Helimed 06, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham Services

Car leaves carriageway of M5 in Worcestershire

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews joined police and fire colleagues on the M5 earlier today after a car ended up in a ditch leaving a man with serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7, Whittington, shortly after 11.00am this morning (Monday). A paramedic officer together with two ambulances and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a second from Stresham, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a car which had left the carriageway and had ended up overturned in a ditch.

“One man had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and, upon assessment, was found to have sustained minor injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“A second man was trapped in the vehicle and had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service who worked to carefully extricate him from the car. Once released, the man received trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man seriously injured in Bewdley RTC

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff this morning after a two-car collision in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456 Bewdley Bypass shortly after 10.00am this morning (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked with the fire service at the scene to extricate him from the vehicle while he received trauma care.

“The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Two other patients, who suffered minor injuries, were treated by ambulance crews before they were taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.”

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Two women and child injured in Stoke-on-Trent collision

Monday 24th December 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

Two women and a child received trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of an RTC yesterday in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC on Blackbank Road in Stoke-on-Trent at 5.50pm last night (Sunday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been in a collision. The drivers of both cars, two women, sustained serious injuries and received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene. They were extricated from their car with help from the fire service before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A child from one of the cars suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Cyclist and pedestrian die in separate RTCs on Saturday

Monday 24th December 2018 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews responded to two separate road traffic collisions in Birmingham on Saturday where two people sadly died.

At around 11.50am on Saturday (22nd December), the Trust’s control room received a 999 call to reports of an RTC involving a car and a cyclist on Eastcote Lane, Solihull. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man, who was in a serious condition. Sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The two occupants of the car, a woman and a teenager, were assessed on scene by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital for further checks.”

Later the same day, just before 3.30pm, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an RTC involving a pedestrian on the A38 Bristol Road near to Pebble Mill Road in Birmingham. The Trust’s control room quickly responded two ambulances, two paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a critical care car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had sustained serious injuries. The team of medics administered advanced life support at the roadside but sadly the woman couldn’t be saved and was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Two fatal RTCs in Shropshire at the weekend

Monday 24th December 2018 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff were sadly unable to save the lives of two people who died in two separate road traffic collisions in Shropshire at the weekend.

On Saturday (22nd December) West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of the A5 and the B5009, near to The Queens Head between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, shortly after 9.00am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma team on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found four patients who required assessment. One woman suffered serious injuries and her condition quickly deteriorated. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The three other patients were given treatment on scene for minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

On Sunday (23rd December), a 999 call was received by the Trust’s control room to reports of a serious RTC involving a lorry and a car on the A518 Wellington Road, near the Red House pub, in Telford at 11.10am. An ambulance and a paramedic officer responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An off-duty nurse, who came across the RTC, was providing first aid to a man who was in the car. Ambulance crews found he was in a serious condition and quickly administered emergency treatment. Sadly the man couldn’t be saved and he was confirmed dead on scene. The lorry driver suffered minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

 

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Over 13,000 show interest in Student Paramedic role

Monday 17th December 2018 – 5.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

After the success of TV programmes like ‘Ambulance’ (BBC One), ‘999 On the Frontline’ (More 4) and ‘Inside the Ambulance’ (W Channel), a recruitment campaign to find paramedics of the future is attracting hundreds of applicants.

Since the application opened on NHS Jobs, just over 13,000 people have viewed the job description and person specification.  Not only that, over 1,000 people have started their application.  But you don’t have long to complete the process, applications close on Christmas Eve.

Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “There is no doubt that we have seen a huge level of interest in the role of student paramedic.  Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@officialWMAS) have seen loads of people asking for more information.  We’re also providing daily hints and tips.

“It is great news that so many people have taken the time to look at the role.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region.

“We have seen people apply from all different communities and backgrounds but also a wide range of ages from teens to their 50s; many who are looking at a complete career change or even a third career.

“From our perspective, this is excellent news because it means we get a really good variety of people from all walks of life, area, ethnic group and community which can only be good for the service.”

Applications close at 11.59pm on Monday 24th December.  To date, 342 people have submitted their application with hundreds more midway through.

To apply you need to have at least five GCSEs (A – C grade) including English, Maths and Science, and a single A Level in any subject.  Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.  In addition, you must at least have applied for you C1 driving licence.

If you have tried to apply and not said that you have the correct qualifications or applied for your C1, your application will be stopped automatically.  If you have filled this in error and need to get the system reset, you can contact the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 896 or email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk

Please go to www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for Job Ref: 217-VN235-18-19

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