Serious road traffic collision in Herefordshire

Wednesday 12th August 2015 – 8am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been blue-lighted to a major trauma centre after the car he was driving hit a tree in Whitney-on-Wye.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4350 shortly before 12.25am today.

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer, a BASICS emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Such was the condition of the man, who is in his twenties, that he had to be removed from the car as quickly as possible.

“Units of blood were brought to the scene from Hereford County Hospital by the MERIT trauma team. At the scene, CPR was performed on the driver, his airway was secured and two shocks were delivered by a defibrillator.

“He was given the blood that came from Hereford. He was also given fluids  and a haemorrhage control agent.

“He was then taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Whilst in the care of West Midlands Ambulance Service, the man had been resuscitated.”

Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) is a group of highly trained and experienced pre-hospital practitioners who provide enhanced immediate medical care to the people of Herefordshire and Worcestershire on a voluntary basis in support of West Midlands Ambulance Service. It currently comprises 15 doctors and two advanced nurse practitioners. The scheme is a registered charity supported by local fundraising and affiliated with the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS). For more information go to



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