulance crews at the scene before being released.”

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Man in River Severn in Bridgnorth

Friday 7th February 2014 – 7.45am – Chris Kowalik.

Overhanging tree branches were all that stopped a man from being swept away after he fell into the River Severn in Bridgnorth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the river bridge in Low Town shortly after 11.40pm on Thursday 6th February and arrived to find a man in his thirties up to his shoulders in water holding onto the branches.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Hazardous Area Response Team attended. The fire service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man was wedged in among the bushes and branches and was holding on. He was pulled from the water by the fire service. He was checked over by ambulance personnel and was found to have a low temperature but all other observations were normal. He was taken to Princess Royal Hospital.”

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Road traffic collisions near Birmingham Airport

Friday 7th February 2014 – 7.45am – Chris Kowalik.

Three people have been injured, one seriously, in two road traffic collisions that happened in close proximity of each other near Birmingham Airport.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 at 7.40pm on Thursday 6th February.

Two rapid response vehicles, one staffed by a paramedic area support officer, attended along with three ambulances.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first collision at the junction with Catherine de Barnes Lane, involved a minibus, a people carrier and a car.

“A man in his fifies who was a passenger on the minibus had serious injuries to both legs. One was broken, the other was suspected to be broken and had a deep cut. His legs were splinted, he was given pain relief and was taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The woman driver of the car involved had back pain, was cut free from her car and was immobilised as a precaution before being taken to Heartlands Hospital. All six occupants of the people carrier were checked over and discharged at the scene.

“Approx. a hundred metres away, along the A45, there was a second collision. A passenger in one of the cars involved in this collision was complaining of spinal tenderness. She was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and was taken to Heartlands Hospital.”

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Car collides with tree in Newcastle

Thursday 6th February 2014 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A motorist has been injured after his car collided with a tree in Newcastle earlier this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to the A53 in Baldwins Gate, near to the Swan With Two Necks public house, at 1.45pm (Thursday).

One ambulance, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and two basics doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews treated the car driver, a man in his 70s, after his vehicle left the road, went up an embankment before colliding with a tree.

“The vehicle had to be secured by the fire service before the patient could be safely extricated on a spinal board through the off-side rear door.

 “The patient was treated by ambulance crews and the medics for minor arm and hand injuries before being conveyed to University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Local MP visits Warwick Ambulance Hub

Thursday 6th February 2014 – 2.45pm – John Hawker.

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A local Stratford on Avon MP visited the Trust’s new Warwick hub recently.

Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi took a tour of Warwick Hub, Tournament Fields on Friday 31st January which has been operational since August. 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 Zahawi saw the modern rest room where staff have their breaks, the changing facilities, the management offices and also training facilities. Mr Zahawi also had the opportunity to see first hand 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.

South Warwickshire Area Manager, Martyn Scott, met with Mr Zahawi and said: “We’re very pleased that Mr Zahawi 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.

“We had an excellent discussion on the challenges moving forward for the ambulance service and Mr Zahawi was supportive of improvements that have been made so far.

“Whilst Make Ready isn’t a new thing for the Trust it is a new way of working for us in Warwickshire and we’re already seeing the benefits.“

Mr Zahawi, Conservative MP for Stratford on Avon, said: “It was fantastic to visit the new Hub, and hear how WMAS are transforming their service to make it work for the people of Warwickshire, especially in the more rural parts of my constituency.

 “It is always a pleasure to meet with local NHS staff; they have an obvious passion for their work, and I was incredibly impressed by their dedication and professionalism.”

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Notes to Editors:

Warwick is one of two new purpose built hubs in Coventry and Warwickshire and are a central part of the Trust’s ‘Make Ready’ project which has overhauled and modernised the ambulance service in the West Midlands.

 

                       

‘Street Triage’ Mental Health Scheme – coverage from the BBC’s “The One Show”

Paramedics, police and nurses are joining forces to ensure people with mental health issues receive the right treatment and care in Birmingham and Solihull.

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See the original press release on the scheme here:
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A feature on the scheme was broadcast by the BBC’s “The One Show” on Tuesday 4th February. You can see it here:

RTC in Lilyhurst

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Wednesday 5th February 2014 – 2.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Three people have been treated by ambulance crews following a road traffic collision, which left one of the vehicles on its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Lilyhurst Road in Sheriffhales shortly after 10.50am this morning.

Three ambulances and two rapid response vehicles, one of which was carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Cosford, were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of two cars that had been in collision. One of the vehicles had overturned and was found to be on its roof.

“The occupants from both of the vehicles were out of the cars on the crew’s arrival.

“Two occupants from the overturned car were treated at the scene. The driver, a man, was treated for an arm injury before being conveyed to Princess Royal Hospital.

“The passenger, a woman, was treated for back and chest injuries. Due to the nature of her injuries she was fully immobilised as a precaution and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The occupant of the second vehicle, a woman, was treated for a suspected fractured collar bone before being conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Factory fire in Darlaston

Tuesday 4th February 2014 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service worked closely in connection with the Fire Service to secure the safety of all involved at a factory fire earlier this afternoon.

Responding to a call made at 2.35pm, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), three ambulance officers and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene at G&P Batteries LTD on Crescent Works Industrial Park, Darlaston.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were called to a factory fire in Darlaston which is believed to have started when a battery caught fire.”

“One man, believed to be about 40-years-old, was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Notes to editors
I have no further details on this incident.

Driver trapped upside down in car

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Monday 20th January 2014 – 11.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a car that crashed in Coventry was left upside down for three quarters of an hour as ambulance staff worked with firefighters to free him.

The crash happened in Walsgrave Road at about 9.15pm on Monday night.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Trust received no fewer than five calls about the crash. On arrival, ambulance staff found the car on its roof and the driver trapped mechanically inside.

“Working with firefighters they very carefully removed the middle aged man after immobilising him as a precaution.

“Although he was quite disorientated at the scene, thankfully he appeared uninjured. However, as a precaution he was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for further assessment.

“He was undoubtedly very fortunate not to have injured himself in the crash.”

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Warning Follows Worcester River Incident

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Sunday 2nd February 2014 – 10.30am – Steve Parry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has renewed safety warnings about flooding following an incident it attended overnight in Worcester.

The Service was called to a stretch of river at the back of the Technical College, Deanway in Worcester at 1am, following reports of a person in the river.

An ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle attended the scene and managed to pull a man to safety from the edge of the fast flowing river. The patient was assessed at the scene before being taken to Worcester Hospital for further treatment.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It was extremely fortunate that a paramedic and ambulance crew were on scene within minutes to pull the man to safety.

“It is important that everyone follows the advice of the Environment Agency and other emergency services and stay away from flood control channels, rivers, streams and other waterways at this time.

“Not heeding the many safety warnings puts lives at risk including ambulance staff and other emergency service personnel called to waterway incidents.”

 

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Car Collides with Tree

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Sunday 2nd February 2014  – 10.15am – Steve Parry

A motorist has been taken to hospital after his car collided with a tree near Tamworth earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Planation Lane, Hopwas, near Tamworth at just after 2am.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews treated a man in his thirties after his vehicle left the road and collided with a tree.

“The vehicle received significant damage and the patient was trapped for over an hour before being released by emergency services.

“The patient was treated for back pain but otherwise he appears to have escaped serious injury.

“The patient was conveyed to Hartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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3 Injured on Garage Forecourt

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Saturday 1st February 2014 – 9.30am – Steve Parry.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Burslem this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Waterloo Road at just after 6.50am.

Three ambulances; a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car had collided with a wall on a garage forecourt in Waterloo Road.

“Two men, believed to be in their twenties, received facial injuries. They were  immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“A teenager was assessed for neck pain and she was also taken to UHNS for further assessment”

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