Fatal RTC in Much Wenlock

Amy Stubbs – Wednesday 29th November 2023 – 10.15am

A teenager has died and another has been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision near Much Wenlock last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.11pm to the B4376 and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car from Cosford to the scene. A Community First Responder was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman says: “On arrival, crews found one car had come off the road and crashed into a tree.

“The female passenger was in a critical condition and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, she could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The male driver was treated by medics for injuries not believed to be serious before being conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”  

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An ambulance with blue lights on at night

Fatal Collision on M5

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 28th November 2023 – 08.47am

One person has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M5 last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.15pm to a collision involving a van and a HGV on the M5 between junctions 4 and 4a in Catshill, Bromsgrove. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, two BASICS emergency doctors, and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found a man who was the driver of the van.

“He was assessed and was in a critical condition. He received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

No further patients required treatment from ambulance staff.

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Remone presented with his award by Susanne Robinson

Two Nominations, One National Winner

Murray MacGregor – Monday 27th November 2023 – 4.45pm.

Two staff from the West Midlands Ambulance Service Finance Department received prestigious nominations for national awards recently. 

Remone Williams and Rob Lampitt were recognised for their work at the annual One NHS Finance Value Maker Conference. 

The event sees staff from NHS Finance meet to share learning and best practice and recognises achievements within NHS finance nationally. 

WMAS Head of Financial Management, Kim da Silva, said: “There are 100’s of nominations from across the country so to have two WMAS staff reach the finals is a huge achievement.  I couldn’t be happier as they both richly deserve the recognition.

“Both consistently demonstrate a willingness to assist and support their colleagues, creating a positive impact on team dynamics.  Their commitment to wellbeing is evident in their consistent efforts to prioritise the mental and emotional health of their team members, fostering a positive work environment that promotes overall wellbeing.

“The nominations were assessed by an independent panel made up of finance professional from across the country.  Remone was not only nominated but was also the overall winner in his category and was presented with his award by Susanne Robinson (Chief Finance Officer at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust).”

Champion of Change Award Winner – Remone Williams, Senior Income, Contracts & Planning Accountant: 

The award recognises an individual who demonstrates a deep understanding of embracing and enabling change in their daily job.  Remone is always keen to improve things for the better designing new systems, recording webinars or hosting training to ensure all staff are comfortable with the process and, if needed, book 1-2-1 sessions.  He is a credit to the team and the NHS.

Team Player Award Nomination – Rob Lampitt, Stores Manager:

Whether it’s supporting the ambulance service Commonwealth Games operation, managing the roll-out of the Trust flu programme or moving the entire team into a new location, Rob gets straight in there and comes up with practical solutions.  Based on strong leadership, excellent planning, and communication skills, Rob leads with pride and compassion and as a result his team receive endless thank you messages.

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An ambulance with blue lights on at night

Fatal collision in Shrewsbury

Amy Stubbs – Monday 27th November 2023 – 9.30am

A man has sadly died and two other people were taken to hospital after a collision in Shrewsbury last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.19pm to the junction of the A5 and the A458 near Bicton. A passing ambulance came across the incident at 7.23pm and a second ambulance and a paramedic officer arrived at the scene shortly after.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman says: “On arrival, crews found two cars had been involved in a collision.

“The driver of the first car, a man, had suffered critical injuries and sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, he could not be saved and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The female passenger of the second car was treated by ambulance staff for serious injuries whilst the driver, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious.

“They were both conveyed on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”

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An ambulance with blue lights on at night

One Fatally Injured and Five to Hospital in Coventry

Shaunna Farley – Friday 24th November 2023 – 10.20am.

One person has sadly died and five people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Binley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.57pm to a collision involving a car and a tree on Brinklow Road, Binley in Coventry. Five ambulances, three paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found six patients from the car.

“The first, a man who was a passenger in the car was assessed and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support to him but unfortunately, nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“A man who was the driver and a man and two women who were passengers in the car were assessed and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care to them at the scene before they were conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire under emergency blue light conditions for further treatment.”

“A sixth patient, a man who was a passenger in the car had sustained injuries not believed to be serious. He was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry.”

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Fatal flat fire in Walsall

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 20th November 2023 – 9.55am.

A man has died following a flat fire in Walsall this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Wednesbury Road at 4.18am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff discovered two patients.

“One of whom, a man, it sadly quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, was assessed for the effects of smoke inhalation before being discharged at the scene.”

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Ambulance on blue lights at night

Serious Collision in Tamworth

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 16th November 2023 – 09.20am.

A man and a woman have been conveyed to hospital following a single car collision in Tamworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.26pm to a collision on Coppice Lane, Middleton in Tamworth. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found a woman and a man who were the driver of and a passenger in the car.

“The man who was the passenger in the car was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“He received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The woman who was the driver of the car was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene and had sustained injuries not believed to be serious.

“She was conveyed to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment.”

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Ambulance on blue lights at night

Fatal stabbing in Wolverhampton

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 14th November 2023 – 10am

A man has died following a stabbing in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Laburnum Road at 8.41pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Cars to the scene. The first resource arrived on scene within three minutes of the call being made.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a man who had suffered serious injuries in the incident and was in a critical condition.

“They immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Four to Hospital Following Collision in Rushwick

Shaunna Farley – Monday 13th November 2023 – 10.15am.

Four people have been conveyed to hospital following a serious collision in Rushwick on Sunday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.44pm to a collision involving two cars at the junction of the A4440 and Grove Way in Rushwick, Worcester. Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, a Critical Care Car from Midlands Air Ambulance Service and the Midland Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found four patients from the first car.

“A man and a woman who were the driver of and a passenger in the car were assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained serious injuries.

Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care to them at the scene. They were conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance under emergency blue light conditions for further treatment.”

“A teenage girl and a boy who were passengers in the first car were assessed and had sustained non-life threatening injuries.

“They received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to Worcester Royal Hospital via land ambulance for further assessment.”

“The driver of the second car did not require treatment.”

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Graphic for 'Is the patient breathing' campaign

999 calls answered within 2 seconds

Elena Lewis – Monday 13th November 2023 – 8.00am.

The extraordinary efforts of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s (WMAS) Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) are evident. So far this year, Call Assessors in the Trust’s EOC have answered emergency 999 calls in just two seconds on average.

Both EOC bases in Brierley Hill and in Stafford have answered a combined total of over 1,365,117 ‘999 calls’ so far this year. Answering 173,834 ‘999 calls’ in October alone. With this huge volume of calls being answered, call answering time has not faltered.

Call Assessors, Dispatch staff and Clinical Validation Team (CVT) work tirelessly to provide around the clock, outstanding care to people of the West Midlands. Additionally, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s EOC answer emergency 999 calls for ambulance services across the country where there is a requirement for support with ongoing demand.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care & Performance Director, Jeremy Brown said: “A call answering time of two seconds, on average, is a remarkable effort and is one that doesn’t go unnoticed.  

“This has displayed, once again, the dedication and commitment our team puts into every single shift to delivery outstanding patient care, in what has been a significantly testing time for the service.

“We are at the starting point of a patient’s journey and need to do everything we possibly can to give the best care to our patients in their hour of need.”

This week, West Midlands Ambulance Service will be sharing an insight into their two Emergency Operations Centres and some of the incredible staff within them with the upcoming launch of the campaign ‘Is the Patient Breathing?’.

The campaign aims to raise awareness about what is happening behind the scenes when a 999 call is made and shows the contrasts between an emergency Category 1 response, and cases where an ambulance is not required but the most appropriate care referral is made.

To find out more about ‘Is the Patient Breathing?’ head to What happens when you call 999? – West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust (wmas.nhs.uk) and keep an eye on @OfficialWMAS social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, X and Thread

Notes to editors

Yearly call figures are accurate as of 08/11/23.

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Teenager seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 8th November 2023 – 10am

A male teenager has been treated for serious injuries and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following an RTC in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car that had crashed into a tree on Green Road, Hall Green at 6.38pm and sent an ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a car that had crashed into a tree and caught fire. There was one male patient, who had been rapidly extricated from the vehicle by bystanders.

“He received treatment at the scene for serious injuries before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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Serious A5 Collision in Lichfield

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 7th November 2023 – 11.30am.

Two men have been taken to hospital following a collision on the A5 Shenstone in Lichfield this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.38am to a collision involving two HGV’s and a car at the junction of Streetway Road and Roman Road. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, a BASICS emergency doctor and a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found two men who were the drivers of the first HGV and the car.

“The driver of the HGV was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service. Once extricated, he was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“He received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic travelling on board for continued treatment en route.

“The driver of the car was assessed and had sustained potentially life-threatening injuries. He received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene.

“He was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with staff from the Air Ambulance Service travelling on board for continued treatment en route.”

“The driver of the second lorry did not require treatment from ambulance staff.”

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Fatal M54 Collision

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 7th November 2023 – 9.20am.

A man has sadly died following a collision on the M54 last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.31pm to the M54 between junctions 2 and 3 in Brewood to a collision involving a car and a lorry and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and two Critical Care Car’s from Midland Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found man who was the driver of the car.

“Unfortunately, it was immediately clear that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased by ambulance staff at the scene.”

“No further patients required treatment.”

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The side of the MERIT response car

Teenager critically injured in Ladywood shooting

Amy Stubbs – Monday 6th November 2023 – 3.45pm

A male teenager is in hospital after a shooting in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12.26pm to an address on Lighthorne Avenue in Ladywood and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman says: “On arrival, crews found the patient in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

“He was conveyed to hospital on blue lights in a life-threatening condition with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling on board to provide continued treatment en route.”

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Serious Collision in Wolverhampton

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 1st November 2023 – 3.45pm.

A pillion passenger on a motorbike has sustained life-threatening injuries following a collision in Wolverhampton today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.12pm to collision involving a motorbike on Dixon Street and sent one ambulance, the Midland Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found man. He was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“He received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment under emergency blue light conditions via land ambulance with staff from Midland Air Ambulance travelling for continued treatment en route.”

“No further patients required treatment.”

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The rear of two ambulances

Two Seriously Injured in M6 Collision

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 1st November 2023 – 9.25am.

A woman and a teenage girl have been taken to hospital following a serious collision on the M6 in Penkridge overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2.43am to the M6 Junction 12 South to a collision involving a car and a HGV and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman says: “Upon arrival we found a woman and a teenage girl who were the driver of and a passenger in the car.

“The woman was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained potentially life-threatening injuries.

“She received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment under emergency blue light conditions.”

“The teenage girl was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care at the scene before she was conveyed to Birmingham Childrens Hospital for further treatment under emergency blue light conditions.

“No further patients required treatment.”

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