Fatal incident on M6 Toll

Thursday 23rd February 2018 – 10.05am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following an incident on the M6 Toll this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 8.38am to reports of a man who had fallen from a bridge between junctions T7 and T8, near Cannock. One ambulance, a rapid response paramedic and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a man with serious injuries after falling from a bridge.

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

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Child dies and second seriously injured in RTC

Thursday 22nd February 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young child has died and a second has been seriously injured following a collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 2.02pm to Longfellow Road in Coventry and sent four ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service, with a medic on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, both young boys, who had been seriously injured following the collision with the car.

“It quickly became apparent they had both suffered life-threatening injuries in the incident and following emergency trauma care at the scene by our staff, they were both quickly transported to hospital on blue lights.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire it became apparent nothing could be done to save one of the boys and he was confirmed deceased.

“The second boy was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital and accompanied by the air ambulance crew who helped to administer specialist treatment en-route.

“The boy’s condition was described as critical on arrival at hospital.”

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Trust welcomes sentence after vile note left on ambulance

Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 1.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We welcome the outcome of this unpleasant case.  We are pleased to see the press reports that the Magistrates felt that this was ‘an absolutely despicable incident’.  We hope that this case will serve as a warning to others that abusing our staff is not acceptable.

“Our staff will only block roads or park in front of drives if absolutely necessary in the interests of patient care.  In this case, they were parked at the side of the road and were not blocking a driveway.

“We would like to thank the police for their support and swift action in this case, but also to the many thousands of people who have sent us messages of support for our staff and the incredible work that they do saving lives each day.”

Kirsty Sharman, aged 26, from Tunstall, admitted a Section 5 Public Order offence when she appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre today (Tuesday 20th February).  She received a £120 fine and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and costs of £135.

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Trauma care at scene of serious RTC in Bromsgrove

Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

It was a team effort by ambulance, fire and police at the scene of a serious RTC in Bromsgrove last night after a man ended up trapped beneath a car.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC outside Bluebird Park on Bromsgrove Road, Romsley shortly before 7.00pm last night (Monday). A paramedic officer, an ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found two cars which had collided; one had overturned. A man, thought to be the driver, was trapped beneath the overturned car and was in a serious condition. Ambulance staff worked to treat the man, who had suffered a number of serious injuries, whilst the fire service worked around them to carefully release him from the wreckage.

“Once freed, which took around 30 minutes, the man was given advanced pain relief and other trauma treatment before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A woman, in her 50s, had managed to get out of the second vehicle upon arrival of the emergency services. She was assessed by crews and was found with seat belt related injuries. She was given pain relief before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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A man has died after he was in collision with a car

Tuesday 20th February 2018 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been confirmed dead after a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just after 6.00pm on Monday evening on the A449, Stafford Road in Wolverhampton between Oxley Moor Road and Mercury Drive.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the aircrew of the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, who responded in a car, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found bystanders doing CPR on a man.  He had suffered very serious injuries.

“The man was assessed by ambulance staff but 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.

“There was no car at the scene.”

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Trust welcomes arrest after abusive note left on ambulance

Monday 19th February 2018 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

A woman who left a vile note on an ambulance yesterday in Stoke-on-Trent has been arrested by the police on suspicion of public order offences

The ambulance crew responded to a 999 call to reports of a patient with breathing difficulties at an address in the Tunstall area of Stoke-on-Trent shortly after 11.00am on Sunday (18th February).

The crew returned to their vehicle to take their patient to hospital to find an abusive note had been left on their windscreen which read: “If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a **** if the whole street collapsed now move your van from outside my house.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “As a Trust we welcome Staffordshire Police’s swift response to this incident and the arrest of the woman. We will continue to work closely with the police to ensure the perpetrator feels the full weight of the law.

“We have a zero-tolerance policy towards people who abuse our staff whilst trying to help patients in their hour of need. It is completely unacceptable and it must stop.

“As the vast majority of the public will appreciate, in our line of work the patient must always come first and therefore the nature of the job means we do sometimes have to park over a driveway or block a vehicle in. If your loved one needed an ambulance, I’m sure you’d want an ambulance to park as close to them as possible to prevent a delay in their care.

“After previous notes were left on our ambulances last year, we’ve received unimaginable support from the public for which we are immensely grateful. Sadly, as this ambulance crew discovered yesterday, there are unfortunately still a handful of narrow-minded individuals who consider leaving vile abusive notes acceptable.”

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Fatal RTC on M6

Wednesday 14th February 2018 – 9.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A person has died and two others required hospital treatment following a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

The RTC was one of two on the northbound carriageway of the motorway within an hour of each hour but thankfully the second incident had less serious consequences.

The first collision took place between junctions two and three with West Midlands Ambulance Service receiving a call at 1.47am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find multiple vehicles involved including lorries, a van and a car.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that the occupant of the car was unable to be saved and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“One of the lorry drivers, a man in his 30s, and the van driver, a man in his 50s, were both treated for leg injuries and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on the same ambulance.”

The second collision, involving two lorries, took place between junctions one and two shortly before 2.45am, one ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the lorries had left the carriageway following the incident.

“However, thankfully the two drivers were both uninjured and were able to be discharged at the scene.”

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Lucky escape for family from house fire

Ambulance at night 1a

Monday 12th February 2018 – 11.15am – Claire Brown.

A family of eight have escaped a house fire in the early hours of this morning in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service to a property off Station Road in Rolleston-on-Dove, Burton-on-Trent shortly after 2.00am (Monday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived the house fire was being tackled by the fire service. All eight occupants had already managed to escape from the property. Crews were told that the husband and wife, both in their 30s, had woken to find the house was on fire. The man smashed a first-floor window to escape onto a conservatory roof before helping his six children and wife escape the blaze.

“The two adults and six children, aged between 5 months old and nine years, were all given a thorough assessment on scene and were found to have suffered smoke inhalation. The man was given oxygen therapy before all eight were taken to Queens Hospital in Burton for further checks.

“The family were incredibly lucky to escape this house fire and is testament to the quick thinking of both parents.”

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Family pay tribute to Gavin

Thursday 8th February 2018 – 4.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

The family of a Kidderminster based Emergency Medical Technician who tragically died in a car crash last week have paid an emotional tribute to his life and the work that he loved.

Gavin Hunt and his wife were involved in a serious road traffic collision on The Terrace in Clows Top at around 7.20pm on Friday night.

Ambulance staff, including a number of off duty staff, police and firefighters all worked immensely hard at the scene to save Gavin’s life.  Sadly, despite all of the efforts he was confirmed dead at the scene.

His wife Alison, who was seriously injured, remains in a stable condition in hospital.

Gavin, 52, joined Hereford and Worcester Ambulance Service in 1997 and had never had a day off sick during his career.  He was due to be presented with his 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in March at the Trust’s Award Ceremony.

In a statement Alison, Gavin’s brother Andrew and his sister, Lisa, said: “On behalf of our respective families, we would like to express our sincere thanks for all of the messages of condolence and support shown to us at this very difficult time.

“As a family, we were all very proud of Gavin’s achievements whilst working for West Midlands Ambulance Service.  Gavin loved the work that he did and dedicated his working life to helping others.  Through his work he made many friends and he became a familiar and welcome face to people in Kidderminster and the surrounding areas.

“We are extremely grateful for the efforts of Gavin’s colleagues and friends when trying to save his life in what must have been extremely difficult circumstances for all concerned.  He is not only a loss to us and his colleagues, but a loss to the whole community in which he served.”

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Gavin was taken away from his family, friends, colleagues and the community he served so faithfully, far too soon.

“I saw, first hand not only how deeply upset staff were at the scene but also how incredibly hard and professionally they worked with police and fire colleagues at this immensely difficult incident. Together, they truly did all they could to save Gavin’s life.

“Talking to staff, I know just how much of a well-respected member of the ambulance family in Kidderminster he was; he will be greatly missed.”

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(Flowers laid at Kidderminster Ambulance Station in memory of Gavin Hunt)

A man has been airlifted after a two vehicle crash

Thursday 8th February 2018 – 1.28pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a two-car crash left both vehicles with significant damage.

The crash happened near Thorpe Bridge on Southam Rd, Southam at just before 8.00am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found one man that had been pulled out of the wreckage by passers-by.

“The man in his 20s had suffered a fractured right leg and possible head injury.  He was given pain relief and had a leg splint applied along with a pelvic binder before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“The driver of the other vehicle, a man in his 40s had got out of his vehicle himself.  He was taken by ambulance to Warwick Hospital with lacerations.”

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Man rescued from river in Worcestershire

Wednesday 7th February 2018 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.

A man was resuscitated by ambulance staff after being pulled from a river in Worcestershire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a drowning in the River Stour near to Blossom’s Tea Room, York Street, Stourport-on-Severn shortly after 6.00pm last night (Tuesday). The Trust’s control room quickly responded a paramedic officer, HART, an ambulance and two paramedics in a response car from the Air Ambulance base in Strensham.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a man in the water. The fire service worked quickly to rescue the man, who had fallen into a lock, using ropes to lift him out of the water. Once rescued, ambulance crews assessed the man and found he was in cardiac arrest. The team quickly commenced advanced life support on board the ambulance where they successfully managed to restart his heart. Ambulance staff continued vital treatment en route to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. The hospital were pre-alerted to the arrival of the man, who was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Man taken to major trauma centre

Tuesday 6th February 2018 – 9.20am – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a car, involved in a serious crash with a lorry, has been taken to a major trauma centre after being anaesthetised on scene.

The crash happened at about 6.15am this morning (Tuesday) near the Shell Filling Station, on the A38 at Fradley, Lichfield.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care practitioner were sent to the scene.

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

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to rapidly extricate the car driver from the vehicle.  The man, who was estimated to be about 40 years old, was treated on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor before being anaesthetised due to his injuries.

“He was taken by ambulance to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The lorry driver, a 49-year-old man, had managed to get out of the lorry himself but was complaining of back and side pain.  He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queens Hospital in Burton by ambulance.”

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Man airlifted after head on RTC

Monday 5th February 2018 – 5.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a head on crash between two cars.

The incident happened on the A465 near Burley Gate in Herefordshire at around 2.05pm on Monday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Emergency Doctor from the MARS (Mercia Accident Rescue Service) and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Strensham and Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars that had both suffered significant front end damage.

“A 37-year-old man had to be freed from one car; he had significant pelvic pain as well as pain in his chest area.

“He was immobilised, had a pelvic binder applied and was given pain relief before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham where doctors were awaiting his arrival.

“The 39-year-old man driving the other car appeared uninjured but due to circumstances of the crash, he was taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in rush hour RTC

Wednesday 31st January 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian received emergency care by ambulance staff after a road traffic collision in Birmingham yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of William Cook Road and St Margarets Road in Ward End, Birmingham, shortly after 5.30pm yesterday. An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman lying on the road with serious injuries after reportedly crossing the road and colliding with a car.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff, the woman in her 40s was in a lot of pain after sustaining back pain as well as suspected serious pelvic and leg injuries in the collision. She was quickly given pain relief to help ease her discomfort along with oxygen before the team worked to stabilise her injuries. The woman was fully immobilised with a neck collar spinal board and pelvic binder before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to major trauma centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, for further emergency treatment.”

 

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Man seriously injured in lorry collision

Tuesday 30th January 2018 – 12.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a collision with a lorry in Warwickshire left him seriously injured this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Chapel Lane, Ullenhall in Henley-in-Arden, at 9.00am today (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a local community first responder and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a man in his 70s, who had been involved in a collision with a lorry.

“Upon assessment, it quickly became apparent that he had sustained multiple injuries and was in a serious condition. Ambulance crews and the doctor worked as a team to treat the man, which included administering advanced pain relief, wound dressing and immobilisation, before he was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.”

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A man has died after a collision with a van

Monday 29th January 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

Despite advanced life support from ambulance staff, a man has died after he was in collision with a van outside West Midlands Safari Park near Bewdley.

Emergency crews were alerted to the incident at 4.55am this morning, Monday.

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, ambulance staff found the man in a very serious condition with CPR being carried out.

“The man was moved to the back of an ambulance where ambulance crews and the doctor worked on him.

“Sadly, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Car and lorry collide in Worcester

Thursday 25th January 2018 – 10.20am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving a lorry and a car last night left a woman trapped for almost an hour in the wreckage in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police at around 8.30pm last night to reports of an RTC on Pershore Lane, Hindlip, Worcestershire (Wednesday). A paramedic and BASICS doctor responded to the incident in a car from the Strensham Air Ambulance base along with an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they found a car which had sustained significant damage following a collision with a lorry. The driver of the car, a woman, was trapped in the wreckage but was fully conscious. Whilst ambulance staff and the doctors worked to assess the woman, the fire service worked carefully around them to release her from the car. Medics administered advanced pain relief to the woman, as she had sustained pain in her arms and abdomen, to help stabilise her condition during the extrication process.

“After around 40 minutes, the woman was cut free by the fire service. She was carefully lifted out of the wreckage and immobilised onto a scoop stretcher before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“No one else was injured in the collision.”

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Man dies in collision between lorry and bus

Wednesday 17th January 2018 – 4.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has died and a second has been taken to hospital following a collision between a lorry and bus this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Warwick Road in Stratford-upon-Avon just before 1.45pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients, one in each vehicle.

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

“The bus driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, was trapped as a result of the damage to his vehicle and with the help of the fire service was cut free after about 45 minutes.

“He was carefully monitored throughout by ambulance staff and treated for a leg injury before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.”

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Man dies in Hereford collision

Friday 12th January 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist sadly died in a road traffic collision in Herefordshire yesterday (Thursday)

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49 in Bodenham, Hereford at around 2.30pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, suffered multiple serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff took over CPR efforts by bystanders and performed advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

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

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Fatal collision in Coventry

Thursday 11th January 2018 – 11.35am – Claire Brown.

One man has died and two others have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a tree on Binley Road in Coventry shortly after 6.00am today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a car which had been involved in a serious collision with a tree. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a man, and he were confirmed dead on scene.

“A second occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked rapidly as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man on scene before he was conveyed by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue advanced treatment and monitoring en route. The man was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.

“A third occupant, a man in his 20s, was treated on scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.

“The road remains closed and diversions are in place.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Birmingham

Tuesday 9th January 2018 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has been given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Redditch Road and Granshaw Close in Kings Norton, Birmingham at around 3.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team medics and a MERIT trauma doctor and air crew from the Cosford Air base attended the scene by response car.  A non-emergency patient transport service crew who were passing also stopped and assisted at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, being cared for by off duty nurses and passers-by. The man had sustained multiple serious injuries which required the medics and ambulance staff to work closely as a team to administer advanced trauma care quickly to help stabilise his condition.

“Once the team were happy the man could be moved, he was fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. A doctor travelled with the patient to continue assessment en route.”

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Light aircraft crash in Worcestershire – Update

Monday 8th January 2018 – 4.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have died after a light aircraft crash.

The single engine aircraft came down at around 12.45pm today in a field near Overbury, Tewkesbury.

Due to the foggy conditions at the time, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, had landed a couple of miles from the crash scene and were picked up by a paramedic officer in a car and were taken to the scene.

Two ambulances and a second paramedic officer also attended.

Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save either person and they were both confirmed dead at the scene.

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How did 4×4 driver escape serious injury?

Monday 8th January 2018 – 10.16am – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a 4×4 vehicle has an extraordinary lucky escape after the front of his vehicle ended up underneath an articulated trailer.

The incident happened on the A49 From Prees Green to Weston, near Wem at around 8.40pm last night (Sunday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a LandRover Discovery that had left the road, gone through a wooden fence and collided with a parked up articulated trailer.

“The front end of the LandRover was under the trailer with the driver’s side of the 4×4 crushed.  The driver, a 30-year-old man, was fully conscious throughout.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.  He was taken onto the ambulance and assessed by the doctor.  Amazingly, apart from some minor chest pain and a few scratches to his face, he had but no sign of any significant injuries.  After being given pain relief, he was taken by ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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‘Ambulance’ film crews are back

Friday 5th January 2018 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregorT

The ground-breaking documentary, ‘Ambulance’ on BBC One was one of the most watched programmes of 2017 and we’re delighted to confirm that the camera crews are back filming with West Midlands Ambulance Service gathering stories for a new series.

The programme will feature ambulance crews from across the region helping patients in their hour of need as well as staff in the Trust’s two emergency operations centres.  Filming started at the end of November and included cameras following staff on the road and in the control rooms on New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest time of the year.

The new programmes follow Series 2 which also featured the West Midlands and brought in audience of over 4 million per episode.

The series will feature ambulance crews from across the region helping patients in their hour of need as well as staff in the Trust’s two emergency operations centres.  Filming started at the end of November and included cameras following staff on the road and in the control rooms on New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest time of the year.

The new series is expected to broadcast later in the year.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “What is unique about this programme is the way that it intermingles the work of the staff in our control rooms with those on the ambulances responding to calls.  We get to see the entire journey from the moment the 999 call is received through the help provided over the phone; the way ambulances are dispatched and the work of the crews on the ground.

“The thing that came across so strongly from the first series was the incredible professionalism of our staff as they deal with the challenges that they are presented with, never knowing what the next call might bring.

“I am sure we will see cases of heart-warming joy to the most tragic of events; but throughout, our staff will provide care and compassion to all of those affected; something I am incredibly proud of.”

Covering a diverse region of more than 5,000 square miles – the filming will follow crews from every corner of the West Midlands; from inner city Birmingham to the rural areas of Herefordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

During the programmes, you’ll get to see how the staff deal with an increasingly busy service with some days over 4,000 999 calls.  It will look at the way the Trust deals with an ageing population and the challenges of working with out-of-hours services and GP surgeries as well A&E departments who are also getting increasingly busy.

Kirsty Cunningham, Executive Producer with Dragonfly Television who are making the programme, said: “We are thrilled to be back with the fabulous crews and control teams at West Midlands Ambulance Service for a new eight-part series of Ambulance for BBC1.

“Audiences can look forward to seeing some of their favourite paramedics, technicians, doctors, controllers and call assessors back in action again and will be introduced to new teams with stories to share in a new series packed with more drama and warmth.”

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Some of the ‘stars’ of the last series:

The ‘Two Nats’ – Paramedics Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow

Ambulance - Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow in front of ambulance

Controller, Rich Phillips

Ambulance - Rich Phillips

Paramedic, Darren Neeld

Paramedic, Maya Black

Emergency Medical Technician, Mick Johnson

Controller, Louise Dawson

Two die in early morning M42 collision

Friday 5th January 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Two women have sadly died following an early morning road traffic collision on the M42.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a van on the M42 between junctions 9 and 10 northbound near Curdworth, Sutton Coldfield at around 3.20am this morning (Friday). An ambulance and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious collision involving a car and a van. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save two passengers in the car, two women, and they were confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver and third passenger from the car, two men, were assessed by ambulance staff and were found to have sustained minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.

“The van driver, a man, sustained back pain and a hand injury. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Heartlands hospital for further treatment.”

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Man left trapped after car goes into trees following crash

Friday 5th January 2018 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered a serious leg break after a two-car collision left one of the vehicles in a wooded area.

The crash happened at about 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon at the junction of Table Oak Lane and Holly Lane in Balsall, Warwickshire.

An off-duty BASICS Emergency doctor came across the incident soon after it happened and stopped to assist. He was backed up by two ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found one car that had gone some distance into the trees, with another just on the edge of the wooded area.

“The blue car had suffered significant damage to the passenger side of the car.

“The front seat passenger, a 20-year-old man was trapped inside the vehicle. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked with firefighters to extricate him through the driver’s door.

“He was immobilised and had his left leg and pelvis splinted. As well as the broken leg, the man had suffered facial injuries. He was given pain relief before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

The 21-year-old driver had largely escaped any injury. He had managed to get out of the car himself and had only sustained minor abrasions to his face. After assessment, he was discharged.

“The 46-year-old woman driving the silver car also largely escaped uninjured. She had some minor burns from airbags to her side and a minor foot injury. After assessment, she too was discharged on scene.”

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Man dies in Worcester fire

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died following a building fire in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service to reports of a building fire at 2.50pm on Tolladine Road in Warndon, Worcester. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An ambulance, on the way to hospital with a patient on board, came across the fire and stopped to render aid.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save a man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“Several other people have been assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Deputy Chief to receive Queen’s Ambulance Medal

Friday 29th December 2017 – 10.35pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Deputy Chief Executive, Diane Scott, has been named in this year’s New Year’s Honours List as one of only two England- based recipients of the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM).

The QAM ensures that the dedication of ambulance staff has the same level of Royal recognition as other members of the emergency services.

Diane is an Executive Director of the Trust Board and is responsible for the Corporate and Clinical Directorates. She is also a Health and Care Professions Council registered paramedic.

Speaking about her award, Diane, whose career spans more than 30 years having started with Hampshire Ambulance Service in 1985, said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to receive this award. It is a great privilege and the QAM represents the pinnacle of my ambulance career.

“I have been proud to work for, and with, many good people at all levels throughout the ambulance service and the NHS, including many skilled and compassionate colleagues who provide excellent care on a daily basis to patients and the public.

“Whilst I have been fortunate to receive the award, it would not have happened without the hard work and support of my colleagues from within the ambulance service to whom I am extremely grateful.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with car

Friday 29th December 2017 – 9.05am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man was treated for multiple serious injuries and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision between a motorbike and a car last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hipswell Highway in Coventry shortly after 6.50pm and sent two ambulances to the scene. A Patient Transport Service crew who came across the incident stopped to offer assistance before the arrival of an ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The PTS crew were already on scene when ambulance crews arrived and had done a good job of managing the scene and offering support to the motorcyclist.

“Bystanders told ambulance staff that the man, believed to be in his late teens, had lost consciousness following the collision with the car.

“He was treated for multiple injuries, including to his head, chest, arm and leg.

“He was fully immobilised and had pain relief administered before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Cyclist dies following collision with van

Friday 22nd December 2017 – 2.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has died following a collision with a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 and Claines Lane in Worcester at 7.05am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a man who was in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

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

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Friday 22nd December 2017 – 12.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision with a car last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Foleshill Road in Coventry shortly after 10pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an elderly man in cardiac arrest following a collision with a car.

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

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

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Teen airlifted to hospital from Rugeley RTC

Thursday 21st December 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A teenage cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision involving a car in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Levels in Brereton, Rugeley, shortly after midday. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A 15-year-old boy had come off a pushbike after reportedly colliding with a car.

“Ambulance staff worked quickly to assess the boy’s injuries and found he had sustained a number of injuries which included suspected fractures to his pelvis and leg. He was given pain relief by the team to help make him more comfortable before they carefully immobilised him with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint. The boy was then airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further trauma care.”

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Come and work for WMAS

New Year, New Job, New You

Thursday 21st December 2017 – 1.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

After a year where the service has never had a higher profile, now is your chance to join us and make a difference to the lives of people in the West Midlands, every single day.

Due to increases in demand, West Midlands Ambulance Service is increasing the number of Student Paramedics it is recruiting.  We are now looking for 270 who will all be operational by this time next year.

As a Trust, one of our key aims is to make our workforce representative of the communities we serve.  Evidence from the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard shows that by doing so, the Trust will become more efficient, more productive and more responsive to the needs of patients and staff alike.

Whilst we welcome applicants from anywhere, we are particularly looking for people who are passionate about the West Midlands as this is where you will be working.

WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh said: “Being a paramedic is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world and it offers the chance to have an amazing career.

“The feeling of satisfaction you get when helping someone in their hour of need is something unique.”

To apply, you must hold a minimum of five GCSEs (including English, Maths and Science) plus an A-Level qualification or equivalent.  In addition, you must either hold a C1 on your driving licence or at least have applied for it.  As well as the C1 licence, you will have to provide original certificates showing your qualifications. If you aren’t able to provide these documents, your application will not be looked at, let alone considered.

Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people of all ages, and backgrounds.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region.

“We have seen people apply from all different communities but also people from their teens to their 50s; many who are looking at a complete career change or even a second career change.

“From our perspective, this is excellent news because it means we get a really good variety of people from all walks of life, area, ethnic group and community which can only be good for the service.

“I would urge anyone looking to apply to make sure that they read all of the information on NHS Jobs thoroughly, particularly the ‘Additional Information’ document that you can download.”

To find out more information, go to NHS Jobs and look for Job Ref: 217-VN268-17-18.  The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

If you need support or require further information about filling in your application form, please contact recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Roof of double-decker bus sliced off in Bridge RTC

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Thursday 21st December 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

It’s not every day you find the roof of a bus on a road, but that’s exactly what the emergency services discovered when they attended a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service shortly before midnight yesterday to Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham to reports of a double-decker bus which had collided with a railway bridge. A paramedic officer, an ambulance and the mental health triage car, which was nearest to the incident at the time, were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a double-decker bus with it’s roof completely sliced off, which had landed on the road. Thankfully, there were no passengers on the bus at the time. The driver, a man in his 30s, was checked over by ambulance staff but was uninjured.

“This was a remarkable incident for emergency services to respond to. It was incredibly lucky that the bus was empty as it could’ve resulted in a very serious or even fatal incident.”

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Three to hospital after two HGVs collide

Tuesday 19th December 2017 – 2.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Three people have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a collision involving two HGVs this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Shuckburgh Road in Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire shortly after 10.10am. Four ambulances, a paramedic 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 two lorries that had suffered considerable damage in the collision and three patients.

“The driver of the first vehicle, a man in his 30s, was assisted out of the cab and treated for chest, leg and arm injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief.

“From the second vehicle, a man in his 20s, who was a passenger, was also assisted out of the cab and treated for a cut to the head as well as chest and leg pain. He too was immobilised and received pain relief.

“The driver of that vehicle, a man in his 50s, managed to get himself out of the lorry and was treated for back pain.

“All three patients were transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.”

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Multiple fatalities after crash

Sunday 17th December 2017 – 8.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Six people have died and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway at the junction of Bristol Road.

Two ambulances were on scene within seven minutes and in total, five ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT Trauma doctor and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were six vehicles involved in the crash scene, which was extensive.

“In the first car there were a man and a woman. The vehicle had suffered very extensive damage but astonishingly, despite the damage, the pair had managed to get out and had suffered relatively minor injuries. They were taken to Heartlands Hospital by ambulance for further assessment.

“The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’ was on its side. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene. The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene. The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.

“There were four men from the third car. All had been ejected. Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene. The fourth was also taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Critical Care Car doctor travelling with the crew. He was said to be in a critical condition on arrival.

“There were three further cars involved in the crash which had tried to avoid the crash scene.

“Ambulance staff did not see anyone from the first vehicle.

“A man and a woman from the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“There were two men in the third vehicle. One was discharged on scene after assessment; the other said he didn’t require any assistance.

“This was an extremely complex and distressing crash scene that required excellent multi-agency teamwork.

“The ambulance service has already debriefed all of the staff involved and will be providing on-going support as required due to the nature of the incident.”

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Driver in cardiac arrest after crash

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 3.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Swift action by fire and ambulance staff has given a man the best possible chance of survival after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stourbridge Road in Halesowen next to the Luttley Mill Public House at about 9.50am this morning, Thursday.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Care Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a man who was in cardiac arrest.

“He had been rapidly extricated by firefighters after the car had collided with a bush, a post box and a wall.

“After resuscitation at the scene, the man’s heart was restarted.  He was anaesthetised before being taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Care team doctor travelling with the crew.

“The man was in a critical condition, but the rapid action of emergency services have given him the bets possible chance of survival.

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A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a very serious crash

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 11.55am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre in a critical condition after the car she was driving collided with a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A422, Banbury Road at Oxhill in Warwickshire at around 7.40am this morning.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car were initially sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a collision between a car and a tree.

“Due to the situation, the doctor requested an air ambulance be dispatched and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was sent to the scene.

“The 26-year-old woman driving was trapped inside her car.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to release the woman from the vehicle whilst providing care.

“She was treated for multiple injuries and was anaesthetised before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire in a critical condition.

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Man dies after collision

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 8.29am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after he was in collision with a number of vehicles.

It happened at about 10.50pm last night (Wednesday) on the A46 in Warwickshire between the Bishopton and the Maraway islands at Stratford Upon Avon.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and The Air Ambulance Service critical care car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Serious collision in Kidderminster

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

Three women have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision in Worcestershire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Worcester Road in Shenstone, Kidderminster, at 11.30am (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they found two cars which had been involved in a serious collision. The two drivers and a passenger from one car all required assessment by ambulance staff.

“The driver of one car, a woman in her 50s, sustained suspected serious injuries to her chest, pelvis and abdomen. She was given advanced pain relief before the team of ambulance staff worked carefully to immobilise her with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder to stabilise her injuries. The woman was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the second car, a woman in her 40s, also suffered multiple serious injuries which required advanced trauma care. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to help ease her discomfort before working carefully to immobilise her before she was alerted by land ambulance to the same major trauma centre.

“The third woman, a passenger from one of the cars, suffered less serious injuries but still required further assessment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

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Man seriously injured in Southam RTC

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving two cars left one man seriously injured in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A425 between Southam and Napton-on-the-Hill at 4.50pm yesterday evening following a two-car collision. Two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of one car, a man in his 20s, was trapped in the vehicle due to the damage caused in the collision. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained serious multiple injuries. Whilst they began to administer emergency treatment to the man, the fire service worked carefully around them to cut the man from the wreckage.

“Due to the man’s serious condition, he was given advanced pain relief before being fully immobilised and alerted by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“The driver and passenger from the second car, a woman and child, suffered minor injuries and received treatment by ambulance staff on scene but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Tuesday 5th December 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A441 Redditch Road, near to the Hopwood House public house in Alvechurch, shortly after 6.15am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“CPR was already being performed by an off-duty nurse. Ambulance staff took over and administered advanced life support.

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

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Man airlifted from RTC in Hereford

Monday 4th December 2017 – 12.15pm – Claire Brown.

A man needed advanced pre-hospital care at the roadside before being airlifted to a major trauma centre following a collision in Hereford yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car which had collided with a tree on a stretch of road between Bringsty and Stanford Bishop, Hereford shortly after 1.15pm on Sunday. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with two paramedics on board and a BASICS doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the driver of the car, a man, in a critical condition following the collision. The team of ambulance staff and doctor worked quickly to administer immediate advanced trauma care to help stabilise his deteriorating condition.

“Once the man had been stabilised, the team transferred him to the awaiting air ambulance before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The doctor travelled in the helicopter to continue treatment en route.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

Friday 1st December 2017 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by the ambulance service earlier this morning after being involved in a collision with a van in Nuneaton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Mancetter Road, Nuneaton shortly before 6.30am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a man in his 40s, who had been involved in a collision with a van. Upon assessment ambulance staff found that the man had sustained head, chest and leg injuries. He was given advanced pain relief and oxygen to help stabilise his condition before the ambulance team worked to treat his injuries further. The man was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Just ask – could it be SEPSIS?

Thursday 30th November 2017 – 10.30am – Murray MacGregor.

“For a condition that takes 44,000 lives every year, it is astonishing how few people know what it is. That’s one of the reasons we want to help highlight the dangers of SEPSIS to the public.”

These are the words of West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, at the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about Sepsis.  Each of the 47 new ambulances entering service with WMAS this year will carry information about the condition.

Unveiling the vehicles was Melissa Mead, who has campaigned to raise awareness of the condition after her one-year-old son William tragically died after a range of health providers failed to spot the condition.  She was accompanied by Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust.

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues. If not spotted and treated quickly, it can rapidly lead to organ failure and death.  The numbers are staggering – every year in the UK, 250,000 people are affected by sepsis; 44,000 people die and 60,000 suffer permanent, life-changing after-effects.  It’s more common than heart attacks and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined!

Last year new guidelines on sepsis were issued to the NHS which were developed by the UK Sepsis Trust in partnership with NHS England, the Department of Health and Public Health England.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is the first Trust to put the messaging on it’s vehicles.  Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I am delighted that Melissa and Dr Daniels have come along to help us unveil these posters.  Our staff know better than most just how important it is to recognise the condition and to act quickly to help save lives.

“We have issued guidance to all of our frontline staff on what to look out for, based on the work of the charity and its research.  In many respects putting this poster on the side of our ambulances is one way that we can say ‘thank you’ for their help.

“If it saves even one life then it has been worth it, but because these vehicles will be based across the West Midlands we hope as many people as possible will see the information and take note of the warning signs, so that many more lives can be saved.

“We want everyone to know the phrase: ‘Just ask; could it be sepsis? It’s a simple question but it could save a life.’”

Melissa Mead, Ambassador for the UK Sepsis Trust, added: “It has been a pleasure from start to finish to collaborate with WMAS. Their passion and determination to help raise awareness of sepsis has been unwavering. This messaging will benefit all of those who read it, from the young to the old. There is no greater platform.”

Dr Ron Daniels, said: “We’re delighted that West Midlands Ambulance Service is joining the fight against sepsis and working with the UK Sepsis Trust to raise much-needed awareness among healthcare professionals and the public. As a West Midlands-based charity, it’s a privilege to be collaborating with our local ambulance service, and we hope ambulance fleets all over the UK will continue to follow suit.

“Engaging Trusts across the country will help to provide consistent sepsis care throughout the NHS. We need clinicians and members of the public everywhere to Just Ask: could it be sepsis?”

Sepsis is a rare but serious condition that can look just life flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.  Seek medical help urgently if you develop any of the following:

Slurred speech

Extreme shivering or muscle pain

Passing no urine (in a day)

Severe breathless

I feel like I might die

Skin mottled or discoloured

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Five to hospital following Telford RTC

Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.

A two-car collision in Telford left five men in need of treatment by ambulance staff earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two-car collision on Stafford Park 4 in Telford, shortly before 6.00am this morning (Wednesday). Four ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a serious collision. A total of five patients had been involved in the RTC and each require assessment by ambulance staff. The passenger of one car, a man in his 30s, sustained a potential head injury and ambulance staff worked with the fire service on scene to extricate him from the vehicle on to a scoop stretcher to immobilise him. The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further trauma care.

“A second passenger from the same car, a man in his 30s, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and, upon assessment, was found to have suffered pain in his shoulder, leg and chest. The driver from the same car, a man in his 20s, sustained shoulder pain. Both patients were taken in the same ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital for further checks.

“A third passenger from the same car, a man in his 20s, was found with facial injuries and shoulder pain. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 20s, was out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived and was suffering pain in his abdomen. After assessment on scene he was transferred to Princess Royal Hospital as a precaution.”

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Elderly man just inches from bus wheel

Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man escaped what could have been far more serious injuries, or even worse, after a collision with a double decker bus.

The incident happened at about 5.45pm outside the Railway Station at Galton Bridge in Oldbury Road, Smethwick.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a doctor and critical care paramedic from RAF Cosford travelling in a car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, the elderly man was found face down underneath the front of the bus with his head just inches from one of the front wheels.

“He had suffered a head injury and a broken leg.  He was pulled out and was immobilised, had a pelvic binder put in place.  He was given pain relief and had his leg splinted before he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“Whilst the man has undoubtedly suffered a nasty injury, the potential for it to be a far more serious outcome is clear.”

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Woman fatally injured as car and lorry collide

Monday 27th November 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died following a collision between a car and a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A53 and B5415 in Market Drayton, shortly before 10.40pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and a BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the woman was still inside her car and in cardiac arrest.

“CPR had already been started by emergency service colleagues, which ambulance staff took over.

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

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

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