Friday 18th November 2016 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.
It’s been a busy start in Birmingham this morning after the emergency services responded to two serious RTCs involving children within the space of 45 minutes.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre sent an ambulance and paramedic area support officer to a 999 call at the junction of Bacchus Road and Nineveh Road, Soho, just after 8.00am today. Upon arrival, the two paramedics and technician found an 11-year-old boy being cared for by his family after being involved in a collision with a lorry.
“The boy sustained potentially limb-threatening injuries to his lower leg as well as a minor head injury. The trio of ambulance staff administered vital trauma care to stabilise the boy’s condition, giving pain relief and dressing his wounds, before he was alerted on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.
“Just 45 minutes later, several 999 calls came in reporting a collision involving a refuse lorry and a motorbike on the Walsall Road in Great Barr. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.
“The motorbike caught fire following the collision which left the motorcyclist, a 16-year-old boy, with burns to his chest and legs as well as neck and back pain. Ambulance staff and the trauma doctor administered pain relief to the teenager before they carefully applied dressings to his wounds. Once stable, he was taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the teenager to continue treatment en route and the hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the boy.”