Woman fatally injured in two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th September 2021 – 9am.

A woman has died and three other patients were taken to hospital following a two-car collision yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4632 Campden Road in Shipston on Stour at 1.38pm and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, a community first responder, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene. An off-duty nurse also stopped at the scene to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews discovered two cars that had been in collision on their arrival, with six patients in total.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the incident. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“From the second car, a man was airlifted to University Coventry Hospital and Warwickshire with serious injuries.

“A man and a woman were also taken to the same hospital by land ambulance after receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries.

“A further man and woman were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Serious RTC in Birmingham

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th September 2021 – 8am.

Two people suffered serious injuries in a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A38m and A5127 at 7.50pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene. One of the Trust’s Patient Transport Service crews also stopped at the scene to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two patients, both of whom were from the same car.

“The driver, a man, was found in a critical condition. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The doctor travelled on the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“A woman, who was the front seat passenger, was treated for serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Car driver fatally injured following collision with coach

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 9th September 2021 – 8am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a coach near to Himley, yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Tom Lane, Bobbington, at 4.39pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered the car driver, a man, in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There driver of the coach, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Two pedestrians fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 7th September 2021 – 5.30pm.

A man and a woman have died and a third patient has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a motorbike and pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newton Lane, Floodgates, Kington at 10.56am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find three patients, two pedestrians and a motorcyclist.

“The pedestrians, a man and a woman, were both found in critical conditions and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

“However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save either patient and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was treated for potentially serious injuries before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 31st August  – 9.45am.

A man has died after a collision involving a pedestrian and a bus this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.44am to reports of a man who had collided with a bus at the junction of Chester Road and Birmingham Road in Bickenhill. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered one patient, the pedestrian, who was in a critical condition. He was already receiving CPR from police colleagues on scene.

“Ambulance staff took over and quickly began administering advanced life support. However, sadly, depsite their best efforts it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Hagley collision

Two people have been taken to hospital following a collision involving a car and a motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.23am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorbike at the junction of the A456 and Broome Lane in Hagley and sent two ambulances, one paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we found two patients.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was found to have suffered serious injuries. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance for further treatment. The air ambulance crew travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en route to hospital.

“The car driver, a woman, was assessed and had sustained minor injuries, she was conveyed to Alexandra Hospital via land ambulance.”

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One to hospital after van and lorry collide

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 24th August – 09:30am

One man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision between a van and a stationary lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5.10am to the A46, between Junction 2 and 3 in Leek Wootton, Warwick and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we found one patient, the driver of the van, he had sustained serious injuries.

“He was trapped in his vehicle for approximately 40 minutes and had to be cut free with assistance from fire service colleagues.

“He was assessed and received advanced trauma care at the scene and was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment.”

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Woman seriously injured on M42

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 20th August 2021 – 4.30pm.

Five patients, including a seriously injured woman, have been treated and taken to hospital following a two-car collision on the M42 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway, near to junction 7, at 1.53pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been in collision, and a total of five patients.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the incident. She received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“There were four patients from the second car, which had overturned in the collision.

“A man, a woman and two children were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious before all being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on the same land ambulance.”

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Man seriously injured as motorbike and taxi collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 20th August 2021 – 1pm.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured following a collision with a taxi this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Steward Street and Spring Hill in Hockley, Birmingham at 7am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover two patients, both men.

“The motorcyclist received treatment for serious injuries at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.

“The driver of the taxi, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Sandwell Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 18th August 2021 – 1.30pm.

A man has died following a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and several other vehicles this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.23am to the junction of Bromsgrove Highway and Birchfield Road in Redditch. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition. He was already receiving treatment from a Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance doctor who had stopped to assist whilst driving near to the incident.

“The man received advanced life support at the scene but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“A second patient, a woman, was treated for the effects of shock and taken to the Alexandra Hospital for further assessment.”

West Mercia Police are appealing for anyone with dash-cam footage of the incident to contact them via their website, quoting reference number 00382i of 18th August 2021.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Wolverhampton collision

A pedestrian has been seriously injured following a collision with a trailer in Wolverhampton this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called at 1.46pm following a collision involving a pedestrian and a trailer, being towed by a vehicle, on Newhampton Road East in Wolverhampton

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found the pedestrian, a man, with serious injuries.

“He received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via land ambulance on blue lights and sirens for further emergency treatment.”

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Ambulance service football team nets a community defib

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 27th July 2021 – 12pm.

West Midland Ambulance Service’s Stoke Hub Football Club has secured a community defibrillator after working together with the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust (HAJMT).

The football team train and play at Norton Sports, Community Drive, Stoke on Trent and after successfully applying to HAJMT for a defib to be donated, they have installed it at the community sports club, which also hosts Stoke City Ladies, Staffordshire Police FC and hundreds of youngsters who enjoy a kickabout on a weekly basis.

The defibrillator will not only be available to those using the sports facilities, it will be available 24/7 to nearby residents and the local community, should it ever be needed in the case of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Sally Angell-James (HAJMYT) and Cliff Medlicott (WMAS) discuss the importance of defibrillators in the community.

Stoke Hub FC manager Matt Harrison, said: “With recent events from the European Championships fresh in everyone’s mind when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch, it is more important than ever for people to think about installing defibrillators in community areas.

“We had already started the process of trying to obtain a defibrillator before that happened as it is not only ourselves who play here, there are hundreds of members of the local community who play their football here every week and whilst we hope it is never needed to be use, it might just save a life one day.”

The defibrillator was donated by HAJMT, a Trust set up with the idea of helping to install them at key locations across the West Midlands and beyond, whether that is at sports grounds, schools train stations or the village sweet shop.

HAJMT Chairman, Sally Angell-James, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide a defib to Stoke Hub Football Club as they do a huge amount of good work in their local community and they came to us with such a good proposal, there was no way we could say no.”

Stoke Hub FC have raised a significant amount of money for charity and are grateful to HAJMT for the defibrillator donation.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, said: “In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, the definitive care is good basic life support and use of a defibrillator. For every minute that your heart stops beating and you stop breathing, your survival rate reduces by 10%. The quicker good basic life support and and a defibrillator can be applied, the better chance of survival that patient has.”

HAJMT accepts applications for defibrillator donations through their website at www.hajmt.co.uk. Not every application will be successful, but the Trust does put a focus on helping areas of the community obtain a defibrillator that may find it difficult to obtain one through self-funding. You can also make a donation to HAJMT by visiting the website.

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Notes to Editors:

Picture one (l-r)- Ryan Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Sally Angell-James (Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust), Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC)

Picture two – Mick Clewes (Norton Sports Chairman), Sally Angell-James (Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust), Cliff Medlicott (WMAS Community Response Manager), Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Ryan Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC).

If used, please credit the images or videos to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Make use of 111 Online for urgent care

Murray MacGregor – Monday 26th July 2021 – 2.35pm.

People in the West Midlands are being urged to make use of 111 online for medical advice, with demand for 999 calls increasing dramatically.

Demand for the 999 service has risen by more than 50% compared to levels that would normally be expected at this time of year.  The 111 Online service offers patients advice on the best option for them to get the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician, booking them an appointment in A&E or providing advice on how to help them recover.

Last week, West Midlands Ambulance Service received 40,839 emergency calls compared to just 25,870 for the same week in 2019 before the pandemic – an astonishing rise of 57.9% and the busiest week ever!

Call handlers have reported some extraordinary 999 calls in recent days for non-emergency issues such as sunburn, someone who had been scratched by a cat and a case of someone whose eczema that was particularly itchy.  While all may have needed clinical help, they were not appropriate for a 999 call.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are rightly prioritising those patients that are the sickest or most severely injured; everyone who needs an ambulance will get one, but in some cases there are some patients who could access the care they need using other options other than dialling 999.

“Our ambulance crews, 999 and 111 call handlers, volunteers and the many other teams who ensure we can respond to patients as quickly as possible, are working flat out as we see increase demand for our services.

“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the public can play their part by using 111 online for urgent advice but calling 999 in life threatening cases

“I would also ask that patients and their loved ones also only call us back if the patient’s condition worsens, not to check what time their ambulance will arrive.  We simply can’t tell you the answer and while we are answering that call it may delay us answering a call such as a cardiac arrest where every second counts.”

The public is still being encouraged to contact 999 if they experience:

  • A cardiac arrest where the patient is unconscious and not breathing
  • Signs of a heart attack e.g. a pain like a heavy weight in the centre of your chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of stroke such as the face drooping on one side or weakness on one side
  • Heavy bleeding that won’t stop
  • Seizures
  • Sudden and rapid swelling of the eyes, lips, throat or tongue

A number of factors are thought to be contributing to the rise in calls including the warmer weather, an increase in COVID-19 transmission rates in the community, an increase in the public spending time outside as restrictions ease and hospital pressures mean crews aren’t able to offload patients quickly which has a knock-on effect on the Trust’s ability to get to patients quickly.

Mr Marsh added: “This is a really tough time for ambulance staff and the volunteers who support us, who are working round the clock to deal with the huge increase in call numbers, and I’d like to pay tribute to their continued efforts to ensure patients get the care they need.

“With pressure on services still high, the public can help us to help them by using 111 online to get medical advice, and of course the most important thing we can all do at the moment is get the COVID-19 vaccine – both doses – which protects us, our families and friends and will help to reduce pressure on the NHS as well.”

People can access 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk

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Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday

Claire Brown – Monday 26th July 2021 – 2.20pm.

“Our staff and volunteers never fail to amaze me with their dedication to ensuring we overcome the challenges that are thrown at us.”

The words of West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, ahead of the Trust’s Annual General Meeting later this week.  The meeting, which will be held online for the second year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic will provide a review of 2020-21 and also look ahead to the rest of the current year and beyond.

Chief among the review will be the extraordinary lengths that staff and volunteers, from all sections of the organisation, went to during the height of the pandemic.  It will also review the Trust’s Quality Account and financial statements.

The meeting takes place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday (28th July) at 4.00pm and provides an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the Board of Directors, representatives from the Council of Governors and staff from the service.

Mr Marsh said: “There is no question that 2020-2021 was the most difficult year ever for the service and the NHS as a whole because of the pandemic. It was a year where we’ve recruited hundreds of additional frontline staff: in our control rooms; paramedics on ambulances; students who joined us from university; and volunteers who assisted us in a variety of roles.  Together, we were able to provide a first rate response to the most pressure we have ever felt, thus saving countless lives. 

“The outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work from staff and volunteers is something everyone in the West Midlands should be proud of; I know I am.” 

WMAS Chairman, Prof, Ian Cumming, added: “There is no question that 2020-21 was a year that saw unprecedented challenges for the NHS. When I was appointed as the new Chairman of the Trust towards the end of 2019, little could I have imagined what a first year it would be. 

“In my experience, ambulance staff are generally very modest people who see the most difficult and demanding task as part of their job. Nothing could have prepared us for last year and our staff and volunteers should be justifiably proud of the part they all played.

“Thank you for all you have done for WMAS and our patients.  Sadly, I fear that your skills will be called upon many more times more during the current year as the pandemic continues.  

“I would also pay tribute to the role that our Council of Governors has played in helping the Trust achieve some of its goals as well as capture feedback from patients about their experiences of using our services.”

To join our Annual General Meeting please click here.

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Fatal RTC in Alcester

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 15th July 2021 – 8.15am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a cyclist last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Alcester at 7.23pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who was the cyclist. Ambulance staff began treating the patient, who had suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Cyclist fatally injured in Walsall RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 11th July 2021 – 3.15pm.

A woman cyclist has died following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lower Rushall Street in Walsall at 10.06am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a woman, who was the cyclist. She had suffered serious injuries in the collision and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

“However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Fatal RTC involving car and bus

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 7th July 2021 – 8.00am.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision involving a car and a bus yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of the B4100 and Oakley Wood Road in Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa at 4.39pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Srensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a woman, who was the car driver, in a critical condition. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, and the best efforts of colleagues from the police and fire services, it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The bus driver was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“There were no other passengers on the bus at the time of the collision.”

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Water rescue in Tamworth

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 21st June 2021 – 11.05am

Two patients had to be rescued from a river by the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) yesterday, eventually being brought to safety on a raft.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.23pm to reports of two patients who had come into difficulty in the water near to Lichfield Street, Tamworth. As well as HART, one ambulance and two paramedic officers were also deployed to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrive it became evident there were two patients, both male, who had become stranded on a bank on the opposite side of the river.

“Once it became apparent it was not possible to access the patients by foot, members of HART, who are specially trained in water rescue, deployed their raft and brought the patients to safety one at a time.

“One of the men was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Good Hope Hospital, whilst the second patient was discharged at the scene.”

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Notes to editors: The picture is a library image.

Three to hospital after car hits bus stop

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 14th June 2021 – 8.35am.

Three people required treatment from ambulance staff before being taken to hospital after a car overturned and crashed into a bus stop last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Woodgate Lane, Birmingham, at 8:59pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a single car that had suffered significant damage after overturning and colliding with a bus stop, resulting in three male patients, all of whom were from the car.

“Two of the patients were treated for serious injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on blue lights and sirens. The third patient was treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Man seriously injured as motorbike and lorry collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 4th June 2021 – 10.50am.

A motorcyclist has suffered a serious injury following a collision with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Lodge Lane in Cannock at 7.21am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover one patient, a man, who was the motorcyclist.

“He had a suffered a serious injury in the collision, not believed to be life-threatening. Following treatment at the scene, the man was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance.

“The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision with car

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 4th June 2021 – 9.40am.

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham at 12.33am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a teenage male, who was the motorcyclist. He was found to have serious injuries and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“Unfortunately, after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save the patient, and he was confirmed deceased.”

West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has dash-cam footage, to contact them via Live Chat at https://west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101 and quoting log 117 from 4 June.

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Two trapped after car and van collide

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 14th May 2021 – 5pm.

Two people were left trapped following a collision between a car and a van this afternoon in an incident which left three people requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Gamesters Lane, Oswestry at 2.08pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene. The Welsh Air Ambulance was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a total of three patients.

“A woman, who was the passenger in the van, had to be cut free by colleagues from the fire service. She was treated by ambulance crews for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.

“The driver of the van, a man, managed to get himself out of the vehicle and was treated for potentially serious injuries.

“A second man, who was the driver of the car, also had to be cut free by the fire service. He was also treated for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.

“All three patients were then taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance for further treatment.”

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Time to get hands on with CPR

Jamie Arrowsmith – 11th May 2021 – 8am.

It might not be something you’re aware of, but just like ambulance service staff do on a daily basis, you have the ability to save someone’s life.

By learning how to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or refreshing your skills, you could help save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, which can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.

That’s why West Midlands Ambulance Service has joined forces with the Resuscitation Council UK to encourage everybody to learn CPR skills, so they know what to do if someone collapses and stops breathing.

Every year across the UK there are around 60,000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting yet only around one in ten of them will survive!

Ambulance crews start, or continue, resuscitation in approximately 30,000 of those cases but acting quickly is vital.  A person’s chances of survival decrease by up to 10% for every minute without CPR or access to a defibrillator; that means it is absolutely vital that the person receives rapid action by people at the scene, whether they are a loved one, friend or complete stranger.

With people now getting into closer proximity to family, friends, colleagues, and strangers due to the easing of lockdown restrictions, it is increasingly important everyone has the skills to save a life and knows how to keep themselves safe.

A UK-wide survey carried out on behalf of the Resuscitation Council UK in September 2020 revealed that over a third of UK adults (36%) have not received any type of training on how to help someone experiencing a cardiac arrest.

WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, said: “When our staff arrive at the scene of a cardiac arrest, there is nothing that can help them more than if bystanders have already started CPR, as this undoubtedly gives the patient the best chance of survival.

“Ambulance staff receive incredible levels of praise from the public for saving lives, but you have the ability to do it too.  Imagine how it feel to know you had played a part in saving someone’s life. Imagine how it would feel if you had been in that position but not known what to do to help.

“I urge everyone to learn how to do CPR as soon as possible, you never know when you might be required to try and save someone’s life.”

RCUK Guidelines 2021 highlight that:

  • Recognising a cardiac arrest remains a key priority as it is the first step in triggering the correct emergency response 
  • Witnesses need to recognise a cardiac arrest has occurred in any unresponsive person with absent or abnormal breathing 

Sue Hampshire, Director of Clinical and Service Development at Resuscitation Council UK, said: “We want everybody to feel able to do something, to act quickly and not to hesitate or worry about causing harm to the person they are trying to help.  No greater harm can occur than failing to act when someone requires CPR and defibrillation.

“We understand people may feel nervous about doing CPR because of COVID-19, and that’s why we currently advise that you do chest compression only CPR and don’t put your face near the person who has collapsed when checking for breathing.”

To learn CPR today, visit: www.resus.org.uk/watch 

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 4th May 2021 – 11.35am.

A teenage male has been treated for serious injuries following a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a van and a pedestrian on Goodyers End Lane, Bedworth at 8.38am and send one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service man said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a teenage male, the pedestrian, in a serious condition.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The doctor from the Critical Care Car travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 23rd April 2021 – 2.25pm.

A pedestrian has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Darlaston Road at 12.22pm and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, with the crew from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford also on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who had suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car.

“Following emergency treatment at the scene, he was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, for further assessment.”

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Two to hospital from motorway RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 1st April 2021 – 10am.

Two men , one of whom was found lying on the roadside, received treatment at the scene of a two-car road traffic collision on the motorway last night, before being taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.45pm to the Eastbound carriageway of the M54, between junctions three and two near Shifnal. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, both men, one of whom was found lying on the carriageway.

“He was the driver of one of the cars and was treated for serious injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further care.

“The second patient, who was the driver of the second car, was treated at the scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital as a precaution.”

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 9th March 2021 – 10.15am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is on the lookout for keen and willing recruits across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to join our band of volunteer lifesavers as a Community First Responder (CFR).

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.

CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest and trauma when every second counts.

Community Response Manager for West Mercia, Cliff Medlicott, said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life. When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed-up by an emergency ambulance service vehicle.

“To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm.

“Help will be provided in obtaining the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training.

“Successful applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course covering Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’”.

To apply, please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for job reference 217-CFR07-20-21 (Worcestershire) or 217-CFR06-20-21 (Herefordshire). Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 25th March.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 24th February 2021 – 4.30pm.

A man has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a pedestrian this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Parade in Ladywood at 3.02pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the pedestrian, a man, who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a serious condition.

“The driver of the car did not wish to be assessed.”

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Two taken to hospital after car and van collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 18th February 2021 – 10.05am.

Two men were taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision involving a van and a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ashbourne Road, Uttoxeter at 6.57pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a total of four patients.

“The van driver, a man, was trapped as a result of the collision and ambulance staff worked closely alongside colleagues from the fire service to cut him free. He received treatment for potentially serious injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The driver of the car, also a man, got himself out of his vehicle and was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to the same hospital. A teenage male and a boy who were travelling in the car were also assessed but did not require treatment.”

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Man fatally injured in house fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 26th January 2021 – 8.25am.

A man has died following a house fire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property on Chase Road in Bloxwich at 5.57pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover one patient, a man, who had been rescued from the house by the fire service.

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

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Fatal house fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 15th December 2020 – 11am

A man has sadly died following a house fire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property on The Goss in Brierley Hill at 10.17pm. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, ambulance staff were told by colleagues from the fire service that there was one patient inside the property.

“Unfortunately, once with the patient, a man, it quickly became evident that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Assistant Chief honoured with Queen’s Ambulance Medal

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 30th December 2020 – 10.30pm.

An Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has been named in this year’s New Year’s Honour’s List.

Keith Prior, who is a National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) Director, has a career spanning 39-years in the ambulance service and he has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal (QAM) to reflect his dedication and distinguished service to his profession.

The QAM ensures that the dedication of ambulance staff has the same level of Royal recognition as other members of the emergency services.

Starting out as an ambulance service cadet in Greater Manchester aged 16, Keith has devoted his career to improving patient care and saving countless lives as a paramedic and in managerial roles. As well as working in Manchester, he has also worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service, joining WMAS full time in 2011, having already had two pervious spells in the West Midlands.

In his role at NARU, Keith has made a significant contribution to UK national resilience by ensuring the effective ambulance response to major, mass-casualty events including London terror attacks, severe flooding and the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, NARU is now recognised as a world-class central resource for the national management and co-ordination of the pre-hospital mass casualty response to particularly high-risk and challenging event.

Keith, who spends a large amount of his time working away from home, is popular with staff, demonstrates loyalty and compassion to those he works with and also supports many local community projects outside of work.

Speaking about his award, Keith said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award for what is ultimately, doing a job that I love. Throughout my 39-year career within the ambulance service I have worked with some fantastic people and I fully recognise that I would not be in this position without a great deal of hard work and support from colleagues, wherever I have worked.

“I am proud to have helped so many people since I started off as a cadet aged 16 and feel privileged to have been able to continue doing so in the years that have followed.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for their continued support, without which, I would not have been able to enjoy the fantastic career that I have.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I have known Keith for 20 years and he deserves huge credit for the commitment he has always shown to providing and delivering the very best level of patient care.

“For him to receive the QAM is a fitting tribute to his many years of hard work in many different areas of the ambulance service and I would like to thank him for his dedication and tremendous service he has provided to patients all over the country.”

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Cyclist fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 27th November 2020 – 9.35am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a cyclist in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by West Midlands Police to Midland Road, Darlaston at 1.09am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma team to the scene, which included a doctor and a critical care paramedic. The first resource was on scene within three minutes.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, one of whom, the cyclist, was in a critical condition.

“Colleagues from the police were already administering CPR on our arrival and were assisted by colleagues from the fire service.

“Ambulance staff administered specialist trauma care and administered advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There was one patient from the car, a woman, who was a front seat passenger. She was out of the car on our arrival and after receiving treatment for non life-threatening injuries, she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.”

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Low Traffic Neighbourhood Scheme – Kings Heath

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 16th November – 2.45pm

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Trust was informed of the introduction of traffic management measures in the Kings Heath area by Birmingham City Council in September.

“The  information about these measures was disseminated to ambulance staff working in the local area.

“To date, there have been no detrimental issues reported by staff in relation to responding to 999 calls in the Kings Heath area. We are confident that if the service did encounter any issues that we would work with the Council to resolve this.”

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Memorial Trust is on a life-saving mission with defibrillator donations

Jamie Arrowsmith 14th October 2020 – 8am.

A Memorial Trust with the ambition of saving as many lives as possible in the West Midlands is to officially launch this week.

The Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust (HAJMT), which aims to purchase as many Automatic External Defribrillators  (AED’s) as possible and donate them to worthy applicants, will officially launch with the installation of an AED on Wednesday 14th October at 1500 at St Alkmunds Church, Shrewsbury.

HAJMT was launched to create a legacy in honour of Henry Angell-James, who tragically passed away aged 54 in October 2017 after suffering a cardiac arrest on his regular train journey home from Birmingham to Shrewsbury.

Henry’s wife, Sally, felt she wanted to put something back into the community that had been such an important part of her husband’s life. Henry had always believed that the simplest ideas were the best and hence an idea was formed to set up a Charity with a clear and straightforward aim.

Sally Angell-James explains the history behind the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust.

“Heart disease is the UK’s biggest killer and sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, even those who are seemingly healthy,” Sally said.

“Whenever cardiac arrest strikes, there is absolutely no time to lose.  Therefore we have set up the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust to help fund and provide as many AEDs in communities that really need them, starting in the West Midlands.  Who knows where this idea will take us.”

HAJMT is working in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service who will provide free training and advice on the best place in the community for the AED to be installed.

The aim is to get AEDs installed in town centres, villages and rural communities; be that village halls, train stations, the village post office or shop, a defunct telephone box.

The aim of HAJMT is to get defibrillators out into communities that really need them across the West Midlands.

Cliff Medlicott, Community Response Manager for WMAS, said: “The importance of the work that HAJMT is undertaking cannot be underestimated, it will undoubtedly help to save lives.

“The chance of a person surviving a cardiac arrest falls by 10 per cent for every minute that passes without an AED being used. Survival rates can be as high as 75 per cent when patients are treated with the right care and a defibrillator in time. Therefore, I would urge anyone who thinks they could house a defibrillator, or if you wish to make a donation, to make contact with the Trust.”

Application criteria will include identification of a key person(s) who will be trained by WMAS in the use of the AED and making a commitment to keep the AED properly maintained and in working order; ensuring it will only be used in appropriate circumstances and in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Sally continued: “Applications will be considered on their own merits. Unfortunately, we only have limited funds so not every request will be successful. The great thing about raising money for an AED is that it is an achievable goal and by having one, a life could be saved.”

If you are interested in applying for a HAJMT defibrillator or would like to make a donation to the Trust, visit http://www.hajmt.co.uk

Tom Bradby, presenter of ITV’s News at Ten, has agreed to be an Ambassador for the Charity.  He said: “We all know heart disease is a significant killer and that defibrillators can make the difference between life and death, so this is an incredibly important cause and I am extremely honoured to be an Ambassador.  Sally and Henry are very old friends, his loss was a terrible tragedy, and it is fantastic to be able to do this in his memory.”

Throughout the course of the last twelve months and with the support of the Industrial Agents Society, Chancerygate, Big Yellow Storage, Opus Land and Graftongate, HAJMT’s AEDs have already been installed in various commercial developments and offices around the country and are for public access. 

To find out more about HAJMT, make a donation or apply for a defibrillator, visit www.hajmt.co.uk or email info@henryangelljamesmemorialtrust.co.uk.

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Man seriously injured in M5 RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 8th October 2020 – 8.20am.

A man has been seriously injured in a multi-vehicle road traffic collision on the M5 this morning which caused the motorway to be closed between junctions 3 and 2 on the northbound carriageway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to that location at 5.52am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, HART paramedics and a MERIT trauma team, including a doctor and a critical care paramedic, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three patients and multiple vehicles that had been involved in the incident.

“One of the patients, a man, was found to be in a serious condition. Ambulance staff administered specialist trauma care to him, before he was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on blue lights and sirens.  The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment on route to hospital.

“Two other patients, both men, were assessed and discharged at the scene with minor injuries.”

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Double fatal shooting incident in Brierley Hill

Jamie Arrowsmith– Thursday 1st October 2020 – 10.15am.

Two men have died following a gunshot incident yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Moor Street in Brierley Hill at 3.30pm and sent one ambulance and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two male patients, both of whom were inside a car, it is believed they had been there for some time.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save either of them, and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 25th September 2020 – 2pm.

A woman has died following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.36am to Warley Road in Oldbury and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Care Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff discovered one patient, a woman, who was the pedestrian.

“Crews immediately began treating her for serious injuries and administered advanced life support at the scene.

“However, despite their best efforts, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

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

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Fatal RTC on Tamworth car park

Jamie Arrowsmith – 27th July 2020 – 2.40pm.

A woman has died after the car she was travelling in collided with a wall at Ankerside Shopping Centre Car Park this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the George Street location at 10.50am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the driver of the car, a woman, in a critical condition with police already performing CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over and quickly began administering advanced life support.

“However, despite everyone’s best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and sadly she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Woman suffers fatal injuries in M6 RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – 27th July 2020 – 1.50pm.

A woman has died following a collision involving two lorries and a car on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.52am to the incident on the northbound carriageway, between junctions 9 and 10. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a total of three patients.

“The driver of the car, a woman, had suffered multiple serious injuries. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The two lorry drivers, both men, were assessed and discharged at the scene uninjured.”

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Two fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – 24th July 2020 – 3pm.

Two people have died following a road traffic collision in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.17am this morning to the incident which took place between the A438 and Chapel Lane in Dormington, Herefordshire. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and suffered significant damage in the incident.

“There were two patients, one male and one female.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be to save either patient and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man charged over knife attack on paramedics

Press release issued in conjunction with West Midlands Police – Wednesday 8th July – 10.35am

West Midlands Police have charged a man over a knife attack on two West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) paramedics at his Wolverhampton home.

Martyn Smith is accused of stabbing the two members of ambulance staff just after midday on Monday (6 July) as they visited his home in Stephens Close to conduct a safe and well check.

Michael Hipgrave has since been released from hospital having had surgery for cuts to his back.

Deena Evans suffered a knife wound to her chest and remains in hospital in a stable condition.

Unemployed Smith was charged last night with two counts of wounding.

The 52-year-old was remanded in police custody and is set to appear at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court today.

WMAS continues to offer full support to both members of staff, as well as to any of their colleagues who have been affected by this incident.

Update on ambulance staff who were stabbed

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 7th July 2020 – 11am.

Two members of staff are continuing to recuperate after they were stabbed by a man they had gone to help yesterday.

Paramedics Michael Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attending a 999 call on Stephens Close in Wolverhampton at about 12.20pm when the incident took place.

Michael was released from Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, last night and is continuing his recovery at home.

Deena remains at the same hospital where she is receiving on going treatment; she remains in a stable condition.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, said: “Thankfully, both Michael and Deena are recovering well after yesterday’s ordeal.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone at the hospital for their assistance and for looking after my members of staff in such a professional and caring manner.”

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Three to hospital after car overturns in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th June 2020 – 9.40am.

Three people have received treatment for multiple injuries after a car collided with a tree and overturned in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dartmouth Avenue in Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent at 12.22am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICS doctors to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage in the incident and three patients, all of whom had managed to get themselves out of the vehicle.

“The three patients, two women and a man, were all assessed by ambulance staff and treated for multiple serious injuries, though not thought to be life-threatening.

“They were then taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

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Walker rescued from Symonds Yat Rock

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 22nd June 2020 – 10.45am.

A walker had to be rescued from approximately 600m down a muddy slope, treated and taken to hospital by ambulance staff over the weekend.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Symonds Yat Rock Viewpoint in Herefordshire at 10.17am on Saturday morning and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a Hazardous Area Response Team paramedic to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Upon arrival at Symonds Yat, it took the first ambulance crew on scene approximately 10 minutes to make their way to the patient, who had fallen whilst walking.

“He was approximately 600m away from the main track, down a very muddy slope.

“Following an initial assessment at the scene, he received treatment for a serious but not life-threatening injury.

“The man was then immobilised on a specialist MIBS (multi integrated bodysplint stretcher) stretcher and was then lifted back up the embankment and to the awaiting ambulance with help from fire service colleagues.

“The rescue took about 90 minutes to complete before the man was then transported to Hereford Hospital for further treatment.”

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Notes to Editors: If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Fatal flat fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 22nd June 2020 – 9am.

A man has died following a flat fire in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property on Tile Hill Lane at 8.08pm and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered one patient, a man, who had been rescued from the building by the fire service.

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

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One to hospital after two lorries collide on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 18th June 2020 – 1pm.

One man has been taken to hospital and three other patients have been assessed and discharged at the scene following a road traffic collision on the M5 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a multi-vehicle collision between junctions 5 and 4a of the M5 at 10.21am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered two lorries that had been in collision. There were two cars further up the carriageway that are also believed to have been involved.

“In total ambulance staff assessed four patients. The driver of one of the lorries, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Worcester Royal Hospital for further assessment.

“The driver of the second lorry, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene, as were a further two patients from the cars.

“The collision resulted in one of the lorries causing a chemical spillage on the carriageway which our colleagues from the fire service dealt with.”

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Driver trapped for 90 minutes after car hits tree

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 16th June 2020 – 10.05am.

A woman was trapped for approximately 90 minutes after the car she was driving crashed into a tree in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5013 and Moor Lane in Colton, near Rugeley at 2.32am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a car that had suffered significant front end damage in the collision. There were two patients, both women, one of whom was still trapped inside whilst the other had managed to get herself out.

“Ambulance staff assessed the driver and continuously monitored her whilst working alongside colleagues from the fire service to cut her free, a process which took about 90 minutes.

“Both patients received treatment for potentially serious injuries, but not thought to be life-threatening, before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Notes to Editors:

Picture courtesy of Staffordshire Fire Service (@StaffsFire)

Ambulance staff rescue patients from a cave and a rockface in separate incidents

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 1st June 2020 – 1.30pm.

Three patients had to be rescued from vulnerable positions in two separate incidents over the weekend in North Staffordshire.

On both occasions, West Midlands Ambulance Service staff worked closely with colleagues from Buxton Mountain Rescue Team in complex situations to help bring the patients to a place of safety.

On Sunday, a 999 call was received at 1.14pm reporting a man had fallen from height on The Roaches, in Upper Hulme, Leek. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a community first responder, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff managed to access the patient who had come to rest halfway up a hillside, he was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries. Crews began treating the patient whilst also working closely with the Mountain Rescue Team to prepare the patient for moving off the hillside.

“Once at a place of safety, air ambulance staff, including a doctor, administered specialist trauma care before the man was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance. On arrival, the man’s condition was described as very serious.”

On Saturday, we were called to reports of two patients who were trapped in Thor’s Cave on Leek Road in Wetton. One ambulance, two paramedic officers, a community first responder, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, a man and a woman, who were trapped on a steep slope at Thor’s Cave. Ambulance staff were told the patients had got into difficulty whilst walking.

“HART staff, the Mountain Rescue Team and the Fire Service all worked together to ensure both patients were extricated safely, using a rope system which took approximately two hours to complete.

“They then received a full medical assessment but thankfully were uninjured and able to be discharged at the scene.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not have a further condition check on the man who had fallen on The Roaches on Sunday.

The picture is a library image, not from Sunday’s rescue.

Motorcyclist seriously injured on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 11th May – 5.30pm.

A man has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital after his motorbike collided with a motorway barrier in Herefordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the westbound carriageway of the M50, between junctions 3 and 4, at 2.38pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Strensham in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who was the motorcyclist.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries by ambulance staff at the scene before being taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The doctor from the air ambulance crew travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treating the patient on route to hospital.”

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