RTC rollover in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 10th June 2021 – 9.30am.

A woman’s been conveyed to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a single car RTC rollover in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:51pm to reports of the incident on Harborne Park Road in the Harborne area of the city. Two ambulances, three paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a woman, believed to be the driver of the car, trapped in the vehicle.

“Staff worked with colleagues from the fire service to safely extricate the woman so that a full assessment of the patient could be carried out.

“She was treated for potentially serious injuries at the scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, with the MERIT trauma team continuing treatment on route.”

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National Volunteers Week: Trust thanks those who give up their time for WMAS

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 9.00am.

“The past 12 months have been extraordinarily challenging, but it has been the strength, dedication and resilience of our volunteers and staff that has ensured we have continued to deliver the best patient care, in the safest possible way.”

Anthony Marsh, Trust Chief Executive

During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the region have taken the time to volunteer and in doing so, have made a huge difference to those within their communities. We want to take the time to pay tribute to them this National Volunteers Week.

Anthony Marsh, Trust Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of everyone at West Midlands Ambulance Service, I want to firstly thank those of you who have given up your spare time to help the Trust. Hundreds have stepped forward and continued to assist WMAS during what has been the toughest year for the NHS. From our Community First Responders (CFRs) to the volunteer 4×4 response drivers and PTS volunteers, all of your efforts have been extremely appreciated and have not gone unnoticed. The past 12 months have been extraordinarily challenging, but it has been the strength, dedication and resilience of our volunteers and staff that has ensured we have continued to deliver the best patient care, in the safest possible way. I would also like to pay tribute to the work of our Trust Governors, volunteer medics and volunteer car drivers who have all continued to support us throughout the pandemic.”

The Trust recently recruited 195 new CFRs who are currently undertaking training and ‘buddy shifts’ to get them ready to head out on the road. After this mass recruitment drive, the Trust is very lucky to have 373 Community First Responders willing to volunteer their free time in order to assist operational frontline staff and patients, in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

Ben East – Sutton Coldfield CFR

Another area within the Trust where volunteers generously give up their time, is within the Patient Transport Service (PTS). Within the West Midlands region, we currently have eight volunteers who are used to transport walking patients to and from hospitals; these tend to be renal and oncology patients. Within the Cheshire PTS area, 14 volunteers assist the Trust in this capacity.

There are external volunteers groups which WMAS also works alongside of, including the British Association for Immediate Care (BASIC) schemes and St John Ambulance. Another group of volunteers who have proved absolutely invaluable during the pandemic year have been the 4×4 response teams, such as Midland Rover Owners Club 4×4 Response Group and West Midlands 4×4 Response Group, who assisted in getting staff to and from work during the heavy snow in January. They also helped transport PPE and essential equipment around the region when demand was high.

Ian Antill, from MROC 4×4 Response Group, said: “Us delivery drivers generally had a few cardboard boxes as well as cages with PPE and cleaning materials which we collected from Stores in Aldridge. We also delivered (and collected) general post to locations visited, and occasionally the life-saving machines the paramedics use called Zolls. These and some of the more important paperwork e.g. ID cards, required a signature from the site boss or deputy. Uniforms were another frequent item for delivery or return. All the WMAS staff I encountered were invariably friendly and helpful. One ambulance man noticed my LR hat and we got into a (distanced) chat – he was on his 13th LR of all varieties – a real enthusiast. He was very appreciative of our 4×4 Response Group and our volunteering efforts.”

This National Volunteers Week, we encourage you to thank and sing the praises of the volunteers in your area by using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek.

To all our volunteers, thank you.

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Crews work with mountain rescue team to bring patient to safety

Jordan Eggington – Monday 24th May 2021 – 10am.

Teamwork is essential within every role in the ambulance service, especially for our operational crews who work with various other frontline services on a daily basis. When a walker became injured in Staffordshire over the weekend, ambulance staff were able to locate and treat the patient with the assistance of the Mountain Rescue Team.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3:13pm on Saturday to reports a walker had fallen at Thors Cave in Leek. Due to the nature of the incident and the patient being in a hard-to-reach place, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was dispatched, along with two ambulances and two paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found the man who had fallen in a cave and injured himself while out walking. Whilst a plan was made on how to extricate him from the area, he was given pain relief on scene.

“At this point, volunteers from Derby Mountain Rescue Team arrived to help with his safe removal from the area. A pully system was set up to extricate the patient down from the scene so that crews could fully assess and treat the man in the back of their ambulance.

“He was then conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

Incidents in hard-to-reach places such as the countryside and mountains can sometimes make it hard for us to pinpoint a patient’s exact location. That’s where ‘what3words’ comes into its own. In ‘what3words’, the world has been divided up into three metre squares, with each square given a unique combination of three words. Having this app downloaded on your smartphone can help us and other emergency services pinpoint your exact location. For more information head here.

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Serious RTC rollover

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 20th May 2021 – 8.45am.

Crews worked alongside the West Midlands CARE Team at the scene of a collision in Birmingham last night, which left two men requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:07pm to reports of a two car RTC and rollover on Alcester Road South in the Kings Heath area of the city. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a volunteer doctor with the West Midlands CARE Team charity attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two vehicles; one of which had rolled over as a result of the collision.

“Three patients were identified. One man was treated for serious injuries before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with the West Midlands CARE Team doctor travelling on board.

“A second man was treated for minor injuries at the scene and was conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“The third patient was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Two car RTC involving tree

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 12th May 2021 – 8:45am.

Four people have been assessed by ambulance crews after a two-car collision resulted in a vehicle hitting a tree last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC on Longmore Road in the Shirley area of Solihull at 7:21pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles. One of the rear passengers of the car which came into collision with the tree, a man, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment. Three further patients were treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene with worsening advice given.”

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Tributes to Herefordshire colleague

Jordan Eggington – Sunday 25th April 2021 – 5:45pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “On Saturday (24th) we tragically lost our dear friend and colleague Jeremy Daw, known among staff as Jack, in an incident in Herefordshire. 

“Jeremy (Jack) was a long serving member of staff with nearly 30 years’ service who always put patient care at the heart of everything he did. He was one of life’s good guys. 

“During his time with the ambulance service, he became a paramedic and worked in Hereford and Leominster, as well as flying on some of the region’s air ambulances.  As well as being a paramedic, he worked as a mentor helping countless other staff to develop their skills and patient care. 

“He loved his family, his colleagues and his patients. He was a loving husband, father and a fantastic member of our team and will be missed dearly. 

“His death is particularly cruel as had only retired last year before returning in January this year as an Emergency Medical Technician. 

“Our key focus at the minute is ensuring we do everything to support his family and also our staff. 

“I would also like to pay tribute to the efforts of our staff who attended the incident yesterday and our call room staff, but also the many staff from other parts of the region who volunteered to come and work in Hereford last night and today to allow their colleagues time to come to terms with what has happened.

“We will be working closely with Jeremy (Jack)’s family and the family liaison officers from West Mercia Police, in how they wish to remember Jeremy (Jack).”

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Jeremy – known by his colleagues as Jack – represented the best of the NHS. After almost three decades’ service, he returned to the frontline from a well-earned retirement to help patients during the coronavirus pandemic and served as a mentor to younger colleagues.

“On behalf of everyone across the NHS, our heartfelt condolences go to Jeremy’s family, friends and colleagues, as we also wish his crewmate a swift recovery.”

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Jeremy Daw, known as Jack to WMAS colleagues, with members of his family.

Fatal incident involving ambulance crew in Herefordshire

Jordan Eggington – Saturday 24th April 2021 – 4:50pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service technician has tragically died whilst on duty in Herefordshire this morning.

The ambulance crew were on route to a 999 call when an object struck the ambulance’s windscreen at 8am. It happened at the junction of Moreton Road and the A49.

Multiple resources attended the scene, which included two emergency ambulance crews, paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and two Mercia Accident Rescue Service doctors.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save our colleague, who was the front passenger, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“His crewmate, the driver, was also injured in the incident. He has received treatment at hospital and has subsequently been discharged.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time. I am enormously proud of all the staff and the university students as part of their clinical placement that worked so hard and professionally to try to save our colleague. I am sorry that despite their best efforts, he could not be saved.”

West Mercia Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or have dashcam footage to contact them on 101 quoting incident 00101i of 24 April.

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UK’s first ever combined bleed control kit and defib cabinet launches

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 22nd April 2021 – 5:30pm.

“Because of equipment like this, our crews will arrive at a patient in a totally different scenario than they would if somebody had just stood back and done nothing.”

The UK’s first combined cabinet, housing a bleed control kit and automated external defibrillator (AED), has been installed in the Black Country today. The equipment, which can be used by anyone with no need for training, is aimed to assist in the event of a catastrophic bleed or cardiac arrest.

The AED for the new cabinet on Park Road in Dudley has been donated by West Midlands Ambulance Service, with both the cabinet and bleed kit generously coming from The Daniel Baird Foundation.  The Foundation was set up in honour of Daniel after he was stabbed in Birmingham in 2017 and sadly died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding. His family have since been campaigning for emergency bleed control equipment to be made publicly available in cities across the UK, just as defibrillators are.

In adults, defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse may produce survival rates as high as 50-70% in the event of a cardiac arrest. That’s why the most important actions you can take to attempt to save a life are calling an ambulance, starting CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED). If you want to familiarise yourself with how to use an AED, head here.

In cases of catastrophic bleeding through incidents such as a stabbing, shooting or RTC, a patient can die in just five minutes. That’s why the bleed control kits, which were initially developed by WMAS and the West Midlands Trauma Networks, have several items that really could make all the difference: including a Tourniquet, haemostatic gauze, and a chest seal. More information on how to use these kits can be found here.

Cliff Medlicott, WMAS Community Response Manager

WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh, said: “Making equipment like this available to the public in those first minutes of a life-threatening situation before paramedics arrive, can prove absolutely vital. Today’s instalment in Dudley is a huge step forward in ensuring the public have access to potentially life-saving equipment in their local area. When we worked with The Daniel Baird Foundation on the bleed control kits more than two years ago, I had hoped they’d become as common as defibrillators. Now, here we are with both sets of equipment being housed in the same cabinet. Bleed control kits and AED’s provide the best chance of survival to the patient in those vital minutes before our ambulance crews arrive on scene. I really do hope we see many more cabinets like this installed over the coming years to help save as many lives as possible.”

Lynne Baird, Founder of The Daniel Baird Foundation

Turtle Engineering designed and built the cabinet in the UK and have worked closely with The Daniel Baird Foundation and emergency services on the location of the first installation. Accessible 24/7, the cabinet at The Bramford Arms can be accessed by a code provided by the emergency services.

Pictured left to right: Stacey Coombes, Lynne Baird, WMAS Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott and Bramford Arms Landlord Eliot Bennett

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Trust’s electric fleet continues to charge ahead

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 21st April 2021 – 5pm.

It’s not just frontline vehicles that are starting to get a modern and greener makeover – so is the Trust’s support fleet. After launching the first fully electric emergency ambulance at the end of last year and announcing the introduction of two fully electric Operational Manager response cars last month, the Trust continues to build momentum in its commitment to become greener.

Although the latest additions to our electric fleet look suspiciously like London taxi cabs, they’re certainly not for picking you up after a night out on the town! They are in fact four brand new London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) VN5 vans, supplied by Guest Truck and Van, representing another step forward in the Trust’s commitment to reducing emissions across the support fleet by 80% by 2028.

These vans will bolster the Trust’s IT team’s ability to operate across the West Midlands in an environmentally friendly way. The VN5 can achieve a range of over 60 miles (98km) using electric and a total flexible range of over 300 miles (489km).

Tony Page, Head of Fleet and Facilities with WMAS, said: “As a Trust we are looking carefully now at sustainability. We launched the UK’s first electric ambulance in October 2020, recently added two electric response cars to the frontline, and are continually assessing our support fleet to make changes where possible. The VN5 is a perfect choice for our IT support team, whose journeys can vary according to demand, thanks to its extended electric range and low emissions.”

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Man dies in house fire

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 20th April 2021 – 8:50am.

Sadly, nothing could be done to save a man involved in a house fire in the Black Country overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 8:48pm to a property in Park Road, Smethwick. Due to the nature of the call, the Hazardous Area Response Team was dispatched, along with one ambulance and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a serious fire at the property, with one patient involved.

“Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Woman dies and man seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 16th April 2021 – 8:20am.

Multiple resources, including two Midlands Air Ambulances, attended the scene of an RTC in Staffordshire last night in which a woman sadly died.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:24pm to reports a car had come into collision with an HGV on the eastbound carriageway of the A50 by Blythe Bridge.  

The Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill were dispatched, along with two land ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS doctor. The first resource was on scene within six minutes of the 999 being made.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found two patients from the car, with bystander CPR already in progress on one of them.

“The woman involved, who was already receiving treatment from a member of the public, was in a critical condition. Crews took over her treatment and administered advanced trauma care at the scene. But unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The second patient from the car, a man, was found to be in a serious condition from the collision. He was treated on scene before being conveyed on blue lights and sirens to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke Hospital. The critical care doctor and critical care paramedic from Helimed03 travelled onboard the ambulance with the crew and patient, continuing treatment on route.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 30th March 2021 – 4:25pm.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a collision with a car in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12:54pm to reports of an RTC involving a motorbike and car on the A49 from Marsh Cottage Junction in Felhampton. Several resources attended the scene, including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, three land ambulances and an off-duty paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, the motorcyclist, a man, was found to be in a critical condition after coming off his bike in the collision. Crews carried out advanced trauma care to the patient at the scene and continued treatment on route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“A man and woman also involved in the RTC were treated for minor injuries.”

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Gas explosion in Walsall

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 30th March 2021 – 9:30am.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a gas explosion at a property in Walsall this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by fire colleagues at 6:32am to a domestic address in Darlaston Road. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at Darlaston Road to find the property involved with significant damage and five people to assess. A car passing at the time of the incident was also seriously damaged as a result of the explosion.

“Two men were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to hospital for further treatment. Due to the nature of their injuries, one of the men was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, whilst the other went to Walsall Manor.

“Of the three other patients assessed at the scene, one was treated for minor injuries and the others did not require treatment. All were discharged at the scene.”

Photo Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 10th March 2021 – 8:50am.

A man has received advanced trauma care after a collision in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 00:27am (Wednesday) to reports a motorcyclist had come into collision with a tree at the junction of Aldridge Road and the A453 in Perry Barr.  One ambulance, a nearby paramedic, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition after coming into collision with a tree at the side of the road.

“Colleagues worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care at the scene and on route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He travelled on blue lights and sirens with the doctor and critical care paramedic on board continuing treatment.”

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Fatal stabbing

Jordan Eggington – Monday 8th March 2021 – 10:30am.

A man has sadly died after a stabbing in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9:45pm on Sunday to reports of a stabbing in West Road, Great Barr. Four ambulances and three paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “When crews arrived, they found a man in a critical condition. Staff worked quickly to carry out advanced trauma care to the patient, but sadly despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second patient, also a man, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being conveyed to hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.”

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Double stabbing in Coventry

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 25th February 2021 – 2.10pm.

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a stabbing in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11:12am to an address in Waveley Road in the city. We sent three ambulances, four paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance critical care car, with the first resource on scene within six minutes of the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a man in a critical condition. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, was treated for serious injuries. Her treatment continued in the ambulance on route to hospital.”

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Two fatalities in Worcestershire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 23rd February 2021 – 10.00am.

A man and woman have sadly died after a multi-vehicle collision in Worcestershire yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:40pm on Monday to reports of an RTC involving six vehicles at the junction of the A435 and Hill Lane in Wythall. Due to the nature of the incident, multiple resources were sent to the scene including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, the West Midlands CARE Team, three land ambulances and several paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a serious road traffic collision, with two occupants from one of the vehicles in a critical condition.

“The critical care teams from the air ambulances split up to deliver advanced trauma care to the man and woman. Unfortunately though, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save them and both patients were confirmed dead at the scene.

“One man from another vehicle was treated for serious injuries and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“A fourth patient, also a man, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before being conveyed to the QE in Birmingham.

“The fifth and final patient was assessed by ambulance crews and discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal Staffordshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 23rd February 2021 – 9.15am

A man has sadly died following an RTC in Lichfield last night.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 7:59pm to the junction of Flats Lane and the A5 at Weeford to the collision involving a car and van. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a critical care paramedic and doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found an occupant of the car in a critical condition. Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient, but sadly despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second patient was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”  

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Fatal Birmingham fire

Jordan Eggington – Friday 19th February 2021 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died following a fire at a property in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 5:17am (Friday) to Church Hill Road in the Handsworth area of the city. One ambulance and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene this morning to find a man, who had been involved in a fire at a property.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became clear nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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House fire in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 27th January 2021 – 8.50am.

Two people have been treated for potentially serious injuries after a house fire in Birmingham overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 11:12pm on Tuesday to a serious fire at a property in Regent Road, Handsworth. Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the MERIT trauma car with a doctor and critical care paramedic onboard attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they were presented with two patients who had been inside the building at the time of the fire, a man and woman.

“Although unharmed from the fire itself, the patients had both suffered potentially serious injuries from escaping the building.

“They were treated at the scene for their injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in separate ambulances for further treatment.”

(Photo credit: @ResponseWMP)

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Multiple casualties in Birmingham RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 22nd January 2021 – 9.00am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service attended a two car RTC in Birmingham last night which sadly saw one man die and two others seriously injured.

The service was called by police at 9:01pm on Thursday to the junction of Church Road and Lichfield Road in Aston. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma team attended the scene.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC, with one of those involved in a critical condition receiving bystander CPR. Crews took over his treatment and administered advanced trauma care but sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two other men involved in the collision had serious injuries and received trauma care on scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in separate ambulances on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.”

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The women working the NHS frontline

Shaunna Farley. Tuesday 22nd December. 13:25pm.

This year has been unlike any other, and it has been a particularly significant year for the NHS.

Two female members of staff have been featured in national magazines, telling all about their experiences working the NHS frontline this year.

Charlotte Stubbs, Paramedic from Dudley has been featured in an article for Stylist, a UK Health and Lifestyle magazine, the article focusses on some of the women of the NHS who will be working this Christmas Day.

While many of us tuck into turkey, many NHS staff like Lottie will be working over the festive period as unfortunately, emergency calls don’t wait until after Christmas.

When asked what working Christmas Day was like, Lottie answered: “I’ve worked most Christmas Days from the age of 17. This year I will be working across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and the 27th of December. I’ve never minded working on Christmas Day, though, as all the patients we meet are usually so jolly and everyone is in really high spirits!”

Karina Graham, Paramedic from Hollymoor is featured in Harpers Bazaar and talks about her experiences working on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

Karina said: “Through all the difficulties Covid-19 has brought the NHS, my colleagues, whatever their role, have stood side by side supporting each other and ultimately the health system itself. I am proud of what we’ve achieved.”

You can find the full Stylist article featuring Lottie here: https://www.stylist.co.uk/health/nhs-staff-working-over-christmas-experience/463926 and you can find the Harper’s Bazaar article featuring Karina here https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a34973162/nhs-frontline-voices-2020/

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FATAL RTC IN WORCESTERSHIRE


Shaunna Farley. Monday 21st December. 9:15am.

A man has sadly died following a collision with a car yesterday near Alcester.


West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5:23pm to reports that a pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a car on Church Lane in Cookhill.


Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene. A GP, who came across the incident, was also on scene and stopped to provide assistance.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, it was clear that the pedestrian, a man, was in a critical condition. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”


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Cyclist dies after RTC with van

Jordan Eggington – Monday 14th December 2020 – 3.40pm

A man has sadly died after coming into collision with a van whilst on his bike in Herefordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10:25am to the collision at Coppice House in the Tedstone Delamere area. We sent the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and two land ambulances to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found the cyclist in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Crews continued to administer basic life support to the patient, but sadly despite the best efforts of the bystander and crews, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Two fatally injured in single vehicle RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 14th December 2020 – 8.25am.

A man and woman have sadly died after the car they were travelling in came into collision with a wall at the weekend.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1:44am yesterday (Sunday) to reports of a single vehicle RTC on Warwick Road in Solihull. Four ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care car and the MERIT trauma team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, it was clear the two rear passengers of the vehicle, a man and woman, were in a critical condition.

“The Air Ambulance Critical Care team attended to the woman, whilst the critical care doctor and paramedic from the MERIT team treated the man. Both were given advanced trauma care on scene, but sadly despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save them, and they were both confirmed dead at the scene.

“The other two occupants of the car, both men, were treated by ambulance crews for serious injuries and they were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.”

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Haulage Company Honours Key Workers

Shaunna Farley. Thursday 10th December. 12pm.

A family-run business in the Black Country is honouring key workers of the region, by naming their new fleet of lorries after them.

The logistics industry kept the country moving during this year’s unexpected challenges, alongside the NHS, which is why BJS Haulage in Wednesbury has chosen to make this generous gesture.

Eight individuals who have been recognised for their hard work this year, including two from West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Intensive Critical Care Team from Royal Wolverhampton Hospital have been honoured.

Mark Barratt, Clinical Team Mentor based at Sandwell Hub is one of them; Senior Operations Manager, Rich Barratt, said: “Mark is known for his exceptional dedication and mentorship style towards students. His colleagues also recognised how he goes the extra mile to support them during times of personal need, as well as while on shifts.”

A second lorry will be named after the late John Mallinson who was a Call Assessor based at Navigation Point who sadly passed away in September.

John joined the Trust as a 111 call handler in March this year. Tragically, John fell ill in September shortly after completing his dual training. He was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, but his condition deteriorated and he died aged just 31 years old.

Head of 111, Rob Till, said; “Staff in the 111 call centre were unanimous in wanting to put John’s name forward for this honour. Despite his short time with us he undoubtedly touched the lives of so many people with his caring nature and desire to help. His family live locally so they can look out for his name on the lorry. I think that is a very fitting tribute to someone who came to help the NHS in our hour of need.”

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WMAS Advent: 2020 Edition

Jordan Eggington – Monday 30th November 2020 – 9am.

 T’was the day before December, and all through the land,
 Morale was low, with little joy to hand,
 2020 was a year that won’t be forgotten, 
 Seeing loved ones from a distance, for many it’s been rotten, 
 But one thing’s for sure, we’ve all come together, 
 To spread joy while we can, remembering loved ones forever,
 Now as we look forward, to a year with new hope,
 We take time to say thanks, as we’ve all had to cope.

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, with everyone experiencing their own personal struggles. Within the Trust, this year has seen mass recruitment in call assessors to cope with demand, students stepping in on the frontline and staff even making the brave decision to move away from home in order to keep both their families and patients safe.

Although the word ‘sacrifice’ comes to mind when thinking about 2020, so does the word ‘grateful’.

“2020 has made me appreciate life, because at the start of the year I almost lost mine…”

“I am thankful for being able to play a small part in helping people…”

“2020 was the year I helped bring life into the world…”

These are the words of just a few of our colleagues. Starting tomorrow, we are launching the #WMASAdvent Calendar. With everything that’s happened (or hasn’t) this year due to the pandemic it could be very easy to sweep it under the carpet, but our staff wanted to take the time to reflect and appreciate what 2020 has given them. Each day up until Christmas Eve at 8:30am you will hear from one of our colleagues saying what they’re thankful for on the @officialwmas social media pages, as we head into a more hopeful 2021.

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ONE YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENTS

Shaunna Farley – Friday 27th November 2020 – 10:10am.

For most people, 2020 has not been the best of years, but as we approach the year end and you are looking for motivation for a better 2021, then hearing about what Kelleigh Ash has achieved in just 12 months since joining West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will undoubtedly boost your morale.

After joining the service in May 2019 as a Patient Transport Service (PTS) apprentice, Kelleigh’s list of achievements has grown at a rapid rate. The first obstacle she overcame was passing her driving test which meant she could begin driving PTS ambulances to collect patients and take them to and from essential hospital appointments. With that experience behind her, Kelleigh’s progress continued as she joined the Trust’s High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The High Dependency Unit is part of the Patient Transport Service and mainly involves hospital transfers and the collection of patients who a GP has seen and has asked for them to be taken to hospital, either to the Emergency Department or a Medical Assessment Unit. These staff have additional training to the standard PTS crews which allows them to take observations and check that there are no significant changes to the patient whilst en-route. They carry out monitoring using the likes of blood pressures and pulse readings and their ambulance is equipped with a defibrillator and oxygen.

Just a few months into her apprenticeship, Kelleigh attended a motorbike accident that happened near the PTS Hub she was based at in Coventry. Upon seeing the RTC, Kelleigh and her crewmate, Amanda, leapt into action. Rather than panicking or being overawed by the situation, she put the skills she had learnt during her first eight weeks with the service to good use to help provide the best level of patient care possible. So much so, that her work that day resulted in Kelleigh receiving a Chief Officer’s Commendation from Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh.

Not content with that, Kelleigh has continued to show a determination to progress and has completed her C1 driving licence theory test and is awaiting a date to complete the practical element. She has done this as she is about to embark on her Advanced Ambulance Practitioner Training in order to become a Trainee Technician with the service.

Kelleigh said: “I’m in disbelief at how much I’ve been able to achieve this year, although I take pride in the fact that I’ve worked so hard for this and I must say, none of this would have been possible without the support of my amazing PTS team. I’m really looking forward to progressing even further with my career in WMAS and I really hope I can inspire other people to chase their goals!”

Michelle Brotherton, Head of Patient Transport Service said “It’s great to hear about Kelleigh’s achievements and progression at the service since joining as one of our Patient Transport Service apprentices. I wish her the best in her further progression with the service and in becoming a Trainee Technician.”
There are lots of opportunities to join West Midlands Ambulance Service, if you would like to find out more about the roles available, visit https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/

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Man dies in Warwickshire crash

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 25th November 2020 – 8:40am.

A man has died after a high impact single vehicle RTC in Temple Grafton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received the call from police at 7:13pm (Tuesday) to a road traffic collision outside the Blue Boar Inn. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a van with significant damage and the driver, a man, trapped inside.

“Staff worked with fire colleagues to extricate the patient from the vehicle. Sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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HGV driver dies on M5

Jordan Eggington – Friday 20th November 2020 – 11.15am.

A lorry driver has sadly died, after it’s believed he suffered a medical emergency behind the wheel this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:55am (Friday) to reports an HGV had crashed into the barriers on the M5 at Junction 1. We sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a man, who was the driver of the lorry in a critical condition, with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Crews took over treatment, with the critical care paramedic administering advanced life support to the patient. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Car collides with tree in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Friday 20th November 2020 – 10:30am.

A man has sadly died, after a single vehicle RTC in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5:56am (Friday) to reports a car had hit a tree at the junction of Wake Green Road and Yardley Wood Road in the Moseley area of the city. We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT emergency doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found one patient, a man, who was believed to have suffered a medical emergency whilst behind the wheel.

“The MERIT team worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the patient who was in a critical condition. But sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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MAN TAKEN TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING COLLISION IN BIRMINGHAM


Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 17th November 2020 – 3:30pm.

A man has been taken to hospital following a collision with a car in Birmingham this afternoon.


Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a basics emergency doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called to Dolphin Lane, Acocks Green in Birmingham at 12:27pm to reports that a car and pedestrian had collided.


On arrival crews found a pedestrian, a man, who had suffered injuries considered to be serious. Ambulance staff administered treatment on scene before he was taken to University Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance on blue lights and sirens, for further emergency treatment.”

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TWO TO HOSPITAL AS FOUR CARS INVOLVED IN SEPARATE RTCs

Shaunna Farley – Friday 13th November 2020 – 11.55am.

Two people have been taken to hospital following two separate road traffic collisions near Redditch this morning.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the two incidents.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were first called to the junction of Bromsgrove Highway and Alcester Highway at 8.26am to reports of a car that had overturned.

“On arrival, we found two patients. One of whom was an elderly woman who was cut free from the car by colleagues from the fire service. She was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance at normal road speed. The second patient, an elderly man, managed to get himself out of the car. He was also treated for injuries not believed to be serious and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital as precaution.

“A second collision occurred nearby, at the junction of the B4096 and Bromsgrove Highway, at 8.31am and involved three cars, one which collided with the central reservation.

“We assessed three patients in total. A woman who was uninjured and a man with minor injuries who were both discharged at scene whilst a second man did not require treatment.”

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Girl conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 10th November 2020 – 4.45pm.

A girl has been taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital after being involved in a collision with a car in the city this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3:26pm to reports of an RTC involving a car and pedestrian on Church Road in Erdington. We sent the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, the critical care car, a land ambulance and paramedic officer to the scene. The first resource was on scene within five minutes of the initial call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the pedestrian, a girl, in a serious condition after being in collision with a car.

“Staff worked quickly to treat the girl for her injuries at the scene before alerting Birmingham Children’s Hospital of their arrival via the Regional Trauma Desk located in the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre. The land ambulance travelled on blue lights and sirens with the critical care paramedic onboard continuing treatment.”

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Driver dies after RTC with HGV

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 10th November 2020 – 3.40pm.

A man has sadly died after his car was involved in a collision with an HGV in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11:38am (Tuesday) to reports of a road traffic collision on Watling Street in Stretton. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a critical care paramedic and doctor on board attended the scene, along with two land ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found the car had crashed into a hedge at the side of the road as a result of the RTC. The driver, a man, was in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Working as a team, crews acted quickly in administering advanced trauma care to the patient on scene.

“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Black Country RTC involving car and pedestrian

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 4th November 2020 – 9.10am.

A pedestrian has been taken to Walsall Manor Hospital on blue lights and sirens after being involved in a collision with a car in the town last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:13pm on Tuesday to reports of an RTC on Wednesbury Road between a car and pedestrian. An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended, with the first resource on scene within three minutes of the call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the pedestrian, a man, on the floor with potentially serious injuries.

“The ambulance crew worked together with the critical care paramedic to treat the man for his injuries at the scene. The critical care paramedic then alerted Walsall Manor Hospital of their arrival via the Trauma Desk in the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre. The patient was conveyed on blue lights and sirens to the hospital for further treatment.”   

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Car and cyclist collision in Coventry

Jordan Eggington – Monday 2nd November 2020 – 2.45pm.

A cyclist is in a serious condition after being involved in a collision with a car in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12:25pm (Monday) to reports of an RTC between a car and pushbike at the junction of Foleshill Road and Arbury Avenue in the city. We sent the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care car, along with an ambulance and paramedic officer. The first resource was on scene within four minutes of the initial call.

A spokeswoman from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “When crews arrived, they found the cyclist, a man, in a serious condition. Staff acted quickly to administer treatment at the scene, where the patient’s condition showed signs of improvement.

“The man was then conveyed on blue lights and sirens to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment, with the Critical Care Paramedic and Doctor on board.”

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Man dies and two injured after collision

Jordan Eggington – Friday 23rd October – 12.00pm.

A driver has sadly died, and two other people have been injured after a collision in Stratford Upon Avon this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7:25am to reports of a multi vehicle RTC on the A46 in Snitterfield. Three ambulances attended, along with one paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find three vehicles involved in a collision with three patients identified, one of whom was critically ill.

“The Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic from the Critical Care Car worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man, who was the driver of one of the cars. Unfortunately, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, who was driving another vehicle involved, was extricated with the assistance of fire colleagues before being treated for injuries not believed to be life threatening. She was then conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“The final patient, a woman, from another car, was treated for minor injuries and was discharged at the scene.”

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Coventry RTC involving car and pedestrian

Jordan Eggington – Friday 23rd October – 8.45am.

A girl has been treated for potentially life-threatening injuries after a collision in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:05pm (Thursday) to reports of an RTC involving a car and pedestrian on Tamworth Road. Three ambulance crews, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a girl, the pedestrian, in a critical condition after coming into collision with a car, with bystander CPR already in progress. Staff then took over in administering life support to the patient whilst getting her on to the ambulance. She was then taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens with the doctor and critical care paramedic on board continuing treatment.

“The second patient, a man, believed to be the driver of the car, was also treated at the scene and conveyed to UHCW for further assessment.”

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“This has made my career.”

Shaunna Farley – Friday 16th October – 10:35am.

Crews have been reunited with a mother and her healthy baby girl whose life they helped to save earlier this year.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called when Gemma Greensmith went into labour outside of her home in Stoke at just 26 weeks back in June. Gemma gave birth to her new-born daughter, Raelyn, before paramedics arrived. Gemma and her family quickly realised Raelyn was not breathing.

Gemma said: “I was absolutely terrified and then relieved beyond belief when the ambulance arrived. Giving birth at 26 weeks in the cab of a lorry outside of my house wasn’t how I imagined it to happen at all.”

Stoke Operations Manager Ian Yates together with ambulance crew Paramedics Kirsty Lockett and Jenine Cryle quickly arrived on scene to find the family doing CPR on the newborn.

Kirsty said: “I think, when you attend jobs like that one, you just go into pilot mode. I just wanted to make sure I could reassure Gemma as much as possible while I was doing CPR on Raelyn, as understandably she was absolutely terrified.”

Jenine, her crewmate, agreed and said: “When we arrived it was very stressful as the baby was still attached to her mum, but Kirsty and I were able to work out what to do very quickly as we work together regularly.”

On their arrival at hospital, neonatal consultants told the crew that if it wasn’t for their actions, Raelyn may not have survived. After 110 days in hospital at Royal Stoke Maternity Hospital, Raelyn was discharged and able to go home.

Through a mutual friend in the ambulance service, the family were able to make contact with the team who saved Raelyn and arranged to meet, safely with social distancing in place, to say thank you.

Kirsty said: “This has absolutely made my career, nothing will ever compare to the feeling of meeting Gemma and Raelyn and seeing them happy and healthy.” Kirsty had even taken the opportunity to get some balloons and gifts for Gemma and Raelyn and she said “I’m a big softie, as soon as I heard Raelyn was healthy and being discharged, and that I had the opportunity to meet the family, I went straight out to buy them some gifts!”

Ian continued: “It’s an incredibly humbling feeling to know that you have played a part in saving a life and ordinarily, we don’t get to see what happens once we’ve handed a patient over in hospital so this experience was definitely touching.”

Jenine said: “Responding to such a terrible job and being able to get such a positive outcome is once in a life-time and this is definitely one of my proudest moments in my career.”

Kirsty added: “This year has been so hard for everyone and this happening has really bought about some positivity. I work with such an amazing team and I don’t think the outcome of this job would have happened if it weren’t for the amazing team-work from all of the people there that day.”

This story is just another reason why it’s so important to learn how to do CPR. On Restart a Heart Day, we’re encouraging everyone to learn these vital skills as it could mean the difference between a love one at home, a colleague at work or a stranger in the street living or dying. For more information, head to https://wmas.nhs.uk/restart-a-heart-day-october-16th-2020/

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Shropshire paramedics secure defibrillator ahead of RAHD

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 15th October – 12pm.

Shropshire paramedics Sarah and Trish Johnson know all too well the benefits of having Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) within communities, which is why they thought it so important to gain one within their own local area.

There are several public access Automated External Defibrillators (AED) in Ludlow, but none that could be accessed within an acceptable time frame in the Dinham area to the west of Ludlow, which includes their allotment site, the Cliffe Hotel and the Cliff Park site.

Along with former West Midlands Ambulance Service Clinical Team Mentor, Joy Hughes, the ladies thought it would be an ideal location to place an AED which could be accessed easily from all three sites. Joy has very kindly funded the equipment in loving memory of her father, David.

As the allotments are unpowered, they looked to their neighbouring sites to host the unit as it needed to be installed in a heated cabinet. The Cliff Park have very kindly arranged to have the unit installed in the next few weeks. In the meantime, the AED is already on site and available for ‘Restart a Heart Day’ tomorrow (Friday 16th October).

Sarah Johnson (pictured with Cliff Park Warden Keith Bell) said: “Ludlow has a strong community spirit and the collaboration between the Cliff Park, Wigley’s Field allotments, WMAS and the very kind donation in memory of David Hughes means we will be able to provide a Public Access Defibrillator in the Dinham area. We are delighted that this will be in place for ‘Restart a Heart Day’, which further highlights the importance of early CPR and defibrillation in out of hospital cardiac arrests.”

There are thousands of Public Access Defibrillator (PAD) sites across the West Midlands and in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest, if you are close to a PAD site the ambulance call handler will direct you to its location. If you are alone, collect the defibrillator first before starting CPR.

Using an AED

You can get in touch with your local ambulance service for advice about placing a defibrillator in your area by emailing CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk.

Multiple fatalities in Black Country RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 14th October – 9am.

A man and two teenage girls have sadly died after a single vehicle RTC in Kingswinford last night.

The service was called by police at 8:54pm (Tuesday) to Bromley Lane to a car which had been in collision with a tree. We sent six ambulances, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the MERIT car with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, a BASICS emergency doctor, as well as three paramedic officers. The first resource arrived on scene three minutes after the initial call was taken.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a car had hit a tree, with five patients involved.

“Sadly, it soon became clear nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Despite best efforts of staff, two teenage girls who were back seat passengers in the vehicle were also confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The front seat passenger, a teenage boy was treated for life threatening injuries at the scene before being conveyed on blue lights and sirens to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The final back seat passenger, a teenage girl, was treated for potentially life-threatening injuries and was also conveyed on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.

“Our thoughts go out to the families of all those involved at this time.”

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Student Paramedic makes marathon effort for knife crime charity

Jordan Eggington – Monday 28th September – 9am.

“When you look into it, you realise just how many victims of knife crime there are out there.”

After what probably feels like the longest training period in history, Student Paramedic Amber Barrett is poised and ready to take part in this year’s Virtual London Marathon on Sunday. With this year’s race postponed from April to October, and now rescheduled as a ‘virtual’ Marathon, suffice to say it has not been an easy ride, but for Amber it will all be worth it.

Not only has it been a dream of hers to compete in the London Marathon, the other reason for Amber is a lot closer to home. She wants to raise vital funds for a charity very close to both hers and the Trust’s hearts. Amber is hoping to raise as much money as she can for the Daniel Baird Foundation, a local charity which does incredible work around knife crime. This is a very important topic for Amber because she tragically lost her nephew Connor to knife crime in another part of the UK six years ago. 

Student Paramedic Amber Barrett prepares for Virtual London Marathon

As a Student Paramedic, Amber knows all too well how heartbreakingly common instances of stabbings will be for her once she heads out on the road. Between April 2019 and March 2020, West Midlands Ambulance Service responded to 1,451 emergency incidents where the chief complaint was identified as ‘stabbing’ by the caller. That’s an average of four stabbings in the West Midlands a day. Of course, further cases may be identified once a resource arrives on scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has worked in partnership with the Daniel Baird Foundation to develop ‘Bleed Control Kits’, which can be found at locations across the region.

Patients suffering catastrophic bleeds from serious injuries such as those caused by stabbing, shooting or other trauma like a car accident could see their condition drastically deteriorate and prove fatal in minutes if the bleeding is not stemmed. Find out more about the bleed control kits here.

Amber Barrett

As a first year Student Paramedic, Amber said: “If and when I do start working out on the road, I honestly don’t know how it’ll make me feel, given my personal experience. I think I’ll be able to remain professional in that time, and afterwards it will be something I can reflect upon.

“I absolutely believe that education and getting into schools is the way to try and tackle knife crime, not only to help raise awareness with children and young people, but also with parents. It’d be great to get more workshops going to help parents understand the signs to look out for. One thing I have learned from researching knife crime after being directly affected by it myself, is that knife crime and stabbings aren’t just affecting your stereotypical groups of people. It can and is affecting anyone. But hopefully, if people aren’t carrying knives in the first place, we can slowly start to see a reduction in cases.”

Lynne Baird, founder of the Daniel Baird Foundation, said: “We would like to thank West Midlands Ambulance Service and its Chief Executive Anthony Marsh for his continued support for our campaign. The advice and assistance from the executive team has been invaluable since we launched. We’d also like to say a massive thank you to Amber for her support and fundraising.”

We wish Amber the very best of luck in the Virtual London Marathon on the 4th October 2020, and again for the real event in 2021. She would love to get as much support for the Daniel Baird Foundation as possible, please click to donate.

Serious head-on collision in Shropshire

Jordan Eggington – Monday 21st September – 9:20am.

All three Midlands Air Ambulances were required at the scene of a serious RTC yesterday, in which a woman sadly died, and four other people were taken to hospital.


West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:35pm (Sunday) to reports of a serious RTC on the A49 over the river in Shrewsbury. Due to the nature of the collision and the number of patients involved, the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford, Tatenhill and Strensham attended the scene, along with four land ambulance crews and three paramedic officers.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found five patients, one of whom was in a critical condition. Bystander CPR was already in progress on the woman, believed to be one of the drivers, when crews arrived. The Critical Care Paramedics and Doctor from one of the Midlands Air Ambulances took over treatment and administered advanced life support on scene. But sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.


“Meanwhile, the other air and land ambulance crews were assessing and treating the other patients involved in the RTC.


“A man, believed to be the driver of one of the vehicles, was treated for serious injuries and flown to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital, for further treatment.


“A woman who was a front seat passenger in one of the cars, was treated for potentially serious injuries and flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.


“Two teenage girls were treated at the scene for injuries not believed to be life threatening. One of the girls was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital by air ambulance, whilst the other was taken by land ambulance on blue lights and sirens.”

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Erdington Hub Send ‘Well’ Wishes to Bangladesh

Shaunna Farley – Friday 18th September – 2pm.

A village in Bangladesh is the proud owner of a brand-new water well thanks to the kindness of ambulance staff in Birmingham.


During lockdown and at the height of the pandemic, ambulance staff across the Region were humbled to be the recipients of generous donations and well wishes from the public, local communities and businesses. Paramedic Luke Chadbourne, based at Erdington hub in Birmingham, had the idea of saying ‘thank you’ to some of the key organisations who were kind enough to support the hub.


Luke said: “As a hub we wanted to find a way to say thanks to the individuals and businesses who were supporting us through the pandemic and give something back to our community so we decided to facilitate a staff collection. I was delighted with how many staff responded and to see our donation figure grow was just incredible.” Thanks to the generosity of staff, Erdington hub raised an incredible £800.


Luke continued: “With the money raised, we made a £300 donation to One Nation in Birmingham, a charity which supports local and international relief projects to help improve lives, as they regularly provided food parcels to the hub during the height of the pandemic. The charity has since used our donation to create a safe water well in Bangladesh which is really heart-warming.”


The hub will be using more of the money to send tokens of their appreciation to other key organisations and community groups who supported the hub, such as The Caring Foundation and The Ivy who provided ready meals for Erdington Hub for almost three months. The hub plan to donate any remaining money to a charity of their choice. Luke said: “Being able to raise this money and give back to some of the local businesses who supported us throughout the pandemic is amazing and we’re really glad we’ve been able to thank them this way.”


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Call assessor’s powerful domestic abuse poem

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 15th September 2020 – 9.00am.

“Then, at that moment, I heard what she said. She grabbed at the chance to set herself free when she murmured – just loud enough – you – pushed – me.”

‘Arrest’ – by Hannah Brockley

Call assessor Hannah Brockley has been with the Trust for almost a year after making the move from being an English teacher. In the space of a year, she’s experienced every 999 call you can imagine, with some of those, sadly involving domestic abuse.

She’s decided to combine her passion for poetry and the experiences she’s had as a call assessor to create a very honest and raw piece of work exploring the issue of domestic violence through the perspective of a 999 call. Hannah has submitted her performance to ‘Poetry Archive’, a project which documents poems from the year. Only 20 entries will be chosen to join the ‘Poetry Archive WordView 2020 Collection’ from the hundreds of entries submitted. The characters in Hannah’s poem are fictional and the piece is not based on one specific patient.

Hannah said: “Domestic violence is all too prevalent in our society and has been particularly so over the course of this pandemic. I am lucky enough to be in a very happy and loving relationship, but I have been in a coercive relationship in the past and understand how it can be so hard for people to get out of these situations.”

‘Arrest’ – by EOC Call Assessor, Hannah Brockley

“This year has been hard for an awful lot of people, but I think it is so important to raise awareness of the crippling issues around domestic violence and get the message out there to those people who feel trapped in these situations – there is help available. It is never too late to speak out and change your path. It takes an awful lot of courage for people to do this, but they so deserve the rewards of being free from that kind of cruelty and oppression.”

You can see the full written version of Hannah’s poem ‘Arrest’, below.

Domestic abuse is not always physical violence, there are many different sides to it.  If you believe that you or someone else could be a victim of domestic abuse, there are signs that you can look out for.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 999 and ask for the police. If you are in danger and unable to talk on the phone, call 999 and listen to the questions from the operator and, if you can, respond by coughing or tapping on the handset.

There are many domestic abuse charities which can help if you fear you or someone you know is in a dangerous relationship:

National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247

The Men’s Advice Line, for male domestic abuse survivors – 0808 801 0327

The Mix, for under 25’s in the UK – 0808 808 4994

National LGBT+ Abuse Helpline – 0800 999 5428

Samaritans, 24/7 service – 116 123

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Child airlifted to hospital

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 1st September 2020 – 3.35pm.

A boy had to be airlifted to hospital after being in collision with a car in Staffordshire yesterday (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 2:19pm to reports of an RTC on Elmore Lane in Rugeley, by the bus station. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two critical care paramedics onboard attended, along with two land ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the scene, they found a boy, who was the pedestrian, with potentially serious injuries after being in collision with a car.

“Staff administered trauma care on scene, with the critical care paramedics advising best for the boy to be taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital due to the nature of his injuries. The patient was then conveyed to hospital via air ambulance.”

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Metal cutters raffle ale to hail NHS frontline

Shaunna Farley. Tuesday 1st September. 2pm.

A metal cutting company in Tamworth have donated almost £300 to West Midlands Ambulance Service to say thank you to the NHS.


MMC Hardmetal UK have raised £270 by fundraising amongst staff by raffling off gifts and drinks which would normally be used in their annual exhibition in April, which unfortunately did not go ahead this year.
With the £270 raised from the raffle, they chose to donate it to Lichfield Hub.


The team from MMC Hardmetal UK visited Lichfield Hub last week to donate the money they had raised.
Alex Saboulis, General manager at MMC Hardmetal UK said: “We decided to donate the money raised to West Midlands Ambulance Service as in the recent months we’ve all been so affected by the pandemic so we wanted to give something back to the NHS and key workers and we wanted to keep it local as we’re based in Tamworth, so Lichfield Ambulance Hub was local to us.”


Alex and the team at MMC Hardmetal are hoping that the money can be used towards something memorable for staff at Lichfield Hub. MMC Hardmetal hope the fundraising can become something the company can do annually.


Dean Jenkins, Senior Operations Manager at Tollgate said: “It’s really humbling when you get members of the public who want to donate, as really we’re just doing our job. Donations like this one allow us to spend money on and improve things like our memorial garden on site at Lichfield Hub and really prove that people value us and appreciate the ambulance service, which is nice for the staff to see, especially now as we’re going through a global pandemic and staff have been coming to work and potentially exposing themselves to that, as just part of their job.”


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Driver dies in single vehicle RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 11th August 2020 – 2.00pm.

A woman has sadly died, after a single vehicle RTC in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10:07am (Tuesday) to reports a car had crashed at the junction of River Lane and the A442 in Telford. We sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a car which was badly damaged from the RTC, with the driver, a woman, inside.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Tyseley Industrial Estate fire

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 11th August 2020 – 9.10am.

There have been no known patients involved in the fire at Tyseley Industrial Estate in Birmingham; a fire which colleagues at West Midlands Fire Service continue work on today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:50pm yesterday (Monday) to reports of the fire at Seeleys Road in the city. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended, along with two ambulances and four paramedic officers.

Paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team in attendance

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews liaised with fire colleagues to establish whether there were any patients to treat who were involved in the fire. No patients were found, with everyone from the building accounted for. As a result, the two ambulances were cleared from the scene to carry on treating other patients in the region.

“The remaining resources stayed on scene to provide medical cover for firefighters working within the midst of the fire with HART operatives, and to also conduct any welfare due to heat exhaustion.

“One of our HART paramedics used the team’s drone to assess the plume and magnitude of the blaze, to help fire and other services on scene gain perspective.

“Regular multi-agency meetings were held throughout the evening, to establish the plan for the following hours. After a meeting at 10pm, it was decided WMAS were no longer required on scene and crews were stood down.

“Although starting to slowly reduce, this fire at the plastics site is still ongoing. If you are in or around the Birmingham area, please continue to keep windows and doors closed as the fumes from this fire may be harmful. Thank you for your cooperation.”

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