Man airlifted following RTC in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Tuesday 29th September 2020 – 4.55pm.

One man has been airlifted to hospital following a collision involving two cars in Wolverhampton this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a serious collision at the junction of Patshull Road and Holyhead Road in Albrighton at 12.49pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one from Tatenhill with critical care paramedics and the other from Cosford with a critical care paramedic and doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There were three patient in total involving in the collision. A passenger from one car, a man, sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate him from the car whilst he received treatment for his injuries. Once released the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“Both drivers had self-extricated from their cars and were assessed by the team of ambulance staff. One driver, a man, sustained injuries not believed to be serious and was treated on scene before he was taken by land ambulance to New Cross Hospital for further treatment. The second driver declined assessment.”

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Fatal crash in Herefordshire

Murray MacGregor – Monday 28th September 2020 – 2.25pm.

A driver has died after the van he was in collided with a barrier outside the Weston Cider plant in Much Marcle near Ledbury.

The initial call came through at just after 10.30 this morning, Monday.  An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene along with a second BASICS emergency doctor.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the man trapped in his van.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to rapidly extricate the man from the vehicle and immediately started advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite best efforts, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Three hurt after early morning collision

Murray MacGregor – Monday 28th September 2020 – 9.30am.

Three people have been taken to hospital with potentially serious injuries after a collision in Birmingham early this morning, Monday.

The crash between a car and a van happened at the junction of Pershore Road and St Stevens Road in the Stirchley area at 5.25am.  The car ended up against a building.  Both vehicles had suffered significant damage.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.  An off-duty member of ambulance staff en-route for a day shift came across the incident and also assisted at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were two male teenagers in the car.  The first was helped out of the vehicle by bystanders.  He was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The other teenager was initially able to get out of the vehicle himself.  He was also assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The van driver, a middle aged man, was helped from the wreckage of his vehicle and was treated for significant injuries before also being taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Picture courtesy of West Midlands Police Force Response Unit (@ResponseWMP)

Student Paramedic makes marathon effort for knife crime charity

Jordan Eggington – Monday 28th September – 9am.

“When you look into it, you realise just how many victims of knife crime there are out there.”

After what probably feels like the longest training period in history, Student Paramedic Amber Barrett is poised and ready to take part in this year’s Virtual London Marathon on Sunday. With this year’s race postponed from April to October, and now rescheduled as a ‘virtual’ Marathon, suffice to say it has not been an easy ride, but for Amber it will all be worth it.

Not only has it been a dream of hers to compete in the London Marathon, the other reason for Amber is a lot closer to home. She wants to raise vital funds for a charity very close to both hers and the Trust’s hearts. Amber is hoping to raise as much money as she can for the Daniel Baird Foundation, a local charity which does incredible work around knife crime. This is a very important topic for Amber because she tragically lost her nephew Connor to knife crime in another part of the UK six years ago. 

Student Paramedic Amber Barrett prepares for Virtual London Marathon

As a Student Paramedic, Amber knows all too well how heartbreakingly common instances of stabbings will be for her once she heads out on the road. Between April 2019 and March 2020, West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to 1,451 emergency incidents where the chief complaint was identified as ‘stabbing’ by the caller. That’s an average of four stabbings in the West Midlands a day. Of course, further cases may be identified once a resource arrives on scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has worked in partnership with the Daniel Baird Foundation to develop ‘Bleed Control Kits’, which can be found at locations across the region.

Patients suffering catastrophic bleeds from serious injuries such as those caused by stabbing, shooting or other trauma like a car accident could see their condition drastically deteriorate and prove fatal in minutes if the bleeding is not stemmed. Find out more about the bleed control kits here.

Amber Barrett

As a first year Student Paramedic, Amber said: “If and when I do start working out on the road, I honestly don’t know how it’ll make me feel, given my personal experience. I think I’ll be able to remain professional in that time, and afterwards it will be something I can reflect upon.

“I absolutely believe that education and getting into schools is the way to try and tackle knife crime, not only to help raise awareness with children and young people, but also with parents. It’d be great to get more workshops going to help parents understand the signs to look out for. One thing I have learned from researching knife crime after being directly affected by it myself, is that knife crime and stabbings aren’t just affecting your stereotypical groups of people. It can and is affecting anyone. But hopefully, if people aren’t carrying knives in the first place, we can slowly start to see a reduction in cases.”

Lynne Baird, founder of the Daniel Baird Foundation, said: “We would like to thank West Midlands Ambulance Service and its Chief Executive Anthony Marsh for his continued support for our campaign. The advice and assistance from the executive team has been invaluable since we launched. We’d also like to say a massive thank you to Amber for her support and fundraising.”

We wish Amber the very best of luck in the Virtual London Marathon on the 4th October 2020, and again for the real event in 2021. She would love to get as much support for the Daniel Baird Foundation as possible, please click to donate.

Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 25th September 2020 – 2pm.

A woman has died following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.36am to Warley Road in Oldbury and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Care Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff discovered one patient, a woman, who was the pedestrian.

“Crews immediately began treating her for serious injuries and administered advanced life support at the scene.

“However, despite their best efforts, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Woman airlifted following Warwickshire RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th September 2020 – 4.50pm.

One woman has been airlifted and two other people have been injured following a two-car collision in Warwickshire this afternoon.

The incident happened on Banbury Road in Southam at around 1.30pm today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver and passenger of one car, two women, sustained serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle whilst continuing to administer emergency treatment to the women. One woman was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire whilst the other was transferred by land ambulance on alert to the same hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived. Upon assessment he was found to have relatively minor injuries and was taken to Warwick Hospital by land ambulance for further checks.”

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Serious RTC in Telford

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th September 2020 – 10.00am.

A man required emergency treatment in hospital following a road traffic collision early this morning in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A442 Queensway in Stirchley, Telford at 1.00am (Thursday) to reports of a pedestrian who had been in collision with an HGV. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man, was being given excellent first aid by police who were first on scene. The man had sustained a serious injury which required specialist trauma care. Once stabilised the man was transferred on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma treatment.”

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Pedestrians seriously injured in Birmingham RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th September 2020 – 9.25am.

A man and a woman needed trauma care by ambulance staff after being involved in a collision with a vehicle in the City Centre in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at 3.38am this morning (Thursday) to Holloway Circus Queensway in Birmingham. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, they found two pedestrians, a man and a woman, who had reportedly been in collision with a vehicle. The man was in a serious condition and ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma car before conveying him on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The woman had sustained serious injuries which required treatment on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency care.”

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Fatality on M40 lastnight

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 3.30pm

The Trust can confirm that one man died and five other people were injured following two separate RTCs on the same stretch of the M40 in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was initially called to the northbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 12 and 13, Leamington Spa, at 11.05pm (Monday) to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles. Two paramedic officers, four ambulances and a critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the driver of one HGV, a man, with serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate him from the vehicle whilst he continued to receive trauma care from the team of ambulance staff. Once released, the man was taken by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“The driver of a second HGV and the driver of a car were out of their vehicles and had suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Warwick Hospital. The driver of a third HGV was discharged on scene.”

At 0.25am (Tuesday), the service received a second 999 call reporting a separate RTC on the same stretch of the northbound carriageway of the M40, this time just before Warwick Services. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a vehicle from South Central Ambulance Service were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the driver of one HGV, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene. The driver of a second HGV, a man, was described as ‘walking wounded’ and received treatment on scene before being taken to Warwick Hospital. A car driver involved in the collision, who had suffered minor injuries, was assessed by SCAS colleagues before being discharged on scene.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newcastle

Claire Brown – Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 11.40am.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after a collision in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 9.24am (Tuesday) reporting a motorcycle RTC on the southbound carriageway on the A500 near to the A5271 junction, Newcastle. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find the motorcyclist, a man, with serious and potentially life changing injuries. The team worked together to administer trauma care to the man at the scene before he was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care. The doctor and critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance to help with care en route to hospital.”

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Two separate RTCs on M40

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 10.45am

West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to two separate RTCs on the same stretch of the M40 in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was initially called to the northbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 12 and 13, Leamington Spa, at 11.05pm (Monday) to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles. Two paramedic officers, four ambulances and a critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the driver of one HGV, a man, with serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate him from the vehicle whilst he continued to receive trauma care from the team of ambulance staff. Once released, the man was taken by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“The driver of a second HGV and the driver of a car were out of their vehicles and had suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Warwick Hospital. The driver of a third HGV was discharged on scene.”

At 0.25am (Tuesday), the service received a second 999 call reporting a separate RTC on the same stretch of the northbound carriageway of the M40, this time just before Warwick Services. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a vehicle from South Central Ambulance Service were responded to the scene.

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Fatal house fire

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 10.10am

A man has sadly died in a house fire in Sutton Coldfield last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to Jockey Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield at 10.28pm (Monday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Fire service colleagues rescued one patient, a man, from the property who was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Serious head-on collision in Shropshire

Jordan Eggington – Monday 21st September – 9:20am.

All three Midlands Air Ambulances were required at the scene of a serious RTC yesterday, in which a woman sadly died, and four other people were taken to hospital.


West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:35pm (Sunday) to reports of a serious RTC on the A49 over the river in Shrewsbury. Due to the nature of the collision and the number of patients involved, the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford, Tatenhill and Strensham attended the scene, along with four land ambulance crews and three paramedic officers.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found five patients, one of whom was in a critical condition. Bystander CPR was already in progress on the woman, believed to be one of the drivers, when crews arrived. The Critical Care Paramedics and Doctor from one of the Midlands Air Ambulances took over treatment and administered advanced life support on scene. But sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.


“Meanwhile, the other air and land ambulance crews were assessing and treating the other patients involved in the RTC.


“A man, believed to be the driver of one of the vehicles, was treated for serious injuries and flown to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital, for further treatment.


“A woman who was a front seat passenger in one of the cars, was treated for potentially serious injuries and flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.


“Two teenage girls were treated at the scene for injuries not believed to be life threatening. One of the girls was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital by air ambulance, whilst the other was taken by land ambulance on blue lights and sirens.”

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Erdington Hub Send ‘Well’ Wishes to Bangladesh

Shaunna Farley – Friday 18th September – 2pm.

A village in Bangladesh is the proud owner of a brand-new water well thanks to the kindness of ambulance staff in Birmingham.


During lockdown and at the height of the pandemic, ambulance staff across the Region were humbled to be the recipients of generous donations and well wishes from the public, local communities and businesses. Paramedic Luke Chadbourne, based at Erdington hub in Birmingham, had the idea of saying ‘thank you’ to some of the key organisations who were kind enough to support the hub.


Luke said: “As a hub we wanted to find a way to say thanks to the individuals and businesses who were supporting us through the pandemic and give something back to our community so we decided to facilitate a staff collection. I was delighted with how many staff responded and to see our donation figure grow was just incredible.” Thanks to the generosity of staff, Erdington hub raised an incredible £800.


Luke continued: “With the money raised, we made a £300 donation to One Nation in Birmingham, a charity which supports local and international relief projects to help improve lives, as they regularly provided food parcels to the hub during the height of the pandemic. The charity has since used our donation to create a safe water well in Bangladesh which is really heart-warming.”


The hub will be using more of the money to send tokens of their appreciation to other key organisations and community groups who supported the hub, such as The Caring Foundation and The Ivy who provided ready meals for Erdington Hub for almost three months. The hub plan to donate any remaining money to a charity of their choice. Luke said: “Being able to raise this money and give back to some of the local businesses who supported us throughout the pandemic is amazing and we’re really glad we’ve been able to thank them this way.”


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Call assessor’s powerful domestic abuse poem

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 15th September 2020 – 9.00am.

“Then, at that moment, I heard what she said. She grabbed at the chance to set herself free when she murmured – just loud enough – you – pushed – me.”

‘Arrest’ – by Hannah Brockley

Call assessor Hannah Brockley has been with the Trust for almost a year after making the move from being an English teacher. In the space of a year, she’s experienced every 999 call you can imagine, with some of those, sadly involving domestic abuse.

She’s decided to combine her passion for poetry and the experiences she’s had as a call assessor to create a very honest and raw piece of work exploring the issue of domestic violence through the perspective of a 999 call. Hannah has submitted her performance to ‘Poetry Archive’, a project which documents poems from the year. Only 20 entries will be chosen to join the ‘Poetry Archive WordView 2020 Collection’ from the hundreds of entries submitted. The characters in Hannah’s poem are fictional and the piece is not based on one specific patient.

Hannah said: “Domestic violence is all too prevalent in our society and has been particularly so over the course of this pandemic. I am lucky enough to be in a very happy and loving relationship, but I have been in a coercive relationship in the past and understand how it can be so hard for people to get out of these situations.”

‘Arrest’ – by EOC Call Assessor, Hannah Brockley

“This year has been hard for an awful lot of people, but I think it is so important to raise awareness of the crippling issues around domestic violence and get the message out there to those people who feel trapped in these situations – there is help available. It is never too late to speak out and change your path. It takes an awful lot of courage for people to do this, but they so deserve the rewards of being free from that kind of cruelty and oppression.”

You can see the full written version of Hannah’s poem ‘Arrest’, below.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence, there are many different sides to it.  If you believe that you or someone else could be a victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and, if you can, respond by coughing or tapping on the handset.

There are many domestic abuse charities which can help if you fear you or someone you know is in a dangerous relationship:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327

The Mix, for under 25’s in the UK – 0808 808 4994

National LGBT+ Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428

Samaritans, 24/7 service – 116 123

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Thank you for saving Dad’s life

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 10th September 2020 – 11.10am.

THANK YOU FOR SAVING DAD’S LIFE

If you’ve ever wondered just how important knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and having a defibrillator close at hand is, then ask John Walton.

The cardiac arrest that he suffered was captured by film crews who were following critical care paramedic Aidan Brown for the Channel 5 programme Ambulance: Code Red.

On 16th January this year, John suffered a cardiac arrest while playing squash with his friend of 40 years, Clive Fletcher.  

Fortunately, Clive new how to do CPR and immediately started helping his friend until the staff at the Bert Williams Leisure Centre in Bilston took over and used the defibrillator they have at the centre on John. 

Two ambulance crews, a paramedic officer and Aidan on the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were all sent to the scene. 

The incident was shown on Episode two of the programme which went out on Monday evening. 

Off the back of the programme, John’s daughter Georgia posted a picture on her Instagram account of her and John along with his son Chris and wife Di, thanking everyone for saving her Dad’s life.

She said: “Thank God he was somewhere that had access to a defib otherwise it could’ve been a completely different story! 

“We are so grateful that he is here to tell the tale.  The chances of survival for an out of hospital cardiac arrest is less than 1 in 10 so he is so so lucky. 

“A massive thank you to Clive, the leisure centre staff, the team from WMAS and Midlands Air Ambulance along with the staff at New Cross Hospital for looking after him through his surgery, where he had four stents fitted! 

“When we watched the programme it was hard viewing but it was a lovely touch to see CCP Aidan thank the leisure centre staff as they took Dad to the ambulance.  Really lovely.” 

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nick Henry, said: “Aidan was absolutely right; the quick reaction of Clive and the leisure centre staff absolutely saved John’s life.

“For every minute after a cardiac arrest where no-one is doing CPR, the person’s chance of survival drops by 10%!  It is therefore absolutely vital that someone starts CPR as soon as possible. 

“Equally, having the defib close at hand will make a massive difference too.  It’s one of the reasons we want to see numbers of publicly accessible defibs rise as much as possible.

“John is now getting to spend time with his family because some started CPR quickly and a defib was close at hand.  Think how many more lives could be saved if everyone knew CPR and there were many more publicly accessible defibs around our villages, towns and cities.”

Ambulance: Code Red is aired on Channel 5 at 9pm on Monday evenings.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Rowley Regis

Claire Brown – Tuesday 8th September 2020 – 9.45am.

A woman has been blue-lighted to hospital in a serious condition following a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls at around 6.42am this morning reporting a collision between a motorcyclist and a pedestrian on Oldbury Road, Rowley Regis. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they quickly prioritised treatment to the pedestrian, a woman, who was on the floor and had sustained serious injuries. She received trauma care at the scene before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the MERIT doctor and critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance with the woman to help continue treatment en route.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was assessed and found to have suffered relatively minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital for further checks.”

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Fatal RTC in Pershore

Claire Brown – Monday 7th September 2020 – 10.20am.

A two vehicle RTC in Pershore left one person dead and three others requiring hospital treatment last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.55pm on Sunday to the A44 Worcester Road in Pinvin, Pershore to reports of a collision involving a van and a HGV.  Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, a passenger in the van was confirmed deceased on scene. The driver of the van, a man, suffered injuries which required treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A second passenger, a woman, had no apparent injuries but was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

“The driver of the HGV, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and taken to hospital for further checks.”

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Incident in Birmingham

Murray MacGregor – Sunday 6th September 2020 – 11.00am. 

A large number of ambulance resources were sent to Birmingham City Centre overnight after a series of stabbing incidents.

We received multiple calls to three locations over a period of an hour and twenty minutes. The initial call was to the junction of Colmore Row / Livery Street at 12.40am, with further incident sites at Irving Street at 1.52am and Hurst Street at 2.00am.

A total of 14 ambulances were sent to the scene along with eleven paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, four critical care teams with doctors and critical care paramedics. 

A team of St John Ambulance volunteers at the SafeSpace project at the Arcadian were also involved in treating casualties and conveyed one of the patients.

Ambulance staff treated a total of seven patients:

• Five patients were taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Three had suffered critical injuries and sadly, a man died shortly after arrival.

• Two further patients with non life-threatening injuries were also taken to Heartlands Hospital for treatment.

An eighth patient with minor injuries did not receive ambulance treatment.

The Trust went to major incident standby with further ambulances sent to standby in the area should then have been needed. Senior officers including the Chief Executive also attended Trust Headquarters to co-ordinate the Trust response.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said: “This was clearly a very serious situation with a large number of patients, some with very serious injuries. 

“My thoughts are with the families of those hurt, particularly of the man who tragically lost his life.

“I must pay tribute to the ambulance staff who worked so hard at the scene and en-route to hospital, to help each of the patients hurt.

“We train for incidents like this on a regular basis which meant that we were able to get a large number of ambulance resources into the scene very rapidly so that patients got the care they needed as quickly as possible.”

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Car overturns in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Thursday 3rd September 2020 – 2.45pm.

A man has been taken to hospital after being involved in an RTC in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Codsall Road and Windermere Road at 10.35am after reports that a car had overturned. An ambulance, two paramedic officers 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 man, the driver, who was out of the car and being cared for by bystanders and a nurse. The man had sustained multiple injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Child airlifted to hospital

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 1st September 2020 – 3.35pm.

A boy had to be airlifted to hospital after being in collision with a car in Staffordshire yesterday (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2:19pm to reports of an RTC on Elmore Lane in Rugeley, by the bus station. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two critical care paramedics onboard attended, along with two land ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the scene, they found a boy, who was the pedestrian, with potentially serious injuries after being in collision with a car.

“Staff administered trauma care on scene, with the critical care paramedics advising best for the boy to be taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital due to the nature of his injuries. The patient was then conveyed to hospital via air ambulance.”

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Metal cutters raffle ale to hail NHS frontline

Shaunna Farley. Tuesday 1st September. 2pm.

A metal cutting company in Tamworth have donated almost £300 to West Midlands Ambulance Service to say thank you to the NHS.


MMC Hardmetal UK have raised £270 by fundraising amongst staff by raffling off gifts and drinks which would normally be used in their annual exhibition in April, which unfortunately did not go ahead this year.
With the £270 raised from the raffle, they chose to donate it to Lichfield Hub.


The team from MMC Hardmetal UK visited Lichfield Hub last week to donate the money they had raised.
Alex Saboulis, General manager at MMC Hardmetal UK said: “We decided to donate the money raised to West Midlands Ambulance Service as in the recent months we’ve all been so affected by the pandemic so we wanted to give something back to the NHS and key workers and we wanted to keep it local as we’re based in Tamworth, so Lichfield Ambulance Hub was local to us.”


Alex and the team at MMC Hardmetal are hoping that the money can be used towards something memorable for staff at Lichfield Hub. MMC Hardmetal hope the fundraising can become something the company can do annually.


Dean Jenkins, Senior Operations Manager at Tollgate said: “It’s really humbling when you get members of the public who want to donate, as really we’re just doing our job. Donations like this one allow us to spend money on and improve things like our memorial garden on site at Lichfield Hub and really prove that people value us and appreciate the ambulance service, which is nice for the staff to see, especially now as we’re going through a global pandemic and staff have been coming to work and potentially exposing themselves to that, as just part of their job.”


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