News

A vehicle recovery worker has suffered a serious injury after a crash

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 5.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A breakdown recovery worker has suffered a serious leg injury after a crash where he was working on a broken down car.

The incident happened at about 3.40pm on Pershore Lane in Hindlip, Worcestershire.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were told that a 4×4 had collided with the back of the recovery van which then collided with the broken down.  The worker was trapped between the van and broken down car.

“The recovery worker, a man of about 30, had suffered serious injuries to his leg.

“He was treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  The critical care paramedics from the air ambulance travelled with the ambulance.

“The drivers of the broken down car and the 4×4, both women, were unhurt.”

Ends

 

WMAS joins emergency service colleagues to pledge to be dementia friendly

Thursday 21st September 2017 – 1.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Senior representatives from West Midlands Ambulance Service, Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service, Shropshire Fire & Rescue Service and West Mercia Police came together today to publicly pledge their commitment to work towards being dementia friendly organisations.

Earlier this year, The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC), The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) and the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) pledged their commitment and since then local emergency services across the UK have also followed suit.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “As an organisation, our staff work on a daily basis with patients who live with conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We pride ourselves on the care and compassion that we show to such patients but will always strive to do more to help them in their hour of need.

“Equally, as an organisation with over 5,000 staff, we see such conditions affecting our own staff, which is why we will also do everything possible to ensure we work with the individuals to support them in work.  With these twin aims we will improve our services and care for people living with these conditions wherever they are in our communities.”

HWFRS Chief Fire Officer Nathan Travis said: “HWFRS already works closely the Alzheimer’s Society, Age UK, and local dementia groups to ensure that vulnerable people with dementia are protected against the risks of fire.

“I’m delighted that we can now come together with other local emergency services to collaboratively work towards further supporting people affected by dementia in a more cohesive manner.”

Employers everywhere should do all they can to end mental health stigma and discrimination in the workplace says Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer, Rod Hammerton.  “The stigma and prejudice that has surrounded mental health for years has no place in today’s workplace and employers must lead the fight to stamp it out. Addressing mental health issues in the same positive way we address physical health is a vital part of sustaining and supporting a healthy workforce,” he said.

West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner John Campion said: “This is yet another excellent example of emergency services working collaboratively to help the most vulnerable in our communities. I will continue to ensure West Mercia Police have the resources to provide the level of service that our communities expect, protecting people with dementia from harm.”

Assistant Chief Constable of West Mercia Police, Martin Evans said: “We are proud to stand here today with our blue-light colleagues to reaffirm our commitment to protecting people living with dementia from harm.

“This pledge boosts the work we already doing as part of the Dementia Action Alliance (DDA) and with the many members of our workforce that are Dementia Friends and Champions.”

To find out more about dementia and the emergency services commitment, please visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

Ends

 

Fatality in Warwickshire

Wednesday 20th September 2017 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

Nothing could be done to save the driver of a car yesterday following a road traffic collision in Bidford-on-Avon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had collided with a tree on Buckle Street in Bidford-on-Avon shortly after 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they were faced with a car fire following the collision. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the driver of the car who was confirmed dead on scene.”

ENDS

 

An elderly woman has been airlifted after a serious collision

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 12.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre with potentially life threatening injuries after a crash between a car and a lorry.

The incident happened on the A41 outside Grindley Brook Garage in Grindley Brook to the north west of Whitchurch at around 12.20pm today (Tuesday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and a land ambulance were initially sent to the scene.

“They found a car that had suffered significant damage and the woman driving unconscious.

“After an initial assessment, the crews requested a doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was also sent.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters, to rapidly extricate the woman from the car.  She was treated for serious injuries and was anaesthetised as soon as the doctor arrived.

“She was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The lorry driver was unhurt.”

Ends

Pedestrian suffers serious injuries after collision

Tuesday 19th September 2017 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been seriously hurt after a collision with a 4×4 vehicle last night.

It happened on Brays Road in the Sheldon area of Birmingham at just before 10.15pm last night (Monday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the West Midlands CARE Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a 26-year-old man who had suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a vehicle.

“The man, who was semi-conscious, was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors.  He was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive him.  A doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were no other patients.”

Ends

 

A cyclist has been badly hurt after crashing into a parked lorry

Monday 18th September 2017 – 4.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has suffered very serious injuries after riding into the back of a parked lorry.

It happened in Sherlock Street in Birmingham this lunchtime.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene after a number of calls at 12.20pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a cyclist, who was estimated to be in his 20s, who had suffered a serious head injury.  He was not wearing a helmet.

“The man was in a serious condition and was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

Ends

 

Pedestrian hurt after collision with car

Monday 18th September 2017 – 9.35am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a car in the early hours of this morning.

It happened outside the McDonalds Restaurant on Bristol Road in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham at about 1.35am (Monday).

Two ambulances and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a 23-year-old man who was lying in the road.

“The car, which was nearby, had sustained significant damage to the windscreen.  The driver was unhurt.

“The pedestrian had suffered multiple injuries. He was immobilised at the scene, but due to the incident being close to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the crew left scene just 14 minutes after arriving.

“The doctor travelled with the crew and requested that medics at the hospital be on standby to anaesthetise the patient on arrival.”

Ends

Two patients from Nuneaton fire

Friday 15th September 2017 – 12.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance crews have treated two patients at the scene of a serious fire in Nuneaton this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.52am to reports of a fire at an industrial unit on Tuttle Hill. One ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were two patients for crews to treat.

“The first of whom was a man, believed to be in his 40s. He was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and discharged at the scene.

“A woman, also believed to be in her 40s, was treated for the effects of shock and again, discharged at scene.

“All three emergency services worked well together throughout the incident with ambulance crews supporting the fire service and police with evacuating properties where necessary.”

Ends

Toddler injured in collision with car

 

Friday 15th September 2017 – 10.55am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young girl has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Blakemore Road, near to the junction with Castlefort Road, Walsall Wood, shortly before 8.40am and sent an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a young female toddler with multiple injuries following a collision with a car.

“She was treated by ambulance staff for a head injury, a nose injury and hip injuries. She was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment.

“The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.”

Ends

A lorry driver who was trapped after his vehicle overturned has had a lucky escape

 

Wednesday 13th September 2017 – 9.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver who was trapped for approximately 45 minutes after his vehicle overturned and was involved in a collision with a car has been fortunate to walk away without serious injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Shrewsbury Road and the A528 in Preston Gubbals, Shrewsbury, just after 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday) and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 40s, trapped inside the cab of his lorry after it had overturned and been involved in collision with a car.

WP_20170912_17_27_43_Pro

“Once the fire service had cut him free, he was able to get himself out of the vehicle and walk to the ambulance.

“He was treated for cuts to his hand, shoulder pain and a minor head injury before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Considering the damage suffered to his vehicle, he is extremely fortunate to have not suffered more serious injuries.

“The driver of the car, a man thought to be in his 50s, was out of the vehicle when ambulance staff arrived and escaped injury in the incident.”

Ends

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

Motorcyclist fatally injured

Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after falling from his motorbike in a single vehicle road traffic collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Glebe Street in Stoke on Trent at 11.55pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“Ambulance staff performed CPR and administered advanced life support but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.”

Ends

Woman trapped for one hour after car and lorry collide

Tuesday 12th September 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman, who was trapped in a car for an hour, has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres after a collision between a car and a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cannock Road in Featherstone at 8.35pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman, believed to be in her 20s, who was trapped in the passenger seat.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free the patient, a process which took about an hour.

“She was assessed and treated for arm and chest injuries and taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A man, who managed to get himself out of the car, was uninjured in the incident.”

Ends

Motorcyclist airlifted to major trauma centre

HMED03 at QEHB

Monday 11th September 2017 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision involving a motorcycle and a car during rush hour in Walsall this morning has left one man requiring further care in a major trauma centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Birch Lane and Mill Road, Pelsall, Walsall at 8.30am today (Monday). An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a teenage boy, suffered serious injuries to both legs in the collision. The ambulance team worked to stabilise his condition by administering pain relief to help ease his discomfort. The teenager was then immobilised, to avoid any further movement of his lower limbs, before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; a major trauma centre.”

ENDS

Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Friday 8th September 2017 – 3.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been anaesthetised after suffering serious injuries following a collision with a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lawnswood Road in Wordsley, shortly after 1.15pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an elderly woman who had suffered multiple serious injuries, including a head injury, following a collision with a van.

“She received advanced trauma care at the scene and was anaesthetised in order to help stabilise her condition.

“She was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance with the doctor and critical care paramedic from the air ambulance also travelling with her, to help continue treatment enroute.

“The van driver was uninjured in the incident.”

Ends

 

Man fatally injured as car and lorry collide

Friday 8th September 2017 – 2.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver has died and three other people have been injured following a collision with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Brinklow Road in Coventry shortly before 11.15am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the car driver, a man, still inside his vehicle with serious injuries.

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

“There were three occupants in the lorry, one of whom was trapped as a result of the collision.

“The man, believed to be in his 20s, was cut free with the help of the fire service.

“He was treated for a serious leg injury and suspected pelvic injury. He was immobilised and alerted in to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance. The air crew travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to the hospital.

“The remaining two patients, a man in his 40s and a man in his 30s, were treated for minor hand and leg injuries respectively.

“They were both transported to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on the second ambulance.”

Ends

 

Two taken to major trauma centre after car collides with house

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A two-car collision, in which one of the vehicles also collided with a house, has left two patients requiring treatment from ambulance staff and transporting to hospital this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lockhurst Lane and Durbar Avenue in Coventry shortly before 2.25pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been in collision, one of which had gone on to hit a house.

“The driver of that car, a man believed to be in his 60s, was treated for head and hip injuries. He was immobilised as a precaution and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

“The driver of the second car, a woman, was treated for the effects of shock and also immobilised as a precaution before being taken to the same hospital.”

Ends

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

Man airlifted with serious injuries after car and lorry collide

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver, who was trapped for about 50 minutes, had to be cut free through the roof before being airlifted to hospital with multiple serious injuries this afternoon following a collision with a lorry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wodehouse Lane in Gospel End at 3.20pm and sent an ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered significant damage in the collision with the driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, trapped inside.

“Ambulance staff continually assessed the man as they worked closely with the fire service to cut him free through the roof.

“He was treated for multiple injuries, including to his leg and pelvis. He was immobilised, given pain relief and carefully moved on to the air ambulance before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.

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

Ends

 

Driver rescued after car goes 40 feet down embankment

Tuesday 5th September 2017 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man has escaped serious injury despite his car going down a 40-foot embankment backwards.

It happened at just before 7.00pm last night on Ounty John Lane in Stourbridge.

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance found a car that had gone backwards down the steep slope and had turned over onto the passenger side.

“The man had been able to climb out of the vehicle through the sun roof but was unable to get back up the slope.

“While HART staff went down to the man to treat him firefighters were setting up a rope line set.

“He was complaining of shoulder and backt pain, but the injuries were remarkably minor considering where his car had ended up.

“The man was immobilised on a specialist MIBS (multi integrated bodysplint stretcher) stretcher and was then lifted back up the embankment to the roadway.

“He was then taken by ambulance to Russells Hall Hospital.”

Ends

Van driver extremely lucky not to be more seriously hurt

Monday 4th September 2017 – 2.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A van driver has been extremely lucky not to have suffered far more serious injuries after the vehicle he was driving struck a tree, side on.

It happened at about 9.45m this morning on Banbury Road, just outside Warmington on the road to Gaydon in Warwickshire.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a small Renault van that had collided with a tree side on causing significant intrusion on the passenger side of the vehicle.

“Thankfully, there was no one in the passenger side of the vehicle given the damage.

“The driver, a middle-aged man was initially unconscious and had also suffered chest and back injuries.

“He was immobilised and treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”

Ends

 

12 patients as six vehicles collide on motorway

Friday 1st September 2017 – 2.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A total of 12 patients have been treated by ambulance staff on the M5, 11 of whom have been taken to hospital, following a six-vehicle collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway, between junctions eight and seven, at 12.05pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Strensham in a rapid response vehicle to the scene.

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

“The 11 patients requiring further treatment at Worcester Royal Hospital were conveyed on four ambulances.

“On the first ambulance, there was a woman in her 50s who was treated for wrist and ankle injuries, a woman in her 20s who was treated for leg and facial injuries and two young boys who were treated for facial injuries and cuts to the foot respectively.

“The second ambulance conveyed a man in his 20s with chest pain, a teenage woman with a suspected fractured arm and a second teenage woman with arm and head pain.

“A woman in her 20s was treated for a fractured jaw and her injuries to her face whilst a man in his 20s was treated for a shoulder injury. They both travelled to hospital on the same ambulance.

“Finally, two women in their 20s were treated for minor injuries before also being taken to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“A 12th patient, a man in his 20s, was discharged at the scene.”

Ends

Child suffers fatal injuries in RTC

Friday 1st September 2017 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy has suffered fatal injuries following a collision with a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Churchbridge, Oldbury, near to Total Birchley Park Service Station, just before 10pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a young boy with serious injuries following the collision.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“A second boy was assessed at the scene before being left in the care of his parents.”

Ends

A lorry driver has died after a crash

Thursday 31st August 2017 – 12.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

A lorry driver has died after his vehicle overturned.

It happened at about 10.00am on the A50 near to JCB Services World Parts Centre at Beamhurst in Staffordshire.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a community first responder, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.  An off-duty doctor also stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “Another lorry driver stropped and tried to assist the other driver.  He was joined by police officers.

“Ambulance staff arrived shortly afterwards, but sadly it quickly became clear that nothing could be done to save the driver in the overturned lorry and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second lorry driver was treated for cuts and abrasions to his right arm but was discharged on scene.”

Ends

 

Man dies after crash between a 4×4 and a tractor pulling a trailer carrying hay

Tuesday 29th August 2017 – 8.55am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a crash between a 4×4 and a tractor pulling a trailer with hay on it.

It happened last night in Herefordshire on the A49 between Bryn Garth and Much Birch near to the Axe & Cleaver.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent after the alert was raised at around 9.45pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the 4×4 on fire with a hay bale also on fire.

“The man driving the 4×4 was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A 34-year-old woman, who was the front seat passenger in the 4×4, had been able to get out of the vehicle and was treated for facial injuries at the scene before being taken to Hereford County Hospital.

“The tractor driver, a 49-year-old man, was clearly distressed but was uninjured and didn’t want to go to A+E.”

ENDS

 

Pedestrian suffers fatal injuries in collision with car

Tuesday 29th August 2017 – 8.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to City Road in Edgbaston shortly after 1.50am and sent two ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, police had commenced CPR on the patient, a man, after he was found to be in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the collision.

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

“The man was then moved on to the ambulance with treatment continuing en-route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“However, on arrival at hospital it unfortunately became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.”

Ends

Two hurt as HGVs collide on M6

Friday 25th August 2017 – 4.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two lorry drivers have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital after their vehicles collided on the northbound carriageway of the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 15 and 16 at 2.12pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The most seriously injured patient, a man believed to be in his 40s, was still inside his vehicle when crews arrived.

“He was assessed, and once out of his cab, treated for a suspected leg fracture and minor injuries to his face. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the second lorry, also a man thought to be in his 40s, was out of his vehicle. He was treated for arm and back pain, immobilised and taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

Ends

Car driver seriously injured in collision with lorry

Thursday 24th August 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A car driver has received specialist trauma care and been anaesthetised by ambulance staff following a collision with a lorry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Limbrick Close and Haslucks Green Road shortly before 3.30pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered an elderly male still inside the car following the collision.

“He was rapidly helped out of the vehicle before receiving treatment for serious injuries.

“In order to stabilise his condition, the man was anaesthetised before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

Ends

13 patients found on back of lorry

Thursday 24th August 2017 – 4.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A total of 13 patients have been treated by ambulance staff, three of whom required hospital treatment, after they were found on the back of insulated lorry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Mangrove Service Station in Rugby just before 2.30pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover 13 patients who had been travelling on the back of a lorry.

“All of the patients were male, with three of them receiving treatment at the scene for signs of heat exhaustion before they were transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on land ambulances.

“None of the injuries are thought to be serious.

“The remaining ten patients were all assessed and discharged at the scene.”

Ends

Ambulances at QEHB

Teen badly injured in motorcycle crash

Wednesday 23rd August 2017 – 8.42am – Murray MacGregor.

A teenage motorcyclist has been badly hurt after a collision with a tree.

The incident happened on Lawley Drive, heading towards the M54 in Telford at about 9.45pm last night (Tuesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found members of the public providing care to the 18-year-old man, who had suffered multiple injuries.

“The man was treated on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor.  Due to the serious nature of his condition, he was anaesthetised before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance.”

Ends

 

Just left school and looking for something a bit different?

This is Laura – she used to be our apprentice in the Press Office. As you can see, she had an interesting year with us. She was eaten by a giraffe, knocked off a bicycle and had CPR performed on her by a giant green paramedic turtle called Lloyd. Despite these calamities she also found time to teach us how to use Instagram. 😬. Laura now works in our control room so we’re looking for a new Laura. 

 Are you looking for an almost unique opportunity to play a key role that will push you to the limit, then this could be for you. We’ll give you a chance to help us develop our use of social media, create your own video shorts, write press releases, design posters and other publications as well as dealing with journalists every day. 
 Interested and can get to Brierley Hill each day? Then go to NHS Jobs and search for job reference: 217-VN141-17-18. There are four apprentice roles of which the press office is one. Applications close on 28th August 2017. 

#newrole #newbeginnings #apprentice #challenge 👍🚑😀👌

Cyclist seriously injured in Coventry RTC

Tuesday 22nd August 2017 – 9.40am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist has suffered a potentially life-threatening head injury in Coventry last night following a collision with a car.

The incident happened at the junction of Livingstone Road and Lockhurst Lane, Foleshill, Coventry shortly after 11.00pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service with a paramedic and doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found the cyclist, a man, lying in the road and was unconscious following a reported collision with a car.

“Whilst the man had suffered no obvious serious injuries to the rest of his body, when ambulance staff were assessing him he regained consciousness but was displaying signs of suffering a potentially serious head injury. The team worked quickly to stabilise his condition with advanced pain relief before he was fully immobilised with a scoop stretcher and pelvic splint.

“The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care. The doctor and paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew to hospital to continue treatment en route.

“Ambulance staff commented that a cycle helmet could’ve significantly reduced the level of injury sustained.”

ENDS

Man rescued from 50ft pit in Coventry

Monday 21st August 2017 – 3.50pm – Claire Brown.

A man has escaped serious injury after ending up in a 50ft pit at a waste facility in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man who was trapped in a vehicle which had fallen into a pit at the waste facility on Bar Road in Coventry shortly after 10.30am this morning (Monday).

An ambulance, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “HART paramedics worked closely with the fire service’s technical rescue team to help rescue the man from the 50ft-deep pit; an operation which took around three hours due to the difficulties of the location. The man was treated on scene for relatively minor injuries before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

ENDS

 

Fatality in Yardley

Monday 21st August 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

Sometimes it’s just not possible to save a life. This was tragically the case faced by ambulance staff at the scene of a collision in Yardley yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to near the Holiday Inn on the Coventry Road, Yardley, Birmingham in the early hours of Sunday morning (4.49am). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had been involved in a significant collision with a lamppost. The driver and single occupant of the car, a man, was out of the vehicle and had suffered multiple injuries. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance crews that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

ENDS

Seven injured in early morning collision on M6

Monday 21st August 2017 – 9.20am – Claire Brown.

A multi-vehicle collision on the M6 in the early hours required a large ambulance service presence due to the number of people injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving several vehicles on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 5 and 6, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham at around 1.45am (Monday). A paramedic officer, MERIT with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, HART paramedics and six ambulances attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they worked quickly as a team to triage those involved to establish the seriousness of their injuries. Of those involved, a total of seven patients required treatment on scene.

“A man in his 30s, who had reportedly been thrown from the vehicle, suffered a serious head injury. Once stabilised by medics, the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A 19-year-old girl was assessed by the MERIT doctor after suffering a head injury and a loss of consciousness following the collision. She was given treatment on scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Patient three was a woman who had chest pain. She was taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“Three children involved in the collision received treatment by ambulance staff on scene. A teenage boy, who had also reportedly been thrown from the vehicle, sustained head, knee and ankle injuries. He was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Two younger children suffered minor injuries and were taken to Heartlands Hospital as a precaution.

“A seventh patient, a man, was treated on scene after suffering chest pain. He was taken to Heartlands Hospital as a precaution.”

ENDS

 

Fatal RTC on motorway

Friday 18th August 2017 – 1.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and a second has been taken to hospital following a collision between a lorry and a van on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 6 and 5, at 9.13am this morning and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the van driver, a man, in cardiac arrest at the roadside having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“CPR commenced immediately and advanced life support was administered but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.

“The lorry driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was treated for neck and chest injuries and taken to Heartlands Hospital by land ambulance.”

ENDS

 

Ambulance - Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow in front of ambulance

Sometimes, between life and death stands the ambulance service

Sarah Watson
Sarah Watson

Thursday 17th August 2017 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

It’s 8.31pm on a Saturday night, and West Midland Ambulance Service takes a call from a distraught woman whose husband has collapsed on their lounge floor having suffered a cardiac arrest.  If the man is to survive, every second counts. Not just answering the 999 call from the man’s wife, but providing CPR advice, dispatching the crews and then the actions of the ambulance staff at the scene.

This is just one of the stories that will feature in a new eight-part observational documentary called Ambulance which will be shown on primetime BBC One from next Thursday (24th August) at 9.00pm.

With unparalleled access, each episode follows the call-handlers and ambulance dispatchers in the regions two control-rooms along with the ambulance crews out on the ground as they respond to over 3,000 emergency 999 calls every single day.

Covering a diverse region of more than 5,000 square miles – West Midlands Ambulance Service deals with emergencies in the rural areas of Herefordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands to the busy urban centre of Birmingham and the Black Country.

During the programmes, you’ll get to see how the staff deal with an increasingly busy service, an ageing population, and the challenges of working with out-of-hours services and GP surgeries as well A&E departments who are also getting increasingly busy.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The thing that comes over from these programmes is the incredible professionalism of our staff as they deal with the challenges that they are presented with, never knowing what the next call might bring.

“I am proud that we have been able to show the diverse nature of our workforce and how we interact with people from every area and community of the West Midlands.

“You will get a chance to experience the challenges of dealing with everything from cardiac arrests and violent attacks, the second by second decisions our staff face for example deciding whether to move a woman in advanced labour, through to the desperation of lonely elderly patients who have no-one else to turn to.  You will also see how those decisions affects our staff as they deal with each case.  Sometimes it isn’t easy viewing, but throughout the actions of our staff are exceptional and I am so very proud of them.”

Jo Hughes, Series Producer at makers Dragonfly Television, added: “Ambulance goes way beyond the traditional genre of blue flashing lights television and really explores the stories of people in crisis against a backdrop of mounting pressures, from political to societal changes.  We’re extremely proud of the new series which reflects the compassion, diversity of work, and difficult decisions both ambulance crews and staff in the control rooms have to make every day.”

Ends

 

 

Motorcyclist in fatal accident

Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 5.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a serious crash.

The incident happened at about 2.15pm on the A41 at Prees Higher Heath near Whitchurch in Shropshire.

A rapid response vehicle, two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports that a middle-aged man had come off a motorcycle after a collision.

“A police community support officer who was at the scene had started CPR.  Ambulance staff took over and carried out advanced life support.

“Tragically, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“No-one else was hurt.”

Ends

 

Mother and child badly hurt after collision with car

Wednesday 16th August 2017 – 9.17am – Murray MacGregor.

A mother and daughter have suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car.

The collision happened at around 8.25pm on Waterloo Road, near to the junction with Hawthorne Street, Cobridge, Stoke on Trent.

Two ambulances, two doctors from the North Staffs BASICS scheme and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a 17-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter with serious injuries.

“Police told ambulance staff that following the collision, the vehicle had made off from the scene.

“Ambulance crews worked with the doctors to stabilise the conditions of both patients before they were both taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A doctor travelled with each patient.”

Ends

 

Driver hurt in overturned lorry in Staffordshire

Driver hurt in overturned lorry in Staffordshire 1

Monday 14th August 2017 – 2.15pm – Claire Brown.

A lorry driver has suffered potentially serious injuries after the heavy goods vehicle overturned on a roundabout in Stoke-on-Trent this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police shortly before 11.00am to the junction of the A50 and A500 today (Monday).  An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with two further doctors and a critical care paramedic on board attended the scene; the air ambulance landed on the car park of nearby Stoke City Football Club.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found an overturned lorry with the driver trapped inside the cab. Upon assessment, the man in his 40s was found to have sustained potentially serious injuries to his head, chest and abdomen and whilst ambulance staff worked to administer trauma care to him, the fire service worked around the team to help release the driver from the vehicle.

“Once released, the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care; a doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue monitoring and treatment en route.”

ENDS

Two to hospital after motorcycle RTC

Friday 11th August 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist and a pillion received emergency treatment by ambulance staff this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcycle on The Radleys in Sheldon, Birmingham shortly after 3.30pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, sustained serious head and facial injuries in the collision and required advanced trauma care at the roadside by the doctor and ambulance colleagues in order to help stabilise his condition. The man was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“The pillion on the motorcycle, a second man believed to be in his 20s suffered head, arm and back injuries. He was given pain relief on scene before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further checks.”

ENDS

Motorhome and car involved in collision in Coventry

MOTORHOME AND CAR INVOLVED IN COLLISION IN COVENTRY 2

Friday 11th August 2017 – 9.50am – Claire Brown.

Seven people needed assessment by the ambulance service last night after a collision between a motorhome and a car in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the slip road off Dunchurch Highway in Allesley, Coventry shortly after 7.00pm (Thursday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a paramedic and BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the found a car and a motorhome which had collided. Thankfully, all occupants had managed to self-extricate from the two vehicles and were awaiting assistance from the emergency services.

“Three men from the car, all believed to be in their 20s, were assessed and required treatment. One man, the driver of the car, was found to have sustained a serious leg injury. He was administered pain relief to help ease his condition before ambulance staff carefully immobilised him with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint. The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. One passenger suffered head and back injuries whilst the second passenger had neck and back injuries. Both were immobilised before being conveyed to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver and three passengers from the motorhome were checked over on scene but didn’t require any treatment.”

ENDS

Elderly man taken for specialist care by ambulance

Thursday 10th August 2017 – 5.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man who crashed the car he was in as he exited a multi-storey car park has been taken by ambulance for specialist care.

The incident happened at the car park in Mill Lane, Solihull at about 12.15pm on Thursday lunchtime.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man was driving on a down ramp when his car collided with a concrete pillar.

“When ambulance crews arrived, they found a car that had a ‘bullseye’ star fracture on the windscreen.  There was a concern that the 83-year-old had also been knocked unconscious briefly.

“He had suffered serious facial injuries and was also suffering from chest pain.

“He was assessed and had his condition stabilised by ambulance staff and the aircrew at the scene.

“The man was given pain relief before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist care.”

Ends

Picture courtesy of @solihullfire on Twitter

Lucky escape after crash sees Porsche hit nursery wall

Wednesday 9th August 2017 – 1.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff who attended a crash earlier say considering the level of damage to the vehicles and the wall of a nursery, it is more than fortunate that no-one was seriously hurt.

The collision happened outside Happy Days Nursery in Hagley Road West, in the Quinton area of Birmingham at about 10.45am this morning (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crew arrived they found a white panel van was significant damage to the front passenger side.  Close by a Porsche Cayenne was resting against the wall of the nursery and a second panel van, which was parked.  It had very substantial front end damage.

“The driver of the first van, a 63-year-old man, was complaining of rib and seatbelt pain.  He had been able to get out of vehicle himself.  After an assessment and pain relief at the scene, he was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham as a precaution.

“The 22-year-old man driving the Porsche had some minor seatbelt pain.  He didn’t want pain relief or to go to hospital so was discharged with advice.

“There were no casualties within the nursery.

Ends

Man injured after being hit by falling tree

Tuesday 8th August 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man who had to cut himself free after a falling tree landed on him has escaped serious injury in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an area of woodland near to Stud Lane, Abberley, Worcester at 12.50pm (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a local Community First Responder (CFR) from Eardiston, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they were greeted by friends of the man at a rendezvous point on Stud Lane who used their own 4×4 vehicle to take the team into the woods. The man was approximately a mile away from the property which was treacherous underfoot and inaccessible by ambulance.

“Once with the patient, ambulance staff found a man who had been pinned underneath a tree by his legs. Luckily, the man had managed to use his chainsaw to cut the tree into pieces to release himself. The man, in his 30s, was conscious and breathing and had sustained leg injuries. He was given pain relief to help ease his discomfort before the team worked to immobilised him with a multi-integrated body-splint stretcher which is made of tough fabric and has carry handles to help lift and move a patient.

“The team carried the man up an embankment to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed nearby, before he was airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“Given the nature of the incident, the man was incredibly lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

ENDS

Driver dies in Telford collision

Tuesday 8th August 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of the emergency services last night, nothing could be done to save a car driver following a collision with tree in Telford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ironbridge Road in Madeley shortly before 10.30pm (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer at a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree. The driver was in cardiac arrest and was already being given CPR by fellow emergency services. Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts and continued advanced life support. Sadly, the driver was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A man in his 20s, a passenger from the car, had managed to get out of the vehicle but upon assessment by ambulance staff he was found to have sustained abdominal, neck and back pain in the collision. The man was given pain relief before being fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

ENDS

 

Cyclist dies after being found collapsed

Monday 7th August 2017 – 12.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after being found collapsed on a country road.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a hill on the B4194 Dowles Road, between Bewdley and Buttonoak, about 200-300 yards from the caravan park at just after 10.00am this morning (Monday).

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found three members of the public carrying out CPR on a middle-aged man.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and carried out advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Ends

Hospital - Birmingham Children's Hospital

Young cyclist anaesthetised after collision with a car

Monday 7th August 2017 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A young cyclist has been anaesthetised by an air ambulance doctor after a collision with a car.

The incident happened in Ormond Road in Rubery at about 12.45pm on Sunday lunchtime.

An ambulance was on scene in five minutes and was backed up by a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Trust received a 999 call stating that the 12 year old was on his bike when he was in collision with a car.

“When ambulance staff arrived, there was no car at the scene.

“An off-duty nurse was tending to the child when ambulance staff arrived.

“The youngster had suffered a serious head injury and was not fully conscious.  The doctor on the aircraft decided to anaesthetise him at the scene before he was taken on blue lights to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew.

Ends