Man suffers fatal injuries in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – 8.45am.

A man has died after a pick-up truck crashed into a wall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stourport Road in Kidderminster at 11.33pm and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a pick-up truck that had suffered significant damage having crashed into a wall.

“The driver, a man, was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident.

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

“There were no other patients in the incident.”

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Van driver fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 10th September 2019 – 4.30pm.

A man has died following a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Streetway Road in Shenstone, Lichfield at 11.26am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a van that had left the carriageway following a collision with a tractor trailor.

“The van driver, a man, was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision.

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

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Two to hospital after car crashes into tree

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 10.10am.

A man has been taken to hospital with multiple serious injuries after a three-car RTC resulted in one of them crashing into a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Snitterfield at 6.29am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews a car that had crashed into a tree and suffered significant damage. A man was trapped inside the car and was cut free with help from the fire service.

“He received treatment at the scene for multiple serious injuries before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens. The doctor from the Critical Care Car travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“Another man, from a second car, was assessed and treated for minor injuries before being taken to Warwick Hospital.”

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Serious RTC in Bewdley

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 9.25am.

Two people have been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres, one in a serious condition, after a car crashed into a wall overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lower Park in Bewdley at 2.11am this morning and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, one of whom, a man, was in a serious condition having suffered multiple injuries in the incident.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene and once his condition had been stabilised, he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment on the way to hospital.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to the same hospital for further assessment.”

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Man seriously injured after motorbike and car collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 9.05am.

A man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a collision between a motorbike and a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leek Road and Abbots Road in Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent, at 9.51pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICS doctors to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients from the incident.

“The motorcyclist, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car driver, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Five to hospital after Belgrave Middleway RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 8.45am.

Five people required treatment from ambulance staff and transporting to hospital following a two-car RTC last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Belgrave Middleway in Birmingham at 9.32pm and sent five ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Mental Health Triage Car, which was on scene in less than two minutes, to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two cars that had been in collision.

“There were five patients in total, one of whom, a woman, was trapped inside one of the cars. She was cut out with assistance from the fire service, with ambulance staff carefully monitoring her throughout that process.

“She was treated for potentially serious injuries before being transported to Heartlands Hospital. A teenage male travelled on the same ambulance having received treatment for injuries not believed to be serious.

“A man, who was driving one of the cars, was treated for minor injuries and taken to City Hospital for further assessment.

“A girl and a second teenager were both taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but thankfully their injuries were not thought to be serious.”

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WMAS strikes Gold in recognition of Armed Forces Employer Scheme

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 28th August 2019 – 3.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been recognised for the support it shows to the armed forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

Issued by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Gold Award represents the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.

As part of the process of achieving the Gold Award, the Trust has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and engaged with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership and the Step Into Health programme to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring the individual pledges of support.

WMAS employs more than 100 veterans and were the first ambulance service to provide an access course in order to help complete the transition to the Trust.

The service also boasts a network of Military Champions who were instrumental in setting up the access course and act as advocates, ensuring all former members of the military receive the support they need when joining and throughout their time with WMAS.

The Trust will be presented with its award, together with other successful employers, at the National Army Museum in London on Tuesday 12 November.

Director of Workforce and Military Champion at WMAS, Kim Nurse, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised with a Gold Award as it highlights the level of importance the Trust puts on supporting members of the military.

“As a service we are able to offer a long-term career option for those coming back into civilian life and the skills they have gained during their military career and whilst serving as Reservists has great benefit for the patients they treat and for their work with the Trust in general.”

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”

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One to hospital as car and tram collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 19th August 2019 – 10.25am.

Five people have been treated at the scene of a collision between a car and a tram this morning, one of whom has been taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A41 and A454 in Wolverhampton City Centre at 8.20am and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic and a paramedic officer to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had overturned following a collision with a tram.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was the only occupant of the vehicle and she had to be cut free through the roof with the help of the fire service.

“She was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital in a stable condition.

“There were 29 people on the tram, 25 of whom did not require treatment or assessment.

“The driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.

“Two women, who were passengers, were treated for the effects of shock, whilst a man, also a passenger, was treated for non-serious injuries. Again, all three were discharged at the scene.

“The collision has resulted in significant traffic delays in the area which are expected to last for most of the day whilst the vehicles are recovered.”

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Notes to Editors:

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

Man fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 19th August 2019 – 9.40am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in the early hours of this morning in which a car crashed into a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Straight Mile in Bourton on Dunsmore at 2.26am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage after crashing into a tree.

“There was one patient, a man, who was still inside the vehicle.

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

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 16th August 2019 – 8.35am.

A man has suffered multiple serious injuries following a collision between a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coleman Street in Wolverhampton at 6.55pm and sent one ambulance, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A spokesman for West Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find one patient, the motorcyclist, who had fallen from his bike in the collision with the car and come to rest underneath a van.

“The motorcyclist was quickly freed from underneath the van so ambulance staff could fully assess him.

“He had suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision and received specialist trauma care at the scene.

“He was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on blue lights and sirens to receive further treatment.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Five to hospital from two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 15th August 2019 – 10.20am.

Five people have been taken to hospital, one in a critical condition, following a two-car road traffic collision last night, one of which had overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4396 in Knockin Heath, Oswestry, at 11.20pm and sent five ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered two cars with significant damage, one of which had overturned and come to rest in a field. There were three patients from the overturned car.

“A man, who was a rear seat passenger had to be cut free from the vehicle. He was treated for very serious injuries and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where on his arrival he was described as critical. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The front seat passenger, also a man, was already out of the vehicle and was treated for serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.

“A third man from the car was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“A woman from the second car was taken to Princess Royal Hospital after being assessed at the scene whilst a fifth patient, also from the second car, was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th July 2019 – 11.10am.

A motorcyclist has died after he was found lying in the road by passers-by last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Banbury Road in Bishops Tachbrook at 9.57pm, near to the junction with the M40, and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It is not clear what had happened, however, when crews arrived they found a man, the motorcyclist, lying in the road cardiac arrest.

“Police officers were already performing CPR which ambulance staff took over, as well as administering advanced life support.

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

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Man fatally injured as car and motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th July 2019 – 9am.

A man has died and two other patients have been taken to hospital following a collision between two motorbikes and a car yesterday afternoon (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Buckle Street and the A44 in Broadway at 3.46pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene. South Western Ambulance Service also sent an ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a collision involving two motorbikes and a car.

“On arrival, we discovered one of the motorcyclists, a man, was in cardiac arrest with police officers having already started CPR. Ambulance staff quickly assessed the patient but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second motorcyclist, also a man, was treated for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, and was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by South Western Ambulance Service.”

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Three airlifted after two motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th July 2019 – 3.10pm

Two women and a man have been airlifted to hospital following a collision involving two motorbikes this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the collision near to the junction of the A4112 and B4457 in Hereford at 11.58am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MARS (Mercian Accident Rescue Service) doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

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

“One of the riders, a woman, was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries. She received specialist trauma care at the scene and was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in a serious condition.

“The rider of the second motorbike, a man, and his pillion passenger, a woman, were both treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.”

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Notes to Editors:

If used, please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Woman airlifted and four others taken to hospital after Cannock RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th July 2019 – 1.30pm.

A woman has been airlifted and four other patients, including two children, have also been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.

The incident happened on Hednesford Road in Heath Hayes, Cannock, near to The Five Ways Pub, at 11.44am.

Three ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of two cars that had been in collision, both of which had suffered front end damage.

“There were five occupants in the two vehicles, all of whom were able to get themselves out. The driver of one of the cars, a woman, was treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in a serious condition.

“There were two boys who also required assessment from the same car. They were treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“From the second car, ambulance staff treated the driver, a man, and a woman who was a front seat passenger. They were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Man seriously injured after car and van collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 24th July 2019 – 10am.

A man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a collision between a car and a van this morning that resulted in two patients.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Leek Road, near Cellarhead, at 5.49am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a rapid response paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find two patients, a man who was the driver of the car and a woman who was the driver of the van.

“The man received specialist trauma care at the scene for multiple serious injuries. He was transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens with his condition described as critical upon arrival.

“The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and transported to the same hospital for further assessment.”

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has the relevant dash-cam footage, to contact 101, quoting incident 108 of 24 July.

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‘Lookout Lion’ aims to teach children how to dial 999 in new video

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 17th July – 8.55am. (Issued in conjunction with Staffordshire Police & Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)

As children prepare to break up from school for the summer holidays, a new video has been launched which is designed to educate youngsters on how to make a 999 emergency call.

The video, which has been jointly launched by West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, is aimed at children aged four to seven, with the emphasis being on what to do if they ever find themselves having to dial 999.

It features ‘Lookout Lion’ who needs to call for the help following a car crash outside his house. But does he know the number to dial? The location of the emergency? And can he stay calm enough to answer all of the questions from the operator which will ensure help is arranged as quickly as possible?

It ends with a message to parents about the importance of teaching children how to call 999 and the kind of things they can expect to be asked if doing so. It is also hoped that it will be used by schools as a way of educating children about the work of the emergency services and how they are there to help.

Jeremy Brown, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Operations Centre General Manager, said: “Obviously we hope young children are never in the position that they need to call 999, but sadly sometimes they are and it’s vital that they are prepared in order for us to arrange help as quickly as possible.

“Hopefully this video will go a long way to making children aware of what to expect, whilst also leading into further conversations with teachers and parents about what to do and when it is appropriate to ring 999.”

Lisa Cope, Head of Contact Services for Staffordshire Police said: “As the summer holidays begin, we are asking parents to make sure they take five minutes to sit down with their children and explain how and when to call 999.

“It is important that children know their address and postcode so that if they need to call 999 at home, we can get to them as quickly as possible.”

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The ‘Lookout Lion’ video highlights the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency situation to children and also to their parents. Supplying the correct information is vital to ensure that the emergency services respond quickly and effectively to every call for help.

“We would encourage families to have a plan detailing what to do in an emergency and to include an escape route in case a fire breaks out at home.”

The video is available to view here https://vimeo.com/348369110/ed33b1bb03 whilst supporting material, including a downloadable document for parents to fill key details in on, can be found here https://wmas.nhs.uk/advice-resources/campaigns/how-to-make-an-emergency-999-call/.

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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 12th July 2019 – 4.45pm.

A man has died following a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.06am to reports of a collision between a motorbike and a car at the junction of the A435 Birmingham Road and Pratts Lane in Mappleborough Green, Studley. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer 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 cardiac arrest following the collision.

“CPR and advanced life support was administered but sadly, it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was treated for multiple injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.”

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Man dies in Coventry RTC

Thursday 4th July 2019 – 10.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a road traffic collision between a car and a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Oxford Road in Ryton on Dunsmore, Coventry at 5.49am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had left the carriageway and collided with a tree before going down an embankment.

“There was one patient, a man, who had suffered multiple serious injuries. Ambulance staff began treatment and worked closely with the fire service on scene.

“Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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The passing of a University Student Paramedic

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 – 10.55pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

It is with great sadness that West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm the death of a university student paramedic who has died following a collision between an ambulance and a car.

The tragic incident happened at the junction of Anslow Road and Belmont Road at around 5.45pm this evening.  We sent multiple resources to the scene including ambulances, senior paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire in a rapid response vehicle.

The student was airlifted with critical injuries to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, but sadly she died a short time later.

Two other members of the ambulance crew were assessed at the scene and taken to Queens Hospital Burton for a check-up but were later discharged.

The woman driving the car was transported by land ambulance to Queens Hospital Burton for further treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

The Trust will work closely with officers from the Staffordshire and West Midlands Serious Collision Investigation Unit on the investigation which is already underway.

Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “This is an incident that will affect every member of our staff. Our staff deal with difficult incidents every day, but to lose one of your colleagues will always make it that much harder. We are very lucky to have so many student paramedics who want to work with us and it is tragic that someone who showed so much promise has died doing the job that they loved.”

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Could you follow in the footsteps of Antiques Roadshow lifesavers?

Wednesday 3rd July 2019 – 3.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is challenging members of the public to learn how to try and save a life after the importance of early CPR was highlighted perfectly in Warwickshire yesterday (Tuesday).

A 999 call was received at 11.54am to reports of a man in cardiac arrest at Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Compton Hill, near Stratford-upon-Avon, where filming was taking place for the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow.

One ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

Jason Wiles, Lead paramedic for Emergency Care, said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

“However, thanks to quick-thinking bystanders starting CPR and the work of the event medical team, his heart had successfully been restarted just prior to our arrival.

“We cannot emphasise enough the importance of early CPR when a patient is in cardiac arrest. We have nothing but the highest praise for the bystanders and on-site medical team who acted so quickly to help this man and ultimately saved his life.

“Would you know what to do in the same situation? We urge as many people as possible to learn how to do CPR as you never know when it will be your turn to save a life.

“Following further treatment at the scene from ambulance staff and the air ambulance crew, the man was flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, where he remains in a stable condition.”

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Pic: @ComptonVerney

Fatal RTC in Walsall

Friday 27th June 2019 – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Beacon Road and Wimperis Way in Pheasley at 7.43pm and sent three ambulances, a senior paramedic and a paramedic officer to the scene.

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

“He was found to be in cardiac arrest with an off-duty nurse having already commenced CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over treatment but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The car driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in RTC

A man has died following a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ettington Road in Loxley, Warwickshire at 10.49am and sent two 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 a man, the motorcyclist, in cardiac arrest.

“Bystanders were already performing CPR which ambulance staff continued, as well as administering advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed and discharged at the scene with no injuries.”

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Lorry driver trapped after leaving motorway

Friday 14th June 2019 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver was trapped for approximately one hour and 45 minutes this morning after his vehicle left the M6, collided with a tree and went down an embankment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident, which took place on the northbound side of the motorway between junctions 13 and 14, at 6.05am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response  Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

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

“He was trapped inside the cab of his lorry as a result of the damage caused in the incident. Ambulance staff assessed the man and continually monitored him whilst working closely with the fire service to free him.

“He was able to walk out of his cab himself after the fire service had cut parts of it away, before receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries and being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Picture courtesy of @staffsfire

Pedestrian seriously injured in collision with car

Tuesday 4th June 2019 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wood Street in Stratford-upon-Avon at 9.44am and sent one ambulance and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

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

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance for further treatment. The doctor travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment on route to hospital.”

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Insightful, educational and enjoyable…despite the bad jokes – my time at West Midlands Ambulance Service

Thursday 30th May 2019 – 11.45am – Daniel Rundle.

As I sat in my first lecture as a journalism student at Birmingham City University, I felt utterly deflated when I was told I was to complete a mandatory 70 hours work experience at the end of my first year, in order to progress into second year. I dreaded the idea of having to go and work at a news publication where I would most likely be given practically no real experience that would help me in my studies.

However, I found myself to be rather lucky in the placement I received. My mum has been a paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service for nearly four years and was able to get me a place in the Press Office at Millennium Point. On my first day, I was introduced to Murray MacGregor Claire Brown and Jamie Arrowsmith, the trio that I would be working alongside for the next two weeks.

They immediately made me feel welcome and gave me plenty of interesting work to get on with during my time there. I learned how to write and format a press release, and with their guidance I improved my own writing skills, as well as learning how to become more vigilant in the editing of my work to make sure it reaches the level of quality and professionalism that I aspire to reach. I truly felt like a member of the team for the time that I was there, and thoroughly enjoyed being in their company, even if they did have a seemingly endless stream of terrible jokes.

As part of my work experience, I was given the opportunity to spend time in the Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) in Brierley Hill. Here, I sat with call assessors as they answered a range of 999 calls, and the dispatchers who juggle the priorities to ensure ambulances get to people as quickly as possible. During my time with the call assessors, I listened in on many different types of emergencies, ranging from heart attacks to a woman with a serious brain tumour who was experiencing extremely painful headaches. This call in particular was emotional to listen to, and it put into perspective how difficult the job of a call assessor can be.

In my time with the dispatchers, I watched as they sent countless ambulances to emergency 999 calls and was truly baffled by the system they use to do so. While I sat trying to work out what one small section of a screen meant, the dispatcher would be viewing multiple screens with hoards of information with seemingly little to no difficulty as they directed one ambulance after another to whichever patient needed them the most, occasionally diverting a crew if a more serious incident required their attention.

This gave me greater context for my shift alongside my mom on an emergency ambulance. I spent twelve hours on a shift with her and her crewmate, observing them as they attended to patients. We began our shift, and immediately had a call to a woman with dementia who had overdosed. When we arrived, the woman was confused and distressed, but the paramedics managed to calm her down and transport her to a hospital to receive further treatment.

We spent much of the shift attending patients who were generally unwell, and it was incredible to see how their state improved with the aid that the paramedics were able to give, both medically and emotionally. Their presence and support were often enough to calm patients, so they could be treated and where necessary, transported to hospital.

Although we didn’t experience this during my time on the ambulance, we discussed the frustrations of attending jobs that don’t require an emergency ambulance. While many people may not think this is an issue, it can potentially mean that there are no ambulances available if a serious call, such as a cardiac arrest, requires the attendance of an ambulance.

Around 10 minutes before our 12-hour shift was due to end, we received a call to a young girl having a seizure. Despite the shift being almost over, the paramedics didn’t hesitate in racing to attend the patient. When we arrived, it was clear that we would require additional support, so a backup crew and the MERIT team (Medical Emergency Response Intervention Team) were called. Through excellent teamwork and communication, we were able to stabilise the girl and transport her to hospital.

Working with my mom was a fantastic experience, as I got to see first hand the job she talks about so much at home. To see her in a job she’s so passionate about, offering life saving care to people, was awe-inspiring to watch.

My experience at West Midlands Ambulance Service was invaluable and gave me an insight into the lives of the hardworking, dedicated staff that care for the people of the West Midlands, and the vital roles each of them play in saving lives in the community. I gained a greater appreciation for all the work that everyone in the Trust does, gained new skills and improved on existing skills that will serve me well as I continue my studies and move on into a career in journalism.

New lifesaving equipment installed in Staffordshire Moorlands

Friday 24th May 2019 – 1.40pm – Daniel Rundle.

A remote part of Staffordshire is now home to a lifesaving piece of equipment thanks to the installation of a defibrillator.

Located in Dovedale, the defib has been provided thanks to a donation from the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council Chairman’s Charity fund, which was made by Councillor Ben Emery.

The defib, a device used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest, is in a secure cabinet on the outside wall of the toilet block on Dovedale Car Park. It can be opened by anyone in an emergency, with a code you will be provided with after calling 999. In addition to the defib, an emergency phone has also been donated which gives a direct line through to the emergency services by the push of one button.

Councillor Ben Emery met with community first responders Sally Stickland and Jon Lane on Wednesday (22nd May) to view the facility his donation helped to provide and find out more about the voluntary work of CFRs.

Sally Stickland, co-ordinator for Wetton and Alstonefield CFRs, said: “We’ve been wanting to get a defibrillator in Dovedale for many years as it is a very popular area with tourists and locals. We were pleased to be approached by Ben to see where the money could be used for a public access defibrillator.

“It has been placed in a locked cabinet due to its remote location and we were fortunate that the donation covered the cost of an emergency phone that was needed due to the poor mobile signal in the area.

“The phone has been used already a number of times by members of the public so it’s good to know we can be called to an emergency quickly if needed.”

Councillor Ben Emery said: “It’s been my honour to serve the Staffordshire Moorlands for the year 2017-18 as Chairman of the Council, and it’s been a pleasure to raise funds to enable a possible lifesaving piece of technology which will give everyone, including the lesser able visitors, peace of mind.

“The landline phone is extremely useful as it could be used for many other types of emergencies.

“I am delighted to thank the residents of the Staffordshire Moorlands and wider areas who helped myself and my consort Ms. Elaine Cashin to raise the enabling funds and achieve something that could benefit people of all ages.”

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Pictured (l-r) Sally Stickland, Councillor Ben Emery and Jon Lane.

Child suffers multiple injuries in collision with car

Friday 24th May 2019 – 12.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A boy has been treated for serious injuries following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Walstead Road in Walsall at 8.27am 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 at the scene, crews discovered one patient, a boy who was the pedestrian, who required treatment.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff he was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident. After receiving treatment at the scene, the boy was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured following collision with car

Friday 24th May 2019 – 11.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been seriously injured following a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 and A463 in Wombourne at 9.09am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

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

“He had suffered very serious injuries in the incident and received specialist trauma care at the scene.

“Ambulance staff then transported the man to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment. The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to help administer further treatment whilst on route to hospital.”

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Two seriously injured as car crashes into shop

Friday 24th May 2019 – 8.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men have been treated for multiple serious injuries after the car they were travelling in left the road, overturned and collided with a shop in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Watling Street in Cannock, near to Longford Island, at 3.53am and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, both of whom were out of the vehicle on our arrival. The vehicle had come to rest against the DFS store.

“One of the men, the driver of the car, was treated for potentially life-threatening injuries. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transferred to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment on route to hospital.

“The second man was also treated for multiple serious injuries, potentially life-threatening, and he was also taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Wednesday 8th May 2019 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between two cars and a motorbike this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Shrewsbury Road in Preston Gubbals, Shrewsbury at 1.14pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, with very serious injuries following the collision.

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

“Following assessment at the scene, a man from one of the cars was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.

“A man and a woman who were travelling in the second car were discharged at the scene.”

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Woman seriously injured in rollover RTC

Wednesday 8th May 2019 – 3.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a two-car collision this afternoon.

A total of three patients were assessed, including a second woman and a toddler, both of whom also required transporting to hospital after they received treatment at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury at 1.47pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, a BASICS doctor from MARS (Mercia Accident Rescue Service) and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

“From the first car, a woman had to be cut free with the help of the fire service. She was treated for very serious injuries by ambulance staff before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance in a critical condition. A MARS doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment on route.

“A female toddler had been freed from the car by bystanders prior to the arrival of ambulance resources. She was assessed and treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.

“The fire service had to cut a second woman free from the other car involved in the incident, which had overturned.

“She received treatment for potentially serious injuries before also being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance. Again, a doctor travelled with her on her journey to help continue treatment.”

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Two to hospital following two-car collision

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, following a two-car collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Willenhall Road and Queen Street in Darlaston, Wednesbury at 9.07pm and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews discovered two cars that had been in collision, one with front end damage and one with rear end damage.

“From the car with rear end damage, a teenage male, who was the driver, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The passenger, also a teenage male, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.

“From the other car, the driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Man fatally injured after car collides with tree

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after a car crashed into a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46, near to Bishopton in Stratford-upon-Avon at 6am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the collision.

“He was assessed by ambulance staff but sadly quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Lorry driver trapped in M6 collision

Monday 29th April 2019 – 1.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped following a collision involving two lorries has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a collision on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6, just past junction 9, at 11.30am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a flatbed lorry that had been involved in a collision with a HGV.

“The driver of the flatbed lorry, a man, was trapped in his cab as a result. Ambulance staff assessed the man and continued to monitor his condition whilst he was carefully cut free by the fire service.

“Once freed from his vehicle, the man was treated for serious injuries, before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens by land ambulance. The doctor travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment on route to hospital.

“The man driving the second lorry was uninjured in the incident.

“In order to allow the air ambulance to safely land on the southbound carriageway, both sides of the motorway had to be closed.

“The northbound carriageway has since reopened but the southbound carriage remains closed and there are long delays in the area.”

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Fatal RTC in Bilston

Thursday 18th April 2019 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bradley Lane in Bilston at 9.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who is believed to have been riding on the motorcycle at the time of the collision.

“The man was found to be in cardiac arrest. An off-duty nurse had stopped to offer assistance and had already commenced CPR.

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

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Man fatally injured and three airlifted from RTC

Thursday 18th April 2019 – 8.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a tree yesterday (Wednesday) which resulted in a further four patients being taken to hospital.

Of the four patients taken to hospital, three of them were airlifted, including two children.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Honeybourne Road, between Bidford-on-Avon and Honeybourne at 3.55pm and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham, as well as the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered significant damage following a collision with a tree. There were five patients, all of whom were trapped inside the vehicle.

“The driver of the car, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident. Unfortunately, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The front seat passenger, a woman, was treated for serious injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a critical condition.

“A woman and two young boys were found in the back of the car. The boys were treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before both being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The woman was treated for multiple injuries and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Two injured after car crashes into tree

Tuesday 16th April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital after a car crashed into a tree last night (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Merritts Brook Lane in Northfield at 9.33pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients, a man who had been helped out of the vehicle by bystanders and a woman, the passenger, who was lying near to the car.

“Ambulance staff treated the woman for serious injuries before she was transported Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The doctor travelled on the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The man, who was the driver, was treated for multiple injuries and also transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision

Friday 12th April 2019 – 3.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a van and a motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A444 in Fenny Drayton, near Nuneaton, at 11.22am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and an incident support vehicle to the scene. A rapid response paramedic from East Midlands Ambulance Service was also sent to the scene.

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

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

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

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Trust celebrates Long Service and Excellence at annual Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 5.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

An afternoon of celebration that included tales of heroism and incredible bravery was enjoyed at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards last week.

The Trust’s annual ceremony, sponsored by University of Wolverhampton, OH Vehicle Conversions, University of Worcester, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, Prometheus Medical Ltd, Mills and Reeve, Zoll Medical and G4S took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Thursday, 28th March and saw a range of awards handed out including Long Service Medals and Chief Officer Commendations.

This year, 21 operational members of staff collected their 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were presented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE OD.

In addition, 17 staff were commended for 25 years’ service; 12 received certificates for 30 years’ service and two members of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are the only ambulance service to constantly hit all of our targets and we have the highest rating possible from the Care Quality Commission – that is all down to the hard work of our staff, many of whom we had the chance to say thank you to at our Long Service and Excellence Awards.

“I fully recognise the important role that all 5,000 staff play within the service, they all do a fantastic job and I am really proud of them all.

“We heard many fantastic stories of staff going above and beyond what is expected of them throughout the course of the afternoon, and it is that determination, which is reflected throughout the workforce, that helps to make West Midlands Ambulance Service the best ambulance service in the country, and for that I thank each and every one of them.”

Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Beverley Lindsay, added: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those ambulance staff who have been honoured here today.

“Rewarding staff for their long service is a privilege for me. In a world where employees now move to new jobs and careers on average every five years, it is becoming increasingly rare to dedicate themselves to over 20 years of public service. We should be immensely proud of these people and the work that they do.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Trust Chairman, added: “It is fantastic to have the chance to pay tribute and honour people who have dedicated their lives to the ambulance service.

“Those who have given so much of their lives to serving other people, and those who have often put themselves in danger in order to help others or performed heroic acts deserve every bit of thanks they get for ensuring we, as an ambulance service, continue to provide the very best level of patient care possible.”

Awards:

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Ian Yates – Operations Manager, Stoke

A 999 call received in the early hours of Thursday 30th August sparked great concern when the patient said he was sitting on a railway bridge, feeling suicidal. Ian Yates was first on scene and immediately started to engage in conversation with the man who was insistent he was going to jump. Despite not being trained for situations of this nature, Ian managed to keep the situation calm and continued to talk to the man for another half an hour. Thankfully, Ian was then able to convince the man to move to a position of safety before he agreed to go on to the ambulance and be transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rodney Scantlebury, Trainee Technician, Sandwell

Whilst his crew mate was waiting to hand over a patient at City Hospital in June, Rodney Scantlebury was asked if he could help assess an unwell woman who was in a taxi outside A and E. The unwell patient turned out to be in active labour with the baby’s head having already started to deliver. Understandably, mum was in distress and the fact she did not speak English obviously made the situation more complex. Remaining calm, Rodney managed to successfully and safely deliver the little boy and with more help having arrived, was able to get baby wrapped up quickly whilst maintaining mum’s dignity. However, that was not the end of the drama.

It very quickly became apparent that the baby was failing to take its first breath. Again, maintaining complete composure, Rodney delivered five rescue breaths, at which point the baby began breathing independently and let out a very welcome cry to announce his arrival to the world.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Dominic Sharland – Student Paramedic, Worcester University

For Student Paramedic Dominic Sharland, a regular day at his grandparent’s house in October took an unexpected turn when his grandfather suddenly lost consciousness. Obviously distressed by a family member falling ill, Dom managed to put his emotions to one side as he checked for breathing and a pulse. Upon not being able to find either, he dialled 999 and started chest compressions. He continued those compressions as the ambulance crew arrived and was able to give a full handover of events, despite the awful situation he found himself in. As well as providing emergency care for his grandad, Dom also reassured his grandma and other family members throughout. Dom continued to assist all the way to hospital and once again gave a clinical handover to the resus team on arrival at Hereford County, playing a huge part in saving his grandad’s life.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Tina Ray – Emergency Operations Centre, Brierley Hill

During a career spanning nearly 19-years, Incident Command Desk Supervisor Tina Ray has seen, and dealt with her fair share of dramatic days whilst working in the Emergency Operations Centre. Tina’s knowledge, skill, experience and leadership were put to the test on 22nd December last year when in one shift, she managed a stabbing, a collision between a car and a motorbike that resulted in major trauma, another road traffic collision involving three cars racing that collided with a pedestrian – sadly involving a fatality, a machete attack, a petrol bomb being thrown into a residential address and no less than four further entrapment RTCS. Many of these incidents happened at the same time. Tina simultaneously took the lead in EOC on these incidents, deploying on-scene operational and tactical commanders, co-ordinating ambulance, medic and HART responses, escalating each of the incidents to appropriate management and communications managers, all while acting as the key communications link for each of these incidents.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Kevin Naylor – Patient Transport Service, Frankley; Gavin Taylor – Patient Transport Service, Frankley; Jason Wiles – Lead Paramedic, Brierley Hill

Patient Transport Service crew Kevin Naylor and Gavin Taylor were en-route to pick up their next patient when they noticed a lady was standing on the wrong side of bridge railings, looking down at the dual carriageway traffic below.

Fearing she was preparing to jump, Kevin and Gavin quickly turned around and began approaching the lady. Mindful of not startling her, they kept their distance, talking to her from afar, trying to reassure her, but there was no response.

Lead Paramedic for Emergency Care, Jason Wiles also happened to be passing the scene and noticing something amiss, stopped to offer his assistance. The trio moved closer to the lady but she was still refusing to speak and alarmingly, started to lean forward. At that point Kevin and Jason managed to grab her arms and body and could lean far enough over the bridge to be able to pull her back to safety. This truly was a heart stopping moment for all concerned, but thanks to their bravery, the lady was brought to safety and transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Daniel Knight – Paramedic, Hollymoor; Thomas Coffey – Student Paramedic, Hollymoor

Daniel Knight and Thomas Coffey were the first emergency service staff on scene at a severe house fire in Birmingham last month. Upon their arrival they were met by one patient, who had managed to get out, but were told there was a second patient still inside. The property was filled with smoke at this stage, but Daniel and Thomas did not let that stop them performing a snatch rescue of the patient, who was unable to mobilise because of his injuries. Both patients then received treatment from ambulance staff before being transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

John Fryer – Paramedic, Worcester; Lorraine McHugh – Paramedic, Worcester; Michelle Adams – Paramedic, Worcester; Anna Borecka – Paramedic, Worcester; Milind Karday – Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford; Portia Harris – Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford

A cardiac arrest call was received to a property in Droitwich in November, to which two crews responded. Naturally a call of this nature will always be a stressful and dramatic situation – but this particular incident stretched things just a little bit further. John Fryer, Lorraine McHugh, Michelle Adams and Anna Borecka arrived on scene and found bystander CPR taking place with the excellent help of call takers Portia Harris and Milind Karday explaining exactly what to do. John, Lorraine, Michelle and Anna took over CPR and also administered advanced life support, securing a ROSC. However, the patient went on to arrest an incredible five times in total. Treatment continued all the way to hospital and such was the nature of the job, the crews checked upon the patient again on their next visit to A&E. It perhaps will not come as a surprise that the patient was not given a great chance of survival and was placed in a coma, but miraculously, after three days he defied the odds, came out of his come, was sitting up in bed a few hours later and went on to make a full recovery.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

Rob Till – Senior Operations Manager, Shrewsbury and Donnington

This year’s winner of the Peter Murtagh Award took over as Senior Operations Manager in Shrewsbury and Donnington during a huge transitional period for the area, and has helped it grow and develop at a rapid rate. Staff describe moral as the best it has been in years, sickness rates are falling and within Shropshire they have achieved the highest per centage of Staff Survey returns and Flu Vaccination results – a really positive outcome on all counts. So much of that success is as a result of the improved staff engagement that our winner has helped to achieve, thanks mainly to the hard work and commitment he displays.

Our winner always finds time to talk to staff, is fully aware of how important engagement is with his team and is available to offer support when needed.  Finally, whilst holding a huge focus on his staff and combining that with the needs of the Trust, our award recipient never loses sight of the most important aspect of the ambulance service, patient care.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured: 20-Year Long Service Medal recipient Gemma Morris with Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE, and WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh.

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Fatal RTC in Whitchurch

Monday 1st April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on Saturday evening (March 30).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A40 in Whitchurch, near to the junction with the B4164, at 5.39pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MARS doctor to the scene. The Welsh Ambulance Service also sent resources to the incident, including the Welsh Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had come to rest on the wrong side of the carriageway after colliding with a barrier, there were two patients inside.

“The passenger, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and received specialist trauma care.

“However, sadly it became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and was conveyed to Hereford County Hospital by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

“Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 588S of 30 March.”

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Two to hospital after M5 collision

Friday 29th March 2019 – 3.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the M5 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 7 and 6 at 1.48pm and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two cars and a van that had suffered significant damage, as well as a number of other cars that had suffered minor damage.

“There were two patients, the drivers of the two cars that had suffered the most damage.

“A man was assisted out of his vehicle by members of the ambulance and fire services, whilst a woman managed to get herself out of her car.

“They were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulances.

“No-one else involved in the incident suffered any injuries.”

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Ambulance attacked whilst responding to 999 emergency

Friday 29th March 2019 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance bosses are appealing for members of the public to help them identify the individual(s) who smashed the window of an ambulance whilst it was responding to a 999 call.

The incident happened on Collector Road in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, at about 8.50pm last night (Thursday).

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The crew, who were unhurt in the incident, were travelling on blue lights at the time, responding to a patient with breathing difficulties. A second ambulance was immediately dispatched to the patient by the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre.

The damaged ambulance had to be taken out of service and remains off the road this morning, awaiting repair which will cost hundreds of pounds.

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Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is incredibly frustrating to once again find ourselves questioning why on earth somebody would want to do this to an ambulance.

“Not only that, but given it was using blue lights at the time, whoever did this could clearly see it was responding to an emergency, what if it had been on the way to one of their family members or rushing a loved one to hospital?

“We’re now faced with a vehicle being out of service, a repair bill and not forgetting the horrible nature of this incident for the staff involved. I am extremely thankful no-one was hurt.

“We will be pulling the CCTV from the vehicle and passing it to the police but we would ask for anyone who has any information about this despicable incident to contact West Midlands Police on 101 and quote 20be/75740d/19.”

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Fatal RTC on A5 in Shropshire

Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 8.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5, near to the junction with Gobowen in Shropshire, at 12.33am. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car and a lorry that had been in collision.

“There was one sole occupant in the car, a man. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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UK Ambulance Services stand firm with New Zealand counterparts

Tuesday 19th March – 1pm

Delegates at the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives’ annual conference (#ALF2019) gathered together this morning (19th March 2019) to form a human ‘NZ’ to show their support for, and solidarity with, their New Zealand colleagues who responded to the deadly terrorist attack in Christchurch last week, as well as the families and friends of the victims.

Anthony Marsh, National Strategic Adviser of Ambulance Services, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service and Chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said: “We are extremely proud of our colleagues in New Zealand and we wanted to do something highly visible to show our solidarity, express our gratitude to those who responded to this horrific event and send our love to them, as well as the families and friends of the victims.”

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Notes to editors
▪ The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) provides ambulance services with a central organisation that supports, coordinates and implements nationally agreed policy. It also provides the general public and other stakeholders with a central resource of information about NHS ambulance services.
▪ Attached is a photo showing delegates at the Ambulance Leadership Forum 2019 in Warwickshire, UK forming a human ‘NZ’ in support of their ambulance colleagues in New Zealand.
▪ More information available from Carl Rees, AACE Media Consultant, via email to carl.rees@kognitive.co.uk or phone +44(0)7958 547 727.

Fatal gunshot incident in Birmingham

Friday 15th March 2019 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a gunshot incident at a property on Wheeleys Lane, Birmingham at 5.04am this morning. One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

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

“CPR was already being performed, which ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support.

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

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Two to hospital after bus and van collide

Wednesday 13th March 2019 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a collision between a bus and a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Lode Lane, Solihull, at 10.26am and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a bus and a van that had been in collision, both of which had front end damage.

“There were two patients from the van, one of whom, a man, was trapped as a result of his injuries.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and then worked closely with the fire service to ensure he was safely cut free.

“Once out, he received further treatment for his injuries, before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The passenger in the van, a teenage male, was also taken to Heartlands Hospital. Neither of the patients are believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

“There were no patients requiring assessment from ambulance staff who had been travelling on the bus.”

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Car overturns on motorway

Friday 15th February 2019 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the motorway this afternoon in which a car overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M42, between junctions 9 and 10, in Curdworth, at 1.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. A private ambulance crew also stopped at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the driver of the car, a man, partially ejected from his vehicle, which had come to rest on its roof.

“The man was treated for multiple injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, by ambulance staff before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Four to hospital after car and pedestrians collide

Thursday 14th February 2019 – 10.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A road traffic collision involving a car and pedestrians has resulted in six patients this morning, four of whom who have been taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Springhill Road, Burntwood at 8.36am and sent three ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered multiple patients at the scene.

“Ambulance staff were told by bystanders that the driver of the car, a woman, had suffered a medical episode prior to the collision. Following treatment at the scene she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.

“A girl, who was a passenger in the car, had been taken into a nearby school. Crews assessed her there but thankfully she had not been injured in the incident and was discharged at the scene.

“There were four pedestrians injured in the incident. A woman, a boy and a girl were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious and were transported to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution. A second woman was discharged at the scene having suffered minor injuries.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not know the ages of the patients involved.

Child seriously injured in collision with bus

Friday 8th February 2019 – 8am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A child has been seriously injured following a collision with a bus yesterday (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry at 6.16pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a girl who was seriously injured following a collision with a bus.

“She received treatment at the scene, including specialist trauma care, before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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