Elderly driver airlifted after car rolls into ditch

Friday 23rd June 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being left trapped in his car for about 30 minutes following a two-vehicle RTC yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leys Road and Evesham Road in Harvington, Evesham, shortly after 5.35pm and sent two ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car lying on the driver’s side and in a ditch.

“There were two patients from that car. The driver, a man in his 80s, was trapped as a result of the damage suffered to the car and ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free him through the passenger door.

“He was assessed throughout the extrication and treated for injuries to his head, face, arm and back. The man, who was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness, was immobilised, given pain relief and carefully moved on to the air ambulance before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The passenger in the car, a woman in her 80s, had been assisted out prior to the arrival of ambulance crews and was lying on the ground.

“She was fully conscious and treated for a minor abdominal injury before being transported to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Girl dies in Warwickshire RTC

Thursday 22nd June 2017 – 6.00pm – Claire Brown.

A girl has sadly died in a road traffic collision after the car she was travelling in collided with a fence this afternoon in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4114 Smockington Lane in Wolvey, Hinkley just after 2.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service were also responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a girl inside the car who had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to her.

“The girl was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the girl and she was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.”

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Five teens in river rescue

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging caution after an incident in which five teenagers got into difficulty whilst swimming in a river.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location near Ross Rowing Club on Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye at just after 7.30pm on Tuesday night to reports of a drowning.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the teens had got into difficulty in the River Wye.

“Two members of Ross Rowing Club went into the water, while others used a rowing boat to get to the youngsters.  In the meantime, one of the clubs rescue launches was also launched.

“Three of the girls were able to get out of the water themselves.  A 17 year old girl was rescued from the side by the launch and a 15 year old was rescued from the water by the rowing boat.

“The 15-year-old girl was shaken by her ordeal but was uninjured and discharged with advice.

“The 17-year-old was assessed at the scene and taken to Hereford County Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

“On a hot sunny day, the attraction of cooling off in water is obvious.  However, the dangers of doing so cannot be underestimated.  These five are extremely fortunate that members of the Rowing Club were there and able to assist them quickly.”

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One airlifted and six more to hospital as crash closes M6

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Seven people were injured, one of whom was airlifted to hospital, following a crash between a lorry and a minibus on the M6 yesterday afternoon which caused the motorway to be closed in both directions.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 3 and 2, shortly after 5.05pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a minibus with front end damage and a lorry with rear end damage. All eight occupants of the minibus were out of the vehicle and standing at the roadside.

“The most seriously injured patient was a 37-year-old man with a suspected fractured leg. He received treatment from ambulance staff before being carefully moved to the air ambulance, which had landed on the motorway, and flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There were six more patients with minor injuries, all of whom were men. They were treated for knee, shoulder, leg, hand, arm and neck injuries before being transported to the same hospital by the two land ambulances.

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

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A cyclist has been airlifted after a freak accident resulted in a serious head injury

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 8.47am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after a freak accident whilst out riding in a large peloton of riders.

It happened on the Kings Bromley to Alrewas road in Staffordshire at around 6.20pm on Tuesday night.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

The rider, who was in his 30s was in a in of about 50 riders travelling at about 25 miles an hour when he came together with another cyclist and it was reported that he went over his handlebars and landed on his head.

The man was unconscious with a serious injury.  The doctor on board the aircraft decided to anaesthetise the patient at the scene before he was flown to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Operations Manager, Rob Marsh, said: “Thankfully the man was wearing a helmet.  Whilst wearing one is a personal choice, the medical staff at the scene are in no doubt that his injuries could have been significantly worse had he not be wearing one.”

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A teenage boy had died after a drowning incident

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 9.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has died after an incident at a lake in the Pelsall area of the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called along with West Midlands Fire and Police colleagues to the lake beyond Ryders Hayes Lane at 6.50pm this evening (Tuesday) to reports that a boy had gone into the water and not resurfaced.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team who have a water rescue capability, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “While staff on the ground searched the area, both the air ambulance and a police helicopter searched the lake from the air.

“Tragically, the boy was later recovered from the water and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Although it is very hot at the moment, the dangers of going into open water cannot be underestimated.”

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Little things can make a huge difference in this hot weather

With the hot weather set to continue for a day or two yet, it’s vital that everyone looks after themselves and their loved ones to ensure they stay healthy in the heat.  Very often it’s simple things that help make life more bearable when it is hot and humid.

WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton says in recent days WMAS has seen large increases in the number of calls that are related to the current heatwave:

 

In the heat it’s time to show some community spirit and look out for your loved ones and also your neighbours, especially if they’re elderly:

 

In this hot weather it’s vitally important that people drink enough to keep themselves hydrated, but you might be surprised what’s best:

 

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Young boy airlifted with serious injuries

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy is in a critical condition following a road traffic collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newcastle Road in Madeley, near to Madeley High School, just after 3.35pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an 11-year-old boy who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The hospital had been alerted to the boy’s condition prior to arrival.

“Unfortunately, the boy’s condition is thought to be extremely serious.”

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Are you looking after yourself and your loved ones in the hot weather?

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging the public to look after themselves and their loved ones as the hot and humid weather looks set to continue for a few days yet.

It comes after call numbers for those suffering from heat related issues rose significantly in the last few days.

The heat is particularly affecting older people (especially those over 75); babies and young children, people with a serious chronic condition; especially heart or breathing problems; and people with mobility problems such as people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton, said: “We are seeing lots of cases of patients becoming dehydrated after not having drunk enough water.  There are also cases of people who are simply overheating which is a particular problem if the individual already has problems with their heart or breathing.  Particularly over the weekend we also saw cases of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for people who were out in the sun for many hours who had not taken precautions.

“Thank you to our staff who are working incredibly hard to deal with the increased demand whilst also having to cope themselves in the high temperatures.

“There is no doubt many of those emergencies could have been avoided if people had taken precautions.  We would therefore urge the public to look out for their loved ones, but also elderly neighbours who might be finding the current weather tough to deal with.”

19-Jun 12-Jun % Difference
Sick Person 525 395 +32.90%
Breathing Problems 317 272 +16.50%
Falls 202 130 +55.40%
Collapse 162 83 +95.20%
Unconscious / Passing Out 136 89 +52.80%

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Motorcyclist dies in Coleshill RTC

Friday 16th June 2017 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision in North Warwickshire this afternoon has sadly claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

The ambulance service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and a van on Coleshill Industrial Estate, Station Road in Coleshill at around 12.30pm today (Friday). 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 spokeswoman said: “The paramedic officer arrived first on scene to find police performing CPR on a motorcyclist, a man, who was in cardiac arrest.

“The team of ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts, administering advanced trauma care to try to save the man’s life. Sadly, despite their best efforts on scene, the man was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Bordsley Green Fire

A family of seven has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire

Friday 16th June 2017 – 10.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A family of seven have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at their house.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the property in Keeley Street in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham at about 7.50am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, all seven family members were outside the property.  The building itself had been badly affected by the fire.

“The 53-year-old father was worst affected after getting his family out of the property.  He was treated for smoke inhalation as was his 34-year-old wife.  There were five children, girls of 15, 8 and about 5 years as well as a baby boy and a toddler boy; they too were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

“All seven were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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Ambulance Line Up

Tragically, a girl has died after an RTC

Friday 16th June 2017 – 9.25am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, a young girl has sadly died following a collision in Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.18pm on Thursday afternoon to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a 4×4 on Mytton Oak Road in Shrewsbury.

The first ambulance was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call, quickly followed by a paramedic officer, a second ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a young girl, in cardiac arrest after being involved in a collision with a 4×4. Ambulance staff immediately commenced life support on the girl at the scene.

“Due to the proximity of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the team took the decision to rapidly convey her by land ambulance on blue lights to the nearby A&E whilst resuscitation efforts continued en-route.

“Tragically, despite further treatment in hospital, nothing could be done to save the girl and she has since died.

“The driver of the 4×4, a man, declined treatment by ambulance staff at the scene.”

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Helimed 06, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham Services

Schoolgirl airlifted to specialist care after fall

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A schoolgirl has been airlifted to a specialist hospital after breaking her leg in a freak accident whilst on an ‘outward bound’ course.

The incident happened at about 11.40am on the east side of Symonds Yat, on the Herefordshire / Gloucestershire border.

An ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Technical Rescue Unit along with a unit from Hereford and Worcester Fire were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 12-year-old from Oxfordshire was about to undertake a rock climbing activity and was at the bottom of the cliff when she got her foot caught in a rope and tripped over a log, subsequently tumbling down a slope below the cliff.

“The ambulance crew splinted her leg before firefighters brought her up to the car park where they rendezvoused with the air ambulance.

“The critical care paramedics then used a traction splint to help treat the injury to her leg.  She was also complaining of pain in her left wrist and cuts and bruises, though her helmet had protected her head.

“Given the injury, the aircrew decided to fly her to the specialist facilities at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

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Paramedic Manager vehicle

A cyclist has died despite the efforts of ambulance staff to save him

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 12.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after he was involved in an incident involving a van and a car.

It happened at about 7.40am this morning on Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, to the south of Halesowen.

A paramedic officer was on scene in 8 minutes and was backed up by an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The middle aged cyclist had suffered significant injuries in the crash.

“He received considerable treatment from the ambulance staff and air ambulance doctor but sadly, despite the extensive 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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Ambulances at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

Cyclist anaesthetised after collision with van

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 9.28am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been anaesthetised at the scene of a crash with a van.

It happened at about 6.30pm on Wednesday evening at the junction of Bridge Street and New Street in Kenilworth.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, which landed in a nearby park.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initial calls suggested that the cyclist had been left unconscious in the middle of the road after the collision.

“Ambulance staff arrived on scene 6 minutes after the 999 call and found the middle aged man in a semi-conscious state.

“The man, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, was suffering from potentially serious head and facial injuries.

“Given his condition, the doctor decided to anaesthetise him at the scene before he was taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were no other injuries.”

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A serious crash left a man trapped in a car for 50 minutes and a lorry on its side

Engine ends up 20 metres away from car after crash

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 8.54am – Murray MacGregor.

A crash that left the engine of a car 20 metres away from the rest of the vehicle and a lorry on its side, has resulted in two men being injured, with one airlifted.

The crash happened on Long Lane on the road from Bronington to Whitchurch on the Shropshire / Welsh border at about 6.50pm on Wednesday night.

Two ambulances, one from WMAS and the other from Wales were sent to the scene along with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered very significant front offside damage.  Part of the engine was lying about 20 metres away.  Further up the road there was an HGV on its side.

“The car driver, a man in his 20s was the most seriously hurt.  He was trapped for around 50 minutes while firefighters worked with ambulance staff to extricate him while he received treatment.

“He had suffered a broken right leg and fracture dislocation of his ankle.  He was given pain relief and was immobilised before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The front seat passenger, a man also in his 20s, had managed to get out of the vehicle himself and was treated for abdominal pain and seat belt injuries.  He was taken by the Welsh ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was able to get out of the vehicle himself and was uninjured.”

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Woman suffers serious arm injury after car overturns

Wednesday 14th June 2017 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

A woman whose car ended up on its roof in Telford this morning has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious arm injury.

The single car collision happened on Lincoln Hill in Ironbridge, Telford, shortly before 8.15am (Wednesday) and an ambulance, 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: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had rolled off a single-track road and landed on its roof. The driver and single occupant, a woman in her 30s, had managed to get out of the vehicle and was sitting at the side of the road being cared for by passers-by.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff it was clear that the woman had suffered a serious injury to her lower arm which required immediate treatment. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to the woman before carefully dressing and immobilising her arm. Once stable, the woman was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist airlifted from Stafford RTC

Wednesday 14th June 2017 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man was airlifted to a major trauma centre last night after he was involved in a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Crooked Bridge Road and Prospect Road in Stafford at around 4.50pm yesterday (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill attended; one had a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived to find a cyclist and a car which had been in a collision. The cyclist, a man, was initially trapped underneath the car and, once freed, ambulance staff were able to fully assess his condition. The man had suffered multiple injuries which required advanced trauma care by the doctor and ambulance staff at the roadside.

“The man’s condition was stabilised before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital, a specialist major trauma centre, for further care.”

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Two paramedics, one mountain, seven summits

Tuesday 13th June 2017 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

Scaling Mount Snowdon once is enough for most people but two paramedics from Birmingham are preparing to walk up (and down) Snowdon seven times in seven days for charity.

Paramedics Amanda Hill and Kay Alexander, based at the Trust’s Hollymoor hub in Rubery, will be walking up Mount Snowdon in Wales via the Llanberis route for seven consecutive days from Friday 7th July with their final ascent planned on Thursday 13th July.

The duo, who decided on the charity walk whilst at the top of Snowdon last year, are hoping to raise £1,500 each for two charities close to their hearts. A close friend of Amanda’s has Neuroendocrine Tumours (NET), a currently incurable cancer, and is raising money for Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham who are funding NET research. Kay’s little boy Alex was born with a critical heart condition and is raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital where Alex received life-saving treatment.

Amanda, 47 from Kidderminster, said: “About three years ago my neighbour and friend was diagnosed with NET. After the initial shock and all the treatments, scans and tests, fundraising began in the family. I want to help the cause and decided to climb Snowdon seven times in seven days to help raise money for NET research in the hope that, one day, a cure will be found for this type of cancer. I am doing this for Dave, his family and other patients who suffer from this cancer. Kay and I have been training together ahead of our seven days and, with support from our friends and family, we each hope to raise our target of £1,500 and summit Snowdon seven times in one piece!”

Kay, 40 from Birmingham, said: “I got told that my new born baby would need surgery on his heart when he was just one day old. We got transferred to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital and, six days later Alex had open heart surgery which took many nail biting hours and afterwards, spent many days on the paediatric intensive care unit. You would never know to look at him that he went through such amazing surgery. If it wasn’t for the brilliant teams at the hospital he wouldn’t be here now.  I owe them his life, so for that I’m doing these fundraising walks and supporting my friend Amanda. We’re looking forward to the challenge ahead and know that we’ll motivate each other to get to the finish line. Thanks to everyone for their donations so far.”

As well as seeking donations, the due are being joined by several colleagues for one summit to help raise even more money. To donate to either charity, please visit Amanda and Kay’s Just Giving page via  www.justgiving.com/sevensummitsonsnowdon  www.justgiving.com/summittodoforfriends. Alternatively, you can donate to NET by texting JLUA57 to 70070 or BCH by texting KAYA47 to 70070 with the amount £ you wish to donate.”

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Notes to Editors

(pictured Kay (left) and Amanda (right) at the top of Snowdon last year).

 

 

 

New ambulance hub opens half a century after the previous one did

 

Monday 12th June 2017 – 4.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance staff in North Staffordshire have welcomed the opening of their new base, which replaces the previous one that had been open for 55 years.

The new site in Etruria, Stoke, replaces the Broomhall Centre in Hilton Road. The move took place on May 25th.

Stoke Hub June 2017

At 19,000 square feet, it is the biggest ambulance hub in the West Midlands and will be the operating base for around 250 staff and more than 50 ambulances.

Senior Operations Manager, Mark Chapman, said: “This new facility is a state of the art centre which will ensure West Midlands Ambulance Service can continue to provide one of the best ambulance services in the country.

“It is a far cry from the previous site which was far too small and no longer fit for purpose.

“The hub is much bigger than the previous site and has been designed to provide a much more pleasant working environment for our staff.

“Using the latest design and technology it will reduce our running costs which means we can put more money into frontline care.  The location gives us excellent access through the area and it combines fantastic facilities for staff.

“The hub has fleet workshops, Ambulance Fleet Assistants who clean, stock and prepare the vehicles, excellent facilities for training and a computer room that will allow staff to complete online training when they are not responding to emergency calls.”

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It is not a coincidence that West Midlands Ambulance Service is consistently one of the best performing ambulance services in the country. It is the infrastructure investment, such as this hub, that allows us to provide really good-quality care for our patients and to support our staff to deliver the best possible care and save as many lives as possible in Staffordshire.”

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Notes to Editors:

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

Video 1

Operations Manager Becky Hughes reflects on how the new hub has improved the way the Trust operates in Stoke.

Video 2

Staff are united in giving the new facility the thumbs up.

Videos 3

One of the biggest improvements available to staff is the provision of much improved IT, such as a dedicated computer room and a virtual learning area.

Video 4

The new hub brings a wide range of improvements for staff and patients alike.

Pedestrian seriously injured in Walsall RTC

A man has suffered serious injuries after being involved in a road traffic collision with a car in Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 2.30pm today to Bentley Road North, Bentley after reports of an RTC involving a pedestrian. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a pedestrian, a man, who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. The team of medics delivered trauma care to treat his injuries and stabilise his condition. The man was immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; The doctor travelled in the ambulance to provide additional treatment to the man en route to A&E.”

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Incredibly lucks escape as branch smashes car windscreen

 

Tuesday 6th June 2017 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver had an incredibly fortunate escape yesterday when walking away relatively unharmed after a tree branch smashed through his windscreen whilst driving.

The incident happened on School Lane in Exhall, Coventry, shortly before 3.30pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

School Lane 2

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver of the car, a man in his 40s, has been extremely fortunate to escape serious injury as had the branch fallen just a few feet further away, we could have been talking about a very different story.

“As it is, the man managed to get himself out of the car and after he was assessed for a minor hand injury he was discharged at the scene.

“The damage suffered to the car, highlights just what a lucky escape this was for the patient.”

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

Eccleshall & Black Country volunteer life-savers scoop Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Monday 5th June 2016 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

Not one but two community first responder (CFR) groups in the West Midlands have received the most prestigious award a voluntary organisation can get.

FastAid Black Country CFRs and Eccleshall CFRs have been recognised with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service for 2017 for providing emergency medical aid, training and lifesaving equipment to those living and working in their local community.

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. They offer an invaluable service by way of helping to reach those people suffering from medical emergencies in the remote rural communities, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. For many illnesses or injuries, the first few minutes are critical and simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability. As well as providing care for people in their local area, the CFRs also spend a considerable amount of time teaching other people vital first aid and life-saving skills.

FastAid Black Country CFRs Carol Waite and her husband Ian Waite attended a garden party at Buckingham Palace on Thursday 1st June where they met the Queen and other winners of this year’s award. Speaking about the groups achievement, Trustee for FastAid Black Country, Carol Waite, said: “Receiving an award such as this is incredibly exciting and hugely rewarding. It’s lovely to know that our hard work and dedication has been recognised by the Queen.”

Martin Watson, Group Coordinator of Eccleshall CFRs, also attended Buckingham Palace last week and said: “We are absolutely delighted and honoured to have been given this award.  It is clearly a testament to the efforts of all those involved in Eccleshall Community First Responders who voluntarily give their time to support the group either as a responder helping those in need of medical aid or as a fundraiser.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh said: “I am immensely proud of both CFR groups for being honoured in this way. The role of our volunteers is incredibly important to the success of West Midlands Ambulance Service. You all do a fantastic job, I know many of you put in a tremendous amount of hours and you have all played a major part in making our ambulance service the best in the country, for which I thank you. Many congratulations to you on this great achievement.”

Both CFR groups are set to receive their awards from the Lord Lieutenant later this year.

For more information about the groups, to make a donation or find out more about joining them, please go to: http://www.eccleshallcfrs.org.uk/ and www.fastaidblackcountry.org.uk/.

Note to Editors

Pictured: 1 – FastAid Black Country CFRs Carol Waite and Ian Waite at Buckingham Palace last week. 2 – Eccleshall CFR Group Coordinator Martin Watson next to the schemes car.

 

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Volunteers Week 2017

We applaud the immense work of the many volunteers who support us

Thursday 1st June 2017 – 3.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Today marks the start of a week where we celebrate the amazing work that our volunteers do, day in, day out, to support West Midlands Ambulance Service and the public at large.

Literally hundreds of people support the Trust on a daily basis so it is only right and proper that we pay tribute to them during Volunteers Week, which runs from the 1st to 7th June.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Whether you are a BASICS Emergency Doctor, a community first responder, someone who trains people in CPR, a volunteer car driver or someone who raises vital funding for one of our air ambulance charities, your work is immense and helps to save lives.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the work of the Trusts Governors who help the organisation on an on-going basis.

“We have staff, publicly elected and appointed governors who all give freely of their time to bring their counsel, support and guidance to how the organisation develops.  I am very grateful for all that you do to support us.”

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Ambulance at Birmingham Children's Hospital

Two teenagers badly hurt after being electrocuted

Thursday 1st June 2017 – 2.08pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two teenagers have suffered serious injuries after being electrocuted.

The incident happened at about 11.45am on parkland next to Durham Road in Wednesbury – a railway line runs down the other side of the parkland.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two boys on the parkland who had suffered serious injuries after being electrocuted.

“Staff were told that four teenage boys had been playing next to the railway line.

“The two injured, who are believed to be 13 years old, were taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, one by air ambulance, the other by land ambulance using blue lights.

“The teenager airlifted was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Motorcyclist ends up underneath road sweeper

Thursday 1st June 2017 – 11.24am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has escaped serious injuries despite coming off his bike and ending up wedged under the front axle of a road sweeper.

The incident happened just after a bend outside some agricultural buildings on Stone Road in Bramshall, Staffordshire at about 8.30am this morning.

A rapid response vehicle was on scene in seven minutes of the 999 call and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the 45-year-old man under the front of the road sweeper.  Fortunately, it had been sweeping at the time and was moving at a slow speed and was able to stop rapidly.  The motorbike was in a hedge at the side of the road.

“Firefighters used airbags to lift the road sweeper to allow ambulance staff access to the man.

“The man was complaining of abdominal pain, a thigh injury and had injuries to both arms.  He was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.”

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Cyclist fatally injured in RTC

 

Wednesday 31st May – 1.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has been fatally injured following a collision with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the Straight Mile and Vicarage Road in Four Ashes, Staffordshire, just after 9.50am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man, with multiple serious injuries and in cardiac arrest.

“Bystanders had already started CPR on the patient which ambulance staff took over. They also administered advanced life support but unfortunately, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

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

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Two trapped and seriously injured as car overturns

 

Tuesday 31st May 9.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people, who were trapped for approximately 45 minutes after their car overturned on a busy commuter route, have been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a single vehicle collision at the junction of Shaw Road and Birmingham New Road in Bilston at 5.05am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a car that had overturned and two patients trapped inside.

“Following an initial assessment of the patients, ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to carefully free them from the car.

“The driver of the car, a man, was treated for multiple serious injuries, including to his head and chest.

“In order to stabilise his condition, he was anaesthetised at the scene and transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on alert.

“The second patient, a teenage girl, was treated for cuts to her head and an arm injury and taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Watch out for that child

Wednesday 31st May 2017 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging all road users to be mindful of young children after two were injured, one seriously, in collisions with vehicles.

The crashes in Wolverhampton and Brierley Hill left one child needing to be airlifted to the regions paediatric major trauma centre after being anaesthetised at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first incident happened outside St Stephens Primary School in Woden Road, Wolverhampton at just before 4.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

“Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A 6-year-old boy had been in collision with a red car.  He had suffered potentially serious head injuries, as well as a badly broken right leg.

“The doctor chose to anaesthetise him before he was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The second incident happened just minutes later at the Wickets in Brierley Hill at 4.35pm.

“An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a senior paramedic officer were sent after a 10-year-old girl was in collision with a car.

“The girl had suffered a badly broken right leg.  After treatment at the scene, she was taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further treatment.

“Whilst drivers should always be aware of children, it is particularly important that they are mindful of youngsters potentially running into the road during half term.  Equally, we would urge all parents to have the conversation with their children of the need to be careful when playing near or crossing roads.”

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Are you getting dehydrated? Lots of people are.

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information log onto NHS Choices

Man airlifted to hospital after car hits tree

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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We Stand With Manchester

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

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Boy suffers serious leg injury in Handsworth collision

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

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

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

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

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

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Four car collision on motorway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five die on M6 motorway in Staffordshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man injured at recycling plant

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

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

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

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

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

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

“There were no other patients.”

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Boy airlifted following Burton-upon-Trent collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Fatality on M40 motorway

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Incident at the Manchester Arena

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

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

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

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

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

The Manchester incident emergency phone number 0161 856 9400.

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Woman injured after collision with car

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

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

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

Two ambulances were sent to the scene.

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

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

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

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

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Two fatal collisions over the weekend

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

Two men have died after separate crashes over the weekend.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trapped car driver is airlifted to hospital

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with car

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editors:

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Pedestrian suffers multiple injuries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Teenager suffers significant head injury after collision with car

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The car driver was uninjured but understandably shaken.”

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Woman rescued using specialist vehicle and stretcher

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man seriously injured after rollover RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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