Fatal RTC in Oswestry

Claire Brown – Thursday 20th January 2022 – 9.15am.

One man has sadly died and another received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision in Oswestry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a two car RTC on Trefonen Road, Oswestry at 8.15pm (Wednesday). Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found two cars which had been involved in a collision with four people injured.

“Bystanders and police were already performing CPR on one man, the driver of one car. Ambulance crews provided advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“A second man, a passenger from the same car, had sustained multiple injuries and was in a critical condition. The team of ambulance staff and medics worked together to administer advanced trauma care before he was stabilised and conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Medics travelled with the ambulance crew to continue advanced clinical care enroute to the major trauma centre.

“A third man, a passenger from the same car, sustained potentially serious injuries. He received treatment on scene before being taken on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.

“A woman, the driver of the second car, was also assessed by ambulance staff and was found to have less serious injuries. She was also conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further checks.”

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One Fatally Injured in Werrington RTC

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 19th January – 3.30pm.

One person has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Werrington today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a stationary tractor that had collided on Leek Road, Werrington in Stoke on Trent at 11.07am today and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and two Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered a man who was the driver of the car, he was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

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Fatal M6 RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 17th January – 12:55pm.

A man has sadly died after a road traffic collision on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:58am to reports of a two vehicle RTC between junctions 3 and 2 of the M6 southbound in Warwickshire. We sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the driver of one of the vehicles in a critical condition.

“Sadly, it quickly became clear nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The passenger of the same vehicle, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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One to hospital after lorry collision on M6

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 13th January – 5.30pm.

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after two lorries collided on the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions two and three at 2.03pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the West Midlands Care Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two lorries that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

“In one of the vehicles, which had suffered front end damage, a man, who was the passenger, was found to be trapped as a result of the damage caused.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man, a process which took more than two hours.

“He was treated for serious, but not thought to be life-threatening injuries, before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“The two lorry drivers were uninjured in the incident and both managed to get themselves out of their vehicles. They were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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CYCLIST FATALLY INJURED IN SOLIHULL RTC

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th January – 3.15pm.

A cyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Solihull today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a pushbike that had collided on Friday Lane, Barston in Solihull at 9.52am today and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team and a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered a woman who was the cyclist, she had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The driver of the car did not require assessment.

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TWO FATALLY INJURED AND ONE TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING RTC ON HAGLEY ROAD

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th January – 9.15am.

Two people have sadly died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car that had collided with street furniture at the junction of Hagley Road West and Winchfield Drive in Beech Lanes, Birmingham at 9.52pm last night and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered three patients from the car, which was ablaze. Two of them, the driver and a passenger in the car, had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Unfortunately, it immediately became clear that nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased at the scene.

The third patient, a passenger in the vehicle who was a man, received advanced trauma care at the scene for serious injuries before he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 10th January 2022 – 8am.

A man has died following a collision involving a van and a lorry on the M6 yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to junction 10 on the northbound carriageway at 10.45am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the driver of the van, a man, with serious injuries.

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

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Busiest New Year’s Eve ever for WMAS

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 4th January 2022 – 2.20pm.

After one of the busiest Christmas periods ever, there was no let up for West Midlands Ambulance Service with our busiest ever New Year’s Eve.

The whole 12-hour period was busy.  The Trust took 1,281 calls from 6.00pm to midnight.  The previous busiest year for this period was 2017-18 when the Trust took 1,066 calls

After midnight, the Trust took 1,721 calls, which was the busiest since 2007-08 when it took 1,570 calls

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I would once again pay tribute to the astonishing efforts of our staff who continue to work so incredibly hard.  Thousands of our staff were working while much of the UK was celebrating the start of a new year.

“Again, the staff in our control rooms were particularly busy.  They are the front door to our service and play a vital role in triaging the calls that come in.

“Given what an important role they play, it is disappointing that so many of them reported being abused over the phone by callers.  All they are trying to do is find out as much detail about the patient as possible; it doesn’t delay the arrival of an ambulance – it just means the crew are better prepared for the situation they respond to.

“As we move into what is traditionally, the busiest period the year for the NHS, it is more important than ever that we all play our part in using the health service responsibly. 

“I would ask everyone to consider using 111 online in the first instance unless it is a life-threatening emergency.  We will continue to prioritise patients so that we get to those in most need first.

“I would also urge everyone who has not yet had their booster jab to get it as soon as possible.  Doing so is the best way of avoiding catching corona virus, and by doing so, you will be reducing the pressures on the NHS.” 

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Your ambulance service needs you

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 4th January 2022 – 12.05pm.

At a time when the country is seeing higher rates of COVID-19 infections than at any time during the pandemic, West Midlands Ambulance Service is putting in place additional measures to ensure we can continue to get to those most in need of help quickly and save as many lives as possible.

Although the Trust has been able to recruit hundreds of additional staff in both our control rooms and on our ambulances using funding provided by NHS England in the summer, we want to go further still.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are once again, looking for any staff who retired within the last two years or are working in the private sector for the likes of events medical companies who would like to come back into the NHS family to get in touch. 

“We are particularly looking for people who worked on an ambulance or in one of our control rooms to contact us.  We have already had former members of staff get in touch who went on a career break offering to come back, which we welcome.

“Over the last couple of years, we know that several staff have retired from our service after giving many years of outstanding care to the public.

“We would like those colleagues to consider returning to WMAS so that we can increase the quality and amount of care that we can provide the public in these challenging times.”

Paramedic Rich Jones was one of those who answered a similar call in March 2020.  He said: “I saw the situation that the country faced then and with Omicron as it is, we all need to do our part to help the country.  When I came back, I realised how much I had missed it.  If you’ve ever worked for the ambulance service, you know how much your work means to patients.

“Coming back in this way means you can fit the shifts in around your ‘new’ life.  I do it part time because it fits around my other roles.  In fact, it works so well that I’ve stayed working part time ever since and would urge others who are in a similar position to give it a go too.”

Mr Marsh added: “Across our country, we see the incredible efforts that so many people are going to, to help others, such as the ‘army’ of people vaccinating and ‘boosting’ Britain.  There is no question that getting vaccinated and your booster is the best way we can tackle the Omicron variant.

“For those who have retired, I know how much the time you spent with us meant to you; many of you have told me that when we have spoken.  I wouldn’t ask you to re-join if I didn’t think it was the right thing for the public of the West Midlands and our patients.”

For those interested in re-joining the Service, please email Recruitment Manager Louise Jones at louise.jones@wmas.nhs.uk in the first instance, letting her know your previous role.

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