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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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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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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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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Man trapped for an hour in RTC near to Walsall FC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 11th May – 4.55pm.

A man who was trapped in his car for around an hour has been treated by ambulance staff and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision with a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2.47pm to the incident which took place near to Walsall Football Club at the junction of Bescot Crescent and Wallows Lane. An ambulance, a paramedic officer the West Midlands Care Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had collided with a tree and one patient, a man, still inside the vehicle.

“He was trapped inside the car as a result of both his injuries and the damage caused to the vehicle. Ambulance staff worked alongside colleagues from the fire service to ensure the man was safely cut free, monitoring him throughout the process which took about an hour.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The doctor from the Care Team travelled on the ambulance to help continue treat the patient whilst travelling to hospital.”

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Witnesses wanted after appalling attack on ambulance crew

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 16th April 2020 – 9.40am.

Staffordshire Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was arrested following an ‘appalling’ attack on one of our ambulance crews on Tuesday night in which a paramedic reported being threatened with a metal bar.

We received a phone call to a property in Blurton at 7.55pm responding to reports that a man had collapsed.

On arrival, the crew were forced to call for emergency assistance after a man became verbally abusive and allegedly threatened a male paramedic with a metal bar.

A 40-year-old man from Stoke-on-Trent was arrested nearby on suspicion of affray and assault of an emergency worker before later being released under investigation pending further enquiries. If you witnessed anything, or have any further information, please contact 101 quoting incident number 659 of 14th April.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This appalling incident beggars belief at a time when the whole country is being asked to protect its NHS in the middle of the pandemic we currently find ourselves in.

“We will work with police and do everything possible to ensure justice is done in this case as I will not tolerate any attacks on my members of staff.”

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Man arrested over broken jaw punch on paramedic

Press release issued in conjunction with West Midlands Police – Monday 6th April – 4.30pm.

West Midlands Police have arrested a man suspected of a “sickening” attack on a paramedic that’s left the NHS front-liner with a broken jaw.

Officers were called to Winifred Avenue, Coventry, just before 9pm last night (5 April) by a crew reporting a violent patient.

Paramedics were sent to the address after a man suggested he was suffering breathing difficulties.

However, the 21-year-old lashed out as he demanded an inhaler and punched a paramedic in the face. He remains in hospital with a suspected broken jaw.

The offender drove off in a car, colliding with the ambulance as he sped away, but traffic officers detained him from a vehicle in Holyhead Road at around 1pm today.

He has been arrested on suspicion of wounding, driving off from the scene of a collision, plus criminal damage as it’s suspected he damaged a door at a GP’s surgery.

Coventry Police Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara said: “Attacks on any emergency services staff will never be tolerated but this is a particularly sickening incident right now given that NHS workers are on the frontline of our national efforts to tackle coronavirus.

“I think I speak for the whole of Coventry in wishing the paramedic well and we hope him a speedy recovery.”

The suspect remains in custody for questioning and will also be spoken to about an incident at a doctor’s surgery in Baliol Road, in the Stoke area of Coventry, on 31 March when a glass door pane was broken.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This was a horrendous assault on one of my staff.

“At a time when the NHS is under more pressure than at any time in its history, to lose an experience paramedic from a cowardly act like this, beggars belief.

“I am determined that we will work with police colleagues to bring anyone who attacks my staff to justice.”

Attacks on Blue Light staff can be prosecuted under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act which comes with the potential for tougher sentences.

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Fatal RTC in Staffordshire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 27th February 2020 – 9.05am.

A woman has died and three other patients, including two children, have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.51pm to reports of a collision between a 4×4 pick-up and a lorry on Ashbourne Road, Leek. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a community first responder, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, we discovered a total of five patients, four from the pick-up and one from the lorry.

“The front seat passenger in the pick-up, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A boy, who was a rear seat passenger, was treated for a serious injury, not believed to be life-threatening, at the scene before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man, and a girl who was a rear seat passenger, were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to the same hospital in land ambulances.

“A further man, who was the lorry driver, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Woman seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 26th February 2020 – 9.20am.

Two women, one of whom suffered serious injuries, were treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a two-car RTC last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolverhampton Road, Kingswinford at 6.31pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered two patients, both women, following a two-car collision.

“One of the women was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be rescued with assistance from the fire service. Ambulance staff carefully monitored her condition throughout the process, as she was freed from the car.

“She then received treatment for serious injuries before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The MERIT trauma doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“The second woman, who was already out of the vehicle on arrival of ambulance staff, was treated for minor injuries and taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital as a precaution.”

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Two men fatally injured in stabbing

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 20th February 2020 – 9.30am.

Two men have died as a result of stabbing injuries in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a stabbing on Pensnett Road at about 3.40am and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who had suffered serious stab wounds. He received specialist trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene, who also administered advanced life support.

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

“Around the same time, one ambulance crew and two paramedic officers helped to treat a second man who had been driven to Russell’s Hall Hospital, he too had suffered serious stab wounds.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save him and he was also confirmed deceased.”

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Three to hospital following two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 18th February 2020 – 10.45am.

Two men and a woman, who had to be freed from their cars, were treated at the scene of a serious RTC by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two-car collision on Bromford Road in Hodge Hill, Birmingham at 8.33pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma Doctor to the scene.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a total of three patients following a two-car collision, all of whom had to be freed from their vehicles with help from colleagues from the fire service.

“The drivers of both cars, both men, were treated for serious injuries. One of them was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, whilst the other was transported to Heartlands Hospital. The doctor and critical care paramedic from the MERIT team travelled individually with the patients to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The third patient, a woman, was treated for potentially serious injuries and also taken to Heartlands Hospital.”

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Woman fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 14th February 2020 – 1.50pm.

A woman has died following a collision between a car and a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Shifnal, near to Weston Park, at 9.13am 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 we discovered the driver of the car, a woman, in a serious condition.

“She was quickly rescued from the vehicle by ambulance staff who immediately began administering advanced life support.

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

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

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Fatal road traffic collision in Birmingham

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 23rd January 2020 – 9.45am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Ridgeway Avenue and Hagley Road West at 6.06am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a man, who was the pedestrian, with multiple serious injuries following the collision.

“Ambulance staff performed specialist trauma care and administered advanced life support at the scene.

“However, despite their best efforts, it sadly became apparent 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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Two seriously injured as van and pedestrians collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th January 2020 – 3.35pm.

Two pedestrians have been treated for serious injuries and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision with a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Burnt Tree junction on Birmingham New Road, Dudley at 1.51pm and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two pedestrians, both women, who had suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“Ambulance crews administered specialist trauma care at the scene before they were both transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on land ambulances. The doctor from the air ambulance and the critical care paramedic from the critical care car travelled with the patients to help continue treatment enroute to hospital. Both patients are described as being in a serious condition.

“The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.

“Motorists are advised to find alternative routes and avoid the area wherever possible.”

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Improvements to ambulance provision in Solihull

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 7th January 2020 – 4.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is to make changes to the provision of ambulance services in Solihull in a bid to improve the care provided to patients.

Additional paramedics and ambulances will be made available to the Borough over the coming weeks.  These will be funded by money saved by closing the base at Solihull Hospital which currently hosts three ambulances.

In 2019, the Trust responded to 32,522 cases in the Solihull area, yet only 13.6% of those cases were attended by the three ambulances based in the town; the other 86.3% were ambulances based at other sites such as Erdington Hub, but also others such as Coventry, Lichfield and Hollymoor.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Buildings don’t save lives; ambulance staff and vehicles do.  The Trust does not get value for money from the Solihull facility as it is empty most of the time.  We will therefore invest all of the savings from closing Solihull into frontline services.  The Borough will benefit from an increased number of staff and ambulances as a result of the change.

“Where an ambulance starts or finishes it’s shift really doesn’t matter; what matters is whether we are able to respond to patients in a timely manner.  We are confident that the change will bring real benefits to patients.

“As a service we will always send the nearest available ambulance to each case.  Once the Solihull ambulances transport a patient to A&E, most commonly at Heartlands Hospital, they will be tasked to the next case, even if that is not in Solihull.  In the meantime, other ambulances will cover cases in Solihull. This explains why such a high proportion of incidents in Solihull are not attended by Solihull ambulances.

“I understand why people might initially be concerned by such a change, but ambulances have never been tied to the town.  If all three ambulances from the town are with patients and a fourth case came in, as happens regularly, people would rightly expect support from another ambulance.  This change simply ensures that that an ambulance will arrive sooner.”

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “I welcome more ambulance staff and ambulances being made available to help local people receive timely care and have better health outcomes, often at their time of greatest need.

“This change makes absolute sense and will enable West Midlands Ambulance Service to use its frontline resources more efficiently and effectively, for everyone’s benefit.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in Birmingham RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 16th December 2019 – 1.25pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian at the junction of Moor Street and Park Street at 10.47am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover the pedestrian, a man, in a critical condition.

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

“The driver of the vehicle, a man, was assessed at the scene and taken to City Hospital.”

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Man fatally injured in two vehicle RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 2nd December 2019 – 5.10pm

A man has died in a road traffic collision in the Shareshill area of Wolverhampton this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two vehicle RTC involving a car and lorry on Cannock Road, just off Junction 11 of the M6, at 12:06pm (Monday). One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving a car and a vehicle transporter. The driver of the car, a man, was found in a critical condition and was rapidly removed from his vehicle in order for treatment to begin.

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

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene with no injuries.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 28th November 2019 – 3.25pm.

A woman has died following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birmingham Road in West Bromwich, near to West Bromwich Albion Football Club, at 11.57am and sent one ambulance and two paramedic officers to the scene.

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

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

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.

“A third patient, a woman who witnessed the incident, was also treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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Two seriously injured after car and motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith– Tuesday 5th November 2019 – 3pm

A collision between a car and three motorbikes has left three patients injured and requiring treatment from ambulance staff, two of them seriously.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Damson Parkway in Solihull at 12.42pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three male motorcyclists who had all been injured following a collision with a car.

“One of them, who was in his 20s, had initially been trapped underneath the car. Ambulance staff assessed and monitored the man closely, whilst the fire service worked to free him.

“He was then treated for multiple serious injuries and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance. A Critical Care Paramedic from the Critical Care Car travelled with the man to continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“A teenage male was also treated for multiple serious injuries and was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance, with the doctor from the air ambulance travelling with him to continue treatment.

“A second teenage male was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Heartlands Hospital, also by land ambulance.”

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Man seriously injured in M6 collision

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 1st November 2019 – 8.05am.

Two men, including one with serious injuries, have received treatment from ambulance staff and been conveyed to hospital following a collision on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a four-vehicle collision between junctions five and six on the northbound carriageway at 4.37am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered two patients, both men.

“One of them was out of his vehicle and receiving treatment from the police on our arrival.

“Ambulance staff quickly discovered he was in a serious condition and administered specialist trauma care at the scene before transporting the man to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The second patient was assisted out of his car by ambulance staff. He was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Heartlands Hospital under normal road conditions.

“The motorway remains closed between junctions four and six following the collision and is expected to do so until approximately midday.”

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Strokes can happen to anyone, not just the elderly

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 28th October 2019 – 10am.

“Had it been your nan suffering those symptoms, I’d have instantly known she was having a stroke.”

That is what Emergency Operations Centre Call Assessor, Amy Keogh was told by a family member during her recovery from a stroke she suffered in 2016 when aged just 19-years-old.

Now, to mark today’s World Stroke Day, Amy hopes that her story, and those words in particular, will ensure people realise that strokes can happen to anyone, at any age, not just in the elderly.

Amy suffered headaches, sickness, vision loss and lost the use of her right leg, which ultimately led to her falling and ending up in hospital, where she was diagnosed as having suffered a stroke.

“The headache was the worst headache I’ve ever had and I couldn’t understand why I was tapping the wrong number on my phone when trying to enter my passcode.

“I had no idea I had lost use of my right leg until I tried to get to the toilet and I ended up falling.

“There is a common belief amongst people that strokes don’t happen to young people, but I am proof that they do. I had no idea that you could be affected so young by a stroke, you only ever hear of it in elderly people.  That is why I am desperate to get the message out there and make people aware that unfortunately, they can happen to anyone.”

Amy added that if anyone is unsure about their symptoms, they should seek reassurance as soon as possible. “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” she said. “I would urge anyone, old or young, to get some advice, get seen as soon as possible in order to hopefully get the worst-case scenario of it actually being a stroke, ruled out.”

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. This can be caused by a clot in a blood vessel or bleeding in, or around, the brain.

WMAS Consultant Paramedic, Matt Ward, said: “There are treatments that can reduce the disability caused by stroke but these can only be given in the first few hours.

“Amy’s story is an example of how things can be missed, but because of the need to treat rapidly, it is essential to spot the signs of a stroke as quickly as possible. The FAST test is a well-known way of checking symptoms, but there are less obvious symptoms too such as sudden or partial loss of vision, and sudden changes in balance.”

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Notes to Editors:

Amy Keogh is available for interview today (Tuesday). To arrange, please contact the Press Office by calling 01384 246496.

Picture caption: The MRI scan of Amy’s brain during her stroke. The black dot at the bottom (above PIL) indicates the clot that then lead to three bleeds in the brain. Two of which are clear to see as black circles on the left side and the third is a smaller one on the right side (in line with the A in LAS on the side).

In the UK there are around 120,000 stroke cases a year. Over 1.2m people in the UK live with the effects of stroke, making it the biggest single cause of disability. West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) deals with over 20,000 suspected stroke cases a year.

F – facial drooping

A – arm weakness

S – speech disturbance (slurring or inappropriate words and an inability to speak are all common signs)

T – time, if you find any of these signs it’s time to call 999

Pedestrian seriously injured in Coventry

Friday 18th October 2019 – 10.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres in a serious condition following a collision between a car and a pedestrian this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Far Gosford Street and Binley Road at 8.07am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

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

“She received treatment at the scene for multiple serious injuries before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“The doctor from the air ambulance travelled in the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.”

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