Tuesday 16th September 2014 – 8.00pm – Claire Brown.
A team of medics from the ambulance service delivered pre-hospital trauma care to a critically injured motorcyclist following a collision near the Snowdome in Tamworth during rush hour this evening.
The incident happened on River Drive in Tamworth shortly before 5.00pm (Tuesday). An ambulance, a community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and a second Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 30s, had left the road and come off his bike before colliding with the central reservation railings and road signs. His bike, which came to rest further down the road, had burst into flames.
“When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found a number of bystanders providing excellent first aid to the seriously injured motorcyclist. One of the bystanders was an off duty ambulance technician from Birmingham.
“Upon assessment, medics found the man had sustained nasty chest and abdominal injuries as well as multiple limb fractures.
“As a team, ambulance staff worked to stabilise the man’s injuries and condition by administering advanced analgesia and fluids. Due to the nature of the man’s injuries, the doctor took the decision to sedate the man at the roadside. The man was fully immobilised and his wounds were dressed before he was airlifted from the scene by helicopter to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for surgery and emergency treatment. The MERIT doctor travelled in the air ambulance to continue treatment on the critically injured man en route.”