Two injured in Staffordshire RTC

Wednesday 17th April 2019 – 4.45pm – Claire Brown.

Two men have received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Draycott in the Moors this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Draycott Cross Road and Cheadle Road shortly before 1.00pm this afternoon (Wednesday). An ambulance, two paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving a motorcyclist, a van and a lorry. The motorcyclist, a man, sustained a number of injuries and received trauma care on scene before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues on scene to carefully extricate the van driver, a man, from his vehicle following the collision. The man was assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Life-saving on the menu at Shrewsbury cafe

Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 2.45pm – Claire Brown.

A café in Shrewsbury took delivery of a life-saving defibrillator recently thanks to the generosity of Telford Community First Responders.

Following the tragic death of a member of public who suffered a cardiac arrest at the café earlier this year, the owner wanted something positive to come from the incident and began enquiring about purchasing a defibrillator. After mentioning to a friend of her idea, stop. Coffee Shop owner Nicola Dalton was introduced to Telford First Responders Coordinator and Chair, Nick Freeman, who was more than happy to help.

Nick said: “As it happens, we had one spare automated external defibrillator (AED) after obtaining a lottery grant last year for our Community First Responder (CFR) scheme to replace our own AEDs, so I offered to gift it to this good cause.

“Whilst slightly out of our patch, we work closely with local Shrewsbury First Responders and our scheme was only too happy to help support the community to further improve cardiac arrest survival.”

The defibrillator was officially handed over to Nicola at the café on Sunday 17th March. Nicola said: “It was great to be able to give the good news of obtaining an AED to the staff who witnessed the incident which was nice. It’s a positive thing to have come out of a very sad situation and whilst I hope that this defibrillator is never used, it’s reassuring to know that it’s there should an emergency arise again.”

The AED will be on hand to help if someone suffers a cardiac arrest in the local area. Initially it will be accessible only during the café’s opening times, but Nicola is hoping to install a secure cabinet, with help from Shrewsbury Rotary Club, on the outside of her café to house the device to ensure it is publicly accessible 24/7 when you dial 999.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (left to right): stop. Coffee Shop owner, Nicola Dalton with Telford First Responders Coordinator and Chair, Nick Freeman

Automated external defibrillators can help in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating. A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

 

Nursery are busy bees helping to save lives

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A nursery provider now has life-saving devices on hand at 19 of its West Midlands settings thanks to support from the ambulance service and Cardiac Science.

Busy Bees nurseries across the West Midlands were proud to unveil automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at their sites this week to coincide with Family Safety Week (1st – 5th April).

AEDs can help in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating.

In October last year, Busy Bees took part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’ with West Midlands Ambulance Service which saw more than 37,000 youngsters receive vital life-saving training in the region. The Trust supported Busy Bee’s in the installations and each AED is now publicly accessible during the nursery opening hours, meaning if there’s a cardiac arrest in the nearby area, the device can be used by a member of the public to help save a life.

The latest AEDs to be installed, supplied by Cardiac Science, are part of a nationwide campaign by Busy Bees which has seen more than 350 AEDs installed in its nurseries across the UK.

Bobby Qayum, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “It’s great to see that Busy Bees has made such a big investment in AEDs. Teaching vital CPR skills and how to recognise a cardiac arrest, are important parts of the work we carry out. The more AEDs that are installed in businesses and public spaces, the more lives that can potentially be saved.”

Jess Sandall, Nursery Manager at Busy Bees St Matthews in Burntwood said; “Protecting and safeguarding the children in our care is our top priority and that’s why we’ve undertaken this potentially lifesaving initiative. We see it as part of our commitment to best practice and to deliver outstanding care to our children, as well as to protect staff, parents and visitors.

“Although we hope that our defibrillator never has to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens, we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest inside or within minutes of our nursery.”
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Notes to editors:

Photo courtesy of Papillon Communications (left to right): Richard MacDonald from Cardiac Science, Bobby Qayum from WMAS, nursery children from Busy Bees Burntwood, Emily Brimson and Karen Bird from Busy Bees.

With around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The chance of a person surviving cardiac arrest falls by 10 per cent for every minutes that passes without an AED being used.

The 19 Busy Bees settings in the West Midlands include:

  • Busy Bees Birmingham
  • Busy Bees Birmingham Dartmouth Circus
  • Busy Bees Birmingham Longbridge
  • Busy Bees Birmingham QE
  • Busy Bees Birmingham St James Road
  • Busy Bees St Matthews
  • Busy Bees Burton
  • Busy Bees Coventry Allesley Green
  • Busy Bees Coventry Walsgrave
  • Busy Bees Evesham
  • Busy Bees Leamington Spa
  • Busy Bees Rugby
  • Busy Bees Shrewsbury
  • Busy Bees Solihull Blythe Valley
  • Busy Bees Solihull Discoveryland
  • Busy Bees Sutton Coldfield Playtime
  • Busy Bees Telford Priorslee
  • Busy Bees Uttoxeter Midway
  • Busy Bees Walsall

 

Trust thanks volunteers for heroic efforts

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 8.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

An awards ceremony to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 5,000 staff has taken place.

The event, sponsored by Staffordshire University, J. Tomlinson, Zoll Medical, Coventry University, Cardiac Science and Defib Shop took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last Thursday (March 28th), recognising the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “We are incredibly proud of the high level of performance we achieve as an ambulance service, of the fact we are the only ambulance service to be rated ‘outstanding’ and of the high level of patient care we achieve day in, day out.

“That would not be possible without the help of our volunteers who do an incredible job in supporting us.

“I know how hard you all work, the amount of your time you give up – all to ensure patients receive help as soon as possible, and for that I am extremely grateful.

“This awards ceremony is a chance to say thank you and recognise those who have gone above and beyond what is expected with some truly heroic and brave acts for which you deserve great recognition. Well done to all of our award winners and everyone who has volunteered to support West Midlands Ambulance Service during the last 12 months.”

High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Cassian Roberts, who helped to present some of the awards on the evening, said: “It is always inspiring to be with people who serve and it sometimes surprises me that the majority of people who inhabit this world, do not realise exactly what you do.

“You are the glue which makes this country great. You don’t do it for the money, you do it because it is the right thing to do and would like to congratulate all of you and say thank you.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “I think a book should be published, a book that records all of the amazing things that our volunteers do. Those who have put their lives on the line, those who give up their own time day in, day out to serve the people of the West Midlands.

“It would be incredible to compile all of the fantastic stories we hear about the incredible things you do, and sit down and read it all, allowing people to fully understand just how valuable volunteers are to the ambulance service, each and every day.”

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Pictured (left to right): Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh, life-savers Ian Lancaster and James Robinson with cardiac arrest survivor Lisa Turrell, High Sheriff of Worcestershire Cassian Roberts.

Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award: Robert Davies

It isn’t every day you find yourself treating a patient inside a pipe which is precariously balanced at the top of a hill, but that is what happened to Robert Davies in June when attending a call in Ludlow. After carrying out a risk assessment with his crew mate, Robert decided it was safe enough for him to climb down the pipe to be able to assess and begin treating the patient. Rob remained inside the pipe for about 20 minutes whilst excellent teamwork from the other crews on scene and the air ambulance, ensured everything was ready to extricate the patient safely and in a timely manner. Rob showed tremendous courage, but also a high level of professionalism and thought of mind, to not only make sure he was able to help the patient in a difficult situation, but also to do so in a safe way without putting himself at risk. Once out, the patient was airlifted to hospital where he was able to begin his recovery from a head injury.

St John Ambulance: Luke Hawkins

Luke Hawkins was travelling to Edgbaston Cricket Ground by train in August last year where he was volunteering as part of his St John role. Whilst travelling, he was alerted to a man who was apparently snoring slowly in his seat. Luke quickly realised the man was in cardiac arrest and immediately commenced CPR which he carried on for six minutes. He also instructed a station guard to fetch a defibrillator and subsequently delivered one shock to the patient which resulted in a return of spontaneous circulation. When the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care paramedic arrived, the patient was sat up and talking – a truly fantastic outcome.

Public and Other Emergency Services: Ian Lancaster and James Robinson

Having completed two exercise classes at the gym, Lisa Turrell was enjoying a well-deserved coffee in the café, when tragedy struck and she suffered a cardiac arrest. David Lloyd staff members James Robinson and Ian Lancaster immediately reacted, grabbing the on-site defibrillator and beginning full CPR with rescue breaths. Along with the CPR, James and Ian delivered two defib shocks, before further chest compressions led to Lisa’s heart successfully being restarted shortly before the arrival of paramedics. Lisa was taken to hospital and went to have a quadruple heart bypass, but thankfully she went on to make a full recovered well.

Public and Other Emergency Services: PC Gemma Need, PC Christopher Pitt

A serious assault in May last year left a 21-year-old man in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival of a rapid response paramedic at the scene, he discovered PC Gemma Need and PC Christopher Pitt from Warwickshire Police already performing excellent CPR. Whilst the two officers continued, it allowed the paramedic to carry out other important tasks, such as setting up the defibrillator, obtaining an airway and administering drugs. Following a total of six defib shocks and 45 minutes of CPR, a ROSC was gained on arrival at hospital and the men went on to make excellent progress.

Public and Other Emergency Services: PCSO Gary Marson

PCSO Gary Marson was on a routine patrol around Sedgley in February last year when a member of the public alerted him to a woman who had collapsed in a nearby street. Swiftly making his way to the scene, PCSO Marson found the woman to be cardiac arrest and quickly commenced CPR, which he continued for four minutes before the first ambulance crew arrived. Upon their arrival a first defib shock was delivered which resulted in faint respiratory effort. She was immediately transferred to Russell’s Hall Hospital for further care and I am thrilled to report went on to make a full recovery. This is another excellent example of the importance of early CPR being administered and the huge part it can play in helping save a life.

 Community First Responders: Tony Booth, David Wright, Kate Rock – Shipston-on-Stour CFRs

It was nearly 9pm on a July evening last year when a 999 call was made for a patient in cardiac arrest in Shipston. Three CFRs were first on scene, one of whom was off duty at the time, and they quickly began performing CPR. Tony Booth, Kate Rock and David Wright continued with chest compressions and also administered three shocks with a defibrillator whilst waiting for the ambulance crew to arrive. Their efforts were most definitely rewarded, as the three of them managed to successfully restart the man’s heart before he was taken to Warwick Hospital for further treatment. Even better than that, he went on to make a full recovery and is enjoying life with his family again – all down to the fantastic work of the three CFRs who attended that night.

Community First Responders: David Fellows – Featherstone CFRs

Dave Fellows thought he was responding to a routine call when attending a patient described as ‘generally unwell’. However, that couldn’t be much further from the truth as he arrived to find the patient lying on the floor and imminently about to give birth. With nobody else at the house, Dave called for backup, but this baby was not hanging around. Thankfully, Dave held his nerve to help deliver the baby, clear the airway and offer support to mum, until the arrival of the ambulance crew.

CFR Volunteer of the Year: Richard Lawton, Keele CFRs

By its very nature, being a community first responder demonstrates a willingness to give, and demonstrates someone who has the time, dedication and desire to put others before themselves. As we’ve heard throughout tonight, some take it on themselves to go one step further and take on additional roles – though I’m still trying to work out how you all find the time. The winner of the CFR of the Year Award is a volunteer co-ordinator for his CFR Group and also the secretary for the Association of Staffordshire Co-ordinators – a group which supports 32 group co-ordinators across the county. Do we think that’s enough work for a volunteer? Well we haven’t quite finished yet. Our winner also supports the CFR Community as a member of the CFR regional forum, which is a massive commitment in itself.

Now, when he’s not doing any of that, he tirelessly supports community resuscitation within the Keele and North Staffordshire area and has been part of the ongoing project to install additional defibs at Keele University we heard about earlier tonight.

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Motorcyclist dies in Walsall

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Walsall yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Birmingham Road in Walsall at around 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, was in a critical condition when ambulance staff arrived and immediately commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Two injured in Uttoxeter RTC

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been injured following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the B5030 near Crakemarsh, Uttoxeter, at 2.25pm today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedics, a community first responder and two Midlands Air Ambulances were sent to the scene together with fire and police colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had overturned, with two occupants inside, following a collision with a second vehicle. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man and woman, whilst working closely with fire service colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle.

“The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital whilst the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Atherstone

Monday 25th March 2019 – 9.10am – Claire Brown.

One man has died, and two women have been seriously injured following an RTC in Atherstone in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coleshill Road, Atherstone, at around 1.50am today (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a car in a ditch. Sadly, one occupant, a man was confirmed dead on scene. The driver and a second passenger, both women, were treated on scene by ambulance staff for potentially serious injuries before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Woman dies following M5 RTC

Thursday 21st March 2019 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

A woman has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M5 in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 in Quinton, Birmingham, shortly after 5.15am today (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van and a lorry which had been involved in a collision. Sadly, the passenger of the van, a woman, was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and found to have suffered minor injuries. He was taken to hospital for further check. The lorry driver didn’t require treatment.

“There are currently long delays due to the closure of the M5 and motorists are advised to seek an alternative route.”

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Pedestrians airlifted from Oswestry RTC

Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 12.45pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Oswestry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5069 St Martins Road and West Place in Gobowen, Oswestry at around 9.30am this morning (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, a man and a woman, who were being cared for by passers-by following a reported collision with a van. Ambulance staff assessed both patients and discovered they had sustained serious injuries. The man and the woman received advanced trauma care from the team of ambulance staff at the roadside before both pedestrians were airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.

“The van driver didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Cannock RTC

Wednesday 6th March 2019 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist has been seriously injured in Cannock this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 Watling Street in Cannock at around 7.15am today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a cyclist and a coach which had been involved in a collision. The cyclist, a man, was being given first aid by police and bystanders. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he had sustained serious injuries. They worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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Three injured in Madeley RTC

Tuesday 19th February 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

Three people received trauma care from ambulance staff after their car collided with a tree in the early hours of this morning in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newcastle Road near Madeley, Shropshire shortly after 2.00am today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car, with three occupants inside, which had collided with a tree. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues at the scene. One man sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and medics before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A second man also sustained serious injuries and a third patient had less serious injuries. Both were taken to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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RTC on M6 in Rugby

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have received treatment by ambulance staff after the car they were travelling in overturned on the M6 in Rugby this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M6, just before junction one, in Newton, Rugby, at around 1.50pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an overturned car which had left the carriageway of the M6 and collided with a concrete post. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate the two occupants, a man and a woman, who were trapped.

“The man suffered serious injuries and received advanced trauma care from the doctor and ambulance team on scene. He was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment; the doctor travelled with the patient.

“The woman, who also sustained injuries, was given treatment on scene by the ambulance service before she was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire – update

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Nathan Hudson, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “After receiving a 999 call this morning from the fire service at 2.40am, the Trust’s control room quickly responded three double crewed ambulances, two paramedic officers, two doctors and the Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene of the fire.

“Two adults and a child were already out of the property when crews arrived. They each received treatment by the ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to the major trauma centre in Stoke. Tragically, four children were confirmed deceased a short time after by our staff.

“This was an immensely difficult incident for all three services to respond to and my thanks go to my staff and all emergency personnel on scene.

“My thoughts, and the thoughts of everyone at West Midlands Ambulance Service, remain with the family and friends at this difficult time.”

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

Four children have tragically died in a house fire in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service at 2.40am this morning (Tuesday) to reports of a house fire in Sycamore Lane, Stafford. Two paramedic officers, three ambulances, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire. Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property. All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.

“Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Worcester

Tuesday 29th January 2019 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition after a collision with a vehicle in Worcester this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on the A449 between Claines Lane and Ombersley Park junctions at 5.55am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a MERIT trauma 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 sustained serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle.

“The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the man before he was taken by ambulance on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Great Barr RTC

Tuesday 29th January 2019 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this morning following a collision involving a car in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Queslett Road in Great Barr at 7.40am (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he was in a serious condition and required advanced trauma care at the roadside before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 2.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Coventry Road in Nuneaton shortly after midday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a woman, was already receiving first aid by police officers when ambulance crews arrived. The woman had sustained serious injuries and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Bearwood

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 11.20am – Claire Brown.

A woman has died and a man has been injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a two vehicle RTC at the junction of the Hagley Road and Lordswood Road in Bearwood at around 11.50pm last night (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a MERIT trauma doctor and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, police officers were already performing CPR on a woman, the driver of one of the cars involved. Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for further checks.”

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Man dies in Burton-upon-Trent

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 11.15am – Claire Brown.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a seriously injured pedestrian on Horninglow Road in Burton-upon-Trent shortly after 10.30pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a car with a doctor on board from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found police administering CPR to a male pedestrian who had reportedly been in collision with a vehicle. Ambulance staff continued advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Child seriously injured in Stafford

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A child has been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Stafford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in a car park off Newport Road, Stafford at around 5.50pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base at Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found the pedestrian, a boy, in a serious condition already receiving first aid by emergency service colleagues and bystanders. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the boy before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Bournville RTC

Friday 18th January 2019 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man has died following a road traffic collision on Bournville last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from police to reports of an RTC on Bristol Road South near to Witherford Way shortly after 10.30pm yesterday (Thursday). The mental health triage car, based at Bournville Lane police station with a paramedic, police officer and mental health nurse on board, was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call being made. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were also responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the car, a man, was in a serious condition following a collision with a tree. Ambulance staff immediately began to administer trauma care to the man. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, police and fire colleagues nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Erdington collision

Wednesday 16th January 2019 – 8.20pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Chester Road in Erdington at around 8.45pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an off-duty nurse and bystanders administering first aid to a pedestrian, a man. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he was in a serious condition and quickly worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Two men airlifted following Lichfield RTC

Tuesday 15th January 2019 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision involving a lorry and a van in Lichfield this afternoon has left two men in a serious condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wood End Lane in Fradley, Lichfield shortly before 12.30pm today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving two patients.

“The driver of the van, a man, sustained serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to release him from the vehicle whilst he received advanced trauma care on scene. Once stabilised, the man was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.

“The lorry driver, a man, also suffered serious injuries which required emergency treatment by ambulance crews on scene before he was conveyed by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Winson Green

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC involving a pedestrian at the junction of Bacchus Road and Nineveh Road, Winson Green shortly after 6.00pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a BASICS emergency doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had collided with several vehicles and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required trauma care from the doctor and ambulance crews. The woman was stabilised on scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further care.

“The car driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for his injuries on scene before being conveyed to the same hospital.”

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Fatal house fire in Stoke-on-Trent

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

One man has sadly died, and 10 other people required assessment by ambulance staff following a property fire in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property off the B5041 London Road, Stoke-on-Trent at around 11.50pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“A total of 10 other patients were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene. Two women and a man sustained minor injuries which required further treatment at Royal Stoke University Hospital.  All other patients were discharged on scene.”

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Incident on M6

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that Staffordshire Police requested our assistance at a police operation on the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 in Staffordshire yesterday evening (Wednesday). Three paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and two ambulance crews were responded.

A total of 27 occupants from a vehicle which was stopped by the police received medical assessments on scene by ambulance staff. All were in a stable condition and didn’t require hospital treatment. All 27 patients were discharged on scene and left in the care of the police.

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Motorcyclist dies in Warwickshire

Wednesday 9th January 2019 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of bystanders and ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the life of a motorcyclist following a collision with a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A423 Banbury Road in Wormleighton shortly before 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and the critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist and a car which had left the road and were in a ditch. The motorcyclist, a man, was being given CPR by a nurse who was passing the scene and stopped to help. Ambulance crews took over resuscitation efforts and worked as a team to administer advanced life support to the man. Sadly, he couldn’t be saved and was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.

“The car driver, a woman, was out of the vehicle and was given treatment on scene for minor injuries. She didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Man dies in Warwick collision

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died after the car he was in collided with a tree in Warwick last night.

The incident happened on Primrose Hill, Warwick and West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police requesting our attendance just after 10.00pm (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree. The occupant, a man, sustained serious injuries. Sadly, nothing could be done by ambulance staff to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Car collides with tree in Evesham

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 8.55am – Claire Brown.

A car which collided with a tree yesterday evening in Evesham left two people injured, one seriously.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Broadway Road, Evesham at 7.15pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance air based in Strensham and a second critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the driver of the car, a man, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital for further checks. The passenger, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required ambulance crews and the air ambulance medics to administer advanced trauma care on scene. They worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate her from the car before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist trauma care.”

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Woman and child injured in Stafford RTC

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews responded to a serious RTC involving two pedestrians and a car in Stafford yesterday rush hour.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 Mosspit and The Pippins at around 5.45pm last night (Monday). Three ambulance, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Tatenhill responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, a woman and a girl, who had been involved in a collision with a car. The woman sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care. The girl sustained minor injuries and received treatment at the roadside before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution. The car driver, a woman, was checked over on scene and was conveyed to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Car leaves carriageway of M5 in Worcestershire

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews joined police and fire colleagues on the M5 earlier today after a car ended up in a ditch leaving a man with serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7, Whittington, shortly after 11.00am this morning (Monday). A paramedic officer together with two ambulances and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a second from Stresham, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a car which had left the carriageway and had ended up overturned in a ditch.

“One man had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and, upon assessment, was found to have sustained minor injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“A second man was trapped in the vehicle and had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service who worked to carefully extricate him from the car. Once released, the man received trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man seriously injured in Bewdley RTC

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff this morning after a two-car collision in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456 Bewdley Bypass shortly after 10.00am this morning (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked with the fire service at the scene to extricate him from the vehicle while he received trauma care.

“The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Two other patients, who suffered minor injuries, were treated by ambulance crews before they were taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.”

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Two women and child injured in Stoke-on-Trent collision

Monday 24th December 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

Two women and a child received trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of an RTC yesterday in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC on Blackbank Road in Stoke-on-Trent at 5.50pm last night (Sunday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been in a collision. The drivers of both cars, two women, sustained serious injuries and received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene. They were extricated from their car with help from the fire service before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A child from one of the cars suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Cyclist and pedestrian die in separate RTCs on Saturday

Monday 24th December 2018 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews responded to two separate road traffic collisions in Birmingham on Saturday where two people sadly died.

At around 11.50am on Saturday (22nd December), the Trust’s control room received a 999 call to reports of an RTC involving a car and a cyclist on Eastcote Lane, Solihull. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

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

“The two occupants of the car, a woman and a teenager, were assessed on scene by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital for further checks.”

Later the same day, just before 3.30pm, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an RTC involving a pedestrian on the A38 Bristol Road near to Pebble Mill Road in Birmingham. The Trust’s control room quickly responded two ambulances, two paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a critical care car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had sustained serious injuries. The team of medics administered advanced life support at the roadside but sadly the woman couldn’t be saved and was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Two fatal RTCs in Shropshire at the weekend

Monday 24th December 2018 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff were sadly unable to save the lives of two people who died in two separate road traffic collisions in Shropshire at the weekend.

On Saturday (22nd December) West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of the A5 and the B5009, near to The Queens Head between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, shortly after 9.00am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma team on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found four patients who required assessment. One woman suffered serious injuries and her condition quickly deteriorated. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The three other patients were given treatment on scene for minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

On Sunday (23rd December), a 999 call was received by the Trust’s control room to reports of a serious RTC involving a lorry and a car on the A518 Wellington Road, near the Red House pub, in Telford at 11.10am. An ambulance and a paramedic officer responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An off-duty nurse, who came across the RTC, was providing first aid to a man who was in the car. Ambulance crews found he was in a serious condition and quickly administered emergency treatment. Sadly the man couldn’t be saved and he was confirmed dead on scene. The lorry driver suffered minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

 

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Ambulance broken into – can you help to solve a crime?

Tuesday 30th October 2018 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

We’re appealing for help to identify an individual who broke into an ambulance and stole personal belongings on Sunday night whilst the crew were inside a property treating a patient.

The incident happened on Frankley Beeches Road at the junction of Egghill Lane in Northfield, Birmingham at around 9.00pm on Sunday 28th October. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the driver’s side window had been smashed and a variety of personal items stolen including an iPhone.

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people. It really does make you question the morals of some people. This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired; money which would’ve been better spent elsewhere in the service to help respond to patients.

“It is unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public. Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated. I am just thankful that, on this occasion, my staff weren’t hurt. If you are able to help to solve this crime, please come forward.”

The Trust has released CCTV footage, captured by the ambulance’s external cameras, in the hope that it helps to identify the individual. If you have any information about this incident, witnessed anything suspicious at the time or recognise this individual, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime number 20BW-249810Q/18.

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Two injured in HGV RTC in Coventry

Friday 12th October 2018 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a collision involving two HGVs in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 Birmingham Road, Coventry at 1.20pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived on scene to find a collision involving two HGVs. The driver of one vehicle, a man, was seriously injured and received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to a major trauma centre.

“The second driver, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Smethwick

Friday 12th October 2018 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

A man was given vital trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision last night in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at around 7.20pm yesterday (Thursday) at the junction of Woodland Drive and Forest Close, Smethwick. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the location they found a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries in the collision and was being cared for by members of the public. The team worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was conveyed on blue lights to a major trauma centre for onward care.”

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Pedestrian critical following Coventry RTC

Tuesday 9th October 2018 – 8.50am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care to a man at the scene of a serious RTC last night in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian in St James Lane, Willenhall, Coventry shortly after 7.20pm yesterday (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene they found a pedestrian, a man, in a serious condition being given excellent first aid by bystanders. Crews took over emergency care on scene before transferring the man by ambulance on blue lights to hospital. The man was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.

“Police are appealing for witnesses to contact 101, quoting 2251 from 8th October.”

 

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Cyclist dies in Shrewsbury

Thursday 4th October 2018 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision last night, a cyclist sadly died.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a cyclist on Wenlock Road in Shrewsbury shortly after 9.00pm yesterday (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a community first responder were responded to the scene. An off-duty paramedic, who came across the incident, stopped to render aid.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a cyclist, a man, in cardiac arrest who was already being given CPR by those on scene. The team quickly took over emergency treatment and continued advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Northfield

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian needed advanced trauma care from West Midlands Ambulance Service staff following a road traffic collision last night in Birmingham.

The service received a 999 call from West Midlands Police control room reporting an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian at the junction of Genners Lane and Long Nuke Road, Northfield shortly before 11.50pm last night (Tuesday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, with serious injuries. The man received advanced trauma care from the doctor and team of ambulance staff on scene who worked to stabilise his condition before conveying him on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Man dies on M6 in Staffordshire

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 10.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M6 in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 at 6.19am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a male pedestrian, the driver of a stationary vehicle, who was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest. The team worked together to commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact 101, quoting incident number 83 of 27 September.”

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Tractor and car collides in Kidderminster

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman needed hospital treatment after their car was involved in a collision with a tractor in Kidderminster yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456, near Rock Sports Youth Football Club in Callow Hill, Kidderminster, at 5.15pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a BASICS doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car and a tractor which had been involved in a serious collision.

“A man, the passenger from the car, sustained multiple serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked with the fire service on scene to carefully extricate him from the car. The man was given pain relief, his wounds were dressed and he was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“The driver of the car, a woman, had managed to get out of the car unaided and was described as ‘walking wounded’ on scene. Ambulance staff assessed the woman and found she had sustained a head and hand injury. She was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The tractor driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 3.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian needed advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision in Sutton Coldfield.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had collided with a pedestrian and a shop window on Mere Green Road in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, shortly before 1.00pm today (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a woman, who was being cared for by passers-by after being involved in a collision with a car.

“Upon assessment ambulance staff quickly established the woman had sustained multiple serious injuries which required advanced trauma care on scene. The team of ambulance staff worked to administer pain relief whilst stabilising her injuries before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Good Hope Hospital for further checks.”

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Man injured as car leaves M5 and catches fire

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 9.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has been taken to hospital after the car he was in left a motorway carriageway and ended up down an embankment before catching fire in Worcestershire in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 near Severn Stoke, Worcester shortly before 4.00am this morning (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended. A second paramedic officer, who was passing the scene, stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the car was well alight, and one occupant was out of the vehicle. The man in his 50s was fully assessed and found to have sustained multiple cuts and swelling to his arm. He was given pain relief and his wounds were cleaned and dressed on scene before he was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“A thorough search of the area was conducted by all three emergency services for a possible second occupant, but no other patients were found on scene.”

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Teen airlifted to hospital after bus RTC in Worcester

Monday 20th August 2018 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.

A teenager has been seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a bus in Worcester this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Deansway, near the college, in Worcester at 2.33pm (Monday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer attended the scene and were joined by two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and the other staffed by critical care paramedics, which landed at nearby Worcester Racecourse.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl, who was unconscious after being involved in a road traffic collision with a bus.

“Ambulance staff worked to quickly assess the girl and found she had sustained serious injuries. Whilst administering initial treatment, crews swiftly transferred the girl by land ambulance on blue lights to meet up with the awaiting air ambulance teams at the racecourse. The girl received further advanced trauma care from the doctor and critical care paramedics who stabilised her condition before she was airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Boy dies & three people injured in Staffordshire RTC

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

One boy has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in North Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision involving a car and a van with one patient reported to be in cardiac arrest on the Uttoxeter Road in Draycott in the Clay, near Uttoxeter at around 12.45pm today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board and a second BASICS doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a van with a total of four patients involved; a driver and two passengers from the car and the van driver.

“A young boy from the car was in cardiac arrest and was already being given bystander CPR. Ambulance staff and the doctors worked as a team to deliver advanced trauma care to him at the scene. He was quickly transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital; a doctor travelled in the ambulance with the crew to continue resuscitation en route.  Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene and in A&E, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“Crews assessed the second car passenger, a young boy, and due to his condition and the severity of the collision he was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder before being airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.

“The car driver, a woman in her 20s, sustained multiple injuries and received pain relief to help stabilise her condition before being fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A man in his 40s, the driver of the van, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and was found to have suffered leg, hip and arm pain. He was given pain relief before being fully immobilised as a precaution and conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Ambulance broken into & kit stolen – can you help?

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

An ambulance crew, which was parked up on a 999 call, had its window smashed, medical equipment and personal belongings stolen in the early hours of this morning in Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident happened on St Ann Walk in Hanley at around 1.30am this morning. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the side window had been smashed and a variety of items stolen.

Steve Rust, Operations Manager at Stoke ambulance hub, said: “It just gets worse! I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people.

“The equipment stolen included oxygen and entonox cylinders, a basic life support response bag and various personal protective clothing used by ambulance staff. A stethoscope and a number of personal belongings were also taken.

“I am just thankful that my staff weren’t hurt in the attack, but the ambulance crew were understandably upset and angry to find their vehicle had been targeted by thieves. The case was immediately reported to Staffordshire Police and we are working closely with them to help identify the culprits.”

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “This is a truly appalling incident which really does make you question the morals of some people. This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired, tax-payers money will now have to be spent to replenish the stolen items and I have two members of staff who have lost a number of personal items.

“It is completely unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public. Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated.”

The Trust is appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious at the time to please contact Staffordshire Police on 101?

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Four escape serious injury after car leaves M6 carriageway

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Four occupants of a car escaped serious injury after their car ended up down an embankment following a collision on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 near Seighford at 10.13am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived on scene they found a car which had ended up down an embankment at the side of the carriageway after reportedly being involved in a collision with a lorry.

“The driver and two of the passengers, all women, had managed to get out of the vehicle unaided. All three were assessed and treated by crews for a range of minor bumps and bruises before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“A fourth occupant, an elderly man, was still in the vehicle and was quickly assessed by ambulance staff who ruled out any serious injuries but found he had sustained a shoulder injury. The man was given pain relief on scene and his injury was stabilised before he was taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Pedestrian injured in Coventry RTC

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian involved in a collision with a car this morning received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff before being alerted to hospital.

The incident happened on Harnall Lane East in Coventry shortly before 8.30am today (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car and was initially knocked unconscious. When ambulance staff arrived he had a reduced level of consciousness and the team worked to carry out a top to toe assessment of the man. They found he had sustained a number of serious injuries which required immediate treatment on scene. Once in a stable condition, the man was immobilised with a spinal board and pelvic splint and taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.”
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