Van driver dies in Herefordshire collision

Claire Brown – Wednesday 2nd June 2021 – 3.40pm.

A van driver has sadly died and two other people have been injured in a road traffic collision in Herefordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.09am earlier today to the junction of the B4203 and B4204, Upper Sapey to reports of a collision involving a car and a van. Two ambulances, a community first responder, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived at the scene, they found a van on it’s side with two occupants trapped inside. The driver of the van, a man, was being given CPR by police colleagues and bystanders. Ambulance crews quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The passenger in the van, a man, sustained non-serious injuries. Ambulance crews had assistance from the fire service to extricate him safely from the vehicle. Once released, the man was conveyed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was out of the vehicle and upon assessment was found to have sustained injuries not thought to be serious. She was given treatment on scene before being conveyed to the same hospital for further care.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 9.05am.

A cyclist received trauma care from ambulance staff following a collision with a car this morning in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Campbell Road and the A500 at 6.06am today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived at the scene they found a cyclist, a man, in a serious condition following a collision with a car. The man was given trauma care on scene to help stabilise his condition before he was taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Fatal stabbing in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 8.40am.

A teenage boy has sadly died following a stabbing in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham at 7.35pm (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene and arrived within five minutes of the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a teenage boy in a critical condition following a stabbing. The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced life support at the scene. Tragically,  despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene a short time later.

“West Midlands Police have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for anyone who can help with the investigation to contact them urgently via Live Chat on www.west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting log 3313 of 31/5. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Four injured in Shrewsbury collision

Claire Brown – Thursday 27th May 2021 – 5.45pm.

Four people have been taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision in Shrewsbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to the A5 in Emstrey, Shrewsbury at 3.49pm today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find four patients requiring assessment following a collision involving several vehicles. The driver of one car, a man, sustained potentially serious injuries and was given trauma care on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further emergency care.

“Two further men sustained non-serious injuries and were treated by ambulance staff on scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance. A fourth patient, a woman, was assessed and found to have sustained injuries not believed to be serious. She was treated on scene before being taken to the same hospital by land for further assessment.”

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PTS Jayne recognised with national award

Claire Brown – Friday 20th May 2021 – 9.00am.

A member of staff from our Patient Transport Services (PTS) in Birmingham has been recognised for her exceptional patient care by the ambulance sector.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Pan-Birmingham PTS Renal Coordinator Jayne Smewin was announced as the winner of the ‘Outstanding Service Award’ at Tuesday’s Ambulance Leadership Forum 2021.

Jayne, who has worked for the service for 33 years, is based at the Trust’s Gravelly PTS hub in Birmingham and the phrase ‘she goes above and beyond’ is often used to describe her.

She was nominated for this national ambulance award for the exceptional way she looks after patients and staff alike.  She is known for the passion and commitment that she gives to ‘her’ renal patients, as that is how she sees them – part of ‘her’ extended family. 

Her immediate boss, Gravelly PTS Operations Manager, Kelly Paget, said: “Jayne really cares about her dialysis patients.  I would be lost without her; I call her my right hand.  She works incredibly hard to make sure that everyone; patients and staff, are looked after and she will go out of her way to make sure that this happens. When the first lockdown happened, she arranged shopping for many of the patients and then worked with some of the staff to deliver it to those who couldn’t get out as they were shielding. I’m really proud of Jayne, she deserves it. Well done!”

WMAS Non-Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Michelle Brotherton, added: “Jayne is well respected and highly thought of by the staff at the renal units and the patients.   The number of renal patients is increasing year on year and we are privileged to have Jayne lead and coordinate this patient group. Very many congratulations Jayne on receiving this award!”

Whether you ask her colleagues, the patients or the team at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) whose patients are being transported, Jayne is known for the way she supports everyone and responds immediately to any requests.

Supporting Jayne’s nomination was Annette Dodds, UHB Renal Matron, said: “The past year has been extremely difficult, and Jayne has managed these extra pressures with great skill and dedication. Nothing is too much for her and all the renal staff feel that she is a valued member of the dialysis unit team.”

UHB Deputy Director of Innovation, Vicky Marshment, added: “I am always so grateful for Jayne’s open and honest approach and her willingness to step in herself to ensure a patient gets the support they need.  But she also works with us strategically to ensure that the PTS service works across our renal dialysis centres and the hundreds of journeys made each week.”

Due to the Ambulance Leadership Forum taking place virtually, Jayne was presented with her award by Michelle Brotherton, Non-emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, surrounded by her colleagues at Gravelly hub recently. On being presented with the award, Jayne, said: “I’m very honoured in getting this award. Without the teamwork of my colleagues none of this would’ve happened. All the renal units that have supported me I also appreciate how we’ve worked as a team. I just want to say thank everybody for all their support and all their help. It is such an honour getting this award. Thank you.”

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Jayne Smewin with her ‘Outstanding Service Award’ and certificate from the Ambulance Leadership Forum
Jayne Smewin with her colleagues at Gravelly PTS hub in Birmingham

Time to discuss Organ Donation

Shaunna Farley. Thursday 20th May. 9:55am.

Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant because of a shortage of organ donors.

Thursday 20th May marks the first anniversary of the law around Organ Donation changing to an Opt Out System in England.

Even though we have moved to an Opt Out System we are still encouraging every single family to have a conversation about their wishes as they will always be involved before a donation proceeds.

NHS Blood and Transplant have launched their Leave Them Certain campaign, which aims to encourage families to have conversations about organ donation.

Most people think it’s important to talk about organ donation but less than half have. Families will always be involved before organ donation goes ahead so it’s important to have the conversation.

Executive Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker said: “As a doctor who has had conversations with families when organ donation is an option, I know how important it is that family members know the wishes of the person who may become an organ donor.

Thousands of people and their families have benefitted from an organ transplantation. Organ donation saves lives and improves the quality of life for so many people who are critically ill or with serious life-limiting conditions. The NHS respects the wishes of all individuals who have expressed a preference related to organ donation and everyone should have the conversation.

Have a look at the NHS Blood and Transplant “Leave Them Certain” information about having the conversation which might save lives and leave our loved ones with more certainty about what we would like them to do if we were not able to say it ourselves.”

For more information regarding organ donation, you can visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/talk-to-your-loved-ones/

Pedestrian dies in Birmingham RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 18th May 2021 – 9.45am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Spring Hill, Winson Green, Birmingham at 6.51pm yesterday (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance crew arrived to find an off duty nurse administering CPR to a man, the pedestrian, who had reportedly been in collision with a car. Police officers rendered aid to assist with efforts whilst the team of ambulance staff administered advanced life support to the man at the scene.

“The man, who was in a critical condition, was conveyed on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham whilst the doctor and crews continued resuscitation efforts en route. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”

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Man taken to hospital following fire in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Thursday 13th May 2021 – 12.30pm.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken to a major trauma hospital following a property fire in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 8.03am to reports of a fire at a property in Stratford Road, Hall Green. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a man who had reportedly jumped from the 1st floor window of the property to escape the fire. The man was assessed and found to have sustained potentially serious injuries from the fall. He received trauma care from the team of ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. A second person at the scene was uninjured.

“Ambulance staff remained on scene whilst fire colleagues searched the premises and extinguished the fire. The final ambulance resource cleared from the scene at around 9.50am.”

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Teenage boy injured following RTC in Longbridge

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 28th April – 11.05am.

A teenage boy, a cyclist, has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Longbridge last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a cyclist on Coombes Lane at 21.56pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find bystanders, including an off-duty medic, caring for a teenage boy who had suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car.

“Following emergency treatment at the scene by ambulance staff, he was then transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment.”

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Quad biker seriously injured

Claire Brown – Thursday 22nd April 2021 – 5.00pm.

A man has been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 2.03pm to reports of a collision involving a quad bike on Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham. An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with two doctors and a paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a quad bike rider, a man, in a serious condition.

“The team of medics worked together to quickly administer trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition at the scene before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Two air ambulances responded to serious RTC in Tamworth

Claire Brown – Tuesday 13th April 2021 – 9.40am.

A man received trauma care by a team of ambulance medics at the scene of a serious RTC yesterday afternoon in Tamworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a collision involving an electric scooter and a car at 4.55pm yesterday (Monday) at the junction of Kettlebrook Road and Glascote Road, Tamworth. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two critical care paramedics on board were sent to the scene. Following an update on the patient’s condition from the first crew on scene, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with two BASICS doctors and critical care paramedic were also responded to provide further advanced trauma care.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first crew arrived to find a man, who had reportedly been riding an electric scooter, in a serious condition following a collision with a car.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care on scene to stabilise the man’s condition before he was airlifted by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.”

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Become a Little Lifesaver this Half Term!

Shaunna Farley. Wednesday 31st March. 3:28pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is launching a new campaign just in time for Easter half term, which encourages young children to learn important and life-saving skills.

The campaign, titled Little Lifesavers, includes learning resources such as a fun activity book and videos from our staff, providing the perfect entertaining and educational activity for youngsters to do this Easter.

The campaign encourages young children to become a ‘Little Lifesaver’ by learning how to make an emergency 999 call, what kind of situation is an emergency, how to perform CPR and how to place someone in the recovery position as well as a virtual tour of an ambulance.

Throughout the pandemic, activities such as in-school visits haven’t been possible but that doesn’t mean children should miss out on learning vital life skills. The virtual tour of an ambulance will allow children to virtually jump on board the ambulance with a paramedic and learn about the equipment kept on board and how it is used.

Making a 999 call can be a high pressured and stressful situation for many of us, but it is particularly important that children know how to make a 999 call, in addition knowing what kind of situation warrants a call to the emergency services. The Little Life Savers campaign includes a video from a team of West Midlands Ambulance Service Call Assessors running through how to make a 999 call and an example of how a call might sound.

Paramedic Ash Bolus, who features in the Virtual Tour of an ambulance video, said: “Ordinarily, I’d be able to go into schools and show the children around the ambulance, which they find really interesting so it’s great that I’m able to do it virtually so that children don’t miss out on learning something that could potentially help them save a life one day.”

Little Lifesavers resources will be posted across West Midlands Ambulance Service social media channels on @OfficialWMAS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and on the West Midlands Ambulance Service website on https://wmas.nhs.uk/become-a-little-lifesaver/

Trust adds two 100% electric cars to ambulance fleet

Claire Brown – Thursday 25th March 2021 – 4.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is continuing its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment by taking delivery of two fully electric operational manager response cars.

Following the launch of the UK’s first 100% electric ambulance by the Trust in October 2020, West Midlands Ambulance Service has worked with its partner, conversion specialist VCS of Bradford, to launch two all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars which will be going into operation in Birmingham in the coming weeks.

VCS has used its expert capabilities to develop the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace into a fully capable response vehicle – in tandem the Trust has also invested in rapid charge infrastructure to facilitate fully charging of these vehicles in less than hour.  

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service has been at the forefront of developing ambulance technology and operating a modern fleet for the last ten years.  Working with industry specialists like VCS, we have used aircraft style technology and design to create the most hi-tech and lightest vehicles in the country.  This has continually reduced our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels and ensured that patients receive the highest standards of safety and comfort. With an all-electric ambulance already in our fleet, which was launched last year, it’s hugely exciting to now have two fully electric response cars to add to our operational vehicles in Birmingham.”

Mark Kerrigan, Managing Director at VCS, said: “We have engaged in a programme with JLR, West Midlands Ambulance Service Fleet and Operational user teams to produce a bespoke fit for purpose design to the very capable zero emission platform in the Jaguar I-Pace. As always the team at WMAS have pushed the innovation envelope which has resulted in the delivery of what we feel is a best in class fully capable zero emission response car.”

Tony Page, General Manager for Fleet and Facilities Management at WMAS, said: “It’s great to see the delivery of this latest innovation in our drive to deliver a zero-emission fleet. This new edition follows the successful integration of the fully electric emergency ambulance last year which is performing well and receiving good feedback from operational colleagues as I am sure the new I-Pace cars will too. This is another good example of robust and focussed collaboration between the vehicle converter VCS, the vehicle manufacturer JLR and WMAS operational and fleet staff. I would like to thank Rebecca Flintason, James Williams and Martin Corley for their valued input through the design process.  Work is now in progress to deliver two Zero Emission PTS vehicles.”

WMAS Director of Strategic Operations and Digital Integration, Craig Cooke, added: “These new Jaguar I-Pace cars will be utilised every single day by the tactical operational commander teams responding in the UK’s second city. These vehicles are highly capable and will allow the Trust to deliver the best Ambulance Response Service in the UK, whilst also operating zero emission vehicles for these 24/7 commanders.  Alongside the vehicles, considerable investment has been made in the charging infrastructure on the operational hubs in Birmingham to facilitate very fast charging of both the zero-emission ambulance launched last year and these two new response cars.  WMAS is fully committed to driving down the carbon footprint of our operations and these new vehicles alongside other developments in the pipeline will also help WMAS contribute to the Commonwealth Games 2022 commitment to reduced carbon footprint.”

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Notes to Editors: Photos please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service

Serious RTC in Perry Barr

Claire Brown – Tuesday 23rd March 2021 – 10.45am.

A teenage boy received advanced trauma care at the scene of a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Rocky Lane, Perry Barr at 7.23pm last night (Monday) to reports of a moped rider who had been seriously injured. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.  

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, they found police officers administering CPR to a moped rider, a teenage boy. Ambulance crews quickly took over resuscitation efforts to administer advanced life support on scene before the boy was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a critical condition.”

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Fatality on M42

Claire Brown – Monday 15th March 2021 – 9.00am.

One man has sadly died and two others have been injured in a road traffic collision on the M42 motorway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.17pm last night (Sunday) to the southbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 3 and 2, Alvechurch. Three paramedic officers, three ambulances, HART paramedics and two BASICS medics attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first crew arrived on scene to find a car down an embankment. Two men, the driver and passenger, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and were described as ‘walking wounded’. Both men were given treatment on scene for non-serious injuries before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as a precaution.

A third man, a passenger, was trapped and in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked together with fire colleagues to rapidly extricate him from the vehicle, before commencing advanced life support. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone on scene nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Stratford-upon-Avon

Claire Brown – Friday 5th March 2021 – 11.00am.

A man has died following a collision in Warwickshire in the early hours of this morning.  

The incident happened in Snitterfield Road, Bearley, Stratford-upon-Avon and the ambulance service received a 999 call at 5.48am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found the driver of a car, a man, in a critical condition being given excellent CPR by police and fire colleagues. Crews took over resuscitation efforts and commenced advanced life support on the man. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased a short time later at the scene.”

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Man dies in Redditch RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 5th March 2021 – 9.30am.

One man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Redditch last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.16pm to the junction of Bromsgrove Highway and Alvechurch Highway, Redditch to reports of a car which had been in collision with a lamppost. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found a man, the driver of a car, in a critical condition. Crews worked with fire service colleagues to rapidly extricate the man from the vehicle before the team of medics commenced advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”  

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Man dies in Droitwich Fire

Claire Brown – Monday 15th February 2021 – 1.15pm.

A man has sadly died following a fire at a property in Worcestershire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hanbury Road in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire at 8.07am this morning (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two critical care cars responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, who had been involved in a fire at a property, being given CPR by bystanders and police.

“Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.”

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Tower block fire in Coventry

Claire Brown – Friday 12th February 2021 – 9.55am.

A total of seven patients were assessed by ambulance staff following a flat fire in a tower block in the early hours of this morning in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service at 7.05am today (Friday) reporting a serious fire on the 14th floor of Nauls Mill House, Middleborough Road, Coventry. The Trust immediately despatched an ambulance, two paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor and paramedic on board to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the fire service actively fighting the fire on the 14th floor. A total of seven patients, from upper floors of the tower block, made their way safely down to reception where the team of ambulance staff had set up a casualty clearing area to assess everyone. Six patients were unharmed, and one patient was found with minor injuries and received treatment on scene. All seven patients were discharged from care.”  

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Serious RTC in Warwick

Claire Brown – Friday 12th February 2021 – 9.15am.

One woman has been seriously injured and two other people required hospital treatment following a road traffic collision involving a taxi in Warwickshire yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 Warwick Bypass in Stanks Hill, Warwick, at 11.49pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor and paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a single vehicle RTC involving a taxi which had ended up in a ditch. One passenger, a woman, was in a critical condition. Crews worked closely with the fire service to extricate her from the vehicle whilst she received advanced trauma care. Once released from the vehicle the woman was conveyed on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“A second passenger, a woman, and the driver, a man, were given treatment on scene for non-serious injuries before both being taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Man dies in Bilston fire

Claire Brown – Monday 1st February 2021 – 9.00am.

A man has sadly died, and a woman has been injured in a house fire in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service reporting a property fire in Dawson Avenue, Bilston at 3.17am (Monday). Two ambulances and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a woman out of the property being cared for by fire colleagues. Upon assessment the woman was found with potentially serious injuries and was given treatment on scene before being taken to New Cross Hospital.

“Fire colleagues found a second patient, a man, inside the property. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene by ambulance staff.”

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Serious RTC in Hereford

Claire Brown – Tuesday 29th December 2020 – 10.10am.

A man has been taken to a major trauma centre following a multi vehicle collision in Hereford this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Church Road near Kenchester Water Gardens in Lyde, Hereford at 6.14am earlier today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving several cars and a lorry. The occupant of one car, a man, was in a serious condition and required extrication with help from the fire service. Ambulance crews found he had sustained serious injuries and worked as a team to administer trauma care to the man before he was conveyed, on blue lights and sirens, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“A driver and passenger from a second car, both men, were out of the vehicle when ambulance staff arrived. The driver was given treatment on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford Hospital for further checks. The passenger declined assessment and was discharged on scene.”

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Serious RTC in Ludlow

Claire Brown – Wednesday 16th December 2020 – 9.15am.

An RTC last night left a car on its roof and saw ambulance staff provide treatment to two men in Ludlow.

The incident happened in Sheet Road, Ludlow at 10.23pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found a car on it’s roof in a hedge. The passenger, a man, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and was assessed but found to have suffered no apparent injuries but was conveyed to Hereford County hospital for further checks.

“The driver, a man, was trapped and had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff and fire colleagues worked together to carefully extricate him from the vehicle and onto the ambulance where the team administered trauma care to stabilise his injuries. The man was then taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the MERIT team travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.”

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Man dies in Tamworth RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 8th December 2020 – 11.50am.

One man has sadly died, and three other people have received treatment following a road traffic collision in Tamworth this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several calls reporting a collision involving a stationary car and a van on the westbound carriageway of the A5 near Tamworth at 8.54am (Tuesday). Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and The Air Ambulance Service critical care car with a BASICS doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance crew arrived to find the driver of a car, a man, in a critical condition being cared for by a private ambulance crew. The two crews worked together to administer basic life support to the man before being joined by other WMAS colleagues. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone on scene, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.  

“The passenger of the car, a woman, was trapped and required assistance from the fire service to extricate her. The woman had sustained injuries not believed to be serious and, once released, was given treatment on scene before being conveyed to Heartlands Hospital.

“The driver and two passengers from the van, a man and two teenage boys, were described as walking wounded and were taken to Good Hope Hospital for further checks.”

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PTS Mohammed is Birmingham Ladder Apprentice of the Year

Claire Brown – Friday 4th December 2020 – 9.00am.

A member of staff from the Trust’s Patient Transport Services has been named Birmingham’s Apprentice of the year.

Mohammed Islam, who works as part of the Trust’s High Dependency team based at Gravelly not only won the Health, Education and Care category at last Friday’s  Awards virtual ceremony, but also went on to be named Birmingham Apprentice of the Year.

The Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards is hosted by Birmingham Live in partnership with the Ladder for Great Birmingham and celebrates apprentices working in different sectors as well as employers and training and education providers. This is the second year of the awards and is the second year in a row that a member of staff from the Trust has scooped the top prize after Kevin Naylor was named the top apprentice in 2019.

Mohammed joined West Midlands Ambulance Service in 2018 as Patient Carer and expressed his interest in undertaking the Advanced Apprenticeship in Healthcare support services. Despite the pandemic, Mohammed  has not only completed his diploma in Healthcare support services as well as additional qualifications in Maths and English, he has also been supporting the Trust’s response to COVID-19 by working on the high dependency team transporting patients to and from hospital requiring more specific care. 

Talking about his awards, Mohammed said: “I am honoured to have been awarded the Apprentice of the Year and Health Education and Care awards. I did not expect to win, given the high level of competition on the night. I could not have won the award without the support of family, my managers and my course tutor. I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to nominate me.

I am very pleased to have achieved my awards.”

Carla Beechey, the Trust’s Head of Human Resources, said: “Very many congratulations to Mohammed on his fantastic achievement and to all those that have supported his learning during his apprenticeship.”

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Man dies in Atherstone RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 30th November 2020 – 8.50am.

A car driver died following a collision in Warwickshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a stationary HGV on the A5 roundabout near the Blue Boar Inn in Mancetter, Atherstone at 6.46am yesterday (Sunday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a car which had been involved in a collision with a stationary HGV. It quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Four injured in West Bromwich collision

Claire Brown – Tuesday 24th November 2020 – 11.45am.

A two-car collision in West Bromwich left three women and a man needing ambulance treatment earlier today.

The incident happened on the A41 Birmingham Road in West Bromwich at 4.00am this morning (Tuesday). Four ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff treated four patients in total who had been involved in the collision.

“The driver of one car, a woman, was found to have suffered injuries not believed to be serious. She was conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further checks. Two other women from the same car were assessed by ambulance staff, both required treatment on scene with one suffering more serious injuries. The two women were conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further care.

“The occupant of the second car, a man, was treated on scene for non-serious injuries before being taken to Sandwell Hospital.”

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Teenager dies in Solihull RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 24th November 2020 – 11.30am.

One teenager has sadly died, and another has been taken to hospital following an RTC in Solihull last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received calls to reports of a single car RTC on Kenilworth Road, Knowle in Solihull at 9.39pm (Monday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find an overturned car. The passenger, a teenage girl, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle but the driver, a teenage boy, was trapped and in a critical condition. An off-duty doctor and bystanders had commenced CPR prior to crews arriving.

“Ambulance staff worked quickly with fire colleagues to release the teenager from the vehicle and commenced resuscitation efforts. Crews worked as a team to administer advanced life support on the boy but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the teen and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The girl was assessed and was found with no apparent injuries but, due to the nature of the collision, was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further checks.”

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Serious house fire in Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Tuesday 24th November 2020 – 10.15am.

Four occupants, including a man in a critical condition, were rescued from a house fire in Tunstall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service reporting the house fire in Knight Street, Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent at 11.33pm yesterday (Monday). Four ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, the fire service were in the process of rescuing three occupants, who were conscious and breathing, from the property. A fourth occupant was then found inside the property in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance, fire and police colleagues worked quickly to commence CPR on the fourth occupant, a man. The doctor and team of ambulance staff then took over full resuscitation efforts and started advanced life support which successfully managed to restart the man’s heart. He was taken on blue lights, in a critical condition, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.

“The two females and male were assessed by ambulance staff for smoke inhalation and were discharged on scene.”

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FIVE INJURED IN HANDSWORTH RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 24th November 2020 – 9.30am.

Two women and three men received treatment by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital following a single car RTC in Handsworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a car which had reportedly collided with a tree on Park Lane in Handsworth at 9.45pm yesterday evening (Monday). Three paramedic officers, four ambulances and HART paramedics attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find five occupants from the car requiring treatment.

“Two men received treatment on scene from ambulance staff; one suffered more serious injuries than the other. They were both conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further treatment. A third man and two women from the vehicle were also assessed by ambulance staff and were found to have suffered varying injuries. Each patient was given treatment on scene before they were all taken to City Hospital for further checks.”

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Trust supports Kickstart scheme

Claire Brown – Wednesday 18th November 2020 – 2.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is proud to be helping to ‘kickstart’ youngsters career prospects with a fantastic opportunity to join the service.

The Kickstart Scheme is a government initiative which provides funding to employers to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment.

The Trust has created 30 kickstart job placements across the Region as Vehicle Preparation Assistants which will see successful applicants work on ambulance hubs to assist with the cleaning and restocking of our fleet of front-line emergency ambulances; a role which is a key function in the Trust. The kickstart job placements are for 25 hours a week for a six-month placement.

Carla Beechey, Head of Human Resources, said: “We are very proud to have been granted the funding to be part of this fantastic initiative which will provide young people in the local area to our hubs, who are struggling to get a job, with a fantastic opportunity to get on the career ladder.

“Vehicle Preparation Assistants will carry out a key role in the ambulance service providing additional support to our established ‘Make Ready’ teams to ensure our front-line ambulances are clean, in good working order and stocked ready to respond to the next 999 call. This is an exciting and very rewarding opportunity to work for an outstanding ambulance service during a time of national emergency which will give applicants a wealth of experience and exposure to new skills.”    

If you are interested in applying for one of these placements, please speak to your Department of Work and Pensions advisor to find out more. The closing date for applications is Monday 23rd November. To find out more about the scheme visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/kickstart-scheme.

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Kidderminster couple deck the halls for WMAS

Claire Brown – Thursday 12th November 2020 – 9.00am.

A couple from Kidderminster are getting ready to showcase their Christmas lights display next month which they are dedicating to the ambulance service.

Bob and Sue Reeder, from Upton Road in Broadwaters, Kidderminster, have been transforming their house into a festive wonderland for more than 30 years to delight children and locals whilst raising money for various causes.

Setting up the display is no mean feat with hundreds of boxes of decorations to unpack and lighting to check and plug in. Sue, 70, is in charge of organising the decorations, and said: “We make a start with putting the decorations up during the first week of November to ensure the whole display is ready and working by the first Monday of December when we switch the lights on. It’s a big job but it’s something we’ve done for so many years that it’s second nature to us now and we love doing it.”

Over the years Bob and Sue have raised money for the armed forces, children’s wards, various charities and dogs homes but this year, they have decided to donate any money left by people passing by to look at their Christmas lights to their local ambulance hub in Worcester. Bob, 77, said: “Our great-grandson Logan has needed the ambulance service several times this year and we’ve been so thankful for the paramedics’ help each time. We are so grateful to the NHS and whilst other people raise money for hospitals, we wanted to say thank you to the ambulance service as they are often the first people who come to help you in your hour of need. After such a year, we hope that our display brings a smile and some joy to the neighbourhood.”

Liz Parkes, the Trust’s Senior Operations Manager in Worcester, said: “During the pandemic we’ve been overwhelmed with kindness from people across the Region but this is truly humbling and will definitely bring a much needed smile to a lot of people’s faces this Christmas. The effort that Bob and Sue put in to make their house a Christmas winter wonderland is quite remarkable and I would like to thank them on behalf of my staff at Worcester hub for dedicating it to us this year.”

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Notes to Editors:

The couple will be officially turning on the Christmas lights in Upton Road, DY10 2UX at 5pm on Monday 7th December.  

Worcester Paramedic set to cycle, run, row & grow for Movember

Claire Brown – Thursday 5th November 2020 – 12.00noon.

A paramedic from Worcester is set to cycle, run, row and grow hair this month to raise awareness about male mental health and suicide prevention.

Kieran Hennah, a paramedic from Worcester hub, is joining two of his friends for the Movember challenge to not only help shine a light on male mental health but also raise money to support the Movember charity. The trio will not only be growing the obligatory moustache but they have also set themselves a target of covering 84km each week of November by running, cycling and rowing with 84 signifying the number of men who commit suicide each week. 

The Movember charity is a cause close to Kieran’s heart as, at the end of 2017, he found himself suffering with his own mental health. Kieran, 31 from Swansea, said: “I’d hit rock bottom without really acknowledging something was wrong but, looking back, I’d lost interest in everything that I’d previously enjoyed and was just not myself. My friends and family spotted that I was struggling and stepped in to help. The support I received from the service was great too and, after some consideration, I decided to leave my role in 2018 to take some time out to focus on my mental wellbeing.” In March this year Kieran returned to WMAS to help with the pandemic.

Talking about the challenge, Kieran, said: “Myself and my two friends Ed Jones and Neil Navarra decided to do a little challenge through November to raise money and awareness for male suicide as on average 84 males commit suicide every week. We can’t sit back and accept this, so we want to raise money for Movember to help them with their mission of reducing the rate of male suicides in 2030 by 25% through various approaches.    

“If we can get other men to look after their mental wellbeing, to be brave enough to ask for help and get support then it’s a great start. I have suffered with my own mental health but I got through it by accepting that I needed help and I urge other men to do the same if they’re struggling. You really aren’t alone.”

To support Kieran and his friends on their challenge, you can visit https://uk.movember.com/mospace/1908392?utm_medium=app&utm_source=ios&utm_campaign=share-mospace. To find out more about Movember and how they are helping to make a difference to mens mental health visit https://uk.movember.com/?home.

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Motorcyclist fatality in Shropshire

Claire Brown – Thursday 5th November 2020 – 8.45am.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision overnight near Market Drayton and Loggerheads.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car, tractor and motorbike on the A53 in Oakley Folly between Market Drayton and Loggerheads at 7.25pm last night (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An off-duty doctor and bystanders were already performing CPR on a man, the motorcyclist, when ambulance staff arrived on scene. Sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the motorcyclist and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The driver of the tractor and car involved were assessed by ambulance staff but both were discharged on scene.”

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Man dies in Evesham RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – 3.50pm.

A road traffic collision has left one man dead and a woman needing hospital treatment in Evesham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.55am to the A46 near Evesham Country Park, Worcestershire to reports of a collision involving two cars and a lorry. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, nothing could be done to save the driver of one car, a man, and he was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The passenger of the second car, a woman, was given treatment on scene for injuries before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment. The driver from the same vehicle, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but was uninjured and discharged on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Tuesday 3rd November 2020 – 10.00am.

One man has died, and another has been injured following a single vehicle RTC in Stoke-on-Trent in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.02am (today) to reports of a car on its roof on Sandon Road, Meir, Stoke-on-Trent. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS doctor were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found an overturned car with two occupants inside. The team worked closely with fire colleagues to rapidly extricate the driver, a man, to reach a passenger who was in more critical condition.

“Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the passenger, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver was given treatment on scene for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

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Man dies in Telford shooting

Claire Brown – Tuesday 13th October – 4.50pm.

A man has died following a shooting in Telford this afternoon.

The service was called at 12.05pm this afternoon (Tuesday) to Bridges Business Park in Telford. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found bystanders giving CPR to a man with critical injuries. Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts and worked as a team to administer advanced treatment to the man. Sadly, despite the best efforts of bystanders and ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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Fatal collision in Tipton

Claire Brown – Tuesday 13th October 2020 – 9.30am.

A moped rider has died following a road traffic collision in Tipton last night.

An ambulance crew at a nursing home on High Street in Princes End heard a collision and found a moped rider lying in the road outside at 7.47pm (Monday). Quickly realising the severity of the incident, the crew requested back up from two further ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.  

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance crew commenced resuscitation efforts on the male, who was in a critical condition, whilst ambulance colleagues responded to the scene.

“Once on scene, the team of ambulance staff and MERIT worked together to administer advanced life support to the patient. Sadly, despite their very best efforts, nothing could be done to save the moped rider and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Serious RTC on Bristol Road

Claire Brown – Tuesday 13th October 2020 – 8.30am.

A woman has suffered life changing injuries after an RTC involving a bus in Birmingham yesterday (Monday) afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls about a collision on the Bristol Road in Selly Oak, with the first at 4:23pm. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a critical care paramedic attended, with the first resource arriving on scene within five minutes of the initial call.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “When the first crew arrived on scene, they found a bus which had been in collision with a lamppost and a pedestrian, who was trapped. Several other vehicles had also been damaged in the collision. HART paramedics and ambulance crews worked closely with fire colleagues to carefully extricate the woman from beneath the vehicle whilst she received advanced trauma care. The woman, who had sustained life changing injuries, was taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care. The critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance with the patient to continue treatment on route.

“The bus driver, a man, was also assessed at the scene and conveyed to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Man airlifted following RTC in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Tuesday 29th September 2020 – 4.55pm.

One man has been airlifted to hospital following a collision involving two cars in Wolverhampton this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a serious collision at the junction of Patshull Road and Holyhead Road in Albrighton at 12.49pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one from Tatenhill with critical care paramedics and the other from Cosford with a critical care paramedic and doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There were three patient in total involving in the collision. A passenger from one car, a man, sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate him from the car whilst he received treatment for his injuries. Once released the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“Both drivers had self-extricated from their cars and were assessed by the team of ambulance staff. One driver, a man, sustained injuries not believed to be serious and was treated on scene before he was taken by land ambulance to New Cross Hospital for further treatment. The second driver declined assessment.”

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Woman airlifted following Warwickshire RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th September 2020 – 4.50pm.

One woman has been airlifted and two other people have been injured following a two-car collision in Warwickshire this afternoon.

The incident happened on Banbury Road in Southam at around 1.30pm today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver and passenger of one car, two women, sustained serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle whilst continuing to administer emergency treatment to the women. One woman was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire whilst the other was transferred by land ambulance on alert to the same hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived. Upon assessment he was found to have relatively minor injuries and was taken to Warwick Hospital by land ambulance for further checks.”

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Serious RTC in Telford

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th September 2020 – 10.00am.

A man required emergency treatment in hospital following a road traffic collision early this morning in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A442 Queensway in Stirchley, Telford at 1.00am (Thursday) to reports of a pedestrian who had been in collision with an HGV. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man, was being given excellent first aid by police who were first on scene. The man had sustained a serious injury which required specialist trauma care. Once stabilised the man was transferred on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma treatment.”

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Pedestrians seriously injured in Birmingham RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th September 2020 – 9.25am.

A man and a woman needed trauma care by ambulance staff after being involved in a collision with a vehicle in the City Centre in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at 3.38am this morning (Thursday) to Holloway Circus Queensway in Birmingham. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, they found two pedestrians, a man and a woman, who had reportedly been in collision with a vehicle. The man was in a serious condition and ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma car before conveying him on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The woman had sustained serious injuries which required treatment on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency care.”

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Fatality on M40 lastnight

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 3.30pm

The Trust can confirm that one man died and five other people were injured following two separate RTCs on the same stretch of the M40 in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was initially called to the northbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 12 and 13, Leamington Spa, at 11.05pm (Monday) to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles. Two paramedic officers, four ambulances and a critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the driver of one HGV, a man, with serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate him from the vehicle whilst he continued to receive trauma care from the team of ambulance staff. Once released, the man was taken by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“The driver of a second HGV and the driver of a car were out of their vehicles and had suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Warwick Hospital. The driver of a third HGV was discharged on scene.”

At 0.25am (Tuesday), the service received a second 999 call reporting a separate RTC on the same stretch of the northbound carriageway of the M40, this time just before Warwick Services. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a vehicle from South Central Ambulance Service were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the driver of one HGV, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene. The driver of a second HGV, a man, was described as ‘walking wounded’ and received treatment on scene before being taken to Warwick Hospital. A car driver involved in the collision, who had suffered minor injuries, was assessed by SCAS colleagues before being discharged on scene.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Newcastle

Claire Brown – Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 11.40am.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured after a collision in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 9.24am (Tuesday) reporting a motorcycle RTC on the southbound carriageway on the A500 near to the A5271 junction, Newcastle. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find the motorcyclist, a man, with serious and potentially life changing injuries. The team worked together to administer trauma care to the man at the scene before he was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care. The doctor and critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance to help with care en route to hospital.”

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Two separate RTCs on M40

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 10.45am

West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to two separate RTCs on the same stretch of the M40 in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was initially called to the northbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 12 and 13, Leamington Spa, at 11.05pm (Monday) to reports of a collision involving multiple vehicles. Two paramedic officers, four ambulances and a critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the driver of one HGV, a man, with serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate him from the vehicle whilst he continued to receive trauma care from the team of ambulance staff. Once released, the man was taken by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“The driver of a second HGV and the driver of a car were out of their vehicles and had suffered minor injuries. Both were taken to Warwick Hospital. The driver of a third HGV was discharged on scene.”

At 0.25am (Tuesday), the service received a second 999 call reporting a separate RTC on the same stretch of the northbound carriageway of the M40, this time just before Warwick Services. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a vehicle from South Central Ambulance Service were responded to the scene.

More information to follow.

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Fatal house fire

Claire Brown. Tuesday 22nd September 2020 – 10.10am

A man has sadly died in a house fire in Sutton Coldfield last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to Jockey Road, Wylde Green, Sutton Coldfield at 10.28pm (Monday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Fire service colleagues rescued one patient, a man, from the property who was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Rowley Regis

Claire Brown – Tuesday 8th September 2020 – 9.45am.

A woman has been blue-lighted to hospital in a serious condition following a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls at around 6.42am this morning reporting a collision between a motorcyclist and a pedestrian on Oldbury Road, Rowley Regis. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they quickly prioritised treatment to the pedestrian, a woman, who was on the floor and had sustained serious injuries. She received trauma care at the scene before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the MERIT doctor and critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance with the woman to help continue treatment en route.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was assessed and found to have suffered relatively minor injuries. He was taken by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital for further checks.”

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Fatal RTC in Pershore

Claire Brown – Monday 7th September 2020 – 10.20am.

A two vehicle RTC in Pershore left one person dead and three others requiring hospital treatment last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.55pm on Sunday to the A44 Worcester Road in Pinvin, Pershore to reports of a collision involving a van and a HGV.  Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, a passenger in the van was confirmed deceased on scene. The driver of the van, a man, suffered injuries which required treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A second passenger, a woman, had no apparent injuries but was also taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

“The driver of the HGV, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and taken to hospital for further checks.”

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Car overturns in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Thursday 3rd September 2020 – 2.45pm.

A man has been taken to hospital after being involved in an RTC in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Codsall Road and Windermere Road at 10.35am after reports that a car had overturned. An ambulance, two paramedic officers 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 staff arrived, they found a man, the driver, who was out of the car and being cared for by bystanders and a nurse. The man had sustained multiple injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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