Two injured, one seriously in Ludlow RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 4.00pm.

A road traffic collision involving a van and a lorry has left two men injured, one seriously in Ludlow this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.13pm earlier today to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the A49, Woofferton, Ludlow. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the van, a man, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and was found to have sustained serious injuries.  He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further trauma care.

“The lorry driver, a man, was treated on scene for less serious injuries and was taken to Hereford Hospital for further checks.”

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Man seriously injured in Bromsgrove RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 11.00am.

A collision involving a car and a motorcyclist has left a man seriously injured in Bromsgrove this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of School Lane and Birmingham Road, Licky End, Bromsgrove at 8.06am earlier today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist who had been involved in a collision with a car and was being cared for by an off duty nurse and bystanders.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff the motorcyclist, a man, was found to have sustained serious injuries. He was given trauma care on scene to stabilise his condition before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Monmouth

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 8.45am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision near to the English and Welsh border in Monmouth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a single motorcycle RTC on the A40 in Monmouth, near to the Welsh border, at 10.09pm yesterday (Thursday). A local community first responder, a paramedic officer, an ambulance, two critical care paramedics together with Wales Air Ambulance from Cardiff were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition. Police officers were already on scene providing CPR to the man. When ambulance crews commenced emergency treatment, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Fatal crash in Leek

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 9th August 2022 – 9.00am.

Two people have died and five others have been injured after a two car crash just to the north of Leek in Staffordshire.

The collision happened at about 4.30pm on Monday afternoon, just to the north of Leek on the A53 Buxton Road.

Four ambulances, a paramedic officers, a BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a very serious crash.  Sadly, the two drivers, both men, were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman had to be extricated from one car.  She had suffered potentially serious injuries and was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A boy from the same car was also taken Royal Stoke to the same hospital, again with potentially serious injuries.

“A man was airlifted to the same hospital with serious injuries after receiving advanced trauma care at the scene.

“A man and a woman, who had both suffered less serious injuries, were also taken to Royal Stoke by ambulance for further assessment.”

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Man seriously injured in Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 1st August 2022 – 10.40am.

A car driver was airlifted to a major trauma centre after sustaining serious injuries in an RTC near Newport yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a lorry on the A41 Chester Road, Chetwynd at 3.54pm (Sunday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an off duty nurse and other bystanders caring for two occupants in the car. The driver, a man, was found with serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to release the man from the car whilst administering trauma care to stabilise his serious condition. The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital to receive further specialist trauma care.

“The passenger of the car, a woman, was given treatment on scene for less serious injuries before being conveyed by land ambulance to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Alvechurch

Claire Brown – Monday 1st August 2022 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care by the ambulance service yesterday in Alvechurch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle on the A441 Birmingham Road, near the Redditch Road turning, Alvechurch at 4.51pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic (CCP) attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found bystanders caring for a motorcyclist, a man, who had been seriously injured.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition on scene before conveying him on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The MERIT doctor and CCP travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment and monitoring on route to hospital where, upon arrival in A&E, the man was said to be in a critical condition.”

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RTC between cyclist and refuse lorry in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Monday 25th July 2022 – 10.45am.

A cyclist has sustained potentially serious injuries following a collision with a refuse lorry this morning in Nuneaton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Cedar Road and Lime Grove, Nuneaton at 8.51am today (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

“A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The cyclist, a man, had reportedly collided with the refuse lorry. Ambulance crews assessed the man and found he had sustained potentially serious injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the air ambulance medics travelled with the ambulance crew to provide further treatment and monitoring to the patient.”

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Man seriously injured in Walsall collision

Claire Brown – Monday 25th July 2022 – 8.40am.

A man required advanced trauma care by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital after being involved in a single car road traffic collision in Walsall in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.48am this morning (Monday) to the junction of Upper Rushall Street and Town Hall, Walsall. Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a car which had left the road and collided with a fence. The driver, a man, was out of the vehicle and in a ditch. The team of ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained serious injuries and was in a critical condition. They commenced advanced trauma care whilst working closely with fire colleagues to extricate the man rapidly from the ditch.

“Once stabilised, the man was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Man seriously injured in M6 RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 19th July 2022 – 11.25am.

Ambulance crews and an air ambulance responded to a road traffic collision on the M6 in Coventry this morning where one man was seriously injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting an overturned car on the M6, Junctions 3a – 3, Corley, Coventry at 9.06am today (Tuesday). Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find bystanders and an off-duty paramedic caring for the driver of a car which had overturned on the carriageway. The driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and found to have sustained serious injuries. He was extricated from the car with help from fire colleagues and received trauma care on scene by the team of medics. Once stabilised, the man was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Two seriously injured in Solihull RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 8th July 2022 – 8.45am.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured following a single vehicle RTC in Solihull early this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the canal bridge on Bakers Lane, Knowle, Solihull at 0.43am today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and a doctor and critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had left the road and was in a field down an embankment. The two occupants, a man and a woman, were assessed and found with serious injuries.

“Both patients were assisted out of the vehicle with help from fire colleagues, under the guidance of ambulance staff. The man and the woman received trauma care from the team of medics on scene before both were conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“A third occupant had reportedly left the scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.”

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Paramedics receive police bravery award

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 4.00pm.

Two paramedics have been recognised for their outstanding act of bravery by West Midlands Police after being stabbed in 2020 whilst on duty.

Paramedics Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave, from Willenhall ambulance hub, were called to an address in Wolverhampton along with police colleagues following concerns for the welfare of a man on Monday 6th July 2020. As emergency services gained entry to the property, the patient came out of the front door with two knives and stabbed Deena and Mick. Despite both being seriously injured, they bravely helped each other in the moments after the attack to get to safety whilst police detained the patient.

West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable, Vanessa Jardine, presented the pair with a National Police Public Bravery Award and silver medal at a ceremony at Tally Ho! on Tuesday 7th June. This comes a year after the force presented Deena and Mick with Chief Constable’s Commendations in 2021.

The National Police Public Bravery Award, which is signed by the National Police Chiefs Council, is one rarely given out. They were instituted in 1965 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the public who have intervened to foil criminal acts and come to the assistance of others. The honour recognises outstanding acts of bravery or meritorious devotion to civic duty, in support of the police, and thereby contributing to the maintenance of law and order.

Deena said: “It was a huge privilege to receive such a prestigious award from our police colleagues for our bravery on, what was, the worst day of our lives. We will both be forever immensely grateful for the police’s help on that day, along with our WMAS family too.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 1.40pm.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple calls reporting a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Pershore Road, Erdington at around 9.50am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found police colleagues performing CPR on a motorcyclist. The man was in a critical condition and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed by ambulance staff before being discharged on scene.”

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Teenager fatally stabbed in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 10.00am.

A teenage boy has sadly died after being stabbed in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several calls to Mount Road, Lanesfield, Wolverhampton shortly after 8.30pm last night (Wednesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a critical care car from Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the scene. The first ambulance arrived within three minutes of receiving the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a teenage boy in a critical condition. The team worked rapidly to commence resuscitation on scene, administering advanced trauma care. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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Pedestrian dies in Evesham

Claire Brown – Monday 27th June 2022 – 10.45am.

A pedestrian has sadly died, and a motorcyclist has been injured following a collision in Evesham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a motorcyclist at the junction of the B4084 Pershore Road and Hasleor Lane, Charlton, Evesham at 1.22pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, in a critical condition being given CPR by bystanders and an off-duty paramedic. Ambulance crews worked as a team to deliver advanced life support but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone there, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was assessed and found with no significant injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further care.”

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Bystander CPR for motorcyclist in Warwickshire

Claire Brown – Thursday 23rd June 2022 – 9.15am.

A motorcyclist in Coleshill received CPR from members of the public before being treated and conveyed to hospital by ambulance staff yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.13pm yesterday (Wednesday) to reports of a man who had come off his motorcycle on Blythe Road, Coleshill, Warwickshire. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found bystanders performing excellent CPR on a man who had reportedly fallen from his bike. The team of medics quickly took over resuscitation efforts and continued emergency treatment whilst conveying the man by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. On arrival at hospital, the man remained in a critical condition.”

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Volunteer Terry Set to be Batonbearer

Claire Brown – Tuesday 7th June 2022 – 5.25pm.

A volunteer who helps to save lives in his spare time is set to take part in the Commonwealth Games baton relay next month!

Terry Flower, Community First Responder and Area Coordinator from FastAid Solihull received notification recently from the Commonwealth Games that he’d been selected as a batonbearer for the Birmingham 2022 Queens’ Baton Relay in the West Midlands on the 26th July.

Terry, who has been a Community First Responder in Solihull for 13 years, was nominated by a Sian Bishop of the Stronger Communities directorate at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in recognition of the work FastAid volunteers do supporting West Midlands Ambulance Service in the Borough, looking after the community in their time of need.

Terry will now be one of thousands of inspirating Batonbearers, which includes one of our Student Paramedic’s Ella, who will be taking part in this once in a lifetime opportunity to carry to baton as it goes on its epic journey around England.

Terry said: “I’m tremendously excited. This really is an accolade and it’s wonderful that FastAid have been recognised. I’ve got my uniform, I’ve tried it on, it fits well! On the day I’ve been asked to carry the baton, the relay actually comes through my area of Knowle and Dorridge, so hopefully I’ll be amongst my own community just two days before the Commonwealth Games open, which is tremendously exciting.”

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Man dies in Bedworth RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 26th May 2022 – 2.15pm.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Bedworth this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC involving a car and a tree on Astley Lane, Bedworth at 8.56am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and also Tatenhill attended the scene. An off-duty nurse was also on scene after coming across the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car with one man inside. The man was rapidly assessed and was found to be in a critical condition. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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Two to hospital following Longbridge incident

Claire Brown – Friday 20th May 2022 – 12.55pm.

Two people have been taken to hospital for further checks and several other people received assessment at the scene of an incident at a supermarket in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.53am to Sainsburys, Longbridge Lane, Longbridge today (Friday). Two ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, three paramedic officers and West Midlands CARE Team medics responded to the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sainsburys and other nearby buildings were evacuated after several people inside the supermarket experienced respiratory problems.

“A total of seven patients were assessed by the ambulance service after displaying minor respiratory problems. Two women received treatment on scene before being conveyed by ambulance, in a stable condition, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further checks. The remaining five patients were later discharged on scene.

“A number of other people at the scene, who were described as ‘worried but well’, received advice from the team of ambulance staff.

“This was a well-managed tri-service response which, together with the help from retail staff, saw the safe and speedy evacuation of a large number of people. Investigations into the cause of the incident continue.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Solihull

Claire Brown – Friday 13th May 2022 – 8.45am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Solihull last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a motorcyclist had come off his bike at 6.29pm (Thursday) on Widney Road, Knowle, Solihull. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the West Midlands CARE Team medics and a BASICS doctor attended the scene. An off-duty police officer and a doctor also came across the incident and stopped to render aid.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found bystanders performing CPR and using a community public accessible defibrillator on a motorcyclist, a man, who was in a critical condition.

“The team of ambulance staff quickly took over treatment and commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Serious RTC near Uttoxeter

Claire Brown – Tuesday 3rd May 2022 – 11.15am.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a collision which left a HGV on its side and a van with a piece of wood through its windscreen near Uttoxeter yesterday.

The ambulance service was called at 11.48am on Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May) to reports of a serious RTC on the A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a HGV on its side up an embankment and a van which had sustained significant damage in the collision including a piece of wood through its windscreen. The driver of the van, a man, was miraculously out of his vehicle and sitting at the side of the road. He was assessed by the team of ambulance staff and found with injuries not thought to be life threatening. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The HGV driver, a man, was also out of his overturned vehicle and was assessed on scene by ambulance staff. He sustained no apparent serious injuries but was conveyed to the same hospital for further checks due to the serious nature of the RTC.

“Considering the dramatic scene and significant damage, it was remarkable that no one was killed.”

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Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Motorcyclist seriously injured

Claire Brown – Wednesday 27th April 2022 – 9.30am.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after a collision in Warwickshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 4:15pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) to reports of an RTC involving a motorbike and car off the A5 near to Newton, Rugby. We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene. An off-duty technician from East Midlands Ambulance Service was also on scene rendering aid after coming across the collision.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene of the collision to find the motorcyclist, a man, with potentially life changing injuries.

“Crews administered trauma care to the man before being conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire via air ambulance for further emergency care.”

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Boy injured in Aldridge RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 14th April 2022 – 1.10pm.

A boy has been taken to hospital after being involved in a collision with a lorry this morning in Walsall.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Leighswood Road, Aldridge at 10.31am today (Thursday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with medics on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a boy who had sustained a serious injury following the collision. The team worked to administer trauma care to the boy before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further trauma care. The air ambulance medics accompanied the ambulance crew and boy to hospital to continue care en-route to hospital.”

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Two injured in Gailey RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 7th April 2022 – 3.00pm.

Two men have been injured, one seriously, following a collision involving two vans in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Gailey, Staffordshire at 11.33am this morning (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found the driver of one van, a man, in a serious condition. The team worked together to administer treatment to the man to stabilise his condition before he was conveyed, by land ambulance on blue lights, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further specialist care.

“The driver of the second van, a man, received treatment by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance for further checks.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Tamworth

Claire Brown – Thursday 7th April 2022 – 8.50am.

A woman received trauma care by the ambulance service after being involved in a road traffic collision in Tamworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call reporting a collision on Saxon Mill Lane, Tamworth at 8.20pm (Wednesday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a woman, being cared for by an off-duty nurse and bystanders after reportedly being involved in a collision with a lorry.

“Ambulance staff worked as a team to assess the woman and found she had sustained serious injuries. She received trauma care at the roadside to stabilise her condition before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist trauma care.

“A second pedestrian, a woman, was also assessed but was discharged on scene.”

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Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands Visits WMAS

Claire Brown – Tuesday 5th March 2022 – 5.00pm.

Last week saw the Governor of a U.K. Overseas Territory visit WMAS to learn more about paramedic training and responding to trauma patients.

The Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, His Excellency Nigel Dakin CMG, visited WMAS during a trip to the UK on Friday 1st April and was welcomed to Trust Headquarters in Brierley Hill by Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh and Chairman Professor Ian Cumming.

With an ambulance provision in TCI covering a population of around 44,000 spread over nine islands and major trauma cases becoming more prevalent, it was an opportunity to find out what operations and ways of working could be taken back to the Caribbean to further enhance patient care.

After introductions His Excellency went outside for a tour of our electric front-line vehicles showing the advances in technology and medical kit that ambulance staff use to respond to patients. HART paramedics were on hand to explain the vast equipment and technology they utilise, their capabilities and the types of incidents that HART attend. There was also time for a brief chat with the on-duty MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic before their next 999 call.

The tour continued inside at the National Training Academy where His Excellency was given a demonstration of bleed control kits, created by the Daniel Baird Foundation after founder Lynn Baird’s son was stabbed to death in Birmingham in 2017, which the Trust has been working in partnership with for a number of years. It was then time for a whistle-stop walk through of the Trust’s extensive training provision from classroom-based learning and hands on scenario training to blue light driver training.

The final leg of the visit was spent within our integrated emergency and urgent care control rooms to demonstrate the huge amount of work, technology and staffing that goes into answering 999 and 111 calls for the region.

Speaking about his time at WMAS, His Excellency Nigel Dakin said: “I’m originally from Birmingham and therefore seeing the inner workings of the service providing pre-hospital emergency care to my hometown was particularly poignant. I was immensely grateful to WMAS for the time that was invested in me during my visit. I have learnt a huge amount about the ambulance service and what’s so interesting is that so much of what I’ve seen is relevant to some of the challenges we face in the Turks and Caicos Islands. What I was particularly taken with was the excellence of the training here, the innovative use of bleed control kits in terms of democratising the ability to treat trauma patients. There are some immediate wins that I’ve walked away with from the visit but much more excitingly in a way, perhaps the start of a much longer term relationship with WMAS.”

WMAS Chairman Prof Ian Cumming is also the UK Ambassador for Healthcare to the Overseas Territories and in that role recently visited the Turks and Caicos islands to demonstrate the use of bleed control kits to senior representatives from the Ministry of Health, Emergency Medical Service, hospital, Police, Fire, GPs, and the Turks and Caicos Islands regiment. Prof Cumming said: “I’m confident that the Governor’s visit to WMAS reaffirmed plans to expand pre-hospital care in the islands and provision of bleed kits will be a major step forward in helping to save lives.”

Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome His Excellency the Governor to WMAS to showcase the excellent work of our staff and volunteers. It was hugely interesting to hear the different challenges faced in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We’re very happy to provide support in any way to our friends in this UK Overseas Territory with any improvements in the ambulance provision they wish to make.”

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Featured photo (left to right): Nathan Hudson Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, His Excellency Nigel Dakin, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh.

Nathan Hudson Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director gives tour of electric ambulance
HART paramedics showcasing equipment and kit used by the team
MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic explaining their role
Tour of The National Training Academy where student paramedics are practicing RTC scenarios
Emergency driver training vehicles used to train student paramedics
Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care control room at Navigation Point where 999 and 111 calls are answered

WMAS utilises simulation centre for incident training

Claire Brown – Monday 28th March 2022 – 9.00am.

Technology and teamwork have combined in Coventry to help train first responders and local authorities to manage major incidents.

Working alongside Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire councils and the local emergency services, the Simulation Centre at Coventry University has created realistic virtual reality emergency response scenarios to train emergency responders to help keep people safe at major events, including those for Coventry UK City of Culture.  

The Simulation Centre employs lots of systems and methods to create highly immersive, real time changeable training scenarios. The main interactive area features a 10-metre, 160° curved screen, surround sound, temperature regulation to simulate outdoor conditions, as well as smoke, lighting and smell effects to immerse delegates. 

David Levesley, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Preparedness Manager, said: “The simulation centre offers complex scenarios that can be quickly reset and quickly altered. This means that all our commanders can experience multi-agency working, identifying learning quickly and consistently.

“Training is essential to all emergency services to test our response to major incident scenarios and ensure we’re prepared. To regularly undertake live exercises takes a large amount of preparation and planning, not to mention a large number of ambulance staff, police officers and firefighters at the scene.

“While live exercises will always be necessary, using new equipment like this we can still create all the visual impact and complexity of a real situation which reduces the impact of exercise planning and delivery on operational availability and can be linked directly to training and development objectives and outcomes.

“We’re really grateful to James and rest of the university for recognising our important work and for giving us this amazing opportunity.”

James Doyle, Simulation Centre Manager from Coventry University, said: “What we’ve found from facilitating these sessions is that people don’t behave as though it’s training. The situations are so immersive, delegates forget they’re being assessed and act more naturally as they are being observed remotely from our control room. Just like the services, our unique facility is second to none and helps us remove ‘exercise-itis’ and by working together in this way, we’re helping keep the city safe.”

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Notes to Editor:

Pictured (left to right): WMAS David Levesley with police and fire colleagues at simulation centre.

In one recently tested scenario, a car race on Coventry ring road is stopped when an electric car carrying protestors opposed to the race gains access to and blocks a ring road, causing one of the racing cars to crash through the barriers, injuring spectators. As emergency staff rush to help the casualties, they are overcome by fumes and they themselves become patients. The lighting and temperature in the room change as the incident progresses and actors in the room play the roles of distressed relatives, angry protestors and anyone else who paramedics, police or firefighters might come across at an actual emergency scene. Just as in real incidents, frontline staff share updates of what’s happening with their control rooms and decisions are then fed into the simulation, changing the virtual scene in real time to show how they impact the incident.

Just like the emergency services need to prepare for emergencies, so do you. Whether it’s learning first aid, having a home fire escape plan or being ready for extreme weather, there’s lots of ways you can reduce the negative impact these events have on you and your family. Find out more on your council’s website or visit this government website

Pedestrian seriously injured in Staffordshire Moorlands

Claire Brown – Friday 18th March 2022 – 9.10am.

A pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff after being involved in a road traffic collision in the Staffordshire Moorlands last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leek Road and Cheddleton Heath Road, Cheddleton Heath, shortly before 7.00pm yesterday (Thursday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a pedestrian, a man, who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a vehicle. He was being cared for by bystanders and police. Upon assessment by ambulance staff, the man was found to be in a critical condition. The team immediately commenced trauma care on scene before conveying the man on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Double stabbing in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Thursday 10th March 2022 – 4.45pm.

Two teenage boys have received trauma care by ambulance staff after sustaining potentially life-threatening injuries in Birmingham City Centre this afternoon.

The service received 999 calls reporting a stabbing on Corporation Street in Birmingham at 2.36pm today (Thursday). A large ambulance presence was responded to the scene and included two ambulances, three paramedic officers, HART paramedics, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and paramedic on board, a critical care paramedic and a West Midlands CARE team doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a teenage boy who had sustained serious injuries. A second teenage boy was located nearby with serious injuries.

“The team of ambulance staff worked to administer trauma care to the teenagers on scene to stabilise their conditions. Both teenage boys were conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital for further emergency care.”

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Pedestrian injured in Walsall RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 10th March 2022 – 10.25am.

A pedestrian has been taken to a major trauma centre following a road traffic collision with a car this morning in Walsall.

The incident happened on Union Street in Walsall at 2.52am today (Thursday). An ambulance and paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man, had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment by ambulance staff the man was found to have sustained potentially serious injuries. He received treatment on scene before being conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further care.”

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Serious RTC in Oswestry

Claire Brown – Thursday 10th March 2022 – 10.00am.

A man received advanced trauma care from the ambulance service at the scene of a serious RTC in Oswestry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at around 11.15pm last night (Wednesday) to reports of a single car RTC on the A5, Daywell Junction, in Oswestry. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the driver of the car, a man, in a serious condition.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care to the man to help stabilise his condition. The man was then conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to the major trauma centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, for further emergency care. The doctor and critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en-route to hospital.”

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Launch of National Ambulance #WorkWithoutFear Campaign

Claire Brown – Monday 28th February 2022 – 1.00am.

Every day last year, a staggering 32 ambulance staff were abused or attacked nationally.  Now, some of those who were attacked or abused are spearheading a national campaign to promote respect in a bid to work without fear.

Shockingly, 11,749 ambulance staff were abused either physically or verbally in England last year, an increase of 4,060 incidents compared to 2016. In the West Midlands alone, there has been a staggering 88% rise in physical and verbal abuse towards staff in the last five years. (1671 incidents in 2021 compared to 887 in 2016).

Abuse included staff being stabbed, punched, kicked, head-butting, spat at as well as verbal abuse including racial and homophobic outbursts.  The attacks ranged from common assault to serious attacks involving weapons.  Alcohol is the most prominent factor in assaults against ambulance staff, followed by drugs and people in mental health crisis. Attacks based around race and sexuality have also increased as exacerbating factors in these assaults.

The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives has today launched the national #WorkWithoutFear campaign, supported by NHS England, to highlight the profound impact of this abuse on the everyday lives of ambulance staff.  It aims to encourage the minority of people who might commit these offences to have respect for the people who respond to help them, their friends and their families when they need it most.

The campaign is set to feature ambulance staff from all across the country who have been the victims of assaults, including four from West Midlands Ambulance Service. Birmingham Paramedic Sarah Haddada and Brierley Hill-based Call Assessor Bradley Bayton-Harvey are the first two staff featuring in the campaign.  They share their experience of the racial verbal abuse and threatening comments they’ve endured whilst trying to help others.  Later in the campaign, which will be running for several months, Willenhall Paramedics Deena Evans and Michael Hipgrave are set to feature. Their attacker was jailed last year for nine years after he stabbed them as they went to help him in Wolverhampton in 2020. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “My staff come to work to care for others in their time of need, yet all too often they are greeted by violence and abuse. Assaults on ambulance staff, whether it be physical or verbal, are not okay and I fully support this campaign. I hope that it opens people’s eyes to the impact that abuse has on staff as well as reinforcing the message that abusive behaviour of any form is totally unacceptable.

“My staff deserve to be treated with respect and shouldn’t face a fear of attack whilst helping others. I have nothing but admiration for the brave staff taking part in the campaign in order to raise awareness of the dangers they and other emergency service workers face on a daily basis.

“I urge the Judiciary to use the Assaults on Emergency Workers Offences Act 2018 legislation to give appropriate sentences to those found guilty of committing this abhorrent abuse towards ambulance staff.”

WMAS Joint Staffside Lead, Reena Farrington, added: “I welcome this national campaign which outlines a growing problem amongst ambulance workers.  It is extremely disturbing that some staff report that receiving abuse is almost part and parcel of doing the job; in no other section of our society would this be deemed acceptable, yet that is what some people think is ok for ambulance staff. 

“My colleagues work so hard to try and provide care and compassion at some of the most difficult times in our patients’ lives; they invest their skills and life in doing the right thing yet this is the thanks they get from some patients or their family and friends.  It has to stop and stop now.  I can only hope that the campaign will shine a bright light on this appalling behaviour and that everyone will work with us to stamp it out.”

The public can pledge their support for this campaign by using #WorkWithoutFear on social media and by visiting www.aace.org.uk/vaa to view films about some of those affected.

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NOTES TO EDITOR:

Interview Opportunity:

Birmingham Paramedic Sarah Haddada and Brierley Hill Call Assessor Bradley Bayton-Harvey will be available for interviews between 8.00am – 12noon on Monday 28th February 2022 and will be at Trust Headquarters, Millennium Point, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LX if you wish to undertake interviews in person. Please contact the Press Office to arrange a slot. If you are attending our HQ, we ask that you wear a face covering once on Trust property at all times.

Campaign Collateral:

Visit www.aace.org.uk/vaa where you will find a host of supporting collateral including a video of Bradley Bayton-Harvey, images of both Sarah Haddada and Bradley together with graphics detailing statistics about abuse.

Supporting Data:

  • On-the-road staff suffer the most with verbal and physical assaults, affecting more than 6,000 individuals across England in 2020-21 (an increase of 171% over five years). Staff working in emergency operations centres/control rooms experienced just under 800 verbal abuse cases in 2020-21 across England (an increase of almost 60% over five years). In WMAS there were 36 reported cases of verbal abuse towards control room staff between April 2021 – January 2022. Whilst the level of abuse received hasn’t historically been routinely reported by call assessors at WMAS, anecdotally, they will receive at least one abusive call per shift. 

Body Worn Cameras/Stab Vests Trial:

Following successful trials in London and the North East, Funding of almost a million pounds from NHS England has provided cameras to crews in the 10 ambulance trusts across the country. WMAS introduced cameras in October 2021 for each frontline ambulance crew member to wear one. The Trust is currently now trialling stab vests at one hub.  

Call Assessor Abuse:

In September 2021, WMAS call assessors shared shocking examples of verbal abuse:

  • I’ve been sworn at a lot and been told that it’s my fault if a patient dies
  • Some people just call and shout abuse at you and swear at you
  • I’ve been called a b**** and told that if I don’t help, I’ll be a murderer
  • I’ve had a sexually motivated caller who has made quite explicit remarks
  • The caller started giving be abuse on the call and said he’d make my Dad watch him sexually assault me.
  • The caller started being verbally abusive because we hadn’t arrived within 10 minutes of their original call.
  • Callers have sworn at me, threatened to physically assault me and my family
  • The caller said that if his family member died it would be my fault and called me horrific names
  • A caller told me that he hoped my baby died.

Four injured in Leamington Spa RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 21st February 2022 – 9.10am.

A road traffic collision involving a car and a tree has left four people injured in Leamington Spa last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Harbury Lane in Bishops Tachbrook at 10.07pm last night (Sunday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an overturned car which was in a ditch at the side of the road after colliding with a tree. One occupant of the car, a teenage boy, was extricated with help from the fire service whilst ambulance staff assessed him for injuries. The teenager received treatment for potentially serious injuries before being transported by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.

“Three other occupants had managed to self-extricate from the care and received assessment by crews. A woman suffered suspected serious injuries and was stabilised before being alerted to the same hospital for onward care. A third patient was found with non-life-threatening injuries whilst the fourth patient was described as ‘walking wounded’ with minor injuries. Both were taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Two die in Shropshire RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 15th February 2022 – 9.10am.

A woman and a child have sadly died in a road traffic collision in north Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a HGV on the A41 near Lavender Cottage in Sutton Heath between Tern Hill and Newport at 0.42am today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, a local community first responder, HART paramedics, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and two BASICS emergency doctors responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two occupants of the car, a woman and a young child, were in a critical condition. Crews worked quickly as a team to provide advanced trauma care with assistance from police and fire colleagues.  

“Tragically, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the woman and child and they were both confirmed deceased on scene.

“The driver of the HGV, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment and was discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Hereford

Claire Brown – Monday 24th January 2022 – 8.50am.

A pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff last night in Hereford following a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police reporting a collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A49, Bridstow, Herefordshire at 8.19pm yesterday (Sunday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic together with two BASICS doctors from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) were responded to the scene.  

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found off-duty nurses and police officers caring for the pedestrian, a man, who was in a serious condition.

“The man was given a thorough assessment by the team of medics who found he had sustained serious injuries. The man received trauma care on scene to stabilise his injuries before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.”

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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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Pedestrian seriously injured in Church Stretton

Claire Brown – Friday 17th December 2021 – 1.00pm.

A pedestrian received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff before being blue lighted to a major trauma centre following an RTC in Shropshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.19pm to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Crossways, Church Stretton (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a pedestrian, an elderly man, in a critical condition. The team of medics worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition on scene before he was blue lighted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist care.”

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Two seriously injured in Stoke-on-Trent house fire

Claire Brown – Friday 17th December 2021 – 10.00am.

A woman and a girl have received trauma care from ambulance staff before being conveyed to hospital following a serious house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a house fire in Beverley Drive, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent at 10.57pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulance crews, two paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, a BASICS emergency doctor, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic responded to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived on scene, they found a house well alight. The two occupants, a woman and a girl, were out of the property.

“Ambulance staff worked as a team to provide specialist trauma care to the woman and the girl who had both sustained serious injuries in the fire. Once stabilised on scene the girl was conveyed on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital whilst the woman was blue lighted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist care.”

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Serious RTC in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Friday 17th December 2021 – 9.40am.

A three vehicle RTC in Nuneaton yesterday has left one man with potentially serious injuries and another patient requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Gipsy Lane, Nuneaton at 4.32pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service with a BASICS doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving three vehicles. A passenger in a van involved in the collision, a man, was trapped in the vehicle. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to extricate him from the van whilst he received trauma care for potentially serious injuries. He was taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“A second patient was conveyed to the same hospital with less serious injuries whilst a third patient was discharged on scene with minor injuries.”

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Together Against Abuse – Call Assessors speak our about abuse they receive

Claire Brown – Tuesday 7th December 2021 – 1.30pm.

Whilst stories of physical abuse towards frontline ambulance staff is all too familiar, the voices behind the 999s are speaking out about the levels of verbal abuse they receive on an all too regular basis.  

Two West Midlands Ambulance Service call handlers, based at Tollgate control room in Staffordshire, volunteered to speak as part of the Together Against Abuse campaign by Together We’re Better Integrated Care System (ICS).  

Our call handlers play a crucial part in getting help to the most seriously ill and injured patients throughout Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and beyond. In a video to support the Together Against Abuse Campaign, the two call assessors describe how their work is made so much harder by threats, not only to them, but their families.

Names are withheld.

Names of the two WMAS call assessors are withheld.

Jeremy Brown, Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care Director, has worked for the service for 30 years both on the frontline as a paramedic and in control and knows all too well the abuse staff can face at times. He said: “Call assessors are the first voice you hear when you call 999 or 111 for our help. They are there to do the very best by each and every patient, being abusive, difficult and offensive to them is not going to help a patient and does have an impact on call assessors personally.

“When people call us for help, call assessors often talk to people at their most vulnerable and often at a person’s low point in their lives. Having taken 999 calls myself, I know how difficult a job it can be at times. Meanwhile, out on the road, our staff are subjected to verbal and physical abuse every single day. Our staff have recently been issued with body worn cameras and the Trust is also running a trial of stab vests. The public are clear, they find it abhorrent that such things happen, and we are now calling on the courts to reflect that strength of feeling when it comes to sentencing people convicted of such awful crimes.”

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Two seriously injured in Stourbridge RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 24th November 2021 – 12.00noon.

Two men have been conveyed to a major trauma centre by the ambulance service following a serious collision in Stourbridge this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Enville Street and the A458 in Wollaston at 8.44am earlier today (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a car and a flat-bedded lorry which had been involved in a collision. The driver of each vehicle was quickly assessed by ambulance staff and both were found with serious injuries. The driver of the lorry, a man, received treatment by ambulance staff for his serious injuries whilst fire colleagues helped to extricate him from the vehicle. Once released, the man was conveyed by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“The driver of the car, a man, was also extricated with help from the fire service and received trauma care on scene by ambulance staff before being conveyed on blue lights to the same hospital for further trauma treatment.”

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Serious two vehicle RTC in Shrewsbury

Claire Brown – Monday 15th November 2021 – 9.45am.

A man and a woman received trauma care at the scene of a two-vehicle road traffic collision in Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.

The ambulance service received a 999 call at 1.23pm to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the B4386 between Shrewsbury and Cruckton yesterday (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a two vehicle RTC. Police and bystanders, including an off-duty nurse, had been providing first aid to two patients involved in the collision prior to the service arriving.

“One man was in a critical condition and crews commenced advanced life support on scene. They stabilised his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to help continue treatment on route.

“The second patient, a woman, had sustained serious injuries in the collision and received advanced trauma care from the team of ambulance staff before being conveyed on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Dudley RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 15th November 2021 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died after being involved in a single car road traffic collision in Dudley yesterday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a seriously injured patient involved in an RTC on Burton Road, Dudley at 0.33am on Sunday. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent and arrived within three minutes of the 999 call being made. An off-duty member of WMAS, who came across the RTC, also stopped to assist on scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a car which had collided with a tree. The driver, a man, was in a critical condition and was rapidly extricated from the vehicle with help from the fire service. Once released, ambulance crews commenced advanced life support. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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Our commitment to delivering a net zero service

Claire Brown – Thursday 11th November 2021 – 9.00am.

Behind the blue lights and sirens, the Trust is committed to continuing to make greener choices when it comes to its buildings and infrastructure.

Since 2012/13 the Trust has significantly reduced its estate portfolio from 149 sites across the Region to just 46 which has resulted in a 44% decrease in CO2 emissions. The implementation of the Make Ready model and also ensuring new build sites, such as Sandwell Hub (pictured) currently under construction, are compliant with BREEAM Excellent Standards is also helping the service to be greener and more sustainable.

The new site in Sandwell, which is a 7,000m2 purpose-built ambulance hub, is set to have the calculated emissions of 15.2kg co2 per m2 once fully operational next year. The Trust has already invested in a number of sustainable projects across its estate portfolio over the years which includes installing LED lighting, replacing old boilers, the installation of Air Source Heat Pumps at its two control rooms in Brierley Hill to reduce the amount of gas/electric that is used to heat water, introducing a Building Management System (BMS) to all primary sites and installing EV chargers for electric vehicles.

The Trust’s determination to become a paperless organisation is already a key priority by investing in and introducing more technology-based solutions. The Trust’s HR team is already successfully paper-free and the recent rollout of iPads for all patient facing staff not only improves patient care but also aids the paperless agenda too. The Trust is always looking to further utilise technology to become a fully paperless organisation and, in doing so, creates a more efficient and effective way of working. The Trust is also looking at plans to reduce its volume of waste going to landfill and incineration and increase the level of recycling.

An opportunity for further improvement under consideration is the installation of solar panels across the roof faces of four buildings to produce an annual yield of 170,620kWh (Navigation Point), 91,760kWh (Millennium Point), 132,950kWh (Tollgate Unit 2) and 37,640kWh (Tollgate Unit 4) which would provide a CO2-emissions saving over seven years the equivalent of planting 5,588 trees. 

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, said: “A significant amount of progress has been made in our carbon reduction journey over the past few years but there is more to be done. We have some challenging targets to meet over the coming decade which will require more innovative solutions, hard work and significant investment.

“As a service we are focussed on delivering outstanding patient care and the health of the communities that we serve so it is only right that we do everything in our power to help to improve the environment that we all share by continuing to take sustainable steps forward.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

Youngest and lightest diesel ambulance fleet in Country

Claire Brown – Wednesday 10th November 2021 – 9.00am.

With demand increasing year-on-year, so is the mileage of ambulances. The Trust is proud to have the youngest and lightest diesel ambulance fleet in the country to reduce emissions.

The Trust’s most recently added Value is that of ‘Environmental Sustainability’ and is committed to investing in its fleet to reduce emissions of carbon and harmful particulates, reducing them year-on-year to net reduction of 80% in 2028-2030 and net zero by 2040.

Tony Page, Head of Fleet and Facilities Management for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “As an ambulance service, our fleet-driven emissions account for a significant percentage of our total CO2 output – increasing mileage year-on-year because of demand further exasperates that issue. Meeting the targets set is one benefit, but it’s also the right thing to do for delivering cleaner operating vehicles for our staff to work in.”

Alongside the service’s work to produce the next generation of zero emission ambulances, it also continues to develop their diesel counterparts. Working with industry specialists VCS Vehicle Converters of Bradford, the Trust’s ambulances are based on the Fiat Ducato van and are designed and manufactured using VCS’s unique ‘Core Capture’ construction method to ensure they are the lightest and most technologically advanced in service anywhere in the world.

Tony added: “With a fleet of 480 frontline ambulances, we’re immensely proud that they’re all less than five-years-old and the lightest weight in the country. The latest generation frontline emergency ambulance delivered further weight savings with a 7% mpg improvement. Our fleet modernisation programme continually works to further reduce our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels. The light-weighting programme over the last three years has reduced our CO2 emissions by 3500 tons. 

“Along with our staff, our emergency vehicles are our most important assets.  The five-year replacement policy means our staff are able to respond in a modern, high quality, ambulance fleet that is reliable and efficient and as comfortable as possible for patients and staff whilst also ensuring that patients, and our staff, receive the highest standards of safety.” 

The Trust’s five-year vehicle replacement programme for front line emergency ambulances has enable it to leverage the improvements from more modern emission control systems – one of the benefits being our fleet is fully compliant with the requirements of the Birmingham ULEZ.

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Notes to Editors:

  • The NHS has set several stretching targets, which are outlined in the ‘Delivery A Net Zero NHS’ document. Reducing CO2 by 80% (compared to the 1990 benchmark) by 2028-2032 is the first set of targets.
  • The Birmingham Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) launched on 1st June 2021 and operates 24 hours a day covering all the roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, but not the Middleway itself.

Trust reflects on first year of growing electric fleet

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 9th November – 3.00pm.

With the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) continuing in Glasgow this week, it felt timely for the Trust to deliver its own update on where we are in our pledge to become greener.  

As a Trust, we are looking carefully at sustainability and ways to be more eco-friendly. Back in October 2020, the Trust took a major step forward in reducing its impact on the environment by launching the world’s first fully electric front line emergency ambulance. Call sign EN4871 is operating every day in the city of Birmingham delivering lifesaving patient care; it has the same medical equipment and capability as our diesel-powered fleet.

Head of Fleet and Facilities Management for West Midlands Ambulance Service, Tony Page, said: “The design of our fully electric ambulance has a low centre of gravity and is powered by a 96kW battery pack which provides a top speed of 75mph and can achieve a range of 105-110 miles with a charge time of under two hours. Now, over 12 months on, the feedback from crews using the ambulance is positive with an improved environment to deliver patient care compared to its diesel counterparts, due to the smoother ride and quieter nature.”

In March 2021, the Trust worked with partner VCS Bradford again to launch two all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars, which are operational in Birmingham. Tony said: “Staff using the Jaguar I-Pace’s think they are the best thing since sliced bread! We have invested in the right charging infrastructure to support rapid charging, which I think has certainly helped with staff’s experience of operating the vehicles in the 999 emergency setting.”

The most recent addition to the Trust’s electric fleet this year is four London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) VN5 vans for its IT support team, whose journeys can vary according to demand.

Tony concluded: “We are continually looking at how we can further expand our ‘greener’ fleet in other areas of the service too. I’m very pleased to say we have four fully electric Patient Transport Service vehicles on order, for delivery in January and March 2022. This will mean the Trust has a set of fully electric vehicles in all operational categories. All future fleet procured for support functions are set to be fully electric and by 2028 we pledge that all of our fleet under 3.5tonne will be fully electric. We are now working with NHS England and Improvement and a number of manufacturers to deliver four prototype electric ambulances for national trials, with the ultimate aim to implement a zero-emission fleet nationally.”

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Man dies in Wolverhampton house fire

Claire Brown – Monday 25th October 2021 – 8.45am.

One man has died, and another is in a serious condition in hospital following a house fire in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 2.02am this morning (Monday) to reports of a house fire on Bushbury Lane, Oxley. Three paramedic officers, three ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find fire colleagues rescuing two occupants, two men, from the property. The two men were in a critical condition and ambulance crews immediately commenced advanced treatment on scene. One man was conveyed on blue lights to New Cross Hospital in a serious condition for further emergency care. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and fire colleagues, nothing could be done to save the second man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Burton-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Friday 15th October 2021 – 9.30am.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition in hospital following a collision with a car in Burton-On-Trent in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Station Street, Burton-On-Trent at 3.17am this morning (Friday). An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a pedestrian, a man, being given excellent first aid by police colleagues. The man had sustained serious injuries. Crews took over treatment to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

We’ve got a role for you

Claire Brown – Wednesday 29th September 2021 – 12.10pm.

Whether you’re looking for your very first job or are seeking a brand-new challenge, we’ve got a role for you.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has some exciting opportunities to join an outstanding organisation. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a serious health risk, demand on the service at record levels and the NHS set to face a difficult winter period, the Trust is looking to further bolster staffing across both the front-line and in support roles.

Louise Jones, the Trust’s Recruitment Manager, said: “We have some brilliant opportunities for job seekers right now, from our hugely popular student paramedic programme, opportunities to work behind the 999s in our control rooms as call assessors and clinicians to practical roles based in our ambulance hubs maintaining and preparing emergency vehicles ready for shift.

“Whether you’ve had a personal experience with us which has made you rethink your career, seen the ambulance service on the TV and thought ‘I want to do that’ or just fancy a truly rewarding job, we’d urge you to take a look at our current vacancies.

“All of our vacancies are available to view on NHS Jobs and each vacancy provides details about what the role entails, the qualification requirements and experience that you’ll need. A top tip from me is to please ensure you fully read all of the information provided on the vacancy before applying to ensure you are eligible.”

Student Paramedic Programme starting January 2022 onwards with courses planned throughout 2022:

The exceptionally popular and successful Student Paramedic training programme at West Midlands Ambulance Service provides an alternative route for you to gain your dream job. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/student-paramedics/

999/111 Call Assessor roles available in Brierley Hill and Stafford Control Rooms:

When you call 999 or 111 in the West Midlands, it’s our call assessors who are the voice on the other end of the phone. As a WMAS call assessor, when you receive a call, you are responsible for recording the right information, sometimes under difficult circumstances and offering advice or reassurance to the caller/patient. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/control-room-staff/

Dental Nurse, General Practitioner, Clinical Advisor roles available in Brierley Hill Control Room:

The NHS 111 service is our non-emergency telephone service which offers urgent health care assessment to callers; our 111 service answers in excess of 20,000 calls every week in the West Midlands alone. Based at our busy NHS 111 control room in Brierley Hill, our dedicated team of clinicians are on hand 24/7 to complete in-depth clinical assessments of patients via the telephone. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/111-clinicians/

Vehicle Preparation Operative roles based in Stoke and Worcester:

Vehicle Preparation Operatives are a staple of West Midlands Ambulance Service, without them, frontline staff would not be able to respond to 999 calls! As a Vehicle Preparation Operative (VPO), you will work on each of our operational hubs as part of the Make Ready team to ensure the emergency vehicles; ambulances and cars are checked and roadworthy, deep cleaned and are stocked with the correct clinical equipment. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/vehicle-preparation-operative/

Vehicle Preparation Assistant roles across the Region through Kickstart Scheme:

We’re proud to be helping to ‘kickstart’ youngsters career prospects with a fantastic opportunity to join the service through the government initiative to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. As a Vehicle Preparation Assistant you will work on ambulance hubs providing additional support to VPOs ensure our front-line ambulances are clean, in good working order and stocked ready to respond to the next 999 call. Interested? Speak to your job coach or mention the partnership with the Princes Trust to enrol on a pre-employment programme with Princes Trust by contacting Kay via Michaela.bradley@princes-trust.org.uk or 07814 294388.

All of our current vacancies are available on www.jobs.nhs.uk – search for WMAS.

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Motorcyclist dies in Sutton Coldfield RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 28th September 2021 – 8.30am.

A man has died, and two women were injured at the scene of a road traffic collision in Sutton Coldfield last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and two cars at the junction of Monmouth Drive and Darnick Road, Sutton Coldfield shortly before 8.00pm last night (Monday). Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found several off-duty medics who had stopped to render aid and were administering CPR to the motorcyclist, a man, who was in cardiac arrest. Ambulance crews and MERIT quickly took over treatment to administer advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The drivers of both cars, two women, were out of their vehicles and were assessed by ambulance staff after sustaining minor injuries in the collision. One woman was conveyed to Good Hope Hospital for further precautionary checks whilst the other woman was discharged on scene.”

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Volunteer life-savers get charity boost from Coventry Lions

Claire Brown – Wednesday 14th September 2021 – 10.00am.

A volunteer community first responder group in Coventry has received a charity boost thanks to their local Lions Club.   

Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders, a group of six community first responders (CFRs) in Coventry, were presented with a cheque for £1,500 on Friday 10th September outside Coventry City Council House by The Lions Club of Coventry Godiva. The event was attended by City of Coventry Lord Mayor, Cllr. John McNicholas and Lady Mayoress Dr June McNicholas who spent time speaking with the CFRs about their role in supporting the ambulance service.

Carl Rose, Trustee of Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders Coventry, said: “This generous donation is already being used to directly fund new equipment, including the purchase of modern ‘suction units’ to assist in patients who might otherwise be unable to maintain a clear airway, for example, those who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

“Our charity is funded entirely by voluntary donations, like this, and every penny helps to fund our vehicle and equipment which directly helps patients in and around Coventry. Our responders give their time freely and tirelessly to be there for patients in their time of need. Support from the Lions Club really means a lot and I’d like to thank them for their kind donation.”

President of Lions Club of Coventry Godiva, Pranoti Jadhav, said: “As a charitable group we aim to provide support to local and international charities and we are delighted to do just that for our local Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders. We are supporting two main charities this year, Save the Children and Bowel Cancer Research, but when we heard about the CFRs we couldn’t pass the opportunity to help.”

Nitin Koria, Head of Fundraising for Lions, added: “I’m Coventry born and bred, but I’d not been aware of the fantastic work of CFRs until I spoke with Carl which was really eye opening to me and to the Lions group. We try to raise big to give back big to charities that we feel are a worthy cause. After learning about the fantastic role of CFRs supporting the NHS we felt that we wanted to say thank you to them by helping with the purchase of equipment.”

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr John McNicholas, said: “I feel that it’s remarkable that we’ve got voluntary organisations working together for the benefit of the city and they’re doing a wonderful job. It’s very reassuring for the City that CFRs are there and long may it be so. I am looking forward to meeting ambulance staff and volunteers at Coventry hub in the near future to say a personal thank you on behalf of the City for their continued efforts.” 

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (foreground): Pranoti Jadhav – President of Lions Club of Coventry Godiva presenting cheque to Carl Rose – Trustee of Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders, Coventry. (Background left to right): The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr John McNicholas and his wife, Lady Mayoress Dr June McNicholas, CFRs Ian Jenner and Manjit Uppal, Lions Head of Fundraising Nitin Koria and Lions Head of PR Ruby Ghataurhae.

  • The Trust is currently recruiting CFRs across Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a month to provide support to West Midlands Ambulance Service. The closing date for applications is Monday 27th September.  To apply visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search ‘community first responder.’ You can find out more about the role of Community First Responders via https://wmas.nhs.uk/wmas-services/community-first-responders/