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.”


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.”


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!”


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.


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.”