One fatally injured in M5 collisions

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 3rd August 2022 – 10.10am.

A lorry driver has died in one of two multi-vehicle collisions to occur on the M5 in the early hours of this morning.

We received a call to reports of a multi-vehicle collision involving a number of lorries on the northbound carriageway of the M5, between junctions 8 and 7, at 4.31am and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, our Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a lorry driver who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with fire and police colleagues to carefully cut a second lorry driver, a man, free from his vehicle, a process which took approximately 90 minutes.

“Following treatment at the scene for potentially serious injuries, he was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.”

Prior to that, we had been called to a collision between a car and a lorry also on the northbound carriage of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 at 2.50am. Three ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered six patients from the car.

“A man, who was a rear seat passenger, was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“The driver and a second rear seat passenger, both men, were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital on the same ambulance.

“Three further patients were discharged at the scene.”

Road closures will remain place on the M5 for some time and drivers are advised to find alternative routes.

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WMAS is ready, set, go for the Commonwealth Games

Jamie Arrowsmith – 28th July 2022 – 9.30am.

The athletes are ready, the venues are ready and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is ready for the Commonwealth Games.

The service began planning for the summer of sport almost as soon as it was announced that Birmingham was to be the host city back in December 2017, before a dedicated planning team was formed in March 2021.

Approximately 800 members of WMAS staff and more than 20 volunteer Community First Responders will be involved in covering the Games, over 1,664 operational shifts and 23,000 hours of resourcing. That will be done utilising 60 ambulances, 27 rapid response vehicles and ten 4×4 ambulances.

The Trust’s entire Commonwealth Games operation will be run out of the newly built Oldbury Hub. The 7,725 square metre building is the biggest hub in WMAS’ portfolio and was completed in the middle of July.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the West Midlands as we look forward to some fantastic sporting action and welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world to our region.

“We are as well prepared as we can possibly be to respond if and when required, but obviously hope we won’t be needed. My thanks go to all of the staff who have got us to this point and those who will be covering the Games, helping to make them the very best they can be.”

Head of Emergency Planning and Commonwealth Games, James Williams, added: “We will have ambulance crews and commanders at every session and every venue, helping to play our part in keeping the athletes, officials and spectators safe throughout what we hope will be a thoroughly enjoyable time for everyone.

“An enormous amount of hard work has been undertaken by staff right across the organisation to get us to this point, and I thank everyone for their hard work and commitment in making sure we are ready on time, it really wouldn’t have been possible without the buy-in of every directorate and individual who has contributed.

“Whilst the hard work will continue throughout the coming days as the Games take place, I hope all staff are able to find some time to enjoy the competition as well.”

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “After an incredibly challenging few years with the pandemic and operational pressures, this is a great opportunity for staff to do something a little bit different, and play a key role in supporting this fantastic celebration of sport.

“We have successfully managed to bring forward the arrival of 60 new ambulances and all staff covering Commonwealth Games shifts are doing so on overtime, so there will be no impact on the normal day to day running of West Midlands Ambulance Service.”

For all of the latest WMAS news and images from the Commonwealth Games, you can visit our dedicated webpage at www.wmas.nhs.uk/birmingham-2022/

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Notes to Editors:

WMAS has received funding for its operational response to the Commonwealth Games from the Organising Committee. Therefore, the Trust’s annual budget to provide a 999 service to the West Midlands, has not been impacted in any way.

Sophie is sew ready for Opening Ceremony role

Jamie Arrowsmith – 26th July 2022 – 2.30pm.

One of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s control room staff is getting set for her work to be seen by millions of people on Thursday night after helping to make the costumes for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Sophie Potter, a dispatcher who works in the Emergency Operations Centre, is used to sending ambulances to 999 calls all across the West Midlands, but after volunteering to help at the Commonwealth Games, her work is about to be seen across the world during both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Sophie took up sewing during the first Covid-19 lockdown when volunteering to make fabric face masks and it quickly became a way for her to unwind out of work, making clothes for herself and family members.

So when Sophie saw the advert for costume volunteers and the fact no previous experience was necessary, she decided to give it a go.

She said: “I was thrilled to be accepted and since February I have been attending two costume shifts per week on my days off and will be present backstage throughout both ceremonies to help dress all of the performers and make any last-minute adjustments.

“My confidence has grown so much throughout the project, particularly because I have been allowed to take on tasks independently which has been nice to have that level of trust shown in me.

“As well as learning how to use industrial sewing machines and overlockers to make hats, my proudest achievement in the workshop so far has been helping one of the mentors draft and sew a ‘master’ trench coat which several performers and stewards will wear and our master copy was sent off to a factory to be recreated en masse.”

Whilst Sophie is thrilled to have taken part in the project, she also said that it has not been without its challenges.

“The hardest part has been keeping everything a secret. Every day I go into the workshop I see incredible feats of artistry and craftmanship from professional sewists and I really cannot wait for the world to see what all of the volunteers have achieved when both ceremonies take place.

“This opportunity has been an amazing creative outlet for me and given me an enormous sense of achievement and pride. I will be sad when the project is over but will definitely look for other opportunities to keep sewing.”

Sophie’s work at the Commonwealth Games will not be limited to the opening and closing ceremonies as she has also volunteered to be an athlete driver throughout the event, which involves driving athlete between the athlete’s village and games venues.

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Jude and Jobe Bellingham Make Defibrillator Donation

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 12th July 2022 – 8am

Borussia Dortmund and Birmingham City footballers Jude and Jobe Bellingham have made an incredibly generous and potentially lifesaving donation to fund three Community Public Access Defibrillators which will be installed outside three schools in Birmingham.

The donation was received by Community First Responder (CFR) charity, Fastaid, and in partnership with Jude, Jobe and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), the defibrillators will be gifted to the schools.

In a cardiac arrest it is vital CPR is commenced and a defibrillator used to try and restart the heart, as every minute that passes by the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Having access to more defibrillators within the community can help save more lives.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, said: “This is an incredible gesture from Jude and Jobe, one that will help save lives in the communities that the defibrillators are placed. The effect of good CPR and early defibrillation can never be underestimated.

“The world watched as footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020, but through the quick actions of CPR and the use of a defibrillator, he is alive today and still playing football at the highest level.”

The donated defibrillators will serve both the school and the surrounding community and once installed, they will be registered on the Circuit – the national defibrillator network. When a member of the public calls 999 the ambulance call taker will be able to inform the member of the public of the closest defibrillator to the emergency.

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Fastaid CFR Terry Flower and WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin met with Jude and Jobe Bellingham at WMAS’ Hollymoor Hub after receiving the donation.

Car driver airlifted following collision with lorry

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 5th July 2022 – 12pm.

A man who had to be cut free from his car has been airlifted to hospital following a collision with a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5, Watling Street in Weston-under-Lizard and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man trapped in his car and a lorry that had left the carriageway, coming to rest in a field.

“Ambulance staff worked alongside colleagues from the fire service to carefully cut the man free from his car, assessing and monitoring his condition throughout.

“He was treated for serious injuries before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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

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More bleed control kits available in the West Midlands

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 29th June 2022 – 12pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is aiming to install 80 life-saving bleed control kits around the region in partnership with NHS Charities Together.

Bleed control kits contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings and are vital to help save the lives of patients who suffer major trauma with catastrophic bleeding, whether caused by an accident or assault.

Last week, thanks to funding from NHS Charities Together, WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin visited three Public Access Community Defibrillator sites in North Warwickshire, which are managed by North Warwickshire Community First Responders, to place three Bleed Control Kits alongside the defibrillator.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, and Atherstone Town Councillor, Ray Jarvis, with the new bleed control kit.

The kits were placed at The Crew – Queens Hall Nuneaton, Atherstone Market Square and outside the new AAA Food Hall in Hartshill.

Tim said: “These kits are vital to help save lives and can be used in the first few minutes of an injury by members of the public prior to an ambulance arriving.

“A number of kits, which contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings, can already be found in parts of the region following the hard work by The Daniel Baird Foundation which was set up after the son of Lynne Baird was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in 2017.

““Working closely with the Foundation, WMAS helped develop the kits and now thanks to NHS Charities Together, we hope to provide a further 80 kits across the West Midlands during the next few months.”

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, and Rich from The Crew in Nuneaton with the new bleed control kit.

More information about the kits can be found at: http://www.controlthebleed.org.uk    

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Notes to Editors:

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

Main image: WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin and North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, install a bleed control kit at AAA Food Hall in Hartshill.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 17th June – 1pm

A motorcyclist has been treated for serious injuries and airlifted to hospital following a collision with a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A480 in Hereford, near to the junction with Crescent Hill and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer a BASICS doctor from the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

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

“She had suffered serious injuries in the collision and ambulance staff immediately began administering treatment.

“She was then airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for further assessment.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 17th June – 8.30am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a mobility scooter yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Livingstone Road and Alcester Road South, Kings Heath at 2.30pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered one patient, a man, from the mobility scooter.

“The man had suffered serious injuries in the incident and was found to be in a critical condition.

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

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Hundreds show interest

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 16th June 2022 – 4.45pm.

Hundreds of people have already shown an interest in joining West Midlands Ambulance Service, only days after the organisation announced it was planning to recruit almost 500 student paramedics.

Hundreds of people have already shown an interest in joining West Midlands Ambulance Service, only days after the organisation announced it was planning to recruit almost 500 student paramedics.

Last night, around 250 people joined Trust staff at Shrewsbury Town Football Club for a highly successful Career’s Event.

A second such event is set to take place on Sunday 26th June as part of Armed Forces Day at Himley Hall, Dudley.

The Trust will have a stall at the event, which runs from 10.00am to 5.30pm, at which the Recruitment Team will be present to offer advice, guidance and tips on applying to become a student paramedic.  Those attending will also have a chance to find out more about what the training course involves and will be able to ask questions on qualifications required, interview techniques and anything else potential employees may wish to know.

Last night, members of the recruitment team, operational staff, tutors from the Education & Training Department and community first responders were all in attendance, providing visitors with the chance to talk to current student paramedics about what the role is like, try CPR, practice elements of the fitness test and ask any questions they had.

WMAS Recruitment Manager, Louise Jones, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people come along to Shrewsbury Town and show an interest in joining the ambulance service.

“We’re now really looking forward to our next event at Himley and having the opportunity to talk to lots more people who are interested in starting a career with us.

“Also, don’t forget that I’ll be taking over the @officialwmas Instagram account on Saturday (18th June) to share hints and tips as well as be on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in applying.”

The Trust has also confirmed details of attendance at a further event which will take place in Warwick, at DM Kineton, Temple Herdewyke, Southam, CV47 2UL on Saturday 9th July where the Trust will be participating in live exercises and demonstrations in conjunction with military and fire service colleagues as well as being on hand to answer any questions about starting your career with us.  

The Trust’s student paramedic programme is a unique opportunity which provides a 42 month vocationally based programme where you’ll ‘earn as you learn’. You will receive a minimum competitive salary of £18,661 per annum from day one of employment. On completion of the programme you will obtain a Level 6 Degree apprenticeship qualification and guaranteed employment as a paramedic with a minimum salary of £25,655 rising to £34,172 per annum plus unsocial hours pay enhancements.

For further details and to find out how to apply, visit http://www.wmascareers.uk in the first instance.

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WMAS recruiting more than 400 student paramedics

Claire Brown – Monday 13th June 2022 – 8.20am.

Set to leave college this term and don’t know what to do next? Fed up of your 9 to 5 job and have a passion for helping others? Think you’ve got what it takes to be a paramedic? We’ve got just the job opportunity for you!

With pressures on the ambulance service continuing, the Trust is on a journey of one of its most ambitious recruitment plans to date. In total, the Trust is looking to recruit 484 student paramedics across the entire West Midlands region.

Louise Jones, Recruitment Manager, said: “Today (Monday 13th June) our exceptionally popular student paramedic programme opens to applicants as we work to further bolster our front-line staffing levels across the whole of our region. This means that, compared to our previous student paramedic recruitment, we are now looking to recruit across Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

“In addition, for the first time we’ll also be accepting applications to our student paramedic programme from individuals awaiting A-Level or other Level 3 results. If you’re leaving college this year and want to work for us as a paramedic, you can now apply!”

“I’ll be taking over the @officialwmas Instagram account on Saturday 18th June to share hints and tips as well as be on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in applying. We now have a dedicated microsite about our student paramedic programme which includes everything you need to know about entry criteria, the application and assessment process as well as the training programme once you begin so I would urge anyone considering this fantastic opportunity to visit www.wmascareers.uk in the first instance.

“We’re also set to hold a number of career events in parts of the West Midlands in the coming weeks and I’d encourage anyone keen to apply to come along and meet us for an informal chat!”

The following events are so far confirmed but more are set to be announced in the near future via the Trust’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @officialwmas and via www.wmas.nhs.uk :

  • Shrewsbury Town FC on Wednesday 15th June between 6pm – 8pm
  • Attendance at Himley Hall Armed Forces Day on Sunday 26th June between 11am – 5pm

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Fatal House Fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 25th May 2022 – 9am.

A woman has died and two other people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Wolverhampton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called a property fire on Spring Road, Ettinghall at 2.26am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and a HART paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find a total of three patients.

“One of them, a woman, had to be rescued from the property by colleagues from the fire service. However, sadly it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man was treated for serious injuries, including burn injuries, before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A second man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment.”

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Fatal RTC in Tamworth

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 25th May 2022 – 8am.

A man has died and three other patients were taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle RTC in Tamworth yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a lorry and a number of cars at the junction of the A5 and the A453 Sutton Road, near Mile Oak, at 5.16pm. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a man who was in a critical condition from one of the cars. Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second man, from the same car, had to be cut free with assistance from fire service colleagues. He was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by land ambulance.

“Two female patients from another car were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Good Hope Hospital on the same land ambulance as a precaution.

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

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Pedestrian fatally injured after collision with car

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 19th May 2022 – 5pm.

A man has died following a collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A34 Queensway in Stafford at 12.03pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an elderly male pedestrian who had suffered critical injuries following a collision with a car.

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

“The driver of the car, a woman, and two bystanders were treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 19th May 2022 – 9.15am.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Tipton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to High Street in Princes End, Tipton at 5.23pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a motorcyclist who had collided with a wall.

“The man was found to have suffered serious injuries in the incident and after receiving treatment at the scene was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.”

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Three seriously injured in two-car collision

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 29th April 2022 – 3.10pm.

A two-car collision in Birmingham this afternoon has resulted in three men being taken to hospital, one in a critical condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Yardley Wood Road and Belle Walk in Moseley at 12.17pm and sent three ambulances, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been involved in a collision and three patients in total.

“The driver of the first car, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“Two further men, from the second car, were treated serious injuries before both being taken to the same hospital, also by land ambulances.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 29th April 2022 – 9am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of Alcester Road South and Hollywood Bypass in Wythall at 3.08am and sent two ambulances, 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 a man, who was the pedestrian, in a critical condition following the collision.

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

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 6th April 2022 – 10am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is on the lookout for keen and willing recruits 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.

WMAS is recruiting CFRs in Hereford and Worcester, Arden, Shropshire, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

Community Response Manager, 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-CFR05-22-23 (Hereford and Worcester); 217-CFR03-22-23 (Arden); 217-CFR06-22-23 (Shropshire); 217-CFR01-22-23 (Black Country); 217-CFR04-22-23 (Staffordshire); 217-CFR02-22-23 (Birmingham). Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 4th May.

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Car driver receives specialist trauma care following collision with lorry

Jamie Arrowsmith– Wednesday 30th March 2022 – 10.30am.

A car driver who had to be cut free has received specialist trauma care at the scene of a collision with a lorry before being taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the collision on the A41, near to the junction with the B5065 in Sandford, Whitchurch at 10.07pm last night and send one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We arrived at the scene to find the car driver, a man, seriously injured and trapped inside his car.

“Crews worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man, before he received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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

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Man seriously injured in motorway RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith– Wednesday 23rd February 2022 – 8.40am.

A man has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a collision between two lorries on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 12 and 13 on the northbound carriageway at 5.24am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews arrived to find one patient, a man, who was trapped inside his lorry.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man and treated him for serious injuries before he was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Fatal house fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 16th February 2022 – 8.30am.

A woman has died following a house fire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property on Meadow Court in Droitwich at 9.03pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered one patient, a woman, who had been rescued from the property by the fire service and was already receiving medical assistance.

“She was found to be in a critical condition and ambulance staff began administering advanced life support.

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

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Woman fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 16th February 2022 – 8am.

A woman has died and a second has been taken to hospital following a single vehicle RTC last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car that had overturned on High Street in Pensnett at 8.58pm and sent three ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a car that had overturned and two patients.

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

“The passenger, also a woman, was treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital for further treatment.”

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CFR group boosted by generous donations

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 11th February – 2.45pm.

South Staffordshire Community First Responders (SSFR) are all kitted out and ready to respond thanks to generous donations which has seen them provided with a new vehicle and storage equipment.

Financial donations from DPD and the National Lottery allowed the scheme to purchase a Mercedes X-class pick-up truck in which to respond to 999 calls on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service in Codsall, Perton, Pattingham, Wombourne, Kinver and all of the surrounding villages.

When they arrive at the scene of a 999 call, the will not have to waste time finding the equipment they need, thanks to Truckman, who have supplied SSFR with their ‘Decked’ storage solution.

CFRs are groups of volunteers who are trained to a national recognised level by West Midlands Ambulance Service and respond to 999 calls in their local communities. They can be vital in reaching patients who are suffering from medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, as quickly as possible, particularly in rural communities.

As a result they need a reliable vehicle and to be able to access their equipment in a timely fashion, as in life-threatening situations, every second can prove vital.

Matt Jevons, Founding Trustee of SSFR, said: “We are 100% reliant on donations and grants to keep our vehicles on the road, this includes purchasing and maintaining both of our response vehicles and buying uniform. The very generous support from Truckman has enabled us to fully utilise our new responder vehicle, which we were able to acuire thanks to DPD and the National Lottery.”

Mike Wheeler, Executive Chairman of Dudley-based Truckman, said: “The service provided by CFRs and the dedication of the volunteers is truly admirable. Their rapid response and actions can be the difference between life and death. We are very proud to support their work and hope the provision of ‘Decked’ can give their response times the marginal gains that can be so important in emergency situations.”

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured: Jean Morgan (SSFR Group Co-Ordinator) and Mark Stidston (Truckman Sales Manager)

Fatal RTC in Malvern

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 10th February 2022 – 9.30am.

A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car on its roof in Pickersleigh Road, Malvern at 1.15am this morning and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, we discovered a car that had come to rest on its roof after colliding with street furniture.

“There was one patient from the car, a man, who had suffered critical injuries in the incident.

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

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Fatal incident in Coventry

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 26th January 2022 – 8am.

A five-year-old boy has sadly died despite the best efforts of ambulance staff in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Poplar Road at about 6pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers 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 boy in a serious condition. He was already receiving medical attention from police colleagues.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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One to hospital after lorry collision on M6

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 13th January – 5.30pm.

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after two lorries collided on the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions two and three at 2.03pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the West Midlands Care Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two lorries that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

“In one of the vehicles, which had suffered front end damage, a man, who was the passenger, was found to be trapped as a result of the damage caused.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man, a process which took more than two hours.

“He was treated for serious, but not thought to be life-threatening injuries, before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“The two lorry drivers were uninjured in the incident and both managed to get themselves out of their vehicles. They were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 10th January 2022 – 8am.

A man has died following a collision involving a van and a lorry on the M6 yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to junction 10 on the northbound carriageway at 10.45am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the driver of the van, a man, with serious injuries.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent 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.”

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Fatal house fire in Wolverhampton

A man has died following a house fire in Wolverhampton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dickens Road in Low Hill at 1.15am and sent two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

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

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

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Fatal house fire in Halesowen

Wednesday 15th December 2021 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a house fire in Halesowen last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident in School Lane, Halesowen at 7.52pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

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

“The man was in a critical condition and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

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

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Serious RTC on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 3rd December 2021 – 8.20am.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a collision with a van on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the M6, near to junction 10a, at 6.01am. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been involved in a collision. One of the drivers, a man, had then been involved in a second collision with a van, after he had got out of his car.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries at the scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Man seriously injured in Redditch RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 22nd November – 10.20am.

A man has been treated for serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Redditch last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an overturned car on Dagnall End Road, Redditch at 11.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two patients, one of whom, a man, was found outside of the car.

“He had suffered serious injuries in the incident and after receiving specialist trauma care at the scene, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on alert.

“The second patient, also a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious, before being taken to the same hospital at normal road speed.”

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Fatal RTC near Leominster

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 17th November 2021 – 2.25pm.

A man has died and two other people have been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.31am to the A4110 in Aymestrey and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered three patients. One of them, a man, who was the driver of one of the cars, was in a critical condition.

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

“Two women, one of whom was a driver and one who was a passenger, were treated for serious injuries and both taken to Hereford County Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Ambulance windscreen smashed whilst responding to emergency

Friday 12th November 2021 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

The incident happened on Alcester Road, Moseley, at about 9.15pm last night (Thursday).

The crew, who thankfully were unhurt in the incident, were travelling on blue lights at the time, responding to a medical emergency at a private address. Another ambulance was immediately dispatched to the patient by the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre.

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

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “I have to question what goes through the mind of someone to think is acceptable.

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

“I am thankful that the staff involved escaped injury, but the situation could have been entirely different had they been hit by the object.

“The service has never been under more pressure than it is right now, and we wake up this morning with one less ambulance available to respond with as it awaits repair, which will run into hundreds of pounds.

“We will be pulling the CCTV from the vehicle and passing it to the police but we would ask for anyone who has any information about this despicable incident to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on west-midlands.police.uk and quote investigation number 20/1875068/21.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police, said: “Right now we’re investigating this as a case of criminal damage, but things could’ve been much worse.

“We need to make sure that the person who did this does not do it again. If we’re to succeed, we need people to tell us what they saw. If they don’t want to speak to us, they can contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Two seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 1st November – 8am.

Two men have been seriously injured after a car collided with street furniture in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.45am to the junction of Jobs Lane and Jardine Crescent 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 at the scene, crews discovered a car that had collided with a lamppost and come to rest on its roof.

“There were two male occupants from the vehicle, both of whom had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Following specialist trauma care being applied at the scene they were both conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire under emergency conditions.”

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Online careers event to give insight into the ambulance service

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 21st October 2021 – 2.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is teaming up with the The Prince’s Trust to host an online careers event for anyone aged 16-30 who is unemployed or currently working or studying less than 14 hours per week.

The event, which will take place online at 4pm on Thursday 4th November, is aimed at giving an introduction into careers available within the ambulance service.

As well as hearing about different options and career routes at West Midlands Ambulance Service, the session will also allow participants to learn more about The Prince’s Trust and the support it can offer, such as help with writing CVs, interview techniques and how to fill in an application form.

WMAS Recruitment Manager, Louise Jones, said: “This is a really good opportunity for people who are looking for employment to come and find out more about various roles we can offer and exactly what those jobs entail.

“We are really keen to tailor the event to those who wish to take part, so anyone who registers a place will be sent a form asking exactly what it is they want to get out of the event.

“It is important for us to make sure we are answering the questions potential employees want answering, allowing us to help young unemployed people within our community.”

Kay Bradley, Health and Social Care Youth Development Lead, added: “This is a great opportunity to see what roles West Midlands Ambulance Service has to offer.

“Additional to that, The Prince’s Trust will be there to support you on your journey, from application to interview and for six months post programme support, regardless of your interview outcome.

“One of our past participants of the programme told me ‘I greatly appreciate the assistance of The Prince’s Trust in the application stage, I have no doubt that your help made my application stand out from the rest.’

“We are really pleased to be working in partnership with WMAS and look forward to attending this event.”

The session will take place on Microsoft Teams and last for approximately 90 minutes. It will feature presentations from both WMAS and The Prince’s Trust whilst there will also be the chance to ask questions of representatives from both organisations.

To register for the event, please email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Two to hospital after M6 RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 27th September 2021 – 3.45pm.

Two people have been treated and taken to hospital following a collision involving a HGV and two cars on the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12.16pm to junction 14 of the northbound carriageway of the M6. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a HGV and two cars that had been in collision.

“There were two occupants in one of the cars, a man and a woman, who both had to be cut free from their vehicle due to damage caused in this incident. They were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, got himself out of his vehicle and was assessed and discharged at the scene.

“The HGV driver was uninjured in the collision.”

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Woman fatally injured in two-car RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Serious RTC in Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Car driver fatally injured following collision with coach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two pedestrians fatally injured in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 31st August  – 9.45am.

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

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

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

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

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Hagley collision

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

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

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

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

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

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One to hospital after van and lorry collide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman seriously injured on M42

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man seriously injured as motorbike and taxi collide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Wolverhampton collision

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

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

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

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

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

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Ambulance service football team nets a community defib

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editors:

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

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

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

Make use of 111 Online for urgent care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To join our Annual General Meeting please click here.

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Fatal RTC in Alcester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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