Friday 24th November 2017 – 10.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.
It is often said that when you work for the ambulance service you are never off duty, and that proved to be the case at an RTC in Staffordshire last night when six members of off-duty staff stopped at an incident to offer their assistance.
A two-car RTC took place on Sandon Road in Stafford, near to the Dog and Doublet public house, to which West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 6.11pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICS doctors attended together with the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire in a rapid response vehicle. They arrived on scene to find six extra pairs of helping hands.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The collision had resulted in substantial front-end damage to both vehicles and as a result one of the drivers was trapped inside his vehicle.
“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to continually assess and monitor the man, thought to be in his 50s, as he was cut free from the car.
“He was treated for multiple serious injuries, including to his legs. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.
“There were two patients from the second car, a man and a woman who are both believed to be in their 20s.
“The man was treated for ankle and pelvic injuries whilst the woman had suffered a wrist injury. They were also taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.
“Our staff always work hard to ensure patients receive the best levels of care and their dedication is highlighted further by the six off-duty members of staff who stopped to offer assistance in this case. Great credit goes to them, and our colleagues in the other emergency services for ensuring the three-people involved in this incident were treated as quickly as possible.”