Motorcyclist dies in Burton

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatality in Penkridge

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

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

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

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

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Two drivers injured in Newport RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian dies following bus RTC

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

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

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

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

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Fatal RTC in Willenhall

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

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

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

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

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

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Coach and lorry RTC on M6 in Stafford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman dies in house fire

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucky escape after M6 lorry fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Man airlifted following Shifnal RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatal crash in Hereford

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

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

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

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

“Sadly, both were confirmed dead on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Ross on Wye

Claire Brown – Sunday 25th August 2019 –6.55pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editors:  Photographs courtesy of HWFRS.

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Girl seriously injured in Sparkhill RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Seven injured in Oswestry RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrians injured in Birmingham RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lorry driver dies on M6

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

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

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

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

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School and pub are helping to save lives in Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Children injured in Shropshire coach collision

Thursday 4th July – 6.15pm – Claire Brown.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tragic death of Staffordshire University student paramedic

Thursday 4th July – 5.40pm  – Press Office.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editor: Photograph courtesy of Staffordshire Police.

Fatal RTC in Rugeley

Thursday 4th July – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

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

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

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

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

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Serious RTC in Cotteridge

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekend of assaults and ambulance attacks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambulance side-mirror left sticky after egg attack in Birmingham

Motorcyclist dies and pedestrian seriously injured in Rugby

Tuesday 28th May 2019 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has died, and a pedestrian is in a serious condition following a road traffic collision in Rugby this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Main Street in Bilton, Rugby at 10.12am today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a BASICS emergency doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, pedestrian and a car that had been involved in a collision. The motorcyclist, a man, was being given excellent first aid by off duty nurses who stopped to assist. Upon assessment by ambulance staff it was found that the man had sustained serious injuries and was in a critical condition. The team worked together to administer advanced life support to the man on scene and en route to hospital via air ambulance. 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 University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The pedestrian, a woman, sustained potentially life-threatening injuries and received trauma care from ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency care.”

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Ambulance staff all set for Birmingham Pride

Thursday 23rd May 2019 – 11.00am – Daniel Rundle.

Over 80 staff, volunteers and students from West Midlands Ambulance Service will be marching in this year’s Pride parade in Birmingham to show support for the LGBT community.

The Trust will be joined by West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service at midday on Saturday 25th May to take part in the parade. As with previous years, the Trust is also being joined by staff from other ambulance services from across the country as part of the National Ambulance LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) Network.

The theme of this year’s pride festival is ‘Love Out Loud’ and is a celebration of the right to love both other people and ourselves in a world where oppression of the LGBT community is still present.

Ash Deakins, Paramedic and Chair of the Trust’s Proud@WMAS network, said: “Attending this event enables the ambulance service to better represent the community that we serve and demonstrate the service as an employer that celebrates inclusivity and diversity within its workforce.

“We are thrilled that the number of people from the service who have registered their interest in attending has far exceeded that of last year. I’d encourage anyone who is attending Pride on Saturday to come and cheer us along at the parade and we look forward to meeting you there.”

To see what our Proud@WMAS team get up to during Pride on Saturday, head over to Twitter and follow @wmasLGBT.

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Fatal RTC in Pensnett

Thursday 23rd May 2019 – 10.25am – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called to reports of a single car road traffic collision on Tansey Green Road, Pensnett, Dudley just after midnight today (Thursday).  An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had overturned. Sadly, nothing could be done to save one occupant, a teenage girl, and she was confirmed dead on scene. A second occupant, a man, sustained injuries not thought to be serious and was taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted from Whitchurch

Thursday 23rd May 2019 – 9.50am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist received trauma care from ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Whitchurch last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A40 in Whitchurch, heading towards Monmouth, shortly before 7.00pm yesterday (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, who had collided with a barrier. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained serious injuries and the team administered trauma care on scene. Once stable the man was airlifted to Frenchay Hospital in Bristol for further emergency care.”

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Helimed 06, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham Services

Woman dies in Droitwich Collision

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

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, a woman’s life couldn’t be saved yesterday following a road traffic collision in Droitwich.

An ambulance came across a three-car road traffic collision at the junction of Chequers Lane and the A38 Worcester Road in Wychbold, Droitwich, shortly after 4.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three further ambulances, two paramedic officers and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A woman was in a critical condition on scene following the collision. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A second woman suffered serious injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“A man, a woman and a further patient also suffered injuries and received treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A second man was assessed but discharged on scene.”

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Two injured in Staffordshire RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Life-saving on the menu at Shrewsbury cafe

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editors:

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

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

 

Nursery are busy bees helping to save lives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The 19 Busy Bees settings in the West Midlands include:

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

 

Trust thanks volunteers for heroic efforts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award: Robert Davies

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

St John Ambulance: Luke Hawkins

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

Public and Other Emergency Services: Ian Lancaster and James Robinson

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

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

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

Public and Other Emergency Services: PCSO Gary Marson

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

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

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

Community First Responders: David Fellows – Featherstone CFRs

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

CFR Volunteer of the Year: Richard Lawton, Keele CFRs

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

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

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Motorcyclist dies in Walsall

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

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

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

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

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Two injured in Uttoxeter RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatal RTC in Atherstone

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

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

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

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

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Woman dies following M5 RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrians airlifted from Oswestry RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Cyclist seriously injured in Cannock RTC

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

A cyclist has been seriously injured in Cannock this morning.

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

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

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Three injured in Madeley RTC

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

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

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

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

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RTC on M6 in Rugby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire – update

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Worcester

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

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

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle.

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

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Cyclist seriously injured in Great Barr RTC

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

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

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

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

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

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Fatal RTC in Bearwood

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

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

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

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

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

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Man dies in Burton-upon-Trent

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

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

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

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

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Child seriously injured in Stafford

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

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

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

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

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Man dies in Bournville RTC

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

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

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

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

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