Ambulance crew chased and vehicle damaged

Thursday 29th November 2018 – 12.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

Officers from West Midlands Police have arrested a man after he assaulted one of our crews as they tried to treat him.

The incident happened in Handsworth after a 999 call at just before 7am this morning (Thursday).

The crew was chased into their ambulance, where the perpetrator subsequently smashed one of the windows.

The Force Response Unit from West Midlands Police tweeted to say that one of their officers was assaulted during the arrest, but the perpetrator is now in custody.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Although physically unhurt, this must have been a terrifying ordeal for our staff.  We will provide support for them going forwards, but this is something that simply should not happen.

“No one deserves to be assaulted, but our staff are there to help people in their hour of need; they are there to protect and save the lives of the public.”

Staffside Chair, Stuart Gardner added: “We will work with the Trust to push for charges to be brought against this individual and should he be convicted, we hope that the courts will use the full powers now in place through the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to hand down a punishment that will not leave ambulance staff feeling let down.

“The public have made their feelings known about such cases and we hope the courts will take that on board.”

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Ambulance window smashed (29-11-18)

Forging an alliance to improve patient care

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – 3.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three ambulance services have announced plans to form an alliance that could have a real impact on patient care.

Between them, South East Coast, South Western and West Midlands Ambulance Services take over 2.5 million 999 calls every year.  The three Trusts plan to form an alliance that will see them working even more closely to deliver efficiency savings to invest in front line services.

The alliance expects to deliver savings through initiatives such as the joint procurement of supplies, including equipment and fuel.  In addition, the three will work collaboratively to share best practice across the area for the benefit of patients and staff.  They will also work on improving resilience between the organisations for planned events and major incidents.

The work will draw upon existing benchmarking and evidence from the National Audit Office investigation into ambulance services, and more recently, the report from Lord Carter into efficiency and productivity.

There are no plans to merge services or restructure existing operations, but the changes mean that the three Trusts can make every pound of taxpayers’ money work as efficiently as possible.

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “I can see real improvements in the way we work coming from the development of our relationships between organisations.  In particular I can see how we will improve the resilience of our Services which can only benefit staff and patients alike.”

Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service, said: “I am really excited by this new alliance.  There are significant benefits for both our people and our patients from the three services working more closely together.  It will allow us to reduce duplication and learn from best practice which will save money and ultimately improve the care we provide for our patients.”

Daren Mochrie Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “This is the right thing to do for our patients and our staff.  By forming this partnership, we will be able to bring together the knowledge and experience of three Trusts to explore ways to reduce variation in some areas and develop new joint initiatives that will untimely enhance the quality of the care for our patients.”

The decision to move towards an alliance was agreed on Tuesday (20th November) by the Chief Executives and Chairs of the three Trusts follows the recommendations of the Carter report, which described ambulance services working in an alliance to deliver efficiency savings and improved productivity.

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, said: “There are clear advantages of the three organisations working together which can only benefit staff and the public we serve.  This alliance will allow us to improve the care we provide to patients whilst supporting our staff who work incredibly hard every day.”

SWAST Chairman, Tony Fox, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on the best the three ambulance services has to offer, use the significant purchasing power we collectively have and learn from the experience and share best practice between alliance partners to improve the quality of the service to our patients here in the South West.”

SEACAMB Chairman, David Astley, said: “I am confident that, by working closely in partnership with our colleagues from SWAST and WMAS, we will all be able to benefit from sharing best practice and making efficiencies through joint procurement to drive real improvements for our staff and our patients.”

Note to Editors

  • SECAMB: Covers 3,600 square miles and a population of 4.8 million. On average they receive 2,500 per day.
  • SWAST: Covers 10,000 square miles (20% of mainland England) with a population of 5.5m. The Trust receives, on average 3,200 calls per day.
  • WMAS: Covers 5,000 square miles with a population of 5.6 million. The Trust receives on average 4,000 calls per day.

The three services have a joint income of over £700 million, which means greater economies of scale for procurement.

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Urgent referral team goes live helping patients and hospitals alike

Monday 5th November 2018 – 7.04pm – Murray MacGregor.

Today saw the return of a service that will help some of the sickest patients we see get to hospital on time while helping the 999 service get to patients even more quickly.

After weeks of planning, hard work from numerous departments within WMAS, today saw the PTS Urgent Referral Tier return for the winter months.

Tactical Commander, James Williams, said: “Last winter was one of the most challenging we have ever faced.  One of the ways we helped ensure ambulance crews got to 999 calls quickly was to launch the Urgent Referral Tier.

“The crews are made up on one member of our non-emergency patient transport service and a clinician, usually a paramedic.

“Together they transport patients who have already been assessed by a clinician, often a GP, who has decided they require attendance at hospital and are sufficiently poorly that they need to be taken by ambulance.   Equally, they will help the hospitals by taking patients home once they have been discharged.

By getting these crews to do the transfer, it means our frontline ambulances can concentrate on the 999 calls.

“Over the winter we will have 12 crews operating from Coventry, Dudley, Frankley, Gravelly Hill and Wolverhampton, solely attending urgent removal cases.

“These staff will play a vital role in helping to reduce the pressure on A&E Departments  and our frontline ambulances.”

Pictured: Some of the staff at our Gravelly Hill base just before they set off earlier today.

Urgent Referal Tier (5-11-18)

Knowing what to do when someone had a cardiac arrest saved Glenn Hoddle’s life. Would you know what to do?

Over the weekend, the life of Glenn Hoddle was saved by the quick actions of a sound engineer who started CPR and used a defibrillator  when the former England international footballer suffered a cardiac arrest.

Each year, West Midlands Ambulance Service attends about 4,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests.  Sadly, only about 7% of those people will survive!  It’s a shocking figure, especially when in some countries like Denmark, the figure is around 25%.  Why? Simple, the number of people who know CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and are prepared to act is too small.  It’s even more tragic when you consider how easy it is to do.

When someone has a cardiac arrest, every second counts.  The patient will be unconscious and their heart won’t be beating – they are clinically dead and will stay that way unless someone is prepared to do something.

Giving CPR buys the patient time, so the ambulance service can get there.  You can’t hurt the person; doing something can only help.  For every minute after the patient’s heart has stopped, their chance of survival drops by 10%, so you can see why time is of the essence.

Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott says: “While yes, it might be scary,  easy it is easy to be a #lifesaver:

While CPR can buy you time, it is the use of a defibrillator that will get save the patient.  There are now thousands of AEDS – automatic external defibrillators  – in the community.  You’ve probably seen them at airports, railway stations, but increasingly on the walls of village shops, supermarkets and even old telephone boxes.

The question is; do you know where your nearest #defib is?  If not, make sure you find out as your life, or the life of a loved one could depend on it.

Senior paramedic Nick Henry says: “I can only speak personally, but saving a life is the most incredible experience; knowing that your actions mean someone will get to spend time with their loved ones when they wouldn’t otherwise have had that chance.

“You don’t need any training to use an AED; they actually tell you what to do, so please take the time to find the closest device to your home and work at least and you could save a life:

A cardiac can strike anyone at any time: it could be a loved one, a friend, a complete stranger.  If you know what to do, you could help save their life.  Why would you not want to learn how to do CPR?  It doesn’t take long to learn and there are courses all over the place.

A teenager has died after an RTC despite work of ambulance and hospital staff

Monday 10th September 2018 – 2.32pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has died after an RTC despite the efforts of ambulance and hospital staff.

The incident happened on Wolverhampton Road in Quinton last night (Sunday 9th September) at about 11.45pm.

An ambulance was on scene less than 3 minutes after the first 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer the the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found an 18-year-old was whose motorbike had hit a tree.

“Ambulance staff carried out life support and advanced trauma care at the scene before taking the man to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Sadly, he died later at hospital.”

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Anyone with information can call the West Midlands Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101; quoting log number 2845 of 09/09/18.

A man has been rescued after being found at the bottom of a cliff

Monday 10th September 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to treat a man who was found at the bottom of a cliff near Bridgnorth before he was lowered to safety using ropes.

Emergency services were called to High Rock, off Telford Road at 10.15pm lat night, Sunday.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who was in his 20s, was found at the bottom of a 25 metre cliff, thought it wasn’t clear how he had come to be there.

“The man was complaining of back and shoulder pain.  He was immobilised, had his injuries splinted and was given pain relief.  The HART team then clipped the stretcher onto a rope system put in place by Shropshire Fire; the man was then lowered down a steep embankment before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Ambulance staff also joined police and fire colleagues in a search of the area after reports that there could have been a second patient.

Nothing was found and ambulance staff were stood down at about 2.50am (Monday).

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An elderly cyclist has died after an incident with a car

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – 3.34pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly cyclist has died after reports of an incident involving a car.

It happened at about noon on Fen End Road West in Knowle

An off-duty paramedic started resuscitation at the scene while two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were en-route.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The exact circumstances of what happened were not clear.

“Unfortunately, the elderly man suffered a cardiac arrest and despite CPR being started shortly after the incident, sadly it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Six people have been treated by ambulance staff after a crash

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – 1:43pm – Murray MacGregor.

A total of six people have been assessed and treated by ambulance staff after a crash.

It happened at the junction of Wednesbury Road and Corporation Street West in Walsall, shortly before 11.00am this morning (Tuesday).

A total of three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the aircrews of two Midlands Air Ambulances, who responded in cars, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, there were a number of damaged vehicles.  One had collided with a lamppost and a wall.  There were three patients:

  • A 20-year-old man had suffered a head injury. He didn’t wish to be immobilised and was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by ambulance.
  • A 16-year-old girl had suffered multiple injuries. After treatment at the scene, she too was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.
  • A second man had suffered minor injuries and was left with police.

“A second car had suffered significant damage that resulted in the driver being trapped for around an hour.  The woman in her 40s was extricated with the help of firefighters.  She had suffered multiple injuries and was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A 3-year-old girl who was in a car set, escaped serious injury.  She was assessed at the scene and was discharged.

“The final patient was a middle-aged man who was a pedestrian.  He suffered a minor leg injury and was also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist suffers multiple injuries after collision with car

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – 11:15am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff after suffering serious injuries following a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just before 7.10pm on Tuesday evening near the junction of Uttoxeter Road and the B5013, just outside Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire.

An ambulance arrived on scene in under five minutes and was backed up by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire which had a doctor and critical care paramedic on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a motorcycle that had suffered serious damage.  The car also had severe damage to the bonnet and windscreen.

“The rider, a 46-year-old man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was immobilised and received treatment from the ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

It happened at about 12.55am on the A46 Evesham Bypass, near to where the road crosses the River Avon.

An ambulance arrived 8 minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT trauma doctor and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said; “On arrival, ambulance staff found a lorry and car that had both suffered significant damage.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the driver of the car and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a 61-year-old man, was trapped for around 50 minutes.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.

“The man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was given pain relief and had a leg splinted and wounds dressed before he was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.  The doctor from the critical care car travelled with the ambulance crew.”

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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a lorry

Monday 13th August 2018 – 4.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been taken to a major trauma centre in a critical condition after a collision with a light goods vehicle.

The incident happened at about 1.40pm on Hagley Road in the Harborne area of Birmingham

An ambulance that was transporting a patient to hospital came across the incident shortly after it had happened.  A second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board were also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a middle-aged man who had suffered very significant injuries.

“The man was treated at the scene by ambulance staff.  He was immobilised before being anaesthetised by the doctor and was then taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Lorry crash on M6

Thursday 9th August 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been taken to hospital after a crash on the M6 that saw a lorry leave the motorway and crash into trees on the embankment.

The crash happened at about 2.30am this morning within junction 13.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an articulated lorry that had left the motorway to the nearside and was against the trees on the embankment.

“The driver was unable to get out until firefighters had stabilised the vehicle. He was then helped out of the cab by ambulance staff.

“The 63 year old was assessed at the scene and treated for a head injury and was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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A pilot has been airlifted to hospital after a microlight crash

Wednesday 8th August 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A pilot has suffered multiple injuries after the microlight he was in crash landed.

It happened at Charity Farm off Main Road in Baxterley near Atherstone in Warwickshire at just after 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was first on scene and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they were told that the microlight had hit the ground before crashing into a metal fence.

“The pilot, a middle-aged man was initially trapped in the wreckage.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to free him.

“He had suffered serious injuries.  He was treated with advanced trauma care, had splints put in place, was immobilised and was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire to a waiting trauma team.  His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.”

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Bystander CPR may have saved a driver’s life

Monday 6th August 2018 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

The life of a driver whose car crashed into the stone wall of a barn may have been saved by the swift action of passers-by who went to her aid and started CPR.

The crash happened just before 12.30am this morning near The Old Post Office in Bucknell, near the Shropshire / Herefordshire / Welsh border.

Two ambulances, one from Wales and the other from West Midlands attended the scene along with a West Midlands paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a woman in her 50s who had been pulled from the wreckage of the car she was in with excellent CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) being carried out.

“Ambulance staff took over and managed to get the woman breathing again for herself.  She was immobilised before the crew set off towards the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“However, due to the serious nature of her multiple injuries, the Emergency Operations Centre got the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to rendezvous with the crew near Ludlow.

“Once on board they anaesthetised the woman and provided advanced clinical care while the journey on blue lights continued.

“Once again, the actions of those at the scene have given a patient a chance at survival that they otherwise might not have had.  We would urge everyone to learn how to carry out CPR – you never know when you could be called upon to use the skill to save a life of a friend, loved one or total stranger.”

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Fatal crash on motorway

Monday 30th July 2018 – 8:15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a crash on a motorway involving two lorries and a van.

It happened ono the northbound M5 at junction 5 at around 3.15pm on Monday afternoon.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a van that had suffered severe damage after getting caught between the two lorries.

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

“The driver of the front lorry, a man in his 50s was assessed at the scene for knee pain and shock but was discharged.

“The 60-year-old driver in the rear lorry was assessed at the scene and taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance with minor cuts and abrasions.”

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Crash leaves one dead and two seriously injured

Monday 30th July 2018 – 9.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died and two men have suffered serious injuries after a two car crash.

The incident happened at about 8.25pm on Kingsland Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two cars that had suffered significant damage.

“A woman and a man were in the first vehicle.  The woman was rapidly extracted from the vehicle and resuscitation carried out along with advanced life support, but sadly it was not possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver in the car initially had a reduced level of consciousness and was trapped for a short period.  Firefighters removed the roof to allow ambulance staff to extricate him.

“He had suffered multiple injuries, though he regained full consciousness while being treated.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A man in his 20s from the Audi involved in the crash suffered multiple injuries.  He was anaesthetised at the scene and was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the same hospital; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew.

“A woman who was at the location but was not from either of the cars was also treated at the scene after becoming unwell.  She was discharged at scene.

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Missing teenager at Bishops Bowl Lakes

Friday 27th July – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to Bishops Bowl Lakes on Station Road, Southam, at 6.12pm last night (Thursday) following reports of a patient in the water.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews were told a teenage male had got into difficulty in the water.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with Warwickshire Fire Service and Warwickshire Police to begin searching for the teenager.

“Sadly, all of our resources were stood down for the night without the patient having been found.

“Specialist police water rescue teams have returned to the site this morning to continue the search.

“The family of the missing teenager continue to be supported by specialist officers from Warwickshire Police.

“Anyone with any information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 396 of 26th July.”

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Two hurt after crash that left one vehicle in a hedge

Thursday 19th July 2018 – 5.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have been taken to a major trauma centre after a crash that left one patient trapped for over an hour.

The incident happened at about 10.50am this morning on the A3400 Shipston on Stour to Tredington road.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, two ambulance crews and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found two cars that had both suffered front end damage.  One of the cars was off the road in a hedge and both drivers were trapped.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighter to extricate the patients.

“The first, a middle aged woman was able to get out of the vehicle after firefighters removed the door.  She was treated for potentially serious injuries and was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“It took over an hour to get the driver of the second car out.  The man, who was in his 60s had less serious injuries.  He was given pain relief and was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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A walker has been airlifted from a hillside after a fall

Thursday 19th July 2018 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly walker who was injured after a fall has been airlifted to hospital.

The incident happened at just after 9.00am on The Wrekin, near Telford between Halfway House and Devils Gate.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer in a 4×4 were initially sent to the scene.  An off duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The walker, who was in his 80s, had fallen and landed awkwardly.  The crew and paramedic officer were able to make up to the walker in the 4×4 but after assessing the patient requested an air ambulance be sent and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was dispatched to the scene and landed on the path.

“The walker was assessed at the scene for arm, leg and head injuries before being flown to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”

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Warning after three hurt in barbecue incident

Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are once again warning about the dangers of using accelerants on barbecues after three people were injured in an incident.

It happened in the village of Hopton Wafers in Worcestershire at about 6.40pm on Tuesday evening.

An ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the West Midlands CARE Team doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The injuries were caused when accelerant was put onto the barbecue resulting in a flash back.

An elderly man suffered very serious burns.  He had active cooling before burns dressings were put in place.  He was given pain relief and fluid therapy before being airlifted to the burns centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

A middle-aged man had also suffered burns.  He was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance with the doctor travelling with the crew.  He had also had active cooling and was given pain relief.

An elderly woman was treated at the scene for less serious burns who had gone to aid the other two patients.  She was discharged at the scene after assessment.

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A man has died after a motorcycle crash

Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 9.05am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcycle rider has died after a crash last night (Tuesday).

The incident happened at about 9.00pm at the roundabout where The Ringway and Comberton Hill meet in Kidderminster.

A senior paramedic officer, a paramedic officer and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the rider in the subway in the middle of the roundabout.

“The man had suffered multiple injuries and sadly, it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Motorcycle rider airlifted after crash involving lamppost

Tuesday 17th July 2018 – 12:45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcycle rider has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after crashing this morning.

The incident happened at about 7.40am on Worcester Road by Hartlebury Trading Estate in Hartlebury, Worcestershire.

A number of passers-by including off-duty nurses and a firefighter came to the man’s aid before an ambulance and then the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford arrived.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The staff were told that it was a single vehicle crash involving a lamppost.

“The rider, a man in his 30s, had suffered some nasty injuries.  Working together, the crew and air ambulance staff provided pain relief before applying splints after manipulating the injuries.

“The air ambulance, which had landed in the road nearby, then flew the man to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Whilst the man suffered serious injuries, the crews remarked that the fact he was wearing full biker leathers and a helmet reduced the level of injuries.”

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Boy anaesthetised after falling from his bike in woods

Tuesday 17th July 2018 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff are urging youngsters to wear a cycle helmet when riding off road in the woods.  The call comes after a youngster was anaesthetised and taken on blue lights to a paediatric major trauma centre after crashing.

The incident happened in Perry Wood Local Nature Reserve, off Redfern Avenue in Worcester at about 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The incident happened on a steep slope about 50 yards into the woods when the boy crashed while going down the slope leaving him unconscious.

“The boy suffered a head injury. After being assessed by the doctor, the decision was taken to anaesthetise the youngster before he was taken on blue lights by road to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“While it is clearly a matter for the individual or their parent/guardian, our view is that a cycle helmet can help prevent injury and could have resulted in a different outcome in this case.

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Stabbing in Small Heath

Thursday 12th July 2018 – 4:30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died and a man has suffered potentially seriously injuries after a stabbing incident in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Aubrey Road at 11.00am this morning (Thursday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an 86 year woman who had suffered very serious stab wounds. Ambulance staff immediately started treating her, but sadly it was not possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second patient, an 18 year old man, had also suffered very serious stab wounds.  He was treated at the scene before being taken by land ambulance to a major trauma centre with an air ambulance doctor travelling with the crew.”

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