WMAS On Smog Alert

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Friday 10th April 2015 – 11.15am – Steve Parry.

Patients who suffer from breathing difficulties and associated medical conditions are being warned about a potentially harmful cloud of smog covering parts of the UK.

The West Midlands is likely to experience moderate levels of cloud which is believed to be blowing in from Europe and mixing with home-grown pollutants to create the potential for some health issues.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is currently not experiencing an increase in 999 calls as a result of the smog. However, the Trust is carefully monitoring the meteorological situation.

WMAS medical director, Dr Andrew Carson said: “A prolonged period of these conditions poses real difficulties to those patients with emphysema, asthma and long term breathing problems.

“Air pollution and smog can make breathing difficult even for healthy individuals. That’s why we suggest people with respiratory illnesses should remain vigilant at this time and may prefer to remain indoors as much as possible.

“In cases of breathing difficulties, it is vital that we respond to these patients as quickly as possible and I would therefore ask the public to assist us by only calling 999 for an ambulance in life threatening situations.”

Weather forecasters are suggesting the pollution over parts of the UK should clear later today.

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Useful advice at this time:
• Those with existing lung and heart conditions may find symptoms worsen
• They should avoid doing too much, especially outdoors
• Healthy people may experience minor symptoms such as a sore throat or a tickly cough
• They should avoid strenuous activity in order to reduce such symptoms

Car upside down in brook in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Thursday 9th April 2015 –6.50pm – Claire Brown.

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An elderly woman escaped serious injury after her car ended upside down in a brook in Stratford-upon-Avon this afternoon.

The incident happened at the junction of the Evesham Road and Luddington Road at 3.50pm (Thursday). An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The car had reportedly gone through the wall of a bridge before landing upside down in a brook. The car was partially submerged when ambulance staff arrived but thankfully the driver and only occupant, a woman in her 70s, was conscious and breathing and was being helped by passers-by.

“The woman was carefully extricated from the car and, upon assessment, appeared to have suffered no apparent injuries. The rescue took around 40 minutes.

“As a precaution, ambulance staff immobilised her with a scoop stretcher and neck collar before she was taken to Warwick Hospital for further checks.”

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Elderly man rescued after suffering a stroke 25ft up scaffolding in Warwickshire

Thursday 9th April 2015 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man who suffered a stroke whilst working on scaffolding has been rescued thanks to team work between the ambulance service and fire service this afternoon in Henley-in-Arden.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man who had collapsed on scaffolding 25 feet above ground in High Street in Henley in Arden shortly after 3.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found an 82-year-old man who had reportedly collapsed whilst working on scaffolding around 25 feet high.

“The man was assessed by paramedics who found he was conscious and breathing but was in need of emergency treatment due to a suspected stroke. Due to the difficult and precarious location, the Trust’s HART paramedics and the fire service worked as a team to reach the patient on a hydraulic platform. Once at the same height as the patient, the man was carefully immobilised and lifted onto the platform before he was lowered down to the ground.

“The man was given treatment on scene before being taken on alert to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.”

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Man fatally injured

Wednesday 8th April 2015 – 8.00am – John Hawker.

A man has died following an incident last night in Bulkington.

The incident occurred at around 9.45pm on Coventry Road. A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a trauma Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian that had suffered serious injuries after being in collision with a car.

“The man received emergency treatment at the scene including advanced life support. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“No other person was injured in the incident.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with car

Monday 6th April 2015 – 7.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has been airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres after suffering serious injuries in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Teddesley Road, Penkridge – underneath a M6 motorway bridge – shortly before 5.45pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, two doctors, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man in his 30s who had been thrown from his motorbike following a collision with a car.

“The man had gone into cardiac arrest as a result of the incident and CPR had already been started prior to our arrival.

“Ambulance crews took over to begin advanced life support and after managing to re-establish a pulse, the man was anesthetised before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“Unfortunately, the man’s injuries are thought to be extremely serious.

“The driver of the car was assessed at scene but did not require any further treatment.”

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M40 closed last night

Sunday 5th April 2015 – 6.40am – Chris Kowalik.

Part of the M40 northbound carriageway was temporarily closed last night following a collision involving a motorbike and three cars.

It happened between junctions 13 and 14. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.35pm.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, two ambulance crews and the West Midlands CARE Team attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a male in his forties, was assessed at the scene and although he appeared not to have been injured, was taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment due to the nature of the collision.

“Three other people, a man, a woman and a child were all discharged at the scene.”

The West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation & Emergency (CARE) team is a group of approx. 60 volunteer Doctors and Nurses who provide a medical team in support of West Midlands Ambulance Service. Each team consists of a Doctor, Nurse, WMAS Incident Officer and a Trainee. The team is able to offer advanced surgical intervention, airway and equipment support. The CARE Team was formed in 1990 and is affiliated with the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS). The Scheme is funded entirely by charitable donations and is a registered charity number 1129027.

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Ironbridge’s first 24/7 community defibrillator

Thursday 2nd April 2015 – 3pm – Chris Kowalik.

The owners of a hotel in Ironbridge in Shropshire have bought a vital piece of lifesaving equipment.

The defibrillator will be based at the Best Western Valley Hotel whose staff have undergone training from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The machine that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest won’t just be there for the benefit of hotel staff or guests, it will be available for anyone in the local community in the event of such a medical emergency. This will make it the first community defibrillator in Ironbridge to be publicly accessible round-the-clock.

Lesley Casson, the hotel’s owner, said: “We have so many guests of all ages staying here so knowing that we have a defibrillator on the premises and trained staff means if anyone was to fall ill we can start lifesaving treatment straight away whilst we await the arrival of an ambulance crew. Those vital minutes and seconds during a cardiac arrest can make all the difference to saving a life.

“We will also be making it available to the local community should it ever be needed in an emergency.

“As a hotel, we operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week so if anyone requires urgent medical attention and the use of the defibrillator in the middle of the night, our machine will be available and trained staff on hand to assist.

“We hope of course we never need to use it but if anything does happen we know we have got the equipment to start lifesaving treatment before medical professionals arrive.

“We have read many stories where the use of a defibrillator has helped save lives and we are very pleased to now have one here at the hotel and for public use.”

Dawn Bush, Community Defibrillator Facilitator at West Midlands Ambulance Service who provided the training, said: “For every minute someone is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival reduces by ten per cent. The more there are of these machines in communities, the better.”

For more information about CPR and defibrillators, contact Cliff Medlicott, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager on 07884 050 877 or cliff.medlicott@wmas.nhs.uk or the Community Response department on 01384 215 855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk

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Fatal road traffic collision in Leek

Thursday 2nd April 2015 – 2.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a heavy goods vehicle in north Staffordshire.

It happened at the junction of Ball Haye Street and Fountain Street, Leek. An off-duty East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic who was in the area immediately went to help. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10am sending an advanced community paramedic and a paramedic area support officer in rapid response vehicles and an ambulance crew.

Despite all the best efforts, the man was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

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Seatbelt spares driver more serious injury

Thursday 2nd April 2015 – 11.10am – Chris Kowalik.

A woman has been taken to hospital after the car she was driving collided with another vehicle in north Worcestershire.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Greatfield Road, Kidderminster shortly before 7.10am today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman who is in her sixties, managed to get herself out and had a chest injury. She was given pain relief at the scene and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“Crews at the scene said she was fortunate not to have been more seriously injured and that it was because she was wearing a seatbelt.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Birmingham

Wednesday 1st April 2015 – 10.00pm – John Hawker.

A man has died following a road traffic collision between a car and a motorbike in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lawley Middleway shortly after 4.35pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find CPR already in progress on the motorcyclist before they took over to administer advanced life support to try to resuscitate the man.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of everyone it became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist unconscious following serious RTC

Monday 1st April 2015 – 8.30pm – John Hawker.

A motorcyclist was unconscious following a serious RTC in Nuneaton this afternoon.

The incident occurred at the junction of Gypsy Lane and the Coventry Road, near the Griff Public House at around 3.45pm. 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 a motorcyclist who had suffered head injuries following a crash with a car.

“The biker, believed to be a man in his 20’s, received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and started to regain consciousness following treatment.

“Emergency treatment continued in the ambulance on route to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire who had been alerted to the man’s injuries and his arrival.

“The woman driving the car was uninjured in the crash.”

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We have no further details on this incident.