Monday 22nd August 2016 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.
An elderly man is fighting for his life following a two car collision in Warwickshire this afternoon.
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Greenhill Street in Stratford-upon-Avon shortly after 1.30pm (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor on board and a second helicopter from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) with a doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The paramedic area support officer was first on scene and arrived to find a man, the driver of one car, in cardiac arrest. A police officer and GPs from a nearby surgery were already performing excellent CPR on the man and were using a public access defibrillator.
“The paramedic took over resuscitation efforts and was assisted by a passing off duty paramedic who stopped to help. Once joined by ambulance colleagues, the team continued advanced life support at the roadside and managed to gain some cardiac output. Despite this, the man was still critical and was quickly airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by WNAA with a doctor on board. Upon arrival in A&E the man was said to be in a critical condition.
“A woman from the same car sustained chest pain and was treated on scene before being taken to Warwick Hospital. In the second car were two women; a mother and daughter. The driver suffered a suspected fractured wrist whilst the passenger had cuts and bruises. Both were treated by ambulance staff before both were taken to hospital in the same ambulance.
“It is always a welcomed sight for ambulance staff to see a patient in cardiac arrest receiving CPR. A special thanks to the GPs from Rotherhouse surgery, the police officer and our off duty staff member for their assistance on scene.
“The road remains closed in Stratford-upon-Avon.”