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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Fatal RTC in Bilston

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 2nd November – 9.20am.

One man has died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Bilston last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.41pm to reports of a collision involving one car on Bessemer Close, Bilston and 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 two patients, both men.

“The first, a passenger in the car, was extricated from the car by fire service colleagues. However, upon assessment it sadly became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second man, the driver of the car, was assessed and had sustained serious injuries, he received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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WMAS Urge People to Register Defibrillators on The Circuit

Shaunna Farley – Friday 22nd October – 10.00am.

Bosses at West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) are urging defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database called The Circuit so that more lives can be saved.

Each year in the West Midlands, there are around 3,700 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, yet just 7% of those patients will survive. However, if the patient gets immediate CPR and early defibrillation the chance of survival can more than double! Every minute that passes without CPR or the use of a defibrillator reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%.

Sadly, the UK’s low survival rate is in part because public access defibrillators are used in less than one in 10 out of hospital cardiac arrests. 

This is often because 999 call assessors aren’t always aware that a defibrillator is available nearby, because the ambulance service hasn’t been told about it. If they don’t know it is there, they can’t direct someone at the scene to retrieve it while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

To help save more lives, WMAS is urging people who own and maintain defibrillators in places such as offices, communities, shopping centres and leisure centres, as well as in public places – to register them on a database called The Circuit: The national defibrillator network which is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with the backing of NHS England.

The Circuit was introduced in the West Midlands last year and allows the Service to see defibrillators that are registered.

It is therefore vital that as many defibrillators as possible are registered on the database for it to work effectively. 

It is estimated that there are thousands of defibrillators across the West Midlands which are still to be registered on The Circuit. To make sure opportunities to save lives aren’t being missed, WMAS and the BHF are calling on everyone who has a defibrillator to make sure it is registered on The Circuit

The Circuit could help to save thousands of lives – but it is vital that as many defibrillators as possible are registered on the database for it to work effectively.  It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of defibrillators which are still to be registered on the new system in the UK. To make sure opportunities to save lives aren’t being missed, the organisations are aiming to see 70,000 additional defibrillators unknown to The Circuit registered by the end of the year. 

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), said: “We know from other countries like Denmark that where there are more defibrillators available, more lives can be saved.  We also know that there are potentially thousands of defibrillators in the West Midlands that we simply don’t know about.  

“By registering your defibrillator on The Circuit, we will be able to direct members of the public to them when there is a cardiac arrest nearby.  By registering your defib, you will become part of a lifesaving team.”

It’s free to register your defibrillator onto The Circuit, and you only have to do it once. You can also register multiple defibrillators if you are the guardian to more than one.

Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.  

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and, alongside CPR, prompt use of a defibrillator is critical in giving them the best chance of survival. To put it simply, knowing where the nearest defibrillator is could be the difference between life and death.

“The Circuit is pioneering technology which will help emergency services direct bystanders more quickly to a defibrillator when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest. But for The Circuit to save lives, it is vital that the tens of thousands of unregistered defibrillators across the UK are put on the system.

“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.”

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For more information and to arrange interviews, contact pressoffice@wmas.nhs.uk  

Fatal RTC in Coventry

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 12th October – 09.00am.

One man has sadly died and another has sustained serious injuries after a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.12pm to Exhall Green, Coventry to reports of a car and a motorbike that had collided. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service with a BASICS doctor and a paramedic onboard attended the scene.

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

“The first, the motorcyclist, had sustained life-threatening injuries and 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 man, a passenger on the motorbike, had sustained serious injuries, he received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment, with a BASICS doctor travelling throughout the journey to continue treatment.

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

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Lifesaving Butcher Awarded With Commendation in Brierley Hill

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 6th October – 10.15am. 

A butcher has been presented with a Public Commendation from West Midlands
Ambulance Service after he administered CPR to a member of the public who
suffered a cardiac arrest.

Gordon Tranter, Assistant Manager at Alan Warwick Butchers, performed CPR
when a member of the public collapsed outside of the butchers on the 17th
June.

Gordon recognised that the woman had suffered a cardiac arrest and was able
to call 999 and begin administering CPR, something that he had no previous
training or experience in doing.

When a cardiac arrest happens, every moment counts in the fight to save a
life. Every minute a person in cardiac arrest goes without CPR or
defibrillation, their survival chances reduce by 7-10% and in 2020, the Resus
Council reported that only one third of people in the UK would be confident
performing CPR on a stranger.

On Thursday, Gordon was presented with a Public Commendation Award for his
lifesaving actions. Gordon was presented the award by Andy Jeynes, Community
Response Manager, alongside Councillor Adam Davies from Dudley Council.

Andy said: “It was a great opportunity to meet Gordon, he represents a
number of people who have saved a life by performing Basic Life Support. It’s a
life skill similar to riding a bike, once you can do it you will never forget.

“It would be fantastic if more people were confident like Gordon to give it
and go as absolutely anything you do is better than nothing at all.

“The benefits of improving bystander CPR is evidenced around the world where
the highest bystander CPR rates are linked to the highest survival rates from
sudden cardiac arrest.

“At the moment, over 68,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrests in the UK
every year.

“If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately
before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival
doubles.”

Adam said: “Like so many people, I was genuinely inspired by what
Gordon did. The way he acted so instinctively and saved a life, I assumed he’d
had CPR training – so when he told me he’d only ever seen CPR given on TV I was
even more inspired. That’s why I reached out to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands
Ambulance Service to make sure this selfless act of bravery got the recognition
that it deserves.

“My bigger hope is that Gordon’s example will also encourage others to
step up when duty calls. That’s why I’ve also created the Best of Brierley Hill
Award to further raise awareness of these kind of acts of bravery here in the
Brierley Hill ward, and to recognise brilliant local people such as Gordon who
step up and act with no expectation of thanks or reward.”

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One Fatally Injured Following RTC in Kingsley Moor

Shaunna Farley – Monday 20th September – 11.20am.

One man has died and two men have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision involving one car in the early hours of Sunday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance service was called at 00.37am on Sunday to Leek Road, Kingsley Moor and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crew responded in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered three patients, all men.

“The first, was found in a critical condition, he received advanced life support from staff on scene but unfortunately, despite the best efforts of staff, nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second patient was assessed and had sustained non-life threatening injuries, he received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.

“The third man was assessed at the scene and had sustained injuries not considered to be life threatening, he was conveyed to Queens Medical Centre Nottingham for further assessment.”

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