A cyclist has died after a collision with a car

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – 8.42am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after a collision with a car in the early hours of this morning.

The tragic incident happened at about 3.20am this morning on Midland Road in Darlaston, near to the roundabout where the road meets The Green.

An ambulance arrived on scene eight minutes after the call to find members of the public doing CPR on the man.

A second ambulance and a paramedic officer were also sent to the scene.  Together, the ambulance staff carried out advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite all of their efforts, the man was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other patients.”

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Lorry collides with pushchair in Dudley

Monday 20th November 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

When call assessors in our control room received 999 calls reporting a collision between a lorry and a pushchair, they feared the worst.

The incident happened near to Cousins on the A461 Duncan Edwards Way in Dudley shortly after 2.30pm today (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were immediately sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance crew arrived on scene, they found a woman with her two-year-old girl who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a lorry.

“The woman told crews that her daughter, who was strapped into a pushchair at the time, had initially been unresponsive but was alert and understandably distressed when ambulance staff arrived. They assessed the girl in the back of the ambulance and found she had sustained a bump to her head. Whilst ambulance staff found no other apparent injuries, they took the decision to convey the girl to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with her mum for further checks due to the nature of the collision.”

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Bus and van collide in Smethwick

Monday 20th November 2017 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

Two men and an elderly woman received treatment by ambulance staff this afternoon after they were involved in a collision between a bus and a van.

The incident happened on High Street, Smethwick, shortly before 2.00pm (Monday). Three ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a van which had sustained substantial front-end damage in the RTC. The passenger of the van, a man in his 40s, sustained a serious head injury. Crews administered trauma care, dressing his wounds before he was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, was treated on scene for injuries to his foot and chest before being conveyed to City Hospital.

“An elderly woman, a passenger on the bus, was also treated on scene by ambulance staff after she had sustained facial injuries in the collision. She was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital.”

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Boy escapes serious injury in Harborne RTC

Friday 17th November 2017 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.

When a 999 call came into our control room reporting a collision between a 4×4 and a child who was unconscious, the responding crews feared the worst. Thankfully, the boy was extremely lucky and escaped serious injury.

The incident happened outside Harborne Hill School, Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham shortly before 4.00pm (Thursday). 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: “When crews arrived they found a boy, believed to be 12-years-old, who was on the floor after a collision with a 4×4. The boy was said to have initially been knocked unconscious however, he was thankfully awake when ambulance staff arrived though understandably upset.

“Crews carried out an initial assessment and found the boy had suffered an isolated head injury. Due to the boy being distressed, the crews quickly transferred him into the back of the ambulance where it was quieter and more private. The boy was given pain relief and he was fully immobilised before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment where on arrival he was said to be in a stable condition.”

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Trust welcomes jail term handed to attacker

Thursday 16th November 2017 – 5.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming the custodial sentence that a court handed down to a man who headbutted a paramedic leaving him unconscious.

The cowardly attack happened at about 11.45pm on Sunday evening while Coventry Paramedic Neil Vann was part of a crew trying to treat a patient at a house in Nuneaton.

On Tuesday, 33-year-old David Neal of Vale View, Nuneaton was sentenced to six months in prison at Warwick Magistrates Court.

Mr Vann said: “I have been doing this job for 30 years and I love it.  I do it to help people but now I feel like I have to watch over my shoulder, this is unfair on me and the patient as they can’t have my full attention.  I had the shakes and don’t want to feel like I need to be concerned all the time but it’s always going to be there at the back of my mind.

“I am pleased it’s a custodial sentence and maybe, just maybe, people will think twice before assaulting us.”

Mr Vann has been off work since the attack due to the injuries sustained.  He went back to work last night for the first time.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This was an abhorrent attack on a member of staff who was simply trying to help a patient in their hour of need.  It is never ok to assault our staff.

“I am delighted that on this occasion, the Magistrate has shown that such action will not be tolerated and handed down a custodial sentence. The public find these attacks unacceptable so it right that the courts take a firm line.

“This is just the sort of action we need on a far more regular basis by the Courts so that people understand that attacking our staff is not acceptable.  Providing protection for our staff is a must and this type of sentence helps to do that.”

Neal was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence for the assault and told to pay £600 in compensation.

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Light aircraft overshoots runway and goes through two hedges

Thursday 16th November 2017 – 2.25pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two elderly men have escaped injury despite the light aircraft they were in overshooting a runway and going through two hedges and over a road.

The incident happened at Halfpenny Green Airport at Bobbington in South Staffordshire at about 11.40am this morning (Thursday).

Airport firefighters were on scene almost immediately.  An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The aircraft had overshot runway 16, gone through a hedge, over Water Lane and through another hedge coming to rest in a field.  The port/left side wing had been ripped off in the accident.

“Thankfully, neither of the occupants were seriously hurt and both were able to get out of the aircraft.

“One man had suffered cuts and bruises plus a laceration to his head.  After assessment by the doctor, he was taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution.

“The other man had a minor facial injury and chose not to go to hospital.

“Considering what had happened to the aircraft, both man had got away remarkably unscathed.”

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Wooden stake goes through car into driver’s leg

Thursday 16th November 2017 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered serious injuries after a wooden stake went through the front of the car and into his leg.

It happened last night after the car left the B4203, just to the east of Stanford Bridge in Worcestershire and ended up in hedge.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene after a call at about 11.20pm last night.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the car with significant front-end damage – the stake which was about 3 inches across had come through the front of the car had gone into the patients left leg.

“After being given pain relief, the man was extricated with the help of firefighters.

“He was assessed on the ambulance by the doctor before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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#BlueLightHappy – proof that the majority of people do care

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A West Midlands paramedic has started a campaign of positivity that is spreading around the world on Twitter.  #BlueLightHappy was started by Birmingham Paramedic Rob Moore after he saw so many stories about emergency services staff coming under attack and being abused.

Rob said: “There have been lots of stories in the media about people not being nice to us lately – the note on the window of an ambulance and the footage of the man in the north west shouting at an ambulance crew, so I thought it was time for a morale boost!

“While I have been punched and spat at in recent months, I’ve also had hundreds of patients who have just been so grateful that ambulance staff are there to help them in their hour of need.

“I’m looking for the public to share their stories of when the emergency services have helped them so that we all remember that the vast majority of people are not only nice, but care about each other and the emergency services who are there to protect them.

“Some of the stories that I have seen have been incredible – from simple notes of thanks to stories from colleagues who have been shown kindness.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we got more people to share their stories of people doing nice things for #team999 – use #BlueLightHappy so we can see that people DO care about our work!”

Since Rob launched the campaign on Monday it has been covered by the likes of Good Morning Britain on ITV and BBC Radio 5Live

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Motorcyclist airlifted to major trauma centre

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following a road traffic collision with a car in Worcester this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to outside Astwood Business Park, Astwood Lane at 2.15pm after reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICs doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “It was apparent to ambulance staff that the motorcyclist, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision when they arrived on scene. Ambulance staff worked quickly to administer treatment to him. The doctor administered advanced pain relief to the man to help stabilise his condition whilst the team worked to fully immobilise him and tend to his injuries. The man was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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HGV and car collide in Stafford

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A woman needed specialist pre-hospital trauma care at the scene of a serious RTC in Stafford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Tolldish Lane near to the A51 junction in Great Haywood, Stafford at 8.50pm yesterday (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene. A passing St John Ambulance crew came across the incident and stopped to render aid.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had been in a significant collision with a HGV. The driver of the car, a woman, was severely trapped in the wreckage.

“Ambulance staff and the two doctors began to administer trauma care to the woman who had sustained multiple serious injuries whilst the fire service worked carefully around them to cut away the wreckage to release her. Due to the damage caused to the car in the collision, the extrication was prolonged but once the woman was released ambulance staff and the medics continued emergency interventions on scene to help stabilise her serious condition before she was taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Girl suffers serious leg injuries

Monday 13th November 2017 – 5.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

A young girl has suffered a very serious leg injury after she was in collision with a car; it also collided with a second car.

The incident happened on Brighton Road near the junction of Moseley Road in the Balsall Heath area of Birmingham at just after 3.30pm on Monday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a girl of about 10 with a very serious leg injury.

“She was assessed at the scene before being taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital – the doctor travelled with the crew; medics were on standby to receive her.

“The man in the first car was uninjured and was left in the care of the police.

“There were three people in the second car.  A man and a woman and a boy of about 10 were all taken to Heartlands Hospital by ambulance for further assessment.”

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A cyclist has been hurt in a collision with a car

Monday 13th November 2017 – 10.15am – Murray MacGregor.

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

It happened on the Black Country New Road near the junction of Woden Road West in Darlaston at around 8.00am this morning (Monday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic (CCP) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a cyclist who had suffered a head injury and had a reduced level of consciousness.  There was considerable damage to the car.

“The rider, a man in his 40s, was sedated at the scene by the doctor before he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor and CCP travelling with the ambulance.

“The car driver was unhurt and was with police.”

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A woman has died after a collision with a car

Thursday 9th November 2017 – 16.34pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after a collision with a car.

The incident happened on Rookery Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham at just before 11.15am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance was on scene seven minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance with the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman on the pavement who had suffered very serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest.  There was no car at the scene.

“Ambulance staff and the doctor carried out advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Incredibly lucky escape after railing penetrates side of car

Wednesday 8th November 2017 – 11.10am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has had an extraordinary escape from serious injury after a metal railing penetrated the side of the car that he was in.

The crash happened outside Guru Nanak Gurdwara Sikh Temple on the High Street in Smethwick at just after 7.30pm last night.

The MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were first on scene and were backed up by an ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a badly damaged car which had some metal railing through the driver’s side door.  Nearby a set of traffic lights had been damaged.

“There was only one person at the scene.  The 20-year-old man had suffered a leg injury where the metal work went through the car and struck his leg by the knee.  He was treated for abrasions to his lower right leg but did not appear to have any other injuries.

“After being assessed by the doctor, he was given pain relief, had his leg splinted as a precaution and was taken by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital.”

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Over 20,000 show interest in student paramedic role

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – 5.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A recruitment campaign to find paramedics of the future looks likely set to set new records for the level of interest.

Since the application opened on NHS Jobs, just over 21,000 people have viewed the job description and person specification.  Not only that, over 450 have actually applied, with another 850 still working on their applications.

Last December, a similar advert brought in 10,000 views and 28 applications.

Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “After the success of TV programmes like ‘Ambulance’ (BBC One), ‘999 On The Frontline’ (More 4) and ‘Inside the Ambulance’ (W Channel), the ambulance service, particularly in the West Midlands, has never been so high profile.

“There is no doubt that we have seen a huge level of interest in the role of paramedic and also those staff who work in our control rooms.  Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@officialWMAS) have seen loads of people asking for more information.

“It is great news that so many people have taken the time to look at the role of student paramedic.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region.

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

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

Applications close at 11.59pm on Thursday 9th November.  To apply you need to have at least five GCSEs (A – C grade) including English, Maths and Science, and a single A Level in any subject.  Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.  In addition, you must at least have applied for you C1 driving licence.

Please go to www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for Job Ref: 217-VN197-17-18

For further information about the qualifications required, please contact the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 896 or email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk

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Two seriously injured as car catches fire in three-vehicle RTC

Tuesday 7th November 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men have been seriously injured in a road traffic collision this morning in which one man was dragged from a burning car and the other was trapped because of the damage caused.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Trentham Road in Newcastle, Stoke-on-Trent, near to New Hayes Farm, at 6.44am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first ambulance crew arrived on scene within six minutes of the call being made and discovered a man, believed to be in his 40s, who had been dragged from a burning car. The fire had already been put out by the fire service.

“Ambulance staff treated him for serious head, pelvic and leg injuries. He was immobilised and taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 40s, was trapped inside his vehicle and was monitored and assessed by crews whilst the fire service cut him free.

“He was treated for serious leg, pelvic and abdominal injuries, immobilised and taken to the same hospital by land ambulance. The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route.

“Thankfully, it is not believed that either set of injuries are life-threatening.

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

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A man has been airlifted after a crash between a car and a pick up truck

Monday 6th November 2017 – 5.14pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after he was left trapped following a two vehicle crash.

The collision between a car and a pick-up truck happened Roden Lane, about a mile from the A49 at Harlescott.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a Peugeot car that had suffered considerable front end damage after a collision with a pick-up truck.

“The driver, a 69-year-old man, was trapped in the wreckage of the car.  Working with firefighters, the man was extricated from the vehicle and was immobilised.

“After assessment by the doctor, the man was treated for a broken leg and dislocated hip.  He had a pelvic binder put in place and had his leg splinted.

“He was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the pick-up truck, a man estimated to be about 40 years old, was uninjured.”

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Trust appeals ‘unduly lenient sentence’ after paramedic’s wrist is broken in a vicious attack

Thursday 2nd November 2017 – 6.00am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is so disappointed in the sentence handed down to a man convicted of assaulting two staff, that the Trust has written to the Attorney General asking for it to be reviewed.

It comes after one paramedic had her wrist broken and another suffered cuts and bruising to his lower legs after being kicked by the defendant, who was wearing steel toe capped footwear, while they tried to help him.

The unusual step of making the appeal was taken after Adam George James was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 25th October 2017 to a 14-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years; he was also ordered to carry out 150 hours community service and pay a victim surcharge to the courts of £140. He was charged with Actual Bodily Harm and Common Assault.

On 12th July 2016, James assaulted the ambulance crew that came to help him after he was found unconscious in a public place in Birmingham city centre. 

The ambulance staff arrived on scene and started pre-hospital clinical support prior to transportation to hospital. During the clinical assessment, the defendant regained consciousness and started to use foul language towards the crew. Despite this, they continued and persuaded him to have an ECG check and intravenous access be obtained for the administration of drugs if required.

With no warning, James struck both clinicians with his feet resulting in both crew members needing hospital treatment and were booked off sick from operational duties for 6 weeks to 2 weeks respectively. 


Paramedic Amy Holtom, who suffered the broken wrist said: “I think this is appalling and shows how little the courts think of us. Anyone else would have been looking at time in jail, but yet again ambulance staff have been let down by the legal system.”  


WMAS Trust Chief Executive Officer,Anthony Marsh, who requested the appeal, added: “The sentence is extremely lenient given the traumatic injuries sustained and emotional upset experienced; I find it hugely frustrating that so many of my staff have been let down by the sentences given.

“There is no question in my mind that this warranted a custodial sentence. As well as the pain, suffering and emotional scarring of these staff, the public lost the services of two highly trained ambulance clinicians for a total of eight weeks. Those shifts had to be covered which meant overtime and additional cost to the NHS at a time when budgets are already stretched. 

“The legal system is there to protect emergency workers who risk their lives for others and it is their expectation that the courts will ensure the full force of the law is applied in such cases.”  


The Trusts Head of Security, Steve Elliker, said: “Whilst we welcome the new Private Members Bill to provide emergency workers with enhanced protection, the Ministry of Justice has made it quite clear that there is no reason why the courts cannot hand down custodial sentences based on current legislation. 

“It is never appropriate for staff to be abused verbally or physically. It is almost unbelievable that even this level of violence did not result in a custodial sentence. It is time that the Courts handed down sentences that act as a deterrent against
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A woman was trapped for about an hour after a two car crash

Wednesday 1st November 2017 – 5.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman suffered serious leg injuries after a crash that left her trapped for

The crash happened by the Aldi supermarket in Dudley Road, Kingswinford at just after 1.30pm on Wednesday lunchtime.

An ambulance was on scene in seven minutes and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and a senior paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance crews found a 59-year-old woman trapped in a Citroen with serious leg injuries.

“Due to her condition, a doctor was requested and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was dispatched carrying the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

“Ambulance staff continued treating the woman while firefighters cut the side of the car away, so that she could be extricated.

“After a fuller assessment on the ambulance by the doctor, the woman was taken to Russells Hall Hospital as it is a vascular centre.

“The 48-year-old woman in the Honda had managed to get out of her car.  She was complaining of muscular and soft tissue injuries.  After assessment, she was taken to the same hospital.”

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Motorcyclist and car driver badly hurt after collision

Wednesday 1st November 2017 – 5.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A car driver and a motorcyclist have both suffered serious injuries after a collision

The crash happened in Uffculme Road in the Kings Norton area of Birmingham at about 11.00am this morning (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a car that significant intrusion on the driver’s door and a motorbike that was badly damaged.

“The rider, a 30-year-old man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken on blue lights to the major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Ambulance staff worked as a team with firefighters to extricate the driver of the car in a complex operation.  He too had suffered multiple injuries and was taken to the same hospital.”

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A school girl has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car


Wednesday 1st November 2017 – 11.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A schoolgirl has been badly hurt after a collision with a car outside her school.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to, Hob Green Road in Wollescote, Stourbridge at just after 9.00am on Wednesday morning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene, outside Hob Green Primary School.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The girl was initially unconscious but came around as she was treated by ambulance staff.  She had suffered serious injuries.

After assessment by the doctor, she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the specialist paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The woman driving the car was also assessed at the scene but was later discharged with advice.”

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Van driver left trapped and seriously injured following collision with car

Tuesday 31st October 2017 – 2.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A van driver who was trapped for approximately 45 minutes following a collision with a car this morning has been treated for multiple serious injuries by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Arrow Road North, Lakeside, Redditch at 9.05am this morning 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 driver of the van, a man believed to be in his 50s, still trapped inside his vehicle.

“Ambulance staff carefully treated the man whilst the fire service cut him free from the vehicle.

“He was treated for chest, leg, wrist and pelvic injuries, immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The air ambulance crew travelled with the patient to help continue treatment whilst travelling to hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 40s, and the passenger, a man believed to be in his 20s, both managed to get themselves out. They were assessed and treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Woman seriously injured in Claverdon collision

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Tuesday 31st October 2017 – 9.50am – Claire Brown.

A two-car collision during rush hour this morning has left one woman with potentially life-threatening injuries in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4189 Henley Road near to the junction of Kington Lane in Claverdon shortly after 7.30am (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic, a senior paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a 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 collision. The driver, a woman, and passenger, a teenage girl, of one car were trapped in the wreckage.

“Whilst ambulance staff worked to assess and administer treatment to the two occupants, the fire service worked carefully to release them from the car. The woman sustained suspected internal injuries which required advanced trauma care on scene before she was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Her condition was said to be critical.

“The teenage girl was given treatment on scene before being taken to the same hospital by land ambulance for further checks.

“The driver of the second car, a man, managed to self-extricate from his vehicle and was found to have suffered minor injuries. He was taken to Warwick Hospital as a precaution.

“The road remains closed.”

 

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Two people have been airlifted after a serious RTC

Thursday 26th October 2017 – 5.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have been airlifted, one in a critical condition after a crash between a car and a 4×4.

It happened at about 3.10pm on the A458 near to The Plume Of Feathers Pub at Harley, between Much Wenlock and Cressage.

Three ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham, both with doctors on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car and 4×4 with significant front end damage.  There were two people in each vehicle.

“In the car there were an elderly couple.  The woman suffered multiple serious injuries.  She was anaesthetised at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital in a critical condition.

“The man had no obvious injuries but due to the nature of the crash was taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.

“There was a father and daughter in the 4×4.  The young child had suffered head and chest injuries.  She was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“Her father had suffered only minor cuts and bruises and travelled with his daughter in the air ambulance to the paediatric major trauma centre.”

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Three hurt after multi-vehicle crash

Thursday 26th October 2017 – 11.10am – Murray MacGregor.

Three people have been injured after a three vehicle crash early this morning.

The crash happened on the A5 at the Cathorpe turn at 6.00am.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car, a small van and a lorry had been involved in the collision. There were three patients:

“A 63-year-old man from the van was complaining of abdominal and hand pain.  Firefighters worked with ambulance staff to extricate the man safely after the roof had been removed.  After further assessment, he was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“A 45-year-old man in the same vehicle had right arm and leg pain.  He was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital.

“The third patient was a 41 year old woman from the car.  She had managed to get out of the vehicle but was complaining of back, left arm and shoulder pain.  She was immobilised and taken to hospital in Coventry.

“There were no other patients.”

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Pedestrian anaesthetised in ambulance while en-route to major trauma centre

Thursday 26th October 2017 – 11.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A patient has been anesthetised and taken to a major trauma centre after a collision with a car early this morning.

The incident happened in Wellington Road in Branston, Burton, near to the Morrisons supermarket at just before 6.00am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a 24-year-old man who had a serious head injury and a badly broken right leg.

“Due to his condition, the crews requested a medic and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were immediately dispatched.

“With the patient needing to go to a major trauma centre, the crew left the scene on blue lights down the A38 where they rendezvoused with the MERIT team in Alrewas.

“On assessment, the doctor anaesthetised the patient before they continued the journey to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  The doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.”

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Three teenagers hurt as two cars collide

Wednesday 25th October 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Three teenagers have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital after a two-car collision last night which caused one of the vehicles to overturn.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Saltwells Road in Dudley just after 11.45pm and sent three ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that a teenage girl, who was out of the car on their arrival, had initially suffered a reduced level of consciousness.

“She was treated for serious chest, pelvic, arm and abdominal injuries, immobilised and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A second teenage girl had suffered a suspected wrist fracture and a shoulder injury and was taken to the same hospital.

“A teenage boy, who was walking around on arrival of ambulance staff, was treated for shoulder and knee injuries and taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Woman left trapped after car and van overturn

Tuesday 24th October 2017 – 4.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman was trapped in her car for about an hour following a collision with a van this morning that saw both vehicles overturn.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.04am to the A5 near Lichfield, between Muckley Corner and Wall Island on the eastbound carriageway, and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire with two critical care paramedics on board, to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found both of the vehicles involved in the collision on their side.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was trapped inside. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to free her through the boot of the vehicle, immobilising her with the use of a scoop stretcher.

“She was assessed and treated for neck, arm and leg injuries before being transported to Good Hope Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the van, a man thought to be in his 40s, had managed to free himself and was out of his vehicle when crews arrived. He was assessed for a minor wrist injury and discharged on scene.

“Given the final position of the vehicles involved and the damage caused, both patients are fortunate to have not suffered more serious injuries in the incident.”

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Incident in Nuneaton

Three men have been assessed by ambulance staff after an incident.  

West Midlands Ambulance was called to Bermuda Park in Nuneaton at 3:40pm on Sunday afternoon.

An ambulance, paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.  

The situation was brought to a conclusion by police. 

One suspect was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital by ambulance. 

Two other men have been assessed but were uninjured and have been discharged on scene. 

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Man seriously injured in M42 collision

Friday 20th October 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A collision on the M42 in the early hours of this morning has left one man with serious leg injuries.

The incident happened on the M42 between junctions 3a and 4, Hockley Heath, Solihull shortly before 2.30am (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic team (CCP) attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a van and lorry which had been involved in a collision. The driver of the van, a man in his 30s. was trapped in the wreckage. Upon assessment, ambulance staff and the doctor found he had sustained multiple serious injuries to his legs and whilst the team administered trauma care to make him more comfortable, the fire service worked around them to carefully extricate him from the wreckage.

“After around an hour, the man was cut free from the van and fully immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splints before being taken on blue lights to specialist trauma centre, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The doctor and CCP travelled in the ambulance to help administer further treatment en route.”

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Trapped driver seriously injured in two-car RTC

Thursday 19th October 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver received specialist trauma care before being taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a two-car collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A429 Essington Road in Wellesbourne at 11.15pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars with front end damage, one of which still had the driver, a man, trapped inside.

“Ambulance staff, who were told the man had lost consciousness prior to their arrival, worked closely with the fire service to safely free him from the car.

“Once free, he was treated for leg and elbow fractures and sedated by the air ambulance doctor in order to stabilise his condition. He was then transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There were two patients from the second car, both who had suffered minor injuries and did not require further treatment at hospital.”

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Bus incident in Wednesbury

Thursday 19th October 2017 – 8.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A bus driver has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after suffering a medical episode at the wheel this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Darlaston Road in Wednesbury at 7.48am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that having spotted the man suffering a medical episode at the wheel of the bus, a van driver managed to position his vehicle and successfully bring the bus to a stop.

“The bus driver, a man, was found to be in cardiac arrest and on arrival of ambulance staff, police were already administering excellent CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over treatment and the man’s heart was successfully restarted prior to departure for Walsall Manor Hospital but he remains in a critical condition.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to praise the van driver for ensuring the bus did not collide with any other vehicles and cause further injury, and the police for carrying out early CPR, essential to give the patient the best chance of survival.”

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There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the incident.

 

A man has died after the car he was in hit a tree

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – 9.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a car collided with a tree just after a hump back bridge.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on a minor road between Hay-on-Wye and Dorstone at 9.10pm last night (Tuesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a man who had suffered multiple injuries and was not breathing.

“They immediately started resuscitation attempts and transferred him on blue lights to Hereford County Hospital where attempts were made to stabilise his condition.

“Although the MERIT trauma doctor was en-route to Hereford so that the man could be transferred to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, sadly, he did not survive and he was confirmed dead at hospital in Hereford.”

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Rider badly injured after collision with car

Wednesday 18th October 2017 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A scooter rider has suffered critical injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened outside the Castle Casino on Castle Hill in Dudley at about 5.50pm last night (Tuesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a man who had suffered multiple serious injuries.

“Due to the serious nature of the injuries, the doctor anaesthetised the man at the scene.  He had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor and critical care paramedics travelled with the ambulance.”

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Man seriously injured in Wombourne RTC

Tuesday 17th October 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A two-car collision on a stretch of road in Wombourne late last night left a man needing advanced trauma care.

The incident happened on the A449 Stourbridge Road, in Wombourne, Wolverhampton at around 11.20pm last night (Monday).  Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One car was upside down when crews arrived. The second car had significant damage and the driver, a man in his 50s, had sustained a nasty arm injury and neck injury in the collision. Whilst ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man, the fire service worked around the team to carefully extricate him from the car.

“The man was given pain relief, his arm was dressed and immobilised with a vacuum splint before he was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“The two occupants from the overturned car escaped with minor injuries. Both were taken to New Cross Hospital as a precaution.”

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Driver dies in collision in Small Heath

Tuesday 17th October 2017 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

One person has died and two others have been injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a three car collision on Heybarnes Road in Small Heath shortly before 8.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICs doctor and the critical care car with a second medic on board from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found one car which had sustained significant damage in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver and medics confirmed the patient deceased on scene. A passenger in the car, a man in his 20s, was trapped in the wreckage and had sustained serious injuries to his head and pelvis. Ambulance staff and medics worked closely with the fire service at the scene to carefully extricate him from the car and after around 40 minutes he was cut free. The man was given pain relief and fully immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver from a second car involved, a woman in her 40s, sustained minor facial injuries. Due to the mechanism of the collision, the woman was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“No one else was injured in the collision.”

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Teenage cyclist fatally injured in collision with bus

Thursday 16th October 2017 – 12.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A teenage cyclist has died following a collision with a bus this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Haybridge Road in Hadley, Telford, shortly before 8.05am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a teenage male with serious injuries following the collision with the bus.

“Following emergency treatment at the scene, the boy was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with crews continuing to provide advanced trauma care en-route.

“Sadly, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

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

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A motorcyclist has died after a crash with a small van

Thursday 12th October 2017 – 4.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a crash with a small van this lunchtime.

It happened on the B4176 outside TFM Farm and Country Superstore, near Bridgnorth at just before 12.15pm today.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the West Midlands Care Team car were all sent to the scene.  The crew of a third ambulance that came across the incident also stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found a non-emergency private ambulance crew carrying out CPR on a man who had been riding a motorcycle.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and provided advanced life support. Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A 60-year-old woman who had been the pillion passenger on the motorbike had suffered a broken wrist and abdominal pain.  She was immobilised and taken by ambulance to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

The man driving the van was shaken but otherwise unhurt and did not want any treatment.”

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Two lorry RTC on M5 leaves man seriously injured

Thursday 12th October 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A lorry driver, who ended up trapped in the wreckage of his cab following a collision with another lorry on the M5 motorway, received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a collision involving two lorries on the northbound carriageway of the M5 at junction 5, Wychbold, Droitwich at 5.00am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived they found one lorry which had partially left the carriageway, the cab of the lorry had ended up down an embankment and had overturned. The lorry driver, a man in his 40s, was trapped in the wreckage and, upon initial assessment by ambulance staff, it was clear he had sustained serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff, the doctor, HART and the fire service’s technical rescue team worked together to carefully extricate the man from the cab. After a complex extrication, the man was fully released from the overturned cab. Ambulance staff were then able to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition and treat the injuries he had sustained to his head, body, arms and leg.  The man was given advanced pain relief before being fully immobilised and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“The second lorry driver, who was out of his vehicle upon our arrival, was described as walking wounded. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.”

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Woman dies in RTC in Coventry

Thursday 12th October 2017 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

A woman has sadly died in a road traffic collision in Coventry in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a single vehicle collision outside Coventry Golf Club, St Martins Road, Finham, Coventry at around 2.45am this morning (Thursday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a single vehicle which had been involved in a collision. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and emergency service colleagues, nothing could be done to save the occupant, a woman, and she was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Man suffers fatal injuries in RTC

Tuesday 10th October 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after his car collided with a car and a tree in Stratford-upon-Avon yesterday (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birmingham Road, near to Tesco Supermarket, shortly before 4.50pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered an elderly man in cardiac arrest following a collision involving two cars and and a tree.

“Ambulance staff administered CPR and advanced life support in an attempt to restart the patient’s heart.

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

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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One of the wisest decisions he’ll ever make

Friday 6th October 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A driver’s decision to get out of his broken-down car whilst waiting for assistance has potentially saved his life after it was struck by a second vehicle just moments later.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) received a call to a road traffic collision on the A38, near to the junction with the A5192, in Lichfield at 6.09am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We arrived to find a car on its roof that had crashed into the central reservation after colliding with a stationary car.

“The driver of the stationary car, which had broken down, had moved to a place of safety at the roadside, a decision which has potentially saved his life given the collision that followed.

“WMAS urges all occupants to get out and move to a place of safety on the roadside if you are unfortunate enough to break down whilst travelling. It really is not worth the risk of sitting in your vehicle because, as proved in this case, it has the potential to lead to extremely serious consequences.

“The driver of the overturned car, a man believed to be in his 40s, was assisted out of the vehicle, treated for back pain and immobilised before being taken to Queens Hospital, Burton.”

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Notes to Editors:

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Three to hospital after car and bus collide

Thursday 5th October 2017 – 3.35pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Five people have been assessed by ambulance staff, three of whom required treatment and taking to hospital, following a collision between a car and a bus this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Alcester Road South in Kings Heath, Birmingham, shortly before 1.10pm and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that the collision was minor with neither vehicle having suffered significant damage.

“There were five patients, all of whom were travelling on the bus.

“The most seriously injured was a woman, believed to be in her 20s, who was treated by ambulance staff for a suspected fractured pelvis before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.

“Two further patients were taken to the same hospital with minor injuries. They were a woman in her 20s with chest pain and a man in his 70s with leg and rib injuries.

“A man in his 40s and an additional woman in her 20s were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Cardiac arrest survivor meets staff who helped save his life

 

Wednesday 4th October 2017 – 10.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

“Without them – I would not be here today and I cannot thank them enough.”

These are the words two Staffordshire-based members of staff heard last Wednesday (Sept 27) when they were reunited with a patient who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Chris Rowley (70) from Stoke, was undertaking his regular gym workout at 21st Century Leisure on Davenport Street when the incident occurred in January this year. Paramedic Matt Harrison and Technician Ryan Slater were first on scene and on their arrival found gym owner, Nick Lovell, already performing CPR.

Matt and Ryan were quickly backed up by a second crew, Paramedic Helen Elson and Technician Elaine Webster. With CPR continuing as well as the use of a defibrillator, advanced life support was also administered, all of which allowed Chris’ heart to be successfully restarted.

He remained in a serious condition throughout the journey to Royal Stoke University Hospital but thankfully went on to make a full recovery and after two weeks was able to return home.

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Chris, who turned 70 recently, said: “I’d come to the gym as normal and had nearly finished my work-out for the day, but that’s the last thing I remember. Next thing I know, later that same day, I find myself waking up in hospital.

“Obviously I gradually started to understand what had happened and everything that people had done for me and it’s quite incredible really. Without Nick starting CPR and the work of the ambulance crews, I would not be here to tell this story, I cannot thank people enough, including all of the staff at the hospital.”

Paramedic Matt, added: “We arrived to find Nick performing really good CPR which is of the utmost importance in a situation like this and has played a huge part in saving Chris’ life.

“We, as ambulance staff, often get referred to as heroes, but I don’t believe we are. The real heroes from my point of view are the people that are willing to do what Nick has done, stand out from the crowd and be willing to do CPR – ultimately, saving Chris’ life.

“It’s fantastic to see Chris today and see how well he is doing, we don’t often get to discover what has happened to patients we have treated so seeing Chris fit and well having returned to his normal daily life is great.”

The importance of early CPR was a point backed up by Ryan, who said: “If we walk in to a patient and someone is doing CPR, it is a massive help to us and gives the patient a better chance of survival.

“Every second counts, so the sooner chest compressions are started the chance of survival, even though still small, is much greater. In this situation, CPR was started almost immediately and the outcome was absolutely amazing.

“Everyone should learn to do CPR, it is a really easy thing to do and it could help you save someone’s life.

“Also, if people can find where there nearest defibrillator is, this could prove vital in saving someone’s life. They tell you what to do, there is absolutely no need to be scared of trying to use one.”

Gym owner Nick, added: “I found Chris slumped over one of the exercise bikes. I managed to lie him down on the floor and discovered his heart was not beating.

“I began doing CPR and rescue breaths, which, thankfully I knew from St John Ambulance training and several other first aid courses I have attended.

“I’m really pleased that everything has gone well for Chris and his family, it is brilliant to see.

“Everyone should learn how to do CPR, there’s no excuse. It is not expensive or difficult to learn and you could save someone’s life.

“Following Chris’ incident we started fund-raising to purchase a defibrillator which is now installed in the gym and on the wall ready to use should we ever need it….but hopefully we don’t.”

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Notes to Editors: If using the images or videos, please credit them to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Image 1 – Chris Rowley with WMAS Paramedic Matt Harrison (left) and Technician Ryan Slater.

Image 2 – (l-r) WMAS Paramedic Matt Harrison, Chris Rowley, Valda Rowley (Chris’ wife), Ryan Slater, Nick Lovell (21st Century Leisure Gym Owner).

Video 1: Chris Rowley and Paramedic Matt Harrison.

Video 2: Gym owner Nick Lovell and Technician Ryan Slater.

Video 3: Paramedic Matt Harrison and Technician Ryan Slater.

Two airlifted after light aircraft crashes

Thursday 28th September 2017 – 6.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been airlifted with serious burns after the light aircraft they were in crashed.

The incident happened in field beside Wolds Lane, just outside Wolvey in Warwickshire at about 4.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.  Both the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire travelled with doctors on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a single engined light aircraft that had been completely destroyed by fire.

“Two men had managed to get out and had found help at a nearby farm where workers were cooling their burns with water.

“Both men were anaesthetised at the scene and were airlifted separately to the Regional Burns Unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist treatment; both were described as being in a critical condition.”

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Lorry driver injured as collision closes motorway

Tuesday 26th September 2017 – 1.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A collision involving three lorries closed the southbound carriageway of the M6 this morning and left one patient requiring treatment from ambulance staff and transporting to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound M6, between junctions 1 and the A14/M1 interchange just after 10am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one of the lorry drivers, a man believed to be in his 40s, who was trapped inside the cab of his vehicle.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to access the patient, a process which involved building a platform to enable staff to work at the same height of the cab.

“Following an initial assessment of the man, the fire service cut away parts of the cab to give crews space to work inside and treat him.

“The man, who was treated for a lower leg injury and an abdominal injury, was immobilised and freed from the cab before being placed on to a scoop stretcher and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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One injured as chemical lorry overturns

Tuesday 26th September 2017 – 9.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has been treated and taken to hospital after a chemical lorry overturned as it left a motorway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound exit slipway at junction eight of the M5, where the motorway links to the M50, just before 12.15am this morning (Tuesday) and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The lorry driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, was the only patient. He was treated for cuts to his head and grazes to his arm before being transported to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“Due to the chemical nature of the incident, HART remained on scene to support fire service colleagues in case of contamination from the chemicals, but were able to stand down without the need to treat any further patients.”

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Fatal crash leaves five others hurt

Monday 25th September 2017 – 10.05am – Murray MacGregor.

Five people have been hurt, four seriously, in a crash that also left a man dead.

The incident happened at the junction of the A438 and A417 Ledbury at just before 11.40pm last night (Sunday).

Four ambulances, three emergency doctors and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were initially called to reports of a two car collision with one vehicle in a hedge.

“On arrival, sadly it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save the man in one car and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were five people in the other car; two adults and three children.

“A two-year-old girl was unconscious; ambulance staff were told that she had been pulled from the car by a lorry driver who had stopped to assist.  She was anaesthetised at the scene and was taken to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights with one of the doctors traveling with the ambulance crew.

“A seven-year-old boy went to the sane hospital with multiple injuries.  Again, a doctor travelled with the child as he was taken on blue lights.

“A boy of five had suffered a number of injuries and was also taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the third doctor travelling.

“The front seat passenger was a 38-year-old woman.  She was taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The 35 year old man driving went with the woman to the same hospital.  He had suffered a shoulder injury.”

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Elderly man given trauma care in Stourbridge

Friday 22nd September 2017 – 3.45pm – Claire Brown.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford joined land crews in Stourbridge earlier this afternoon to provide trauma care to an elderly man who had been involved in a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Police called the Trust’s control room shortly before 12.30pm today reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian outside their police station on the Stourbridge New Road, Stourbridge. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Police officers were already on scene providing first aid treatment to the man following the collision. Upon assessment by ambulance staff, it became clear that the man had sustained a serious head injury. The team worked quickly to provide trauma care before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the awaiting helicopter which had landed on a nearby rugby pitch. The man was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham and was said to be in a critical condition on arrival in A&E.”

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