Beware of legal highs

Tuesday 13th October 2015 – 12.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

A warning has been issued about the dangers of legal highs after three men were found collapsed in Worcester.

They had all smoked ‘Pandora Reborn’.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at approximately 4.45pm on Monday 12th October to the city centre where two men had smoked the drug. There was a further call to a man in the Rainbow Hill area of the city less than 40 minutes later.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The men who are in their thirties and forties had all collapsed and had seizure-like symptoms. One of the paramedics who attended the second case described the man as looking ‘like he was having a stroke’. All three were taken by ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“At both incidents the drug packet was found bearing the name ‘Pandora Reborn’. Also on the packets were the words ‘not for human consumption’

“Beware of legal highs.”

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Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle gives life saving gift to his sponsor company

Lloyd the paramedic turtle gives life saving gift to his sponsor company

Tuesday 13th October 2015 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

The Trust’s turtle-shaped engagement mascot gave the gift of live to his sponsor company recently.

As part of the Trust’s project to increase the number of defibrillators in public places, Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle and his colleagues went along to Celesio UK in September to present them with their very own automated external defibrillator; a device used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.

The Trust handed over the life-saving device at Celesio UK’s Coventry based Support Centre last month and provided CPR and defibrillator training to staff. The company is so passionate about saving lives that earlier this year it installed defibrillators at their AAH Pharmaceuticals branches in Birmingham and Tamworth and have since purchased two further devices for their Support Centre which employs almost 1,000 staff.

Sarah Storey, Group Health, Safety and Environmental Manager at Celesio UK, said: “We were very happy to welcome Lloyd and the team from West Midlands Ambulance Service as the safety and wellbeing of our employees is paramount. By having the correct training and defibrillators, we are safe in the knowledge that in the event of a cardiac arrest we have the right equipment to hand that could potentially save a life.”

Diane Scott, West Midlands Ambulance Service Deputy Chief Executive said: “We’re delighted to support the siting of the new Automated External Defibrillator. We applaud any organisation which ensures their staff know how to save a life, and have access to lifesaving equipment.”

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Pictured (left to right): Bobby Qayum – WMAS Community Response Manager, Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle, Steve Howard – Superintendent Pharmacist and Quality & Regulatory Director.

Notes to Editor: During the Trust’s Long Service and Excellence Award Ceremony in March, Lloyd was unveiled to the public as the ambulance service mascot after being designed by a local school child and sponsored by the parent company of Lloyds Pharmacy, Celesio UK.

Defibrillators at Shropshire’s rowing clubs

Monday 12th October 2015 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

By the end of the month, all of Shropshire’s rowing clubs will have a vital piece of lifesaving machinery.

Pengwern Boat Club and Shropshire Adventure Rowing Club both based in Shrewsbury and Bridgnorth Rowing Club have become the latest sporting venues to have defibrillators. Next week Ironbridge Rowing Club’s members will be visited by West Midlands Ambulance Service who will train them in giving CPR and using the machine which could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.
Emergency Medical Technician Dawn Lewis who has been involved in providing the training said: “When I offered a defibrillator to the clubs they all thought it was a great idea and they all accepted immediately.”

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Pictured left to right: Sue Kapitanec (paramedic), Chris Jarratt (Pengwern Boat Club), Dawn Lewis (Technician). Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service.

It follows the release earlier this year of a film produced by drpvideo entitled “Pull Through” which recalls the story of Ian Hough, 59, who suffered a cardiac arrest at Stourport Regatta in Worcestershire in August 2011. His life was saved thanks to the presence of defibrillator at the club on the day.

To see the film, search for “Pull Through NHS” on youtube, or visit www.wmas.nhs.uk

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Two people injured in road traffic collision this morning

Monday 12th October 2015 – 11.45am – Chris Kowalik.

A man and a woman were both immobilised by ambulance crews after the cars they were driving collided in north Warwickshire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4455 Fosse Way at its junction with Bow Lane between Withybrook and Monks Kirby shortly after 7.45am today.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and two ambulance crews attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the drivers, a man in his seventies, had aches and pains and a back injury. He was given pain relief and was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar.

“The other driver, a woman in her  twenties, had a fractured pelvis as well as a number of bumps and bruises. In addition to being immobilised and given pain relief, a pelvic splint was applied.

“Both were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Motocross rider airlifted after horror fall

Sunday 11th October 2015 – 7.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man who fell from his bike at a motocross event this afternoon was hit by three other bikes as he reached the floor.

The rider, thought to be in his 20s, suffered injuries to his head, face and shoulders and was airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres as a result.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a motocross track near to Wilden Top Road in Stourport shortly after 2pm and sent an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told the man had temporarily lost consciousness prior to their arrival.

“Once on scene they began treating him for his multiple injuries which he sustained in a nasty fall that saw him collide with three other competitors.

“He was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham which had been pre-alerted to his condition before his arrival.”

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Young boy knocked unconscious in collision with car

Sunday 11th October 2015 – 4.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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An 11-year-old boy has been treated for a head injury and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital following a collision with a car this afternoon.

The boy, who was unconscious when crews arrived, also suffered an abdominal injury in the incident which took place on Grosvenor Road in Gornal Wood, shortly before 1.25pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a rapid response vehicle to the scene. An off duty paramedic who came across the incident was also in attendance whilst a BASICS doctor met the ambulance en-route to the hospital.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The boy was already receiving care from an off duty paramedic when crews arrived at the scene.

“The boy was then treated at scene for his head and abdomen injuries as well as a reduced level of consciousness.

“He was fully immobilised and moved on to the ambulance to begin his journey to hospital. The off duty paramedic travelled on the back of the ambulance to assist the crew with giving treatment en-route.

“Prior to their departure from the scene, crews had liaised with a BASICS doctor who they met en-route, so he could continue giving treatment for the remainder of the journey.

“Whilst the injuries suffered by the boy are serious, thankfully they are not thought to be life threatening.

“The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.”

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Notes to Editors:

We have no further details on this incident.

Man cut free after rolls three times across central reservation

Sunday 11th October 2015 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car rolled three times and collided with a tree before crossing the central reservation and coming to rest on all four wheels on the wrong side of the road this morning.

The driver of the vehicle, a man, was trapped as a result of the incident and had to be cut free, a process which took about 45 minutes.

The crash took place shortly before 9.30am on Bromford Lane in Ward End, Birmingham and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews discovered a single patient, a man in his 20s, who was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness.

“Once the fire service had cut part of the car away, ambulance staff worked alongside them to free the man from the vehicle.

“He was treated for head and abdomen injuries, immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The doctor from the air ambulance travelled in the back of the ambulance to continue treatment en-route.

“Crews were told the car left the road after clipping a kerb and collided with a tree located on the central reservation before rolling three times onto the wrong side of the road.”

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Car rolls for 100m and ends up on roof in a field

Sunday 11th October 2015 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Four occupants of a car were extremely lucky to avoid serious injury overnight when their car rolled and came to rest on its roof in a field, approximately 100m after leaving the road.

Having left the road, the car is believed to have clipped a lamppost and crashed through some bushes before rolling a number of times into the field.

The incident took place in Kitchen Lane, Wolverhampton shortly before 1.10am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told the vehicle rolled over, end to end, numerous times before finally coming to rest.

“It is therefore quite incredible that all four appear to have avoided serious injuries.

“All of the occupants were out of the vehicle on our arrival, with one of the four having been helped out by the other occupants.

“There were two men and two women. One of the men, believed to be in his 20s, was treated for neck and back pain, immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and taken to New Cross Hospital.

“The other man, thought to be in his 30s, and two women, both believed to be in their 20s, were all treated for minor injuries and also taken to New Cross Hospital. One of the women was immobilised as a precaution.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the West Midlands CARE team to the scene.

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Fatal collision between car and taxi

Sunday 11th October 2015 – 11.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a taxi last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Abbey Road and London Road in Coventry shortly after 12.10am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The two patients were travelling in the taxi.

“On arrival, it immediately became evident that the woman, who was a passenger, was in cardiac arrest.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support, but unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The taxi driver was treated for the effects of shock and a knee injury before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

“There were no patients from the second car involved in the incident.”

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Notes to Editors:

We have no further details on this incident.

Woman trapped for 30 minutes is rescued through roof of her car

Saturday 10th October 2015 – 7.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two women were left trapped in their cars following an RTC which caused considerable damage to both vehicles this morning.

One of the woman was trapped for 30 minutes and had to have the roof cut off her car in order for her to be freed.

The crash took place on Muntz Street in Small Heath, Birmingham, at 10.10am and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Both of the women, who were single occupants in their cars, had to be helped free with one of the rescues involving the fire service having to use cutting equipment on the roof.

“The woman in that car, which suffered significant damage to the driver’s side, was treated for a pelvic injury and immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and pelvic binder.

“Ambulance staff worked carefully alongside the fire service to free her, ensuring she was kept as still as possible whilst taken out of the car.

“Believed to be aged in her 30s, she was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment.

“The second car suffered front end damage and the driver, also believed to be in her 30s, was assisted out of her vehicle and treated for a back injury before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.”

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Cardiac arrest survivor ‘overwhelmed’ to be reunited with crew who saved his life

Friday 9th October 2015 – 1.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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“I don’t remember anything about it – but three weeks later, I just kept thinking today could be my funeral.”

The words of 67-year-old Barry Archer from Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, when reflecting on the night he suffered a cardiac arrest whilst sitting at home watching television with his wife, Marilyn.

West Midlands Ambulance Service staff had to shock Mr Archer six times in order to successfully restart his heart on the evening of Thursday, May 21st, 2015. Thankfully he has gone on to make a full recovery.

So much so, both Mr and Mrs Archer were able to visit the Trust’s hub in Hilton Road, Stoke, to meet and thank some of the staff who came to the rescue – Community First Responder (CFR) Ed Thompson, Paramedic Rebecca England and Technician Carl Smith. Paramedic Darren Bagguley and Technician Jonathon Blurton also attended the incident but were unable to attend the reunion.

“I don’t remember anything about the incident, the first thing I recall is being in hospital with my wife sitting at my side,” Mr Archer said.

“It was an overwhelming experience to get to meet the people who saved my life, it was difficult to find the words to express what I wanted to say.

“I cannot thank them enough for what they did for me because the only reason I am still here is directly down to them. They all deserve every bit of praise coming their way and it makes you realise that we shouldn’t take our emergency services for granted.”

His chances of survival were undoubtedly increased by the quick thinking actions of his wife, a retired midwife, who started CPR as soon as she realised what was happening.

“We were due to be going away on the Saturday and I was about to go and start packing when Barry said we should just sit down and watch TV instead,” Mrs Archer said.

“I glanced over at him and noticed he had started to shake, then suddenly he just collapsed, there was no noise, nothing.

“I rang 999 and started CPR but it was awful. He had turned blue and I kept thinking he wasn’t coming back.

“The CFR was first on scene and luckily our neighbour, Roger Morgan, is a retired policeman who came round and assisted in giving CPR.

“They then gave Barry his first shock before the ambulance crew took over. He was talking by the time they got him on the ambulance and thankfully after a week in hospital, he was able to come home and continue his recovery here.”

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Mrs Archer was quick to praise the work of the ambulance staff, including the call taker Sally Hemmings, saying: “Everyone who helped us was absolutely fantastic. It was lovely to be able to go and meet them to thank them properly.

“We took them some Heroes chocolates and a cake decorated with stars, because that’s what they are to us – but it’s not a lot for saving a life.”

Reflecting on the incident, Rebecca said: “We were just glad we were able to start Mr Archer’s heart again and are thrilled he has made a full recovery.

“There are not many occasions when we get to find out what happens to patients after we have taken them to hospital, so to meet them both in such happy circumstances was a really nice experience.”

Carl added: “Whenever we hear that one of our patients has made a full recovery it always gives you a great sense of satisfaction, but even more so in cases as serious as this one.

“It is important to highlight the role Mr Archer’s wife played in ensuring he survived. The earlier good quality CPR is started when a patient is in cardiac arrest, the better chance they will have of surviving.

“Given how stressful the situation must have been for her, I cannot praise her enough for what she did. Knowing how to perform CPR effectively is an incredibly valuable skill and may just turn you into a lifesaver one day.”

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Notes to Editors –

Picture caption (pic inside ambulance) l-r: Carl Smith (Technician), Marilyn Archer, Rebecca England (Paramedic), Ed Thompson (CFR) and Barry Archer.

If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Man dies in lorry collision

Thursday 8th October 2015 – 7.45pm – Claire Brown.

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Despite the best efforts of police, members of the public and ambulance staff, a man involved in a collision with a lorry has died.

The incident happened on the A38 between Weeford and Swinfin just before 11.00am this morning (Thursday). A paramedic area support officer, an advanced paramedic, 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: “When the ambulance service arrived they found the police and members of the public administering CPR to a pedestrian who was in traumatic cardiac arrest.

“The pedestrian, a man, had reportedly been involved in a collision with a lorry. Paramedics and the doctor took over resuscitation efforts. Sadly, after more than 30 minutes of advanced life support nothing more could be done to save the man’s life and he was confirmed dead on scene.

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Boat explosion injures four people

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Thursday 8th October 2015 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

Two men, a woman and a teenage boy have suffered burns in a gas explosion whilst on board a boat this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an explosion near to The Angel Inn in Severn Side, Stourport-on-Severn at 7.30am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, two senior paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a boat which had reportedly suffered a gas explosion on board.

“There were four people on board the boat at the time of the explosion. A teenage boy, believed to be 17-years-old, suffered the most serious injuries with significant burns to his hands and face. The team of ambulance staff immediately administered pain relief to help stabilise his condition before applying cooling burns dressings to his wounds. The teen was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist burns care. The doctor travelled on board the helicopter.

“A man in his 60s sustained superficial flash burns to his face as well as a neck injury. He was immobilised on a scoop stretcher and carried off the boat to an awaiting ambulance which then conveyed him to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“A woman in her 60s had partial thickness burns to her hands whilst a man in his 20s had sustained superficial burns to his arms and neck. Both were given burns care on scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Worcester Royal Hospital for further treatment.”

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Driver trapped for 45 minutes before being airlifted

Wednesday 7th October 2015 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man was trapped in his car for 45 minutes before being airlifted to hospital following a two-car road traffic collision this morning.

The two cars both suffered front end damage in the incident which resulted in the patient who was trapped suffering serious leg and pelvic injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene on the A515 in Staffordshire, near to the junction with the B5017, shortly before 11.40am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been severley damaged in the collision and it quickly became apparent that one of the drivers was badly trapped.

“Working alongside the fire service, ambulance staff assessed the man, believed to be in his 30s, before keeping him as still as possible whilst he was cut free.

“He was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness as well as having suspected pelvic and leg fractures.

“He was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, also a man in his 30s, escaped with minor injuries and did not require further treatment after being assessed on scene.

“The road was closed as a result of the collision and is expected to remain so for some time.”

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Man anaesthetised and airlifted after serious RTC

Wednesday 7th October 2015 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been anaesthetised and airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury following a collision between two vans and a car.

The man, who was the driver of the car, had to be cut free from his vehicle with assistance from the fire service.

There were two other patients assessed by ambulance staff at the scene on the southbound A38 between Weeford Island and Bassetts Pole, both of whom were discharged with minor injuries.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to the incident shortly before 10.15am and on arrival found three vehicles with significant damage.

“The car driver, believed to be 50-years-old, was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness and had suffered a serious head injury. He was also treated for suspected chest injuries.

“In order to stabilise his condition, the doctor from the air ambulance anaesthetised him before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Unfortunately, his condition is thought to be serious.

“A front seat passenger from the car, believed to be in his 30s, was treated for minor hand and knee injuries and discharged on scene.

“The final patient, from one of the vans, was an 18-year-old man who was also discharged on scene after being treated for an arm injury.

“The incident caused significant traffic disruption in the area which remains ongoing.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance to the scene.

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Two cars roll and two drivers cut free in two separate incidents

Wednesday 7th October 2015 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two cars rolled in separate incidents last night (Tuesday), one of which collided with a tree and one with a wall outside the front of a house.

The two incidents in the Black Country resulted in both drivers having to be cut free from their vehicles as well as receiving treatment from ambulance staff and transportation to hospital.

The first crash took place on Island Road near to Sandwell Recreation Ground shortly before 9.20pm. West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to a find a car that had rolled following a collision with a tree.

“The driver of the car, a woman in her 20s, was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness and was trapped inside the vehicle.

“Ambulance staff monitored and treated her whilst the fire service carefully freed her from the car, a process which took approximately 45 minutes.

“The woman did not appear to have suffered any external injuries but following a full assessment was transported to Sandwell General Hospital for further treatment.”

A second crash shortly afterwards saw a car smash through a wall in front of a house in Ashmore Lake Road, Willenhall, shortly before 11.05pm.

The car ended up on its side and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car suffered significant damage in the crash which completely destroyed the wall.

“The woman driving the car, believed to be in her 40s, again had to be helped from the vehicle by the fire service.

“She was treated for back and pelvic injuries, immobilised with the use of a pelvic binder and given pain relief before being taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Lucky escape as car avoids collision with train

Wednesday 7th October 2015 – 7.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car stopped just short of train tracks after crashing through a fence and travelling down a bank last night.

Thankfully, an oncoming train was able to stop short of the incident and the driver of the car, a woman, was uninjured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to Wythall Railway Station on Lea Green Lane in Birmingham shortly before 10pm and sent a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It is incredibly fortunate that the woman was uninjured and the oncoming train managed to stop short of the incident.

“The car stopped about a foot short of the track after leaving the road, breaking through a fence and travelling down an embankment.

“The woman, who was the sole occupant of the car, did not require attention from ambulance staff and was discharged at scene.”

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Five patients after car smashes through fence and wall

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – 10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car smashed through a small wall and a fence following a two car collision tonight.

There were three patients in that car and a further two in a second which remained on the carriageway. From the second car, one patient had to be rescued through the roof as a result of becoming trapped in the incident.

The crash took place at the junction of Howard Road and Hazelhurst Road in Kings Heath, Birmingham, at 6.15pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that the collision between the cars caused one of them to leave the road, travelling through a wall and a fence in the process.

“From that car, three men in their 30s were assessed by ambulance staff, two of whom were discharged on scene with minor injuries.

“The driver was treated for neck and back injuries, immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“There were two more men in the second car, again both in their 30s. The driver was assisted out of the car after he briefly lost consciousness whilst the passenger had to be cut free through the roof with the assistance of the fire service.

“The man who was cut free was also immobilised and treated for neck and back pain before they were both transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a rapid response paramedic and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

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Coach and van crash

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – 5.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

A coach carrying schoolchildren has collided with a van in Warwickshire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wimpstone Road, near Preston-on-Stour shortly after 4.35pm today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The van driver, a man in his forties, had neck and shoulder pain. He was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and was taken to Warwick Hospital.

“The coach driver, a man his thirties, had an ankle injury but after being assessed by ambulance crews, he was discharged at the scene.

“There were thirteen children in the coach. They were not injured and were transferred to another coach to continue their journey.”

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Fall from horse

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – 4.50pm – Chris Kowalik.

A woman has suffered a head injury after falling from a horse in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Lower Penn area of the city shortly after 10.45am today.

Two ambulance crews attended. The crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended by blue-light rapid response vehicle. The helicopter was unable to fly because of the bad weather at the time.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman who is in her twenties had suffered an isolated head injury, was drifting in and out of consciousness and was very nauseous.

“At the scene, she was anaesthetised and her airway was maintained then, accompanied by the air crew, she was taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Car in canal

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – 5pm – Chris Kowalik.

The driver of this BMW (pictured) was out of his car and wasn’t hurt after it ended up in a canal in Worcestershire.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal near Lea Lane in Cookley shortly after 2.30pm today.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.
The man in his twenties was checked over and discharged at the scene.

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Summer Ball’s fundraising to help rebuilding in Nepal

Tuesday 6th October 2015 – 3.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

 

A summer ball has raised £6,222 to help rebuild a village in Nepal devastated by an earthquake earlier this year.

Last May, Ed Hullah, who is based in Craven Arms and Pershore-based Phil Llewellyn visited the country following its first earthquake 80km north-west of the capital Kathmandu. At the time, their mission was to help with the humanitarian rescue and during their visit, there was a second earthquake near the Chinese border.

Since then, the two paramedics set up ‘Rebuild Nepal’, a not-for-profit organisation raising funds to help provide safer earthquake-resistant houses and public buildings.

As part of that fundraising, an event was held at the Bank House Hotel in Bransford, Worcestershire during which Phil Llewellyn gave a presentation on his initial trip to country.

The £6,222 raised will help build four houses. Phil plans to return to Nepal to the village of Kaule later this year to help. You can still support and sponsor the cause by visiting www.gofundme.com/RebuildInNepal

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Man injured as car & HGV collide

Monday 5th October 2015 – 6.50pm – John Hawker.

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A man has been injured after the car he was driving and a HGV were in a serious collision in Warwickshire.

The crash occurred on Node HIl, Studley at around 5.25pm this afternoon. A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a lorry that had been in a serious collision. The car had suffered substantial damage.

“The man driving the car, believed to be in his 40’s, had suffered chest and hip injuries as well as several bumps and bruises.

“He received treatment at the scene from medics and was then transferred to The Alexandra Hospital for further treatment.

“The man driving the lorry was uninjured in the crash.

“Considering the damage to the car the man is fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

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We have no further details on this incident.

Motorcyclist injured on A38

Sunday 4th October 2015 – 1.30pm –Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has suffered a serious arm injury after he came off his bike and ended up in the central reservation of the A38 in Staffordshire.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the dual carriageway near Barton-under-Needwood shortly after 10.30am today.

An ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man who is in his thirties had a serious wound to his left arm. The first ambulance crew on scene applied a tourniquet to his arm. They also decompressed his chest for he had suffered a collapsed lung.
“With the air ambulance in attendance too, his wounded arm was bandaged and splinted, he was given pain relief and an anti-haemorrhage agent. He was placed onto a scoop stretcher for the helicopter flight to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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UPDATE: Bus crash in Coventry

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – 11.20pm –Chris Kowalik.

A woman and a boy have died after a bus crashed into the front of a Sainsbury’s supermarket in Coventry city centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6pm on Saturday 3rd October.

Attending the scene were a number of rapid response vehicles including paramedics, BASICS emergency doctors and paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, five ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Sadly, a boy and a woman were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A young girl had injuries to her face, head and right leg and suspected chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries.She was taken on blue lights and under police escort to Birmingham Children’s Hospital after she had been given blood, pain relief and was anaesthetised and her airway maintained.

“Five people were takento University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. They were: a man in his twenties with a broken arm, the bus driver (a man in his fifties) with neck and shoulder injuries, a man with a minor leg injury, a woman in her sixties with leg and arm injuries and a man with a minor injury.

“One person was checked over and discharged at the scene.”

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UPDATE: Bus Crash in Coventry

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – 8.55pm –Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to Sainsbury’s in Coventry City Centre at 6pm today.
A bus had collided with the front of the supermarket building.

Attending the scene were two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, five ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

Five people have been taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. A child has been taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Details on these casualties will follow.

Two people have been assessed and discharged at the scene.

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Picture added: Bus crash in Coventry

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – 8.10pm –Chris Kowalik.

 

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to Sainsbury’s in Coventry City Centre at 6pm today.
A bus had collided with the front of the supermarket building.

Currently six people have been taken or are being taken to hospital. Further details on these casualties will follow.

Two people have been assessed and discharged at the scene.

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Bus crash in Coventry

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – 8.10pm –Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to Sainsbury’s in Coventry City Centre at 6pm today.
A bus had collided with the front of the supermarket building.

Currently six people have been taken or are being taken to hospital. Further details on these casualties will follow.

Two people have been assessed and discharged at the scene.

More information on this incident will follow …

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Motorcyclist injured in fall from bike

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – 5.30pm –Chris Kowalik.

 

A motorcyclist has suffered numerous injuries after falling from his machine in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lichfield Road and Redmires Close, Rushall at 2.30pm today.

Two ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, had reportedly hit a tree and was thrown from his bike. He had back, abdominal, pelvic and facial injuries and a broken arm.
“He was immobilised on a spinal board and a pelvic splint was applied. He was also given pain relief and an anti-haemorrhage agent and was then taken by land ambulance, accompanied by the air ambulance crew to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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They ‘miracuously’ avoided serious injury

Saturday 3rd October 2015 – 3.35pm –Chris Kowalik.

Two people who were in a car that overturned several times before coming to rest on its side in the middle of a motorway have got away with just superficial injuries.

It happened on the M6 northbound carriageway, a few hundred metres before its junctions with the M6 Toll and the M42.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called just before 1.30pm and sent a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car on its side, up against the central reservation barrier. There were two people, a man and a woman both in their thirties trapped inside the car.
“They were cut free with the help of the fire service and were assessed at the scene. They were found to have superficial injuries which the officer at the scene described as ‘miraculous’. As a precaution, they were both taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“There was a second car involved in this collision which had minor damage and whose two occupants, a man and a woman, were both shaken but uninjured.”

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Two to hospital after Bridgnorth crash

 

Friday 2nd October 2015 – 8.05pm –Chris Kowalik.

 

A lorry and two cars collided on the outskirts of Bridgnorth this afternoon resulting in serious injuries to one woman and minor injuries to another and to a baby.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was alerted to the incident on the A458 at Stanmore, near Bridgnorth at just before 3pm.

Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a paramedic in rapid response vehicles and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “999 calls reported that a lorry collided with two cars at Stanmore. The first medical responder on scene was an off-duty paramedic who found a woman trapped in her vehicle. She had to be released with the help of the fire service.

“The woman in her twenties suffered serious pelvic, leg and arm injuries and a suspected injuries to her back and hip. She was immobilised with the use of a spinal board. A pelvic binder was applied and she was given pain relief. She was released from the car after being trapped for over forty minutes and taken by air ambulance to the trauma at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“Another woman was treated for minor injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“A baby boy was treated for minor injuries and later released in the care of a member of the family.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Motorcyclist thrown 30 metres in road traffic collision

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Friday 2nd October 2015 – 4.40pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist ended up 30 metres further down the road after being involved in a collision with a car in Erdington this afternoon.

The incident happened at the junction of Sycamore Road and Goosemore Lane, Erdington, Birmingham just after 3.00pm (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance service arrived, local police officers were already on scene administering excellent aid to the biker who was found to be unconscious.

“Whilst ambulance staff started to assess and treat the man, believed to be in his 20s, he regained consciousness and was in a lot of pain. He had sustained a head injury, abdominal pain, a fractured upper leg and knee as well as a suspected fractured pelvis. The doctor and ambulance staff worked as a team to quickly administer pain relief to help ease his discomfort.

“Once the analgesia had taken effect and he was more stable, the team carefully immobilised the man with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint before he was transferred to the waiting helicopter and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; a major trauma centre.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 60s, was understandably shaken but was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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WMAS supports cycle safety event for university students

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Friday 2nd October 2015 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

The ambulance service will be on hand to offer cycle safety tips to students at the University of Birmingham next week as part of a multi-agency event.

The event, which aims to educate cyclists and drivers alike, takes place on Tuesday 6th October between 10am and 2pm in the main campus at the University of Birmingham.

As well as the chance to watch a mock road traffic collision to see how the three emergency services work to rescue and treat casualties, there will be a host of stands and advice on hand.

Our staff will be bringing an ambulance along to join colleagues from West Midlands Fire Service, West Midlands Police, Centro, British Transport Police, BikeRight Cycling Organisation, University Guild Community Wardens and Mentors and the National Institute for Health Research based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to provide education and advice about safer cycling.

Adam Aston, a paramedic and the Trust’s Membership and Governor Support Officer, said: “As a paramedic, I’ve seen far too many road traffic collisions involving cyclists. We’re pleased to support such an event and hope to see students embrace the day by coming along and learning more about cycle safety.”

Matt Ling, Station Commander at Bournbrook Community Fire Station and organiser of the event, said: “The area surrounding the University, namely Edgbaston and Selly Oak, both have high student populations and also some of the highest rates of Road Traffic Collisions involving cyclists in Birmingham. Events like this are crucial to raise awareness of the dangers surrounding cyclists and should prove beneficial to both cyclists and drivers alike.”

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Bystanders rush to aid of car driver in cardiac arrest

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Thursday 1st October 2015 – 7.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman who went into cardiac arrest in her car was resuscitated by ambulance staff with help from quick thinking bystanders before being rushed to hospital in Worcester.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bromyard Road in Tenbury near to Tenbury High School shortly after 2.30pm this afternoon (Thursday). The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, an advanced paramedic and an ambulance crew were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found members of the public administering excellent CPR to a woman in cardiac arrest. The woman had reportedly been driving when she felt unwell and stopped the car.

“Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts, administering advanced life support at the scene. After a while the team managed to restart her heart but her condition was very unstable. She was alerted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by land ambulance; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to hospital to continue emergency treatment en route. The woman’s condition was said to be critical upon arrival at hospital.”

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Notes to editor: We are unable to provide condition checks on patients.

Four vehicles, 10 patients but thankfully no A&E needed

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Thursday 1st October 2015 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

A four vehicle collision which left one van on its side looked like it was going to be a bad one when ambulance staff arrived, thankfully it wasn’t.

The collision involving three cars and a van happened on the Stourbridge Road just at the turning for Wombourne in Wolverhampton at 1.00pm this afternoon (Thursday).

A paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and an ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When you see a vehicle on its side you immediately think the worst.

“Thankfully, the driver of the overturned van had managed to get out of the vehicle and the nine occupants of the three other cars involved were all described as ‘walking wounded’ when ambulance staff arrived.

“The team of ambulance staff assessed all 10 patients at the roadside, three of which were young children.

“Of those assessed, a man in his 30s sustained minor neck pain and two women were suffering from the effects of shock. Thankfully, no one needed further treatment in hospital and all 10 patients were discharged on scene.”

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