Thursday 1st January 2015 – 5.00am – Claire Brown.
Whilst most people were raising a glass to celebrate the New Year, it was business as usual for our staff who were on hand to respond to 999 calls as the clock struck midnight.
As is tradition, the last four hours of 2014 (from 8.00pm – midnight) and the first four hours of 2015 saw the Trust respond to more alcohol related calls which included assaults, falls and unconscious patients. Compared to the previous year, however, the Trust didn’t experience the usual surge in 999 calls after midnight regionally making for a calmer start to 2015.
Between 8.00pm New Year’s Eve and 4.00am New Year’s Day, the Trust responded to 1,436 999 calls.
The Temporary Minor Injuries Unit (TMIU) in the Library of Birmingham returned for its 8th year to help revellers. Staffed by WMAS paramedics, technicians, Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team nurses and doctors, Community First Responders and volunteers from the British Red Cross and St John, the TMIU saw a smaller number of patients than in previous years. Just over 35 patients were seen and treated at the unit; three of which required hospital treatment. All patients were suffering from the effects of too much alcohol or drug use. Ambulance staff based in the City Centre responded to an additional 70+ patients.
Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “The plans and preparations for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day have, once again, been second to none. Thank you to staff and volunteers for giving up spending time with their loved ones this New Year to provide additional support at work.
“Staff on the road and in our control rooms have been working flat out during December which saw the Trust break records in terms of demand.
“As we start 2015, it’s a chance to reflect on what has been an incredibly challenging year. I cannot remember a year like 2014; demand just kept increasing with more pressure in the system that I can recall for a very long time. Despite this, I am immensely proud of the way that, as a Trust, we have met this challenge and continued to provide a very high standard of service to patients. This would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and passion of my staff and I am extremely grateful for their continued efforts.
“I would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.”
Incidents of note:
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the following incidents:
Severn Side, Stourport on Severn (9.42pm)
Called to reports of two patients who had been stabbed. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic and medics from the Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team attended and treated two men who had sustained stab wounds to upper body. Both men were taken on alert to hospital for further treatment.
Pub in Shrewley, Warwick (11.22pm)
999 call to reports of a man who had been glassed. Patient bleeding heavily from neck. Ambulance attended along with the police. A man in his 30s was treated on scene before being taken to hospital.
Chelmsley Wood, Birmingham (3.30am)
Ambulance crew driving back to base in Chelmsley Wood when a pint glass was thrown at their windscreen. The windscreen has been damaged and the ambulance is now off the road awaiting repair and therefore cannot respond to 999 calls. The ambulance crew were thankfully uninjured but understandably shaken. The offender was found and arrested by the police.
Hill Street, Birmingham (3.35am)
An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a responder paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor attended a man who had reportedly fallen over sustaining a significant head injury. Due to the man’s serious condition, the medic decided to anaesthetise him on scene before he was transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. His condition was said to be serious.
Notes to Editors:
With reference to incidents listed above – no further information is available. Interview requests – Interviews may be possible from 9.00am onwards on New Year’s Day only.
The press office reopens on Friday 2nd January for day-to-day regular enquiries.