Motorcyclist fatally injured

Friday 20th April 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to reports of a man who had come off a motorbike on Thorncroft Way, Walsall, shortly after 1.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the man in cardiac arrest. An off-duty firefighter was already at the scene performing excellent CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support.

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

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Care, compassion and kindness – Ambulance is back!

 

Friday 20th April 2018 – 1.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

The extraordinary lengths that ambulance staff go to, to ensure patients receive the care they need is set to be highlighted again in the new series of the BAFTA nominated programme Ambulance.

The eight-part observational documentary will be shown on primetime BBC One from Thursday (26th April) at 9.00pm.  It is the second series to feature West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The programme will show staff as they deal with the highs and lows of life on the road and in the control rooms.  The programme follows the staff as they deal with everything from major trauma including road traffic collisions and stabbings, acutely unwell babies, through to patients with complex medical conditions and a 999 call from someone who wants to commit suicide.

The programme also looks at how ambulance staff deal with situations when their own loved ones become the patient.

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 nearly 4,000 emergency 999 calls every single day.  The programme was filmed in December and January when the NHS was under immense pressure and shows the lengths staff in the ambulance service and hospitals go to ensure patients continued to get high standards of care.

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 second by second decisions our staff face for example helping some who simply wants to end their life 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.”

Kirsty Cunningham, Executive 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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Man dies in Oswestry RTC

Tuesday 17th April 2018 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

A man sadly died in a road traffic collision in Oswestry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at the junction of the B5069 and the A5 in Gobowen, Oswestry shortly after 9.30pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who was in cardiac arrest following a collision with a car and was receiving CPR by passers-by.  Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The occupants of the car involved, a woman and a child, were assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Fatal incident on motorway

Tuesday 10th April 2018 – 8.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision on the M5 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.24am to reports of a collision involving a car and a lorry between junctions four and three of the M5 and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman in the car, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

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

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

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Young boy fatally injured in RTC

Monday 9th April 2018 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy has died and a woman has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and pedestrians at 9.03pm on Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry. Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a young boy who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Ambulance crews administered specialist trauma care which continued enroute to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. However, shortly after arrival it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and was confirmed deceased.

“A second patient, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was also treated for multiple injuries, including to her leg, and was taken to the same hospital in a serious condition.”

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One to hospital after lorries collide on motorway

Friday 6th April 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped in the cab of his lorry following a collision between two HGVs on the motorway this afternoon has been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M6, between junctions 15 and 16, at 2.01pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, both men, who were the drivers of the lorries.

“One of them, believed to be in his 50s, was trapped as a result of the collision and had to be freed with help from the fire service.

“Ambulance staff monitored and assessed the man throughout the extrication before treating him for chest pain.

“He was then transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The second man, was discharged at the scene uninjured.”

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Woman dies & man in serious condition following suspected Carbon Monoxide leak

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has died and a man has been rushed to hospital following a suspected carbon monoxide leak at a property in Cannock this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police shortly after 10.30am earlier today to Old Penkridge Road in Cannock. Two ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found two patients, a man and a woman, who had been removed from the property by the fire service after they were found unresponsive inside. Sadly, the woman was confirmed dead by ambulance staff at the scene.

“The 75-year-old man was already receiving oxygen therapy from the fire service. Ambulance staff assessed the man and administered emergency treatment on scene before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to New Cross Hospital. Treatment continued en route to hospital where, upon arrival, his condition was said to be serious.”

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Two to hospital after lorry collides with pedestrians

Thursday 29th March 2018 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman and child have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision between a lorry and pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lichfield Street and Princess Square in Wolverhampton at 11.02am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two patients, a woman and a young girl.

“The woman received specialist trauma care having suffered serious injuries in the incident. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being alerted in to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“The girl was also treated for serious injuries before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was treated for the effects of shock before being discharged at the scene.”

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Man seriously injured in RTC

Thursday 29th March 2018 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has suffered serious injuries following a single vehicle road traffic collision late last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Mere Lane in Copston Magna, near to the junction with Copston Lane, Rugby, shortly before 11.30pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car in a ditch and a man lying in the road, who is believed to have been the driver.

“The man had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident and was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance staff administered CPR and advanced life support, which continued whilst he was transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Unfortunately, on arrival at the hospital, the man’s condition was described as critical.”

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Man airlifted after car and van collide

Wednesday 28th March 2018 – 8.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped in his car and a van driver have both been taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of an RTC yesterday (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call at 5.44pm to Holly Lane in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, near to Moxhull Hall Hotel, and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the car driver, a man in his 30s, trapped inside his vehicle because of his injuries.

“Ambulance staff immobilised him and continually assessed and monitored his condition whilst the fire service cut him free.

“He was treated for a pelvic injury and leg pain before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The van had also collided with a tree in the incident. The driver, a man in his 50s, had managed to free himself and was treated for injuries to his face, as well as arm, hand and chest pain. He was given pain relief and transported to Heartlands Hospital by land hospital.”

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Man given best possible chance of survival following Walsall collision

Monday 26th March 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man’s life was saved by ambulance staff last night after he suffered a cardiac arrest in a two-car collision in Walsall.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to the junction of Wednesbury Road and Corporation Street in Walsall at 9.45pm on Sunday. Two ambulances, a MERIT trauma doctor and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of one car, a man in his 50s, was in a serious condition when ambulance staff arrived. He was rapidly extricated from the vehicle in order for ambulance staff and the medic to stabilise his deteriorating condition. Whilst treating the man, he deteriorated further and suffered a cardiac arrest. The team worked quickly to provide advanced life support to the man and they successfully managed to restart his heart. The man was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the second car, a woman in her 40s, sustained minor arm, back and abdominal injuries. She was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Witton

Monday 26th March 2018 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A man has died and three other people were injured following a two car road traffic collision in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a serious collision on Brookvale Road, Witton at 8.15am on Sunday morning. Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found two cars which had been involved in a serious collision with four patients requiring treatment. One man was in cardiac arrest and quickly received advanced life support on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on the scene.

“A 17-year-old boy and a 58-year-old man received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the medic after suffering serious injuries in the collision. Both were given pain relief and immobilised by the team before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“A 16-year-old girl was assessed and treated at the scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Excellence in the Community Awards

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

An awards ceremony to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 5,000 staff has taken place.

The event, sponsored by Zoll, Growers United, Cardiac Science and WEL Medical, took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last Thursday (March 15th), recognising the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Our volunteers do a great job, saving saving lives across the West Midlands every single day, and I want to say a big thank you to all of you for your efforts.

“Every single volunteer plays a key role in making West Midlands Ambulance Service the success that it is and I am immensely proud of all of you for the effort you put in.

“There is an absolute determination within the Trust to improve further, and our volunteers will play an essential role in making sure that can happen.”

High Sheriff of the West Midlands, John Hudson OBE, who helped present some of the awards on the evening, said: “It is a great honour to be here this evening and it has inspired me to want to learn first aid, at the very least!

“There is so much expertise in the room tonight, so many acts of kindness and bravery and it is very humbling.

“You are doing the things that really count in society and we’ve heard many heartwarming stories this evening about things you have achieved to help people in their hour of need. I just want to say thank you very much indeed for what you do, you are all wonderful people.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “This is a very special event that allows us to recognise some very special people.

“The time that people give in volunteering can never be underestimated, even more so as we live in a society now, where people just don’t have free time.

“Here with us tonight, we have a group of people who are prepared to give up their free time, and give it to the people in the communities in which we serve. “We can never repay you for that, but I would just like to thank you all for what you do on a daily basis, year after year, your efforts are truly appreciated.

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Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award:

Claire Howatt, Thomas Merrimen, Marc Cutler, Aidan Brown, Matthew Harris (Drayton Manor), Josh Briggs (Drayton Manor)

A 999 call was made from Drayton Manor Park employee Josh Briggs after he found his 17-year-old colleague Ben Culfe in cardiac arrest.

With excellent support from the call taker, another Drayton Manor employee – Matthew Harris – commenced CPR whilst a second colleague fetched a defibrillator. Two shocks were delivered, which together with the CPR, ensured Ben’s heart had been successfully restarted before the first ambulance crew arrived. However, Ben was still in an agitated state as more resources arrived on scene, including Ian Jones and Karen Baker on the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, just minutes after the initial 999 call.

Karen and Ian administered sedative drugs but unfortunately the medication did not have the desired effected.

Further support arrived in the shape of Dr Paul Dias on the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford who anaesthetised Ben in order to stabilise his condition before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Thankfully, Ben went on to make a full recovery.

Air Ambulance Award:

Charlie Braid, Maggie Setterfield, Stuart Askew

Charlie Braid was at school in Hereford in a games lesson as part of his work experience when 15-year-old Ethan Askew suddenly collapsed in a cardiac arrest. Help arrived first in the shape of receptionist Maggie Setterfield who started doing chest compressions.  At the same time Ethan’s father Stuart, who also works at the school, arrived to the sight of his son having CPR.

While Stuart helped Maggie by providing rescue breaths, he remembered the school’s new defibrillator.  It had just delivered two shocks when the ambulance arrived and the crew took over; shortly after they discovered a pulse and CPR was ceased. Ethan was moved on to the air ambulance and flown to Bristol Hospital with Stuart also travelling.  There he was reunited with Ethan’s mum Georgia, who had been taken to hospital with a police escort.

Ethan had been sedated but within 48 hours was out of his induced coma and sitting up in bed talking!  I’m thrilled to say that Ethan has gone on to make a full recovery after a rare genetic narrowing of the left coronary artery had been operated on.

St John Ambulance

Curtis Molloy, Thomas Strachan

In April last year a large fire at a care home in Tamworth led to 25 residents having to be evacuated and rehoused. Curtis Molloy and Thomas Strachan were the first two St John volunteers to step forward and they helped to assist residents from the home in being relocated. They also volunteered their time to assist in the aforementioned winter weather and are always prepared to help, even with cases that are not in their locality.

Public and Other Emergency Services:

Sarah Cooper

Partners PC Stacie Ferran and PC Stefan Wolkowicz were both off duty and out enjoying a meal with their daughter in August 2017 when they were alerted to a fellow diner who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Stacie and Stefan acted quickly and immediately began CPR whilst another bystander went to fetch a defibrillator. Thanks to their quick-thinking, a ROSC was achieved on arrival of the ambulance crew and the patient was conveyed to hospital having been given the very best chance of survival.

Public Commendation:

Gareth Williams and Daniel Moffat

A serious RTC on the A5 in South Staffordshire saw a car set on fire, with the driver still inside. Daniel Moffat and Gareth Williams were the first two people on scene and without a fire extinguisher to help, had no choice but to force the door open with any tools they could find and their bare hands, to drag the unresponsive woman out. Once clear of the car they quickly moved her as far away as possible before the arrival of ambulance staff, by which time the car was well ablaze. The Merit Doctor who attended the scene was clear that Daniel and Gareth’s actions saved the woman’s life that day, so we now ask them to step forward to be presented with their commendations.

Public Commendation:

Craig Nicholls and Mandy Banham

Robert Whissel and his wife Sheila were walking home from the newsagents in Barnt Green last March when Robert unexpectedly collapsed and fell to the pavement. With no previous cardiac history, this was obviously an alarming situation which later turned out to be caused by a complete heart blockage.

Luckily for Robert, bystanders Craig Nicholas and Mandy Banham were nearby and acted quickly to deliver vital first aid and CPR. Robert has now gone on to make a full recovery.

Community First Responders

Martin Hill, Bridgnorth CFR

Martin Hill has served Bridgnorth district as a CFR for 12 years. Throughout that time his incredible time commitment and clinical ability has meant that when a CFR is sent to a 999 call in the Bridgnorth District, it will usually be answered by him first. He has attended multiple cardiac arrests where his efforts to speed up the chain of survival have resulted in many ROSCs.

Martin provides fantastic assistance and service to WMAS and the community would be much worse off without his support and education he provides as a CFR. As a retired firefighter, Martin has dedicated his entire life to helping others,

Community First Responders

Fay Cooper, Rugeley and District CFRs

Fay Cooper is the founding member of Rugeley and District CFRs having actively recruited volunteers and set the group up as a charity.

Over the years, Fay has provided a constant level of responding hours, arranged fund-raising events, actively engaged the group within the community and helped to raise its profile – even during maternity leave!

Without Fay’s initial hard work and continued efforts behind the scenes, the group would not be in the strong position it finds itself in today, so please step forward to receive an award in recognition of your efforts.

CFR Volunteer of the Year

Ben East, FastAid CFR (pictured on press release)

CFR Ben East has shown a truly exceptional dedication to his Community, to West Midlands Ambulance Service and to his charity – FastAid. Last year, Ben spent over 1,500 hours booked on call and attended 236 emergency calls.

In addition, he is an Area Co-Ordinator for FastAid which involves mentoring, encouraging and supporting six team members. As a result of this, FastAid provided over 2,500 hours of on call cover for WMAS in 2017, attending more than 350 emergency calls. Ben is an extremely proactive member of the group and also supports his Community Response Manager by providing HeartStart courses in and around the region. Whenever the group acquires new transport, Ben has the skills to modify, equip and complete the necessary adaptations to the highest standard whilst also attending training sessions when there is a new intake of students.

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Pedestrian injured after collision with car

Thursday 22nd March 2018 – 8.55am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been taken on blue lights by ambulance to a major trauma centre after he was involved in a collision with a car.

The incident happened outside Farmfoods on Hazelwell Street in Birmingham at just after 6.30am this morning (Thursday).

A non-emergency Patient Transport Service ambulance crew came across the scene shortly after it had happened; they started to provide care and immobilised the man until the emergency ambulance arrived shortly afterwards.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered damage to the windscreen and also the ‘A’ pillar.

“The man, who was in his 50s, had head and leg injuries.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before he was taken on blue lights to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The car driver wasn’t injured.”

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Trust celebrates long service and excellence at awards ceremony

 

Wednesday 22nd March 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Heroic acts, incredible bravery and life-saving moments were all celebrated at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards last week.

The Trust’s annual ceremony, sponsored by University of Wolverhampton, J. Tomlinsons, OH Vehicle Conversions, Health Education England, University of Worcester, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, Dragonfly, Prometheus Medical LTD and G4S took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierely Hill on Thursday, 15th March and saw a range of awards handed out including Long Service Medals and Chief Officer Commendations.

This year, 19 operational members of staff became eligible for their 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were presented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE.

In addition, 15 staff were commended for 25 years service; 14 received certificates for 30 years service; three members of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust; whilst one member of staff was commended 40 years of service.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This ceremony allows myself and the Trust to say a really big thank you to our staff for everything they do to make West Midlands Ambulance Service the best ambulance service in the country.

“I fully recognise it is one big team effort from our 5,000 staff and 1,000 volunteers who respond to 4,000 999 calls every day, saving lives across the West Midlands. They all do a fantastic job and I am really proud of all of them.”

Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Beverley Lindsay, added: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those ambulance staff who have been honoured here today.

“Rewarding staff for their long service is a privilege for me. In a world where employees now move to new jobs and careers on average every five years, it is becoming increasingly rare to dedicate themselves to over 20 years of public service. We should be immensely proud of these people and the work that they do.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Trust Chairman, added: “Every year is a year of scrutiny for the ambulance service, but the last 12 months it has been the case even more so, as the Trust has received so much fantastic television coverage.

“Throughout the programmes we have been involved with, there has been one constant theme – the care and compassion shown by our staff who give their best every single time they care for people in the community.

“Well done to all of our award winners and everyone within the service for once again making sure we have provided the very best level of patient care possible during the past 12 months.”

Awards:

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Tom Cheal – Clinical Team Mentor, Erdington; Jas Nar – Paramedic, Aston;  Christopher Helm – Technician, Aston; Simon Wheatley – Student Paramedic, Erdington

If trekking in the Himalayas is your sort of thing, it is fair to assume that fitness sits quite high on your agenda. That is very much the case for John Simpson, who just a week after returning from his hiking adventure, was on an exercise bike at home, when he began to feel unwell. John managed to call 999 where Pam Hall was waiting to take his call. Pam offered advice and assistance on the line, at which the situation changed dramatically as John suffered a cardiac arrest. Two ambulances arrived at the scene and immediately began CPR as well as delivering a defibrillator shock. That shock proved enough to restart John’s heart.

He was rapidly transported to Heartlands hospital with crews continuing emergency treatment en-route. Once arrived he was passed over to the hospital staff and has gone on to make a full recovery.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Charles Grover – Student Paramedic, Coventry

Student Paramedic Charles Grover was out shopping with his family in Coventry when he heard a commotion. Looking up, he saw a mother calling for help and immediately ran over to assist. That is when he discovered a two-year-old child in cardiac arrest. Charles immediately began CPR whilst sending the security guard to fetch the defibrillator. Resus attempts continued until the defibrillator was brought to the scene. At this point, Charles delivered a shock and was then joined on the scene by arriving ambulance staff. Treatment continued en-route to hospital with a ROSC being achieved before arrival.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Helen Murphy – Patient Transport Service, Cheshire; Adam Ford – Patient Transport Service, Cheshire.

A patient transport vehicle running out of Warrington Hub was completing a regular transfer for a routine medical appointment when the situation escalated at a rapid rate. During the journey, PTS worker Helen Murphy noticed the patient had become unwell and upon immediate closer examination, discovered she had stopped breathing. Adam Ford, who was driving, immediately pulled over and jumped in the back to take over CPR from Helen, who began preparing the requisite equipment to administer emergency oxygen. Thanks to the quick and effective CPR, the patient soon began to breathe again. Both Helen and Adam worked to maintain the patient’s airway whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive, during which time the patient soon became responsive and her breathing grew even stronger. Helen and Adam stayed calm and professional throughout and their actions undoubtedly played a hugely significant part in saving a life.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rob Moore – Paramedic, Erdington.

With all of the difficulties ambulance staff face in their day-to-day working life, particularly with a continued increase in attacks and violence against emergency workers, Rob Moore felt it was time to try and shift the balance of the negative news always being reported. One night at home, he decided to try and get ambulance staff to tell the world about the nice things that happen too, at which, the ‘#bluelighthappy’ campaign began! The campaign received an incredible response, not only in the West Midlands, but nationwide as hundreds of good news stories started coming out, and the hashtag is still going strong today.

It led to Rob appearing on television three times, conducting multiple radio interviews and even receiving a message from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Kevin Armstrong – Paramedic, Stoke; Lisa Darby – Paramedic, Stoke; Tom Castle – Paramedic, Stoke; Simon Price – Operations Manager, Stoke.

To find one patient in cardiac arrest at a job must be an incredibly stressful station, so to turn up at a flat fire and find three patients not breathing, does not bare thinking about. But that it was happened to staff in Stoke when attending a flat fire, and to make the situation even more distressing, a small child and a baby were amongst the two patients. What followed was an incredible job from everyone at the scene, but also from EOC to make sure they got the required number of resources there as quickly as possible. Thanks to the professionalism of everyone involved, following emergency treatment at the scene, a ROSC was achieved on all three patients.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rebecca Jones – Paramedic, Hollymoor; Louise Redding – Technician, Hollymoor; Aidan Brown – Paramedic, Erdington; James Williams – Operations Manager, Erdington; Dean Jenkins – Senior Operations Manager, Erdington; Danielle Byng – EOC, Brierley Hill; Jo Selman – EOC, Brierely Hill.

Shortly before Christmas, a hugely significant RTC in Birmingham City Centre led to multiple fatalities and numerous other patients having to be transported to hospital, some in a critical condition. Unsurprisingly, details are very sketchy in the early moments of calls of this nature and for the crews dispatched to the scene first, it was very difficult to picture what they were about to attend.

The first crew in attendance had no idea what a challenging scene they were to be faced with, but managed to complete a quick scene survey, noted seriously injured patients and gave a report back into control despite being under significant pressure. The information provided allowed EOC to escalate the response and attach numerous other ambulances and specialist resources to the case. At the scene, all staff involved, no matter of clinical grade or capability, did a fantastic job in attempting to preserve life along with making some difficult decisions regarding triage and treatment of severely Injured patients.

Outstanding Achievement:

Mark Hayes – Operations Manager, Lichfield

In a career spanning 22 years with the Trust, our Outstanding Achievement award winner has become a cult hero on television, undertaken endless amounts of charity work and become a very popular figure on the streets of Birmingham having worked there as a motorcycle paramedic for 16 years. Mark Hayes’ days on the motorbike not only saw him respond to calls within the confines of Birmingham City Centre on a daily basis, he also attended civic events, school road safety events and still to this day, attends Service Funerals as a motorcycle outrider. One of the biggest charity events Mark takes part in is Bike4Life in Shropshire, an event that this year alone raised more than £70,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance. He also supports Jumbo UK – an organisation that takes disabled children out for the day, with the mode of transport being trikes or motorbikes with sidecars. Mark now spends his days responding on four wheels as he has been successful in securing the position of Operations Manager at Lichfield. This has provided him with a whole new set of challenges, but despite that, he has managed to continue his charity fund-raising as well as giving educational talks to the public wherever possible.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

James Williams – Operations Manager, Erdington

James Williams is someone who has a vast array of qualities, possibly the best of which is that of being a team player – something which will become very evident throughout the next couple of minutes. An experienced Operations Manager, James is always available to provide valuable experience, expertise and insight to colleagues and staff. He leads by example and maintains high standards in whatever he is required to do. He boasts excellent communication skills and is always approachable and honest. As and when required, he has acted up to Assistant Operations Manager level, something which has enabled him to demonstrate his leadership and management skills.

His skills and leadership qualities were never demonstrated better than at the tragic RTC in Birmingham just before Christmas. Managers who attended the scene reported how he controlled a very difficult set of circumstances professionally and ensured patients were being prioritised and treated appropriately.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured: 20-Year Long Service Medal recipient Christopher Costin with Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Linday OBE, and WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh.

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Coach driver airlifted after three-vehicle collision

Friday 16th March 2018 – 2.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been taken to hospital, one of them by air ambulance, following a collision involving a lorry, a coach and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound A38 in Barton under Needwood, near Burton-on-Trent, shortly before 11.35am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find three vehicles that had been in collision, all of which contained a single occupant.

“The most seriously injured patient was the coach driver, who was trapped inside as a result of the collision.

“Ambulance crews carefully monitored and assessed the man, believed to be in his 30s, whilst he was cut free by the fire service.

“He was treated for suspected leg and pelvic injuries, immobilised and airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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“The car driver, a man thought to be in his 50s, managed to get himself out and was treated for a chest injury before being taken to Queens Hospital, Burton.

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

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Man fatally injured in RTC

Friday 16th March 2018 – 12pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A422 between Kington and Inkberrow in Worcestershire, shortly after 7.35am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Great Western Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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

“A man in cardiac arrest was still inside one of the cars, with CPR having been commenced by off-duty medics.

“Ambulance staff helped move the man out of the car, continuing emergency treatment throughout. CPR continued as well as advanced life support being administered.

“However, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.

“From the second car, crews treated a woman, believed to be in her 40s, for chest and back pain. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Boy airlifted to hospital after RTC

Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A boy received trauma care by ambulance staff before being airlifted to hospital following a collision with a car in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a pedestrian who had been involved in an RTC with a car near to the junction of Ragnall Avenue and The Radleys, Sheldon shortly after 3.30pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a boy who had sustained serious head and leg injuries. He was given trauma care at the scene by the team of ambulance staff before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.”

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Two men have died after a motorcycle and a car collided

Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A rider and pillion passenger have died after the motorbike they were on was in collision with a car late last night.

The incident happened on Broadway West in Walsall at just after 11.30pm.

An ambulance was on scene within three minutes.  It was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT team consisting of two emergency doctors and a critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, both men were in cardiac arrest.

“They were placed onto the back of an ambulance where advanced life support was carried out by the crews along with one of the doctors.

“Sadly, despite their efforts, it was not possible to save either man and they were both confirmed dead on scene.

“Ambulance staff would like to thank the police officers at the incident who assisted with CPR.

“There were no other patients.”

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Serious RTC in Worcestershire

Friday 9th March 2018 – 11.20am – Claire Brown.

A woman received trauma care at the scene of a two car RTC in Bewdley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A456 and the B4194, Ribbesford, Bewdley at around 5.15pm (Thursday). 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: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a serious RTC. The driver of one car, a woman, had been pulled from the wreckage prior to the emergency services arrival by passers-by.

“Ambulance staff assessed the woman who was found to have sustained a suspected head injury and was in a serious condition. She was given advanced pain relief to help stabilise her condition before being immobilised and transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.”

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Eight to hospital following house fire

Thursday 8th March 2018 – 11.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A family of eight have been treated at the scene of a house fire and taken to hospital this morning, but fortunately they all appear to have escaped serious injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Madison Street in Tunstall at 7.05am this morning and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients already out of the property with a further six being assisted out by the fire service.

“Ambulance staff assessed four women, two men and a boy and a girl who had all suffered smoke inhalation.

“Following treatment at the scene, they were all transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Trust experiences its busiest day ever

Tuesday 6th March 2018 – 11.45am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has experienced its busiest day ever.

Yesterday, demand spiked to a new high with emergency call numbers topping out at 5,001; this is the first time it has ever reached the 5,000 mark.  As you can see in the graph above demand was higher than what would have been expected from 7 o’clock in the morning onwards.

To put this into context, the next busiest day, 1st January 2017 only saw 4,628 calls, some 373 calls less.  New Years Day is traditionally the busiest day of the year.

However, what is also of concern is that Sunday 4th March was the third busiest day ever, with 4,451 emergency calls received.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “These are unprecedented call numbers; astonishingly, demand was almost 20% higher than we would have expected.

“It is a huge concern that so many people have seemingly ignored other NHS services and felt the need to dial 999.

“An increase in cases due to the snow was expected but the fact that call numbers have spiked upwards so sharply since that period is very worrying.

“We will be looking into the cases to try and work out whether there are any patterns or reasons behind such rises.

“Due to the snow, we had already put considerably more resources on duty than we would normally have done at this time, yet this was still not enough to deal with all of the cases in a timely manner.  For this I am sorry.

“Although we were able to resource all of the most serious incidents, unfortunately, some patients with less serious conditions did wait much longer than we would have wanted.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the staff who have worked tirelessly over recent days, regularly going above and beyond what could reasonably have been expected to ensure patients got the care they needed.  Many staff volunteered to do additional overtime shifts, while others stayed late or started earlier to help out.

“Whether it is staff in our control rooms, on the frontline, maintaining and servicing the vehicles, ensuring consumables got through to hubs despite the weather; each member of my staff has done everything possible to ensure patient care was maintained at the highest level.

“I would also like to thank the many volunteers such as our community first responders, 4×4 organisations and members of the public who have helped us over recent days.  The sense of community has been extraordinary; seeing such generosity shows just how ‘Great’, Britain really is.”

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Six patients after two car crash

Monday 5th March 2018 – 1.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

Six patients have been treated, one for critical injuries after a two-car crash on a dual carriageway.

The crash happened on the A448 Bromsgrove Highway near Redditch at about 6.45pm on Sunday evening.

An ambulance came across the crash shortly after it had happened.  Tow further ambulances, two paramedic officers, a consultant paramedic and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When staff arrived they found two cars with considerable damage.

“Three children from the first car were assessed at the scene.  An 11-year-old boy was initially trapped.  Due to his condition, he was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor travelling with the crew.

“A nine-year-old boy was taken to the same hospital on blue lights with the consultant paramedic travelling with the crew.  He had neck and wrist injuries.

“A girl of about 13 was unhurt.  The man who had been driving the car was assessed but was planning to go to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch himself.

“A six-year-old boy in the second car and the 36-year-old woman who had been driving were also assessed by ambulance staff.  They planned to go to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with family.”

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Man fatally injured after car and lorry collide

Monday 5th March 2018 – 12.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and bystanders following a collision between a car and a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4103 in Storridge, Herefordshire, near to Millbank Garage, just before 7.55am. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and two MARS doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the car driver, a man, in cardiac arrest.

“Bystanders had already commenced CPR which ambulance staff continued as well as administering advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured in the incident and was discharged at the scene following assessment from ambulance staff.”

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(MARS is the Mercia Accident Rescue Service, a charitable organisation)

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Please follow this advice if you have to go out in the snow and #ice 🚑❄️🌨☃️🌬

With it being really cold with lots of snow and ice, please consider whether you really need to go out and about.  If you do, there are a few things you can do to stay safe and avoid having to call 999:

  • Make sure that you’re well prepared by wearing plenty of clothes; wear lots of layers as this will be more effective at keeping you warm, rather than one big coat.
  • Put on gloves, a warm hat or put your hood up as we lose lots of heat through our head.
  • Wear sensible shoes with a good grip on the sole – surfaces will bee slippery and the last thing you want is to fall and hurt yourself
  • Could you help an elderly neighbour or relative so that they don’t need to go out in this weather – they are at a much higher risk of falling and hurting themselves badly

We’re expecting to be really busy, so please, help us to help you by keeping yourself warm and safe.

Two to hospital from M6 crash

Tuesday 27th February 2018 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men, one of whom was trapped, have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, near to junction 7 at 11.20am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

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

“Unfortunately, one of the patients, a man in his 40s, was trapped in the van following the incident.

“Ambulance staff monitored and assessed him whilst the fire service worked to free him from the vehicle.

“He was treated for abdominal and pelvic injuries, immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights.

“A man in his 50s, who was a passenger in the van, had managed to get himself out. He was treated for minor abdominal and neck injuries and taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“A woman, believed to be in her 30s, who had been travelling in one of the cars was assessed and discharged at the scene with minor injuries.

“There were five other occupants of the vehicles, all of whom were uninjured in the collision.”

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

Woman trapped for an hour after car collides with tree

Tuesday 27th February 2018 – 9.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman was trapped for about an hour in her car after crashing into a tree last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Banbury Road in Stratford-Upon-Avon just after 11.35pm last night and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

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

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was still trapped inside.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to continually reassure and treat the woman whilst she was freed from the vehicle.

“She was treated for a fractured arm and jaw as well as cuts to her face. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens.”

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Fatal incident in Warwickshire

Monday 26th February 2018 – 1.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been confirmed dead at the scene of a crash involving a lorry and a car.

The incident happened at about 9.15am this morning, Monday at the junction of the A426 and Calias Lane at Birdingbury in south Warwickshire.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

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

“Crews carried out advanced life support but sadly, it wasn’t possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry had front offside damage.  The driver, a 26-year-old man, was assessed by ambulance staff; he was understandably shaken but otherwise uninjured and was discharged at the scene.

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Incident on M6 overnight

Monday 26th February 2018 – 8.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered severe injuries after an incident on the M6 overnight.

It happened just to the south of junction 13 and affected both carriageways.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor from the North Staffs BASICS scheme were sent to the scene after a 999 call at 11.20pm on Sunday night.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a man who had suffered very significant injuries.  The exact circumstances of what had happened were not clear.

“He was anaesthetised at scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital in a critical condition.”

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Fatal incident on M6 Toll

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

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

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

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

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

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Child dies and second seriously injured in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trust welcomes sentence after vile note left on ambulance

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

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

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

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

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

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Trauma care at scene of serious RTC in Bromsgrove

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“The man was assessed by ambulance staff but sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There was no car at the scene.”

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Trust welcomes arrest after abusive note left on ambulance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatal RTC on M6

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lucky escape for family from house fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Family pay tribute to Gavin

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A man has been airlifted after a two vehicle crash

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man rescued from river in Worcestershire

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

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

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

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

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Man taken to major trauma centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man airlifted after head on RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian seriously injured in rush hour RTC

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Man seriously injured in lorry collision

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

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

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

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

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

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A man has died after a collision with a van

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

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

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

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the man in a very serious condition with CPR being carried out.

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

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

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Car and lorry collide in Worcester

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

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

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

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

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

“No one else was injured in the collision.”

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Man dies in collision between lorry and bus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man dies in Hereford collision

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatal collision in Coventry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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

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