Two to hospital following two-car collision

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, following a two-car collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Willenhall Road and Queen Street in Darlaston, Wednesbury at 9.07pm and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews discovered two cars that had been in collision, one with front end damage and one with rear end damage.

“From the car with rear end damage, a teenage male, who was the driver, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The passenger, also a teenage male, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.

“From the other car, the driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Man fatally injured after car collides with tree

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after a car crashed into a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46, near to Bishopton in Stratford-upon-Avon at 6am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the collision.

“He was assessed by ambulance staff but sadly quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Lorry driver trapped in M6 collision

Monday 29th April 2019 – 1.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped following a collision involving two lorries has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a collision on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6, just past junction 9, at 11.30am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a flatbed lorry that had been involved in a collision with a HGV.

“The driver of the flatbed lorry, a man, was trapped in his cab as a result. Ambulance staff assessed the man and continued to monitor his condition whilst he was carefully cut free by the fire service.

“Once freed from his vehicle, the man was treated for serious injuries, before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens by land ambulance. The doctor travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment on route to hospital.

“The man driving the second lorry was uninjured in the incident.

“In order to allow the air ambulance to safely land on the southbound carriageway, both sides of the motorway had to be closed.

“The northbound carriageway has since reopened but the southbound carriage remains closed and there are long delays in the area.”

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Notes to Editors:

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Woman airlifted after crash

Monday 25th March 2019 – 9.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a two-car crash.

The incident happened at about 5.15pm on Wednesday afternoon on the A515, Tewnals Lane, just to the south of Lichfield Golf and Country Club.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars, one of which had suffered significant damage.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the woman driving one of the cars.  She had suffered serious injuries and after treatment at the scene, was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The middle-aged man from the second car had been able to get out himself.  His injuries were less serious.  After assessment at the scene, he was taken on blue lights to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.”

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Death in Harborne

Thursday 25th April 2019 – 8.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A man was confirmed dead at the scene of an assault in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location given as near Harborne Golf Club on Tennal Rd in the Harborne area at just after 7.10pm on Wednesday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance service staff found a man who had suffered critical injuries.

“They provided advanced life support at the scene but sadly it was not possible to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Woman dies in Droitwich Collision

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, a woman’s life couldn’t be saved yesterday following a road traffic collision in Droitwich.

An ambulance came across a three-car road traffic collision at the junction of Chequers Lane and the A38 Worcester Road in Wychbold, Droitwich, shortly after 4.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three further ambulances, two paramedic officers and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A woman was in a critical condition on scene following the collision. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A second woman suffered serious injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“A man, a woman and a further patient also suffered injuries and received treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A second man was assessed but discharged on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Bilston

Thursday 18th April 2019 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bradley Lane in Bilston at 9.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who is believed to have been riding on the motorcycle at the time of the collision.

“The man was found to be in cardiac arrest. An off-duty nurse had stopped to offer assistance and had already commenced CPR.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man fatally injured and three airlifted from RTC

Thursday 18th April 2019 – 8.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a tree yesterday (Wednesday) which resulted in a further four patients being taken to hospital.

Of the four patients taken to hospital, three of them were airlifted, including two children.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Honeybourne Road, between Bidford-on-Avon and Honeybourne at 3.55pm and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham, as well as the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered significant damage following a collision with a tree. There were five patients, all of whom were trapped inside the vehicle.

“The driver of the car, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident. Unfortunately, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The front seat passenger, a woman, was treated for serious injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a critical condition.

“A woman and two young boys were found in the back of the car. The boys were treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before both being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The woman was treated for multiple injuries and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Two injured in Staffordshire RTC

Wednesday 17th April 2019 – 4.45pm – Claire Brown.

Two men have received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Draycott in the Moors this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Draycott Cross Road and Cheadle Road shortly before 1.00pm this afternoon (Wednesday). An ambulance, two paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving a motorcyclist, a van and a lorry. The motorcyclist, a man, sustained a number of injuries and received trauma care on scene before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues on scene to carefully extricate the van driver, a man, from his vehicle following the collision. The man was assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Two injured after car crashes into tree

Tuesday 16th April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital after a car crashed into a tree last night (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Merritts Brook Lane in Northfield at 9.33pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients, a man who had been helped out of the vehicle by bystanders and a woman, the passenger, who was lying near to the car.

“Ambulance staff treated the woman for serious injuries before she was transported Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The doctor travelled on the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The man, who was the driver, was treated for multiple injuries and also transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision

Friday 12th April 2019 – 3.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a van and a motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A444 in Fenny Drayton, near Nuneaton, at 11.22am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and an incident support vehicle to the scene. A rapid response paramedic from East Midlands Ambulance Service was also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man, the motorcyclist, who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

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

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Life-saving on the menu at Shrewsbury cafe

Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 2.45pm – Claire Brown.

A café in Shrewsbury took delivery of a life-saving defibrillator recently thanks to the generosity of Telford Community First Responders.

Following the tragic death of a member of public who suffered a cardiac arrest at the café earlier this year, the owner wanted something positive to come from the incident and began enquiring about purchasing a defibrillator. After mentioning to a friend of her idea, stop. Coffee Shop owner Nicola Dalton was introduced to Telford First Responders Coordinator and Chair, Nick Freeman, who was more than happy to help.

Nick said: “As it happens, we had one spare automated external defibrillator (AED) after obtaining a lottery grant last year for our Community First Responder (CFR) scheme to replace our own AEDs, so I offered to gift it to this good cause.

“Whilst slightly out of our patch, we work closely with local Shrewsbury First Responders and our scheme was only too happy to help support the community to further improve cardiac arrest survival.”

The defibrillator was officially handed over to Nicola at the café on Sunday 17th March. Nicola said: “It was great to be able to give the good news of obtaining an AED to the staff who witnessed the incident which was nice. It’s a positive thing to have come out of a very sad situation and whilst I hope that this defibrillator is never used, it’s reassuring to know that it’s there should an emergency arise again.”

The AED will be on hand to help if someone suffers a cardiac arrest in the local area. Initially it will be accessible only during the café’s opening times, but Nicola is hoping to install a secure cabinet, with help from Shrewsbury Rotary Club, on the outside of her café to house the device to ensure it is publicly accessible 24/7 when you dial 999.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (left to right): stop. Coffee Shop owner, Nicola Dalton with Telford First Responders Coordinator and Chair, Nick Freeman

Automated external defibrillators can help in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating. A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

 

One hurt after M6 Crash

Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 8.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A lorry driver has been hurt after a collision between two lorries on the M6.

The crash happened at about 5.10am this morning (Wednesday) between the off and on slip roads at junction 10.

An ambulance and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff two lorries that had suffered considerable damage.

“Thankfully, both drivers had been able to get out of the cabs of their vehicles unaided.

“The driver of the rear lorry was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment with what are believed to be non-serious injuries.

“The other driver was unhurt.”

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Pictures courtesy of @HighwaysWestMids

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Nursery are busy bees helping to save lives

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A nursery provider now has life-saving devices on hand at 19 of its West Midlands settings thanks to support from the ambulance service and Cardiac Science.

Busy Bees nurseries across the West Midlands were proud to unveil automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at their sites this week to coincide with Family Safety Week (1st – 5th April).

AEDs can help in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating.

In October last year, Busy Bees took part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’ with West Midlands Ambulance Service which saw more than 37,000 youngsters receive vital life-saving training in the region. The Trust supported Busy Bee’s in the installations and each AED is now publicly accessible during the nursery opening hours, meaning if there’s a cardiac arrest in the nearby area, the device can be used by a member of the public to help save a life.

The latest AEDs to be installed, supplied by Cardiac Science, are part of a nationwide campaign by Busy Bees which has seen more than 350 AEDs installed in its nurseries across the UK.

Bobby Qayum, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “It’s great to see that Busy Bees has made such a big investment in AEDs. Teaching vital CPR skills and how to recognise a cardiac arrest, are important parts of the work we carry out. The more AEDs that are installed in businesses and public spaces, the more lives that can potentially be saved.”

Jess Sandall, Nursery Manager at Busy Bees St Matthews in Burntwood said; “Protecting and safeguarding the children in our care is our top priority and that’s why we’ve undertaken this potentially lifesaving initiative. We see it as part of our commitment to best practice and to deliver outstanding care to our children, as well as to protect staff, parents and visitors.

“Although we hope that our defibrillator never has to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens, we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest inside or within minutes of our nursery.”
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Notes to editors:

Photo courtesy of Papillon Communications (left to right): Richard MacDonald from Cardiac Science, Bobby Qayum from WMAS, nursery children from Busy Bees Burntwood, Emily Brimson and Karen Bird from Busy Bees.

With around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The chance of a person surviving cardiac arrest falls by 10 per cent for every minutes that passes without an AED being used.

The 19 Busy Bees settings in the West Midlands include:

  • Busy Bees Birmingham
  • Busy Bees Birmingham Dartmouth Circus
  • Busy Bees Birmingham Longbridge
  • Busy Bees Birmingham QE
  • Busy Bees Birmingham St James Road
  • Busy Bees St Matthews
  • Busy Bees Burton
  • Busy Bees Coventry Allesley Green
  • Busy Bees Coventry Walsgrave
  • Busy Bees Evesham
  • Busy Bees Leamington Spa
  • Busy Bees Rugby
  • Busy Bees Shrewsbury
  • Busy Bees Solihull Blythe Valley
  • Busy Bees Solihull Discoveryland
  • Busy Bees Sutton Coldfield Playtime
  • Busy Bees Telford Priorslee
  • Busy Bees Uttoxeter Midway
  • Busy Bees Walsall

 

Trust thanks volunteers for heroic efforts

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 8.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

An awards ceremony to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 5,000 staff has taken place.

The event, sponsored by Staffordshire University, J. Tomlinson, Zoll Medical, Coventry University, Cardiac Science and Defib Shop took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last Thursday (March 28th), recognising the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “We are incredibly proud of the high level of performance we achieve as an ambulance service, of the fact we are the only ambulance service to be rated ‘outstanding’ and of the high level of patient care we achieve day in, day out.

“That would not be possible without the help of our volunteers who do an incredible job in supporting us.

“I know how hard you all work, the amount of your time you give up – all to ensure patients receive help as soon as possible, and for that I am extremely grateful.

“This awards ceremony is a chance to say thank you and recognise those who have gone above and beyond what is expected with some truly heroic and brave acts for which you deserve great recognition. Well done to all of our award winners and everyone who has volunteered to support West Midlands Ambulance Service during the last 12 months.”

High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Cassian Roberts, who helped to present some of the awards on the evening, said: “It is always inspiring to be with people who serve and it sometimes surprises me that the majority of people who inhabit this world, do not realise exactly what you do.

“You are the glue which makes this country great. You don’t do it for the money, you do it because it is the right thing to do and would like to congratulate all of you and say thank you.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “I think a book should be published, a book that records all of the amazing things that our volunteers do. Those who have put their lives on the line, those who give up their own time day in, day out to serve the people of the West Midlands.

“It would be incredible to compile all of the fantastic stories we hear about the incredible things you do, and sit down and read it all, allowing people to fully understand just how valuable volunteers are to the ambulance service, each and every day.”

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Pictured (left to right): Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh, life-savers Ian Lancaster and James Robinson with cardiac arrest survivor Lisa Turrell, High Sheriff of Worcestershire Cassian Roberts.

Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award: Robert Davies

It isn’t every day you find yourself treating a patient inside a pipe which is precariously balanced at the top of a hill, but that is what happened to Robert Davies in June when attending a call in Ludlow. After carrying out a risk assessment with his crew mate, Robert decided it was safe enough for him to climb down the pipe to be able to assess and begin treating the patient. Rob remained inside the pipe for about 20 minutes whilst excellent teamwork from the other crews on scene and the air ambulance, ensured everything was ready to extricate the patient safely and in a timely manner. Rob showed tremendous courage, but also a high level of professionalism and thought of mind, to not only make sure he was able to help the patient in a difficult situation, but also to do so in a safe way without putting himself at risk. Once out, the patient was airlifted to hospital where he was able to begin his recovery from a head injury.

St John Ambulance: Luke Hawkins

Luke Hawkins was travelling to Edgbaston Cricket Ground by train in August last year where he was volunteering as part of his St John role. Whilst travelling, he was alerted to a man who was apparently snoring slowly in his seat. Luke quickly realised the man was in cardiac arrest and immediately commenced CPR which he carried on for six minutes. He also instructed a station guard to fetch a defibrillator and subsequently delivered one shock to the patient which resulted in a return of spontaneous circulation. When the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care paramedic arrived, the patient was sat up and talking – a truly fantastic outcome.

Public and Other Emergency Services: Ian Lancaster and James Robinson

Having completed two exercise classes at the gym, Lisa Turrell was enjoying a well-deserved coffee in the café, when tragedy struck and she suffered a cardiac arrest. David Lloyd staff members James Robinson and Ian Lancaster immediately reacted, grabbing the on-site defibrillator and beginning full CPR with rescue breaths. Along with the CPR, James and Ian delivered two defib shocks, before further chest compressions led to Lisa’s heart successfully being restarted shortly before the arrival of paramedics. Lisa was taken to hospital and went to have a quadruple heart bypass, but thankfully she went on to make a full recovered well.

Public and Other Emergency Services: PC Gemma Need, PC Christopher Pitt

A serious assault in May last year left a 21-year-old man in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival of a rapid response paramedic at the scene, he discovered PC Gemma Need and PC Christopher Pitt from Warwickshire Police already performing excellent CPR. Whilst the two officers continued, it allowed the paramedic to carry out other important tasks, such as setting up the defibrillator, obtaining an airway and administering drugs. Following a total of six defib shocks and 45 minutes of CPR, a ROSC was gained on arrival at hospital and the men went on to make excellent progress.

Public and Other Emergency Services: PCSO Gary Marson

PCSO Gary Marson was on a routine patrol around Sedgley in February last year when a member of the public alerted him to a woman who had collapsed in a nearby street. Swiftly making his way to the scene, PCSO Marson found the woman to be cardiac arrest and quickly commenced CPR, which he continued for four minutes before the first ambulance crew arrived. Upon their arrival a first defib shock was delivered which resulted in faint respiratory effort. She was immediately transferred to Russell’s Hall Hospital for further care and I am thrilled to report went on to make a full recovery. This is another excellent example of the importance of early CPR being administered and the huge part it can play in helping save a life.

 Community First Responders: Tony Booth, David Wright, Kate Rock – Shipston-on-Stour CFRs

It was nearly 9pm on a July evening last year when a 999 call was made for a patient in cardiac arrest in Shipston. Three CFRs were first on scene, one of whom was off duty at the time, and they quickly began performing CPR. Tony Booth, Kate Rock and David Wright continued with chest compressions and also administered three shocks with a defibrillator whilst waiting for the ambulance crew to arrive. Their efforts were most definitely rewarded, as the three of them managed to successfully restart the man’s heart before he was taken to Warwick Hospital for further treatment. Even better than that, he went on to make a full recovery and is enjoying life with his family again – all down to the fantastic work of the three CFRs who attended that night.

Community First Responders: David Fellows – Featherstone CFRs

Dave Fellows thought he was responding to a routine call when attending a patient described as ‘generally unwell’. However, that couldn’t be much further from the truth as he arrived to find the patient lying on the floor and imminently about to give birth. With nobody else at the house, Dave called for backup, but this baby was not hanging around. Thankfully, Dave held his nerve to help deliver the baby, clear the airway and offer support to mum, until the arrival of the ambulance crew.

CFR Volunteer of the Year: Richard Lawton, Keele CFRs

By its very nature, being a community first responder demonstrates a willingness to give, and demonstrates someone who has the time, dedication and desire to put others before themselves. As we’ve heard throughout tonight, some take it on themselves to go one step further and take on additional roles – though I’m still trying to work out how you all find the time. The winner of the CFR of the Year Award is a volunteer co-ordinator for his CFR Group and also the secretary for the Association of Staffordshire Co-ordinators – a group which supports 32 group co-ordinators across the county. Do we think that’s enough work for a volunteer? Well we haven’t quite finished yet. Our winner also supports the CFR Community as a member of the CFR regional forum, which is a massive commitment in itself.

Now, when he’s not doing any of that, he tirelessly supports community resuscitation within the Keele and North Staffordshire area and has been part of the ongoing project to install additional defibs at Keele University we heard about earlier tonight.

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Trust celebrates Long Service and Excellence at annual Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 5.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

An afternoon of celebration that included tales of heroism and incredible bravery was enjoyed at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards last week.

The Trust’s annual ceremony, sponsored by University of Wolverhampton, OH Vehicle Conversions, University of Worcester, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, Prometheus Medical Ltd, Mills and Reeve, Zoll Medical and G4S took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Thursday, 28th March and saw a range of awards handed out including Long Service Medals and Chief Officer Commendations.

This year, 21 operational members of staff collected their 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were presented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE OD.

In addition, 17 staff were commended for 25 years’ service; 12 received certificates for 30 years’ service and two members of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are the only ambulance service to constantly hit all of our targets and we have the highest rating possible from the Care Quality Commission – that is all down to the hard work of our staff, many of whom we had the chance to say thank you to at our Long Service and Excellence Awards.

“I fully recognise the important role that all 5,000 staff play within the service, they all do a fantastic job and I am really proud of them all.

“We heard many fantastic stories of staff going above and beyond what is expected of them throughout the course of the afternoon, and it is that determination, which is reflected throughout the workforce, that helps to make West Midlands Ambulance Service the best ambulance service in the country, and for that I thank each and every one of them.”

Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Beverley Lindsay, added: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those ambulance staff who have been honoured here today.

“Rewarding staff for their long service is a privilege for me. In a world where employees now move to new jobs and careers on average every five years, it is becoming increasingly rare to dedicate themselves to over 20 years of public service. We should be immensely proud of these people and the work that they do.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Trust Chairman, added: “It is fantastic to have the chance to pay tribute and honour people who have dedicated their lives to the ambulance service.

“Those who have given so much of their lives to serving other people, and those who have often put themselves in danger in order to help others or performed heroic acts deserve every bit of thanks they get for ensuring we, as an ambulance service, continue to provide the very best level of patient care possible.”

Awards:

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Ian Yates – Operations Manager, Stoke

A 999 call received in the early hours of Thursday 30th August sparked great concern when the patient said he was sitting on a railway bridge, feeling suicidal. Ian Yates was first on scene and immediately started to engage in conversation with the man who was insistent he was going to jump. Despite not being trained for situations of this nature, Ian managed to keep the situation calm and continued to talk to the man for another half an hour. Thankfully, Ian was then able to convince the man to move to a position of safety before he agreed to go on to the ambulance and be transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rodney Scantlebury, Trainee Technician, Sandwell

Whilst his crew mate was waiting to hand over a patient at City Hospital in June, Rodney Scantlebury was asked if he could help assess an unwell woman who was in a taxi outside A and E. The unwell patient turned out to be in active labour with the baby’s head having already started to deliver. Understandably, mum was in distress and the fact she did not speak English obviously made the situation more complex. Remaining calm, Rodney managed to successfully and safely deliver the little boy and with more help having arrived, was able to get baby wrapped up quickly whilst maintaining mum’s dignity. However, that was not the end of the drama.

It very quickly became apparent that the baby was failing to take its first breath. Again, maintaining complete composure, Rodney delivered five rescue breaths, at which point the baby began breathing independently and let out a very welcome cry to announce his arrival to the world.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Dominic Sharland – Student Paramedic, Worcester University

For Student Paramedic Dominic Sharland, a regular day at his grandparent’s house in October took an unexpected turn when his grandfather suddenly lost consciousness. Obviously distressed by a family member falling ill, Dom managed to put his emotions to one side as he checked for breathing and a pulse. Upon not being able to find either, he dialled 999 and started chest compressions. He continued those compressions as the ambulance crew arrived and was able to give a full handover of events, despite the awful situation he found himself in. As well as providing emergency care for his grandad, Dom also reassured his grandma and other family members throughout. Dom continued to assist all the way to hospital and once again gave a clinical handover to the resus team on arrival at Hereford County, playing a huge part in saving his grandad’s life.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Tina Ray – Emergency Operations Centre, Brierley Hill

During a career spanning nearly 19-years, Incident Command Desk Supervisor Tina Ray has seen, and dealt with her fair share of dramatic days whilst working in the Emergency Operations Centre. Tina’s knowledge, skill, experience and leadership were put to the test on 22nd December last year when in one shift, she managed a stabbing, a collision between a car and a motorbike that resulted in major trauma, another road traffic collision involving three cars racing that collided with a pedestrian – sadly involving a fatality, a machete attack, a petrol bomb being thrown into a residential address and no less than four further entrapment RTCS. Many of these incidents happened at the same time. Tina simultaneously took the lead in EOC on these incidents, deploying on-scene operational and tactical commanders, co-ordinating ambulance, medic and HART responses, escalating each of the incidents to appropriate management and communications managers, all while acting as the key communications link for each of these incidents.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Kevin Naylor – Patient Transport Service, Frankley; Gavin Taylor – Patient Transport Service, Frankley; Jason Wiles – Lead Paramedic, Brierley Hill

Patient Transport Service crew Kevin Naylor and Gavin Taylor were en-route to pick up their next patient when they noticed a lady was standing on the wrong side of bridge railings, looking down at the dual carriageway traffic below.

Fearing she was preparing to jump, Kevin and Gavin quickly turned around and began approaching the lady. Mindful of not startling her, they kept their distance, talking to her from afar, trying to reassure her, but there was no response.

Lead Paramedic for Emergency Care, Jason Wiles also happened to be passing the scene and noticing something amiss, stopped to offer his assistance. The trio moved closer to the lady but she was still refusing to speak and alarmingly, started to lean forward. At that point Kevin and Jason managed to grab her arms and body and could lean far enough over the bridge to be able to pull her back to safety. This truly was a heart stopping moment for all concerned, but thanks to their bravery, the lady was brought to safety and transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Daniel Knight – Paramedic, Hollymoor; Thomas Coffey – Student Paramedic, Hollymoor

Daniel Knight and Thomas Coffey were the first emergency service staff on scene at a severe house fire in Birmingham last month. Upon their arrival they were met by one patient, who had managed to get out, but were told there was a second patient still inside. The property was filled with smoke at this stage, but Daniel and Thomas did not let that stop them performing a snatch rescue of the patient, who was unable to mobilise because of his injuries. Both patients then received treatment from ambulance staff before being transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

John Fryer – Paramedic, Worcester; Lorraine McHugh – Paramedic, Worcester; Michelle Adams – Paramedic, Worcester; Anna Borecka – Paramedic, Worcester; Milind Karday – Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford; Portia Harris – Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford

A cardiac arrest call was received to a property in Droitwich in November, to which two crews responded. Naturally a call of this nature will always be a stressful and dramatic situation – but this particular incident stretched things just a little bit further. John Fryer, Lorraine McHugh, Michelle Adams and Anna Borecka arrived on scene and found bystander CPR taking place with the excellent help of call takers Portia Harris and Milind Karday explaining exactly what to do. John, Lorraine, Michelle and Anna took over CPR and also administered advanced life support, securing a ROSC. However, the patient went on to arrest an incredible five times in total. Treatment continued all the way to hospital and such was the nature of the job, the crews checked upon the patient again on their next visit to A&E. It perhaps will not come as a surprise that the patient was not given a great chance of survival and was placed in a coma, but miraculously, after three days he defied the odds, came out of his come, was sitting up in bed a few hours later and went on to make a full recovery.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

Rob Till – Senior Operations Manager, Shrewsbury and Donnington

This year’s winner of the Peter Murtagh Award took over as Senior Operations Manager in Shrewsbury and Donnington during a huge transitional period for the area, and has helped it grow and develop at a rapid rate. Staff describe moral as the best it has been in years, sickness rates are falling and within Shropshire they have achieved the highest per centage of Staff Survey returns and Flu Vaccination results – a really positive outcome on all counts. So much of that success is as a result of the improved staff engagement that our winner has helped to achieve, thanks mainly to the hard work and commitment he displays.

Our winner always finds time to talk to staff, is fully aware of how important engagement is with his team and is available to offer support when needed.  Finally, whilst holding a huge focus on his staff and combining that with the needs of the Trust, our award recipient never loses sight of the most important aspect of the ambulance service, patient care.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured: 20-Year Long Service Medal recipient Gemma Morris with Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE, and WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh.

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Woman dies after RTC

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 9.05am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after a collision between a car and a 4×4.

It happened at around 5.40am on the M5 northbound between junctions 5 and 4a, near Bromsgrove.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered considerable damage.  An off duty paramedic and bystanders were trying to assist the car driver,

“Unfortunately, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two men in the 4×4 were assessed but were unhurt and were discharged at the scene.”

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Ambulance and Officer Car at night

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Motorcyclist dies in Walsall

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Walsall yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Birmingham Road in Walsall at around 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford 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 motorcyclist, a man, was in a critical condition when ambulance staff arrived and immediately commenced 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.”

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Two injured in Uttoxeter RTC

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been injured following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the B5030 near Crakemarsh, Uttoxeter, at 2.25pm today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedics, a community first responder and two Midlands Air Ambulances were sent to the scene together with fire and police colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had overturned, with two occupants inside, following a collision with a second vehicle. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man and woman, whilst working closely with fire service colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle.

“The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital whilst the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Whitchurch

Monday 1st April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on Saturday evening (March 30).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A40 in Whitchurch, near to the junction with the B4164, at 5.39pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MARS doctor to the scene. The Welsh Ambulance Service also sent resources to the incident, including the Welsh Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had come to rest on the wrong side of the carriageway after colliding with a barrier, there were two patients inside.

“The passenger, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and received specialist trauma care.

“However, sadly it became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and was conveyed to Hereford County Hospital by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

“Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 588S of 30 March.”

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