Car overturns in Bilston

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Sunday 15th June 2014 – 10.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response vehicle from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the incident on Bourne Street in Coseley shortly after 6.30pm this afternoon.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a single vehicle that had collided with a wall and had overturned.

“The driver, who had reportedly been unconscious prior to the arrival of the ambulance crews, was trapped in the car for a period of time. The man was immobilised and a freed from the vehicle before being conveyed to New Cross Hospital.

“The passenger, a woman, was out of the car and was treated for abdominal pain before being conveyed to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Both patients were conveyed by land ambulance”

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Boy kicked by horse

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Sunday 15th June 2014 – 7.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A young boy has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Coventry today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to a field off Cornets End Lane in Meriden shortly after 12:05pm this afternoon.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a boy who had been kicked by a horse. It is believed that the boy had been knocked unconscious for a short period of time.

“On the crew’s arrival the boy had gained consciousness and was found to have sustained chest and abdominal injuries. Ambulance personnel treated the boy, believed to be approximately 6 years of age, for his injuries and administered pain relief at the scene. The casualty was fully immobilised as a precaution and airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment,”

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Campers injured as gas bottle explodes

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Sunday 15th June 2014 – 11.00am – Suzie Fothergill.

Two campers have been treated for burns after a gas bottle they were using exploded.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a field off Marlbank Road in Welland, Malvern at approximately 11pm yesterday evening.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of two campers that had become injured when the gas bottle they were using exploded.

“Ambulance crews treated a man and a woman believed to be in their 30’s for burn injuries to their legs and arms. Both casualties were given pain relief at the scene before being conveyed to Worcester Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Youngster rescued by ambulance crews

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Saturday 14th June 2014 – 9.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A teenager who became injured after falling down a steep slope whilst out with his friends has been rescued by ambulance crews in the Black Country today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to a teenage boy who had become injured in some woods near to Bosty Lane in Hatherton Rushall, Aldridge shortly after 1.35pm this afternoon.

An ambulance and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The teenager is believed to have gone to find shelter from the rain when unfortunately he slipped and fell down a slope into a caved area.

“Due to the nature of the location and difficult access, the ambulance crew requested assistance from the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to help retrieve the teenager. On arrival at the scene HART managed to gain access to the casualty on foot, where he was treated for a broken ankle. The teenager’s leg was splinted and he was immobilised in a specialist stretcher. Once they had managed bring the teenager to the top of the slope, crews carried him to HART’s 6×6 all-terrain vehicle, transferring the teenager across the treacherously muddy pathways to the awaiting ambulance.

“Once on board the teenager was conveyed to Walsall Manor hospital for further treatment.”

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Woman seriously injured in overturned car

Saturday 14th June 2014 –3.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A woman has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Oxford Road in Ryton on Dunsmore shortly before 8.45am today.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews found two cars that had been involved in a collision. One of the vehicles had left the road and was upside down in a ditch.

“The driver of the overturned car was found to be trapped in the vehicle. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to extricate the woman from the car safely.

“Once freed the woman was treated for serious leg and chest injuries before being conveyed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was assessed at the scene but was found to be uninjured.”

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Will alcohol defeat you tonight?

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Saturday 14th June 2014 – 7.30am – Murray MacGregor.

With just hours until the first England game, bosses at West Midlands Ambulance Service are urging footy fans to make sure they can remember the action, whatever the result.

With good weather, a party atmosphere, there is a small chance that the odd alcoholic drink might just pass the lips of one or two of us tonight. However, the consequence of doing so has a direct effect on the work our staff will be doing later on this evening and into the small hours of Sunday morning.

Acting Emergency Services Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “The last thing we want to do is stop people having a good time. The atmosphere across the region seems fantastic with a nervous anticipation for the big game tonight.

“Our concern is that too many people will simply not remember the game or the result because of how much they have had to drink.

“We will have extra ambulances, response vehicles and paramedic officers on duty tonight. There will be additional staff in our emergency operations centres and our Gold co-ordination centre will be operating at headquarters.

“Unfortunately, experience tells us that we are likely to be incredibly busy with alcohol related incidents before, during and after the match. Every week we see the results of heavy drinking especially around big football matches with issue such as:

  • A rise in the number of assaults, including those against our ambulance staff;
  • A significant increase in incidents involving domestic violence;
  • Cases of drink driving which can lead to tragic consequences – most police forces will be stepping up their drink driving checks;
  • People becoming injured through false bravado from too much alcohol;
  • Drinkers becoming injured simply from falling over because they were too drunk to stand up.

“All of these cases are avoidable and mean we have to divert ambulances away from dealing with people with potentially life threatening conditions such as heart attacks and strokes.

“We are certainly not saying people should not drink, but it’s easy to forget how much alcohol you have consumed when you are enjoying yourself.

“All we would ask is the that everyone to look out for each other, whether through alternating each alcoholic drink with a soft one, or just making sure you and your friends get home safely, hopefully with the right result from the game in Manaus.”

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Collision in Aldridge

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Friday 13th June 2014 – 3.10pm – Steve Parry.

Three adults and a child have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Aldridge this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Walsall Road and Birmingham Road at just after 1.15pm.

Three ambulances; a paramedic officer and a community paramedic attended the scene.

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

“A man, believed to be in his seventies, was treated for chest pain and taken by ambulance to Good Hope Hospital.

“A man and woman travelling in the second car involved were treated for minor injuries and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital. A 3-year old male child, also travelling in the vehicle received minor injuries and was taken to hospital for assessment.

“The lorry driver was assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Friday 13th June 2014 – 7.30am – Suzie Fothergill.

Three people have been taken to hospital after the car they were travelling in overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the single vehicle road traffic collision in Windycote Lane in Dilhorne, Stoke on Trent shortly after 11.15pm yesterday evening.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a single car that had overturned.

“Five occupants from the vehicle were all out of the car on the crew’s arrival.  The front seat passenger, a man, was treated for facial and arm injuries. A woman, who had been travelling in the back of the car at the time of the incident, was treated for neck pain, whilst a third passenger, a man, was treated for an arm injury.

“All three patients, believed to be in their late teens – early twenties, were conveyed to University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“No one else was injured in the incident.”

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Four cut free from RTC wreckage

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Thursday 12th June 2014 – 9.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Four people have been given emergency medical treatment following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Ford Green Road and Spragg House Lane in Norton, Stoke on Trent shortly after 7.00pm today.

Four ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two cars that had been in collision.

“Two occupants had been travelling in each vehicle at the time of the incident. Due to the nature of the patients’ injuries, ambulance crews worked with the fire service to remove both of the car’s roofs in order to safely extricate all four patients.

“The driver of the first car, a man, was treated for chest injuries whilst the passenger, a woman, was treated for back injuries.

“Two men from the second car were both treated for back injuries and minor head injuries.

“All four patients were conveyed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in lorry collision

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Thursday 12th June 2014 – 8.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A motorcyclist has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision involving a lorry in Shropshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A495 in Newton, Ellesmere shortly before 3.45pm this afternoon.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a lorry and a motorbike that had been in collision. On arrival at the scene ambulance crew’s found the motorcyclist trapped underneath his bike.

“The man was freed and treated for severe leg injuries. The motorcyclist, who was also suspected to have sustained internal injuries, was fully immobilised at the scene.

“Due to the serious nature of his injuries, the man was given advanced pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and specialist treatment.”

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Woman airlifted from Droitwich RTC

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Thursday 12th June 2014 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a two car collision in Droitwich this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to St Andrews Road in Droitwich shortly after 1.45pm (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving two cars.

“Two women, believed to be passengers from a stationary car, were out of the vehicle and standing next to the car when it was hit from behind by a second car.

“One of the women, thought to be in her 70s, sustained a nasty leg injury in the collision. Ambulance staff carefully applied dressings to her wound and administered pain relief before she was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board. The woman was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.

“The second woman, believed to be in her 40s, was assessed but found to have suffered no injuries.

“No one else was injured in the collision.”

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Mental health scheme awarded for ‘Excellence’

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Thursday 12th June 2014 – 4.45pm – Claire Brown.

A mental health scheme involving the ambulance service, police and mental health service was recognised for its partnership working at an awards ceremony last night.

Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust’s ‘Quality and Excellence’ awards ceremony, held on Wednesday 11th June, recognised staff who provided exceptional care to people who use their service. West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Police and mental health colleagues scooped second place in the ‘Working in Partnership’ category for their involvement in the successful mental health triage team.

The mental health team, which has been running for six months, operates a car with a police officer, mental health nurse and paramedic. The team respond to 999 calls to help people who need mental health care and provide them with the right support.

Rob Cole, West Midlands Ambulance Services Head of Clinical Practices for Vulnerable Person’s, said: “Every day this team responds to our most complex patients who are suffering mental health issues. In Birmingham and the Black Country we are able to deliver a world class response from a team of professional staff to provide those patients with the highest level of care possible. We are genuinely leading the way in the provision of high quality mental health care and we should all be very proud.”

Krystle O’Brien, the Trust’s Education and Training Officer, said: “I’m extremely proud to be part of the team of paramedics that work on the mental health car. It’s allowed me to both gain and provide knowledge and experience to improve patient outcome. This award has come after six months of hard work and I am truly impressed with the dedication of all of the team and the positive outcomes we have achieved.”

Chief Inspector Sean Russell of West Midlands Police said: “This collaborative approach in Birmingham and Solihull has already helped more than 1,100 people in the last 20 weeks; and has reduced the number of people being detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act by some 50 per cent. “The pilot has helped establish a really strong partnership, which is resulting in a very high quality of care and service being provided to those who suffer with mental ill health. Picking up the award last night is recognition for the contribution that our staff and partners have made in this complex arena and our work now continues to replicate what is an already successful model across the wider West Midlands.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured front row (left to right): WMP PC Sophie Smith, WMAS Education and Training Officer Krystle O’Brien, Bed Manager Andrea Maynard, WMP Sergeant Leanne Chapman.  Back row (left to right) Associate Director at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust DianaMarkman, WMP Chief Inspector Sean Russell, and Oleaster (place of safety) Bed Manager Richard Clarke.

 

 

Frankly, they save lives

Thursday 12th June 2014 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

ASDA in Hereford has become the first of the supermarket chain’s stores in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to be fitted with lifesaving equipment.

Defibrillators are being installed in all of ASDA’s stores throughout the country in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. On Wednesday 11th June it was the turn of the superstore in Hereford where 14 members of staff were trained in its use by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The machine, which can restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest, will be placed in four other stores in the two counties over the next fortnight and West Midlands Ambulance Service will be training their staff.

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June Thurston, Community Life Champion at ASDA in Belmont, explained that their defibrillator has been given a name: “His name is Frank because frankly he is going to save lives!” Listen to June here:

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Noel Orbell, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Herefordshire and Worcestershire, said: “It is a lifesaver. When the patient hits the ground they have an eighty per cent chance of survival with a defibrillator as long as we can get there within the first two minutes. For each minute that goes by the chance of survival diminishes. Having June and other first-aiders at the store, the patient’s chance of survival will be greatly increased.” Listen to Noel here:

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Pictures and audio recordings of interviews with June Thurston and Noel Orbell can be found and downloaded from www.officialwmas.wordpress.com

Other stores due to receive defibrillators and training are: Bromsgrove (completed today, June 12th), Pershore, Worcester and Kidderminster.

Ready for kick off

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Pictured left to right: Controllers Dave Finch, Lynn Hirst and Call Assessor Gareth Caine

Thursday 12th June 2014 – 3.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

The stadia are ready, the teams are ready, the fans are ready and so is West Midlands Ambulance Service for the greatest football show on earth.

The Trust, which is gearing up for a particularly busy period, is urging fans of all of the competing teams to make it a festival of football to remember, rather than one to forget.

Alcoholic drinks are expected to play a big part in social get-togethers during the tournament, with many people watching at home or in one of the region’s pubs and bars.

Acting Emergency Services Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “With England’s first match set to kick off at 11.00pm on Saturday night, the result could play a big part in just how busy the early hours of Sunday morning are.

“As everyone knows, that is a period when we are already very busy so we have put a number of additional measures in place to ensure we can cope with the potential for even more demand.

“A lot may depend on the result of the Italy match; whether fans are celebrating or commiserating.

“In many respects we are almost treating it like a ‘mini New Year’. We will have a number of extra ambulances, response vehicles and paramedic officers available to respond across all divisions. There will be additional staff in our two emergency operations centres in Stafford and Brierley Hill and our Gold co-ordination centre will be operating at headquarters.

“I am very grateful to staff for volunteering to work extra shifts at such a busy time when they could have been with friends and family watching the matches.”

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Hoax caller issued with fine

Thursday 12th June 2014 – 2.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man from Staffordshire has been fined after making a hoax 999 call to the ambulance service.

Ambulance crews rushed to the scene of what they thought was a serious life-threatening 999 call at a property in Meir, Stoke-on-Trent only to arrive at the address to find no such incident and the occupant of the property completely unaware that a call had even been made.

The incident was reported to Staffordshire Police and following further investigations police officers were able to track down the caller at an address in Tunstall. The individual was issued with a £90 fixed penalty notice for malicious communications which caused a nuisance and distress.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We are extremely pleased that this individual has received a fine. All 999 calls to the service are received in good faith. Unfortunately this call turned out to be a hoax which wasted valuable resources from an already busy ambulance service.

“While crews were responding to this hoax incident on blue lights, they were not available to respond to real emergencies, involving genuine patients who may have been suffering from life-threatening conditions.

“We hope that the joint working between the ambulance service and the police sends out a clear message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”

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Notes to editors
The service is unable to issue out names and an exact location of the incident, however, the incident took place on 18th May 2014. Ambulance crews responded to the hoax call in the Meir area on Stoke on Trent shortly after 12.50pm (Midday).

Landmark call made to 111 service

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Thursday 12th June 2014 – 2pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Seven months to the day since stepping in as providers of the NHS 111 (West Midlands) service, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) received its 500,000th call on Wednesday.

WMAS has been running 111 since November 11, 2013, after previous providers NHS Direct decided to step out of their contract. A lot of hard work has been carried out since then to improve it; including revamping the training programme and making changes to the way the call centre operates.

NHS 111 providers have a number of key targets they are measured against, including the number of calls answered within 60 seconds and the number of calls that are abandoned by the caller.

Across the 500,000 calls, WMAS has answered 96.8 per cent within 60 seconds against a national target of 95 per cent, whilst just 0.4 per cent have been abandoned, against a national target of achieving less than five per cent.

NHS 111 (West Midlands) Director Daren Fradgley said: “Landmarks such as this provide us with a chance to reflect on how far we have come since taking over the 111 service and there are a lot of good things to look back on.

“We initially managed to stabilise the service in a short space of time ahead of the busy Christmas period and our performance levels have remained high ever since.

“A lot of people have put in a lot of hard work to help restore the public’s faith in the service, for which I am extremely grateful.

“As we look ahead to the next 500,000 calls we will strive to continue making improvements and providing the best service possible for patients.”

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Civic role for paramedic Adam

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Thursday 12th June 2014 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.

A Birmingham paramedic has been named Consort to the Mayor of Dudley.

Adam Aston, based at Aston Ambulance Hub in Birmingham, has worked for West Midlands Ambulance Service for the past ten years and is a Staff Governor at the Trust.

When he’s not saving lives in his day job, Adam is also a Labour Councillor for Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council serving the Upper Gornal and Woodsetton Ward and was named as the new Mayor’s consort on the 5th June.

For the next 12 months, Adam will attend civic engagements and official duties with his mum, Councillor Margaret Aston, who is the borough’s new Mayor and was formerly the Deputy Mayor. Adam was consort to the Deputy Mayor in the previous 12 months.

Adam said: “It’s a real honour and a privilege to be, once more, working in the Mayoral team as it’s a fascinating role. I’m really looking forward to meeting even more people in our communities who make a real difference to the borough.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service has been really supportive in my role as a Councillor and I hope I can serve as an ambassador for the trust in my new role as the Mayor’s Consort.”

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Pedestrian injured in bus collision

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Wednesday 11th June 2014 – 11.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been conveyed to a major trauma centre following a collision with a bus afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Roanne Ringway, near to Chapel Street in Nuneaton shortly before 4.15pm this afternoon.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews were called to reports of a pedestrian that had been in collision with a bus.

“On arrival at the scene, crew’s treated a man believed to be in his 20’s for chest, pelvic and arm injuries. The man was fully immobilised and was conveyed to the major trauma centre and University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the man and of his injuries.

“The driver of the bus was also treated at the scene before being conveyed to George Eliot Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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A lucky escape from three-car collision

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Wednesday 11th June 2014 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

There was a lucky escape for five road users earlier this afternoon when despite a three-vehicle collision leaving one car on its roof, nobody suffered any serious injuries.

The incident happened on Worcester Road, Pinvin, shortly after 3pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered three cars that had been in collision, one of which had come to rest on its roof.

“Quite incredibly, and fortunately for all involved, nobody suffered any serious injuries in the incident, although three people were taken to hospital.

“Following assessment from crews, it was discovered that a male and female who were travelling together in the same car had suffered minor injuries and as a result they were taken to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“Due to damage caused to his car when leaving the road in the incident, a third patient, had to be cut free from his vehicle. Crews worked closely with the fire service to immobilise him with the use of a spinal board before he was carefully cut free from the car. He was also taken to Worcester Royal Hospital with minor injuries.

“The car that had overturned contained two elderly patients, a male and a female. They managed to free themselves from the vehicle and after being checked over by ambulance staff were discharged at the scene.”

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Man treated for serious head injury following river fall

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Tuesday 10th June 2014 – 11.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A walker has been treated for a serious head injury after falling in to a river in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a river near to Pickering Cave in Dovedale, Ashbourne shortly before 4.25pm this afternoon.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a community first responder were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews were called to reports of a walker who had become injured after falling in to the river.

“The man, who was believed to have been intoxicated at the time of the incident, was treated for a serious head injury and facial injuries after he had reportedly fallen in to the river, injuring himself on some rocks. The man was immobilised at the scene and with the assistance of park rangers was conveyed to an awaiting ambulance.

“The man believed to be in his 60’s was taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment. Medics at the hospital had been pre-alerted and were on standby awaiting the arrival of the man.

“Given the nature of the incident the man was fortunate to have not sustained more serious or even fatal injuries.”

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Apparently not every little helps

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Tuesday 10th June 2014 – 5.12pm – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a supermarket delivery van was glad of a little help after the vehicle he was driving ended up on its side after a collision with a car in Darlaston.

The collision happened at just before 3.00pm on Darlaston Road at the junction with Forge Street.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene after no fewer than five 999 calls about the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a Tesco delivery van on its side with damage to its near side and a Mercedes car with front end damage.

“Fortunately neither driver was seriously hurt, but the crash did cause considerable congestion in the area.

“The driver of the van a man estimated to be in his late 40s had to be helped out of the overturned vehicle but had only minor injuries.

“The car driver, who was estimated to be in his late 20s or early 30s was similarly largely unhurt.

“Both were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene but neither required to go to hospital.”

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Tuesday 10th June 2014 – 4.00pm – Natalie O’Neill.

A motorcyclist was thrown approximately 20 meters from his bike following a collision with a car this morning leaving parts of the motorcycle strewn across the road, and the car on a grass verge.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the crash which took place shortly before 7.50am on Goldthorn Hill in the Penn area of Wolverhampton.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said “The motorcyclist, a man in has 40’s was treated for leg and rib injuries.

“Luckily the man was wearing full protective clothing which greatly reduced his chance of any serious injuries.

“The driver of the car, a woman in her late 40’s was given pain relief treated for neck and back pain.

“Both the man and woman were immobilised by paramedics using a spinal board and neck collar, and were then taken to New Cross Hospital for further treatment.”

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Woman trapped in car on M6

Tuesday 10th June 2014 – 11.45am – John Hawker.

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A woman has been trapped in the car she was driving for around 45 minutes after a crash on the M6 this morning.

The crash occurred just before junction 2 at around 10am.  Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car on its roof on the carriageway with the driver trapped in the car.

“The woman, believed to be in her early 30’s, suffered wrist, ankle injuries and also injuries to her collar bone.

“The woman was treated at the scene and was then released from the car with the assistance of the fire service.  She was then transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The passenger in the car, a woman believed to be 67 years old, had managed to get herself out of the car before medics arrived having only suffered multiple bumps and bruises.

“The woman also received treatment for her injuries at the scene and was transferred to the same hospital by ambulance.

“The occupants of the car are fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries.  The lorry driver was uninjured in the crash.”

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Driver suspended by seatbelt

Tuesday 10th June 2014 – 6.43am – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a car was left hanging by his seatbelt with reports of petrol leaking after the vehicle crashed and ended up on its side in Birmingham late last night (Monday).
The crash happened near the junction of Holloway and Merritts Brook Lane in Northfield at around 11.50pm.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a car that had rolled over suffering significant damage. The driver, a man estimated to be in his 20s was suspended by his seatbelt within the car and seemed disorientated.

“As crews were preparing to extract him, he suddenly got out of the car himself.

“The man had suffered significant chest injuries including suspected fractured ribs and possible internal bleeding.

“He was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Community First Responder is on the “Happy List”

A Community First Responder from north Shropshire has been named on The Independent on Sunday’s “Happy List” of 100 people “who make life better for others”.

Earlier this year John Roberts from St. Martins received the MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours.

Read about the “Happy List” here:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/news/independent-on-sundays-happy-list-2014-not-the-rich-list-the-full-list-of-people-who-make-life-better-for-others-9423410.html

CFR Pops the question

Monday 9th June 2014 – 2.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

Their eyes met over a collapsed man they were caring for in a shopping centre in Worcestershire.

Kelly O’Brien was manager of a jewellers at the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in Redditch where Dave Tew was a security officer and a Community First Responder. A man had collapsed outside the shop.

Dave, who is also the co-ordinator of the Redditch CFR scheme, came to the man’s aid. Kelly came out to help. Later, impressed by Dave’s first-aid skills, Kelly asked him about his training. She then decided to become a CFR herself.

Four years later, on April 22nd (Kelly’s birthday) this year, Dave proposed and Kelly accepted. They are due to marry next year.

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Dave said: “We will both carry on as Community First Responders. Kelly now helps me run the scheme. Next year we will be a husband-and-wife team in charge of the team!”

For more information about the work of Community First Responders or to become one yourself, contact West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Noel Orbell on 07980 094808, or the CFR Admin office on 01384 215855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk

 

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Running crew smashes target

Monday 9th June 2014 – 1.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

More than a thousand pounds has been raised for charity by West Midlands Ambulance Service staff who ran in Worcester’s 10km road race.

Emergency Medical Technician Nicky Masters who is based at the City’s ambulance hub raised £666 for the Midlands Air Ambulance. She earlier explained: “I wanted to do the run for a good cause and chose the air ambulance, as it is an obvious choice for us in the emergency services, I wanted to help promote awareness and raise money at the same time”. Joined by ambulance crewmate Andy Lightbody, Nicky completed the distance in an hour and fifteen minutes thrashing her self-imposed target of one-and-a-half hours. It was her first such run.

Paramedic Lisa Medhurst who is also based at Worcester raised £345 for the Lullaby Trust.

With the addition of gift-aid, the total is more than £1,200

You can still donate to either cause:

To sponsor Nicky, visit http://www.justgiving.com/NickyMasters
To sponsor Lisa, visit http://www.justgiving.com/lisem

Two other paramedics based at Worcester also took part in the run:
Bex Welch raised raidsed £85 for the the Lullaby Trust
and Paramedic Suzie Edwards raised £45 RNLI.

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Road traffic collision in Warwickshire

Monday 9th June 2014 – 11.35am – Chris Kowalik.

A woman whose car was badly damaged in a road traffic collision in Warwickshire has been taken to a major trauma centre.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4086 in Alveston shortly before 9.15am today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended. Police and the fire service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crew arrived to find a car that had collided with a tree.

“The car’s roof was cut off by the fire service and its driver, a woman in her 20s was immobilised by ambulance crews with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“She had neck and back pain and a wrist injury but because of the level of damage sustained to the vehicle, she was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Three Escape M6 Crash

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Monday 9th June 2014 – 9.45am – Steve Parry.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M6 Junction 1 (southbound) at just after 7.30am.

One ambulance, a paramedic officer and a community paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two HGVs in collision with a van on the southbound carriageway of the M6.

“Three men travelling in the van and believed to be in their twenties and thirties, received minor injuries. They managed to escape from the van before the vehicle caught fire.

“They were conveyed to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The two lorry drivers involved in the incident were assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.”

 

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Man trapped by feet in Shropshire village crash

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Sunday 8th June 2014 – 11.30pm – Claire Brown.

A two car crash in a village in Shropshire left a man requiring vital emergency treatment by ambulance staff after he was trapped in the wreckage for over an hour this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4363 in Kinlet at 8.15pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, two senior incident officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Two cars had been involved in a collision causing significant damage. The driver and single occupant of one car, a 47-year-old man, was mechanically trapped by his feet due to the significant front intrusion to the drivers’ side. Ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained nasty fractures to his knee, lower leg and upper arm. They immediately administered drugs to help manage his pain.

“Whilst ambulance staff and medics worked as a team to deliver pre-hospital interventions and further advanced pain relief, the fire service began the process of carefully cutting the man out of the car. After an hour and 45 minutes, the man was released from the vehicle and immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and leg and arm splints. The man was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, for further emergency treatment. The trauma doctor travelled in the ambulance with the patient to continue advanced treatment en route.

“The driver and passenger of the second car, two women in their 40s, sustained a minor chest injury caused by their seatbelts. Both were assessed by ambulance staff and discharged on scene.”

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RTC outside Stoke-on-Trent hospital

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Sunday 8th June 2014 – 7.50pm – Claire Brown.

Nursing staff from University Hospital North Staffordshire were first on scene to a road traffic collision outside the hospital where one woman sustained a serious leg injury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A34 Newcastle Road outside the hospital in Stoke-on-Trent at 2.15pm (Sunday). Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene of the collision involving a motorcycle and a car, they were greeted by a number of nurses providing first aid to two patients.

“The motorcyclist, a 24-year-old woman, sustained a nasty crush injury to her leg in the collision. She was given pain relief by ambulance staff and immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to the nearby hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 30s, suffered no apparent injuries but was treated for the effects of shock before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

 

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Quad bike crash in Coventry

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Sunday 8th June 2014 – 6.40am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff and medics provided advanced medical treatment to two women who had been seriously injured in a collision between a quad bike and a car in Coventry in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Gun Hill in Arley, Coventry, shortly before 1.00am (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the incident

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a quad bike and a car which had been involved in a significant collision.

“Two women, believed to be the rider and pillion from the quad bike, were seriously injured. A 28-year-old woman sustained a significant leg injury. Due to the seriousness of her injury, the medic took the decision to anaesthetise her at the roadside to stabilise her condition. Once sedated, ambulance staff were able to administer further emergency treatment as well as immobilise her leg to prevent further movement. The woman was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, a major trauma centre, for further emergency treatment. The MERIT doctor travelled with the patient to hospital.

“The second woman, believed to be 32-years-old, suffered injuries to her hip and pelvis. She was given advanced pain relief before crews carefully immobilised her with a neck collar and spinal board. Once stabilised on scene the woman was transferred by ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Fatality in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Sunday 8th June 2014 – 6.00am – Claire Brown.

A two car crash has left one woman dead and another requiring emergency treatment after she was trapped in the wreckage for more than an hour in Stratford-upon-Avon last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A3400 near to the Ettington Park Hotel in Alderminster at 8.40pm (Saturday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, medics from the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team and a local community first responder attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of one car, a woman, was sadly confirmed deceased on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was significantly trapped in the wreckage. Upon initial assessment, medics found she had sustained multiple traumatic injuries including a head injury. Whilst ambulance staff and medics administered vital emergency treatment to the woman to help stabilise her condition, the fire service worked around the team to carefully cut the woman out of the car.

“After more than an hour, the woman was released and medics were able to fully immobilise her with a neck collar, spinal board, pelvic, arm and leg splints as well as deliver further drug therapy before she was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment. Medics travelled in the ambulance to hospital to continue pre-hospital treatment en route.

“The woman was said to be in a stable condition upon arrival in A&E.”

 

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Lucky escape from car on side in Stoke-on-Trent

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Saturday 7th June 2014 – 10.50pm – Claire Brown.

The driver of a car which ended up colliding with a telegraph pole before flipping on its side has escaped with just minor injuries in Trentham this evening.

The incident happened at the junction of Jonathan Road and Barlaston Old Road in Trentham shortly before 9.00pm (Saturday). An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The car had left the road and collided with a telegraph pole before coming to rest on the drivers’ side. When ambulance crews arrived, they found the driver had managed to get out of the car despite it being on its side.

“The driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, was assessed by crews and remarkably found he’d escaped with just a cut to his arm. Due to the mechanism of the crash, the man was taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire as a precaution for further investigation.

“The road remained closed following the collision due to damaged power lines from the telegraph pole being on the road.”

 

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Man and woman seriously injured in Stafford

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Friday 6th June 2014 – 9.15pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman needed emergency treatment after a two car crash left both trapped in the wreckage in Stafford this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Weston Bank in Weston at 6.00pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A passing St John Ambulance crew came across the collision, involving two cars, and stopped to administer aid to both drivers until ambulance staff arrived. Both cars sustained significant damage to the drivers’ side and both drivers were trapped in the wreckage.

“The driver of one car, a 34-year-old woman, suffered a serious head injury as well as a nasty injury to her arm. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to the woman before working with the fire service to carefully extricate her from the car. The woman was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board. Due to the nature of the woman’s injuries and her condition, she was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.

“The driver of the second car, a 53-year-old man, was trapped by his legs. The ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had suffered a leg injury and a suspected fracture to his foot. Whilst ambulance staff worked to administer pain relief to the man to stabilise his condition, the fire service worked around the medical team to begin the process of cutting the man out of the car. After two hours, the man was released and he was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to the same hospital.”

 

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Woman dies in Hereford

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Friday 6th June 2014 – 8.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision in a Herefordshire village earlier this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dormington, near to Dormington Court, shortly before 4.30pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and a nearby BASICS doctor from the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman pedestrian in cardiac arrest after reportedly being in collision with a car.

“Ambulance staff immediately started CPR on scene and quickly transferred her to the awaiting ambulance before alerting her into nearby Hereford Hospital.

“Advanced life support continued en route to hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”

 

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Woman airlifted after being cut free from car

Friday 6th June 2014 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman was airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres earlier today following a four-vehicle road traffic collision on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border that left three people in total requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident which took place on the A53 between Market Drayton and Loggerheads, near to the junction with the B5415, shortly before 11.30am. Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene. A fourth ambulance which was passing the scene also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a road traffic collision that involved four vehicles.

“One patient, a woman in her 70s, was a passenger in a vehicle that had reportedly rolled in the incident, and she was trapped as a result.

“After assessing her, ambulance staff stabilised the woman’s condition and immobilised her with the use of a neck collar and spinal board. They then began treating her for chest and lower leg injuries before working carefully with the fire service to cut her free from the vehicle.

“Once free she was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire with a MERIT doctor accompanying her on the journey to continue treatment.

“Two other patients were also taken to the same hospital by land ambulance. A man in his 20s was immobilised and treated for abdominal pain before being conveyed whilst the third patient was conveyed with leg injuries.”

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Seven hospitalised following Telford RTC

Friday 6th June 2014 – 3.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A teenager had to be airlifted to hospital this morning and six other casualties were taken by land ambulance following a road traffic collision in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Overley, Telford, two miles west of junction seven, at 8.10am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a five-vehicle collision involving three cars, a van and a lorry.

“It quickly became apparent there were a number of casualties at the scene, but thankfully none of them had life-threatening injuries.

“Following assessment by crews, a teenage girl was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and treated for back and stomach injuries. She was also given pain relief before being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The three ambulances on scene all transported two patients each to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Four of the patients, all men in their 30s, were all travelling in the same car and suffered minor injuries in the collision.

“Two further patients, two teenage girls, were also transported to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Due to the nature of the collision and the number of vehicles involved, the incident caused significant traffic disruption in the area.”

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Steve takes on Ben Nevis for volunteer lifesavers

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Friday 6th June 2014 – 10.30am – Suzie Fothergill.

The dedicated husband of a Gnosall Community First Responder* (CFR) will be taking on a mammoth challenge this Saturday to raise vital funds for the lifesaving volunteers.

CFRs are groups of volunteers that respond to medical emergencies in the remote rural communities fast. 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.

CFRS are trained by the Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and maybe requested to attend to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrestS, chest pain and breathing problems prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

These schemes are entirely funded by charitable donations and many CFRs and local residents to groups can be found actively taking part in events and fundraising to help raise money.

Gnosall swimming teacher, Steve Cartlidge has been supporting the Gnosall community first responder scheme since it was established in 2006. Steve who is also the husband of one of the responders has already undertaken the Edinburgh marathon, a Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle, Ironman UK and Lanzarote and Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in a bid to raise vital funds.

The 55 year old Smart Strokes teacher will this year be taking on the Ben Nevis challenge. The challenge, which will take place on Saturday 7th June, will see a team of four (including Steve) climb Ben Nevis, cycle 15 miles, canoe 2 miles and then cycle a further 10 miles.

Steve’s wife, Ann said: “Steve has raised funds for us each year by taking on a new challenge. We really appreciate his efforts. The money raised has enabled us, over the years, to buy new equipment and provided funds to help purchase our responder vehicle.”

If you would like to support Steve with his challenge please visit http://www.everyclick.com/gnosallcfrs2

Anyone interested in finding more about becoming a CFR can so by visiting http://www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/CFRs.aspx**

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*The Gnosall CFR scheme started in 2006. At present the group have six active responders (three of the six being founders of the group) but the scheme is always on the look-out for new responders which will enable them to provide 24/7 cover to the village. Last year the group offered 2902 hours of cover and attended 373 calls.

**If you are interested in becoming at CFR volunteer, you should be:
• Aged between 18 – 70
• Have a current clean driving licence
• Be physically fit
• Be able to provide time when you can to attend incidents whether at home or work
• Have a caring nature and be willing to help raise the profile of the schemes in local areas

Car upside down in Stafford

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Friday 6th June 2014 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A man has escaped serious injury despite his car ending upside down in a ditch in Stafford in the early hours.

The incident happened in Dartmouth Street, Stafford, at 0.30am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic, a MERIT trauma doctor and two nearby BASICS doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The car had ended up in a ditch at the side of the road and was on its roof when emergency services arrived.

“The driver and single occupant, a man in his 20s, was still in the car and unable to get out. Miraculously, ambulance staff found the man had suffered no apparent injuries.

“The fire service extricated the man from the car and he was immobilised as a precaution before being taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire.”

 

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Fatal crash in Shrewsbury

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Friday 6th June 2014 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

One man has died and another has been seriously injured following a single car crash in Shrewsbury in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Emstry Island on the A5 in Atcham at 2.15am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The car had left the road and collided with a grass bank before coming to rest in an area of trees.

“The driver of the car, a man, was out of the vehicle and in cardiac arrest. Crews and the medic worked as a team to deliver advanced life support at the roadside, administering pre-hospital medical interventions in an attempt to revive the man. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The passenger, a 19-year-old man, was trapped in the wreckage. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained head, facial and suspected spinal injuries. Whilst medics administered treatment including pain relief, the fire service carefully worked around them to extricate the man from the car. After around 40 minutes, the passenger was freed from the car and immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.”

 

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Three Peaks Paramedics

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Thursday 5th June 2014 – 1.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Eight paramedics from Staffordshire will be swapping their work boots for walking boots as they get set to scale three of the highest mountains in Britain in a bid to raise money for a charity that is close to their hearts.

Back in 2012, one of the team members, Dave Minard, was diagnosed with colorectal cancer at the age of 31. Despite undergoing treatment and a number of major operations at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, Dave has taken on a variety of challenges including a sky dive and charity football matches and has so far managed to raise a massive £5,225 for the hospital’s Charity.

Stafford father of two, Dave said: “My diagnosis came as a complete shock. I have always led an extremely healthy lifestyle, exercising most days and maintaining a good diet but cancer isn’t picky.

“Throughout my treatment I have seen and experienced firsthand what the Queen Elizabeth hospital achieves on a daily basis and I cannot speak highly enough of the care I have received. The amazing and advanced work that the staff perform at this hospital is incredible and all under the banner of the NHS. With this in mind, I was determined to start raising money for their cancer appeal to help support further advances in cancer treatment.

“This latest challenge will be a tough one for me, as some of my nerve endings have been damaged during my treatment meaning that each time I take a step, I feel as though I am walking on gravel. I wont let that stop me though and I plan on completing the challenge with the team.”

The eight paramedics are currently training hard in preparation to take on the three peaks challenge, climbing Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis within a 24hour period over the 23rd and 24th June.

If you wish to sponsor the team and help them on their way please visit www.justgiving.com/dave-minard.

The team will be made up of Dave Minard, Simon Mayer, Kevin Webster, Andy Wright, Duncan Morrison, Phil Smith, Russ Sambrooke and Ben White.

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Time to say thank you

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Thursday 5th June 2014 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

Whether you’re a community first responder, a volunteer car driver, a dedicated fundraiser or part of an aid or rescue organisation helping the people of the West Midlands , we’d like to say a really big  ‘thank you’ during National Volunteers Week.

Over 2,000 Community First Responders (CFRs) across the Region give up their spare time, unpaid, to respond to 999 calls in their local community. Whilst CFRs are always backed up by the ambulance service, there is no doubt that their early intervention saves lives.  In May alone, CFRs responded to over 3,000 patients across the West Midlands equating to 4% of our total number of 999 calls.

If you’re housing an automated external defibrillator (a device used to restart a heart when someone suffers a cardiac arrest) and have had CPR training to help treat someone in cardiac arrest, you’re helping us and your local community more than you think.

Water and land rescue charities as well as 4×4 groups are always on hand to help us through harsh winters, periods of high demand and at the scene of incidents where skill and time are of the essence.

Another set of volunteers work behind the scenes silently by fundraising and offering support to the likes of their local CFR group or Midlands Air Ambulance to ensure they can keep saving lives.

Volunteering isn’t all about the emergency side of the service. Our non-emergency Patient Transport Service is supported by a team of volunteer car drivers who help to ensure patients are picked up and dropped off at hospital appointments.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “National Volunteers Week is a celebration and opportunity to say a really big thank-you for helping and supporting the ambulance service. With literally thousands of people giving up their time to help their local communities we should all be grateful.  I am personally very appreciative of the time you free up to help us to continue to save lives. Supporting any facet of the ambulance service means a great deal to us and I’m really proud of you all. Thank you.”

 

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Man survives cardiac arrest at Alton Towers

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Wednesday 4th June 2014 – 10.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man who suffered a cardiac arrest at Alton Towers in North Staffordshire earlier today is tonight recovering in hospital thanks to the quick actions of passers-by and Alton Towers staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by staff at Alton Towers at around 4.30pm this afternoon (Wednesday) after a man suffered a cardiac arrest within the theme park grounds. A community paramedic, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The 41-year-old man was walking through the theme park with his family when he suddenly collapsed and went into cardiac arrest.

“A passing off duty GP and ambulance technician quickly rushed to his aid followed by a community first responder from Alton Towers who bought an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) from the medical centre.

“The team quickly commenced CPR, administering about eight cycles of chest compressions on the man. They used the defibrillator to deliver two shocks to the man’s heart and successfully managed to restart his heart.

“When the first ambulance staff arrived the man was breathing for himself and, when the air ambulance landed, he was sitting up and talking. The man was assessed by ambulance staff and given further treatment before he was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire where he was said to be in a stable condition upon arrival.

“This was an excellent example of how important it is to start CPR quickly in cardiac arrest cases. If it hadn’t been for the bystanders and CFR, ambulance staff commented that it was unlikely the man would’ve survived.”

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Man injured in Stratford-upon-Avon RTC

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Wednesday 4th June 2014 – 10.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man had to be cut out of his car after it left the road in Stratford-upon-Avon this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car which had left the road and ended up colliding with a grass verge on the northbound carriageway of the A46 in Bishopton shortly after 4.00pm (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a car on the opposite side of the carriageway after it had left the road and collided with a grass verge.

“The driver and sole occupant, a 27-year-old man, sustained a head injury. Ambulance staff worked to treat and stabilise the man whilst the fire service carefully extricated him from the wreckage.

“The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.”

 

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Man critically injured in roof fall

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Wednesday 4th June 2014 – 2.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been seriously injured after falling from a roof in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a residential property in Fulford at approximately 10.25am this morning.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a man who had reportedly fallen approximately 20 feet from the roof of a property.

“It is believed that the man had been carrying out some work on the chimney of the house prior to the incident.

“The man was treated at the scene for a serious head injury and friction burns to his hands. Due to the serious nature of his injuries, the doctor gave the man an anaesthetic at the scene. He was fully immobilised and conveyed, via land ambulance, to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and specialist treatment.

“The doctor travelled on board the ambulance with the crew continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital. The hospital had been pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting their arrival.”

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