Appeal for volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire

Thursday 29th June 2017 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

Would you like to help save lives in your local community in your spare time?

We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits to become volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) in Shropshire.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. Trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level, CFRs will learn basic life support and how to use a defibrillator as well as how to deal with a range of medical and traumatic emergencies. CFRs then spend time training alongside ambulance staff before going ‘live’.

When CFRs book on for their voluntary shift, the Trust’s control room will respond them to medical emergencies in their local community while an ambulance is en-route. CFRs are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, when every minute really does count.

To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence. West Midlands Ambulance Service will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided.

To find out more and to apply for this exciting voluntary lifesaving role, please visit NHS Jobs via www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for ‘Community First Responder’.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 6th July.

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Car driver cut free through roof after collision with lorry

Thursday 29th June 2017 – 9.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped in his car for approximately 35 minutes following a collision with a lorry has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital late last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Fairview Industrial Estate on Kingsbury Road, Curdworth, shortly before 11.05pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 30s, lying across the front two seats following a collision with a lorry.

“He was found to have a slightly reduced level of consciousness and had to be cut out of the vehicle through the roof, with the help of the fire service.

“Ambulance staff treated the man for injuries to his chest, arm, shoulder, face and leg before transporting him to Heartlands Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”
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Pedestrian seriously injured in M6 collision

Thursday 29th June 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man is in a critical condition after suffering serious injuries in a collision with a lorry on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 16 and 15, shortly after 4.20am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the patient, a man believed to be in his 20s, lying on the hard shoulder following the collision.

“He had suffered multiple serious injuries and was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness. The man received specialist trauma care at the scene before being anaesthetised in order to stabilise his condition.

“He was then transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further emergency treatment.”
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Pedestrian dies in Leamington Spa RTC

Wednesday 28th June 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

Sometimes there is simply nothing our ambulance staff can do to save a life, which was the case following a collision in Leamington Spa in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian near to the railway station on Old Warwick Road, Leamington Spa just after midnight (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian, a man, trapped beneath a car with very serious injuries. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”
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Motorcyclist suffers significant injuries in Nuneaton

Tuesday 27th June 2017 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

A man received major trauma care at the roadside by ambulance staff last night following a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a motorcyclist who had collided with a lamppost at the junction of Queens Road and Roanne Ringway in Nuneaton, Warwickshire just before 11.50pm (Monday). An ambulance, a community paramedic, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist on the floor. Upon assessment the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20s, was in a critical condition and had sustained significant injuries to his leg which required immediate advanced trauma care.

“The team of ambulance staff and medics worked quickly to help administer vital care to the man at the scene before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Medics in A&E were pre-alerted to the arrival of the man who was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Canal Boat Ambulance

It’s a slow boat to hospital

Monday 26th June 2017 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

They may not be quite as rapid as a blue light ambulance, but they certainly proved useful in helping an ambulance crew earlier.  What are we talking about? Canal narrow boats.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location about half a mile from Bridge 82 on the Coventry Canal in the Huddlesford area near Lichfield at about 9.40am this morning to reports that the man piloting a narrow boat had collapsed.

Other canal users had managed to get onto the boat and bring it to a halt at the canal side.

Paramedic Chris Tuncliffe and Technician Simon Poole were sent to the scene.  Chris said: “We got the ambulance to as close to the location as we could but we still had to walk for about half a mile to the narrow boat where we found the patient, a 68-year-old man, who had by this point come round.

“After assessing him we realised that we needed some additional equipment so while I carried on treating the patient, Simon went to get the kit.”

Simon said: “I was about to start walking when I managed to catch a lift on another boat that was heading in that direction and got a lift back to the ambulance.

“While I moved the ambulance to another bridge which was closer, Simon was making use of another narrow boat to start heading in my direction bringing the patient closer to the vehicle.”

Chris added: “Our patient had low blood pressure and some other existing conditions which meant he needed to go to hospital so going by boat was definitely the easiest way to move him.

“We can’t thank the many boat users enough for all of their help and also their actions in stopping the patient’s boat in the first place.  They really seem to be a community and keen to help each other out which is great to see.”

The patient was taken to Burton Queens Hospital for further assessment.

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Crash leaves two trapped for over an hour

Monday 26th June 2017 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been injured, one seriously, after a car collided with the rear of a lorry on a busy motorway leaving them trapped for over an hour.

It happened on the southbound M6 just where the slip road leaves for the M1 at about 1.40am on Monday morning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, The Air Ambulance Service critical care car and the MERIT Trauma doctor were sent to the scene from West Midlands Ambulance Service along with resources from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The small car had become trapped under the rear of the HGV.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to pull the vehicle clear and provided treatment while the men, who were estimated to be in their 30’s were cut free from the wreckage.  In total they were trapped for about 70 minutes.

“The front seat passenger had suffered multiple injuries and was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“The driver had suffered much less serious injuries and was dealt with by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Elderly driver airlifted after car rolls into ditch

Friday 23rd June 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being left trapped in his car for about 30 minutes following a two-vehicle RTC yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leys Road and Evesham Road in Harvington, Evesham, shortly after 5.35pm and sent two ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car lying on the driver’s side and in a ditch.

“There were two patients from that car. The driver, a man in his 80s, was trapped as a result of the damage suffered to the car and ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free him through the passenger door.

“He was assessed throughout the extrication and treated for injuries to his head, face, arm and back. The man, who was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness, was immobilised, given pain relief and carefully moved on to the air ambulance before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The passenger in the car, a woman in her 80s, had been assisted out prior to the arrival of ambulance crews and was lying on the ground.

“She was fully conscious and treated for a minor abdominal injury before being transported to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Girl dies in Warwickshire RTC

Thursday 22nd June 2017 – 6.00pm – Claire Brown.

A girl has sadly died in a road traffic collision after the car she was travelling in collided with a fence this afternoon in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4114 Smockington Lane in Wolvey, Hinkley just after 2.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service were also responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a girl inside the car who had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to her.

“The girl was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the girl and she was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.”

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Five teens in river rescue

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging caution after an incident in which five teenagers got into difficulty whilst swimming in a river.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location near Ross Rowing Club on Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye at just after 7.30pm on Tuesday night to reports of a drowning.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the teens had got into difficulty in the River Wye.

“Two members of Ross Rowing Club went into the water, while others used a rowing boat to get to the youngsters.  In the meantime, one of the clubs rescue launches was also launched.

“Three of the girls were able to get out of the water themselves.  A 17 year old girl was rescued from the side by the launch and a 15 year old was rescued from the water by the rowing boat.

“The 15-year-old girl was shaken by her ordeal but was uninjured and discharged with advice.

“The 17-year-old was assessed at the scene and taken to Hereford County Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

“On a hot sunny day, the attraction of cooling off in water is obvious.  However, the dangers of doing so cannot be underestimated.  These five are extremely fortunate that members of the Rowing Club were there and able to assist them quickly.”

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One airlifted and six more to hospital as crash closes M6

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Seven people were injured, one of whom was airlifted to hospital, following a crash between a lorry and a minibus on the M6 yesterday afternoon which caused the motorway to be closed in both directions.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 3 and 2, shortly after 5.05pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a minibus with front end damage and a lorry with rear end damage. All eight occupants of the minibus were out of the vehicle and standing at the roadside.

“The most seriously injured patient was a 37-year-old man with a suspected fractured leg. He received treatment from ambulance staff before being carefully moved to the air ambulance, which had landed on the motorway, and flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There were six more patients with minor injuries, all of whom were men. They were treated for knee, shoulder, leg, hand, arm and neck injuries before being transported to the same hospital by the two land ambulances.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”

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A cyclist has been airlifted after a freak accident resulted in a serious head injury

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 8.47am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after a freak accident whilst out riding in a large peloton of riders.

It happened on the Kings Bromley to Alrewas road in Staffordshire at around 6.20pm on Tuesday night.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

The rider, who was in his 30s was in a in of about 50 riders travelling at about 25 miles an hour when he came together with another cyclist and it was reported that he went over his handlebars and landed on his head.

The man was unconscious with a serious injury.  The doctor on board the aircraft decided to anaesthetise the patient at the scene before he was flown to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Operations Manager, Rob Marsh, said: “Thankfully the man was wearing a helmet.  Whilst wearing one is a personal choice, the medical staff at the scene are in no doubt that his injuries could have been significantly worse had he not be wearing one.”

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A teenage boy had died after a drowning incident

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 9.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has died after an incident at a lake in the Pelsall area of the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called along with West Midlands Fire and Police colleagues to the lake beyond Ryders Hayes Lane at 6.50pm this evening (Tuesday) to reports that a boy had gone into the water and not resurfaced.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team who have a water rescue capability, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “While staff on the ground searched the area, both the air ambulance and a police helicopter searched the lake from the air.

“Tragically, the boy was later recovered from the water and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Although it is very hot at the moment, the dangers of going into open water cannot be underestimated.”

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Little things can make a huge difference in this hot weather

With the hot weather set to continue for a day or two yet, it’s vital that everyone looks after themselves and their loved ones to ensure they stay healthy in the heat.  Very often it’s simple things that help make life more bearable when it is hot and humid.

WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton says in recent days WMAS has seen large increases in the number of calls that are related to the current heatwave:

 

In the heat it’s time to show some community spirit and look out for your loved ones and also your neighbours, especially if they’re elderly:

 

In this hot weather it’s vitally important that people drink enough to keep themselves hydrated, but you might be surprised what’s best:

 

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Young boy airlifted with serious injuries

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy is in a critical condition following a road traffic collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newcastle Road in Madeley, near to Madeley High School, just after 3.35pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an 11-year-old boy who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The hospital had been alerted to the boy’s condition prior to arrival.

“Unfortunately, the boy’s condition is thought to be extremely serious.”

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Are you looking after yourself and your loved ones in the hot weather?

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging the public to look after themselves and their loved ones as the hot and humid weather looks set to continue for a few days yet.

It comes after call numbers for those suffering from heat related issues rose significantly in the last few days.

The heat is particularly affecting older people (especially those over 75); babies and young children, people with a serious chronic condition; especially heart or breathing problems; and people with mobility problems such as people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton, said: “We are seeing lots of cases of patients becoming dehydrated after not having drunk enough water.  There are also cases of people who are simply overheating which is a particular problem if the individual already has problems with their heart or breathing.  Particularly over the weekend we also saw cases of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for people who were out in the sun for many hours who had not taken precautions.

“Thank you to our staff who are working incredibly hard to deal with the increased demand whilst also having to cope themselves in the high temperatures.

“There is no doubt many of those emergencies could have been avoided if people had taken precautions.  We would therefore urge the public to look out for their loved ones, but also elderly neighbours who might be finding the current weather tough to deal with.”

19-Jun 12-Jun % Difference
Sick Person 525 395 +32.90%
Breathing Problems 317 272 +16.50%
Falls 202 130 +55.40%
Collapse 162 83 +95.20%
Unconscious / Passing Out 136 89 +52.80%

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Motorcyclist dies in Coleshill RTC

Friday 16th June 2017 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision in North Warwickshire this afternoon has sadly claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

The ambulance service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and a van on Coleshill Industrial Estate, Station Road in Coleshill at around 12.30pm today (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The paramedic officer arrived first on scene to find police performing CPR on a motorcyclist, a man, who was in cardiac arrest.

“The team of ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts, administering advanced trauma care to try to save the man’s life. Sadly, despite their best efforts on scene, the man was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Bordsley Green Fire

A family of seven has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire

Friday 16th June 2017 – 10.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A family of seven have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at their house.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the property in Keeley Street in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham at about 7.50am this morning.

Three ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, all seven family members were outside the property.  The building itself had been badly affected by the fire.

“The 53-year-old father was worst affected after getting his family out of the property.  He was treated for smoke inhalation as was his 34-year-old wife.  There were five children, girls of 15, 8 and about 5 years as well as a baby boy and a toddler boy; they too were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

“All seven were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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Ambulance Line Up

Tragically, a girl has died after an RTC

Friday 16th June 2017 – 9.25am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, a young girl has sadly died following a collision in Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.18pm on Thursday afternoon to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a 4×4 on Mytton Oak Road in Shrewsbury.

The first ambulance was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call, quickly followed by a paramedic officer, a second ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a young girl, in cardiac arrest after being involved in a collision with a 4×4. Ambulance staff immediately commenced life support on the girl at the scene.

“Due to the proximity of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the team took the decision to rapidly convey her by land ambulance on blue lights to the nearby A&E whilst resuscitation efforts continued en-route.

“Tragically, despite further treatment in hospital, nothing could be done to save the girl and she has since died.

“The driver of the 4×4, a man, declined treatment by ambulance staff at the scene.”

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Helimed 06, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham Services

Schoolgirl airlifted to specialist care after fall

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A schoolgirl has been airlifted to a specialist hospital after breaking her leg in a freak accident whilst on an ‘outward bound’ course.

The incident happened at about 11.40am on the east side of Symonds Yat, on the Herefordshire / Gloucestershire border.

An ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Technical Rescue Unit along with a unit from Hereford and Worcester Fire were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 12-year-old from Oxfordshire was about to undertake a rock climbing activity and was at the bottom of the cliff when she got her foot caught in a rope and tripped over a log, subsequently tumbling down a slope below the cliff.

“The ambulance crew splinted her leg before firefighters brought her up to the car park where they rendezvoused with the air ambulance.

“The critical care paramedics then used a traction splint to help treat the injury to her leg.  She was also complaining of pain in her left wrist and cuts and bruises, though her helmet had protected her head.

“Given the injury, the aircrew decided to fly her to the specialist facilities at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

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Paramedic Manager vehicle

A cyclist has died despite the efforts of ambulance staff to save him

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 12.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after he was involved in an incident involving a van and a car.

It happened at about 7.40am this morning on Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, to the south of Halesowen.

A paramedic officer was on scene in 8 minutes and was backed up by an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The middle aged cyclist had suffered significant injuries in the crash.

“He received considerable treatment from the ambulance staff and air ambulance doctor but sadly, despite the extensive efforts it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“No-one else was hurt.”

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Ambulances at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

Cyclist anaesthetised after collision with van

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 9.28am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been anaesthetised at the scene of a crash with a van.

It happened at about 6.30pm on Wednesday evening at the junction of Bridge Street and New Street in Kenilworth.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, which landed in a nearby park.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initial calls suggested that the cyclist had been left unconscious in the middle of the road after the collision.

“Ambulance staff arrived on scene 6 minutes after the 999 call and found the middle aged man in a semi-conscious state.

“The man, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, was suffering from potentially serious head and facial injuries.

“Given his condition, the doctor decided to anaesthetise him at the scene before he was taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were no other injuries.”

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A serious crash left a man trapped in a car for 50 minutes and a lorry on its side

Engine ends up 20 metres away from car after crash

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 8.54am – Murray MacGregor.

A crash that left the engine of a car 20 metres away from the rest of the vehicle and a lorry on its side, has resulted in two men being injured, with one airlifted.

The crash happened on Long Lane on the road from Bronington to Whitchurch on the Shropshire / Welsh border at about 6.50pm on Wednesday night.

Two ambulances, one from WMAS and the other from Wales were sent to the scene along with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered very significant front offside damage.  Part of the engine was lying about 20 metres away.  Further up the road there was an HGV on its side.

“The car driver, a man in his 20s was the most seriously hurt.  He was trapped for around 50 minutes while firefighters worked with ambulance staff to extricate him while he received treatment.

“He had suffered a broken right leg and fracture dislocation of his ankle.  He was given pain relief and was immobilised before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The front seat passenger, a man also in his 20s, had managed to get out of the vehicle himself and was treated for abdominal pain and seat belt injuries.  He was taken by the Welsh ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was able to get out of the vehicle himself and was uninjured.”

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Woman suffers serious arm injury after car overturns

Wednesday 14th June 2017 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

A woman whose car ended up on its roof in Telford this morning has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious arm injury.

The single car collision happened on Lincoln Hill in Ironbridge, Telford, shortly before 8.15am (Wednesday) and 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 a car which had rolled off a single-track road and landed on its roof. The driver and single occupant, a woman in her 30s, had managed to get out of the vehicle and was sitting at the side of the road being cared for by passers-by.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff it was clear that the woman had suffered a serious injury to her lower arm which required immediate treatment. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to the woman before carefully dressing and immobilising her arm. Once stable, the woman was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist airlifted from Stafford RTC

Wednesday 14th June 2017 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man was airlifted to a major trauma centre last night after he was involved in a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Crooked Bridge Road and Prospect Road in Stafford at around 4.50pm yesterday (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill attended; one had a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived to find a cyclist and a car which had been in a collision. The cyclist, a man, was initially trapped underneath the car and, once freed, ambulance staff were able to fully assess his condition. The man had suffered multiple injuries which required advanced trauma care by the doctor and ambulance staff at the roadside.

“The man’s condition was stabilised before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital, a specialist major trauma centre, for further care.”

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Two paramedics, one mountain, seven summits

Tuesday 13th June 2017 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

Scaling Mount Snowdon once is enough for most people but two paramedics from Birmingham are preparing to walk up (and down) Snowdon seven times in seven days for charity.

Paramedics Amanda Hill and Kay Alexander, based at the Trust’s Hollymoor hub in Rubery, will be walking up Mount Snowdon in Wales via the Llanberis route for seven consecutive days from Friday 7th July with their final ascent planned on Thursday 13th July.

The duo, who decided on the charity walk whilst at the top of Snowdon last year, are hoping to raise £1,500 each for two charities close to their hearts. A close friend of Amanda’s has Neuroendocrine Tumours (NET), a currently incurable cancer, and is raising money for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham who are funding NET research. Kay’s little boy Alex was born with a critical heart condition and is raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Alex received life-saving treatment.

Amanda, 47 from Kidderminster, said: “About three years ago my neighbour and friend was diagnosed with NET. After the initial shock and all the treatments, scans and tests, fundraising began in the family. I want to help the cause and decided to climb Snowdon seven times in seven days to help raise money for NET research in the hope that, one day, a cure will be found for this type of cancer. I am doing this for Dave, his family and other patients who suffer from this cancer. Kay and I have been training together ahead of our seven days and, with support from our friends and family, we each hope to raise our target of £1,500 and summit Snowdon seven times in one piece!”

Kay, 40 from Birmingham, said: “I got told that my new born baby would need surgery on his heart when he was just one day old. We got transferred to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and, six days later Alex had open heart surgery which took many nail biting hours and afterwards, spent many days on the paediatric intensive care unit. You would never know to look at him that he went through such amazing surgery. If it wasn’t for the brilliant teams at the hospital he wouldn’t be here now.  I owe them his life, so for that I’m doing these fundraising walks and supporting my friend Amanda. We’re looking forward to the challenge ahead and know that we’ll motivate each other to get to the finish line. Thanks to everyone for their donations so far.”

As well as seeking donations, the due are being joined by several colleagues for one summit to help raise even more money. To donate to either charity, please visit Amanda and Kay’s Just Giving page via  www.justgiving.com/sevensummitsonsnowdon  www.justgiving.com/summittodoforfriends. Alternatively, you can donate to NET by texting JLUA57 to 70070 or BCH by texting KAYA47 to 70070 with the amount £ you wish to donate.”

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Notes to Editors

(pictured Kay (left) and Amanda (right) at the top of Snowdon last year).

 

 

 

New ambulance hub opens half a century after the previous one did

 

Monday 12th June 2017 – 4.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance staff in North Staffordshire have welcomed the opening of their new base, which replaces the previous one that had been open for 55 years.

The new site in Etruria, Stoke, replaces the Broomhall Centre in Hilton Road. The move took place on May 25th.

Stoke Hub June 2017

At 19,000 square feet, it is the biggest ambulance hub in the West Midlands and will be the operating base for around 250 staff and more than 50 ambulances.

Senior Operations Manager, Mark Chapman, said: “This new facility is a state of the art centre which will ensure West Midlands Ambulance Service can continue to provide one of the best ambulance services in the country.

“It is a far cry from the previous site which was far too small and no longer fit for purpose.

“The hub is much bigger than the previous site and has been designed to provide a much more pleasant working environment for our staff.

“Using the latest design and technology it will reduce our running costs which means we can put more money into frontline care.  The location gives us excellent access through the area and it combines fantastic facilities for staff.

“The hub has fleet workshops, Ambulance Fleet Assistants who clean, stock and prepare the vehicles, excellent facilities for training and a computer room that will allow staff to complete online training when they are not responding to emergency calls.”

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It is not a coincidence that West Midlands Ambulance Service is consistently one of the best performing ambulance services in the country. It is the infrastructure investment, such as this hub, that allows us to provide really good-quality care for our patients and to support our staff to deliver the best possible care and save as many lives as possible in Staffordshire.”

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

Video 1

Operations Manager Becky Hughes reflects on how the new hub has improved the way the Trust operates in Stoke.

Video 2

Staff are united in giving the new facility the thumbs up.

Videos 3

One of the biggest improvements available to staff is the provision of much improved IT, such as a dedicated computer room and a virtual learning area.

Video 4

The new hub brings a wide range of improvements for staff and patients alike.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Walsall RTC

A man has suffered serious injuries after being involved in a road traffic collision with a car in Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 2.30pm today to Bentley Road North, Bentley after reports of an RTC involving a pedestrian. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a pedestrian, a man, who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. The team of medics delivered trauma care to treat his injuries and stabilise his condition. The man was immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; The doctor travelled in the ambulance to provide additional treatment to the man en route to A&E.”

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Incredibly lucks escape as branch smashes car windscreen

 

Tuesday 6th June 2017 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver had an incredibly fortunate escape yesterday when walking away relatively unharmed after a tree branch smashed through his windscreen whilst driving.

The incident happened on School Lane in Exhall, Coventry, shortly before 3.30pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

School Lane 2

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver of the car, a man in his 40s, has been extremely fortunate to escape serious injury as had the branch fallen just a few feet further away, we could have been talking about a very different story.

“As it is, the man managed to get himself out of the car and after he was assessed for a minor hand injury he was discharged at the scene.

“The damage suffered to the car, highlights just what a lucky escape this was for the patient.”

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

Eccleshall & Black Country volunteer life-savers scoop Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Monday 5th June 2016 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

Not one but two community first responder (CFR) groups in the West Midlands have received the most prestigious award a voluntary organisation can get.

FastAid Black Country CFRs and Eccleshall CFRs have been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2017 for providing emergency medical aid, training and lifesaving equipment to those living and working in their local community.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. They offer an invaluable service by way of helping to reach those people suffering from medical emergencies in the remote rural communities, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. For many illnesses or injuries, the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability. As well as providing care for people in their local area, the CFRs also spend a considerable amount of time teaching other people vital first aid and life-saving skills.

FastAid Black Country CFRs Carol Waite and her husband Ian Waite attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 1st June where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. Speaking about the groups achievement, Trustee for FastAid Black Country, Carol Waite, said: “Receiving an award such as this is incredibly exciting and hugely rewarding. It’s lovely to know that our hard work and dedication has been recognised by the Queen.”

Martin Watson, Group Coordinator of Eccleshall CFRs, also attended Buckingham Palace last week and said: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been given this award.  It is clearly a testament to the efforts of all those involved in Eccleshall Community First Responders who voluntarily give their time to support the group either as a responder helping those in need of medical aid or as a fundraiser.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh said: “I am immensely proud of both CFR groups for being honoured in this way. The role of our volunteers is incredibly important to the success of West Midlands Ambulance Service. You all do a fantastic job, I know many of you put in a tremendous amount of hours and you have all played a major part in making our ambulance service the best in the country, for which I thank you. Many congratulations to you on this great achievement.”

Both CFR groups are set to receive their awards from the Lord Lieutenant later this year.

For more information about the groups, to make a donation or find out more about joining them, please go to: http://www.eccleshallcfrs.org.uk/ and www.fastaidblackcountry.org.uk/.

Note to Editors

Pictured: 1 – FastAid Black Country CFRs Carol Waite and Ian Waite at Buckingham Palace last week. 2 – Eccleshall CFR Group Coordinator Martin Watson next to the schemes car.

 

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Volunteers Week 2017

We applaud the immense work of the many volunteers who support us

Thursday 1st June 2017 – 3.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Today marks the start of a week where we celebrate the amazing work that our volunteers do, day in, day out, to support West Midlands Ambulance Service and the public at large.

Literally hundreds of people support the Trust on a daily basis so it is only right and proper that we pay tribute to them during Volunteers Week, which runs from the 1st to 7th June.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Whether you are a BASICS Emergency Doctor, a community first responder, someone who trains people in CPR, a volunteer car driver or someone who raises vital funding for one of our air ambulance charities, your work is immense and helps to save lives.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the work of the Trusts Governors who help the organisation on an on-going basis.

“We have staff, publicly elected and appointed governors who all give freely of their time to bring their counsel, support and guidance to how the organisation develops.  I am very grateful for all that you do to support us.”

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Ambulance at Birmingham Children's Hospital

Two teenagers badly hurt after being electrocuted

Thursday 1st June 2017 – 2.08pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two teenagers have suffered serious injuries after being electrocuted.

The incident happened at about 11.45am on parkland next to Durham Road in Wednesbury – a railway line runs down the other side of the parkland.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two boys on the parkland who had suffered serious injuries after being electrocuted.

“Staff were told that four teenage boys had been playing next to the railway line.

“The two injured, who are believed to be 13 years old, were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, one by air ambulance, the other by land ambulance using blue lights.

“The teenager airlifted was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Midlands Air Ambulance landing at Royal Stoke University Hospital

Motorcyclist ends up underneath road sweeper

Thursday 1st June 2017 – 11.24am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has escaped serious injuries despite coming off his bike and ending up wedged under the front axle of a road sweeper.

The incident happened just after a bend outside some agricultural buildings on Stone Road in Bramshall, Staffordshire at about 8.30am this morning.

A rapid response vehicle was on scene in seven minutes of the 999 call and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the 45-year-old man under the front of the road sweeper.  Fortunately, it had been sweeping at the time and was moving at a slow speed and was able to stop rapidly.  The motorbike was in a hedge at the side of the road.

“Firefighters used airbags to lift the road sweeper to allow ambulance staff access to the man.

“The man was complaining of abdominal pain, a thigh injury and had injuries to both arms.  He was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.”

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