Wednesday 2nd September 2015 – 5.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
Two men have been extremely lucky to avoid serious injury when the car they were travelling in suffered significant front end damage and span 360 degrees following a collision with a tree in Nuneaton this afternoon.
The crash happened just before 2pm on Nuthurst Lane in Astley and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a car that had reportedly spun 360 degrees following a collision with a tree and suffered significant front end damage in the process.
“There were two patients, both men who had managed to free themselves from the vehicle prior to the arrival of ambulance staff.
“The driver of the car, a man in his 40s, was treated for cuts to his head, believed to have been suffered by his head hitting the sun roof. He remained conscious throughout the incident and was transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance for further assessment.
“The second man, also thought to be in his 40s, was a front seat passenger and thankfully avoided any injury in the incident which led to him being discharged at scene.
“The seriousness of the collision is highlighted by the damage that the car has suffered, therefore both men are fortunate as they appear to have escaped without serious injury.”
Notes to Editors:
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Wednesday 2nd September 2015 – 5.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.
Three out of four vehicles caught fire in a road traffic collision in Birmingham this afternoon but amazingly there were no patients requiring treatment from ambulance staff.
The crash happened just before 3.40pm on Farnborough Road and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and two paramedic area support officers to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered four vehicles that had been in collision, three cars and a van. It is believed that one of the cars collided with the three other vehicles which were all stationary and empty at the time.
“Two of the cars and the van were ablaze when emergency services arrived, but thankfully, it quickly became apparent that there were no patients.
“It is remarkably lucky that there were no patients to treat as the dramatic nature of the incident could have led to a much more serious set of circumstances.”
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Wednesday 2nd September 2015 – 2.00pm – Murray MacGregor.
“Having a healthy workforce has brought huge benefits for patients and staff alike.”
That is the view of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) Director of Workforce, Kim Nurse, in response to the announcement that the Trust is one of 10 across the country chosen to spearhead a major drive to improve the health and wellbeing of 1.3m health service staff.
By using innovative schemes, WMAS has been able to bring down the level of sickness amongst staff down from figures of over 7%, only a couple of years ago, to less than 3.5%.
The figures show that the sickness level in the Trust is at the lowest level ever and has consistently been the lowest in the ambulance sector for many months.
In a campaign launched by NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens, NHS organisations will be supported to help their staff to stay well, including serving healthier food, promoting physical activity, reducing stress, and providing health checks covering mental health and musculoskeletal problems – the two biggest causes of sickness absence across the NHS.
Mrs Nurse, said: “As a Trust we took a very conscious decision to do everything we could to support staff who were injured or unwell.
“Having staff at work means that they are there to provide care in the patient’s hour of need, which in our case, can really mean the difference between life and death.
“Given the nature of the ambulance service, our staff often have to work in inhospitable situations such as on a hillside, within enclosed spaces as well as dealing with bad weather. This meant we saw a rise in musculoskeletal problems.
“We also recognise that our staff have to deal with some very difficult situations such as paediatric cardiac arrests, major trauma injuries and increasingly, violent attacks on themselves.
“To tackle these, we have put a wide range of support mechanisms in place to help them not only get well but provide other support if and when they need it.
“We want to have staff who are fit and healthy. It is really tough out there so we want to do all we can to ensure individuals are illness and injury free. We will continue to do everything we can to support staff.
The Trust already provides a range of support such as:
A Staff Advice and Liaison Service that provides 24 hour support to staff offering a range of help from on-line support through to full counselling
Providing specific capacity for staff to access occupational health services including remedial massage
Free access to NHS health checks at work for NHS staff aged 40 or over including checks for diabetes, high blood pressure, weight loss, smoking cessation, healthy eating and fitness advice
Promoting healthy travel to work such as the ‘Cycle to Work’ scheme
Encouraging staff to attend physical activity classes by highlighting discounts for classes such as running, yoga, zumba and competitive team sports
Working with staff to make vending machines in our premises ‘healthy’
Encouraging staff to have a flu vaccination each year to protect themselves, their family and their patients
Mrs Nurse added: “We can see the clear benefits of having a healthy workforce but recognise we can do more still to support staff and are already working on new schemes to help still further, the health and wellbeing of our workforce.”
Pic 1: Staff having their free health check
Pic 2: Weight loss club
Pic 3: Taking part in external sporting events
Pic 4: Staff getting their ‘flu jab’ to keep them, their family and their patients healthy
On Saturday 13th August 2011, Ian Hough suffered a cardiac arrest during a regatta at Stourport Boat Club.
Fortunately for him, there was a defibrillator at the club that day which saved his life.
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Tuesday 1st September 2015 – 10.55pm – Murray MacGregor.
The driver of a van that collided with the rear of a ‘cherry picker’ vehicle has suffered potentially serious injuries after a crash that left the van with massive front end damage.
The crash happened at just before 8.30am on Tuesday morning, about 300 yards from the Emstrey roundabout on the west bound A5 in Shropshire.
Two ambulances were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a broken down lorry in lane one. There was a Land Rover with a cherry picker on the back of it which had suffered considerable damage to the rear and some to the front.
“The most badly damaged vehicle was a Ford Transit van which had very significant front end damage. The driver was freed from the wreckage by ambulance staff and taken on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with potentially serious internal injuries.
“The driver of the Land Rover, a 24 year old man, had escaped serious injuries as the cherry picker had absorbed much of the force of impact. The man was discharged after being assessed by ambulance staff.
“The lorry driver was uninjured.”
Ambulance staff would like to pay tribute to the actions of a nurse practitioner who was at the scene and provided assistance.
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – 4.45pm – Chris Kowalik.
When a teenager came off his mountain bike in south Staffordshire, a stretcher on large buggy-style wheels was used to take him over muddy ground to the waiting ambulance.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kinver Freeride Park shortly before 1.40pm today.
An ambulance crew and the Hazardous Area Response Team who brought the specialist piece of equipment attended.
Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The sixteen year old came off his bike fracturing a wrist. He also had a suspected spinal injury.
“He was immobilised on the stretcher and was taken the 400 metres through the mud to the ambulance which transported him to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – 3.15pm – Chris Kowalik.
A motorcyclist has suffered serious leg injuries after crashing her bike in Mancetter.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Nuneaton Road at 1.10pm today.
An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The biker, a woman in her forties, was treated at the scene for serious leg injuries and a suspected broken arm. Her wounds were dressed, her limbs were splinted, she was given pain relief and immobilised before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
“She had collided with a van in which were two men, neither of whom was injured.”
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – 7.30am – John Hawker.
The occupants of a car had an extremely lucky escape after the vehicle they were travelling in ended up upside down in a water filled ditch.
The incident occurred on the M40 Northbound, between junctions 11 and 12, Avon Dassett at around 4.50am. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene along with an ambulance crew from South Central Ambulance Service.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said “Crews arrived to find the occupants of the car had managed to get out of the vehicle and were on the hard shoulder of the motorway.
“The car they were travelling in had left the road, travelled up a steep grass embankment, down the other side and rolled over, coming to rest upside down in a water filled ditch.
“The two men and one woman, all believed to be in their 20’s, had suffered multiple minor injuries in the crash including a minor head injury, a wrist injury and back pain.
“All three received treatment at the scene by medics and were transferred by ambulances to Warwick Hospital for further treatment.
“The 999 call was made using an emergency phone at the side of the motorway as all three of their mobile phones had become water damaged in the crash and were rendered unusable.
“Considering the car came to rest on its roof in a water filled ditch, the occupants are fortunate that they had suffered only minor injuries in the crash and were able to quickly get themselves out of the vehicle.”
Tuesday 1st September 2015 – 6.45am – John Hawker.
A man who was out doing some late night off-roading in a 4×4 vehicle had to be rescued by the emergency services in the early hours of this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to near the summit of the Wrekin in Shropshire by the man who had become injured after his vehicle left the main track and became stuck down a steep slope. The emergency call was made at 11.15pm.
An ambulance and the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene, along with colleagues from the Fire Service and Police.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Emergency crews made their way to near the summit of the Wrekin along a dirt track and eventually found the man down a steep slope around 30 metres away from the path.
“The man had suffered minor back injuries but was extremely disorientated and very cold and wet.
“The vehicle he had been driving had to be secured and then ambulance medics worked with the fire service to rescue the man and he was carried to the 6×6 polaris vehicle.
“The man, believed to be in his late 40’s, was treated at the scene including being warmed up following his exposure to the cold and rain. He was then transported by the polaris vehicle to the awaiting ambulance, before being transferred to Princess Royal Hospital for further treatment.
“The ambulance left the scene of the incident with the patient at 3.30am, with the rescue operation taking just over four hours in total.
“The man’s dog was also rescued from the scene of the incident by the emergency services but had not suffered any ill effects of the ordeal and his care was sorted out by the Police in attendance.”