Man dies in Hereford collision

Friday 12th January 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist sadly died in a road traffic collision in Herefordshire yesterday (Thursday)

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49 in Bodenham, Hereford at around 2.30pm. Two ambulances, 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: “The motorcyclist, a man, suffered multiple serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff took over CPR efforts by bystanders and performed advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal collision in Coventry

Thursday 11th January 2018 – 11.35am – Claire Brown.

One man has died and two others have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a tree on Binley Road in Coventry shortly after 6.00am today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a car which had been involved in a serious collision with a tree. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a man, and he were confirmed dead on scene.

“A second occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked rapidly as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man on scene before he was conveyed by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue advanced treatment and monitoring en route. The man was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.

“A third occupant, a man in his 20s, was treated on scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.

“The road remains closed and diversions are in place.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Birmingham

Tuesday 9th January 2018 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has been given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Redditch Road and Granshaw Close in Kings Norton, Birmingham at around 3.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team medics and a MERIT trauma doctor and air crew from the Cosford Air base attended the scene by response car.  A non-emergency patient transport service crew who were passing also stopped and assisted at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, being cared for by off duty nurses and passers-by. The man had sustained multiple serious injuries which required the medics and ambulance staff to work closely as a team to administer advanced trauma care quickly to help stabilise his condition.

“Once the team were happy the man could be moved, he was fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. A doctor travelled with the patient to continue assessment en route.”

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Light aircraft crash in Worcestershire – Update

Monday 8th January 2018 – 4.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have died after a light aircraft crash.

The single engine aircraft came down at around 12.45pm today in a field near Overbury, Tewkesbury.

Due to the foggy conditions at the time, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, had landed a couple of miles from the crash scene and were picked up by a paramedic officer in a car and were taken to the scene.

Two ambulances and a second paramedic officer also attended.

Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save either person and they were both confirmed dead at the scene.

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How did 4×4 driver escape serious injury?

Monday 8th January 2018 – 10.16am – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a 4×4 vehicle has an extraordinary lucky escape after the front of his vehicle ended up underneath an articulated trailer.

The incident happened on the A49 From Prees Green to Weston, near Wem at around 8.40pm last night (Sunday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a LandRover Discovery that had left the road, gone through a wooden fence and collided with a parked up articulated trailer.

“The front end of the LandRover was under the trailer with the driver’s side of the 4×4 crushed.  The driver, a 30-year-old man, was fully conscious throughout.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.  He was taken onto the ambulance and assessed by the doctor.  Amazingly, apart from some minor chest pain and a few scratches to his face, he had but no sign of any significant injuries.  After being given pain relief, he was taken by ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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‘Ambulance’ film crews are back

Friday 5th January 2018 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregorT

The ground-breaking documentary, ‘Ambulance’ on BBC One was one of the most watched programmes of 2017 and we’re delighted to confirm that the camera crews are back filming with West Midlands Ambulance Service gathering stories for a new series.

The programme will feature ambulance crews from across the region helping patients in their hour of need as well as staff in the Trust’s two emergency operations centres.  Filming started at the end of November and included cameras following staff on the road and in the control rooms on New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest time of the year.

The new programmes follow Series 2 which also featured the West Midlands and brought in audience of over 4 million per episode.

The series will feature ambulance crews from across the region helping patients in their hour of need as well as staff in the Trust’s two emergency operations centres.  Filming started at the end of November and included cameras following staff on the road and in the control rooms on New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest time of the year.

The new series is expected to broadcast later in the year.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “What is unique about this programme is the way that it intermingles the work of the staff in our control rooms with those on the ambulances responding to calls.  We get to see the entire journey from the moment the 999 call is received through the help provided over the phone; the way ambulances are dispatched and the work of the crews on the ground.

“The thing that came across so strongly from the first series was the incredible professionalism of our staff as they deal with the challenges that they are presented with, never knowing what the next call might bring.

“I am sure we will see cases of heart-warming joy to the most tragic of events; but throughout, our staff will provide care and compassion to all of those affected; something I am incredibly proud of.”

Covering a diverse region of more than 5,000 square miles – the filming will follow crews from every corner of the West Midlands; from inner city Birmingham to the rural areas of Herefordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

During the programmes, you’ll get to see how the staff deal with an increasingly busy service with some days over 4,000 999 calls.  It will look at the way the Trust deals with an ageing population and the challenges of working with out-of-hours services and GP surgeries as well A&E departments who are also getting increasingly busy.

Kirsty Cunningham, Executive Producer with Dragonfly Television who are making the programme, said: “We are thrilled to be back with the fabulous crews and control teams at West Midlands Ambulance Service for a new eight-part series of Ambulance for BBC1.

“Audiences can look forward to seeing some of their favourite paramedics, technicians, doctors, controllers and call assessors back in action again and will be introduced to new teams with stories to share in a new series packed with more drama and warmth.”

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Some of the ‘stars’ of the last series:

The ‘Two Nats’ – Paramedics Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow

Ambulance - Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow in front of ambulance

Controller, Rich Phillips

Ambulance - Rich Phillips

Paramedic, Darren Neeld

Paramedic, Maya Black

Emergency Medical Technician, Mick Johnson

Controller, Louise Dawson

Two die in early morning M42 collision

Friday 5th January 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Two women have sadly died following an early morning road traffic collision on the M42.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a van on the M42 between junctions 9 and 10 northbound near Curdworth, Sutton Coldfield at around 3.20am this morning (Friday). An ambulance and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious collision involving a car and a van. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save two passengers in the car, two women, and they were confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver and third passenger from the car, two men, were assessed by ambulance staff and were found to have sustained minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.

“The van driver, a man, sustained back pain and a hand injury. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Heartlands hospital for further treatment.”

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Man left trapped after car goes into trees following crash

Friday 5th January 2018 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered a serious leg break after a two-car collision left one of the vehicles in a wooded area.

The crash happened at about 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon at the junction of Table Oak Lane and Holly Lane in Balsall, Warwickshire.

An off-duty BASICS Emergency doctor came across the incident soon after it happened and stopped to assist. He was backed up by two ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found one car that had gone some distance into the trees, with another just on the edge of the wooded area.

“The blue car had suffered significant damage to the passenger side of the car.

“The front seat passenger, a 20-year-old man was trapped inside the vehicle. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked with firefighters to extricate him through the driver’s door.

“He was immobilised and had his left leg and pelvis splinted. As well as the broken leg, the man had suffered facial injuries. He was given pain relief before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

The 21-year-old driver had largely escaped any injury. He had managed to get out of the car himself and had only sustained minor abrasions to his face. After assessment, he was discharged.

“The 46-year-old woman driving the silver car also largely escaped uninjured. She had some minor burns from airbags to her side and a minor foot injury. After assessment, she too was discharged on scene.”

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Man dies in Worcester fire

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died following a building fire in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service to reports of a building fire at 2.50pm on Tolladine Road in Warndon, Worcester. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An ambulance, on the way to hospital with a patient on board, came across the fire and stopped to render aid.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save a man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“Several other people have been assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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