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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