Fatal RTC on motorway

Friday 18th August 2017 – 1.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and a second has been taken to hospital following a collision between a lorry and a van on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 6 and 5, at 9.13am this morning and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the van driver, a man, in cardiac arrest at the roadside having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“CPR commenced immediately and advanced life support was administered but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.

“The lorry driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was treated for neck and chest injuries and taken to Heartlands Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Sometimes, between life and death stands the ambulance service

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Thursday 17th August 2017 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

It’s 8.31pm on a Saturday night, and West Midland Ambulance Service takes a call from a distraught woman whose husband has collapsed on their lounge floor having suffered a cardiac arrest.  If the man is to survive, every second counts. Not just answering the 999 call from the man’s wife, but providing CPR advice, dispatching the crews and then the actions of the ambulance staff at the scene.

This is just one of the stories that will feature in a new eight-part observational documentary called Ambulance which will be shown on primetime BBC One from next Thursday (24th August) at 9.00pm.

With unparalleled access, each episode follows the call-handlers and ambulance dispatchers in the regions two control-rooms along with the ambulance crews out on the ground as they respond to over 3,000 emergency 999 calls every single day.

Covering a diverse region of more than 5,000 square miles – West Midlands Ambulance Service deals with emergencies in the rural areas of Herefordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands to the busy urban centre of Birmingham and the Black Country.

During the programmes, you’ll get to see how the staff deal with an increasingly busy service, 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.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The thing that comes over from these programmes is 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 proud that we have been able to show the diverse nature of our workforce and how we interact with people from every area and community of the West Midlands.

“You will get a chance to experience the challenges of dealing with everything from cardiac arrests and violent attacks, the second by second decisions our staff face for example deciding whether to move a woman in advanced labour, through to the desperation of lonely elderly patients who have no-one else to turn to.  You will also see how those decisions affects our staff as they deal with each case.  Sometimes it isn’t easy viewing, but throughout the actions of our staff are exceptional and I am so very proud of them.”

Jo Hughes, Series Producer at makers Dragonfly Television, added: “Ambulance goes way beyond the traditional genre of blue flashing lights television and really explores the stories of people in crisis against a backdrop of mounting pressures, from political to societal changes.  We’re extremely proud of the new series which reflects the compassion, diversity of work, and difficult decisions both ambulance crews and staff in the control rooms have to make every day.”

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Motorcyclist in fatal accident

Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 5.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a serious crash.

The incident happened at about 2.15pm on the A41 at Prees Higher Heath near Whitchurch in Shropshire.

A rapid response vehicle, two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports that a middle-aged man had come off a motorcycle after a collision.

“A police community support officer who was at the scene had started CPR.  Ambulance staff took over and carried out advanced life support.

“Tragically, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“No-one else was hurt.”

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Mother and child badly hurt after collision with car

Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 9.17am – Murray MacGregor.

A mother and daughter have suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car.

The collision happened at around 8.25pm on Waterloo Road, near to the junction with Hawthorne Street, Cobridge, Stoke on Trent.

Two ambulances, two doctors from the North Staffs BASICS scheme and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a 17-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter with serious injuries.

“Police told ambulance staff that following the collision, the vehicle had made off from the scene.

“Ambulance crews worked with the doctors to stabilise the conditions of both patients before they were both taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A doctor travelled with each patient.”

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Driver hurt in overturned lorry in Staffordshire

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Monday 14th August 2017 – 2.15pm – Claire Brown.

A lorry driver has suffered potentially serious injuries after the heavy goods vehicle overturned on a roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police shortly before 11.00am to the junction of the A50 and A500 today (Monday).  An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with two further doctors and a critical care paramedic on board attended the scene; the air ambulance landed on the car park of nearby Stoke City Football Club.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found an overturned lorry with the driver trapped inside the cab. Upon assessment, the man in his 40s was found to have sustained potentially serious injuries to his head, chest and abdomen and whilst ambulance staff worked to administer trauma care to him, the fire service worked around the team to help release the driver from the vehicle.

“Once released, the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care; a doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue monitoring and treatment en route.”

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Two to hospital after motorcycle RTC

Friday 11th August 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist and a pillion received emergency treatment by ambulance staff this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcycle on The Radleys in Sheldon, Birmingham shortly after 3.30pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, sustained serious head and facial injuries in the collision and required advanced trauma care at the roadside by the doctor and ambulance colleagues in order to help stabilise his condition. The man was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“The pillion on the motorcycle, a second man believed to be in his 20s suffered head, arm and back injuries. He was given pain relief on scene before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further checks.”

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Motorhome and car involved in collision in Coventry

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Friday 11th August 2017 – 9.50am – Claire Brown.

Seven people needed assessment by the ambulance service last night after a collision between a motorhome and a car in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the slip road off Dunchurch Highway in Allesley, Coventry shortly after 7.00pm (Thursday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a paramedic and BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the found a car and a motorhome which had collided. Thankfully, all occupants had managed to self-extricate from the two vehicles and were awaiting assistance from the emergency services.

“Three men from the car, all believed to be in their 20s, were assessed and required treatment. One man, the driver of the car, was found to have sustained a serious leg injury. He was administered pain relief to help ease his condition before ambulance staff carefully immobilised him with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint. The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. One passenger suffered head and back injuries whilst the second passenger had neck and back injuries. Both were immobilised before being conveyed to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver and three passengers from the motorhome were checked over on scene but didn’t require any treatment.”

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Elderly man taken for specialist care by ambulance

Thursday 10th August 2017 – 5.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man who crashed the car he was in as he exited a multi-storey car park has been taken by ambulance for specialist care.

The incident happened at the car park in Mill Lane, Solihull at about 12.15pm on Thursday lunchtime.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man was driving on a down ramp when his car collided with a concrete pillar.

“When ambulance crews arrived, they found a car that had a ‘bullseye’ star fracture on the windscreen.  There was a concern that the 83-year-old had also been knocked unconscious briefly.

“He had suffered serious facial injuries and was also suffering from chest pain.

“He was assessed and had his condition stabilised by ambulance staff and the aircrew at the scene.

“The man was given pain relief before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist care.”

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Picture courtesy of @solihullfire on Twitter

Lucky escape after crash sees Porsche hit nursery wall

Wednesday 9th August 2017 – 1.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff who attended a crash earlier say considering the level of damage to the vehicles and the wall of a nursery, it is more than fortunate that no-one was seriously hurt.

The collision happened outside Happy Days Nursery in Hagley Road West, in the Quinton area of Birmingham at about 10.45am this morning (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crew arrived they found a white panel van was significant damage to the front passenger side.  Close by a Porsche Cayenne was resting against the wall of the nursery and a second panel van, which was parked.  It had very substantial front end damage.

“The driver of the first van, a 63-year-old man, was complaining of rib and seatbelt pain.  He had been able to get out of vehicle himself.  After an assessment and pain relief at the scene, he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham as a precaution.

“The 22-year-old man driving the Porsche had some minor seatbelt pain.  He didn’t want pain relief or to go to hospital so was discharged with advice.

“There were no casualties within the nursery.

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Man injured after being hit by falling tree

Tuesday 8th August 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man who had to cut himself free after a falling tree landed on him has escaped serious injury in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an area of woodland near to Stud Lane, Abberley, Worcester at 12.50pm (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a local Community First Responder (CFR) from Eardiston, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they were greeted by friends of the man at a rendezvous point on Stud Lane who used their own 4×4 vehicle to take the team into the woods. The man was approximately a mile away from the property which was treacherous underfoot and inaccessible by ambulance.

“Once with the patient, ambulance staff found a man who had been pinned underneath a tree by his legs. Luckily, the man had managed to use his chainsaw to cut the tree into pieces to release himself. The man, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing and had sustained leg injuries. He was given pain relief to help ease his discomfort before the team worked to immobilised him with a multi-integrated body-splint stretcher which is made of tough fabric and has carry handles to help lift and move a patient.

“The team carried the man up an embankment to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed nearby, before he was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“Given the nature of the incident, the man was incredibly lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

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Driver dies in Telford collision

Tuesday 8th August 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services last night, nothing could be done to save a car driver following a collision with tree in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ironbridge Road in Madeley shortly before 10.30pm (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer at a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree. The driver was in cardiac arrest and was already being given CPR by fellow emergency services. Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts and continued advanced life support. Sadly, the driver was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A man in his 20s, a passenger from the car, had managed to get out of the vehicle but upon assessment by ambulance staff he was found to have sustained abdominal, neck and back pain in the collision. The man was given pain relief before being fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Cyclist dies after being found collapsed

Monday 7th August 2017 – 12.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after being found collapsed on a country road.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a hill on the B4194 Dowles Road, between Bewdley and Buttonoak, about 200-300 yards from the caravan park at just after 10.00am this morning (Monday).

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found three members of the public carrying out CPR on a middle-aged man.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and carried out advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Young cyclist anaesthetised after collision with a car

Monday 7th August 2017 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A young cyclist has been anaesthetised by an air ambulance doctor after a collision with a car.

The incident happened in Ormond Road in Rubery at about 12.45pm on Sunday lunchtime.

An ambulance was on scene in five minutes and was backed up by a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Trust received a 999 call stating that the 12 year old was on his bike when he was in collision with a car.

“When ambulance staff arrived, there was no car at the scene.

“An off-duty nurse was tending to the child when ambulance staff arrived.

“The youngster had suffered a serious head injury and was not fully conscious.  The doctor on the aircraft decided to anaesthetise him at the scene before he was taken on blue lights to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Coventry

Friday 4th August 2017 – 12.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian who was in collision with a car needed speedy treatment by ambulance staff late last night in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had reversed, colliding with a pedestrian, on Holbrook Lane at 11.45pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained a potentially serious head injury following a collision with a car.

“Ambulance staff and the doctor on board the critical care car quickly worked to stabilise his condition by administering advanced trauma care at the scene. The man was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.”

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Teen seriously injured in Shrewsbury RTC

Thursday 3rd August 2017 – 9.20am – Claire Brown.

A teenage boy received advanced trauma care at the scene of an RTC last night in Shrewsbury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road in Upton Magna near to the primary school, Shrewsbury, at 11.15pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma team with a doctor and paramedic on board attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found a car which had collided with a concrete post; four occupants were out of the car. A 16-year-old teenage boy, a rear seat passenger, was unconscious. Upon assessment by ambulance staff he was found to have sustained a serious head injury. Whilst ambulance staff worked to administer trauma care to the boy, the fire service quickly worked around them to release the teenager from the wreckage.

“The boy was given advanced pain relief, oxygen and other interventions to help stabilise his condition before he was immobilised onto a spinal board and alerted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care; MERIT travelled in the back of the ambulance with the crew to continue treatment and monitoring en route.

“The four other occupants were assessed on scene but were uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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A breath of fresh air for patients with respiratory failure


Tuesday 1st August 2017 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service and the University of Sheffield have launched a trial which could save lives, reduce the time patients spend in hospital and save money.

The ‘ACUTE’ trial is looking at patients who suffer from life threatening acute respiratory failure.  The condition often results in patients spending long periods of time in hospital, frequently in intensive care.

The condition happens when heart or lung disease suddenly develops or worsens and leads to patients being unable to maintain oxygen levels in the blood.  As many as one in eight patients will die from the condition.

Patients with conditions such as COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and particularly serious cases of pneumonia are often victims of the condition, where they struggle to breathe.

Ambulance staff currently provide oxygen delivered at normal pressure through a loose fitting mask.  Under the trial, ambulance crews will use a CPAP device (continuous positive airway pressure).  It involves delivering oxygen under increased pressure through a close-fitting facemask effectively forcing oxygen into the lungs.  This allows the oxygen to be taken into the blood stream and also allows carbon dioxide to be released.

The ACUTE (Ambulance CPAP: Use, Treatment effect and Economics) trial, will involve ambulance crews in Staffordshire and Birmingham.  Staffordshire historically has higher rates of respiratory disease. This pilot study will be used to see if a full trial of CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) is feasible, acceptable and cost-effective.

WMAS Lead Research Paramedic, Andy Rosser, said: “We know that CPAP is used very effectively in hospitals.  Small studies outside of the UK suggest that using CPAP in an ambulance may save more lives, particularly where the patient is in a more rural location and has further to travel to hospital.  Where CPAP is used, the patient would start to receive treatment sooner, rather than waiting until they arrive in hospital:

Research paramedic, Josh Miller, said: “What we want to establish is whether using CPAP in a pre-hospital setting will make a difference to a patient’s survival and reduce hospital stays at the same time.  It has the potential to save many lives:

Consultant Paramedic, Matt Ward, said: “Patients who are to be recruited into the trial will receive a full briefing from the ambulance staff so that they can make an informed choice.  One of the key issues is making sure ambulance staff can explain the trial in simple terms.  In many respects you should think of the lungs as being like a balloon:​

Research Paramedic, Imogen Gunson, added: “The mask and straps may not be pretty on the eye, but patients report that it can make a big difference as to how they feel and also how easily they can breathe.”  Andy Rosser says it will all be explained:

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Ambulance staff will identify adults with acute respiratory failure.  In total, 120 will be included in the trial.  Half will receive CPAP while the other half will be treated with standard oxygen therapy.  All patients ill then undergo normal hospital treatment and will be followed up for a month.  The researchers at the university will measure each patient’s quality of life, need for admission to intensive care, length of stay in hospital and health service use.  The results will then be used to establish whether it is feasible and affordable to conduct a full-scale trial evaluating CPAP and how such a study could be carried out.

A 45-minute training video is available for all staff and students at www.sheffield.ac.uk/acute or for more information

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Three taken to major trauma centres after two car crash

Monday 31st July 2017 – 9.13am – Murray MacGregor.

Three people, including a young girl, have been taken to major trauma centres after a serious two car crash.

It happened near to the A46 Bishopton Island just to the north of Stratford Upon Avon at about 5.25pm on Sunday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Strensham and Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “On arrival, crews found a BMW estate that had ended up in a hedge and a white Ford Fiesta with significant front-end damage.

“The 18-year-old woman driving the Fiesta had to be cut free from the wreckage.  She had fractures to both legs and her left arm; she was not fully conscious.  She was immobilised had splints applied and was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire by the Cosford aircraft.

“The front seat passenger in the BMW was a 34-year-old woman.  She had facial, leg and wrist injuries.  She was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the same major trauma centre by land ambulance.

“A seven-year-old girl in the back of the car had neck and abdominal pain and facial injuries.  She was also immobilised, given pain relief and taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  A critical care paramedic from the Strensham aircraft travelled with the ambulance crew.

“The man driving the BMW was unhurt and travelled with the child to hospital.”

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Two men suffer serious burns after van fuel tank explosion

Two men needed treatment for serious flash burns after the fuel tank of a van exploded in Warwickshire last night.

A local volunteer Community First Responder (CFR) was approached by the two injured men in Gerrards Road, Shipston-on-Stour shortly after 8.00pm last night (Friday). The two men had made their way from where the incident had happened nearby; the van consequently caught fire. Whilst the CFR provided initial burns care to the two men, the Trust’s control room responded two ambulances, a community paramedic and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A 57-year-old man suffered serious flash burns to his torso and legs whilst a 21-year-old man sustained burns to his hands and arms as well as other superficial burns to his body. The men’s wounds were carefully covered with cooling burns dressings and were given pain relief to help ease their extreme discomfort. Both men were taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the specialist burns centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for onward emergency care.”

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Residents escape injury from Tipton flat fire

Friday 28th July 2017 – 8.50am – Claire Brown.

Excellent and rapid teamwork between the emergency services meant that all residents from a four-storey block of flats escaped injury following a flat fire in Tipton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from West Midlands Fire Service shortly before 10.00pm last night to reports of a flat fire in St Marks Road in Tipton. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, a large number of residents were in the street after they had evacuated from the block of flats. Firefighters were using ladders to rescue the remaining eight residents from windows of their properties whilst also working to quickly extinguish the fire.

“With a large number of people on scene, it was the responsibility of ambulance staff to identify residents who needed their help. Two patients, a woman and a man, were suffering from the effects of breathing in smoke. Their carbon monoxide levels were assessed by ambulance staff on scene and after receiving treatment, both of their conditions improved which meant they didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Notes to Editor – Picture and video credit ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service’.

Lorry overturns in collision with car

Thursday 27th July 2017 – 9.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver was alerted in to one of the region’s major trauma centres with serious injuries following a collision with a lorry last night that left his vehicle with significant damage.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lodge Lane in Cheslyn Hay, Cannock at 7.51pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry that overturned and a car with substantial front end damage.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, was assisted out of the car and treated for a fractured leg, hip and pelvic injuries as well as cuts to his arms.

“The man, who was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness, 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.

“Ambulance staff found the lorry driver, a man in his 40s, sitting at the roadside having managed to get himself out.

“He was treated for cuts to his face, given pain relief and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist badly hurt

Tuesday 25th July 2017 – 5.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been anaesthetised at the scene of an incident in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Radford Road and Bede Road at about 2.50pm on Tuesday afternoon.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer initially responded but they requested the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance due to the severity of the rider’s injuries.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Exactly what happened was not clear but the rider was found a short distance from the bike he had been on.

The man, who was estimated to be in his 20s had suffered very serious chest and facial injuries.  Ambulance staff and the doctor from the aircraft carried out a number of procedures at the scene to stabilise his condition.

“He was then anaesthetised, immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor travelled with the ambulance.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Young girl injured after collision with car

Tuesday 25th July 2017 – 2.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

A young cyclist has been injured after a collision with a car.

It happened near to the junction of Langbank Avenue and Willenhall Lane in Coventry at just after 1.00pm this afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found an off-duty nurse and the crew of a WMAS non-emergency patient transport service vehicle at the scene providing aid to the girl.

“The initial calls suggested that the girl had been knocked out briefly but she was fully conscious when ambulance crews assessed her.

“The 10-year-old had suffered abrasions on her head, arms and legs but appeared not to have suffered any serious injuries.  Her bike had not been so lucky with the saddle no longer attached to the bike.

“As a precaution, the girl was taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“There was no car at the scene of the incident.”

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Elderly woman seriously hurt after collision with car

Tuesday 25th July 2017 – 2.06pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly woman has suffered very serious leg injuries after a collision with a car in a car park.

It happened at the back of the Co-op, off Market Street, in Kingswinford at about 10.05am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an 88-year-old woman who had suffered very serious leg and pelvic injuries.

“Ambulance staff and the doctors worked on her at the scene to stabilise her condition.  She received pain relief and had her legs splinted before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctors travelled with the ambulance crew.

“The driver of the car, a 75-year-old woman was assessed at the scene.  She was suffering from shock but was discharged after treatment.”

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Girl suffers serious leg injuries

Tuesday 25th July 2017 – 8.53am – Murray MacGregor.

A teenage girl has suffered very serious leg injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened outside Boots the Chemist in Mytton Oak Road in Shrewsbury at about 5.00pm yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received numerous calls to the incident.  An ambulance that was taking a patient into hospital came across the crash shortly after it had happened.  Two further ambulances and a paramedic manager were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a 14-year-old girl with very severe injuries to both legs and her pelvis.

“Nearby a car had come to rest against a green BT phone exchange box.  Nearby a set of traffic lights and a bollard had been knocked over.

“Due to the proximity to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the crew spent only 12 minutes on scene before leaving for the hospital with the girl.

“The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT doctor and critical care paramedic on board had also been sent to the incident and went straight to the hospital.

“The girl’s condition was stabilised in A&E before she was airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for specialist care.

“The elderly woman car driver was assessed at the scene and was treated for a possible heart attack and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Thanks to the private non-emergency ambulance crew who stopped to assist at the scene.”

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Picture courtesy of @helistig on Twitter

Appeal for volunteer patient transport drivers

 

Monday 24th July 2017 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

The Trust’s Patient Transport Service (PTS) is an integral part of West Midlands Ambulance Service and plays a vital role in ensuring that patients from all over the region get to their hospital appointments each year.

Alongside PTS crews that are employed by West Midland Ambulance Service, the Trust also utilises the help of volunteer car drivers.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is currently appealing to anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer car driver in Herefordshire and Tenbury Wells to help get patients to their appointments at local renal dialysis centres or to hospital appointments further afield.

At present the Trust has around 40 volunteer car drivers who come from all walks of life and help to convey a wide range of patients to physiotherapy, renal and general outpatient appointments to a number of hospitals throughout the region.

Michelle Brotherton, Non-Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “Volunteer car drivers are extremely helpful to the service. There are no set hours and volunteers can do as much or as little as they wish, enabling them to fit their volunteering around their own lifestyle.

“I look forward to hearing from anyone wishing to become a volunteer, however, due to the nature of the work, it is essential that applicants have a high standard of cleanliness and dress, patience and consideration of patients.”

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer car driver you must:

  • Hold a clean driving licence.
  • Own a four-door car in good mechanical condition, with good exterior bodywork. (You must be able to produce all vehicle documentation e.g. MOT, insurance etc)
  • All applicants must be prepared to have a Criminal Records Bureau check.
  • Applicants are required to be medically and physically fit and to have a mature and caring attitude.

The Trust pays a set mileage rate to cover fuel costs as well as other out-of-pocket expenses e.g. cost of parking, cost of work phone calls etc.

For more information please contact Ros Wale via rosalind.wale@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries in collision with lorry

 

Monday 24th July 2017 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A464 in Cosford at 10.49am. The Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford was sent to the scene in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a motorcyclist with multiple serious injuries.

“Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient who was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed but was uninjured in the incident and therefore discharged at the scene.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not know the gender of the motorcyclist.

Lucky escape as van lands on its roof on motorway

Monday 24th July 2017 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A van driver has had a lucky escape and avoided serious injury despite his vehicle overturning and landing on its roof on the M6 Toll this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriage, between junctions 5 and 6, at 7.55am and sent an ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air 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 van had rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its roof.

“The driver, a man in his 50s, was out of the vehicle and fully conscious.

“He was assessed by ambulance crews and treated for minor neck and knee injuries before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by land ambulance.

“Considering the van has rolled on a motorway at one of the busiest times of the day, the man appears to be incredibly fortunate to have avoided serious injury and to have avoided colliding with any other vehicles.”

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Notes to Editors:

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

Two airlifted from RTC that results in nine patients

Monday 24th July 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman was airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following an RTC yesterday evening that resulted in nine patients for ambulance crews to assess.

The three-car collision took place on the A49 in Leominster, near to the OK Diner Island, just before 6.20pm and resulted in four people in total needing transporting to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance crews at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to the incident and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, it became immediately apparent to crews that the most seriously injured patient was a passenger in one of the cars.

“The woman, believed to be in her 40s, had suffered multiple serious injuries and was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“She was rapidly freed from the car by ambulance crews who began performing CPR and advanced life support.

“They successfully managed to restart her heart before emergency treatment continued as the woman was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, in a critical condition.

“From the same car, a man in his 60s, managed to free himself before being treated for a chest injury as well as minor head and back injuries. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to the same hospital.

“A young boy and a young girl from the same car were treated for chest pain and a leg injury respectively before being transported to Hereford Hospital by land ambulance.

“Travelling in a second car, a man in his 40s was treated for minor head and back injuries. A woman in her 30s escaped uninjured and a young girl was assessed for a minor shoulder injury. All three were discharged at the scene.

“From the third car, a man and woman, both believed to be in their 30s, were also discharged at the scene with minor injuries.”

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Cyclist airlifted after collision with tractor towing a trailer

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Friday 21st July 2017 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man needed speedy trauma care after he ended up trapped beneath a trailer following a collision in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The incident happened near to Marchington Industrial Estate on the B5017 Stubby Lane in Marchington, Staffordshire shortly before 1.00pm (Friday). An ambulance, a community paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Tatenhill and Cosford with critical care paramedics and a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The cyclist, a man believed to be in his 60s, had to be released from beneath the trailer by the fire service. The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to do a top to toe assessment on the man who was found with multiple serious injuries.

“The man received treatment on scene which included advanced pain relief and oxygen therapy. Ambulance staff carefully immobilised the man to help stabilise his injuries before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.”

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Notes to Editor – Pictures courtesy of ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service’

Lucky escape as ceiling collapses at banqueting venue in Birmingham

Six people received treatment from the ambulance service last night after the ceiling of a banqueting venue collapsed during a school prom in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a ceiling collapse inside a venue holding hundreds of people on Wordsworth Road in Small Heath shortly before 8.00pm (Thursday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were immediately sent to the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found hundreds of people outside the venue who had managed to escape after the ceiling had collapsed. Working in partnership with police and fire, five casualties were quickly identified and received immediate treatment by ambulance staff.

“A 10-year-old girl was treated for minor facial injuries caused by glass before being taken to Heartlands Hospital. A nine-year-old girl and a woman in her 40s were treated for the effects of shock but didn’t require hospital treatment. A man in his 20s suffered leg pain and a second man in his 30s sustained a shoulder injury. Both men were checked over by ambulance staff and were discharged on scene.

“The ambulance service also treated a 6th patient, a young boy who had been taken home by a relative following the incident, after receiving a 999 call to a property at around 9pm. He was suffering from leg pain and the effects of shock. The boy was assessed and given pain relief by ambulance staff before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“The Trust’s HART paramedics, who are specially trained with Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) capabilities, worked with the fire service inside the venue to help conduct a search for any potential people trapped inside. Thankfully, everyone had managed to escape and there were no further patients found.

“HART remained on scene as a precaution whilst the fire service worked to stabilise the ceiling to make the building safe.

“Whilst we treated six people following the incident, it was incredibly lucky that no one was more seriously or even fatally injured. The incident demonstrated the excellent teamwork between all three emergency services.”

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Notes to editor – picture credit ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service’

Team effort to rescue injured teen in Wolverhampton

A group of teenagers were a great help to ambulance staff last night by directing crews to their injured friend in a wooded area in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a wooded area behind Tiger Wok on the Bridgnorth Road in Compton, Wolverhampton shortly after 6.00pm (Wednesday). A responder paramedic, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the responder paramedic and ambulance crew arrived they were greeted by the teenager’s friends who directed them to the patient; a 10-minute walk from the Bridgnorth Road across fields and into a wooded area of land. Due to their being no phone signal in the wooded area, his friends had raced to the main road in order to call 999. Once with the patient, a 13-year-old boy, ambulance staff were told by his friends that he had initially been knocked unconscious after coming off his pushbike. Thankfully, the boy had regained consciousness but upon assessment was found to have sustained a nasty facial injury, a suspected serious pelvic injury as well as pain in his back and neck.

“Whilst the initial team of ambulance staff began treating the teenage boy with pain relief and wrapping him in a blanket to keep him warm, his friends were asked to go back to the ambulance on Bridgnorth Road to wait for and direct HART and the paramedic officer.

“Once the full team of ambulance staff were with the teenager he was carefully immobilised using a neck collar, pelvic splint and specialist multi-integrated body splint (MIBS). The boy was then carried by the team across the rough terrain back to the awaiting ambulance. The teenager was then taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The quick thinking and help from the patients’ friends was very much appreciated by our staff at the scene and ensured the teenager received treatment as quickly as possible.”

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Motorcyclist dies after collision with van

Wednesday 19th July 2017 – 3.12pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a white panel van.

The crash happened at the junction of the A4091 and Salts Lane, Drayton Bassett near Tamworth at about 10.50am this morning (Wednesday).

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found members of the public carrying out resuscitation on the motorbike rider.

“The man had suffered very serious injuries.  Ambulance staff took over his care and carried out advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The 47-year-old van driver was assessed at the scene.  He had some minor injuries and was discharged with advice.

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Woman anaesthetised after crash

Wednesday 19th July 2017 – 8.30am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been anaesthetised at the scene of a serious RTC.

The crash happened on Shenley Lane in the Weoley area of Birmingham.

An ambulance was on scene within seven minutes and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a small blue car with substantial damage to the driver’s side and a Jaguar car with front nearside damage.

“The driver of the blue car, a 20-year-old woman, was initially unconscious.  She was being helped by an off-duty GP and a police officer who was holding her neck still.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the woman.  After assessment, she was anaesthetised by the doctor and taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a suspected head injury.

The 54-year-old man driving the Jaguar had managed to get out of the vehicle himself.  He was complaining of muscular chest and right arm pain. After assessment, he chose not to go to hospital and was discharged at the scene.

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Triple fatal RTC as car collides with tree

Monday 17th July 2017 – 8.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Three people have died and one has been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a tree yesterday afternoon (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coleshill Road in Atherstone at 4.35pm and sent three ambulances, a rapid response paramedic a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had collided with a tree and four patients.

“Unfortunately, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save three of the patients, two men and a woman, and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A fourth patient who was a rear seat passenger in the car, a teenage man, was treated for neck, chest and abdominal injuries, as well as a suspected pelvic injury. He was given pain relief and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with the medic from the air ambulance travelling with him to continue treatment en-route.”

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Want to find out more about your local ambulance service?

Come along to our annual meeting and find out more about working for an ‘Outstanding’ Ambulance Service.

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust boasts the highest paramedic skill mix in the country. 2016-17 saw the service continuing to strive to ever better this skill mix by recruiting a large number of graduate and student paramedics. The Trust also introduced a new fleet of vehicles and completed the roll out of an electronic patient records system, alongside trialling other initiatives to ensure we get to patients as quickly as possible. 2016-17 was also an extremely successful year for our patient transport services, who were awarded two new brand new contacts.

These are just a few highlights from the year. To find out more West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting their Annual Meeting on Thursday 27th July, along with a careers event for anyone interested in finding out more about career paths available within the Trust.*

The meeting will take place at The Academy, Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LQ. Doors will open for the careers event at 5.30pm with the main meeting commencing at 6.30pm.

The event provides an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the Board of Directors, representatives from Council of Governors and Trust staff.

Presentations will be delivered, providing an insight into how the organisation performed in 2016-17, including the Quality Account and financial statements. The meeting will also highlight the focus and challenges the service are facing for the current year.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “During 2016-17 West Midlands Ambulance Service was the only ambulance trust to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I am incredibly proud of my staff and the volunteers who support us, for providing the best possible care to patients across the West Midlands.  Helping others is at the heart of everything we do and I am hugely pleased that the CQC saw a positive, patient centred culture within the Trust with hard working staff proud to work here and making a real difference to patients’ lives.

“I am delighted that the service was also recognised as being at the forefront of making improvements in how we deal with the ever-increasing number of emergency calls; we have recruited hundreds of paramedics, introduced of new vehicles and have trialled innovative ways to minimise the time patients must wait. We will continue to do everything possible to raise our standards further.  I would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “Despite the challenges faced by the NHS and the heavy demands placed upon the ambulance service, the Trust continues to focus on patient care. It is an inevitable fact that, every single day, people will call 999 for help in their hour of need. These patients are receiving the highest standard of care and compassion from our staff as well as being provided with appropriate care in the right place and at the right time.  I am very proud of all of our staff who provide such an excellent standard of service.

“I would also pay tribute to the role that our Council of Governors has played.  They play a vital part in helping the Trust achieve some of its goals and have helped us to capture feedback from patients about their experiences of using our services.”

Anyone wishing to attend should email: foundationtrust@wmas.nhs.uk by Friday 21st July. Please title your email ‘Annual Meeting’.

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* The careers event will host staff from emergency operations centre, paramedics, Trust Tweeters – Lucy Parrott and Sam Grimson, Ambulance Fleet Assistant information, Ambulance Service Fit Test, The recruitment team, Community First Responders – FastAid, Organisational Development and information about health and well-being volunteering opportunities.

Introducing the Ambulance Response Programme has enabled ambulance services to do the right thing

The introduction of the Ambulance Response Programme will mean that more patients will be seen more quickly than ever before.  Here, some of the experts behind the scheme explain more about why it is good news for patients.

Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care at NHS England, says that the Ambulance Response Programme was designed using the views of ambulance clinicians who want to do the right thing for patients:

Prof. Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, says the new system of working is particularly focused on helping patients who are having a cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke:

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, says the statistics from the three pilot sites are clear; patients benefit from the new arrangements, not only from a faster response to those in most need, but also for those with less serious conditions:

Martin Flaherty from the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, which represents all 10 English Ambulance Services, says staff will benefit tremendously from the new system of working, but just as importantly, the public should have confidence in it:

 

Do you want to find out more about what ARP means for you?

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To view the University of Sheffield report that evaluates the new ambulance service standards please click the link below.

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Patients and staff benefit from introduction of ARP

Thursday 13th July 2017 – 12.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming a new system of response standards which will ensure that patients in the most need get an even quicker response.

The Government has today announced approval for the Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) which has been developed by clinicians over the last 18 months and is the most rigorously tested programme of its kind anywhere in the world.

Under the new system, call handlers in the 999 control rooms ask additional questions that can very quickly identify those patients who will be the highest priority; this allows an ambulance to be dispatched without delay.  For other types of call, ambulance staff are given additional time to assess the needs of the patient more fully so that the right response can be sent to meet their needs.

Because this means a more efficient tasking of ambulance resources, callers actually get a quicker response than they do at present.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been one of three ambulance trusts piloting the new scheme and the figures show patients and staff alike benefit from the new system.

Time for a double crewed ambulance to arrive on scene for all conveyed patients Pre ARP Post ARP
Category of call Average time (min:sec) Category of call Average time (min:sec)
Red 1 09:36 Category 1 09:24
Red 2 12:42 Category 2 11:42
Green 2 21:06 Category 3 20:12
Green 4 39:00 Category 4 38:48

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Since we introduced the Ambulance Response Programme last summer we have been able to get to more patients, more quickly, than ever before, particularly those with the most serious conditions; this has undoubtedly led to lives being saved.

“ARP gives us a chance to send the correct response to each patient, not just the closest.  For example, in the case of a stroke patient, under the old system, we might have sent a rapid response vehicle and then an ambulance so that we could stop the clock.  However, what that patient actually needed was to get an ambulance to the patient and get them to a hyperacute stroke unit.  ARP means the patient gets life-saving treatment more quickly allowing a faster and more complete recovery to take place.

“For this type of call, we can show that on average we get a conveying ambulance to that patient over a minute more quickly than we used to; 12:42 as opposed to 13:48.  However, for the most serious case – category 1 – we are also getting to patients more quickly because the system is much more efficient.

“Whereas we might have sent multiple vehicles to other cases just to stop the clock, we now just send the right one.  This means that the number of times that an ambulance vehicle has been dispatched and then stood down has dropped dramatically.

“The system has freed up ambulances which were previously heading to incidents and then being stood down, which are now utilised to get to lower categories of calls that might previously have waited longer for a response.

“We already had some of the toughest targets in the world; in many respects, these new ones are tougher still.  For example, the number of patients in the most serious category has been doubled from three to six percent.  This means that those patients who are truly life-threatened will get a faster response and get the treatment they need even more quickly.

“Despite this, the figures speak for themselves: previously we used to get to Red 1 calls in an average of 7mins 30seconds.  Now we get there in 7mins 5secs even with the bigger number of patients.

“Not only is the system popular with road staff, it is also popular with control room staff because they know that they have the time to get to the right decision rather than having to react without necessarily having the full information of what a patient really needs.

“In short, there is no doubt that patients and staff are benefitting from the Ambulance Response Programme massively, which can only be a good thing.”

Note to Editors

ARP was developed with significant input from senior ambulance clinicians.  It has been rigorously tested using over 10 million 999 calls, with no safety incident or concerns.  It has been independently evaluated by Sheffield University in what has been the largest study of its kind ever completed anywhere in the world.

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Volunteer life-saver roles still available in Shropshire

Thursday 13th July 2017 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

There’s still time to apply to help save lives in your local community in your spare time.

We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits to become volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) in Shropshire, particularly South East Shropshire.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. Trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level, CFRs will learn basic life support and how to use a defibrillator as well as how to deal with a range of medical and traumatic emergencies. CFRs then spend time training alongside ambulance staff before going ‘live’.

When CFRs book on for their voluntary shift, the Trust’s control room will respond them to medical emergencies in their local community while an ambulance is en-route. CFRs are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, when every minute really does count.

Cliff Medlicott, the Trust’s Community Response Manager in Shropshire, said: “We’ve already had a great response to the previous advertisement on NHS Jobs but are still keen to receive applications from people in communities in the South East area of Shropshire. To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence. If you are successful in your application and selection process, we will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided. If you want to make a real difference in your local community, this is definitely something to consider. You never know, you could help save a life!”

To find out more and to apply, please visit NHS Jobs via www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for ‘Community First Responder’.  The closing date for application has been extended until Sunday 23rd July.

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Collision leaves woman with head injury

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 2.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A collision between a motorbike and a pedestrian has left a woman with a potentially serious head injury.

The crash happened on Birmingham Road, in the Sutton Trinity area of Sutton Coldfield at about 11.50am this morning (Wednesday).

An ambulance was on scene in six minutes and was backed up by a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a woman pedestrian who was estimated to be in her 50s, but there was no motorcycle.

“The woman had a reduced level of consciousness and had suffered a potentially serious head injury as well as cuts and bruises.

“She was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor from the aircraft travelled with the ambulance.”

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Two injured as car crashes into house

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 9.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been injured and taken to hospital after a car collided with a stationary car and a house last night (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Field Road in Bloxwich shortly before 11.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

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

“The rear seat passenger, a man in his 20s, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, he was treated for serious chest injuries as well as cuts to his arm.

“He was given pain relief and taken on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where a trauma team were awaiting his arrival. The MERIT doctor travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route.

“The driver, a man in his 20s, was found to be unresponsive by emergency services colleagues who had freed him from the vehicle and rapidly started treating him.

“The man was still unresponsive on arrival of ambulance staff who treated him for a head injury.

“He was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and transported to Walsall Manor Hospital on blue lights and sirens.”

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Four rescued from severe house fire

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 9.02am – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have been assessed by ambulance staff after a severe fire.

The incident happened at about 12.15am on Shepherds Green Road in the Gravelly Hill area of Birmingham.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found firefighters using breathing apparatus dealing with a serious house fire with lots of smoke.

“Four people has been in the property at the time of the fire.

“While HART provided medical cover for the fire service while they made the building safe, the other ambulance staff assessed the four patients.

“Two men, aged 52 and 43 were treated for smoke inhalation.  After being given oxygen and being nebulised, they were taken to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment.

“Two other men believed to be 31 and 66 years old were also assessed but did not require any further treatment and were discharged.

“The four had their carbon monoxide levels checked by the HART team at the scene – all were found to be within normal levels.”

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From Salop to Saigon in a ‘dreadful’ car

Monday 10th July 2017 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A Shropshire Paramedic is hoping to avoid creating his own real-life emergency, despite preparing to drive halfway across the world in a car that he describes as ‘dreadful’.

To raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Ed Hullah is attempting to travel from Salop to Saigon in his own 2004 Volkswagen Polo – but admits he is not sure how far it will get.

The adventure is to be completed in two parts with Ed setting the wheels in motion on Saturday (15th July) when he will begin a journey that will see him drive through Eastern Europe and Russia before arriving in Mongolia. He will then drive home again before having the car shipped out next year to continue the journey through China, Laos and Cambodia before arriving in Vietnam.

That is the plan anyway. How smoothly things will run, and how far the car will get him awaits to be seen.

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Looking ahead to the trip, Ed, from Bucknell, said: “I have zero mechanical knowledge or experience, which I hope will give me the opportunity to interact with local people of foreign nations.

“Along the way, I will rely on human goodwill to get myself out of any mishaps I have, such as break downs or getting the car stuck in the desert. I’m sure there will be other mishaps that I haven’t planned for, too.

“If and when the car gives up on me, which I fully expect it will, I’ll set out on foot and head cross-country to reach the destination by any means.”

Ed and has funded the entire trip himself, in order to ensure that every penny raised as part of the fund-raising drive goes to the Midlands Air Ambulance. As part of the fund-raising, a raffle is being held with a £500 prize on offer. Each ticket requires the entrant to guess how many miles the car will go before he cannot travel any further in it. To buy a ticket, please visit www.raffle2saigon.com.

In order for people to follow Ed’s progress, live satellite tracking is to be installed on the car which can be viewed by visiting www.salop2saigon.com. You can also keep up to date with all of the latest news by searching for Salop2saigon on Instagram and Facebook.

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Notes to Editors:

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

Students experience what life is like in the ambulance service

Monday 10th July 2016 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

It was a very different learning experience for a group of students from throughout the region last this week as they discovered what it is like to work for the ambulance service.

A total of 12 youngsters spent the week at Dudley Hub as part of the Trust’s work experience programme, during which time they met a range of operational staff, including paramedics from the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), to find out more about their roles and responsibilities. This included how 999 calls are handled, basic life support, how to use a defibrillator, what causes a cardiac arrest and the work of community first responders amongst much more.

They also got to explore the back of an ambulance and sample some of the various equipment staff use daily to treat patients.

Not only that, but they were also given a first-hand account of what the week’s work experience can lead to, as recently qualified paramedic Laura Barnett spoke to the group about how she carried out the same work experience four years ago and how her career path led to a job with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Diane Pittom, the Trust’s Organisational Development Officer, said: “It has been a pleasure to hose a group of very keen students who have hopefully learnt a lot in their time with us.

“They have all shown great determination and it was really nice to have Laura come along and explain how just four years after she did the same week of work experience, she is now a fully qualified paramedic.”

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One of the students, Sam Simpson, has already secured a place at the University of Wolverhampton – where he will study Paramedic Science from January – and said the week has been beneficial to him.

“It has been really good to see lots of different aspects of the ambulance service such as the HART team and the MERIT doctors. I had done plenty of research prior to coming this week and it has been good to see that first hand.

“I want to become a paramedic because it is every healthcare role rolled into one. The thrill of saving lives is one that excites me and it will be nice to feel like I am putting something back into the community.”

Chelsea Evitts, who attends the Health Futures College in West Brom, said: “It has been a really good week and interesting to find out about all of the different roles in the ambulance service.

“I’ve enjoyed the first aid learning that we have done as that has helped me gain confidence. I have always wanted to be a paramedic and this week has just made me want to do it even more.”

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Dudley-based paramedic Laura, said: “The work experience programme is still the same one as I did four years ago, and look where it has allowed me to end up.

“It is a good opportunity for those students who get to do it. It allows them to learn a lot about the service and hopefully gives them a good understanding of the work that we do.

“I would advise anyone wanting to work for the ambulance service to keep working hard and to try and get some other voluntary care experience behind them.”

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Notes to Editors:

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

Picture 1 – (left to right) Chelsea Evitts (Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich), Riham Osman (King Edward VI, Stourbridge), Diane Pittom (WMAS), Reem Osman (King Edward VI, Stourbridge), Harry Bartleton (Pool Hayes Academy, Willenhall); Abbie Bubb (Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich), Georgia Smith (Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich); Nirvana Lakha (King Edward VI Camp Hill School, Kings Heath), Leah Timmis (Summerhill Secondary School, Kingswinford), Rebecca Attewell (Ormiston Forge Academy, Cradley Heath), Georgia Bentley-Green (Summerhill Secondary School, Kingswinford), Sam Simpson (Dudley College), Jude Evans (Redhill School, Stourbridge).

Picture 2 – Sam Simpson and Chelsea Evitts.

Picture 3 – Laura Barnett (WMAS Paramedic based at Dudley).

Fatal incident on motorway

Monday 10th July 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One person has died and three others required hospital treatment following a serious collision on the M42 last night.

Four cars and a lorry were involved in a collision which resulted in three of the cars setting fire and eight patients in total for ambulance staff to assist.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to the M42 southbound between junctions 2 and 1 at 8.55pm and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Three of the cars were well alight when crews arrived.

“The fire service worked quickly to extinguish the fires but upon doing so, a patient was discovered in one of the cars.

“Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased.

“An off-duty technician, who was in traffic just behind the accident, immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars.

“She was treated for minor burns and am arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries.

“From the same car, the driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, managed to get himself out of the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and taken to the same hospital.

“A driver of another car, a man, was treated for a knee injury and taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.

“Four other patients, including the driver of the lorry, were assessed and discharged at the scene with minor or no injuries.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not know the gender of the deceased patient.

Teenager fatally injured in Kingsbury Road collision

Friday 7th July 2017 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A teenage girl has died in a collision between a minibus and a lorry that resulted in 26 patients this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham at 9am and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response team and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.

“There were 25 patients, from the minibus. One of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“A further 19 children were discharged at the scene together with four adults, which included the minibus driver.

“The lorry driver, a man, was also assessed and discharged at the scene with having avoided injury.”

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Lorry and minibus collide on Kingsbury Road

Friday 7th July 2017 – 12.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call at 9am to a road traffic collision between a lorry and a minibus on Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham this morning.

Two ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response team and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.

“Ambulance staff assessed multiple patients from the minibus at the scene, together with the lorry driver.”

Further details will be released when available.

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Friday 7th July 2017 – 8.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 near to Branston in Burton on Trent, shortly before 8.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was also in attendance.

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

“Ambulance staff began CPR and administered advanced life support and successfully managed to restart the woman’s heart at the scene. Emergency medical treatment continued as the woman was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“However, despite the best efforts of everyone concerned, sadly it became apparent at hospital that the woman could not be saved and she was confirmed deceased.”

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A man has died after an incident on the M45

Thursday 6th July 2017 – 8.48am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died despite all of the efforts of ambulance and police staff.

Emergency services were called to the eastbound M45 at Dunchurch at 4.30am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the crash.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff got to the scene they found a car that had struck the central reservation.

“Police officers, who had arrived just before the ambulance, were getting the driver out of the car.

“He was taken onto the ambulance where ambulance staff immediately started advanced life support.  The man was taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire where medics were on standby.

“Sadly, despite all of the efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.”

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