Motorcycle and car collide in Oldbury

Claire Brown – 26th May 2020 – 5.30pm.

A woman and a man have been taken to hospital following a collision involving a car and a motorcycle in Oldbury this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls reporting a collision on Hagley Road West at 1.50pm earlier today (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a motorcyclist being cared for by an off-duty nurse and passers-by following a collision with a car.  The motorcyclist, a woman, suffered potentially serious injuries and was given trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; her condition was described as stable on arrival at hospital.

“The car driver, a man, was assessed by paramedics before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Man dies in Coventry RTC

Claire Brown – 1st May 2020 – 1.00pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to a two-car collision on Broad Lane in Coventry at 8.12am (Friday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find police administering CPR to a man involved in the collision. Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts and commenced advanced life support. 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.

“Three other occupants from the vehicles involved were assessed on scene, two of which were conveyed to hospital for further treatment with injuries not believed to be serious.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 28th April 2020 – 9.30am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in Worcestershire yesterday afternoon (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to York Avenue in Droitwich Spa at 4pm after a police officer came across a man lying on the ground next to a motorbike. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered one patient, a man, who was the motorcyclist. They were told by witnesses that the motorcyclist had collided with a tree in the incident.

“The man was found in a serious condition and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

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

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Two women die in Moseley

Claire Brown – Monday 16th March 2020 – 4.25pm.

Two women have sadly died after being stabbed in Birmingham earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called by the police to reports of a stabbing an address in Belle Walk, Moseley, at 11.05am this morning (Monday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care car with an advanced paramedic on board and the West Midlands CARE Team medics were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found one woman who was sadly confirmed deceased on scene. A second woman sustained serious injuries and was in a critical condition. She was given advanced life support before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed dead at hospital a short time later.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Oldbury

Claire Brown – Monday 16th March 2020 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist is in a critical condition following a road traffic collision in Oldbury in the Black Country this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Regent Road in Tividale, Oldbury at 7.42am (Monday). An ambulance, paramedic officer, critical care car with an advanced paramedic on board and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a man, the motorcyclist, in a critical condition. They worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Pedestrian dies in Burton-upon-Trent

Claire Brown – 12th March 2020 – 10.00am.

A pedestrian has died following a collision involving a car in Staffordshire earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by East Midlands Ambulance Service after one of their crews came across the collision near Beech Hotel on Derby Road in Stretton at 0.31am today (Thursday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly nothing could be done to save the pedestrian, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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WMAS Scoops Award for it’s Support to the Armed Forces

Claire Brown – Wednesday 11th March 2020 – 3.45pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has scooped an award for the work it does to encourage members of the Armed Forces to come and work within the NHS.

The Step into Health Awards 2020 took place on Tuesday 10th March in Central London and celebrated the work of employers that are pledged to support Step into Health.  The programme recognises that veterans and people leaving the Armed Forces have transferable skills and the commitment that matches many roles within the ambulance service and wider NHS.

The awards also recognise the successes of former armed services personnel who have been through the programme and are now employed in the NHS.  As an ambulance service, the Trust actively supports reservists so that they can continue their military role while also working within the NHS.

The Trust’s Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, scooped the ‘NHS Advocate for Step into Health’ award jointly with another shortlisted candidate. The award recognised her determination to drive forward engagement at a local level, her influence to change behaviour within WMAS and for her dedicated support to members of the Armed forces community.

Kim, who attended the event with HR Manager Maria Watson and Military Champions Carl Pockett, Tim Atherton and Kelly Carr, had the privilege of being hosted by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge for a private reception at Kensington Palace ahead of the award ceremony.

Talking about her award, Kim said: “Staff who have previously worked in the armed forces are often ideally suited to roles within the ambulance service.  Many say that the ambulance service has the same feel and camaraderie that they so enjoyed while serving their country.  They see that they can continue to make a tremendous impact within the communities that we serve.

“It was an honour and a privilege to represent WMAS and showcase nationally all the excellent work and commitment given by our staff at this Step into Health Awards.  The Duke of Cambridge was interested to hear about the range of support we provide to encourage new military joiners and how our staff, who are undertaking reservist roles are provided with assistance.

“It is clear there is a real synergy of public duty values between those in the NHS and MOD and I am proud to have played a part in promoting our organisations career opportunities to such as wide audience.”

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Notes to Editors

(pictured left to right: Carl Pockett, Maria Watson, Kim Nurse, Tim Atherton, Kelly Carr.”

 

Woman and man swept into flood water – Tenbury, Worcestershire

Claire Brown – 17th February 2020 – 11.25am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service joined emergency services colleagues in Worcestershire yesterday after reports of two people who were swept into flood water.

We were called by the police to reports of two people in the river near Eastham Bridge, Tenbury Wells at 11.36 yesterday (Sunday). The Trust deployed an ambulance, a paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics specially trained for water rescue, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and a critical care car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One man was safely rescued from the water and received emergency treatment by ambulance staff on scene before being airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further care. He is said to be in a stable condition today.

“A joint search and rescue operation, coordinated by fire service colleagues, was carried out throughout yesterday to locate a woman. However the difficult decision was taken to call off efforts due to safety reasons later in the day. Ambulance resources were stood down from the scene at 4.00pm.

“The search for the woman has continued this morning by fire and police colleagues.”

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Photo: Credit West Midlands Ambulance Service

Telford First Responders set to hold lifesaving training on the Wrekin

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th February 2020 – 11:00am

Volunteer Community First Responders will be holding life-saving training to members of the public in possibly one of the most remote defibrillator sites in the region this month.

Telford Community First Responders (CFRS) will be training members of the public in CPR and how to use a defibrillator on the Wrekin in Telford at the end of February. The café, which has recently installed a community public access defibrillator (CPAD) thanks to help from the CFR scheme and a lottery grant in 2018, is a popular place for walkers and cyclists and an ideal location for a life-saving device.

The CPAD, a device used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest, can be used by anyone in an emergency, with a code provided when you call 999.

Telford Community First Responders have been able to place 9 defibrillators around the Telford area after receiving lottery funding in 2018.  This training session on The Wrekin is the next logical step for the volunteer life-savers who want to ensure as many people as possible know what to do if someone suffers a cardiac arrest .

Nick Freeman, Telford Community First Responder and keen hillwalker, said: “We will be doing the main training in the recently refurbished pavilion, hosted by the people who run the café, and I also intend to walk up the summit and do some life-saving training with members of the public who are up there at the time too, weather permitting!. We will also be taking our new 4×4 response vehicle, which we use to respond to 999 calls to assist West Midlands Ambulance Service, up to the café so that people can see how we provide life-saving help in the local community.

“We’ve decided to run training here as it is quite a remote site which is frequently used by walkers, runners and cyclists on the Wrekin so the more people who know how to use a defibrillator can only be a good thing!”

The training will be taking place at The Halfway House Café between 11am and 3pm on the 22nd and 23rd February.  

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Picture of Nick Freeman (left) and Jenny Joy, café owner (right)
To find out more about The Halfway House Café visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1899871233636415/ or email Nick Freeman via nick@telfordcfrs.org

Cyclist dies in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Tuesday 4th February 2020 – 10.00am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a van and a cyclist near to a golf club on Ridge Lane, Nuneaton at 5.57am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a cyclist, a man, in a critical condition. Sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Serious RTC outside Royal Stoke University Hospital

Claire Brown – Tuesday 21st January 2020 – 10.30am.

A man is in a serious condition following a road traffic collision near Royal Stoke University Hospital this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry just outside the hospital on the A34 Newcastle Road, Stoke on Trent, at 9.11am (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries following a collision with a lorry.

“The man was given trauma care on scene before being transferred by ambulance on blue lights to the nearby hospital for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Coventry

Claire Brown – 20th January 2020 – 11.30am.

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a cyclist on Tamworth Road, Coventry at 6.28am today (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a cyclist, a man, in a critical condition. The team worked to administer advanced trauma care before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care. The man’s condition was described as critical upon arrival at hospital.”

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Pedestrian dies in Walsall

Claire Brown – Wednesday 15th January 2020 – 9.00am.

A pedestrian has died following a road traffic collision involving a car in Walsall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wallows Lane, Bescott, Walsall at 6.48pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, who was in a critical condition following a collision with a car. The team administered advanced life support on scene before the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital for further emergency care. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.

“West Midlands Police is appealing for witnesses to call 101 quoting log 2110 of the 14th January.”

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Fatal RTC in Monmouth

Claire Brown – 14th January 2020 – 9.40am.

A boy has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Monmouth yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision on the A466 Hereford Road in Monmouth at 3.48pm yesterday afternoon (Monday). One ambulance attended along with colleagues from Welsh Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a boy, who had been involved in a collision with a bus. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Alton

Claire Brown – Thursday 12th December 2019 – 10.00am.

A man has died following a two-car collision in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cheadle Road in Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, at 4.56pm yesterday (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a community first responder, an advanced paramedic, a paramedic officer, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find a serious RTC involving two cars. The driver of one car, a man, was in a critical condition and quickly received advanced life support from the team of ambulance staff. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was already out of the vehicle when ambulance staff arrived. He received trauma care on scene for serious injuries before being taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“A third man involved in the collision was described as ‘walking wounded’ and was given treatment on scene before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Fatal motorcycle RTC in Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 4.15pm.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Stoke-on-Trent this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at 10.51am reporting a collision involving a motorcyclist and a lorry at the junction of Chemical Lane and the A527 in Tunstall. A non-emergency ambulance came across the incident and stopped to render aid whilst an ambulance, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Bystanders had already commenced first aid when the non-emergency ambulance crew arrived on scene.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was in a critical condition and the crew began administering advanced life support on scene before being joined by ambulance colleagues. The team worked together to continue resuscitation efforts at the roadside but, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Lorry driver airlifted from Shrewsbury RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 12.10pm.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre following a collision involving two lorries in Shrewsbury earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to Emstrey Bank, Atcham, Shrewsbury at 9.15am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICS emergency doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One lorry driver, a man, sustained serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition whilst working closely with fire colleagues who helped to extricate him from the cab.

“Once released from the vehicle, the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a major trauma centre, for further emergency care.”

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Pedestrian dies in Bridgnorth

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 8.40am.

A man has died following a collision involving a car in Bridgnorth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a serious collision on the B4176 in Hilton, Bridgnorth at 7.27pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. An off-duty paramedic officer came across the incident and stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man, was being given CPR by bystanders on scene when ambulance staff arrived. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Man dies in Balsall Common RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 8.00am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Balsall Common last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.46pm yesterday (Thursday) to reports of a collision involving two vehicles at the junction of Holly Lane and Table Oak Road, Balsall. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find and car and a 4×4 that had been involved in a collision. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the occupant of the car, a man, and he was confirmed deceased by paramedics on scene.

“Two other people involved in the collision were assessed by ambulance staff on scene for minor injuries. Neither required hospital treatment and were discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian airlifted following Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 22nd November 2019 – 1.30pm.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre following a road traffic collision in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a van at the junction of Stafford Street and High Street in Newport at 11.07am earlier today (Friday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found the pedestrian, a woman, who had been involved in a collision with a van. She was being cared for and reassured by bystanders; an off-duty nurse, doctor and one of our 999 call assessors who came across the incident and stopped to help.

“The woman was assessed by ambulance staff who found she had sustained a potential serious injury. She was given treatment on scene before being airlifted, in a stable condition, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

“The van driver was uninjured.”

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Photo: Courtesy of Officialwmas

Woman dies in Penn RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 11th November 2019 – 9.00am.

A woman has died in a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of Coalway Road, Penn Road and Goldthorn Hill in Penn at 8.36pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving two cars. One driver, a woman, was in a critical condition being cared for by police officers. Ambulance staff worked as a team to rapidly remove her from the car to commence advanced life support on scene before she was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, declined ambulance assessment and was discharged on scene.”
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Man dies in Rowley Regis RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 8th November 2019 – 8.25am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in Rowley Regis yesterday

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision involving a van and a single-decker bus outside The Cock Inn, Dudley Road in Rowley Regis at 5.01pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, HART paramedics, a BASICS emergency doctor and a Critical Care Car from the Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a serious collision involving a van and a single-decker bus. The van driver, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff began administering emergency treatment to the man whilst working closely with fire colleagues on scene.

“The team of medics worked to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“Two passengers from the bus, an elderly man and woman, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks. The bus driver was assessed on scene but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Pedestrian dies in Leominster

Claire Brown – Friday 25th October 2019 – 10.40am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on the B4362 in Shobdon at 6.12am today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find bystanders and police administering CPR to a pedestrian following the collision.

“Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts and continued administering advanced life support to the pedestrian, a man, on scene. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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Cyclist dies in Shropshire

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th October 2019 – 1.30pm.

A cyclist has died following a collision with a tractor in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a rural road in Hollyhurst, near Leebotwood in Church Stretton at 10.32am today (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a cyclist, a man, who had been involving in a collision with a tractor. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Pedestrian dies in Birmingham HGV Collision

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th October 2019 – 10.45am.

An elderly woman has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and an HGV on Pershore Road in Cotteridge at 6.50pm yesterday (Wednesday). A number of ambulance resources were sent to the scene including paramedic officers, two ambulances, HART paramedics and medics from MERIT, the West Midlands CARE Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car. They joined colleagues from the police and fire service at the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found an elderly woman who had been involving in a collision with an HGV and was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked as a team to deliver advanced trauma care to the woman before she was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Burton

Claire Brown – Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – 9.30am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and several vehicles on St Peter’s Bridge, Burton-upon-Trent at 4.58pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and a second air ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find bystanders administering excellent CPR to the motorcyclist, a man, who was in a critical condition following the collision. The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to take over resuscitation efforts and commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts on scene, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

Witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage are asked to call 101 or email ciu@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 560 of 1st October.

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Fatality in Penkridge

Claire Brown – Tuesday 1st October 2019 – 9.15am.

A pedestrian has died following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 8.09pm last night (Monday) to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on the A449 Stafford Road in Penkridge. An ambulance, which was en route to hospital, was first on scene after coming across the incident and stopped to render aid until further resources arrived. Two further ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff found a pedestrian, a man, at the side of the road in a critical condition upon arrival. The team of medics worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Two drivers injured in Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 25th September 2019 – 9.10am.

Two car drivers have been injured, one seriously, following a road traffic collision near Newport last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Woodcote at 7.15pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found two cars that had been involved in a serious collision. The driver of one car, a female, was already out of the vehicle. She was assessed on scene and found to have sustained injuries not thought to be serious. She was taken to New Cross Hospital for further checks.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was trapped due to the damage caused in the collision. Ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man whilst working closely with the fire service to carefully extricate him from the car. The man, who was in a serious condition, was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue advanced care during the journey.”

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Pedestrian dies following bus RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 16th September 2019 – 12.45pm.

A pedestrian has sadly died following a collision with a bus in Solihull town centre this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision on Poplars Road, Solihull, Birmingham at 7.33am (Monday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman in a critical condition after being involved in a collision with a bus. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead by paramedics on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Willenhall

Claire Brown – Monday 16th September 2019 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a wall and a car in Essington Road, Willenhall at 4.10am this morning (Monday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

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

“The team of ambulance staff worked rapidly to administer advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Coach and lorry RTC on M6 in Stafford

Claire Brown – Friday 13th September 2019 – 4.30pm.

More than 40 people needed assessment by ambulance staff this afternoon following an RTC involving a coach on the M6 in Stafford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police at 12.53pm (Friday) to reports of a collision involving a coach and a lorry between junctions 14 and 13 of the M6. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived to find a coach which had collided with a lorry.

“A total of 43 people from the coach were assessed by ambulance staff on scene. Eight elderly patients suffered minor injuries and were discharged on scene. A ninth patient, an elderly woman, was given treatment by ambulance staff for injuries not believed to be serious before she was taken to New Cross Hospital for further checks.

“The coach passengers were safely moved off the damaged vehicle and onto a replacement coach, with help from all three emergency services, so that they could continue their journey.”

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Woman dies in house fire

Claire Brown – Friday 13th September 2019 – 8.30am.

A woman has sadly died following a house fire in Kingswinford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 9.09pm (Thursday) to The Knoll in Kingswinford, Dudley. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly a woman found inside the property was confirmed dead on scene by ambulance staff.

“A man, who was out of the property when the emergency services arrived, received treatment by ambulance staff after suffering minor smoke inhalation. He didn’t require further hospital treatment and was discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 12th September 2019 – 4.50pm.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision between a car and a pedestrian this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cavendish Road in Walsall at 1.04pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover the pedestrian, a woman, with multiple serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered specialist trauma care but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Lucky escape after M6 lorry fire

Claire Brown – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – 8.15am.

A lorry driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution after the lorry he was driving overturned and caught fire on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier this morning.

An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry which was on fire on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12 in Stafford at 0.36am (Wednesday). They quickly alerted emergency service colleagues and the highways agency whilst a paramedic officer was responded to the scene to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the lorry, a man, was already out of the vehicle when the ambulance crew stopped to render aid. He was assessed on scene and treated for relatively minor injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.”

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Notes to Editor: Photo credit ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service’

Man airlifted following Shifnal RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 4th September 2019 – 1.30pm.

A car driver has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after being involved in a road traffic collision with a van in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4169 The Wyke junction in Shifnal at 10.16am (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, emergency services found a car and a van that had been involved in a serious collision. The driver of the car, a man, was trapped and had suffered serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked to administer trauma care to the man whilst the fire service worked to carefully release him from the vehicle.

“The man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“The van driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff who found he had sustained minor injuries and was discharged on scene.”

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Fatal crash in Hereford

Claire Brown – Monday 2nd September 2019 – 10.30am.

Two people have died following a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a tractor in Hereford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to the A465 near Allensmore, Hereford at 6.23pm last night (Sunday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended. An off-duty GP was also on scene prior to crews arriving.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived on scene, they found two men who had come off a motorbike following a collision with a tractor.

“Sadly, both were confirmed dead on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Ross on Wye

Claire Brown – Sunday 25th August 2019 –6.55pm

Two people have died, and two ambulance staff have been injured following a road traffic collision in Herefordshire this morning.

An ambulance crew from West Midlands Ambulance Service was involved in a road traffic collision with a car on the A49 near to the junction of the A4137 just outside of Ross on Wye, Herefordshire at 6.11am (Sunday). The ambulance was not responding to a 999 call at the time of the collision. Four ambulances, three paramedic officers and an emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two occupants of the car sadly died at the scene.

“Two ambulance staff received treatment by ambulance colleagues on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment.

The Trust will work closely with Officers from West Mercia Police on the investigation which is already underway.”

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Team 999 set to help find a donor match for ‘Finn the Fabulous’

Claire Brown – Friday 9th August 2019 – 2.45pm.

Ambulance staff from Bromsgrove Hub are joining forces with 999 colleagues later this month to help find a donor match for a little boy who urgently needs a transplant.

Bromsgrove-based Clinical Team Mentors Abi Coombs and Ruth Hodgson and Technician Caroline Hadley have been following the story of ‘Finn the Fabulous’; a seven-year-old boy called Finn Hill from Clent who has a rare and life-threatening condition where the immune system begins to damage a person’s own tissues and organs.

His only hope of a cure is a stem cell transplant from a perfectly matched donor which has led his family to work tirelessly to raise awareness about the condition as well as hold events to get people to register to be donors by doing a simple mouth swab.

Abi, Ruth and Caroline have now helped to organise a tri-service open day at Bromsgrove Fire and Police Station on Saturday 31st August, 12pm – 4pm, where people can come to sign up as a blood stem cell donor and have a swab taken in the hope of finding a perfect match for Finn.

Caroline said: “Finn’s story is one that has captured our attention and our hearts. Aged just seven, he’s been battling this condition for three years of his short life already. Organising ambulance representation at the tri-service open day is the least we could do to ensure Finn gets as much help as possible to find a stem cell match to save his life.”

If you aren’t already on the UK Stem Cell Register and are free on Saturday 31st August, please come along! Alternatively, you can visit the UK Stem Cell Register via dkms.org.uk or anthonynolan.org. To find out more about Finn the Fabulous, visit https://www.facebook.com/finnthefabulous/.

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Notes to Editors:  Photographs courtesy of HWFRS.

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Girl seriously injured in Sparkhill RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 9th August 2019 – 8.30am.

A girl received trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision in Birmingham yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Leominster Road, Sparkhill at 4.35pm (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a girl who was in a serious condition following a collision with a car.

“The team of ambulance staff worked to carefully assess and administer specialist trauma care to the girl before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where, upon arrival, her condition was described as critical.”

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Seven injured in Oswestry RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 7th August 2019 – 1.00pm.

Two children have been airlifted to hospital with five other patients needing treatment following a two vehicle RTC in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A483 Llynclys crossroads, Oswestry at 10.28am today (Wednesday). Four ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill both with BASICS doctors on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a collision.

“Two children, a girl and a boy, were assessed and received trauma treatment by the team of ambulance staff and doctors on scene for potentially serious injuries. They were both airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for specialist trauma care.

“A boy, girl, two men and a woman who were also involved in the collision were assessed on scene after suffering a range of less serious injuries. All five patients were given treatment before they were conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulances for further checks.”

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Pedestrians injured in Birmingham RTC

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

Two pedestrians have been injured, one seriously, after a collision involving a car and parked cars in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to Berkeley Road East, Hay Mills, shortly before 8.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find two pedestrians who had been involved in a collision with a car which had also collided with parked cars.

“One pedestrian, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required trauma care at the roadside. Once stabilised, she was taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.

“A second pedestrian, a man, was given treatment on scene for less serious injuries before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man, suffered relatively minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution for further checks.”

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Lorry driver dies on M6

Claire Brown – Monday 22nd July 2019 – 4.00pm.

A lorry driver has died on the M6 this afternoon in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12, Gailey, Stafford, at 1.18pm (Monday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry which had left the carriageway and was on its side down an embankment. Sadly, ambulance staff were unable to save the driver of the lorry, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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School and pub are helping to save lives in Coventry

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th July 2019 – 4.25pm.

A primary school and a pub in Coventry are the proud owners of a life-saving defibrillator thanks to the fundraising efforts of their local community.

Hollyfast Primary School in Coundon, Coventry, began a fundraising initiative to purchase a defibrillator for the school in November last year after the parent of one of their pupils suffered a cardiac arrest and sadly died in 2018.

Early into their fundraising, the school decided to contact West Midlands Ambulance Service to find out more about defibrillators. It was during a conversation between the school and the Trust’s Community Response Manager, Bobby Qayum, that the ambulance service offered to donate a defibrillator to further bolster the community’s life-saving potential.

From various fundraising efforts and donations from the local community, the school raised enough money to buy a community defibrillator cabinet to house the donated defibrillator from the Trust. This has now been installed at the front of The White Lion Pub in Allesley and is accessible to the community in an emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week if required.  The school have also purchased their own defibrillator, in a separate venture, which is situated onsite to further bolster life-saving potential within the community.

Liz Hayes-Jones, Head Teacher for Hollyfast Primary School, said:We are pleased that the fundraising target we set has been successfully completed. This has been achieved through the joint efforts of our community which marks the loss of a parent and friend to Hollyfast, Matt Whitehead, who sadly suffered a cardiac arrest and died whilst out running last summer. A special thank you to all who have helped us achieve this, including Persimmon Homes community donation, neighbouring school Keresley Grange, individual contributions through a marathon sponsorship and other donations, Dave from Brady’s Electricians who completed the defibrillator box installation for free as well as The White Lion Pub (Vintage Inn) who agreed to house the community defibrillator.

“A special thank you, also, to West Midlands Ambulance Service for their very kind donation of the community defibrillator. Our joint efforts have resulted in two life-saving devices being introduced in the Coundon and Allesley areas which we hope will make a difference to someone’s life. We are proud of our joint efforts in making this happen.”

Bobby Qayum, Community Response Manager, said: “When the school contacted me and explained that they wanted a defibrillator in memory of a parent, I felt it was only right that the service donated a defibrillator to the community as well. It’s been a pleasure supporting this local community if either defibrillator helps to save just a life, then it’s money well spent.  As an ambulance service we know that the quicker someone in cardiac arrest is given CPR and a defibrillator is used, the better the chances of survival.”

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (outside school): Pupil Ben, the son of Matt Whitehead, holding the defibrillator with Headteacher Liz and Ambulance Community Response Manager Bobby together with school teachers.

Pictured (outside pub): Headteacher Liz (holding sign) and other teachers together with pub representative (right).

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Children injured in Shropshire coach collision

Thursday 4th July – 6.15pm – Claire Brown.

 

Eight children have been taken to hospital and 16 others were assessed on scene by ambulance staff following a two-coach collision in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving two coaches at 10.42am today (Thursday) in Millichope Park in Munslow, Shropshire. Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a BASICS emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two coaches, each carrying children who were on a school trip, which had been involved in a collision.

“With around 60 pupils and a number of adults on board, ambulance staff worked as a team to set up a triage assessment area to begin checking over those who had been injured.

“A total of 24 patients were triaged on scene and, of those, eight children required further hospital treatment. The children had suffered a range of relatively minor injuries; two were taken to Hereford County Hospital whilst six were conveyed to Princess Royal Hospital.

“The remaining 16 patients who were assessed on scene were discharged and didn’t require any further treatment.”

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Tragic death of Staffordshire University student paramedic

Thursday 4th July – 5.40pm  – Press Office.

 

The student paramedic, who tragically died last night in an ambulance RTC in Barton-under-Needwood, has been formally identified as Tammy Minshall.

Tammy, who was 31, was a first year Staffordshire University student paramedic who had been on placement with West Midlands Ambulance Service at Lichfield ambulance hub since May.

The Trust’s Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said: “I offer my sincere condolences to Tammy’s family and friends and my thoughts remain with them at this truly terrible time.

“When it is one of your own, it really hurts and we as an ambulance service are hurting now.  We’re taking the time to provide support to all of our staff who have been affected and continue to offer our support to Tammy’s family at this time.

“We have been overwhelmed with the kindness and support of people who have sent messages of condolence. It is truly humbling and reflects the high esteem that people in our profession, like Tammy, are held in.”

Staffordshire University Dean of the School of Health and Social Care, Ann Ewans, said: “This has come as a huge blow to our University and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Tammy who has tragically lost her life. We will be working with our staff and students to help them come to terms with what has happened.”

The Trust is continuing to work closely with the police officers from Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit who are undertaking an investigation into what happened last night.

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Notes to Editor: Photograph courtesy of Staffordshire Police.

Fatal RTC in Rugeley

Thursday 4th July – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died and two other people have been treated by ambulance staff following a two vehicle collision in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from an off-duty volunteer community first responder (CFR) at 10.19am to reports of a two vehicle collision on the A460 Hednesford Road at the junction of Stile Cop Road, Rugeley, Staffordshire, at 10.19am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances of which one had a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a 4×4 vehicle which had been in collision. The driver of the car, a man, was in a critical condition and was being cared for by the CFR and bystanders. Crews worked as a team to immediately commence advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“Two other patients involved in the collision were described as ‘walking wounded’ and had sustained minor injuries. They were assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Serious RTC in Cotteridge

Tuesday 18th June 2019 – 10.10am – Claire Brown.

A woman and three men received trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a serious road traffic collision last night in Cotteridge.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a collision involving three cars at the junction of Northfield Road and Middleton Hall Road, Cotteridge, Birmingham at 10.15pm last night (Monday). Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, the nearby mental health triage car with a paramedic and police officer on board and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find four patients involved in the collision being given first aid by police, a midwife and an off duty WMAS member of staff.

“The driver of one car, a man, was in a critical condition and received advanced trauma care by paramedics and the doctor on scene before he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham on blue lights for further emergency care.

“A woman and two men from a second vehicle involved sustained serious injuries in the collision. Each received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before all were conveyed, in a stable condition, to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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Weekend of assaults and ambulance attacks

Monday 10th June 2019 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

It was a weekend of utter disappointment and anger for the Trust with no fewer than five staff assaulted, and two ambulances vandalised.

In separate cases on Saturday and Sunday, five ambulance staff were assaulted by the patients they were sent to help in Birmingham, Telford and Redditch but thankfully no-one was seriously injured. One of the staff injured had been working at the Trust’s City Centre Treatment Unit (CCTU) in Birmingham when they were assaulted. Operations Manager, Mike Duggan, posted about his outrage on Twitter after his colleague was assaulted saying: “A poor start to our #CCTU shift with a member of staff assaulted  big thanks to @firearmsWMP & @BrumCityWMP for their assistance. Luckily the member of staff is not badly injured. This is UNACCEPTABLE and we do not tolerate it. #protecttheprotectors.”

On Sunday night, two ambulances were vandalised whilst on separate 999 calls in Birmingham. The first incident took place on Este Road in Yardley between 7.15pm and 8.10pm whilst the ambulance crew were inside a property treating a patient. The crew returned to their ambulance to find that an egg had been thrown at their nearside wing mirror which required jet washing back at the ambulance hub to remove the sticky substance.

Later the same night on Reservoir Road in Erdington, a crew were responded to a 999 call at around 11.30pm. When they returned to their vehicle at 1.30am, once they had treated the patient, they discovered that their windscreen had been smashed making the vehicle unsafe to be used for the rest of the shift. The vehicle is now off the road awaiting repair.

Craig Cooke, the Trust’s Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “I simply do not know what goes through the minds of these horrible individuals. Not only have I had five staff assaulted whilst trying to do their job, two ambulances have had to be taken off the road meaning two less vehicles were available to respond to 999 calls.

“Thankfully, our on-board CCTV has captured some excellent footage which will be passed onto our police colleagues to assist with identifying and charging the culprits. I can only hope that the offenders are then handed generous sentences by the judicial system for their abhorrent crimes against a 999 service here to help people in their hour of need.”

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Ambulance side-mirror left sticky after egg attack in Birmingham