A woman and a man have received treatment by the ambulance service following a two car collision just off the M40 in Warwick.
One of the Trust’s non-emergency patient transport service (PTS) ambulance crews came across the collision, which happened on the A453 near to the exit slip road of Junction 14 of the M40, at 1.45pm (Friday). The PTS crew closed the road to traffic by positioning their ambulance across the carriageway and called the Trust’s emergency operations centre to request assistance. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a BASICS doctor on board were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found the PTS crew rendering excellent first aid to the two patients. One driver, a woman in her 50s, was trapped by her legs in the wreckage and despite suffering potentially serious leg injuries she was fully conscious.
“Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer pain relief to help relieve her discomfort whilst the fire service worked around them to release the woman from the wreckage. Once cut free, the woman was immobilised with a neck collar and scoop stretcher before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire where a team of trauma staff were waiting for her in A&E.
“The second driver, a man in his 30s, had managed to self-extricate from his car. He had sustained a minor head injury and was taken to Warwick Hospital by land as a precaution.”
A motorcyclist who ended up colliding with a trailer this afternoon in Shrewsbury needed trauma care by the ambulance service.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B5067, near to the war memorial in Leaton just outside Shrewsbury at 1.15pm (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer 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 ambulance staff arrived they found an off-duty colleague administering aid to the motorcyclist, an 18-year-old man, who had come off his bike after colliding with a trailer being pulled by a 4×4.
“Due to the condition of the biker, ambulance staff and the doctor administered advanced trauma care at the scene. Once the man was in a more stable condition, he was then airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”
A three car collision left one woman trapped in her car for almost an hour as emergency services worked to release her this afternoon in Worcestershire.
An ambulance crew came across the collision which happened on the A4440 in Powick at 12.45pm (Friday). The ambulance crew immediately called the Trust’s emergency operations centre to request back up. A second ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and police and fire colleagues were sent.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of one car, a woman in her 30s, was trapped in the vehicle due to the damage caused in the collision. She was conscious and breathing and whilst the fire service worked to cut her free from the wreckage, the ambulance staff worked together to assess her and found she had sustained a suspected fractured leg.
“The woman was given pain relief and fluids before being immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint and flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“A second driver, a man in his 60s, was assessed on scene and was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital as a precaution.”
A motorcyclist has his leathers to thank for saving his life according to the paramedics who treated him after a crash last night.
The 24 year old was involved in the crash in Witton Lodge Road in Erdington at 11.20pm last night.
An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The initial report was that the rider was unconscious but when ambulance staff arrived he was fully conscious. The 24 year old was found some distance away from where his badly damaged bike was. A parked car was also damaged nearby.
“The man had suffered chest injuries but the full ‘leathers’ that he was wearing had done their job and protected from many other injuries.
“He was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to Heartlands Hospital where medics were on standby for his arrival.
“Once again, the value of wearing motorcycle leathers cannot be underestimated.”
A fairground in Birmingham is not only offering customers’ screams and smiles, but if your heart stops, a life-saving shock won’t be too far away either.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has teamed up with Robert Wilkinson Fairground and The Big Top Neighbourhood Watch Roadshow to provide life-saving training and equipment to help patients in cardiac arrest.
Last month, the Trust’s Community Response Manager Andy Jeynes visited Pipe Hayes Park to train more than 30 staff and volunteers from the fairground and roadshow in basic life support and how to use an automated external defibrillator; a device used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.
The Trust has donated a defibrillator together with a training defibrillator whilst the British Heart Foundation has provided The Big Top Neighbourhood Watch roadshow with resuscitation dummies and a training DVD to enable them to hold training sessions to members of the public.
The fairground and roadshow, which tours Birmingham and Solihull between March and November, has around 80 staff, volunteers and fair family members on site and regularly see 3,000k fairgoers a day through the gates.
Mark Jastrzebski, Chair of The Big Top Neighbourhood Watch Roadshow, said: “Last year, a woman sadly died after suffering a cardiac arrest at the fair and despite the best efforts of ourselves and ambulance staff we couldn’t save her.
“Whilst the ambulance service praised us for everything we did that day, we felt we needed to do more so we contacted Andy to find out about getting a defibrillator. Not only do we want to help save lives but we also want to raise awareness about learning CPR. The training we’ve had has been great and the defibrillator is so easy to use. Now that we’ve got the kit to help train others, we’ve launched The Big Top awareness training initiative so that each Thursday we can train members of the public in first aid and basic life support. The more people we can train the better.”
Robert Wilkinson, owner of Robert Wilkinson Fairground, said: “Having a defibrillator on site and being trained in how to save a life is something very unique as I don’t think it’s ever happened on a fairground before. Our first aiders have been trained by Andy in how to use the defibrillator and how to do CPR.
“If anything was ever to happen on the fair, I know we’ve got people trained who can make a difference. That’s what it’s all about. We hope the defibrillator is never used but it’s a good feeling to know it’s here. It’s a very positive thing to come out of a very negative and tragic incident.”
Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager said: “A fairground is a busy and bustling place where people from all ages visit. I applaud Robert and Mark for their determination to make a difference in the wake of such a tragedy and hope they train hundreds more people throughout the summer in basic first aid.”
Pictured (left to right): WMAS Andy Jeynes, Tony St. John, ‘Juggler’ Martin Hughes, Robert Wilkinson and Mark Jastrzebski.
Dozens of school children and their teachers escaped a coach that burst into flames as it travelled on a busy motorway.
The incident happened on the M6 northbound at Junction 3a at around 3.40pm on Monday afternoon.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews were greeted by the sight of a double decker bus that had been reduced to smouldering remains.
“Thankfully the 59 children and 7 staff on board, who come from the Black Country, were safely sitting on a second coach that had stopped to offer assistance.
“The Trust would like to pay tribute to the Eavesway Travel of Wigan coach driver who spotted the issue, stopped at the side of the motorway and helped evacuate the children. He then kept them and their teachers safe on his coach while firefighters dealt with the blaze. He then took them to the Motorcycle Museum where they were meeting up with a replacement coach to take them on their way.
“In total, 13 children and the coach driver were assessed for smoke inhalation.
“Four 10 year old girls were taken by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment, though their conditions are not thought to be serious.
“This could clearly have been a much more serious incident but for the quick actions of the coach drivers, teachers and children.”
The driver of a car has died after a collision with an HGV.
It happened at just before 8.00pm on Sunday evening on the A44 Kington to Leominster road near Lyonshall in Herefordshire.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the MERIT Trauma Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a man in the car who had suffered very serious injuries.
“Working with firefighters, he was rapidly extricated, but his condition worsened and advanced life support was carried out by ambulance staff. Sadly, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.
A couple have had an extraordinarily lucky escape after their car suffered massive damage after a collision with a lorry.
It happened on the northbound M6 between junctions 12 and 13 at Penkridge at around 4.30pm on Friday evening.
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initially, one of the 999 calls suggested that one of the patients was in cardiac arrest, but thankfully this turned out not to be the case.
“The driver of the car, a 67 year old man had been ejected from the vehicle in the collision. Thankfully, he was away from live traffic. He suffered serious but not life threatening chest and head injuries.
“His wife was badly shaken but uninjured. The man was taken to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance with the doctor from the aircraft travelling with him. His wife went with him.
“The driver of the lorry, who was in his 40s, was assessed at the scene and was taken to County Hospital in Stafford as a precaution.
“The couple are extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries as the rear of their car was destroyed in the crash.”
A woman received vital trauma care from West Midlands Ambulance Service this afternoon after being involved in a collision with a bus.
The incident happened at the junction of Church Street and Parkfield Road in Stourbridge at 2.15pm (Friday). An ambulance, a community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene. The helicopter landed at a nearby school and the aircrew made their way to the scene by foot.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The woman, believed to be in her 50s, had sustained a serious head injury in the collision. The ambulance crews and the doctor worked to stabilise her condition by administering trauma care at the roadside. Once immobilised and stable, the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.”
One woman has died and a young girl has received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Stratford-upon-Avon this morning.
West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision involving a car transporter lorry and pedestrians in Western Road in Stratford at 8.44am (Friday). An ambulance, a community paramedic, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and a BASICS doctor and paramedic from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base attended by response car.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, nothing could be done to save a woman who had been involved in a collision with the vehicle and she was confirmed dead on scene.
“A young girl had also been involved in the collision and upon further assessment by ambulance staff and medics they found she had sustained multiple serious injuries. The little girl was given trauma care in the ambulance to help stabilise her condition before she was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with a doctor on board. A second girl was assessed by paramedics but was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment. The lorry driver, a man, was checked over but was also uninjured.
“Ambulance staff would like to praise the bystanders and, in particular, the staff from a nearby car dealership for their help and assistance at the scene.”
Thursday 19th May 2016 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.
A quad biker has suffered serious injuries after the machine toppled down an embankment and landed on top of him leaving him trapped against a fence.
The incident happed at about 10.00am (Thursday) on a hillside between Snailbeach and Stiperstones in Shropshire.
The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board was first on scene backed up by a land ambulance.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found the man pinned against the fence at the bottom of an 8 foot slope. The machine was on its side with the seat against his back.
“The man had pain in his chest and abdomen from the crush injuries. On examination he had broken ribs and internal injuries.
“He was given pain relief before ambulance staff worked with firefighters to free him from where he was trapped at the bottom of the slope.
“After being brought back up the slope he was taken the land ambulance to the aircraft which had landed nearby, before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital where a trauma team was on standby.”
Wednesday 18th May 2016 – 6.20pm – Murray MacGregor.
A woman has been rescued from a car that was left hanging precariously at a 40 degree angle about 10 feet above a canal.
The incident happened at about 4.20pm on Glascote Road in Tamworth just off the roundabout at Abbey Road.
An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the small blue car hanging above the water, held only there by some of the bodywork that had hooked onto the bridge railing.
“The car was completely unstable and would not have been safe to get the woman out immediately as it would have risked dislodging the car and it crashing into the water.
“Two members of the HART Team donned their water rescue gear and stood by ready to go into the water while firefighters firstly secured the car and then removed the seats and helped the woman to climb out through the back window of the car.
“The woman, who was in her 50s was uninjured and was discharged at scene.
“There is no doubt that this could have ended very differently and possibly tragically. Some excellent teamwork between ambulance and fire crews ensured that the woman was rescued while all the contingencies were covered.”
Well I suppose it had to happen – a bit of competition between our staff. AFter the fantastic efforst of Dudley Hub earlier in the week, the Staff at Erdington Hub and picked up the gauntlet and put together what can only be described as a #RunningManChallenege extravaganza! Oh, they’d like to nominate Heart of England NHS FT, and the Irish National Ambulance Service to take up the challenge:
Tuesday 17th May 2016 – 2.05pm – Murray MacGregor.
A woman has been airlifted to hospital after a crash that saw her trapped in the wreckage of the car she was driving for about 45 minutes.
The incident happened on the A46 Stags Hill in Warwickshire at about just after 9.00am this morning (Tuesday).
An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the doctor from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance who responded in a response vehicle were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a Nissan and a BMW that had had a substantial impact; both had front offside damage.
“The woman in the Nissan was trapped for about 45 minutes while firefighters and ambulance staff worked to free her while she was being treated.
“The woman, who was in her 30s, had a reduced level of consciousness but was complaining of leg, pelvic and chest pain. She was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before she was airlifted to the Major Trauma Centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.
“The man in his 50s who had been driving the BMW had managed to get out of the car himself. He was treated for minor knee and rib pain and had a bloodied nose. He was discharged at scene.”
Tuesday 17th May 2016 – 11.15am – Murray MacGregor.
An early morning crash on a busy motorway left debris across the carriageway.
The incident on the M6 happened between junctions 2 and 1 at just before 7.45am this morning (Tuesday).
A paramedic area support officer, the doctor from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, who responded in a car, and three ambulances, two from the West Midlands and one from East Midlands Ambulance Service, were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The crash happened about 1/2 mile before junction 1 on the southbound carriageway.
“When crews arrived, they found three cars and a lorry at the scene. One of the cars was badly damaged as was a section of the Armco crash barrier. There was debris across all three lanes.
“Thankfully, the injuries were not too serious, which allowed traffic to start moving again while emergency services worked at the scene.
“A man in his 40s was helped out of vehicle before being taken by ambulance to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with a suspected head injury.
“Three other patients were discharged at the scene. A 24 year old woman had aches and pains, a 32 year old man was complaining of minor neck pain and a man in his 40s was uninjured after assessment.”
A man riding a motorbike has died after a crash with a car.
It happened on the A458 at Wootton near Bridgnorth in Shropshire at just after 1.00pm on Sunday.
An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance arrived on scene 8 minutes after the initial call. Sadly, it was immediately obvious that there was nothing that could be done to save the rider.
“The elderly man driving the car was assessed at the scene but had no obvious injuries and was discharged on scene.”
Three people have been hurt, with a motorcyclist seriously injured after a crash on Sunday afternoon.
It happened on the Fosse Way in Warwickshire at the junction of Windmill Hill Lane at Chesterton at 1.30pm.
Two ambulances and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a red car with significant front nearside damage; two motorbikes that had suffered huge damage and a light blue Peugeot with minor damage.
“One of the riders, a man in his 50s had suffered multiple serious injuries. He was immobilised, had splints applied and was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.
“The second rider, who was also in his 50s was immobilised as a precaution and taken to Warwick Hospital, though he appeared uninjured.
“The woman in the red car, who was believed to be in her 70s, had a fractured wrist and seatbelt pain. She was also taken to Warwick Hospital.
“The man in the Peugeot was uninjured.
“The road was closed in both directions to allow emergency services to work at the scene safely.”
An advanced paramedic from Worcestershire who is determined to help ‘Rebuild Nepal’ has returned from a second visit to the earthquake hit country.
Phil Llewellyn, who is based in Pershore, first visited the country to offer aid in the wake of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake that struck on April 25th, 2015. A second earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 was to hit the region on May 12th.
Phil was so touched by the damage and devastation caused, particularly in the village of Kaule, where he has friends, that he decided he wanted to help further. The village had been completely decimated with homes and schools having been destroyed, as well as people losing their lives.
As a result, Phil set up the charity ‘Rebuild Nepal’. In the months that followed, he worked tirelessly to raise funds to support Kaule, giving talks and holding a Summer Ball, all of which helped to raise £8,000.
On his return to Nepal in March, Phil took eight healthcare professionals with him and because Kaule relies heavily on tourist income generated by the trekking and climbing industry, they set off on an expedition to Annapurna Base Camp at an altitude of 4250m.
During the visit Phil handed over the £8000, enough money to rebuild four houses, and the group were afforded a heart-warming reception by the people of Kaule.
Reflecting on the trip, Phil said: “Kathmandu looks a lot better since the earthquake, but the remote villages, such as Kaule, look pretty much the same.
“For almost 12 months these people have lived under tin sheets and tarpaulin and it is really sad to see.
“The Nepalese people are so loving and genuine and are full of smiles no matter what, but people should not be distracted by the smiles – they are desperate people that have been forgotten.”
Now back in the UK, Phil plans to start fund-raising again in a bid to raise more money to purchase materials needed to rebuild more houses.
Wednesday 11th May 2016 – 9.30am – Murray MacGregor.
A man has been pulled unconscious from a smoking car by an off duty paramedic.
It followed a two car crash on the A45 dual carriageway at Stretton On Dunsmore in Warwickshire at about 5.45am this morning (Wednesday).
Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and two BASICS Emergency Doctors who fly with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The paramedic, who does not work for WMAS, is believed to have arrived shortly after the crash.
“Due to the condition of the man in one of the cars and the fact that the vehicle appeared to be smoking, he took the decision to get the driver out quickly and start treating him.
“The man, who was in his 20s, had suffered serious head and pelvic injuries. He started to come round while ambulance staff and the doctors treated him. He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.
“Both vehicles had suffered considerable damage and this left the driver in the second car trapped. Ambulance staff requested firefighters attend the scene and the two emergency services staff worked together to get the man out.
“It took around 40 minutes to free the 33 year old, such was the damage to the car. He had suffered an obvious left arm fracture as well as injuries to his chest and pelvic area. He too was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before also being taken on blue lights to the same major trauma centre.”
A woman has been injured after the motorbike she was a pillion passenger on collided with a car in Birmingham.
The incident happened at the junction of Walkers Heath Road and Arrow Walk, Kings Norton at 1.20pm this afternoon (Monday). An ambulance and a responder paramedic attended.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The 37-year-old woman was conscious and breathing when ambulance staff arrived but was in pain and, upon assessment, was found with multiple injuries.
“The woman was given pain relief to help ease her discomfort before she was carefully immobilised with a neck collar spinal, board and pelvic splint. Once stable, ambulance staff conveyed her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a major trauma centre, for further checks.”
A man has been treated by paramedics after he was knocked over and injured by a water buffalo.
An ambulance responded to a 999 call reporting a man had been injured by the animal in Seighford in Stafford at 1.20pm this afternoon (Monday). During the 999 call, the caller reported that the water buffalo had escaped its paddock and was on the loose in the village so our control room quickly alerted Staffordshire Police to the case.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance crew arrived, the buffalo wasn’t nearby so it was safe for them to proceed with treating the injured man.
“Upon assessment, it was clear that the man had sustained a leg injury. The two paramedics administered treatment on scene to stabilise his condition before taking him to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
A forklift truck driver has walked free from the devastated insides of a warehouse after an accident that saw tonnes of good come down on top of him leaving him trapped for around eight hours.
West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to the incident in Hatton Road in Hinstock near Market Drayton at 9.40am on Friday morning.
Initially, an ambulance, a BASICS Emergency Doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent along with two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One patient was treated at the scene for the effects of shock while fire and ambulance staff assessed the situation so that a resuce attempt could be mounted.
“Firefighters from Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service were joined by specialist Urban Search and Rescue teams from West Midlands, Merseyside, and Leicestershire.
“They were joined by staff from West Mercia Police and the Health and Safety Executive. The operation was co-ordinated using the new WMAS Command Vehicle which has only recently entered service and provides the latest multi-agency working platform.
“Astonishingly, after so long trapped under the contents of the warehouse, the worker was able to walk out of the warehouse. He was then assessed by the paramedics from HART and was subsequently taken to Princess Royal Hospital as a precaution, but he appears uninjured.
“This is an excellent example of interagency cooperation that demonstrates the value of close cooperation and joint working.”
Despite eight cars and two buses getting involved in a crash, only three patients needed ambulance assistance and all were discharged at the scene.
What can only be described as a ‘pile up’ happened outside the Sutton Dental Surgery in Coleshill Street, Sutton Coldfield at just before 5.00pm on Thursday afternoon.
An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When the call came in, we did wonder what we would find, but thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as it could have been.
“In the end, ambulance staff only assessed three patients:
A 29 year old woman who was the driver of a car that was in collision with a bus and then hit a lamppost. She initially complained of abdominal pain but chose not to go to hospital and was going to see her GP;
The driver of the bus, who was in his 60s. He had a minor foot injury but was discharged after assessment;
A 25 year old lady on the bus who said that she had hit head and shoulder on the window. Although shaken, she was uninjured and also discharged.
“Clearly this could have been considerably worse, but thankfully wasn’t.”
A man who ended up trapped in the cab of his lorry for 50 minutes following a collision with a HGV miraculously walked away with just minor injuries.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 in Stafford shortly after midnight this morning (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS doctor attended. The Trust’s MERIT doctor was also responded but was stood down.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a lorry with significant front end damage which had left the driver, a man in his 40s, trapped inside his cab due to the wreckage.
“Upon assessment the man was fully conscious but was trapped by his legs by the dash and steering wheel so ambulance staff and the medic worked closely with the fire service to cut the man out of the wreckage. After around 50 minutes and once the wreckage had been removed, the man was able to get out of the cab unaided. Remarkably, he had suffered no serious injuries but, as a precaution due to the mechanism of the collision, ambulance staff conveyed him by ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for a full check-up.”
Photos: please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service
With the weather set to provide a gorgeous weekend, ambulance bosses are appealing to motorcyclists not to put themselves at risk by riding without appropriate safety gear.
It follows a case in Birmingham city centre where a young man suffered serious ‘road rash’ after coming off his bike in tracksuit bottoms.
The incident happened on Lee Bank Middleway in the underpass under Bristol Street/Pershore Street at about 4.30pm on Thursday afternoon.
An ambulance was on scene within seven minutes and was backed up by a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a critical care paramedic in a response vehicle.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crew arrived they found the rider some distance away from where the remains of his bike were. They were on opposite sides of the dual carriageway.
“Thankfully the rider, who was in his 20s, had not suffered serious injuries. However, his track suit bottoms had offered no protection and he had suffered extensive road rash which is not only painful but can also leave very nasty scarring.
“In addition, the rider was complaining of a shoulder injury; he was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.
“As the weather has warmed up, we have seen people riding in shorts and t-shirts. While no rider expects to come off their motorbike, the reality is that some do. We know from extensive experience that those wearing good quality leathers, boots, gloves and obviously a helmet, suffer far less serious injuries.
“Whilst it may be warm to wear, in our opinion, it is simply not worth the risk to not wear safety equipment – it could ultimately save your life.”
It is the same car in both pictures (MD099) – you can see the distance between the rider and his motorbike
Thursday 5th May 2016 – 3.20pm – Murray MacGregor.
Paramedics feared for an elderly woman’s arm after it got trapped under a car.
The incident in Kidderminster resulted in firefighters from Hereford and Worcester Fire Service having to lift the vehicle with airbags to get her out.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Anchorfields at just after 11.00am on Thursday morning.
An ambulance was initially sent but the crew requested back up from a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, which landed at the Kidderminster Harriers ground.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman had been trying to get a walking aid out from her car when the vehicle moved and she fell to the ground face down with her arm trapped under the wheel.
“When ambulance staff arrived they had serious concerns about the level of damage to her arm.
“Thankfully, once she was freed, the condition of her arm improved rapidly and after a full assessment at the scene, she was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution with bruising.
“The excellent cooperation between fire and ambulance services ensured the potential for a very serious injury was minimised and resulted in something much less serious.”
Wednesday 4th May 2016 – 10.40am – Murray MacGregor.
A schoolboy has been airlifted after suffering serious leg injuries after a coach ran over his leg.
The incident happened outside Kingsbury School in Tamworth Road, in Kingsbury.
A rapid response vehicle was on scene within 8 minutes and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The teenager had just arrived at the school by coach when the unfortunate accident happened.
“The youngster suffered serious traumatic injuries to his right foot and leg.
“After being sedated by the aircrew, ambulance staff worked on his leg before he was airlifted to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital where a trauma team was on standby for his arrival.
“The driver of the coach was assessed by ambulance staff but, although very shaken, was uninjured and was discharged.
“The Trust would like to thank the school for their assistance at the scene.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service joined North West Ambulance Service at the scene of a fatal road traffic collision last night.
The Trust received a 999 call from Staffordshire Police shortly after 9.30pm (Tuesday) reporting a collision involving a HGV and a pedestrian just over the border on the A500 near Weston, Cheshire. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended and were joined by colleagues from the North West.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the pedestrian and death was confirmed on scene by WMAS.
“The lorry driver, a man, was checked over by North West colleagues and was found to be uninjured but suffering from the effects of shock.”
It was a bank holiday and unsurprisingly, raining and cold. Not really ideal conditions to get two patients slipping and breaking their ankles deep in a wooded beauty spot. However, that was the situation facing ambulance crews yesterday.
The service was called to the Bluebell Woods off Stratford Road in Wootton Wawen near Henley in Arden at just before 2.00pm on Monday afternoon.
The first patient, a woman in her 50s was quite some distance from the nearest road and on a steep embankment.
The paramedic from the rapid response vehicle that was sent was taken to the scene in a 4 x 4 vehicle.
The woman had a fracture / dislocation of her right ankle. Despite back up from an ambulance, a community first responder and a paramedic area support officer, the conditions were sufficiently treacherous that the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was requested.
The extra hands allowed the woman to be lifted up the slope safely before being taken to a 4×4 ambulance that had managed to negotiate the mud and rain to get to the top of the embankment. It took the woman to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.
While the staff were working on this case, they were made aware of a second patient who had also fallen and broken her ankle about 5 minutes walk away in the same woods.
The HART team used their 6×6 Polaris vehicle to access this patient, so difficult were the conditions. She was transported back to a land ambulance which took her to the same hospital.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Once again, the value of having a 4×4 ambulance has proved its worth. Being able to get that far into the woods would have been impossible in a normal vehicle.
“However, even it would have struggled to get to the second patient. Thankfully it was no issue for the Polaris so we didn’t have to manually carry her out.”