Fatal Fire in Oldbury

Amy Stubbs – Tuesday 31st January – 5.45pm

A man has sadly died after a fire at a house in Oldbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service to an address on Defford Drive at 1.30pm.

One ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered one patient.

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

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Fatal RTC in Ludlow

Claire Brown – Wednesday 25th January 2023 – 8.20am.

A man and a woman have sadly died in a road traffic collision in Ludlow yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.22am yesterday morning (Tuesday) to reports of a collision involving a car and a lorry on the A49. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor attended the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was also responded to the case but was unable to land safely on scene due to inclement weather.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene they found a lorry and a car which had been involved in a serious collision. Nothing could be done to save the two occupants in the car, a man and a woman, and sadly both were confirmed deceased a short time later. The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Man dies in Shifnal RTC

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 12th January – 12.35pm

A man has died after a car crashed into a tree in Shifnal this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the B4379 near Sheriffhales by the fire service at 7.24am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found a car that had crashed into a tree and one patient, a man, who was the driver.

“He was found to be in a critical condition and was already receiving medical assistance from emergency service colleagues.

“Ambulance crews worked quickly to provide advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Winkhill

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – 8.35am.

One person has died and two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Winkhill last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving two cars on  Ashbourne Road, Winkhill at 06.39pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car from Tatenhill to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered three patients from the two cars.

“The driver of the first car was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service. He was assessed by ambulance staff and was in a critical condition.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The two occupants of the second car, a woman and a teenage girl, were assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained non-life threatening injuries.

“They received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Fatal RTC in Walsall

Shaunna Farley – Friday 30th December 2022 – 12.10pm.

A man has died and another man has sustained life threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Walsall this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a wall on Leamore Lane, Walsall at 06.43am and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered two men from the car who were extricated from the vehicle by the fire service.

“The driver was in a critical condition. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The passenger had sustained life threatening injuries. He received advanced trauma care at the scene.

“He was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Solihull

Shaunna Farley – Friday 30th December 2022 – 8.25am.

A man has sustained life-threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Solihull last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a pedestrian on Warwick Road, Knowle in Solihull at 11.41pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the pedestrian in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to him at the scene.

“Treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where he was conveyed for further treatment.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Fatal stabbing in Handsworth

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 22nd December – 12.45pm

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a stabbing on Soho Road in Handsworth, Birmingham at 3.17am.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found on person in a critical condition. They gave advanced life support before conveying them to hospital but sadly, the patient later died in hospital.

“Two further patients were treated by ambulance staff for serious injuries before being conveyed to hospital for further care.”

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“Thank You for Allowing Me to See Another Christmas”

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 22nd December – 10.15am.

“Right place, right time” has never been more appropriate for Colin Cady and the off-duty paramedics who helped save his life in October following a road traffic collision.

Colin suffered a medical cardiac arrest at the wheel whilst driving in Sutton Coldfield, causing his car to crash into a tree.

Luckily, off-duty Erdington paramedics Roy Taylor and Maria Johnson, were passing at the time and immediately rushed to Colin’s aid.

They quickly started CPR and utilised a nearby Public Access Defibrillator while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Thanks to their actions, the ambulance crews who arrived on scene and the assistance of an off-duty police officer and an off-duty nurse, Colin is now looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season with his family.

On Monday, Colin was reunited with some of the ambulance staff who worked together to save his life. He said: “There really are no words to say thank you to those who saved my life that day. I count myself incredibly lucky that multiple off-duty emergency service staff were there at that moment, and that they came over to help me.

“Thanks to their actions, I’ve been able to celebrate my 53rd birthday recently and I’m ready to celebrate Christmas this year, one that I wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t for the fantastic work of the emergency services staff and staff caring for me in hospital.”

Maria said: “It’s lovely to see Colin under such positive circumstances. It’s also such an important moment to appreciate just how fantastic bystander CPR and AEDs are.

“In this case we were able to assist with saving a patient’s life, not as ambulance staff but as bystanders, which is something that anyone with good CPR knowledge could do.”

Roy said: “While passing by and witnessing the incident, it was natural to go over and see if I could help at all, then seeing Maria there too was an incredible stroke of luck.

“Maria and I know each other well and have years of experience behind us so we both went into autopilot and tried to help Colin to the best of our ability while an ambulance was being called.”

Abi Conlin and Grace Harris, alongside Liam Wetton and Kirsty Wood, responded to the emergency call while on duty.

Abi said: “To arrive at a job like this one, where a patient is in cardiac arrest and to see bystander CPR being performed is a great sign, even more relief to see it being done by not one, but two off duty ambulance staff!

“We were able to convey Colin to hospital in a stable condition, which might not have been possible without the combined efforts of everyone there that day.”

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(Pictured L to R: Abi Conlin, Roy Taylor, Colin Cady, Bea, Grace Harris and Maria Taylor.)

Fatal RTC in Bordesley Green

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 6th December 2022 – 1pm.

A teenage boy has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Bordesley Green this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a bus and an electric scooter in Bordesley Green, Birmingham at 07.57am and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the rider of the scooter, a teenage boy.

“He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.    

“Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“Nobody from the bus required treatment.”

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Pendeford

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 6th December 2022 – 9.40am.

A woman has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Pendeford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a bus and a pedestrian on Blaydon Road in Wolverhampton at 4.48pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered an elderly woman who was the pedestrian.

“She was assessed at the scene and had sustained serious injuries.   

“She received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Nobody from the bus required treatment.

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Severe Fire in Wolverhampton

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 6th December 2022 – 8.50am.

Several ambulance resources have been at the scene of a significant fire in Wolverhampton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.33pm by the fire service to the large-scale fire in Horsley Fields and sent several resources including two senior paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and four paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There were no patients requiring treatment, but ambulance staff remained on scene to support colleagues from the fire service, before being stood down at 6.30am today.

“If you are within a close distance of the area please ensure you keep all windows and doors closed and stay indoors where you can.”

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Cannock

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 30th November 2022 – 12.30pm.

A teenage girl has sustained life-threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Cannock last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a pedestrian on Hemlock Way at 6.34pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and a Patient Transport Service High Dependency crew to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the pedestrian, a teenage girl, who was being cared for by an off-duty paramedic who had came across the incident.

“She was in a critical condition. Crews administered advanced life support at the scene.

“Treatment continued en route to Birmingham Childrens Hospital.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Fatal Collision in Oldbury

Shaunna Farley – Monday 21st November 2022 – 11am.

Two people have died and two people have sustained life-threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Smethwick last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a wall on Oldbury Road at 11.40pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, and a  BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered five patients.

“The first and second were a man and a teenage girl, who were pedestrians, in a critical condition.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff it became clear that nothing more could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased at the scene.

“Two more pedestrians, a woman and a man had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“They received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The fifth, the driver of the car was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene. He had sustained non-life threatening injuries and was discharged at the scene.”

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Three to Hospital Following RTC in Ledbury

Shaunna Farley – Monday 7th November 2022 – 09.15am.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Ledbury in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving one car on Hereford Road at 01.45am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered three patients.

“The first, a woman who had sustained life-threatening injuries.  

“She received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The second and third, both men had sustained non-life threatening injuries. Both received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“They were conveyed to Hereford County Hospital for further treatment.”

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Woman Seriously Injured in Marton RTC

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 3rd November 2022 – 8.20am.

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Marton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had overturned on Oxford Road at 10:12pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients.

“The first, a passenger in the car who was in a critical condition.  

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to her and continued treatment en route to hospital.  

“The second, the driver of the car who had sustained minor injuries. He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“Both were conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Leominster

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 1st November 2022 – 2:45pm.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Leominster.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a van and HGV on Legions Cross Road in Leominster at 10:30am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midland Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the van in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to him.

“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the lorry was assessed and did not require treatment.”

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Car Driver Seriously Injured in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Monday 24th October 2022 – 08.50am.

A man has serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a tree on Alcester Road South in Billesley at 10.25pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the car who was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service.

“Once extricated, he was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life threatening injuries.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 18th October 2022 – 09.15am.

A motorcyclist has serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a motorbike on Yardley Wood Road in Moseley at 8.31pm and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and two critical care paramedics to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the motorcyclist. He was assessed and had sustained serious injuries.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

“One occupant of the car was found at an address near to the scene and was treated for serious injuries before being conveyed to hospital”

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Lifesaving Bleed Control Kits Installed in Stoke-On-Trent

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th October 2022 – 2pm.

Six lifesaving Bleed Control Kits have been installed in Stoke-on-Trent to provide vital aid to patients suffering with catastrophic bleeding before an ambulance crew arrives.

The kits contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings and are vital to help save the lives of patients who suffer major trauma with catastrophic bleeding, whether caused by an accident or assault.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) joined community group ‘Chit Chat 4 U’ last night (Tuesday) at Floral Hall in Tunstall Park to launch six Bleed Control Kits within the local area.

The Trust have provided six kits, funded by NHS Charities Together, which will go inside designated Bleed Control Kit cabinets which have been installed by Chit Chat 4 U who have fundraised for the provision of Bleed Control Kits in Stoke.

The kits have been placed at – Floral Hall, Victoria Park, Tunstall; Face of Stoke on Trent, the electrical substation building on Lichfield Street; Stoke Library, Church Street; Longton Town Hall, Times Square; Victoria Road, Fenton and Moorland Road, Burslem

A number of kits can already be found in parts of the region thanks to the hard work of The Daniel Baird Foundation, which was set up after the son of Lynne Baird was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in 2017. Working closely with the Foundation, WMAS helped develop the kits and now thanks to NHS Charities Together, more are being placed around the region.

Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, who attended the launch event and demonstrated how the kits are used said: “Bleed Control Kits can be used by anyone, to stem major bleeding which can’t be stemmed by normal first aid measures. This can buy vital minutes until the ambulance arrives.

“Having these available in the community and accessible to the public will hopefully mean more lives can be saved. They can be accessed by calling 999 where the call assessor will direct you to the nearest bleed kit location and provide you with the access details.

“It’s great to support Chit Chat 4 U who do a fantastic job volunteering their time carrying out knife sweeps in the parks and fundraising for the provision of kits to try and help make Stoke a safer place.”

Larissa Cooke from Chit Chat 4 U said: ‘’Our group has worked incredibly hard to get the Bleed Control Kits into Stoke-on-Trent. Knowing we have succeeded and knowing we could potentially save someone’s life is just amazing.”

Cllr Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City council said: “These kits will help to save lives across the city, whether as a result of knife crime or accidental injury. I’d like to thank Chit Chat 4 U for working to bring these kits to Stoke-on-Trent as well as West Midlands Ambulance Service and NHS Charities Together for funding their purchase and installation.”

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said: “These kits are a simple but clever idea which equips users with the equipment and instructions to potentially save a life.

“Chit Chat 4 U and West Midlands Ambulance Service have worked tirelessly to purchase these kits for the local community and I’m sure, if needed they will save lives.”

More information about the kits can be found at: http://www.controlthebleed.org.uk    

AED and Bleed Control Kit

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Notes to Editors:

Main image:  Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Violence Reduction Alliance Sandra Stevenson, Larissa Cooke from Chit Chat 4 U, WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin and Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Ben Adams.

Cyclist Seriously Injured in Bilston RTC

Shaunna Farley – Monday 10th October 2022 – 8.40am.

A cyclist has serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Bilston last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a pushbike on the Black Country Route at 7.35pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the cyclist, a teenage boy. He was assessed and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 6th October – 12pm.

One man has died following a road traffic collision in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Hunstanton Avenue, Beech Lane at 8.20am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the car, an elderly man who is believed to have suffered a medical incident at the wheel in a critical condition.

“Crews administered advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

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Ambulance Lifesavers Meet Baby Girl who Defied the Odds

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 4th October 2022 – 10.30am.

A mother and daughter who beat all of the odds of survival have been reunited with the ambulance crews who helped save their lives.

Natasha Lyndon, her partner Chris and their 16-week old daughter, Adelaide from Solihull had an emotional reunion with the ambulance crews who came to their aid in June when Natasha started bleeding heavily at home.

Paramedic Richard Brennan and Technician Francesca Pinder from Erdington Hub together with paramedic Adil-Islam Choudhury and Technician Chloe Cooper from Hollymoor Hub attended the category 1 emergency, which is the highest priority call.

Chris said: “I was trying my best to remain calm for Tash and rang 999 immediately.  It was a huge relief when the ambulance arrived so quickly. They were so calm and reassuring at a critical time.”

Natasha said: “When the crews arrived in the middle of the night, I was losing blood profusely and didn’t know what was happening.”

Richard said: “When we arrived, we knew how serious Tash’s condition was and how quickly we would have to work. Our training instantly took over. We hoped for the best for Tash and Adelaide but we usually don’t find out any further information about patients once we hand them over at hospital.”

Francesca said: “At serious incidents like this, you really do go into autopilot and instantly act on your training to deliver the best possible care to the patient and ultimately, save the patient’s life.”

Natasha was conveyed to Heartlands Hospital due to a placental abruption where Adelaide was delivered by an emergency caesarean section 10-weeks premature and stayed on the neonatal ward for 61 days. Adelaide has since defied the odds set against her and is now breathing without oxygen support and is making progress each day.

Upon recovering in hospital, Natasha made it her mission to get in touch with West Midlands Ambulance Service to pass her thanks to the crews who helped her, which led to them being reunited at Warwickshire Ambulance Hub on Friday.

Speaking at the reunion with the family on Friday, Adil-Islam said: “It was wonderful and rewarding to see both mother and daughter doing so well after attending to Tash, who was in a terrible condition, big thumbs up to everyone that was involved in getting mother and daughter to the right place of care at the right time.”

Chloe said: “Adelaide is a miracle baby, we could have never imagined being able to see and hold her and see how much progress she has made.”

Francesca added: “With a job like this one, we really didn’t think the chances of a positive outcome were high. Even less did we think we’d be able to see Tash, Chris and Adelaide like this today. It’s so rewarding and such an honour.”

Natasha added: “If the crews had not been so quick thinking and efficient at getting us safely to hospital, Adelaide and myself would not be alive today. There are not enough words to say how grateful Chris and I are for their actions on that night.”


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Fatal RTC on M42

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 4th October 2022 – 8.45am

One man has died and another two have been injured following a two-car road traffic collision on the M42 overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the M42 junction 9 north in Sutton Coldfield at 3.36am and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered a passenger from the first car in a critical condition. Crews administered advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts it became apparent nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the first car had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment from ambulance staff before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital under blue light conditions.

“The driver of the second car had sustained non-life threatening injuries. He received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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Cyclist Seriously Injured in Erdington RTC

Shaunna Farley – Monday 22nd August 2022 – 11.30am.

A man has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision involving a pushbike and a car in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.32pm to reports of a road traffic collision on Chester Road in Erdington. One ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, with serious injuries following a collision with a car.

“He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following RTC in Telford

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 10th August – 08.45am.

One person has died and another has sustained life threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Telford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.24pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a car that had collided at the junction of Dawley Green Way and Old Park Roundabout in Telford. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found three patients.

“The first was a man who was the driver of the motorbike. He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.

“He received advanced life support at the scene but unfortunately, despite the best efforts it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The second, a woman who was a passenger on the motorbike. She had sustained life threatening injuries.

She received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital via air ambulance.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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New Defibrillator in Brierley Hill Marks 12-Months Since Bystander CPR Saved a Life

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 14th July – 09.00am.

A new publicly accessible defibrillator has been installed in Brierley Hill High Street, marking a year since a local duo saved a life in the town with bystander CPR.

The defibrillator and lockable cabinet have been installed in the town’s high street near the entrance to the market – just over the road from the Moor Centre where local butcher, Gordon Tranter and a passing by Student Nurse, Olivia Hanson, gave CPR to a shopper last year.

The life-saving equipment has been installed thanks to support from Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes for donating the equipment, organised by local Councillor Adam Davies, local business Alan Warwick Butchers who donated the cabinet and carry case, and members of the public who gave donations at a CPR training session last October, which will go towards spare batteries.

In a cardiac arrest it is vital CPR is commenced and a defibrillator used to try and restart the heart, as every minute that passes by the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Having access to more defibrillators within the community can help save more lives.

Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes said: “Gordon is surely an inspiration to us all.

“It is great to see the Defibrillator in Brierley Hill and hopefully, it will never be needed however if it saves just one life then all the hard work has been worth it.

“I would like to say a huge thank-you to Councillor Adam Davies for his determination and commitment in getting the support from local business’s to help with this life saving local project”

Local councillor, Adam Davies, said:  “It’s so fitting that we’re able to mark 12 months since Gordon and Olivia’s heroics with this new easily accessible defibrillator right in the heart of the town.

“I have to give a really big thank you to Andy from the ambulance service, Tony from Alan Warwick Butchers, Aaron from Approved Electrical Midlands, and the members of the public who donated at our training session last October. Without all of their support, this just wouldn’t have been possible”.

The defibrillator is registered on the national defibrillator network known as The Circuit, meaning anyone needing to access the cabinet just needs to call 999 and an operator will provide the access code.”

Gordon Tranter, the local butcher who helped save the life last June, said, “There wasn’t a defibrillator in the town last June so me and Olivia just had to do our best with CPR and hope it was enough. Thankfully it was enough on that day and the lady survived, but we know having a defibrillator will give anyone in the same situation in the future an even better chance.

“Obviously the defibrillator won’t work alone, it stills needs someone to step forward and use it. I’d encourage anyone to just try, you could help save someone’s life. I’ll never forget that day for as long as I live.”

If you, or somebody you know is a defibrillator guardian, then we urge you to register your device on The Circuit. You could help save a life. Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.  

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Pictured from left to right is Andy Jeynes, Gordon Tranter, Adam Davies and Jason Keen.

Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following RTC in Stoke on Trent

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th July – 11.15am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Stoke on Trent in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a collision involving a motorbike on King Street, Stoke on Trent at 04.16am on Sunday. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found the motorcyclist. The man was in a critical condition and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to commence advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deaceased on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Newton

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th July – 08.55am.

A woman has died following a two-car collision in Newton yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bridgenorth Road, Newton, Much Wenlock at 2.15pm on Sunday and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been involved in a collision and four patients in total.

“The driver of the first car had suffered serious injuries in the incident and she received advanced life support at the scene. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, it unfortunately became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased.

“A man and two boys who were the driver of and passengers in the second car, were treated for injuries believed to be minor before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulances.”

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Fatal Shooting in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 7th July – 3.45pm.

One person has died following a shooting in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

Two ambulance crews at Heartlands Hospital were alerted to two men who had self presented at the hospital at 0.31am after reportedly being involved in a shooting nearby. Two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival we found two men.

“The first man was found with life threatening injuries and received advanced life support by ambulance staff. Despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”

“The second man, who had sustained less serious injuries, was assessed and treated by ambulance staff before receiving further checks in hospital.”

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Motorcyclist to Hospital Following RTC in Whittington

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 16th June – 10.30am.

One person has been taken to hospital following a collision in Whittington last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.06pm to reports that a motorbike had collided with street furniture on Church Lane, Whittington in Worcester. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a Critical Care Car from Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival we found the  motorcyclist. He was assessed and had sustained serious injuries.

“He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene. He was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Two to Hospital as Precaution from Waterworld Incident

Claire Brown – Wednesday 8th June – 5.10pm.

Two patients have been taken to hospital and a number of other people have been assessed on scene following an incident at Waterworld in Stoke on Trent this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.55pm to reports of people feeling unwell at Waterworld, Festival Park, Stoke on Trent. Two ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, four paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Waterworld was evacuated after a number of people inside began displaying minor symptoms including watery eyes, a runny nose and nausea.  A total of 110 people evacuated from the building who were displaying symptoms were rapidly triaged by the team of ambulance medics. Once triaged, 46 out of the 110 people received treatment by ambulance staff on scene before being discharged. A man and a woman were conveyed to hospital for further checks as a precaution.

“This was a well-managed tri-service response which saw the safe and speedy evacuation of a large number of people. Thankfully no one involved was in a serious condition.

Investigations into the cause of the incident continue.”

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Fatal RTC in Longport

Shaunna Farley – Monday 30th May – 5.20pm.

One man has died following a road traffic collision in Longport today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.43am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a van and a pedestrian on Canal Lane, Longport in Stoke on Trent. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a man.

“He was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries. He received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

The driver of the van did not require treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Evesham

Shaunna Farley – Monday 30th May 2022 – 4.20pm.

One man has died following a road traffic collision in Evesham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.42am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorbike that had collided with street furniture on St Richards Road, Evesham. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found the motorcyclist.

“He was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support at the scene.

“Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”

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Two to Hospital Following Fire in Warwick

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 5th May – 9am.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a fire in Warwick last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.34pm to reports of a fire at an address on Friars Street, Warwick. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found three patients.

“The first man was assessed by ambulance staff and was in a critical condition. He received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“He continued to receive treatment en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via land ambulance.

“The second man was assessed by ambulance staff. He had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment at the scene.

“He was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire via land ambulance for further treatment.”

“A third patient was assessed at the scene and declined treatment from ambulance staff and was discharged at the scene.”

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Two Injured in Uttoxeter RTC

Shaunna Farley – Friday 8th April – 9.15am.

Two men have been injured following a collision involving two cars in Uttoxeter yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Denstone Road, Rocester in Uttoxeter at 4.47pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and a Community First Responder attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found the driver of the first car, a man, who is believed to have suffered a medical incident at the wheel in a serious condition. Ambulance staff administered life support on scene before he was conveyed, by land ambulance, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the second car, a man, did not require assessment from ambulance staff and was discharged at the scene.”

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Three To Hospital Following Dudley RTC

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 17th March – 10.40am.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Dudley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.40pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car that had collided with street furniture on Waterfront Way Bridge, Dudley. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found three patients.

“The first, a woman. She had sustained potentially life threatening injuries. She received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“She was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The second, a man. He had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment at the scene.

“The third, a woman. She was assessed and had sustained injuries not believed to be life threatening. She received treatment on scene.”

“They were conveyed to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment.”

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Multiple Vehicle RTC on M6

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 17th March – 08.50am.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the M6 in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 05.45am to reports of a road traffic collision involving six vehicles on the M6 between junctions 6 and 7 in Birmingham. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found three patients.

“The first, a man who was the driver of a van. He was assessed and had sustained potentially serious injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“The second, a man who was the driver of one of the cars. He had sustained potentially serious injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. He received treatment on scene.”

“Both men were conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.”

“A third patient was assessed by ambulance staff, they received self care advice and were discharged at the scene.”

“No further patients required treatment.”

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Paramedic Campaigns to End Youth Violence

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 15th March – 9.30am.

Newly qualified paramedic, David Miller, based at Sandwell Hub, is campaigning to end knife crime and violence amongst young people with his work at The James Brindley Foundation.

David’s passions for serving and supporting the community led him to his career as a paramedic, but his ambition to support the community didn’t end there.

After learning the tragic news of a local young man, James Brindley, losing his life after fatal stabbing during a walk home in Aldridge in June 2017, David launched the Full Circle Program in 2018.

The Full Circle Program is an accredited educational and assessment tool for young people and for professionals. The program addresses the root causes of anti-social behaviour that can lead to violent crime and focusses on educating young people while also exploring the reasons why a young person might be led into the pathway of knife crime.

David said: “Alongside being a fully qualified paramedic, I am also a qualified social worker with over twenty years experience, so helping people and supporting the community lies within my core values.

After learning of the terrible news of a local young man, James Brindley, who was stabbed, tragically taking his life, whilst talking to his girlfriend on the phone during a short walk home in Aldridge June 2017, I knew I wanted to use my own skills and experience to act in a proactive way to teach young people the consequences of violence and knife crime.

After contacting and speaking to James’s parents, we made the decision to support them by offering the Full Circle Program as a means to starting the James Brindley Foundation.

During the past three years, we have continually remained focused on all our charity work and have done a number of fundraising events, for example participating in the wolf run, football tournaments, climbing Ben-Nevis and much more.

I am extremely proud of becoming a paramedic and working for West Midlands Ambulance Service and I am hoping to put my social work and paramedic skills to good use. I am now designing a first aid program for wound management and bystander CPR to be part of the Full Circle Program.

Proper wound management and CPR at incidents such as stabbings or where a catastrophic bleed is involved can make a potentially life saving difference, which is why it is so important to get that information out there.

My hopes for the future is that we can continue to have and strengthen our response to this scourge on our young people involved in violence and offer them alternative positive pathways.”

To find out more about David’s work at the James Brindley Foundation, you can do so via https://jamesbrindleyfoundation.com/we-launch-the-james-brindley-foundation/

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Careers Open Day for Student Paramedic and Patient Transport Service Roles

Shaunna Farley – Friday 3rd March – 3.45pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will be hosting the first careers open day of 2022 for anyone interested in Student Paramedic and Patient Transport Service (PTS) roles.

The event will take place on Sunday 13th March between 10am-4pm at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill.

As well as hearing about different options and career routes at West Midlands Ambulance Service, the session will allow participants to learn more about the Student Paramedic role and about roles within the Patient Transport Service.

There will be opportunities for attendees at the event to get advice on the entry criteria and assessment processes, speak to the recruitment team, meet current staff and managers and ask questions regarding these roles.

WMAS Recruitment Manager, Louise Jones, said: “I’m delighted that the Trust is able to host its first open day of 2022 to promote the Student Paramedic and Patient Transport vacancies.

At the event, attendees will be able to meet our staff involved in every element of the process from recruitment, to training to our operational colleagues.

The team will be on hand to answer any questions that potential applicants may have and there will also be the opportunity to get advice on the assessment process as well as testing out our fitness equipment and seeing our operational vehicles.

There is no need to book an appointment, please drop in at any time between 10am-4pm. I’m really excited to meet everyone who attends.”

The event will be a drop-in session, so no appointments will be required but if you’d like to register your interest you can do so by emailing recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk. Anyone who registers will receive additional information after the event from the Recruitment Team.

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Fatal RTC involving car and bus in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Friday 4th March – 10.45am.

One woman has sadly died and two men have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.33am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a bus on Milston Close in Birmingham. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found four patients.

“The first, a woman who was the driver of the car. She was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries.

“Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff on scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second and third patients, both males who were passengers in the car were assessed by ambulance staff on scene. They had sustained injuries not believed to be life threatening.

“They each received treatment on scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment.

“The fourth, a man who was the driver of the bus was assessed by crews on scene. He had sustained injuries not believed to be serious. He received self care advice and was discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Ombersley

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 3rd March – 9am.

Two men have sadly died following a road traffic collision in Ombersley.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.36pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving two cars on the A449 Ombersley in Worcester. One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found the drivers of the two cars both in a critical condition.

Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent that nothing more could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased at the scene.

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Fatal RTC in Sheldon

Shaunna Farley – Friday 11th February – 9am.

One man had sadly died following a road traffic collision in Sheldon last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.03pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Coventry Road, Sheldon in Birmingham. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival we found a man who was the pedestrian in a critical condition.

Ambulance staff on scene immediately began administering advanced life support.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of staff on scene, it became apparent that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The driver of the car did not require assessment.”

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Trust Celebrates Over 800 Apprentices This National Apprenticeship Week

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 10th February – 1.25pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating over 800 apprentices currently employed at the Trust this National Apprenticeship Week.

National Apprenticeship Week is marked across the 7-13th February and aims to aims to shine a light on the amazing work being done by employers and apprentices across the country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is one of the first Ambulance Trusts approved as an Apprenticeship Main Training Provider with the Education and Skills Funding Agency for Higher Level Apprenticeships and remains the most productive organisation in the West Midlands region, and within the ambulance sector, for developing our staff through the delivery of the apprenticeship standards, with the largest provision of student paramedic registered apprentices.

The Trust first introduced apprenticeship programmes in 2010, when it introduced the very first apprenticeship which still runs at the Trust today, the Motor Vehicle Apprenticeship. To date, the Trust currently have several apprenticeships to offer, ranging from level 2 to level 7 apprenticeships.

In October 2012, the Trust introduced its Non-Emergency Patient Transport Scheme, over the nine years we have recruited 278 apprentices onto the scheme. Fifty are currently on programme, many have progressed onto Permanent positions with the Trust. Twenty-four are them are now Paramedics with us, seventeen are technicians, fifteen are progressing within the Student Paramedic pathway, four are involved in the training of our staff and forty are employed within our Patient Transport Scheme and other departments.

People Director, Carla Beechey said: “Apprenticeships are central to assist the Trust to build our future workforce. I would like to thank everyone involved in supporting our apprenticeship schemes and assisting with the development of our staff.”

The Trust has marked National Apprenticeship Week on @OfficialWMAS social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by sharing the stories of past and present apprentices and celebrating their hard work and progression with the Trust.

If you’d like to find out more about roles available at the Trust, you can do so by visiting https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/job-opportunities-2/

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One Fatally Injured and One to Hospital Following Coleshill RTC

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 27th January – 9.30am.

One person has sadly died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Coleshill last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a lorry that had collided on Faraday Avenue, Coleshill at 9.57pm last night and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered two patients.

The first, a man who was the driver of the car, was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The second, a woman who was a passenger in the car, was assessed and had sustained serious injuries. She received advanced life support from ambulance staff on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

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One Fatally Injured in Werrington RTC

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 19th January – 3.30pm.

One person has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Werrington today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a stationary tractor that had collided on Leek Road, Werrington in Stoke on Trent at 11.07am today and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and two Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered a man who was the driver of the car, he was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

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CYCLIST FATALLY INJURED IN SOLIHULL RTC

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th January – 3.15pm.

A cyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Solihull today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a pushbike that had collided on Friday Lane, Barston in Solihull at 9.52am today and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team and a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered a woman who was the cyclist, she had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The driver of the car did not require assessment.

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TWO FATALLY INJURED AND ONE TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING RTC ON HAGLEY ROAD

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th January – 9.15am.

Two people have sadly died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car that had collided with street furniture at the junction of Hagley Road West and Winchfield Drive in Beech Lanes, Birmingham at 9.52pm last night and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered three patients from the car, which was ablaze. Two of them, the driver and a passenger in the car, had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Unfortunately, it immediately became clear that nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased at the scene.

The third patient, a passenger in the vehicle who was a man, received advanced trauma care at the scene for serious injuries before he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.”

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SERIOUS RTC IN SOUTH YARDLEY

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 23rd December – 9.50am.

A road traffic collision involving one car last night has left a child with potentially life threatening injuries and a woman with potentially serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.28pm last night to reports of a road traffic collision on Church Road, South Yardley and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we found two patients, a woman and a child. The first patient, the child, a passenger in the car, was assessed and had sustained potentially life threatening injuries, she received treatment from ambulance staff on scene and was conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

The second patient, the driver, was assessed and had sustained potentially serious injuries, she received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

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“My Life Goal of Becoming a Paramedic”

Shaunna Farley – 21st December – 9.00am.

A chance meeting five years ago with WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh led to a West Bromwich schoolboy setting his sights on becoming a paramedic.  Today, William Brown has not only left school, but has completed his training and is now saving lives in his chosen career.

William, who is currently working out of Sandwell Hub in West Bromwich, met Mr Marsh while studying at sixth form at the Health Futures UTC (University Technical College) in West Bromwich.   He was in a board meeting at the UTC which William attended where the vital role that paramedics play in the community was discussed.

Following the meeting, William took part in an ambulance cadet programme at the UTC which was tutored by West Midlands Ambulance Service alongside St John’s Ambulance.  The programme allowed students to learn first aid skills and familiarise themselves with what is involved in prehospital care.

William said: “Meeting Mr Marsh inspired me and sparked my interest in the ambulance service.

“Hearing him speak about the service made me realise that patient care begins in the community, not just at the hospital and that paramedics play a vital and active role in delivering this care; I knew immediately this was something I wanted to be a part of.

“This influenced my career plans and I knew I wanted to become a paramedic; it’s a decision which has been life changing to say the least!  It is a journey which has not only fuelled my professional development but shaped my personality.

“This highlights the limitless potential that we hold when we set our minds to a goal. As I start my career I hope to not only serve, but to inspire others and make a positive difference.”

“For anyone considering a career within the ambulance service, if you’re an individual who is caring and passionate about making a difference whilst challenging and developing yourself, this is the time to do so and be part of an innovative change.”

Mr Marsh, met up again with William after the Trust marked Remembrance Day last month.  He said: “The ambulance service has so many fantastic careers available to people from every part of our community.

“Having served as a paramedic on the frontline, I know what a difference our staff can make.  But more than that, the additional skills our paramedics now have, since I worked on the road, make such a difference to the population we serve.

“They are able to treat so many more people at home, reducing the pressure on our hospital colleagues and making sure patients get the care they need in the best place for them.

“The paramedic profession is a relatively young one, but it has so much potential.  I know William embodies that pursuit of providing the best care possible while also increasing the skills that paramedics can bring to patients.

“I am absolutely delighted that our chance meeting five years ago was able to inspire him and I am sure that he will do the same for many other people.”

For anyone who would like more information about becoming a paramedic or one of the many other roles within the ambulance sector, please go to: https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/job-opportunities-2/

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One Fatally Injured and Two to Hospital Following RTC in Walsall

Shaunna Farley – Monday 22nd November – 09.30am.

One person has died and another two have been taken to hospital following a collision in Walsall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.24pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving two card at the junction of Broadway and Magdalene Road in Walsall. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered four patients.

The first, the driver of the first car, was freed from the vehicle by the fire service. Once freed, crews quickly commenced advanced life support, although, it became clear that, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff on scene, nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

The second, a passenger in the second car, had sustained injuries not considered to be life threatening, he received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

The third, a passenger in the second car, was assessed at the scene and had potentially serious injuries, he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

The fourth patient, the driver of the second car, did not wish to be assessed.

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