Monday 16th March 2015 – 6.45pm – Murray MacGregor.
A toddler has died after a reports that a recovery truck hit a wall which collapsed onto the child.
Despite desperate efforts by ambulance staff and a BASICS emergency doctor, it was not possible to save the one-year-old boy.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Queens Road in Stechford at just after 4.55pm.
A WMAS spokesman said: “A rapid response vehicle was on scene within four minutes of the call and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.
“The boy suffered a serious head injury. Ambulance staff carried out advanced life support but sadly nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene by the doctor.”
A car driver had a lucky escape today following a serious RTC on a bridge in Warwickshire.
The crash occurred on the A452 Leamington Road, Chesford Bridge, Kenilworth at around 2.30pm. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a van that had been in a serious collision. During the crash the car had spun round and demolished the wall of the bridge over the River Avon.
“The man driving the car, believed to be in his late 60’s received treatment at the scene for facial injuries. Following treatment the man was transferred to Warwick Hospital for further treatment.
“The man driving the van, believed to be in his 20’s, received treatment for a hand injury. He did not require hospital treatment.
“Considering the damage to the wall the driver of the car is fortunate not to have gone through it into the river below down a drop of around 25 feet.”
A couple travelling in a 4×4 vehicle towing their caravan were extremely fortunate not to have been seriously injured in a crash on the M5 this afternoon.
The crash occurred on the M5 southbound between junctions 6 and 7 at around 1.55pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trusts HART team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had been in collision with the central reservation and also a Land Rover defender towing a caravan that had overturned and travelled down an embankment. The vehicle came to rest on its roof in extremely thick brambles around 25ft below the motorway.
“The occupants of the Land Rover were trapped for around 30 minutes but had suffered only minor injuries. With the assistance of the fire service the man and woman were both extricated from the vehicle.
“The couple, believed to be in their 60’s, both received treatment for minor cuts and bruises at the scene by medics. Following treatment both were discharged and didn’t require treatment at hospital.
“The driver of the car, a man in his 30’s, also suffered minor injuries and after treatment from paramedics was discharged.
“Considering the mechanics of the accident and the distance the vehicle has travelled, the couple are extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously injured.”
Staff of West Midlands Ambulance Service, volunteers and members of the public have been honoured at a ceremony in Staffordshire for their help in saving lives.
Chief Officer Commendations were awarded at the Long Service and Excellence Awards, sponsored by Celesio UK and Zoll UK Ltd. at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on Thursday 12th March during which members of ambulance service staff received awards for long service and good conduct and retirement certificates.
This year, more than 60 operational members of staff became eligible for their 20 year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The combined years of service of all those eligible for 20, 25 and 30 year Long Service Awards totalled 1,500 years.
Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It is right that we take time out of our busy schedules to pause for a moment to reflect on all the great things that our staff, volunteers and colleagues from the other emergency services and our partners do to support the ambulance service in providing a really good service for the public and saving lives.”
Sir Graham Meldrum, Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The awards we are giving today are all about the value that we place upon the people who are receiving those awards. Not only should the awards be given, it is like justice – they should also be seen to be given. We are here today to see awards given to people who will greatly value those awards. But also we, the public, also value what you do for us and the service that you give. And we are here today to witness that value being recognised publicly in the community. I thank you very much indeed for what you have done.”
Paul Sabapathy CBE, the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands who made presentations on behalf of the Queen, said: “We are so fortunate in having you. We call the ambulance service when we are absolutely desperate. People are distressed and stressed out of their minds when they call you and you come there and deal with it and assure them and make sure that they are looked after.
On behalf of Her Majesty, The Queen, on behalf of all the citizens here in the West Midlands, thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for what you do because you do a fantastic job.”
Chief Officer Commendation:
Mollie Winkler and Maureen Austin – members of the public from Stourport
Mollie was just 7-years-old when she helped to raise the alarm after her grandmother fell on a step and received a head injury. Maureen Austin was looking after Mollie when she fell over a step at their house. Mollie showed great calmness by letting herself out through the front door and going to a neighbour to raise the alarm. Mollie then waited for ambulance staff to arrive before directing them to her grandmother.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Andy Parker – Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police
Councillor ‘Bob’ Prabhjit Dhillon from Warwick
In April last year, Councillor Richard Davies was just two minutes into an after-dinner speech at a mayoral event at the Court House in Warwick, when he was suddenly taken poorly, staggering backwards into a wall and collapsed in cardiac arrest . Fortunately, Councillor Davies was in good hands because Councillor Bob Prabhjit Dhillon the Mayor of Warwick at the time and Warwickshire’s Chief Constable, Andy Parker went to his aid and immediately started CPR. Their resuscitation attempts were successful, almost certainly saving Richard’s life before ambulance crews arrived.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Elizabeth Dean – member of the public from Birmingham
Donna Boyle – Emergency Medical Technician based in Birmingham
David Wheeler – Paramedic based in Birmingham
Last November, off-duty nurse Elizabeth Dean went to aid a car driver who had collapsed at the wheel and collided with another car. Elizabeth started immediate resuscitation of the patient, giving CPR and basic life support until the arrival of ambulance staff, responder Donna Boyle, her crewmate who was unable to attend the ceremony and responder David Wheeler. They arrived to continue with resuscitation and advanced life support until the patient reached hospital. According to the crew, nurse Elizabeth Dean did an ‘amazing’ job at the scene. The others didn’t do so badly either(!)
Chief Officer Commendation:
PC Lucy Diment – British Transport Police, Birmingham
It was late in the evening when a man in his seventies suddenly collapsed at Birmingham New Street railway station in December. Two British Transport Police officers responded to the incident. They were first to reach a man in cardiac arrest, immediately becoming involved in the resuscitation of the patient. PC Lucy Diment had only been an operational officer for seven months and together with her colleague who was unable to attend the ceremony provided excellent CPR and used their AED defibrillator to shock the patient. Arriving ambulance crews highly praised the two officers for their lifesaving attempts.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Kathryn Corlett Emergency Care Practitioner based in Hereford
Patricia Johnson, Advanced Paramedic based in Craven Arms.
Kathryn Corlett and another member of staff who was unable to attend the ceremony were commuting off duty when they came across a motorcyclist who had collided with a lorry. They immediately went to assist the seriously injured motorcyclist. At the same time, Patricia Johnson and her ambulance crewmate who was also unable to attend the ceremony were en-route to an emergency case when they actually witnessed the accident. They also assisted at the scene and treated the patient for serious injuries before the air ambulance arrived. They were all commended for their intervention at a serious incident and the immediate treatment given.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Tom Rose – Paramedic based in Birmingham
Tragedy unfolded on the streets of Birmingham in June last year when a car careered off the road and collided with a bus shelter fatally injuring a young girl and seriously injuring a second woman who sadly died a couple of days later. It was a scene of total carnage when paramedic Tom Rose arrived in his rapid response vehicle as first officer on scene. Tom showed composure and the highest degree of professionalism as he dealt with the scene in the moments before ambulance back-up arrived.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Stuart Grennan, Paramedic based in Bromsgrove
Dementia is a cruel medical condition not just affecting the patient but is often extremely distressing for family and friends. This award was presented to two staff based in Worcester whose quick reactions and sensitivity to the situation helped to reunite a missing dementia patient with his family on New Year’s Eve. Stuart Grennan and a colleague who was unable to attend the ceremony were called to reports of a road traffic collision near Droitwich. When they arrived they found not a road accident but a 70 year old man whose car had run out of petrol. The man appeared confused and displaying behaviours typical of dementia. Sensitive questioning by the crew resulted in the man explaining he was going to London. The crew even managed to get his name and address and assumed he may have gone missing from his home in Cornwall. They called the control room’s Clinical Hub who contacted Devon and Cornwall Police. It was quickly confirmed the man had indeed been reported as missing. They took the man to Worcestershire Royal Hospital where his grateful family were reunited with him a few hours later.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Mike Kelsall – Paramedic Area Support Officer based at Stoke
Matt Thompson – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based at Willenhall
Duncan Morrison – Paramedic based in Staffordshire
Jonathan Whitehouse – former Community First Responder from Wolverhampton
Mark Colwell had the misfortune to be knocked off his push bike in South Staffordshire in March last year. The positive thing about this case was that Mark was wearing a cycle helmet. The bad news was he sustained injuries to his ribs, ruptured lung, shoulder, wrist and hand fractures together with a back injury. He ended up in New Cross Hospital after being treated at the roadside by members of staff whose highly-skilled intervention ensured Mark was in safe hands throughout. Mark and his family were present at the ceremony to help present the awards.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Robert Wilde, Advanced Paramedic, Peter Savage, Emergency Medical Technician and Mel Bird, Paramedic based at Leominster
In June last year ambulance crews were called to a serious dog attack in Leominster. Arriving first on scene were Robert Wilde and Peter Savage. As they approached the scene they could see two dogs viciously attacking several people including three women. Also on scene was Mel Bird who was off duty at the time but heard the commotion and went straight to the scene. One patient suffered ‘significant’ injuries and two others sustained dog bites as they went to her assistance. Robert, Peter and Mel were highly praised by by-standers for their bravery at the scene, and their treatment of all the patients at the same time as they held off two dangerous dogs until further assistance arrived.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Kerry Hemus – Critical Care Paramedic based at Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford
Dr. David Balthazor – based at Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford
Thomas Waters – Critical Care Paramedic based at Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford
Two Midlands Air Ambulances were part of a full medical team which saved a Shropshire farmer after metal spikes fitted to his tractor pierced his body. The tractor apparently suddenly moved forward and pinned the farmer to bales of hay. Fortunately, a neighbour heard his calls for help and alerted the emergency services. The farmer remained conscious remembering every detail of his ordeal as ambulance crews arrived on scene to start initial treatment. Midlands Air Ambulance crews on Helimed 03 based at Cosford and Helimed 09 from Tatenhill in Staffordshire were also called to the farm near Ellesmere in north Shropshire. Crews spent over an hour removing the machinery in order to free the farmer. More blood supplies were airlifted to the scene and eventually the farmer was released and taken by air ambulance to a nearby Trauma centre. The farmer made a rapid recovery and has since returned to work on his farm. The land-based ambulances crews who attended the incident were unable to attend the ceremony.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Stuart Punter – Emergency Medical Technician based at Dudley
Stuart Punter was driving home after a busy night shift when he came across an incident in Dudley in August. He stopped to assist police officers who were talking to a young woman who was hanging precariously from a bridge 80 feet above the roadway. The situation was getting very tense as the woman, by now hanging onto the bridge by her finger tips, was becoming exhausted. Stuart and a police officer took a split second decision that she was about to fall to her death and made a grab for the woman as she started to loosen her grip. The young woman was pulled to safety just in time. The actions of Stuart have been described as ‘heroic’.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Sarah Lawrence – Emergency Medical Technician based in Dudley
In August, Sarah Lawrence and a colleague who was unable to attend the ceremony responded to a serious building fire in Tipton. They were first on scene and were immediately faced with a second floor flat well ablaze. The fire started in a bedroom and the two patients involved had both leapt from a second floor window moments before the crew arrived. The man received leg injuries and a woman suffered smoke inhalation. With the fire still well alight above their heads, Sarah and her colleague treated the patients at great risk to themselves. It was only when the windows blew out of the building that the crew were forced to carry the patients to an area of safety before continuing to treat their injuries. They were joined by ambulance crews at the scene and the patients were eventually taken to a local hospital for treatment. Neil Ashmore and Sarah Lawrence were praised for acting above and beyond the call of duty at great personal risk to treat the two patients.
Chief Officer Commendation:
Jacqueline Chase – Call Assessor based at the Emergency Operations Centre in Brierley Hill
Emergency Operations Centre call assessors are often asked to provide life saving instructions to members of the public over the phone. This task is always a stressful and demanding business but providing instructions to a member of the public who was at the scene of a 9-year-old child in cardiac arrest is exceptionally challenging. Jacqueline Chase provided clear and precise instructions to a member of the public that led to CPR and basic life support being carried out and thankfully a positive outcome for the patient.
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Edd Davis – Paramedic based in Shrewsbury
Edd has made his name promoting West Midlands Ambulance Service. Edd Davis based at Shrewsbury Hub has made it a very important aspect of his role to promote the work of the ambulance service to a wider audience. We are indebted to a growing number of our staff who regularly ‘go that extra mile’ to publicise the Trust in a positive manner through school visits and public displays. Edd is one of a group of enthusiastic individuals who regularly undertakes public relations in his own time. Edd was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award in appreciation of his efforts to promote the ambulance service in Shropshire.
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Peter Shipman – Paramedic based in Birmingham
Sally Powell – Paramedic based in Birmingham
Dean Graham – Paramedic based in Birmingham
Three members of our staff have been recognised for their work which drew high praise from Birmingham City Council. Safeguarding vulnerable adults is an increasingly important part of the work carried out by our staff. Ambulance crews often work with other agencies, such as the police and local authorities, to ensure patients are protected at all times. Although we are unable to identify the particular case in question, Peter Shipman, Sally Powell and Dean Graham have been praised by the Chair of Birmingham City Council Adults Board for the actions they took to highlight a safeguarding case, proving that the initiative is an important factor in patient care and protecting vulnerable people in the community.
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Sally Sherry – Administrator based at the Courier Transport Service in Stafford
Sally Sherry has been singled out for her significant contribution to the work of the Courier Transport Service, making sure contracts are signed for and the department is operating to its usual high standards. Sally has been nominated by her colleagues for her excellent contribution to this often unsung and invaluable Service.
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Leroy Rogerson – Intra-Hospital Liaison Officer based in Stoke On Trent
Leroy Rogerson has made quite a name for himself in recent years especially in the Staffordshire area. Leroy works as Intra-Hospital Liaison Officer for WMAS at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. His close working relationship with the hospital service and the community has already brought him a Signal Radio ‘Pride in the Community’ Award to his ever increasing collection. Praise has been forthcoming from all quarters for Leroy’s dedication to patient care and service to the community.
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Steve Harris – ‘Emergency Biker’ Paramedic based in Birmingham
One of Birmingham’s much loved ‘Emergency Bikers’ is taking it a little slower these days after stepping down from his full time role after more than 36 years’ service. Motorcycle Paramedic Steve Harris, affectionately known as ‘Forrest’ by colleagues as well as fans of Channel 5’s Emergency Bikers, officially retired from full time working last Summer. However, Steve continues to be part of the Birmingham scene as a part-time biker. He joined the service in 1978 and has worked an impressive 18 years as a motorcycle paramedic. Over the years Steve has provided patient care to many thousands of people in Birmingham City Centre and beyond. Steve continues to be a well-known face patrolling the street of Birmingham and he will now receive an Outstanding Achievement award for his long and distinguished service to WMAS, the motorbike unit and the people of Birmingham.
Outstanding Achievement Award:
Tom Waters – Paramedic based at Midlands Air Ambulance in Cosford
Gerard Kelly – Paramedic based in Lichfield
Mark Smith – Paramedic officer based in Hereford
The Ebola outbreak in Africa has become the World’s most feared viral outbreak. A group of NHS medical staff volunteered to make the journey to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola with GOAL which is an international humanitarian organisation. They were part of a group of GPs, nurses and paramedics who have been through intensive training in the UK and travelled to West Africa to help treat people who have contracted the virus. Three paramedics initially stepped forward to join the first group to Africa at the end of 2014. We cannot underestimate the huge task they faced. They all deserve our fulsome praise and we therefore present them with Outstanding Achievement Awards for their part in fighting the Ebola outbreak.
Julie Heathcote – from ‘Performance Through People’
Each year West Midlands Ambulance Service recognises a close working relationship it has forged with an organisation over the past twelve months. This year the Trust is delighted to recognise ‘Performance Through People Training Limited’. The company is a regional training provider for Support Services, apprenticeships and Health and Social care across the region.
Since PTP’s partnership with WMAS started in 2009, almost 500 Trust employees have enrolled on a programme of learning. Since 2012 there have been a total of 86 people recruited into Patient Transport Service apprenticeship roles, with many progressing into permanent roles in the Trust. 383 WMAS employees have previously enrolled on a programme of learning with 273 of these working towards an apprenticeship programme.
John Renshaw – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based in Birmingham
Richard Malin – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based in Bromsgrove
Paul Cope – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based in Coventry
Nick Henry – Paramedic and General Manager for the Black Country
With the success of our huge student paramedic recruitment campaigns, the Trust has literally hundreds of new faces out on the frontline. To support our student paramedics in their chosen career the Trust has put in place a mentoring programme in each of our operating areas. Earlier this year we asked for nominations for Mentor of the Year and Ambulance Hub of the Year:
John Renshaw, Birmingham Mentor of the Year.
Richard Malin, West Mercia Mentor of the Year.
Paul Cope, Coventry & Warwickshire Mentor of the Year.
Willenhall was voted Ambulance Hub of the Year – the award was collected by Nick Henry.
Staffordshire’s Mentor of the Year and the Black Country Mentor of the Year were unable to attend the ceremony.
Team Achievement in Excellence Award: The Mental Health Response Unit: Rob Cole, Head of Clinical Practice – Mental Health based in Brierley Hill.
What started as a trial scheme has gone on to make national headlines. A scheme which has led to a dramatic reduction in the number of people suffering mental ill health issues ending up in police custody in Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull and Coventry. Since January 2014, the ‘Mental Health Triage Unit’ has seen police officers crewed with mental health nurses and paramedics in a responder vehicle, seven days a week. The team attend emergencies across Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry to carry out mental health assessments, often reducing the need for further police intervention. The team has attended almost 3,000 callouts to conduct assessments. This scheme has resulted in a much better collaborative approach, sharing information and working closely together. So successful has the Mental Health response become, the unit is now active across the main centres of population in the West Midlands.
Team Achievement in Excellence Award:
Mark Gough, Assistance Chief Ambulance Officer Responsible for NHS 111 and Liz Parker, NHS 111 General Manager based in Brierley Hill.
It’s over twelve months ago since West Midlands Ambulance Service stepped in to save the NHS 111 service in the region. Since then, NHS 111 has taken more than a million calls and it has consistently exceeded its performance targets and is ranked as one the best NHS 111 providers in the UK. The award is presented to all NHS 111 staff for their excellent delivery of service since stepping in in November 2013.
Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:
Mike Duggan – paramedic based in Birmingham for his work in the City Centre Treatment Unit.
The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award is presented in memory of a distinguished former Director of the Trust who sadly died just over a year ago. Nominations for this award were received from a large number of staff and volunteers, all fulfilling the criteria of leadership and inspiration.
The winner, Mike Duggan has been an inspirational individual since joining the service in 2011.
Responsible for co-ordinating the Birmingham City Centre Treatment Unit (CCTU) – a largely volunteer group responsible for dealing with minor injuries in Birmingham city centre every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Not only does this person organise the cover which includes advanced nurse practitioners, voluntary ambulance services, police officers, WMAS staff and Street Pastors, he also gives up almost every weekend to organise and run the unit. Most of the time, the hard work behind the scenes is done whilst he is off duty from his front room at home. Our winner actually lives in South Wales and travels to the West Midlands for every shift, a journey of nearly two hours each way. He has represented the service on television and radio many times and is a first port of call for the press office when they need a reliable professional to front TV or radio interviews or play a leading part in service campaigns. He is also a regular official “tweeter” for the service.
Mike said: “I am very honoured to be awarded the first ever Peter Murtagh Award. Sadly I never had the privilege to meet Peter but I’ve only ever heard good things about the gentleman. It’s obviously a great honour to have an award named after you and similarly a great honour to be awarded the first ever one. It’s a great honour.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service has unveiled its first ever mascot.
Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle came out of his shell for the first time at the Trust’s Long Service and Excellence Awards Ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 12th March.
It followed a year-long competition run by West Midlands Ambulance Service in which schools throughout the region were asked to help design a mascot. The winner was ten year old Lawrence Emery from Chancel Primary School in Rugeley who was presented with the prize of a Kindle Fire and got to meet his creation.
Seven year old Gracie May Smith from Ryder Hayes School in Walsall was highly commended for her design and was presented with a Kindle.
Look out for Lloyd. He faces a busy summer ahead promoting the ambulance service at fetes, open days and events across the region.
Lloyd was created with the help of Rainbow Productions.
West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards were sponsored by Celesio UK and Zoll UK Ltd.
Sunday 15th March 2015 – 6.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
A driver was trapped in a precarious position for more than an hour this morning when his car overturned in a single vehicle road traffic collision in Burton upon Trent.
The incident occurred on Tutbury Road shortly before 6.30am and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had overturned in a single vehicle collision, coming to rest precariously against a brick wall, beyond which was a 30ft drop.
“Crews worked carefully with the fire service to access and free the single patient, a man believed to be in his 30s. Due to the position in which the car had come to rest, it took over an hour to free him from the vehicle.
“The man, who was fully conscious throughout, was treated for a serious head injury. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and airlifted to Nottingham Queens Medical Centre.”
Notes to Editors:
If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service.
Sunday 15th March 2015 – 10.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.
Three women have had a miraculous escape following a significant two-car road traffic collision on the M6 this morning that saw one of the patients thrown 30ft from the vehicle.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the northbound carriageway of the M6, between junctions five and six, shortly before 7.50am and sent four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, to the scene. The police and fire services were also in attendance, together with the Highways Agency.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two cars that had been involved in a significant collision, one of which had seen the engine ripped out after colliding with a barrier. The engine reportedly landed 150m from where the initial point of contact took place.
“There were three women travelling in that vehicle, one of whom had been ejected from the car as a result of the incident.
“The woman, believed to be in her 20s, had a reduced level of consciousness and had suffered serious head and back injuries. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and transported by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
“The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment on route. Her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.
“The two other occupants, also both believed to be in their 20s, were out of the vehicle when ambulance crews arrived and had suffered less significant head and back injuries. They were also immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and taken to City Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance.
“The driver of the second car, a man in his 30s, was treated for minor chest injuries before being taken to Heartlands as a precaution.
“Despite one of the women having suffered serious injuries, all three are incredibly lucky not to have suffered life-threatening injuries given the nature of the collision.
“The emergency services worked extremely well together at the incident with particular thanks going to the fire service for their assistance in treating two of the patients.
“The incident caused the motorway to be closed in both directions, leading to a build-up of traffic problems in both directions.”
Notes to Editors:
If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service. The silver and blue cars pictured were not part of the collision.
Saturday 14th March 2015 – 10.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
West Midlands Ambulance Service is once again warning the public of the dangers of using accelerants on bonfires, following an incident in Worcester this afternoon.
Every year, and not only around bonfire night, crews deal with numerous incidents where members of the public use petrol or other accelerants on bonfires; which can result in flashbacks and serious burns, which can and will scar for life.
Crews were given another reminder of the dangers of using accelerants when a young boy suffered 15% burns from flashbacks on a bonfire in Claines Lane just before 1.40pm this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.
Paramedic Stuart Evans, who was a member of the air crew to attend the incident, said: “On arrival we discovered a young boy who had suffered flashback burns as a result of using accelerant on a fire.
“We treated him for 15% burns to his face, abdomen and both arms. After initially cooling the burns, we dressed them in cling film and administered pain relief before airlifting him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.
“I would urge everyone to avoid using accelerants on fires as the dangers are clear to see.
“Unfortunately despite the many warnings issued, we are sadly all too familiar with people who have injured themselves in fire related incidents. Burns injuries can be unforgiving and in some cases stay with you for the rest of your life, so please be extremely careful when lighting a fire.”
Saturday 14th March 2015 – 11.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith
Six people required treatment from ambulance staff after a car collided with a tree in Wolverhampton in the early hours of this morning.
The incident occurred in Thompson Avenue, Parkfield, shortly after 4.45am and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a taxi that had left the road and collided with a tree.
“There were seven people travelling in the taxi at the time, all of whom were breathing and conscious throughout.
“Following assessment from ambulance staff, a man was treated for a suspected fractured leg, as well as head and facial injuries.
“A second man, together with two women, had also suffered head injuries in the incident.
“Two other patients had suffered minor injuries and all six were transported to New Cross Hospital for further treatment.
“The driver was assessed at scene but had not suffered any injuries in the incident.”
A pedestrian, who was involved in significant collision with a car in West Bromwich this afternoon, received pre-hospital trauma care by a range of ambulance service assets.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a pedestrian who had been seriously injured near to West Bromwich Albion Football Club’s ground on the Birmingham Road at 3.00pm this afternoon (Friday).
A motorcycle paramedic, a paramedic area support officer, an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A woman pedestrian, believed to be 25-years-old, had been involved in a collision with a car. Bystanders who witnessed the incident reported that she had been carried some distance by the car.
“The woman, who was being cared for by bystanders, was breathing and fully conscious but had sustained multiple fractures. The medic and ambulance staff worked to stabilise the woman by administering pain relief and immobilising her with a pelvic splint, neck collar and scoop stretcher. The woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the MERIT trauma doctor travelled in the ambulance.
“The Birmingham Road remains closed by West Midlands Police this afternoon and motorists are advised to avoid the area.”
Mark Hayes, the Trust’s motorcycle paramedic, was second on scene from the Trust and said: “This was a real team effort, not only by a range of ambulance service staff but by bystanders too. The bystanders at the scene were amazing and were providing really excellent care to the woman until we arrived. I cannot thank them enough, well done.”
A man has died in a road traffic collision in Lichfield this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A513 Croxall Road between Alrewas and Croxall shortly before 11.00am (Friday). A paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic, an ambulance and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree.
“The driver, a man, was trapped in the wreckage and was in a serious condition having sustained multiple injuries.
“Ambulance staff worked with the fire service to quickly extricate him from the car so that they could deliver vital emergency treatment. The man’s condition deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest.
“Despite resuscitation efforts by ambulance staff and the doctor, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”
A man has been taken to hospital after the car he was in ended up colliding with a car on the opposite side of the road earlier this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 in Droitwich shortly before 8.00am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two cars had been involved in a collision on the northbound carriageway of the A38.
“Both carriageways were closed by the police to enable to air ambulance to land as near to the collision as possible.
“One of the cars had come from the southbound carriageway. The driver of this car, a 21-year-old man, sustained neck and back pain and a suspected abdominal injury in the collision. The man was extricated from the car with help from the fire service. The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.
“The driver of the second car, a 28-year-old woman, sustained a graze to her nose but no other injuries. She was discharged on scene.”
Thursday 12th March 2015 – 11.50am – Suzie Wheaton.
Be prepared to have a go…that was the message at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Resuscitation Conference.
Almost 100 delegates from the Trust, stakeholder organisations and charities came together this week to promote one vision; helping communities to save lives!
The conference not only provided the opportunity to celebrate all the lifesaving work carried out by all in the room but to discuss and drive forward joint initiatives to provide everybody with the skills and opportunity to help save a life.
In cardiac arrest* the first few minutes are vital, the quicker basic CPR is carried out and a defibrillator is used, not only improves the chance of a patient’s survival but it can also help to improve the chances of them recovering fully and the time to do so. For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.
West Midlands Ambulance Service figures suggest that more than 100,000 members of the public have now been trained by the Service in basic life support (BLS) since 2012. This has led to 20% more people undertaking BLS on cardiac arrest patients prior to the arrival of an ambulance. At present 38% of people who suffer from a cardiac arrest have a chance of surviving thanks to bystander CPR and defibrillation, but we can do more to promote the benefits of this vital first aid within our communities.
During the event, the audience heard of two real life stories. One of a 14 year old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest and was resuscitated by his friends who had recently been trained by a WMAS paramedic in the British Heart Foundation’s HeartStart course whilst at school. The second story came from a special guest speaker, former footballer Tobi Alabi, who suffered a cardiac arrest at just 19 years of age. Tobi, who had to retire from football now focusses his efforts on educating children through the Heart4more foundation. (www.heart4more.org.uk)
Emma Bogle, Head of Community Response for WMAS said: “The event proved to be extremely successful. The engagement seen from everyone who attended was tremendous and it was a great way to start thinking jointly about how we can all work together to help further improve lifesaving skills and the equipment available within communities, not only within our Region but nationwide.
“A large discussion was held on the day was around building awareness of defibrillator placement. Are you aware of a defibrillator that is in your community that the ambulance service might not know about? If so, please take a few minutes to contact your local community response manager with the details (contact details can be found at the webpage below). If you’re not sure please contact us anyway, we’d rather hear about a defibrillator we already know about than not to know about one at all. This Trust is currently in the process of working towards making this information available to all communities, so watch this space….”
The event was sponsored by Cardiac Science, Physio Control and Wel Medical.
*A cardiac arrest often occurs suddenly and without warning. It is triggered by an malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat. Whilst the heart is not beating effectively toxins build up in the body and brain – you have approximately 8-10 minutes before this brain damage become irreversible. Death will occurs within minutes if the victim does not receive treatment.
A Heart attack occurs when a blocked artery prevents blood from reaching the heart. If not reopened quickly, part of the heart begins to die. The longer a person goes without treatment, the greater the damage. More often than not symptoms start slowly and persist for hours, days or weeks before a heart attack. Unlike with sudden cardiac arrest, the heart usually does not stop beating during a heart attack.
Picture 1: WMAS Head of Community Response, Emma Bogle.
Thursday 12th March 2015 – 9.30am – Chris Kowalik.
Would you like to join West Midlands Ambulance Service’s growing band of volunteer lifesavers?
We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits in Shropshire for our next Community First Responders (CFRs) training course.
Volunteers are particularly needed in and around Bridgnorth, Cleobury Mortimer, Albrighton, Wem, Much Wenlock, Minsterley, Pontesbury, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Clun Valley, Ludlow, Bishops Castle, Oswestry, St. Martins Ellesmere, Whitchurch, Market Drayton, Newport, Shifnal, Cosford and Broseley.
Interviews will take place in Shrewsbury on Sunday 12th April. Successful applicants will undergo a training course spanning four weekends over an eight week period. The course will run over the weekends of April 25th and 26th, May 9th and 10, May 23rd and 24th and June 6th and 7th.
CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.
CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, stroke and trauma when every minute counts.
Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life. When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed-up by an emergency ambulance service vehicle.
“To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm.
“Help will be provided in obtaining the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training.
“Successful applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course covering Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’”.
For more information about the work of Community First Responders or to become one yourself, contact West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Terry Foster on 07827 311909 or firstname.lastname@example.org , or the CFR Admin office on 01384 215 855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk
Wednesday 11th March 2015 – 4.15pm – Suzie Wheaton.
Marks and Spencer (M&S) has boosted its lifesaving capabilities after installing 40 defibrillators into stores throughout the West Midlands region.
The multinational retailer has been working in conjunction with West Midlands Ambulance Service, to roll out the lifesaving machines and deliver training to their staff.
The specialist devices can be used to restart someone’s heart should they suffer a cardiac arrest. These machines are extremely easy to use, meaning people of all ages and walks of life can provide emergency care to those who need it, quickly and effectively, prior to the arrival of an ambulance.
Of the 40 defibrillators going into M&S, 14 will go into stores across Birmingham and the Black Country, eight across Coventry and Warwickshire, seven in Staffordshire, six across Hereford and Worcestershire, and four in Shropshire.
WMAS Community Response Manager, Matt Heward said: “It is brilliant news that such a large retailer has recognised the importance of installing such devices and has got on board with this excellent community initiative. The ambulance service strongly believes that by having defibrillators installed in public places, especially in areas with a large footfall such as M&S, really can help to save lives.
“The quicker someone is defibrillated, not only improves the chance of their survival but it can also help to improve the chances of a patient’s full recovery and reduce the time to do so. For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.”
Keith Davis, Fire, Health and Safety Manager at Marks & Spencer, said: “Our position at the heart of community high streets and large footfall shopping destinations means that our stores are perfect venues to host defibrillators. They save lives and we know that by having them in our stores across the West Midlands, they will save a life in an M&S store in the future. We’re training our first aiders to use them in our stores and with the support of the West Midlands Ambulance Service; we are making shopping safer than ever before.”
Pictured: WMAS Defibrillator Facilitator, Keith Dawson with staff from the Tamworth Marks and Spencer.
The first No Smoking Day was Ash Wednesday in 1983. Back then there were twice as many smokers in the UK as there are today. Over 10 million people in the UK still smoke, and around 100,000 die every year from smoking-related causes.
Smoking rates vary considerably across the West Midlands:
The No Smoking Day campaign is run by the British Heart Foundation and helps smokers who want to quit by creating a supportive environment and by highlighting the many sources of help and advice available. Last year 800,000 people made an attempt to give up.
There are all sorts of health and other benefits to stopping smoking such as:
• Money saving
• My appearance
• For my health
• For my kids
• For my own challenge
Whatever your reason, the thing most people trying to quit want is a friend to be by their side who will be supportive however bad a day it has been.
Studies show that you’re up to four times more likely to quit successfully if you use a combination of stop smoking medicine and specialist help and support from your local NHS Stop Smoking Service.
Tuesday 10th March 2015 – 6.22pm – Murray MacGregor.
An elderly man has been treated for a head injury by ambulance staff after the car he was driving collided with a bridge over a canal.
The collision happened at about 1.55pm on Tuesday afternoon on the bridge over the Oxford Canal at Little Shuckburgh in Warwickshire.
A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had come to rest at right angles to the roadway at one end of the bridge. It had suffered considerable damage to the driver’s side at the front and also to the rear of the car.
“The driver, an elderly man, was trapped inside the vehicle.
“Working with firefighters, who removed the door, the man was extricated from the car by ambulance staff and placed onto a spinal board after having a neck collar applied while still in the car.
“He was taken to the ambulance where he was treated for a head injury, but otherwise appeared to be relatively unharmed.
“After a full assessment, he was taken to Warwick hospital for further checks.”
A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Burton upon Trent this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Orchard Street and New Street at 6.45am.
An ambulance, together with a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and lorry.
“The car driver, a man in his seventies, was treated for his injuries at the scene.
“He was treated for a head injury, neck and back pain. The patient was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and orthopaedic stretcher before being airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital.
“The lorry driver was uninjured and did not require hospital treatment.
The Air Ambulance landed in ASDA carpark in order to attend the case.”
A man has stunned the emergency services after escaping serious injury following a collision involving a car and a HGV in Coventry yesterday evening.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Phoenix Way near to the Ricoh Arena, Longford, Coventry, at 11.30pm last night (Sunday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had literally embedded itself into the back of a HGV following a high impact collision.
“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 30s, was trapped in the wreckage and had sustained facial injuries and a suspected head injury but was conscious, breathing and alert. Whilst ambulance staff, the medic and firefighters worked to carefully release the man, he got out of the badly damaged car unaided.
“Whilst being assessed in the back of the ambulance, ambulance staff discovered that he had escaped the serious injuries often expected in such a significant collision.
“The man was immobilised before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, a specialist trauma unit, for further assessment and treatment.
“The paramedic area support officer commented that if the impact had of been a couple of inches further across into the drivers’ side or if there had been a passenger in the car, the outcome would’ve certainly been fatal.”
A woman had to be sedated and three other people received treatment at the scene of a two car road traffic collision in Birmingham this evening.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Shenley Lane, Long Nuke Road and Gregory Avenue in Shenley Fields, Birmingham, shortly after 6.30pm this evening (Sunday). Two paramedic area support officers, a community paramedic, three ambulances and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene. An off duty ambulance crew came across the collision and also stopped to render aid.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found two cars which had been involved in a significant collision.
“The driver of one car, a woman believed to be in her 40s, was unconscious in the wreckage. The car had sustained significant damage to the drivers’ side in the collision.
“Whilst ambulance staff and the medic assessed the woman’s serious condition and began treatment, the fire service worked around them to extricate her from the wreckage. She had sustained a suspected pelvic injury and head injury.
“The woman was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint. Her unconsciousness was cause for concern so the trauma doctor decided to anaesthetise her on scene in order to stabilise her condition before she was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist trauma unit, for further emergency treatment.
“Medics in A&E were pre alerted to the arrival of the woman who was said to be in a critical condition.
“Two passengers from the same car, a man and a 12-year-old boy, were assessed by ambulance staff and required full immobilisation with neck collars and spinal boards. The man was conveyed to the same hospital whilst the boy was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
“The driver from the second car, a man, was assessed but did not require hospital treatment and was discharged on scene.”
A farmer and his tractor ended up helping an ambulance with a patient on board after it got stuck in mud in Shrewsbury.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man who had come off his bike at a motocross event near Bicton Lane, Shrewsbury, at around midday today (Sunday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The event was accessible via a lengthy farm track.
“When ambulance staff arrived at the event they found a man, thought to be in his 20s, being cared for and treated by onsite medical staff. The man had reportedly fallen from his motocross bike and had sustained a back injury.
“Once the man had been immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board he was transferred to the ambulance. The ambulance got stuck in a particularly muddy patch on the field as it was about to leave but, thankfully for the ambulance staff, a local farmer with a tractor was on hand to help quickly tow it out of the mud.
“Once back on the track the ambulance conveyed the man, who was in a stable condition, to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”
A man has been taken to a specialist trauma hospital with a serious head injury after his car collided with a tree in Solihull in the early hours.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Haslucks Green Road near to Drawbridge Road in Shirley, Solihull, just after midnight (Sunday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a car which had been involved in a collision with a tree.
“The driver of the car, a 19-year-old man, was unconscious and trapped in the vehicle. Upon assessment by paramedics and the trauma doctor, they found he had sustained a serious head injury and required immediate sedation in order to stabilise his condition.
“Ambulance staff worked with the fire service to carefully release him from the wreckage whilst ensuring he remained immobilised with a spinal board. Once released, the man was taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The trauma doctor travelled with the patient to hospital and continued monitoring his condition en route.
“Medics in A&E were pre alerted to the arrival of the man who was said to be in a serious condition.
“Two passengers from the car, both men, were out of the car when emergency services arrived. They were assessed on scene but suffered minor injuries and were described as ‘walking wounded’. Neither required hospital treatment.”
A climber has been airlifted to hospital after falling from The Roaches in Staffordshire this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Hen Cloud Rocks in Upper Hulme, Leek, just after 1.00pm (Saturday). A community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two paramedics on board were sent to the scene. The ambulance service also requested assistance from the Buxton Mountain Rescue Team who were first on scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The man, believed to be in his 20s, was abseiling down Hen Cloud Rock when he reported fell approximately 20ft to the ground.
“The ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained suspected injuries to his pelvis and abdomen in the fall. He was given pain relief by paramedics to stabilise his condition before they worked with the mountain rescuers to carefully immobilise him onto a stretcher. The man was then carried ½ mile down the hill to where the air ambulance had landed.
“The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”
A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the A46 at Bishopton, near Stratford this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 at just before 7.30am.
Two ambulances, together with a paramedic support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and van.
“A man in his forties was trapped in his car for two hours before he was released by emergency services.
“He was treated for serious foot, leg, pelvic and arm fractures. The patient was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of splints, neck collar and orthopaedic stretcher before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.
“Two male patients in their twenties and travelling in the van were assessed at the scene and later released without further hospital treatment.”
Despite the efforts of passers-by and ambulance medics, a man sadly died in a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Tyburn Road near to the Lichfield Road/Slade Road roundabout shortly after 10.30pm yesterday evening (Thursday). A paramedic area support officer, two ambulances and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist who had come off his bike. An off-duty doctor and other bystanders were administering excellent CPR on the man who was in cardiac arrest.
“Ambulance staff and the MERIT doctor continued resuscitation at the scene but sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done the save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”
A driver was trapped in the cab of his lorry for around one hour after a three vehicle RTC in Coventry.
The crash occurred on the A46, Coventry bypass, Binley at around 12.25pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find three lorries that had been in a serious collision. The driver of the rear lorry had suffered serious leg and suspected internal injuries and was trapped in the cab of his vehicle.
“The man, believed to be around 60 years old, received emergency treatment at the scene whilst trapped in the wreckage. Once extricated with the assistance of the fire service, treatment continued whilst the man was transferred by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment. The Doctor from the Air Ambulance travelled with the ambulance crew on route to hospital who had been alerted to the mans injuries and condition.
“Two other men suffered minor injuries in the collision and also received treatment from medics at the scene; the driver of the second lorry was fortunate to only have suffered a wrist injury, and the driver of the first lorry was ejected from his cab onto a grass embankment and was fortunate to only have suffered a back injury. Both men, believed to be in their 50’s, were treated and then transferred in one ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.
“All emergency services worked seamlessly together to ensure the patients received the best treatment as soon as possible.”
Ambulance staff had to ‘rapidly extricate’ the driver of one car which had been involved in a collision in Warwickshire this afternoon after medics found he had low blood pressure.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the Birmingham Road and B4115 in Stoneleigh shortly after 5.30pm earlier today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and an off duty senior paramedic officer from neighbouring East Midlands Ambulance Service attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a collision at a cross roads. Both vehicles had suffered damage in the collision. The driver of one car, a man in his 20s, was visibly shaken but upon assessment by ambulance staff he was found to be uninjured and did not require hospital treatment.
“The driver of the second car, a second man in his 20s, was knocked unconscious in the crash but regained consciousness whilst ambulance staff were assessing him. The man was pale in appearance and due to his blood pressure being low, ambulance staff worked quickly to rapidly extricate and immobilise him from the vehicle using a Kendrick Extrication Device (KED). Once out of the car, the man was transferred to the back of the ambulance for further assessment before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.”
Notes to Editors: The KED wraps around a patient to immobilise the torso, head and neck, enabling prompt extrication while minimizing risks of further injury.
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – 7.10pm – Murray MacGregor.
A workman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after he fell leaving a screwdriver embedded in his abdomen.
The unfortunate accident happened as the 60 year old was renovating a pub in Norton Canes in Staffordshire.
An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene after a 999 call at about 1.20pm on Wednesday afternoon.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived at the Railway Tavern in Norton Green Lane, they found the man with the 10 inch screwdriver sticking out of his abdomen.
“The ambulance staff carefully dressed the wound while leaving the screwdriver, which had gone in several inches, in place. He was also given pain relief and other drugs to counteract any internal bleeding.
“He was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital for specialist treatment including the safe removal of the screwdriver.
Wednesday 4th March 2015 – 4.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
There was a lucky escape for a motorist in Stoke-on-Trent this morning as he escaped uninjured despite his car landing on its roof following a two-car collision.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Uttoxeter Road in Tean shortly after 9.30am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in collision, one of which had come to rest on its roof.
“The driver of that car, a man in his 80s, was trapped as a result of the incident.
“He was assessed by ambulance staff but remarkably had not suffered any significant injuries.
“He had to be cut free from the vehicle with the help of the fire service before he was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.
“Given the damage to his vehicle, the man is extremely lucky to have escaped injury.”
Four people have been treated for burn injuries at a garage in Birmingham today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to a fuel station on Spring Hill in Ladywood at 11.10am this morning.
Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene. The Fire Service and the Police were also in attendance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find four people who had sustained burns following a heater fire within the shop area or the garage.
“One man was treated for burns to his hands and face. The man was treated by ambulance crews and his burns were dressed at the scene before he was conveyed to a specialist unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
“A woman was treated for superficial burns to her arm and conveyed to City Hospital for further assessment and treatment.
“Two further men were treated for superficial facial burns and conveyed together within the third ambulance to City Hospital.”
The centre of a Shropshire hamlet that is “out in the sticks” now features a vital piece of lifesaving equipment.
The defibrillator, which could restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest is ready for public use in Eaton Upon Tern. It was obtained after fundraising and donations among residents and local businesses Shelley’s Signs, Morning Foods, Farmers Electricals and 3JC Ltd.. The defibrillator was purchased with support from the British Heart Foundation.
Two training sessions in CPR and the use of the defibrillator were held in the hamlet by West Midlands Ambulance Service prior to the machine going live on Saturday 28th February.
Janet Furness from Eaton Upon Tern said: “We’re out in the sticks. We decided to do something that would hopefully save someone’s life. We thought it was a good thing to do.”
If you would like information on how to get a defibrillator for where you live contact Cliff Medlicott, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Shropshire on 07884 050 877 or email email@example.com, or the Community Response Department on CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk or 01384 215 855.
Pictured: Back row, left-to-right: Sally Webber, Cathy Thomason.
Front row, left-to-right: Janet Furness, Debbie Greenstreet.
A child has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Worcestershire today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the Glyn Mitchell Memorial Ground, off Hanbury Road in Droitwich Spa at approximately 11.20am this morning.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a boy who had been injured whilst playing rugby.
“Ambulance crews assessed the boy, believed to be approximately 7 years of age, and treated him for a potential spinal injury. The boy was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
A woman has received emergency medical treatment following a road traffic collision in the Black County today.
West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to the incident on the Bridgnorth Road in Wolverhampton at 12.55am this morning.
An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a trauma doctor and a critical area paramedic, were dispatched to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a single vehicle that had left the carriageway and was on its left-hand side in a field. Part of a wooden fence panel was found to have pierced through the windscreen.
“The driver, a woman in her 20’s, was suspended by her seatbelt and had sustained a large laceration to her neck from the wooden panel and a potential shoulder and arm injury.
“The woman, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, was extricated and fully immobilised before being conveyed to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and specialist treatment.”