Five hurt after a car rolls over and hits a tree

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 15th October 2019 – 3.55pm.

Five people have been hurt after a car crashed, uprooting a tree, leaving the car on its side.

The single vehicle crash happened at just about 12.50pm today (Tuesday) on Astley Lane in Bedworth.

Five 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 crews found a car on its roof with significant damage and a tree lying across the road.

“There were five people in the car: three women and two men:

A man in his 20s had suffered multiple potentially serious injuries.  He was taken nonblue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A woman in her 30s has also suffered multiple potentially serious injuries.  She was taken on blue lights to the same hospital; the doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the crew.

“A third patient was also taken University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; the woman in her 40s was again taken on blue lights with multiple potentially serious injuries.

“Two further patients were taken to George Eliot Hospital.  A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s had both suffered multiple injuries but these were not believed to be serious.”

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They were amazing – they saved my husband’s life. Make sure you learn CPR in case it happens to you.

Tuesday 15th October 2019 – 12.21pm – Murray MacGregor.

“They were amazing.” The words of a wife when she met the two ambulance crews who saved her husband’s life after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jenny and Mark Roberts from Brierley Hill were staying with friends on a caravan site in Ombersley, Worcestershire last November.

During the afternoon, Mark started to feel unwell but then, without warning turned grey and passed out.  His heart had stopped; he was in cardiac arrest.

In such circumstances every second counts.  Every minute without CPR decreases chances of survival by 10%!  The numbers speak for themselves:

In Norway, when a patient has a cardiac arrest outside hospital, in 73% of cases a member of the public or a family member does CPR – the survival rate is 25%.  Compare that to the UK where cardiac arrest patients only get support in around 50% of cases which leads to just a 7% survival rate.

Jenny says Milind Kumar Karday, the call handler who answered, was brilliant keeping her calm and telling her what to do.  She says you have to be ready because Mark had none of the classic symptoms of a cardiac arrest or heart attack; chest pains:

Two ambulance crews were immediately dispatched while Mark and Jenny’s friends performed vital CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on Mark, buying him time until the crews arrived.

Paramedics John Fryer, Lorraine McHugh, Michelle Adams and Anna Borecka were quickly on the scene, but that was just the start of the fight to save Mark.

Jenny and Mark got to meet the crews who attended to him at a meeting of the WMAS Trust Board at the end of January.

Mark and Jenny say it is difficult to put into words just how much it means to meet the people who saved Mark’s life:

Mark’s life was saved by the speedy recognition that he was in cardiac arrest and having someone there to do CPR until the ambulance staff arrived and took over.

Mark says he hadn’t ever really considered just how important the work of the ambulance service and all of the emergency service is until this happened.

Both he and Jenny now want everyone to take note of the incredible work of ambulance staff and also do their bit to help and learn basic life support.

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(L-R: Anna Borecka, Michelle Adams, Mark Roberts, Jenny Roberts, Lorraine McHugh and John Fryer)

Could you restart a heart?

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th October 2019 – 3.50pm.

This week, literally tens of thousands of people, mainly children, will learn how to restart a heart.

Why is that important?  Because, learning CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation could turn you into a lifesaver.

When a someone suffers a cardiac arrest, not to be confused with a heart attack, they are clinically dead; their heart has stopped beating and they will not recover unless someone is prepared to start CPR quickly and a defibrillator is attached to them to reset the heart.

Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Wednesday, was started by the Resuscitation Council and is supported by the British Heart Foundation.

This week, staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service will join volunteers across the region and the rest of the UK to train tens of thousands of children on how to do CPR. 

The volunteers come from all walks of life; community first responders, local businesses, students and lecturers from some of our universities and other NHS staff.  Together we will try to train as many people as possible in the life saving skill.

A cardiac arrest can happen to absolutely anyone; young or old, fit or not.  That’s why knowing and being prepared to carry out CPR is so important, because the next one could affect a friend or loved one of yours; you just never know.

Here’s an example of how knowing CPR can save a life:

On 11th of November 2017, John Simpson was at home in Sutton Coldfield using an exercise bike, when he started to feel unwell.  Initially he thought it was indigestion.

As the crews were treating John, his wife arrived home and was understandably shocked by what she found:

In a letter to the Trust, Mr Simpson said: “I would like to commend the actions of the two ambulance crews who attended the incident and undoubtedly saved my life. I would also like to commend to you the lady (known to me as Pam) who talked to me and kept me appraised of progress.

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the actions of the crews allowed me to survive long enough to receive this life saving treatment.  Their concern, tolerance and professionalism was a constant source of reassurance to both myself and my wife.”

In January 2018, just two months after his cardaic arrest John met the staff who saved his life:

Paramedic Jas Nar, said “We don’t do this job for the thanks, but meeting someone like John really does make it all worthwhile.”

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Four people treated after incident at wedding

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th October 2019 – 10.58am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received no fewer than nine calls to reports of a ‘brawl’ at a wedding at the Park Hall Ramada Hotel in Wolverhampton at 9.30 on Saturday evening.

Given the initial description of the incident and suggestions that there were numerous casualties, we sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team to assist with triaging patients and the mental health car which has a paramedic, police officer and mental health nurse on board.

Ambulance staff rapidly assessed a large number of potential patients.  In total, there were four casualties that needed further assistance.

A teenage girl who had been working at the event was treated at the scene for a medical condition and injuries sustained in the disturbance.  After assessment by ambulance staff, she was taken to New Cross Hospital.

Two men in their 20s were taken to the same hospital with injuries sustained in the incident.

A man in his 40s, who had also been injured in the incident, was assessed but chose not to go to hospital against advice from the paramedic on scene.

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Fatal crash in Wolverhampton

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th October 2019 – 9.15am.

A pedestrian has died after a collision with a 4×4.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at about 10.25pm on Sunday evening to the junction of Crowther Road and Tettenhall Road in Wolverhampton outside the Toby Carvery.

An ambulance, 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 police officers and an off duty non-emergency patient transport service crew performing CPR on a pedestrian.

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

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It’s a perfect fit; moving from the military to the ambulance service

Monday 17th June 2019 – 2.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

According to a former intelligence officer in the RAF, moving to the ambulance service would be an excellent move for just about anybody coming out of the military.

Chris Booker who is a student paramedic with West Midlands Ambulance Service says after trying civilian life, working for the ambulance service feels like coming home.

On Wednesday (19th June), the Trust will be holding an open day for those thinking of making the move.

HR Manager, Maria Watson, said: “Over 3% of our workforce belong to the military family either those who have previously served or those who still do in the likes of the reserves.

“We absolutely recognise that our ethos is very similar to that of the armed forces and would welcome anyone who thinks switching to the ambulance service could be the right move for them.”

The Open Day, which takes place at the National Ambulance Training Academy on Dudley Road in Brierley Hill, is open to serving military, reservists, veterans, cadet instructors and military spouses and will run from 10am – 4pm.

The day will give an insight into the recruitment process and provide advice and guidance on the assessment and interview skills.

There will be a chance to practice your literacy and numeracy skills, test your knowledge of the Highway Code and even have a go at the fitness test.

Chris says one of the things he missed after coming out of the military was the camaraderie, but the ambulance service has given him that and he’d recommend any of his colleagues past or present to follow suit:

 

Chris says after coming out of the RAF he took a job with the civil service but relished more to work than writing reports and sitting behind a desk and the ambulance service has given him that. He says the skills you learn in the military are an excellent fit with the ambulance service:

 

For more details about the open day, please email: maria.watson@wmas.nhs.uk

Some Dads are true heroes

Friday 14th June 2019 – 4.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ahead of Father’s Day, Richard Wilford from BBC Radio WM 95.6 talked to a man who played a significant role in saving his own son’s life.

Back in January, Jason Plant had to react immediately when his son Tommy had a cardiac arrest.  Working with an ambulance 999 call handler, Jason started giving CPR to Tommy, who at the time was just seven years old.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene and took over.  After working on him at the scene and on the way to hospital using blue lights and sirens, Tommy was passed to the care of the paediatric teams at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Unbelievably, just 16 days later Tommy was discharged from hospital.  Later that month, Tommy and his parents went to meet the crews who helped to save his life. 

Speaking at the time, Operations Manager, Wendy Hands, said: “This was a real team effort, from the staff in the control room who provided CPR advice over the phone, the dispatchers who got the ambulances to the scene so quickly and the staff who took over from Tommy’s Dad.   None of us can believe how well Tommy looks and we’re just so pleased to be able to meet him today.” 

Tommy was presented with a Birmingham City shirt with Tommy 999 printed on it as a gift from the Hollymoor staff.  The football club were also kind enough to donated six tickets for Tommy and his family to attend a future match.

Listen to the Jason’s amazing interview here:

 

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer to receive Queen’s Ambulance Medal

Friday 7th June 2019 – 10.31pm – Claire Brown

An Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service, whose career spans 28 years, has been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. 

Steve Wheaton, Resilience and Specialist Operations Director and one of the Trust’s Assistant Chief Ambulance Officers, has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal (QAM) recognising his dedication and distinguished service to the ambulance sector which carries the same level of Royal recognition as other members of the emergency services.

Steve found his passion with the ambulance service at the tender age of ten when he became a cadet with a local volunteer ambulance service. In 1991, he went on to become a cadet with London Ambulance Service where he spent ten years progressing to become a registered Paramedic. In 2001 Steve obtained a promotion to Duty Officer at, the then, Essex Ambulance Service before moving up the ranks to Station Officer, Divisional Commander and the Head of Emergency Planning. 

In 2008, Steve made the move to West Midlands Ambulance Service to head up and expand the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness and Specialist Operations team where he remains today. 2013 saw Steve seconded to the role of Deputy Senior Responsible Officer at the Home Office where he was responsible for rolling out the national Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP) across all emergency services in England. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh, said: “I have known Steve for 15 years and, in that time, I have watched him progress and flourish within the ambulance service to become a knowledgeable and well-respected individual in his field. I am incredibly proud that Steve has been recognised in this way and would like to thank him for his tremendous service and for the thousands of patients he has helped along the way.”

Steve, aged 44, lives in the West Midlands with his wife Suzie and has three children; Liam, Chloe and Thomas. Speaking about his award, Steve, said: “I am immensely proud and humbled to receive this award. It is a truly great privilege to be recognised with a QAM and it took some time for the news to sink in.

“I still very much believe that working within the emergency services and the ambulance service, in particular, is a privilege and I have never forgotten the core values instilled in me by some very influential people throughout my career in the voluntary sector, London Ambulance Service, Essex Ambulance Service and now in the West Midlands. This award is as much for them as it is for me. I feel honoured to work with some amazing people during my 28 years, many of which have become close friends.

“I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to not only my family for their never-ending support and understanding throughout my career, but also to my ambulance family for enabling me to do a job which is immensely rewarding.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS: Please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Steve Wheaton aged 16 at London Ambulance Service

Steve Wheaton, aged 16, as a cadet at London Ambulance Service.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Dudley RTC

Thursday 21st February 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Dudley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Stourbridge Road, Dudley at around 10.20pm (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist and a car which had been involved in a collision. The motorcyclist, a man, sustained multiple serious injuries and required advanced trauma care on scene by ambulance staff before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“A young child from the car was also assessed by ambulance staff before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks.”

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Would we be able to get to you in an emergency?

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

It’s a conundrum that many of our crews come across on a not irregular basis – which key safe is yours?

There is no doubt that Key Safes are great, especially for family members and carers who are visiting people who are unsteady on their feet or for a number of other reasons can’t easily come to the door.

However, as you can see in the picture, we sometimes get called to apartment complexes where our staff are faced with multiple Key Safes at the front door of the building.

  1. If you have to call us and this is what it looks like outside your front door, please let us know which one is yours!

We understand that you probably don’t want to put a number on it, but perhaps put some other distinguishing mark on the safe so that we can quickly identify the correct one.

In a real emergency, those few seconds saved could make the difference between life and death.

One cyclist has died and another has been injured after a collision with an HGV

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 2.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

One cyclist has died and another has been injured after an incident involving an HGV.

It happened close to the junction of the A449 and Manor Lane, Waresley to the south of Kidderminster at about 11.00am this morning (Monday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A police vehicle was only seconds away after the collision had happened.  In addition, an off-duty paramedic and the crew of a WMAS non-emergency patient transport vehicle all stopped to provide assistance.

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

“The second cyclist was treated at the scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and continued treatment.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 11.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened on Chester Road in the Castle Vale area of Birmingham at just before 9.10am this morning.

An ambulance came across the incident four minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“She was treated on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance; the doctor travelled with the ambulance.

“The woman driving the car was shaken but wasn’t injured.”

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A man has died and another has been seriously injured

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff and a doctor provided advanced clinical skills at the scene of a crash that left one man dead and another with potentially serious injuries.

The crash happened at about 10.35pm on Sunday evening on Newbold Rd in Newbold Pacey, Warwickshire.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers 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 a car that had collided with a tree.

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

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the front seat passenger who had suffered potentially serious injuries.

“He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance.

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One person has died and another been seriously hurt after a crash

Friday 19th October 2018 – 7.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

One woman has died and another has been seriously hurt after a two car collision.

It happened on the A3400 London Road, just to the south of Shipston on Stour near the cemetery at about 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

An ambulance, two paramedic officers from West Midlands Ambulance Service, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and a rapid response vehicle from South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, members of the public were performing resuscitation on one of the drivers.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and provided advanced clinical care, but sadly it was not possible to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene

“The other driver, also a woman, suffered serious injuries. After being assessed and treated at the scene, she was airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”

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Bus driver praised for making sure passengers safe

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 10.38am – Murray MacGregor.

A bus driver is being praised for ensuring all of his passengers were off the vehicle after the double decker caught fire.

The incident happened at just after 9.00am this morning near the junction of Gibbet Hill Road and Kenilworth Road in Coventry, beside the University of Warwick Campus.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When the driver noticed the smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment of his bus, he stopped immediately and then made sure that all the passengers were off before leaving the vehicle himself.

“Due to his swift action, he was the only casualty, suffering from smoke inhalation.

“After treatment at the scene, he was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for further monitoring.

“There seems little doubt that his actions ensured the situation was not considerably more serious.”

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Mobility scooter rider injured

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man on a mobility scooter has suffered serious injuries after a collision involving two vehicles.

The incident happened on West Way in Stafford at just after 7.10pm on Tuesday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic and a BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an elderly man who had suffered serious injuries.

“He received advanced clinical care at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital; both doctors and the critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance to provide advanced clinical care en-route.

“There were no other patients.”

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Rider injured after motorbike collides with car and bus shelter

Thursday 11th October 2018 – 11.28am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced clinical care at the scene of a crash.

The incident happened on Hanley Road in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke on Trent at just before 8.00pm on Wednesday evening.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor from the North Staffordshire Scheme were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the rider of a motorbike in the road.

“There was damage to the offside of the car and the bike had come to rest against a bus shelter which had shattered.

“The man was assessed and treated at the scene by the ambulance staff and doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The car driver was unhurt.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted after serious crash

Thursday 11th October 2018 – 9.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just after 6.00pm last night (Wednesday), close to the junction of the A4169 and B4379 at Kemberton, south east of Telford.

A rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, an ambulance and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.

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

“The rider of the motorbike had suffered potentially serious injuries.  He was being tended to by an off-duty nurse.

“The rider was assessed and treated on scene before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car driver was uninjured.”

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Trust set to become first university ambulance service

Tuesday 9th October 2018 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

For over a decade, all paramedics in the West Midlands have been educated and trained at university; the Trust also undertakes world leading research with a number of universities; so it is perhaps fitting that West Midlands Ambulance Service is set to become the first ambulance University NHS Foundation Trust in the country.

In a ground breaking move, the Trust is working with the University of Wolverhampton to become the first university ambulance service.  As a result, the Trust is engaging with stakeholders, patients and the public on changing the organisation’s name to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.

Currently the Trust works closely with four universities in the education of paramedics: University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester; Staffordshire University and Coventry University.

The Trust also undertakes a great deal of research with a range of institutions including the University of Warwick, University of Birmingham; University of Sheffield; University of Nottingham; and Swansea University as well as other health organisations.

Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, said: “Our work with the universities is producing tangible benefits for the Trust, our staff and ultimately benefits our patients.  We are therefore planning to introduce the title of “University” into the organisation’s name.

“The Trust works in partnership with universities to further develop education, training and research opportunities that take the ambulance sector into the future.  This is an exciting development and one that allows us to articulate our position in the ambulance sector going forward.

“We have a significant role to play in the education and training of our current and future workforce, contribute to the research and evidence base to develop the paramedic profession, and extend our understanding of the urgent and emergency care needs in the pre-hospital environment.”

The cost of implementation is minimal.  The Trust will not be rebranding its fleet or buildings except when they would have been replaced in any case.  For example, to maintain our commitment to having no vehicle over five years old, about 20% of our ambulances are replaced each year.  Only as new vehicles are brought in would the name be changed.  In addition, we don’t use pre-printed headed paper, so there’s no cost for stationery.

If the outcome of the consultation is positive, the Trust will initially sign an agreement with the University of Wolverhampton which would include the permission to use the title university in the Trust name.

Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to strengthen their links with our University and the wider university network.

“Our own work will see us significantly increase the number of graduate paramedics we are training and together we plan to establish a Research & Development Hub, clinical research, major incident planning and response research and other associated training, accreditation and development.

“In the view of our Board of Governors, this memorandum is an excellent development that recognises our close working relationship with WMAS but also the very significant work that the Trust undertakes within the university field for the benefit of staff and patients alike.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We now have an opportunity to formally recognise the role we play both in the education of paramedics and research activities to advance paramedic science.

“In addition, we think that the term University in our name will convey the fact that paramedics have become a graduate profession and make it more attractive as a career to a wider range of the community.

“Most importantly, it will help our patients, our local population and stakeholders to see the vital links between health, education and research which lead to better outcomes for us all.”

Trust Interim Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker added: “We already have an extensive research portfolio, participating in work that is of international significance, and we see that work developing further over time.  This has included studies into the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests; the use of pre-hospital blood products for traumatic haemorrhage; the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in a prehospital setting for patients with acute respiratory failure; and the use of GTN in patients with hyperacute stroke.

“The move to become a University Foundation Trust articulates, emphasises and recognises the work that we undertake with universities in this region and across the country and shows the ever greater focus on training and research.”

WMAS Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, said: “We have been the leading ambulance service in the development of paramedics through a university process.  Our close partnerships and collaborations mean that over the last decade, literally thousands of students have undertaken placements with the Trust as they learn their profession.  Currently over 700 student paramedics are being trained with more than 400 more entering full time study.”

The Trust will also look to increase its ties with each of the other West Midlands based universities that it already works with.

Under NHS England guidance, the Trust is required to check with stakeholders that the proposed new name will not conflict or be confused with the names of neighbouring NHS organisations or services, and that the proposed new name is clear and understandable.  Please consider the above information and let us know your thoughts by Friday 26 October 2018.

If you are content with the proposed name change, you may wish to respond using this form of words:

I have considered the plans for renaming the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and confirm that the proposed new name is clear and understandable.

However you wish to respond, please send your comments to:

Email: haveyoursay@wmas.nhs.uk

Post: Have Your Say, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Millennium Point, Waterfront Way, Brierley Hill, Dudley, DY5 1LX

 

FAQs

Are we trying to become a university?

No, we will continue to be an NHS Foundation Trust.  This move just enforces the close working relationship we have with a range of universities across the region.

Will you be taken over by the University of Wolverhampton?

No, we will continue to operate in exactly the same way as we do.  This is a simple name change which is aimed to show the importance we give to the education of our staff.

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Four people have been hurt, two potentially seriously after a crash

Monday 8th October 2018 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have been hurt after a car left the road and ended up in a field.

The incident happened on the A49 near the Shrewsbury Golf Club at Condover at around 2.30am this morning, Monday.

A total of four ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One man and one woman suffered potentially serious injuries.  They were assessed and treated at the scene before both being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Two other women were treated at the scene for their injuries before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.”

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Fatal crash on the M6

Monday 8th October 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after an incident on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

It happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 2 and 3.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after a call at just before 4.40am, this morning, Monday.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “On arrival, sadly it was clear that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man from a light goods vehicle was assessed but was discharged.  A number of other motorists at the scene were uninjured.”

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Man dies after incident

Monday 8th October 2018 – 8.28am – Murray MacGregor.

Despite advanced life support at the scene, sadly it was not possible to save the life of a man who was involved in what West Midlands Police have described as a hit-and-run incident.

It happened in Allesley Old Road in the Earlsdon area of Coventry at about 7.50pm on Sunday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a pedestrian who had received very serious injuries.

“Crews carried out advanced life support but sadly, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 999 quoting log 2482 of 7th October or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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A pedestrian has died after a crash involving two cars

Thursday 4th October 2018 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman pedestrian has died after a crash involving two cars.

It happened at about 9.50pm on Wednesday evening outside the Sikh Temple in Waterloo Road, Smethwick.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene after a number of 999 phone calls about the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found bystanders trying to assist the woman.

“Crews and the doctor performed advanced life support, but sadly it was not possible to save her, and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Three wounded during incident in Birmingham City Centre

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 – 8.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three men have been treated by ambulance service staff for stab wounds after an incident in Birmingham City Centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple call to three different locations all in close proximity to the High Street at 5.45pm.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the MERIT Trauma doctor and four other BASICS Emergency Doctors were immediately mobilised.

However, on arrival, a number of those resources were stood down as the injuries were not as serious as first thought.

The men were treated at each of the three locations.  One had suffered serious injuries, the other two less serious.  All three were taken to hospital.

Witnesses are asked to contact West Midlands Police via live chat at www.west-midlands.polic.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 giving log number 1842 of 2nd October.

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One dead after lorry crash on M40

Friday 28th September 2018 – 11:55am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a crash involving three HGVs on a motorway.

The incident happened on the northbound M40 between Junctions 15-16 at about 4.15am this morning (Friday).

Three ambulances and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two lorries that were on fire.  A third lorry was just in front of them.

“Unfortunately, the driver of one lorry died at the scene.

“The driver of a second lorry, a man in his 60s, was treated at the scene for a medical condition and was taken to Warwick hospital.

“The third driver was uninjured.

“The motorway is likely to remain shut for some time and police are appealing for information in relation to the crash.”

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Motorcyclist dies after crash

Friday 28th September 2018 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

One motorcyclist has died and another has suffered serious injuries after a crash involving two motorcycles and a car.

It happened outside Summerhill School, in Lodge Lane, Kingswinford at about 7.10pm last night (Thursday).

Three ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two motorcyclists who had been involved in a crash with a car.

“The first motorcyclist had suffered serious injuries.  He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor travelling with the crew.  Sadly, he died later at hospital.

“The other rider, a man in his 30s had suffered multiple injuries.  He was treated at the scene before also being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A woman in her 40s from the car was treated for less serious injuries and was taken to Russells Hall Hospital.  A man and a woman from the same car were uninjured.”

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Two men die after incident on dual carriageway

Friday 28th September 2018 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have died after an incident on a dual carriageway.

It happened at about 8.10pm on Thursday evening on the southbound A40 to the south of Whitchurch in Herefordshire, near the petrol station.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a motorcyclist who had suffered very serious injuries.  Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A short distance away a second man was found, and again, sadly, northing could be done to help him and he was also confirmed dead at the scene.”

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A woman had died after a crash

Friday 28th September 2018 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after the car she was in crashed.

The incident happened on the A452 Chester Road, at Stonnall near Walsall, close to the Stonnall Service Station, at about 10.20pm last night (Thursday)

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands CARE team were sent to the scene.

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

“The woman driving the vehicle had suffered very serious injuries and unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Trust welcomes Lord Carter report which shows WMAS as the most efficient in the country

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A new report shows West Midlands Ambulance Service is the most efficient in the country.

This remarkable success was achieved by being the only ambulance service in the country with a paramedic on every vehicle; having the most modern fleet with all vehicles standardised and none over five years old; and by using some of the most technologically advanced equipment.  Together this means the Trust is able to discharge more patients at the scene than any other service, which brings real benefits to patients and hospitals as fewer patients are taken to A&E.

The report by Lord Carter of Coles examines the differences between ambulance services in England.  West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We welcome the report as it recognises the extraordinary lengths that ambulance service staff go to, to help patients but also backs up many of the decisions this Trust has taken over several years.

“Despite being one of the worst funded ambulance services in the country, our unique operating model means we are the only Trust in the country to consistently surpass all of the response targets.

“We have invested heavily in our staff with update training every year.  This helps us to achieve the second lowest conveyance rate in the country: only about half of patients are taken to hospital but we are confident that we can reduce that still further.

“We have invested heavily in technology which is recognised nationally and internationally as a Global Digital Exemplar.  We have one of the most technologically advanced control centres and over the last few years have rolled out our electronic patient record (EPR) to every vehicle.

“The system automatically takes information from our diagnostic devices such as blood pressure cuff and ECGs and updates the electronic record.  Via our clinical support desk, paramedics can also access previous records which can help in diagnosis.  The information being recorded can also be seen in real time by the hospital staff as a patient is being conveyed so that the A&E Department can be better prepared for when the ambulance arrives.  In addition, a copy of the record is sent electronically to the patient’s GP for their local records.

“We have worked very hard over recent years to improve the support we provide to staff.  As well as regular update training, all operational staff get mentored on the job, and we have also provided 24-hour management support on every ambulance station.

“We also support them pastorally: we now have two physiotherapists helping staff who do get injured back to work. We have expanded our peer support networks for staff should they need any help after serious incidents.  Together these allow us to have the lowest sickness rate in the country.

“Lord Carter recognises the huge cost and frustration experienced by ambulance services dealing with the unacceptable hospital handover delays.  It put a huge extra pressure on my staff, provides poor care for patients and means some patients wait far longer than they should have to, before they receive hospital care.

“We were delighted to have a visit from Lord Carter earlier this year to see the progress we have made over the last five years.  It was clear how impressed he was with what we do here in the West Midlands.

“Lord Carter does highlight that there is further work still to be done, which we fully support.  There is no doubt that further improvements in technology would benefit our staff and patients alike.  We also recognise and welcome his comments about a lack of clinically suitable alternatives to A&E inhibits our ability to keep patients out of hospital.  We will study the report closely so that we can make further improvements for the benefit of patients.”

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Who would deliberately target ambulances in brick attack?

Wednesday 26th September 2018 – 9.40am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing for the public’s help in apprehending the individual(s) who attacked not one, but two ambulances with bricks.

The two incidents took place as the ambulance went through the underpass on Birchfield Road at the junction of Aston Lane in Birmingham at about 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon; the second incident took place at the same location at around 3.00pm.

In the first case, the vehicle was travelling on blue lights to a patient with breathing difficulties.  The ambulance crew had to stop as the windscreen was damaged and meant that a second ambulance had to be sent to the 999 call, resulting in a delay of around 10 minutes in getting help to the patient.

In a bizarre twist, it was that second ambulance that was also targeted as it took the same patient to hospital.  On this occasion, the crew heard a loud bang as they drove along, but it was only once they arrived at hospital that they discovered a dent in the ‘A Post’ just above the windscreen and driver’s door.

Both vehicles are now off the road and it will cost hundreds of pounds to repair.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is hard to put into words how angry and disappointing these incidents are.

“Throwing a brick at any vehicle is dangerous and idiotic, but when it is an ambulance responding to an emergency, it’s beggar’s belief.

“Never mind that two vehicles are off the road which could be out helping to save lives, this was a horrendous incident for the staff involved.  They do a difficult job at the best of times, but to have this sort of incident happen has understandably left them shocked and upset.  I am just thankful that no-one was hurt.

“The potential for this to have turned into an incident which resulted in serious injury or worse is plain to see.  I am therefore asking anyone who was in the area who saw anything or who has CCTV of that area to contact West Midlands Police as soon as possible so that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 1364 of 25th September.

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Steep rise in calls after the final whistle

Thursday 12th July 2018 – 9.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff faced a barrage of 999 emergency calls after the final whistle in the England Croatia match as some fans struggled to come to terms with the loss.

Call numbers rose by 15% compared to the same time the previous week with over 1100 calls received between 9.30pm and 4.30am.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Nathan Hudson, who was in control of the Trust, said: “Almost immediately after the final whistle, the phone lines lit up.

“We were called to over 40 reports of assaults in the aftermath of the match.  We also dealt with a number of serious RTCs and other drink related incidents with people falling over, drink fuelled cases of bravado leading to injuries.  Sadly, we also saw a number of cases of domestic violence.

Significant Cases

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to reports of a large fight in Beacon Road, Great Barr, Birmingham at 9.40pm.  In total, 8 calls were received about the disturbance.  A man in his 40s was taken to hospital was facial injuries and numerous abrasions.  A second man who was being assessed walked off after becoming aggressive towards the crew.

The Trust was called to reports of a man who had been ‘surfing’ on top of a moving car in Barn lane, Olton, Solihull at 9.50pm.  An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.  A man in his 40s was treated for head and arm injuries.  He was treated at the scene before being taken to hospital.

The Trust was called to the canal opposite Walkabout in Broad Street in Birmingham at 10.30pm to reports of 16 people having jumped into the water.  A paramedic officer and an ambulance were sent to the scene.  After assessing those there, they were all discharged on scene.

Nathan Hudson, added: “The high levels of demand continued through until around 4.30am before returning to levels that we would normally have expected to see.

“The Trust had put in place an extensive plan to deal with the evening with a large number of additional crews, managers and doctors on shift.  The planning paid dividends with the Trust able to cope with the significant rise in demand exceptionally well.  I would like to thank all of the staff who came in on days off to assist us.”

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Man dies in M54 RTC

Thursday 12th July 2018 – 8.40am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff last night, they were unable to save the life of a motorcyclist on the M54.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a car and a motorcyclist on the eastbound carriageway of the M54 between junctions 3 and 2 shortly after 11.00pm last night (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and two senior paramedic officers responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, in cardiac arrest. The team worked quickly to administer advanced life support on scene but sadly nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The car driver was assessed but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Fatal crash involving motorcycle

Thursday 12th July 2018 – 7:45am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car.

The tragic incident happened in Adderley Road outside Adderley Park in the Saltley area of Birmingham just before 6.50pm last night (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The exact circumstances of what had happened were not clear, but on arrival, ambulance staff found the motorcyclist in cardiac arrest.

“Crews carried out advanced life support at the scene but sadly, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other patients.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Atherstone RTC

Friday 6th July 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff yesterday, a motorcyclist sadly died following an RTC in Atherstone.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Nuneaton Road in Mancetter, Atherstone, shortly after 4.30pm yesterday (Thursday).  An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were responded to the scene. One of the Trust’s Patient Transport Services (PTS) crews were passing the incident and stopped to render aid to assist emergency colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, who was in critical condition following a collision with a car. Whilst ambulance staff began administering trauma care to the man, his condition worsened, and he went into cardiac arrest. The team of medics quickly worked together to administer advanced life support at the roadside. Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Quad biker injured in Black Country

Friday 6th July 2018 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

A quad biker suffered serious injuries after ending up 20ft down a steep embankment in Rowley Regis yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Moor Lane, near to Rowley Regis Hospital at 4.50pm (Thursday). A paramedic officer, an ambulance, HART Paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find the quad biker, a man in his 60s, who had ended up 20ft down a steep embankment after coming off the road.

“Upon assessment ambulance staff found he had sustained potentially serious injuries and administered treatment to help stabilise his condition on scene.

“Due to the man’s precarious position on the steep gradient the team of medics decided to fully immobilise the man and placed him into a Multi Integrated Body Splint (MIBS), a material stretcher with lifting handles, to ensure he could be moved easily and safely. Ambulance staff and the fire service then worked as a team to carefully lift the man up the slope using rope rescue techniques where he was then transferred to the awaiting land ambulance and conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Motorcyclist badly injured after collision with car

Thursday 5th July 2018 – 8.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened on Almond Tree Avenue in Coventry at about 8.40pm last night (Wednesday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance crews found the rider partly under the car.

“The man was immobilised, given pain relief and had a splint applied before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with the doctor travelling with the crew.

“The two occupants of the car were also assessed but were discharged on scene.”

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Patients to benefit as Trusts agree new PTS contract

Wednesday 4th July 2018 – 8.30am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust have agreed a two year extension to the non-emergency patient transport service (PTS) contract which will mean a doubling of staffing and vehicle numbers for WMAS.

The hospital trust awarded the contract last month with the new service starting to come into place from this week.

The contract means that WMAS will complete about 22,000 patient journeys a year to Walsall Manor Hospital

Daren Fradgley, ‎Director of Strategy & Improvement at the hospital, said “We are delighted that we have been able to reach an agreement with WMAS for the next two years.  We are committed to working together to make improvement to the service for our patients and continue the high quality service.

WMAS Non-Emergency Services operations Delivery Director, Michelle Brotherton, said: “This is excellent news for the West Midlands Ambulance Service and re-affirms our commitment to try and grow our PTS services.

“It has been a difficult few months for the staff who were unsure what would happen.  Throughout the period they have continued to work hard and ensure patients get the highest standard of care possible, for which I applaud them.

“This new contract provides both the staff and patients  with stability for at least the next two years, but we hope that this will be the start of a much longer arrangement with the hospital.”

Operations Manager for the Black Country, Claire Jinks, said: “I am particularly pleased with this contract as it expands the service that we have been providing to the hospital over recent years.  This will allow us to recruit about a dozen additional staff.”

Many of those who have been working on this contract have done so for decades and know the patients well.  People like Ray Perry who has been transporting patients for 35 years.  He says: “Having WMAS continue to provide this service can only be good for the patients.”

Claire says: “People often forget just what an important role the non-emergency side of the ambulance service provides for patients.”

Patient Carer Dave Phillips has been in the role for quarter of a century.  He says: “If you like interacting with patients, this is a great job and everyone is glad that the contract is staying with WMAS.”

 

 

 

Trauma care given to cyclist in Northfield

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Tuesday 3rd July 2018 – 2.10pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff provided advanced trauma care to a cyclist after a collision involving a car in Birmingham earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Fairfax Road in Northfield at 10.18am to reports of a collision involving a car and a cyclist. An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the Midlands Air Ambulance helicopter from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and a second BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a cyclist, a man, who was in a serious condition and being given excellent first aid by bystanders which included an off-duty St John Ambulance volunteer.

“Ambulance staff and the doctors quickly commenced treatment on scene, administering advanced trauma care to help stabilise the man’s condition before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the man who was said to be in a critical condition at the time.

“The driver of the car was assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

 

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Pedestrian fatally injured

Tuesday 3rd July 2018 – 9.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, a man has died in Coventry in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Barras Lane, Coventry, shortly before 12.40am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

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

“Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and also administered advanced life support which continued en-route to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Unfortunately, shortly after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.”

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Man dies and boy seriously injured in motorcycle RTC in Warwickshire

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Tuesday 3rd July 2018 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died, and a boy has suffered serious injuries after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a lorry last night in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Purley Chase Lane, near the quarry, in Mancetter shortly after 7.30pm last night (Monday).  Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and a medic from East Midlands Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a motorcycle which had collided with a lorry. The motorcyclist, a man, was in cardiac arrest and was already being given CPR by police officers.  Ambulance staff took over resuscitation and commenced advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The pillion passenger, a boy, sustained serious leg injuries and was given trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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A motorcyclist has been hurt after a crash with a car

Wednesday 27th June 2018 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has suffered potentially serious injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened at about 6.55pm on Tuesday evening outside The Swan pub on Droitwich Rd in Martin Hussingtree between Worcester and Droitwich.

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: “A nurse who was on scene told ambulance staff that the rider had initially been unconscious.

“He was assessed at the scene and treated for multiple injuries.  He was given strong pain relief and had his wounds dressed before he was taken on blue lights by ambulance to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the crew.

“No-one else was hurt.”

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A motorcyclist has been airlifted to a major trauma centre

Wednesday 27th June 2018 – 9.35am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after suffering potentially serious injuries after a collision with a 4×4 vehicle.

It happened at about 5.20pm in Rye Street in the Birtsmorton area of South Worcestershire.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were initially sent. An ambulance from South Western Ambulance Service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a motorcycle that was badly damaged; the fuel tank had split after the collision with the side of the 4×4 vehicle.

“After an initial assessment of the patient, the crews requested a doctor be sent to the scene so the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was also dispatched.

“The rider, who is in his 40s, had suffered multiple injuries.  His had a splint applied, was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the 4×4 was uninjured.”

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A motorcyclist has suffered potentially serious injuries after a crash

Tuesday 26th June 2018 – 5.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has suffered potentially serious injuries after his bike was in collision with a van.

The incident happened on Weddington Road in Nuneaton at about 1.30pm.

The first ambulance arrived within seven minutes and was backed up by a second ambulance, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man estimate to be in his 60s who had suffered multiple injuries.

“He was immobilised and treated on scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.  He was treated by the crew, the doctor and the critical care paramedic from the air ambulance and another paramedic from the second ambulance.

“The van driver was uninjured.”

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The multi-agency search for a missing boy at Westport Lake is continuing

Tuesday 26th June 2018 – 12:50pm – Murray MacGregor.

The search for the missing 13-year-old boy at Westport Lake, Stoke-on-Trent is continuing.

 

Teams from West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Police, Nottinghamshire Police specialist dive team and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service are continuing to work together to search the area.

 

Our Hazardous Area Response Team are using dry suits and boats to search the banks of the lake.

 

The family of the missing teenager continue to be supported by family liaison officers from Staffordshire Police.

Two other boys, aged 12 and 13, made it safely out of the lake and were not injured.

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Five hurt in two car crash that left both vehicles badly damaged

Tuesday 26th June 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Five people have been treated by ambulance staff after a serious two car crash.

It happened at about 8.45pm last night (Monday) on the A454 near Swancote, about two miles from Bridgnorth.

Four ambulances, three ambulance officers 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 two cars that had suffered significant damage.

“There were three people in a small silver car: the driver, a man in his 30s had multiple injuries. He was trapped for around half an hour.  He was anaesthetised at the scene, was immobilised and 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 travelled with the crew.

“The front seat passenger, a man in his 40s, was taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital with potentially serious injuries.

“The rear seat passenger, who was in his 30s had managed to get out of the car and had less serious injuries to his face and right arm. There was also a question as to whether he had been knocked out for a period.  After being immobilised and given pain relief, he was taken to the trauma unit at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

“There were two people in the second car: the driver, a man in his 30s had leg injuries.  He was splinted, given pain relief and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  A woman in her 20s had minor injuries and was discharged at the scene.”

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Missing child at Westport Lake

Monday 25th June – 11.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Sadly, all of our resources at the scene of a missing child at Westport Lake in Stoke have been stood down for the night.

We were initially called at 4.48pm on Monday afternoon after reports of a child getting into difficulty in the lake; two other youngsters had got out unharmed.

A large number of resources including ambulances, paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were initially sent to the scene.

Around 11pm, the search was, called off for the night.

Our Hazardous Area Response Team (@WMASHART) will be a back in the morning to resume the search along with our colleagues from Staffordshire Police and Fire colleagues StaffsPolice and @StaffsFire

 

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Man dies in Oswestry RTC

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Friday 22nd June 2018 – 4.45pm – Claire Brown.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a car and a motorcycle on the A495 near Narrow Boat Inn, Whittington, Oswestry shortly after 1.00pm (Friday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found bystanders administering CPR to the motorcyclist. Sadly, nothing could be done by ambulance staff to save the man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver and passenger from the car, a man and a woman, were assessed on scene and were found to have sustained minor injuries. Neither required hospital treatment and were discharged on scene.

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Man trapped for an hour after car and lorry collide on motorway

Monday 18th June 2018 – 4pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A collision between a car and a lorry on the M6 this afternoon left a man trapped for about an hour and requiring treatment from ambulance staff before being taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriage of the M6, near to junction 3A, at 1.30pm and sent one ambulance and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car and lorry that had been involved in a collision. The car had subsequently also collided with the central reservation.

“There was one patient, a man believed to be in his 40s who was trapped inside his car.

“Ambulance staff assessed the man and monitored his condition throughout as the fire service worked to cut him free, a process that took approximately an hour.

“Once out, the man, who was fully conscious throughout, was treated for neck, back and shoulder pain. He was immobilised and given pain relief and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“Unsurprisingly, the incident led to heavy traffic delays in the area.”

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