Are you getting dehydrated? Lots of people are.

In this hot weather it’s vital that we all drink enough water. We sweat more when it’s hot; it’s one of the ways our body keeps us cool. However, if we don’t get enough water we may become dehydrated, and in this weather that can lead to some serious health consequences.  

As you become dehydrated, you’ll feel thirsty, your mouth may feel dry. You may also become tired and fuzzy-headed, you probably won’t feel the need to go to the toilet and if you do, you’ll have a reduced urine output and it’s likely to be dark yellow.

Anyone can become dehydrated, but certain groups are particularly at risk. These include:

  • babies and infants – they have a low body weight and are sensitive to even small amounts of fluid loss 
  • older people – they may be less aware that they are becoming dehydrated and need to keep drinking fluids 
  • people with a long-term health condition – such as diabetes

As an ambulance service we have already seen this manifest itself in a rise in calls to elderly people many of whom have fallen just because they are dehydrated. This can lead to serious injuries such as broken hips which can be very debilitating and life changing.
In this warm weather, please make sure you drink plenty of fluids such as water, diluted squash or fruit juice. These are much more effective than large amounts of tea or coffee and fizzy drinks may contain more sugar than you need which has it’s own consequences. 

We’d also urge you to check up on elderly relatives and friends to make sure that they are keeping well in this weather.

For more information log onto NHS Choices

Man airlifted to hospital after car hits tree

 

Friday 26th May 2017 – 9.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men have been injured, one of whom was airlifted to hospital, after the car they were travelling in rolled down a bank and hit a tree last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Broome Road in Aston-on-Clun, Craven Arms, shortly before 7.50pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews were told the car had come to rest on its side after rolling down a bank and hitting a tree.

“There were two patients, one of whom was still trapped inside the car.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to assess and free the passenger, a man believed to be in his 20s. He was trapped for approximately 50 minutes.

“He received treatment for multiple serious injuries including to his head and pelvis. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The driver of the car, also a man in his 20s, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle.

“He was fully conscious but was treated for chest injuries before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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We Stand With Manchester

At 11.00am, staff from across the Trust took time to remember the victims of the atrocity in Manchester earlier this week.  Speaking to staff gathered at Trust Headquarters, WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It is always difficult to comprehend such a senseless and barbaric attack on innocent people, particularly as so many children were killed or injured.  We also remember the work of all of the emergency services and our own staff who provided support to our colleagues in North West Ambulance Service.  The fact that so many of our staff gathered together today shows how much we are thinking of all those affected as they come to terms with what happened that night.”

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Boy suffers serious leg injury in Handsworth collision

Thursday 25th May 2017 – 10.40am – Claire Brown.

A boy received trauma treatment from ambulance staff last night after being involved in a collision with a car in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Heathfield Road in Handsworth shortly before 6.30pm (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find a nine-year-old boy who had sustained a nasty leg injury and a bump to his head in the collision. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked quickly to administer advanced pain relief to help ease his discomfort and make him more comfortable before carefully dressing and immobilising his leg with the use of a vacuum splint. The little boy was understandably upset and the team used their excellent communication skills to reassure him, working sympathetically and quickly.

“The boy was immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, accompanied by his mum. Upon arrival in A&E, the boy was said to be stable.”

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Four car collision on motorway

Wednesday 24th May 2017 – 9.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been taken to hospital and two others were injured following a four-car collision on the M54 yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the eastbound carriageway, between junctions three and two, shortly after 5.40pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered four cars that had been involved in a collision and three patients.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 30s, was treated for chest, neck and back pain, immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and transported to New Cross Hospital for further treatment.

“A second driver, also a woman in her 30s, was treated for a minor back injury but did not require hospital treatment.

“The third patient, a man in his 20s, was also a driver and was treated for a minor neck injury before being discharged on scene.”

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Five die on M6 motorway in Staffordshire

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Wednesday 24th May 2017 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

The driver and four passengers of a car have died on the M6 motorway in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a HGV on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 15 and 14 in Seighford, Staffordshire shortly before 4.30am today (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and two BASICS emergency doctors were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they discovered a car with six occupants inside which had been involved in a significant collision with a HGV. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver and four passengers. All five were confirmed dead on scene.

“The sixth occupant, a man in his 40s, suffered multiple serious injuries and received advanced trauma care by the team of medics at the scene. Once stabilised, the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further care.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured.”

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Man injured at recycling plant

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – 4.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered multiple cuts, bumps, bruises and wounds after a number of lithium batteries exploded at a recycling plant.

The incident in Willenhall Road in Wednesbury happened at about 1.45pm on Tuesday afternoon and resulted in a fire at the premises.

An ambulance and paramedic officer were on scene within seven minutes and were backed up by an emergency doctor and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “While firefighters brought the blaze under control, ambulance staff dealt with a 26-year-old man who had suffered multiple wounds across his body, his head and face, as well as both arms and legs.  He also had burns on both hands.

“Ambulance staff dressed his wounds and stabilised his condition before taking him to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“There were no other patients.”

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Boy airlifted following Burton-upon-Trent collision

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Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A young boy received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff yesterday afternoon following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire.

The incident happened at around 4.45pm (Monday) at the junction of Station Street and Milton Street, Burton-upon-Trent. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a pedestrian, a 12-year-old boy, who had been involved in a collision with a car. An off-duty nurse and other bystanders were providing care to the boy.

“The boy had sustained a serious head injury and the team of ambulance staff and doctor worked quickly to provide advanced trauma care. Once stabilised he was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital; the doctor travelled in the helicopter to continue treatment and monitoring en route.

“The boy was said to be in a serious but stable condition upon arrival at hospital.”

 

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Fatality on M40 motorway

 

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

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A man has died after an early morning collision on the M40 in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call shortly after 2.30am this morning (Tuesday) to reports of a collision involving several HGVs on the northbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 11 and 12 near Burton Dassett, Warwickshire. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene along with colleagues from South Central Ambulance Service, police and fire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly nothing could be done to save the driver of one lorry, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“A second lorry driver, a man in his 50s, was out of his vehicle upon emergency services arrival and, upon assessment by ambulance staff was found to have sustained minor arm injuries and neck pain. He was given treatment by ambulance staff before being discharged on scene.

“A third patient with minor injuries was treated by our South Central colleagues.”

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Incident at the Manchester Arena

Tuesday 23rd May 2017 – 7.00am – Murray MacGregor.

Our thoughts are very much with our colleagues in the emergency services and those affected by the explosion at the Manchester Arena last night.

As part of a our well rehearsed contingency plans a number of ambulance resources were sent into the North West Ambulance Service area to provide support while NWAS were dealing with the incident.

These resources have now been stood down and returned to their normal operating areas.

We would like to thank the many staff who offered to stay late and work additional shifts.

The Manchester incident emergency phone number 0161 856 9400.

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Woman injured after collision with car

Monday 22nd May 2017 – 4.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman pedestrian has been taken to a major trauma centre after a collision with a car.

It happened at about 12.20pm on Zoar Street in the Lower Gornal area of Dudley.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman who had suffered a number of injuries after the collision.

“The car’s passenger side wing mirror was hanging off and the windscreen was cracked.

“The 38-year-old woman was complaining of facial, right wrist, abdominal and left leg injuries.  After treatment at the scene, she was initially taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

“After her condition was stabilised and assessed, she was transferred on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Two fatal collisions over the weekend

Monday 22nd May 2017 – 8.57am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have died after separate crashes over the weekend.

The first happened on the A46 at Kenilworth on Saturday night.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after a call at 8.45pm reporting a car had left the road and gone down an embankment.

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

The second incident happened on the A45 Coventry Road, close to Birmingham Airport at 12.15pm on Sunday afternoon.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after multiple 999 calls reporting a motorcyclist crashing and suffering serious injuries.

On arrival, it was immediately apparent that nothing could be done to save the young man’s life and he too was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Trapped car driver is airlifted to hospital

 

Friday 19th May 2017 – 3.35pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver who was trapped for about 50 minutes has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car collision this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4103 in Lower Eggleton, Hereford, near to the junction with the A417 shortly after 1.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered two patients, both from the same car, one of whom was still trapped inside the vehicle.

“The driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, had to be assisted out with help from the fire service who had to cut part of the car away in order to free him.

“Ambulance staff assessed the man and treated him for serious injuries, including to his arm, leg and pelvis.

“He was immobilised prior to being carefully moved on to the air ambulance which had landed in a field nearby. He was also given pain relief at the scene before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A second man, also believed to be in his 20s, was assessed for a wrist injury but did not wish to be transported to hospital.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with car

 

Friday 19th May 2017 – 11.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a collision with a car that caused his helmet to crack.

The incident happened near to The Rose and Crown public house on Rudyard Road in Biddulph Moor, Stoke-on-Trent shortly before 8.50pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find the motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, already receiving treatment from bystanders including an off duty nurse.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, the man, who was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness, was treated for serious injuries to his head, arm and legs.

“He was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“A young boy, who was a passenger in the car, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Notes to Editors:

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

Pedestrian suffers multiple injuries

Thursday 18th May 2017 – 5.38pm – Murray MacGregor.

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

The incident happened on Pedmore Road next to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre in Brierley Hill at around 2.30pm.

An ambulance arrived on scene six minutes after the first of four 999 emergency calls were made.  A second ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene. One of the Trust’s Patient Transport Service vehicles also stopped at the scene to offer further assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the man who was estimated to be in his 20s or 30s, was lying in the road.

“He was initially have said to have been unconscious but had started to come around.

“He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder was fitted.  Due to the nature of his injuries, the doctor decided to anaesthetise him.

“He was then taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance.  The aircrew travelled with the ambulance so advanced treatment could continue.”

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Teenager suffers significant head injury after collision with car

Thursday 18th May 2017 – 12.41pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has suffered a very serious head injury after a collision with a car on a dual carriageway.

The incident happened on College Road in the Perry Barr area of Birmingham at 8.30am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance was on scene in seven minutes and was backed up by a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT Trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a 16-year-old boy in the road in a serious condition.

“On assessment, the doctor decided to anaesthetise the teenager due to his condition.  He was then taken by ambulance the short distance to the helicopter and airlifted to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The car driver was uninjured but understandably shaken.”

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Woman rescued using specialist vehicle and stretcher

Wednesday 15th May 2017 – 5.11pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman who suffered a suspected broken hip, has had to be rescued by the Hazardous Area Response Team due to being across two muddy field and into a wood.

The woman tripped on land to the south of Great Whitley in Worcestershire at about 10.45am this morning.

The woman’s husband managed to get her under cover out of the rain and then had to walk to a nearby property to use their phone due to a lack of mobile signal.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initially an ambulance was sent, but when the crew arrived and assessed the nature of the injuries, they requested that the Hazardous Area Response team (HART) team be dispatched.

“HART used their Polaris six-wheel drive vehicle to get the majority of the way to the woman and then used their Faretech stretcher to get the patient through the woods to the Polaris.  It then drove her back to the ambulance, where after further checks, she was then taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The Faretech stretcher has two large wheels that enables it to be used over rough terrain where normal stretchers can’t.”

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A man’s been airlifted to hospital after a two car crash

Wednesday 15th May 2017 – 10.31am – Murray MacGregor.

One man has been airlifted to hospital after a crash that left both vehicles with significant front end damage.

It happened near to the Brook Inn public house in Sillins Lane at Elcocks Brook near Redditch at about 5.00pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, both vehicles were found with front offside damage.

“The driver of one of the cars was initially trapped in the wreckage.  The 26-year-old had suffered a suspected fracture dislocation of his right hip as well as a head injury.

“He was helped from the car before being immobilised and having a pelvic binder put in place.  After pain relied he was airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the other car, a 48-year-old man, was complaining of hip pain. After assessment at the scene, he was taken by ambulance to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.”

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A man’s been treated for traumatic leg injuries after a collision with a lorry

Wednesday 15th May 2017 – 10.11am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered very serious injuries after a collision with an HGV in the early hours of this morning.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor were sent to Little Aston Road in Aldridge at 3.25am this morning (Wednesday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival a man in his 50’s was found in the road with a very serious leg injury.  Ambulance staff used a tourniquet and bandages to stabilise the man’s condition.

“He was also treated for head and pelvic injuries.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder fitted before he was taken on blue lights to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“En-route, his condition deteriorated and the doctor chose to stop and anaesthetise the man before continuing their journey to the major trauma centre.

“The lorry driver was uninjured but understandably very shaken; he was discharged at the scene.”

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Man seriously injured after rollover RTC

Wednesday 15th May 2017 – 9.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered multiple injuries after the car he was in rolled over leaving him trapped upside down.

The incident happened opposite the Vauxhall Garage in Bilston Road, Wolverhampton at just after 1.30am this morning (Wednesday).

An ambulance arrived four minutes after the 999 call and was backed up by a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initial calls had suggested that the patient might be in cardiac arrest but this was not the case; he was however unconscious.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to safely extricate the 25 year old man from the vehicle, which had suffered considerable damage.

“The man was immobilised, had a pelvic binder fitted and had a leg splinted.

“He was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

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A man has suffered a serious head injury after a crash

Wednesday 17th May 2017 – 08.58am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered a serious head injury after the van he was driving collided with a crash barrier at a roundabout.

It happened at the junction of the A46 and B4463 at Norton Lindsey in Warwickshire at just before 8.40pm on Tuesday evening.

A paramedic officer arrived seven minutes after the initial call and was backed up by an ambulance and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a small van that had suffered significant front end damage.

“The driver, a man of approximately 50 years of age had suffered a very nasty head injury.

“The wound was bandaged and the man was given pain relief.

“Firefighters removed the driver’s door to allow ambulance staff to extricate the man from the vehicle.

“He was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

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Pedestrian fatally injured on motorway

Tuesday 16th May 2017 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has suffered fatal injuries following a collision with a coach on the M5 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the southbound carriage of the M5 between junction one and the link with the M6, shortly after 2.10pm. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man who had been in collision with a coach.

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

“There were 31 people on the coach but none of them suffered any injuries.

“They were all assessed for effects of shock and discharged at scene before being transferred on to a separate coach to continue their journey.”

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Stationary car shunted 15-metres in RTC

 

Tuesday 16th May – 10.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A stationary car was shunted 15m into a front garden of a house this morning, following a three-vehicle RTC.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Brook Meadow Road in Shard End, Birmingham shortly before 4.40am and sent one ambulance to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews were told that the stationary parked car, which had suffered significant front end damage, had been moved 15m following the collision.

“The patient’s car had also suffered serious front end damage whilst a third vehicle, which was also stationary, was left with rear end damage.

“The patient, a woman in her 40s, had managed to get herself out of her car prior to the arrival of ambulance staff.

“She was treated for an arm injury and taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“She appears to have been extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries given the nature of the incident and the damage suffered to the cars involved.”

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

Fatal RTC in Kingswinford

Tuesday 16th May 2017 – 9.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Stallings Lane and Ham Lane in Kingswinford, shortly after 6.25pm and sent two ambulances, a senior officer, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a medic on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had come to rest on its roof following the incident, with the driver, a man, still inside the vehicle.

“Ambulance crews quickly assessed the man but unfortunately, it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“A bystander who stopped to try and help the man, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was treated for cuts to her hand, and was discharged at the scene.”

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Woman dies at bus stop after cardiac arrest

 

Friday 12th May 8.30am – Claire Brown.

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Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff a woman’s life couldn’t be saved in Shrewsbury yesterday (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a woman who had collapsed and was in cardiac arrest opposite Shawbury Airfield, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, shortly after 4pm. Two ambulances, a responder paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff administered advanced life support to the woman on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Leisure centre staff praised for life-saving care in Coventry

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Thursday 11th May 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man who collapsed and fell into a swimming pool was resuscitated thanks to the quick thinking of leisure centre staff in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man in cardiac arrest at Coventry Sports and Leisure Centre, Fairfax Street shortly after 5.00pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the first ambulance crew arrived the man was out of the water and had been successfully resuscitated by leisure centre staff after being given CPR and six shocks by their on-site defibrillator.

“The man, who was still in a serious condition, was given advanced treatment by ambulance staff and the medic who stabilised him before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue care en route.

“During the 999 call, it was very apparent that the leisure centre staff knew exactly what to do to help the man. Seeing a patient in cardiac arrest being given CPR is always a positive sight when ambulance staff get to the scene. On this occasion the crew arrived and not only had the man been given CPR and shocks from a defibrillator but he had also been successfully resuscitated.

“The incredibly quick actions of lifeguards and leisure centre staff, who put their life-saving training to the test last night, are immensely commendable and have undoubtedly given the man the very best possible chance of surviving his cardiac arrest.”

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Chemical incident at school

Wednesday 10th May 2017 – 1.11pm – Murray MacGregor.

Six pupils and a teacher have been treated by ambulance staff after a small chemical incident at a school.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Four Dwellings High School in Dwellings Lane, Quinton at just after 10.15am this morning (Wednesday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team and two emergency planning managers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The six pupils and a teacher developed breathing difficulties after being exposed to the chemical Bromine.  The rest of the class were unaffected.

“The seven were assessed at the scene by ambulance staff.  As a precaution, the teenagers were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and the teacher to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – their condition is not believed serious.

“The chemical was isolated and there is no risk to anyone else.”

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Man rescued from house fire by police officers

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Wednesday 10th May 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A man has been rushed to hospital in a serious condition following a house fire in Worcester this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service at 5.18am this morning to reports of a house fire in Acacia Close in Brickfields, Worcester. An ambulance, a responder paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived within three minutes of receiving the 999 call to find a man being given treatment outside the property by firefighters. The man had been rescued from the property by police officers and firefighters after a solo police officer came across the house fire during a patrol.

“The man was breathing but, upon assessment by ambulance staff, was suffering from severe smoke inhalation and required advanced treatment by the medic to stabilise his condition.  He was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; hospital medics were pre-alerted to the arrival of the man whose condition was said to be serious.

“Several police officers were also assessed by ambulance colleagues following the incident after suffering minor smoke inhalation but were all discharged on scene.

“The speedy and brave actions of the police officers are commendable and undoubtedly helped to give the man the best possible chance of survival.”

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Girl suffers fatal injuries in incident at Drayton Manor

 

Tuesday 9th May 2017 – 5.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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An 11-year-old girl has died following an incident at Drayton Manor Theme Park this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a patient who had fallen into water at 2.18pm.

An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a girl with serious injuries who had been rescued from the water by park staff.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support before the girl was flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor continuing treatment en-route.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased.

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Incident at Drayton Manor

 

Tuesday 9th May 2017 – 3.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to reports of a patient in the water at Drayton Manor Park, Tamworth, at 2.18pm this afternoon.

An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer, a rapid response paramedic, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene. The first resource was on scene within seven minutes.

More details will follow when available.

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Teenage pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

 

Tuesday 9th May 2017 – 3pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A teenage girl has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following a road traffic collision with a van this morning.

The girl was one of two pedestrians injured in the incident with a teenage boy also having been taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A3400 Birmingham Road in Bearley, near to Stratford upon Avon at 10.55am this morning. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a teenage girl lying on a grass verge with a reduced level of consciousness.

“She was treated for a serious head injury as well as a suspected broken arm.

“Ambulance crews anaesthetised her in order to stabilise her condition before airlifting her to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.

“A teenage boy was treated for an injury to his eye and taken to Warwick Hospital.

“The driver of the van, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Five injured as car hits canal bridge

 

Tuesday 9th May 2017 – 12.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Five people have been injured, one of whom was airlifted to hospital, after a car crashed into a canal bridge this morning.

The collision happened on the A38 northbound at the junction for Barton-under-Needswood near Burton, shortly after 9.40am.

Five ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover five patients, all from the same car, following the crash.

“The most seriously injured patient was a teenage male who was a passenger in the car.

“He was treated for a suspected pelvic injury and injuries to his face, immobilised and airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Thankfully, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

“The driver of the car, a man thought to be in his 20s, was treated for chest and hip pain, cuts to his face and taken to Royal Derby Hospital.

“Also taken to the that hospital was a passenger from the car, a man in his 20s, who received treatment at the scene for chest and abdominal pain.

“Two further patients were transported to Queens Hospital Burton after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“They were a woman in her 20s who had suffered chest, hip and leg injuries and a man in his 20s who was treated for a head injury and back pain.”

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

Hundreds of lives could be saved if a new treatment for Stroke victims proves as successful as hoped

Tuesday 9th May 2017 – 7.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A simple test that anyone can do, together with a medicine skin patch costing as little as 39p, could save hundreds of lives.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is working with a number of other ambulance trusts, the British Heart Foundation and the University of Nottingham to test the plaster-like patch which contains the drug glyceryl trinitrate (GTN) on patients suffering from a Stroke.

The researchers believe that the patch can improve outcomes for people who have had a stroke if the medicine is administered quickly. Early results in hospital suggest the skin patch could double survival chances.

The trial which is currently being run in the Black Country but could be extended to Staffordshire and Herefordshire sees the patch applied by ambulance staff when they assess the patient thus saving vital minutes.

Stroke causes around 3,500 deaths across the West Midlands every year according to latest statistics.

A stroke is usually caused by an artery clot or burst blood vessel in the brain and causes permanent disability in around a quarter of patients

GTN helps lower blood pressure and opens up blood vessels, which can help reduce the damage caused in the immediate minutes and hours following a stroke.

Researchers say that the ability to start treating patients within an hour could revolutionise stroke care and lead to the technique being adopted worldwide.  An initial trial of the GTN patch in hospital showed that it halved the stroke death rate from 38% to 16%.

Research Paramedic, Josh Miler, says: “For this treatment to work best, we need to get to patients quickly and that means people being aware of the FAST Test – Face, Arms, Speech, Time to call 999 – which is a very simple method of assessing whether someone is having a stroke. Time is critical in a stroke so we would strongly advise everyone to learn the test so that they can identify if someone is having a stroke.”

Consultant Paramedic, Matt Ward, says: “You cannot underestimate just how important it is that patients suffering from a stroke are identified as quickly as possible.”

WMAS Lead Research Paramedic, Andy Rosser, says: “By improving blood flow in the brain in stroke patients we can dramatically improve their survival chances and recovery. We think that this patch will make a difference to patients, but we need to be sure so taking part in the trial is key.”

Consultant Paramedic, Matt Ward, added: “As well as needing the public to be aware that speed is of the essence, we have been making sure our staff spend as little time on scene when they are dealing with stroke patients.”

The trial is expected to continue throughout 2017 with results coming through in 2018. The trial has been live within the Black Country area of the West Midlands since the 1st March 2017.  WMAS is currently working with Walsall Manor, Sandwell and New Cross Hospitals.

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A man has died after a single vehicle crash

Monday 8th May 2017 – 11.25am – Murray MacGregor.

One man has died after a crash in the early hours of this morning.

It happened at about 12.45am on the A488 between Colbatch and Clun in Shropshire.

A rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had overturned.

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

“There was a concern that there might have been a second patient, but after a search of the immediate area by police and fire that was ruled out and ambulance resources were stood down.”

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Golf club putting local life-savers first

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Friday 5th May 2017 – 1.00pm – Claire Brown.

A golf club in South Staffordshire is proudly supporting a local group of volunteers with a driving ambition to save lives.

The South Staffordshire Golf Club recently presented a cheque for £1,300 to local responder group, South Staffordshire First Responders (SSFR) after a year-long fundraising effort by the outgoing captain, Richard Chapman.  The charity provides trained volunteers in Codsall, Perton, Pattingham, Wombourne, Kinver and all the surrounding villages.

Community First Responders (CFR) are groups of volunteers trained to a nationally recognised level by West Midlands Ambulance Service and respond to 999 calls in their local communities. They can be vital in reaching those people suffering from medical emergencies fast, particularly in remote rural communities, prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

CFR’s maybe requested to attend to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrests, diabetic emergencies, strokes, falls, and breathing problems.  The charity provides trained volunteers in Codsall, Perton, Pattingham, Wombourne, Kinver and all the surrounding villages.

Matt Jevons, Founding Trustee of SSFR said: “This is a fantastic donation to receive and is much more than we originally thought it might be.  The money donated to us will go towards purchasing new life saving pieces of equipment.“

Richard Chapman, Club Captain of the South Staffordshire Golf Club said “I and all the golfers at The South Staffordshire Golf Club who supported my Charity competitions are pleased to be able to help the First Responders.  They are a very worthy group to receive this donation.”

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Pictured (L-R) CFRs Mick Leadbetter and Jean Morgan, Club Captain Richard Chapman and SSFR Trustee Matt Jevons.

Car ends up vertical after crash

Wednesday 3rd May 2017 – 10.27am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been taken to a major trauma centre after being ejected from a car which ended up vertical against a hedge.

The crash happened on the A5 between Shrewsbury and Telford at Uffington at around 6.25am this morning, Wednesday.

An ambulance was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the ambulance crew found an off-duty paramedic and an off-duty police officer assisting the woman.

“The car had come to rest against a hedge in a vertical position.

“The 57-year-old woman driving had suffered abrasions to her right arm, pain in chest, abdomen and back and a cut to the back of her head.

“After being assessed at the scene, she was given pain relief, immobilised and taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision with car

 

Tuesday 2nd May 2017 – 9.05am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision with a car yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Shropshire, between Weston-under-Lizard and Crackleybank and near to the junction with the A41, shortly after 5.20pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering CPR and advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.”

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Woman taken to Major Trauma Centre after crash

Wednesday 26th April 2017 – 11.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been alerted into a major trauma centre after a car left a road and struck a tree.

The incident happened at about 7.15pm on Tuesday evening on Burton Hills Road, Burton Dassett, near to The White House.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a car that had left the road, struck a tree and come to rest back on the carriageway; it had suffered significant front end damage with debris across the road.

“The driver, a man estimated to be in his 30s, was out of the vehicle and uninjured; he was left helping police with their enquiries.

“The front seat passenger, a 33-year-old woman was complaining of back and abdominal pain.  She was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Two injured as bus and car collide

 

Tuesday 25th April 2017 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver has been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a double decker bus this afternoon.

A Patient Transport Service vehicle came across the incident on Robin Hood Road in Willenhall, Coventry at 2.50pm. One ambulance and a paramedic officer were then sent to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered severe damage in collision with a bus.

“The car driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, managed to free himself from his vehicle.

“He was treated for suspected broken ribs and a hand injury and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There was one patient from the bus, a man believed to be in his 60s who had suffered a hand injury. He was treated in a nearby medical centre and did not require onward transport to hospital.

“The driver of the bus was uninjured in the incident.”

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

Three to hospital after two cars collide

 

Monday 24th April 2017 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been treated at the scene of a collision between a car and a stationary car before being transported to hospital last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Fazeley, Tamworth just before 11.10pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a rapid response paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover three patients who had been injured in the collision.

“There were two patients in the stationary vehicle, both men in their 20s.

“The passenger got himself out of the car by climbing out of the window. He was treated for chest and arm pain.

“The driver, who managed to get himself out of the car, was treated for back pain and leg pain.

“The driver of the second car, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was out of the car on arrival of ambulance staff. She was treated for minor back injuries and a hand injury.

“All three patients were then transported to Good Hope Hospital for further treatment.”

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Woman rescued from burning car

 

Friday 21st April 2017 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been treated for serious injuries after her car caught fire following a collision with a bridge last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Horsebrook Hall Lane between Gailey and Weston-Under-Lizard in South Staffordshire, shortly after 8pm. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that was well ablaze and a woman believed to be in her 30s who was out of the vehicle.

“She was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness and treated for a fractured leg. She had also suffered burns to her legs, which ambulance staff treated her for at the scene.

“The woman was given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to praise the actions of a lorry driver and another motorist who stopped at the scene to pull the woman from the burning car. It is highly likely that without their actions, the woman would have suffered extremely serious injuries.”

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An elderly man has been badly hurt after a collision with a car

Wednesday 19th April 2017 – 1.35pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man has suffered very serious injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened at about 11.00am on Lichfield Road in the Rushall area of Walsall.

An ambulance was initially sent, but the crew quickly requested a doctor so the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor on board was dispatched along with a paramedic area support officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff were told that the man had been in collision with a car though there was no car at the scene.

“The man, had suffered very serious injuries to his head, chest and left ankle.

“Due to his condition, he was anaesthetised at the roadside by the doctor before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where medics were put on standby for the aircraft’s arrival.”

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Van driver airlifted from Sutton Coldfield collision

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Tuesday 18th April 2017 – 3.40pm – Claire Brown.

A van driver needed advanced trauma care at the scene of a collision before being airlifted to hospital this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A446 Lichfield Road near to The Belfry Hotel at 1.22pm earlier today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, medics from the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency service arrived on scene they found an unconscious man trapped in the wreckage of a van which had collided with a flatbed lorry.

“Whilst the fire service worked quickly to cut away the wreckage, ambulance staff and medics worked as a team to help administer trauma care to the seriously injured man. Once freed from the van, the man in his 40s received further advanced treatment by ambulance staff at the roadside to help stabilise his serious condition. The man was then transferred to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed in a field next to the road, and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; a major trauma centre, for further care.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the collision.”

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25 residents rescued after blaze at care home

Sunday 16th April 2017 – 8.20am – Murray MacGregor.

Twenty five residents have been rescued after a large fire at a care home.

All three emergency services were called Standon House Care Home in Ashby Road, Tamworth at 11.00pm last night Saturday.

A rapid response vehicle was first on scene and quickly asked for multiple other resources to be sent. In addition, 5 ambulances were sent along with the MERIT Trauma Doctor, The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car, the Hazardous Area Response Team, two paramedic officers and an emergency preparedness manager to act as a national interagency liaison officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The property has suffered very considerable damage, but fortunately, firefighters and staff were able to bring all of the residents out of the building.

“After assessment at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors, six patients were taken to Good Hope Hospital with a further patient taken to Queens Hospital in Burton. Two of the patients taken to Good Hope were in a serious condition.

“A total of 16 other residents were rehoused within adjacent flats, but two residents were taken by ambulance to other care homes.

“There was excellent teamwork between the emergency services and the local authority.”

Fall at beauty spot

Thursday 13th April 2017 – 4.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A trip in an air ambulance to hospital with a nasty ankle injury was hardly what one woman imagined when she went out for a walk with her family this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the top of the path at Kinver Edge at about 1.30pm today (Thursday).

A 40-year-old woman had tripped and gone over on her right ankle resulting in a suspected fracture dislocation.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were all dispatched to the scene.

“Given the location, the air ambulance arrived first and after quickly assessing the patient, stood the other resources down.

“The woman received treatment from the aircrew including a trauma doctor, before having her leg splinted.  A member of the public in a 4×4 then assisted by helping to move the woman to the aircraft before the short flight to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

“We’d like to thank the members of the public and the woman’s family at the scene for their assistance.”

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A man’s been airlifted to a major trauma centre after falling from a ladder

Thursday 13th April 2017 – 3.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital with a potential fracture to his hip after he fell from a ladder.

The incident happened in the Henwick Grove area of Worcester on the west side of the River Severn at about 11.40am this morning.

An ambulance was initially sent but the crew requested a helicopter and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was sent, landing at the Hallow Recycling Centre.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who was in his mid 70s had been up a ladder when it fell leaving him hanging onto a window ledge on the first floor.

“He dropped to the ground landing on his feet but falling over.

“He was assessed at the scene for hip and back pain.  The man was immobilised, had a pelvic binder put in place and was given pain relief before being taken to the waiting aircraft for a flight to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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We will not be giving details of the exact location of where the man fell in order to protect the patient’s identity.

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Teenage boys injured in motorbike RTC in Birmingham

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Wednesday 12th April 2017 – 3.40pm – Claire Brown.

Two teenagers have received trauma care by ambulance staff this lunchtime after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car in Birmingham.

The incident happened on Horton Square, just off Belgrave Middleway near to Birmingham Central Mosque shortly after 1.00pm this afternoon (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulances responded to reports of two teenagers who had come off a motorbike following a collision with a car. When ambulance staff arrived on scene neither had a helmet on.

“The 15 and 16-year-olds both sustained head injuries. Ambulance staff and the doctor administered pain relief to help stabilise their conditions before both teens were immobilised with neck collars and spinal boards. The 15-year-old was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital whilst the older teen went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; both travelled on blue lights by land ambulance.

“The car driver was assessed but uninjured in the collision.”

 

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Woman found in road with head injury

 

Tuesday 11th April 2017 – 1.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman who was found lying in the road, unconscious, has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following treatment from the ambulance service.

The 999 call to West Midlands Ambulance Service, made at 10.50am, reported that a woman had fallen from a moving car on Churchill Avenue, Coventry. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a woman, believed to be in her 20s, lying unconscious in the road.

“She was assessed, carefully moved on to the back of the ambulance and treated for a head injury which is not thought to be serious.

“As a precaution, the air ambulance crew travelled on the back of the ambulance as the woman was transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Thankfully, by the time of arrival she had regained consciousness.”

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Fatal house fire in Newcastle

 

Tuesday 11th April 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died following a house fire in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Turin Road in Newcastle shortly after 1.30am. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance crews arrived at the scene the house was well ablaze.

“Firefighters entered the property and managed to get the woman out, taking her outside to waiting ambulance staff.

“The woman was in cardiac arrest and crews immediately began CPR.

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

“There were no other patients from the fire.”

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Tamworth collision leaves van on roof & two men in hospital

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Monday 10th April 2017 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

A collision involving a car and a van has left two men requiring hospital treatment this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Elford Road in Tamworth at 12.50pm (Monday). Two ambulances and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a van on it’s roof and a car with significant damage. The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was trapped in the wreckage and had sustained multiple serious injuries to his limbs together with chest pain. Ambulance staff administered treatment to the man whilst the fire service worked to release him from the car.

“The man was fully immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The occupants of the van, two men, were described as walking wounded. The driver, a man in his 50s, was discharged on scene whilst his passenger, a man in his 40s, required further hospital treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham due to an existing medical condition.”

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 Notes to Editor

Photos – please credit ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service’