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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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 20th September 2019 – 4.10pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian at the junction of Wolverhampton Road and Grove Street, Wolverhampton at 2.22pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

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

“He received specialist trauma care from ambulance staff and was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene uninjured.”

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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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Notes to Editors:

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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