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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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Warwickshire

Tuesday 7th August 2018 – 10.40am – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff after coming off his motorcycle in the early hours of today in Bedworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bedworth Road in Bulkington, Bedworth, shortly after 1.30am this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, in a ditch at the side of the road after reportedly colliding with a lamppost. Ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained a serious neck injury. He was given pain relief before the team carefully worked to immobilise him before lifting him out of the ditch. Once stabilised the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Teenager injured in Handsworth RTC

Tuesday 7th August 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A teenage boy was involved in a road traffic collision with a car in Handsworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Benson Road and Willes Road in Handsworth shortly before 6.30pm yesterday (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene and arrived within five minutes of the 999 call being made.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a 13-year-old boy, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained a suspected head injury and a serious leg injury in the collision. The boy was given pain relief to ease his discomfort and his leg was carefully immobilised with a vacuum splint before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Man dies in tractor RTC in Shrewsbury

Tuesday 3rd August 2018 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died in a road traffic collision involving a tractor in Shrewsbury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon to near the B4371 in Hughley, Shrewsbury. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a tractor driver, a man, in cardiac arrest following a road traffic collision on a narrow lane. Passers-by and colleagues from the fire service were already performing CPR on the man when crews arrived. Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts however, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.”

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Almost 20,000 show interest in student paramedic role

Wednesday 25th July 2018 –9.45am – Claire Brown.

The Trust’s latest recruitment drive to find the life savers of the future, which closed at midnight, has captured the interest of almost 20,000 people.

Since the job opportunity opened on NHS Jobs on Tuesday last week, 19,766 people viewed the vacancy. At the stroke of midnight last night, the vacancy officially closed and, the Trust’s recruitment team are now starting the task of processing an incredible 655 applications. Sadly, a further 714 applications were rejected due to people not meeting the criteria.

The Trust’s Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “After the success of our social media presence and TV programmes like Ambulance, 999 On The Frontline and Inside the Ambulance all featuring our staff here in the West Midlands, the profession has never been so high profile and well respected.

“Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@officialWMAS) have seen loads of people asking for more information about the vacancy and it’s quite unbelievable how many people have taken the time to look at the role of student paramedic.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region and beyond.

“We have seen people apply from all different communities and ages which is really positive news for us because it means we get a really good variety of people from all walks of life, area, ethnic group and community which can only be good for the service. The next step for my team is to process the applications and shortlist candidates for the assessment day which will take place on Saturday 4th August. Thank you to everyone for your interest in the role and good luck to the applicants!”

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Woman suffers serious facial burns in Birmingham following attack

Tuesday 24th July 2018 – 1.00pm – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called to Astbury Avenue, Smethwick shortly before 10.30am today (Tuesday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a Critical Care Car from Midlands Air Ambulance responded to the scene.

Crews arrived to find a woman, in her 40s, who had suffered serious chemical burns to her face following an attack which is believed to have taken place in the vicinity of Northbrook Street in Ladywood. The woman was given pain relief to help ease her discomfort whilst her face was fully irrigated with water to help remove the unknown substance. She was then transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital for further specialist burns treatment.

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Pedestrian and motorcyclist seriously injured in non-stop collision in Kidderminster

Tuesday 24th July 2018 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist and a pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff after being involving in a collision with a car which fled the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a road traffic collision on Broad Street in Kidderminster shortly before 4.00pm yesterday (Monday). Two 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 pedestrian and a motorcyclist who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car which had failed to stop. Upon assessment by ambulance staff, the pedestrian, a man in his 60s, was found to have sustained significant and potentially life-changing injuries which required advanced trauma care at the scene. The emergency team worked to administer pain relief before treating and stabilising his serious injuries. The man was then fully immobilised before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, suffered a number of abrasions to his body. He was given pain relief to ease his discomfort before ambulance staff dressed his wounds. The man was then taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses who saw what happened to come forward by calling 101, quoting 518S of 23rd July.”

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