New partnership ‘blue lights’ the way for University and Ambulance Service

Wednesday 14th November 2018 – 2.45pm – Murray MacGregor

The University of Wolverhampton and West Midlands Ambulance Service have joined forces to create the UK’s first university-ambulance trust.

The two organisations have forged the new partnership which will see them both working together even closer on collaborative projects, research, sharing clinical expertise, joint curriculum development and staff exchanges.

It will also involve the University helping the service to develop and accredit the continuous professional development available to its staff.  Already, the University’s Paramedic Science students are guaranteed a job with the service if they pass their course and all necessary professional tests.

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The move means the service has changed its name to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust, becoming the first university ambulance service in the country.

Another key part in the partnership will be the joint development of courses and research in the area of emergency management.

The University has recently set up its Emergency Management and Resilience Centre at its Telford Innovation Campus which looks at issues around emergency planning, disaster management, resilience and response at a local, regional, national and international level.

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Speaking at a formal launch event at the University of Wolverhampton, Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to further strengthen the relationship and work between the two organisations.

“We are training more and more paramedics and the partnership will see this level increasing further. We feel it also recognises the role of Paramedic as being at graduate level and a specialist position within the health service.

“As well as the graduate level opportunities it will create, we are also excited about the collaborative work we will carry out with the service to help train and upskill their existing staff and working together on research around Emergency Management and Resilience.”

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Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “This link up with the University of Wolverhampton formally recognises the role we play both in the education of paramedics and research activities to advance paramedic science.  More and more of our staff are receiving a university education.”

WMAS Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, said: “We have been the leading ambulance service in the development of paramedics through a university process.  Our close partnerships and collaborations mean that over the last decade, literally thousands of students have undertaken placements with the Trust as they learn their profession.  Currently over 700 student paramedics are being trained with a more than 400 more entering full-time study.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service works with four universities to train paramedics: the University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University and University of Coventry.

WMAS also has an extensive research portfolio, participating in work that is of international significance, which will be developed further over time.  This has included studies into the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests; the use of pre-hospital blood products for traumatic haemorrhage; the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in a prehospital setting for patients with acute respiratory failure; and the use of GTN in patients with hyperacute stroke.

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Fatal RTC on motorway

Thursday 20th September 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M45, heading towards Rugby near to the junction for Dunchurch, at 11.33am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew also responded in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had been severely damaged after leaving the carriageway and colliding with a tree.

“There was one patient, a man, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man seriously injured as lorry overturns

Wednesday 19th September 2018 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been seriously injured after his lorry overturned on the motorway this morning in a single vehicle collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 3 and 3A on the M42, near Redditch, at 11.44am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic, a BASICS doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients. The driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was trapped in his cab as a result of the incident.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and then worked closely with fire service colleagues to help him out of the vehicle.

“He received specialist trauma care for a serious arm injury before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route.

“A second patient, who was also in the lorry, avoided injury in the incident and was discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Nuneaton

Friday 14th September 2018 – 4.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man his died and a second has been seriously injured following a collision between a car and two pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ansley Road in Stockingford, Nuneaton at 10.34am and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover three patients in total, two pedestrians and the driver of the car.

“Unfortunately, one of the pedestrians, a man, had suffered extremely serious injuries in the collision. It quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second pedestrian, also a man, received specialist trauma care for multiple serious injuries. He was anaesthetised in order to stabilise his condition before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance in a serious condition.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 50s, appeared to have avoided serious injury in the incident but was taken to the same hospital for further assessment.”

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Man injured in RTC outside Bullring

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 3.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for a serious leg injury by ambulance staff following a collision with a car outside the Bullring in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident, outside Debenhams, at 2.18pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 50s, who they were told had briefly been pinned against a wall following the collision.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff the man was treated for a serious leg injury. He appeared to have avoided any other significant injuries in the collision.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 50s, was treated for minor injuries and the effects of shock before being discharged at the scene.”

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Lorry driver seriously injured following collision with van

Friday 31st August 2018 – 11.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver has been seriously injured following a collision involving a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Pershore Road South in Birmingham at 6.37am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered the lorry driver, a man in his 40s, receiving excellent first aid from bystanders. The patient was outside of his lorry at the time of the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care for multiple injuries he had suffered, including a serious leg injury.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The van driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene.”

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Woman airlifted after car and tractor collide

Friday 31st August 2018 – 9.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a car and a tractor last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5063 and B4397 near to Wem in Shrewsbury at 6.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage in collision with a tractor.

“There were two patients from the car. The driver, a woman in her 30s, was still inside the vehicle and had to be assisted out by the fire service.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, she was treated for an arm injury and cuts to the face. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The passenger in the car, a teenage male, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of ambulance staff. He was treated for hip pain and cuts to his arm but was able to be discharge on scene.

“The tractor driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Woman cut free and airlifted to hospital after cars and lorry collide

Friday 24th August 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman who was trapped in her car for about 50 minutes before being cut free has been airlifted to hospital following treatment from ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, following the collision between two cars and a lorry. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover two patients who needed treatment.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 40s, was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be cut free by the fire service.

“She was carefully assessed by ambulance staff throughout the process and once freed treated for arm and pelvic injuries. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor back injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Cyclist suffers head injury following collision with car

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has been treated for a head injury and transported to hospital by ambulance staff following a collision with a car last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Rea Street and Moseley Street in Birmingham at 6.28pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man in his 20s, lying in the road, approximately 30 feet away from his bicycle.

“The man, who was wearing a helmet, was treated for a head injury, a reduced level of consciousness and cuts to the shoulder before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man fatally injured and second airlifted following two-car RTC

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car RTC which resulted in a total of seven patients last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B4161 and York Avenue in Wolverhampton at 6.51pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. An off-duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man in cardiac arrest following the collision.

“Despite ambulance staff performing CPR and administering advanced life support, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man in his 20s, who had been helped from one of the cars by bystanders, was treated for a leg injury and a suspected pelvic injury. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A further four patients from the cars, two adults and two children were taken to New Cross Hospital with less serious injuries.

“A seventh patient, who was a bystander, was treated for the effects of shock and also taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Two children airlifted and three adults taken to hospital after car and van collide

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two children have been airlifted to hospital and three adults have been taken by land ambulance following a collision between a car and a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4169 in Dawley Hamlets, Telford, at 12.29pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Welsh Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered five patients and the two vehicles which had both suffered significant front-end damage in the collision.

“There were two children amongst the injured, a young boy and a young girl.

“The girl was treated for abdominal and shoulder injuries, immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The boy had suffered chest and shoulder injuries, was also immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to the same hospital.

“From the same car, a man in his 40s, was treated for head, chest and leg injuries, whilst a woman in her 30s suffered facial, arm and leg injuries. They were both given pain relief and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor hand and abdominal injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.”

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Incredibly lucky escape following helicopter crash

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – 4.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance crews have described two patients as ‘incredibly lucky’ after they walked away from a helicopter crash without serious injury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a helicopter that had crash landed in a field next to Naunton Road in Naunton Beauchamp, Upper Snodsbury, Worcestershire, at 1.54pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On our arrival, the two occupants, a man and a woman, had managed to get themselves out and were sitting away from the helicopter.

“The woman was treated for back and abdominal pain, given pain relief and transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.

“The man suffered minor bumps and bruises in the incident and was discharged at the scene.

“Given the incident had the potential for a far more serious outcome, it is pleasing that both patients have been incredibly lucky to walk away relatively unhurt.”

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Man dies and seven taken to hospital after two cars collide

Tuesday 31st July 2018 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and seven others required transporting to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a two-car RTC yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A454 in Worfield, Bridgnorth, at 4.44pm and sent five ambulances, four paramedic officers, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire, as well as the Welsh Air Ambulance, to the scene. An off-duty student paramedic stopped to offer assistance at the scene as did an off-duty doctor and an off-duty nurse.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered eight patients.

“One of whom, a man, was found to be in cardiac arrest with CPR already being performed.

“Ambulance staff took over and administered advanced life support but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man in his 20s was treated for leg injuries and facial injuries. He was immobilised and given pain relief and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A 19-year-old-man was treated for leg injuries. He was also immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to New Cross Hospital.

“A third patient was airlifted, a man in his 40s, who was treated for a back injury before being flown to Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Crews treated a man in his 30s for arm and leg injuries before transporting him to Russells Hall Hospital whilst a man in his 20s was taken to the same hospital with leg and facial injuries.

“Two further patients were taken to New Cross Hospital. A man in his 40s who was treated for shoulder, chest and back pain as well as a man in his 30s who had suffered arm, leg injuries and facial injuries.”

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Five to hospital after M6 collision

Friday 27th July – 9.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Five people have been injured and taken to hospital following a motorway collision involving two lorries and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6, between junctions 15 and 14, at 4.35am and sent four ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find five patients requiring treatment following the collision.

“A teenage boy, who had been travelling in the car, received treatment at the scene for serious injuries before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“Two further children, a boy and a girl, were taken to the same hospital with less serious injuries.

“A woman was treated for cuts to her face and hip pain and also taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, as was a man, with minor injuries.”

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