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Team effort to rescue injured teen in Wolverhampton

A group of teenagers were a great help to ambulance staff last night by directing crews to their injured friend in a wooded area in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a wooded area behind Tiger Wok on the Bridgnorth Road in Compton, Wolverhampton shortly after 6.00pm (Wednesday). A responder paramedic, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the responder paramedic and ambulance crew arrived they were greeted by the teenager’s friends who directed them to the patient; a 10-minute walk from the Bridgnorth Road across fields and into a wooded area of land. Due to their being no phone signal in the wooded area, his friends had raced to the main road in order to call 999. Once with the patient, a 13-year-old boy, ambulance staff were told by his friends that he had initially been knocked unconscious after coming off his pushbike. Thankfully, the boy had regained consciousness but upon assessment was found to have sustained a nasty facial injury, a suspected serious pelvic injury as well as pain in his back and neck.

“Whilst the initial team of ambulance staff began treating the teenage boy with pain relief and wrapping him in a blanket to keep him warm, his friends were asked to go back to the ambulance on Bridgnorth Road to wait for and direct HART and the paramedic officer.

“Once the full team of ambulance staff were with the teenager he was carefully immobilised using a neck collar, pelvic splint and specialist multi-integrated body splint (MIBS). The boy was then carried by the team across the rough terrain back to the awaiting ambulance. The teenager was then taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The quick thinking and help from the patients’ friends was very much appreciated by our staff at the scene and ensured the teenager received treatment as quickly as possible.”

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Motorcyclist dies after collision with van

Wednesday 19th July 2017 – 3.12pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a white panel van.

The crash happened at the junction of the A4091 and Salts Lane, Drayton Bassett near Tamworth at about 10.50am this morning (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found members of the public carrying out resuscitation on the motorbike rider.

“The man had suffered very serious injuries.  Ambulance staff took over his care and carried out advanced life support, but sadly, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The 47-year-old van driver was assessed at the scene.  He had some minor injuries and was discharged with advice.

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Woman anaesthetised after crash

Wednesday 19th July 2017 – 8.30am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been anaesthetised at the scene of a serious RTC.

The crash happened on Shenley Lane in the Weoley area of Birmingham.

An ambulance was on scene within seven minutes and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a small blue car with substantial damage to the driver’s side and a Jaguar car with front nearside damage.

“The driver of the blue car, a 20-year-old woman, was initially unconscious.  She was being helped by an off-duty GP and a police officer who was holding her neck still.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the woman.  After assessment, she was anaesthetised by the doctor and taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a suspected head injury.

The 54-year-old man driving the Jaguar had managed to get out of the vehicle himself.  He was complaining of muscular chest and right arm pain. After assessment, he chose not to go to hospital and was discharged at the scene.

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Triple fatal RTC as car collides with tree

Monday 17th July 2017 – 8.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Three people have died and one has been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a tree yesterday afternoon (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coleshill Road in Atherstone at 4.35pm and sent three ambulances, a rapid response paramedic a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had collided with a tree and four patients.

“Unfortunately, it became apparent that nothing could be done to save three of the patients, two men and a woman, and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A fourth patient who was a rear seat passenger in the car, a teenage man, was treated for neck, chest and abdominal injuries, as well as a suspected pelvic injury. He was given pain relief and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with the medic from the air ambulance travelling with him to continue treatment en-route.”

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Want to find out more about your local ambulance service?

Come along to our annual meeting and find out more about working for an ‘Outstanding’ Ambulance Service.

West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust boasts the highest paramedic skill mix in the country. 2016-17 saw the service continuing to strive to ever better this skill mix by recruiting a large number of graduate and student paramedics. The Trust also introduced a new fleet of vehicles and completed the roll out of an electronic patient records system, alongside trialling other initiatives to ensure we get to patients as quickly as possible. 2016-17 was also an extremely successful year for our patient transport services, who were awarded two new brand new contacts.

These are just a few highlights from the year. To find out more West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust will be hosting their Annual Meeting on Thursday 27th July, along with a careers event for anyone interested in finding out more about career paths available within the Trust.*

The meeting will take place at The Academy, Dudley Road, Brierley Hill, DY5 1LQ. Doors will open for the careers event at 5.30pm with the main meeting commencing at 6.30pm.

The event provides an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the Board of Directors, representatives from Council of Governors and Trust staff.

Presentations will be delivered, providing an insight into how the organisation performed in 2016-17, including the Quality Account and financial statements. The meeting will also highlight the focus and challenges the service are facing for the current year.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “During 2016-17 West Midlands Ambulance Service was the only ambulance trust to be rated ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). I am incredibly proud of my staff and the volunteers who support us, for providing the best possible care to patients across the West Midlands.  Helping others is at the heart of everything we do and I am hugely pleased that the CQC saw a positive, patient centred culture within the Trust with hard working staff proud to work here and making a real difference to patients’ lives.

“I am delighted that the service was also recognised as being at the forefront of making improvements in how we deal with the ever-increasing number of emergency calls; we have recruited hundreds of paramedics, introduced of new vehicles and have trialled innovative ways to minimise the time patients must wait. We will continue to do everything possible to raise our standards further.  I would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “Despite the challenges faced by the NHS and the heavy demands placed upon the ambulance service, the Trust continues to focus on patient care. It is an inevitable fact that, every single day, people will call 999 for help in their hour of need. These patients are receiving the highest standard of care and compassion from our staff as well as being provided with appropriate care in the right place and at the right time.  I am very proud of all of our staff who provide such an excellent standard of service.

“I would also pay tribute to the role that our Council of Governors has played.  They play a vital part in helping the Trust achieve some of its goals and have helped us to capture feedback from patients about their experiences of using our services.”

Anyone wishing to attend should email: foundationtrust@wmas.nhs.uk by Friday 21st July. Please title your email ‘Annual Meeting’.

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* The careers event will host staff from emergency operations centre, paramedics, Trust Tweeters – Lucy Parrott and Sam Grimson, Ambulance Fleet Assistant information, Ambulance Service Fit Test, The recruitment team, Community First Responders – FastAid, Organisational Development and information about health and well-being volunteering opportunities.

Introducing the Ambulance Response Programme has enabled ambulance services to do the right thing

The introduction of the Ambulance Response Programme will mean that more patients will be seen more quickly than ever before.  Here, some of the experts behind the scheme explain more about why it is good news for patients.

Professor Keith Willett, Medical Director for Acute Care at NHS England, says that the Ambulance Response Programme was designed using the views of ambulance clinicians who want to do the right thing for patients:

Prof. Jonathan Benger, National Clinical Director for Urgent Care at NHS England, says the new system of working is particularly focused on helping patients who are having a cardiac arrest, heart attack and stroke:

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, says the statistics from the three pilot sites are clear; patients benefit from the new arrangements, not only from a faster response to those in most need, but also for those with less serious conditions:

Martin Flaherty from the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives, which represents all 10 English Ambulance Services, says staff will benefit tremendously from the new system of working, but just as importantly, the public should have confidence in it:

 

Do you want to find out more about what ARP means for you?

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To view the University of Sheffield report that evaluates the new ambulance service standards please click the link below.

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Patients and staff benefit from introduction of ARP

Thursday 13th July 2017 – 12.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming a new system of response standards which will ensure that patients in the most need get an even quicker response.

The Government has today announced approval for the Ambulance Response Programme (ARP) which has been developed by clinicians over the last 18 months and is the most rigorously tested programme of its kind anywhere in the world.

Under the new system, call handlers in the 999 control rooms ask additional questions that can very quickly identify those patients who will be the highest priority; this allows an ambulance to be dispatched without delay.  For other types of call, ambulance staff are given additional time to assess the needs of the patient more fully so that the right response can be sent to meet their needs.

Because this means a more efficient tasking of ambulance resources, callers actually get a quicker response than they do at present.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been one of three ambulance trusts piloting the new scheme and the figures show patients and staff alike benefit from the new system.

Time for a double crewed ambulance to arrive on scene for all conveyed patients Pre ARP Post ARP
Category of call Average time (min:sec) Category of call Average time (min:sec)
Red 1 09:36 Category 1 09:24
Red 2 12:42 Category 2 11:42
Green 2 21:06 Category 3 20:12
Green 4 39:00 Category 4 38:48

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Since we introduced the Ambulance Response Programme last summer we have been able to get to more patients, more quickly, than ever before, particularly those with the most serious conditions; this has undoubtedly led to lives being saved.

“ARP gives us a chance to send the correct response to each patient, not just the closest.  For example, in the case of a stroke patient, under the old system, we might have sent a rapid response vehicle and then an ambulance so that we could stop the clock.  However, what that patient actually needed was to get an ambulance to the patient and get them to a hyperacute stroke unit.  ARP means the patient gets life-saving treatment more quickly allowing a faster and more complete recovery to take place.

“For this type of call, we can show that on average we get a conveying ambulance to that patient over a minute more quickly than we used to; 12:42 as opposed to 13:48.  However, for the most serious case – category 1 – we are also getting to patients more quickly because the system is much more efficient.

“Whereas we might have sent multiple vehicles to other cases just to stop the clock, we now just send the right one.  This means that the number of times that an ambulance vehicle has been dispatched and then stood down has dropped dramatically.

“The system has freed up ambulances which were previously heading to incidents and then being stood down, which are now utilised to get to lower categories of calls that might previously have waited longer for a response.

“We already had some of the toughest targets in the world; in many respects, these new ones are tougher still.  For example, the number of patients in the most serious category has been doubled from three to six percent.  This means that those patients who are truly life-threatened will get a faster response and get the treatment they need even more quickly.

“Despite this, the figures speak for themselves: previously we used to get to Red 1 calls in an average of 7mins 30seconds.  Now we get there in 7mins 5secs even with the bigger number of patients.

“Not only is the system popular with road staff, it is also popular with control room staff because they know that they have the time to get to the right decision rather than having to react without necessarily having the full information of what a patient really needs.

“In short, there is no doubt that patients and staff are benefitting from the Ambulance Response Programme massively, which can only be a good thing.”

Note to Editors

ARP was developed with significant input from senior ambulance clinicians.  It has been rigorously tested using over 10 million 999 calls, with no safety incident or concerns.  It has been independently evaluated by Sheffield University in what has been the largest study of its kind ever completed anywhere in the world.

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Volunteer life-saver roles still available in Shropshire

Thursday 13th July 2017 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

There’s still time to apply to help save lives in your local community in your spare time.

We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits to become volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) in Shropshire, particularly South East Shropshire.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. Trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level, CFRs will learn basic life support and how to use a defibrillator as well as how to deal with a range of medical and traumatic emergencies. CFRs then spend time training alongside ambulance staff before going ‘live’.

When CFRs book on for their voluntary shift, the Trust’s control room will respond them to medical emergencies in their local community while an ambulance is en-route. CFRs are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, when every minute really does count.

Cliff Medlicott, the Trust’s Community Response Manager in Shropshire, said: “We’ve already had a great response to the previous advertisement on NHS Jobs but are still keen to receive applications from people in communities in the South East area of Shropshire. To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence. If you are successful in your application and selection process, we will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided. If you want to make a real difference in your local community, this is definitely something to consider. You never know, you could help save a life!”

To find out more and to apply, please visit NHS Jobs via www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for ‘Community First Responder’.  The closing date for application has been extended until Sunday 23rd July.

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Collision leaves woman with head injury

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 2.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A collision between a motorbike and a pedestrian has left a woman with a potentially serious head injury.

The crash happened on Birmingham Road, in the Sutton Trinity area of Sutton Coldfield at about 11.50am this morning (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a woman pedestrian who was estimated to be in her 50s, but there was no motorcycle.

“The woman had a reduced level of consciousness and had suffered a potentially serious head injury as well as cuts and bruises.

“She was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor from the aircraft travelled with the ambulance.”

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Two injured as car crashes into house

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 9.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been injured and taken to hospital after a car collided with a stationary car and a house last night (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Field Road in Bloxwich shortly before 11.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two patients, both of whom were travelling in the car.

“The rear seat passenger, a man in his 20s, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, he was treated for serious chest injuries as well as cuts to his arm.

“He was given pain relief and taken on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where a trauma team were awaiting his arrival. The MERIT doctor travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route.

“The driver, a man in his 20s, was found to be unresponsive by emergency services colleagues who had freed him from the vehicle and rapidly started treating him.

“The man was still unresponsive on arrival of ambulance staff who treated him for a head injury.

“He was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and transported to Walsall Manor Hospital on blue lights and sirens.”

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House fire at Shepherds Green Road

Four rescued from severe house fire

Wednesday 12th July 2017 – 9.02am – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have been assessed by ambulance staff after a severe fire.

The incident happened at about 12.15am on Shepherds Green Road in the Gravelly Hill area of Birmingham.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found firefighters using breathing apparatus dealing with a serious house fire with lots of smoke.

“Four people has been in the property at the time of the fire.

“While HART provided medical cover for the fire service while they made the building safe, the other ambulance staff assessed the four patients.

“Two men, aged 52 and 43 were treated for smoke inhalation.  After being given oxygen and being nebulised, they were taken to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment.

“Two other men believed to be 31 and 66 years old were also assessed but did not require any further treatment and were discharged.

“The four had their carbon monoxide levels checked by the HART team at the scene – all were found to be within normal levels.”

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From Salop to Saigon in a ‘dreadful’ car

Monday 10th July 2017 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A Shropshire Paramedic is hoping to avoid creating his own real-life emergency, despite preparing to drive halfway across the world in a car that he describes as ‘dreadful’.

To raise money for the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, Ed Hullah is attempting to travel from Salop to Saigon in his own 2004 Volkswagen Polo – but admits he is not sure how far it will get.

The adventure is to be completed in two parts with Ed setting the wheels in motion on Saturday (15th July) when he will begin a journey that will see him drive through Eastern Europe and Russia before arriving in Mongolia. He will then drive home again before having the car shipped out next year to continue the journey through China, Laos and Cambodia before arriving in Vietnam.

That is the plan anyway. How smoothly things will run, and how far the car will get him awaits to be seen.

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Looking ahead to the trip, Ed, from Bucknell, said: “I have zero mechanical knowledge or experience, which I hope will give me the opportunity to interact with local people of foreign nations.

“Along the way, I will rely on human goodwill to get myself out of any mishaps I have, such as break downs or getting the car stuck in the desert. I’m sure there will be other mishaps that I haven’t planned for, too.

“If and when the car gives up on me, which I fully expect it will, I’ll set out on foot and head cross-country to reach the destination by any means.”

Ed and has funded the entire trip himself, in order to ensure that every penny raised as part of the fund-raising drive goes to the Midlands Air Ambulance. As part of the fund-raising, a raffle is being held with a £500 prize on offer. Each ticket requires the entrant to guess how many miles the car will go before he cannot travel any further in it. To buy a ticket, please visit www.raffle2saigon.com.

In order for people to follow Ed’s progress, live satellite tracking is to be installed on the car which can be viewed by visiting www.salop2saigon.com. You can also keep up to date with all of the latest news by searching for Salop2saigon on Instagram and Facebook.

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Notes to Editors:

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

Students experience what life is like in the ambulance service

Monday 10th July 2016 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

It was a very different learning experience for a group of students from throughout the region last this week as they discovered what it is like to work for the ambulance service.

A total of 12 youngsters spent the week at Dudley Hub as part of the Trust’s work experience programme, during which time they met a range of operational staff, including paramedics from the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), to find out more about their roles and responsibilities. This included how 999 calls are handled, basic life support, how to use a defibrillator, what causes a cardiac arrest and the work of community first responders amongst much more.

They also got to explore the back of an ambulance and sample some of the various equipment staff use daily to treat patients.

Not only that, but they were also given a first-hand account of what the week’s work experience can lead to, as recently qualified paramedic Laura Barnett spoke to the group about how she carried out the same work experience four years ago and how her career path led to a job with West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Diane Pittom, the Trust’s Organisational Development Officer, said: “It has been a pleasure to hose a group of very keen students who have hopefully learnt a lot in their time with us.

“They have all shown great determination and it was really nice to have Laura come along and explain how just four years after she did the same week of work experience, she is now a fully qualified paramedic.”

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One of the students, Sam Simpson, has already secured a place at the University of Wolverhampton – where he will study Paramedic Science from January – and said the week has been beneficial to him.

“It has been really good to see lots of different aspects of the ambulance service such as the HART team and the MERIT doctors. I had done plenty of research prior to coming this week and it has been good to see that first hand.

“I want to become a paramedic because it is every healthcare role rolled into one. The thrill of saving lives is one that excites me and it will be nice to feel like I am putting something back into the community.”

Chelsea Evitts, who attends the Health Futures College in West Brom, said: “It has been a really good week and interesting to find out about all of the different roles in the ambulance service.

“I’ve enjoyed the first aid learning that we have done as that has helped me gain confidence. I have always wanted to be a paramedic and this week has just made me want to do it even more.”

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Dudley-based paramedic Laura, said: “The work experience programme is still the same one as I did four years ago, and look where it has allowed me to end up.

“It is a good opportunity for those students who get to do it. It allows them to learn a lot about the service and hopefully gives them a good understanding of the work that we do.

“I would advise anyone wanting to work for the ambulance service to keep working hard and to try and get some other voluntary care experience behind them.”

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Notes to Editors:

If used please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Picture 1 – (left to right) Chelsea Evitts (Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich), Riham Osman (King Edward VI, Stourbridge), Diane Pittom (WMAS), Reem Osman (King Edward VI, Stourbridge), Harry Bartleton (Pool Hayes Academy, Willenhall); Abbie Bubb (Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich), Georgia Smith (Health Futures UTC, West Bromwich); Nirvana Lakha (King Edward VI Camp Hill School, Kings Heath), Leah Timmis (Summerhill Secondary School, Kingswinford), Rebecca Attewell (Ormiston Forge Academy, Cradley Heath), Georgia Bentley-Green (Summerhill Secondary School, Kingswinford), Sam Simpson (Dudley College), Jude Evans (Redhill School, Stourbridge).

Picture 2 – Sam Simpson and Chelsea Evitts.

Picture 3 – Laura Barnett (WMAS Paramedic based at Dudley).

Fatal incident on motorway

Monday 10th July 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One person has died and three others required hospital treatment following a serious collision on the M42 last night.

Four cars and a lorry were involved in a collision which resulted in three of the cars setting fire and eight patients in total for ambulance staff to assist.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to the M42 southbound between junctions 2 and 1 at 8.55pm and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Three of the cars were well alight when crews arrived.

“The fire service worked quickly to extinguish the fires but upon doing so, a patient was discovered in one of the cars.

“Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased.

“An off-duty technician, who was in traffic just behind the accident, immediately went to assist upon seeing the collision and with the help of bystanders, managed to pull a woman from one of the burning cars.

“She was treated for minor burns and am arm injury and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The quick-thinking actions of those who rescued the woman undoubtedly saved her from suffering far more significant injuries.

“From the same car, the driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, managed to get himself out of the vehicle. He was treated for minor injuries and taken to the same hospital.

“A driver of another car, a man, was treated for a knee injury and taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.

“Four other patients, including the driver of the lorry, were assessed and discharged at the scene with minor or no injuries.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not know the gender of the deceased patient.

Teenager fatally injured in Kingsbury Road collision

Friday 7th July 2017 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A teenage girl has died in a collision between a minibus and a lorry that resulted in 26 patients this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham at 9am and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response team and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.

“There were 25 patients, from the minibus. One of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“A further 19 children were discharged at the scene together with four adults, which included the minibus driver.

“The lorry driver, a man, was also assessed and discharged at the scene with having avoided injury.”

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Lorry and minibus collide on Kingsbury Road

Friday 7th July 2017 – 12.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call at 9am to a road traffic collision between a lorry and a minibus on Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham this morning.

Two ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response team and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.

“Ambulance staff assessed multiple patients from the minibus at the scene, together with the lorry driver.”

Further details will be released when available.

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Friday 7th July 2017 – 8.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a car last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 near to Branston in Burton on Trent, shortly before 8.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene. The Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a woman who was in cardiac arrest following the collision having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“Ambulance staff began CPR and administered advanced life support and successfully managed to restart the woman’s heart at the scene. Emergency medical treatment continued as the woman was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“However, despite the best efforts of everyone concerned, sadly it became apparent at hospital that the woman could not be saved and she was confirmed deceased.”

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A man has died after an incident on the M45

Thursday 6th July 2017 – 8.48am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died despite all of the efforts of ambulance and police staff.

Emergency services were called to the eastbound M45 at Dunchurch at 4.30am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the crash.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff got to the scene they found a car that had struck the central reservation.

“Police officers, who had arrived just before the ambulance, were getting the driver out of the car.

“He was taken onto the ambulance where ambulance staff immediately started advanced life support.  The man was taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire where medics were on standby.

“Sadly, despite all of the efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.”

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Car safety systems do their job protecting drivers

Monday 3rd July 2017 – 9.14am – Murray MacGregor.

Three men have escaped with what appear to be remarkably minor injuries despite a crash that left three vehicles with massive damage.

The collision happened a the junction of Church Road and Lea Hall Road in the Yardley area of Birmingham at 10.15pm last night.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews were faced with three cars, where the vehicles had suffered a huge level of damage.

“Astonishingly, given the level of damage, the injuries sustained appeared not to be too serious.

“A 20 year old man from a white car had managed to get out of the vehicle and was lying on the ground.  He was complaining of back pain.  He was immobilised before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“A man in his 40s from a second car had suffered leg injuries and was taken to the same hospital, while a man estimated to be in his 60s from the third car was discharged at scene after an assessment by ambulance staff.

“There is no doubt that the safety system on the cars saved the drivers from far more serious injuries.”

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This could easily have ended in tragedy for youngster

Monday 3rd July 2017 – 8.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff say a youngster is lucky to be alive after falling through the roof of a derelict building last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location Opp Minworth Car Sales on Kingsbury Road in the Castle Vale area of Birmingham at about 7.15pm last night.

An ambulance and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the nine-year-old was with friends when he went through the roof and landed on the concrete floor.

“He was helped out of the building before ambulance staff were called.

“It is estimated he fell 25 – 30 feet.  He had suffered a fracture to his left forearm and was complaining of back and neck pain.  He had his arm splinted and was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, the region’s paediatric major trauma centre.

“There is no doubt that this young man is lucky not to have suffered far more serious injuries or worse.  Playing on derelict buildings may appear to be fun and exciting, but the risks are immense.”

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Teenager seriously injured in collision with car

Tuesday 4th July 2017 – 5.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A teenage boy has been treated for serious injuries and taken on blue lights and sirens to hospital following a collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Eastern Avenue in Lichfield at 3.50pm and sent an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a teenage boy who had been seriously injured in the collision.

“He was assessed and treated for a head injury as well as arm and leg fractures. He was also suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness.

“Ambulance staff immobilised and him and administered pain relief before transporting the patient to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The car driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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LISTEN: Head of Security Steve Elliker and Technician Jordan Rowley talk to BBC Radio Stoke about the growing problem of attacks on staff

It’s hard to believe that, on average, one of our staff is physically attacked every single day. According to the figures for 2016-17, there were 362 physical assaults.  On top of that, staff reported a further 525 cases where they were verbally abused.  Often it was in a threatening manner, on other occasions it was racially motivated.

This morning, Steve Elliker, our Security Manager and Jordan Rowley one of operational staff in Stafford spoke to Liz Ellis on BBC Radio Stoke.

Here’s what Steve had to say:

Jordan was physically attacked in May.  Here he tells Liz what it was like to be on the receiving end when all he was trying to do was help someone in need:

Left upside down for 30 minutes in overturned car

Monday 3rd July 2017 – 4.52pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man who was left hanging upside down by his seatbelt for 30 minutes has suffered remarkably minor injuries considering.  He was one of the three people hurt in a two car crash near Wolvey in Warwickshire.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene after a call at 1.26pm on Monday lunchtime.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a small Citroen with front end damage and a BMW car on its roof.

“The 21 year old lady in the Citroen had to be freed due to the door being stuck.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate her onto a long board to immobilise her.  She was complaining of pain in her head, neck, back, shoulder, chest, thigh and shin. She was given pain relief before being taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire by ambulance.

“The 48 year old man in the BMW who was left upside down was carefully helped out of the vehicle and was assessed by ambulance staff.  He was taken to the same hospital for further assessment.

“The elderly lady driving the BMW was suffering from chest pain and was also taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire

Thursday 29th June 2017 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

Would you like to help save lives in your local community in your spare time?

We’re looking for keen and willing potential recruits to become volunteer Community First Responders (CFRs) in Shropshire.

CFRs are members of the public from all walks of life who give up their spare time to help make a difference in their communities. Trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level, CFRs will learn basic life support and how to use a defibrillator as well as how to deal with a range of medical and traumatic emergencies. CFRs then spend time training alongside ambulance staff before going ‘live’.

When CFRs book on for their voluntary shift, the Trust’s control room will respond them to medical emergencies in their local community while an ambulance is en-route. CFRs are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, when every minute really does count.

To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence. West Midlands Ambulance Service will help you obtain the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as full training is provided.

To find out more and to apply for this exciting voluntary lifesaving role, please visit NHS Jobs via www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for ‘Community First Responder’.  The closing date for applications is Thursday 6th July.

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Car driver cut free through roof after collision with lorry

Thursday 29th June 2017 – 9.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped in his car for approximately 35 minutes following a collision with a lorry has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital late last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Fairview Industrial Estate on Kingsbury Road, Curdworth, shortly before 11.05pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 30s, lying across the front two seats following a collision with a lorry.

“He was found to have a slightly reduced level of consciousness and had to be cut out of the vehicle through the roof, with the help of the fire service.

“Ambulance staff treated the man for injuries to his chest, arm, shoulder, face and leg before transporting him to Heartlands Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”
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Pedestrian seriously injured in M6 collision

Thursday 29th June 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man is in a critical condition after suffering serious injuries in a collision with a lorry on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 16 and 15, shortly after 4.20am 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 the patient, a man believed to be in his 20s, lying on the hard shoulder following the collision.

“He had suffered multiple serious injuries and was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness. The man received specialist trauma care at the scene before being anaesthetised in order to stabilise his condition.

“He was then transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further emergency treatment.”
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Pedestrian dies in Leamington Spa RTC

Wednesday 28th June 2017 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

Sometimes there is simply nothing our ambulance staff can do to save a life, which was the case following a collision in Leamington Spa in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian near to the railway station on Old Warwick Road, Leamington Spa just after midnight (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian, a man, trapped beneath a car with very serious injuries. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”
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Motorcyclist suffers significant injuries in Nuneaton

Tuesday 27th June 2017 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

A man received major trauma care at the roadside by ambulance staff last night following a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a motorcyclist who had collided with a lamppost at the junction of Queens Road and Roanne Ringway in Nuneaton, Warwickshire just before 11.50pm (Monday). An ambulance, a community paramedic, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist on the floor. Upon assessment the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20s, was in a critical condition and had sustained significant injuries to his leg which required immediate advanced trauma care.

“The team of ambulance staff and medics worked quickly to help administer vital care to the man at the scene before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Medics in A&E were pre-alerted to the arrival of the man who was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Canal Boat Ambulance

It’s a slow boat to hospital

Monday 26th June 2017 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

They may not be quite as rapid as a blue light ambulance, but they certainly proved useful in helping an ambulance crew earlier.  What are we talking about? Canal narrow boats.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location about half a mile from Bridge 82 on the Coventry Canal in the Huddlesford area near Lichfield at about 9.40am this morning to reports that the man piloting a narrow boat had collapsed.

Other canal users had managed to get onto the boat and bring it to a halt at the canal side.

Paramedic Chris Tuncliffe and Technician Simon Poole were sent to the scene.  Chris said: “We got the ambulance to as close to the location as we could but we still had to walk for about half a mile to the narrow boat where we found the patient, a 68-year-old man, who had by this point come round.

“After assessing him we realised that we needed some additional equipment so while I carried on treating the patient, Simon went to get the kit.”

Simon said: “I was about to start walking when I managed to catch a lift on another boat that was heading in that direction and got a lift back to the ambulance.

“While I moved the ambulance to another bridge which was closer, Simon was making use of another narrow boat to start heading in my direction bringing the patient closer to the vehicle.”

Chris added: “Our patient had low blood pressure and some other existing conditions which meant he needed to go to hospital so going by boat was definitely the easiest way to move him.

“We can’t thank the many boat users enough for all of their help and also their actions in stopping the patient’s boat in the first place.  They really seem to be a community and keen to help each other out which is great to see.”

The patient was taken to Burton Queens Hospital for further assessment.

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Crash leaves two trapped for over an hour

Monday 26th June 2017 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been injured, one seriously, after a car collided with the rear of a lorry on a busy motorway leaving them trapped for over an hour.

It happened on the southbound M6 just where the slip road leaves for the M1 at about 1.40am on Monday morning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, The Air Ambulance Service critical care car and the MERIT Trauma doctor were sent to the scene from West Midlands Ambulance Service along with resources from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The small car had become trapped under the rear of the HGV.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to pull the vehicle clear and provided treatment while the men, who were estimated to be in their 30’s were cut free from the wreckage.  In total they were trapped for about 70 minutes.

“The front seat passenger had suffered multiple injuries and was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“The driver had suffered much less serious injuries and was dealt with by East Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Elderly driver airlifted after car rolls into ditch

Friday 23rd June 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been airlifted to hospital after being left trapped in his car for about 30 minutes following a two-vehicle RTC yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leys Road and Evesham Road in Harvington, Evesham, shortly after 5.35pm and sent two ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car lying on the driver’s side and in a ditch.

“There were two patients from that car. The driver, a man in his 80s, was trapped as a result of the damage suffered to the car and ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to free him through the passenger door.

“He was assessed throughout the extrication and treated for injuries to his head, face, arm and back. The man, who was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness, was immobilised, given pain relief and carefully moved on to the air ambulance before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The passenger in the car, a woman in her 80s, had been assisted out prior to the arrival of ambulance crews and was lying on the ground.

“She was fully conscious and treated for a minor abdominal injury before being transported to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Girl dies in Warwickshire RTC

Thursday 22nd June 2017 – 6.00pm – Claire Brown.

A girl has sadly died in a road traffic collision after the car she was travelling in collided with a fence this afternoon in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4114 Smockington Lane in Wolvey, Hinkley just after 2.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service were also responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a girl inside the car who had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to her.

“The girl was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the girl and she was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.”

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Five teens in river rescue

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging caution after an incident in which five teenagers got into difficulty whilst swimming in a river.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location near Ross Rowing Club on Rope Walk, Ross-on-Wye at just after 7.30pm on Tuesday night to reports of a drowning.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the teens had got into difficulty in the River Wye.

“Two members of Ross Rowing Club went into the water, while others used a rowing boat to get to the youngsters.  In the meantime, one of the clubs rescue launches was also launched.

“Three of the girls were able to get out of the water themselves.  A 17 year old girl was rescued from the side by the launch and a 15 year old was rescued from the water by the rowing boat.

“The 15-year-old girl was shaken by her ordeal but was uninjured and discharged with advice.

“The 17-year-old was assessed at the scene and taken to Hereford County Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

“On a hot sunny day, the attraction of cooling off in water is obvious.  However, the dangers of doing so cannot be underestimated.  These five are extremely fortunate that members of the Rowing Club were there and able to assist them quickly.”

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One airlifted and six more to hospital as crash closes M6

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 9.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Seven people were injured, one of whom was airlifted to hospital, following a crash between a lorry and a minibus on the M6 yesterday afternoon which caused the motorway to be closed in both directions.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 3 and 2, shortly after 5.05pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a minibus with front end damage and a lorry with rear end damage. All eight occupants of the minibus were out of the vehicle and standing at the roadside.

“The most seriously injured patient was a 37-year-old man with a suspected fractured leg. He received treatment from ambulance staff before being carefully moved to the air ambulance, which had landed on the motorway, and flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There were six more patients with minor injuries, all of whom were men. They were treated for knee, shoulder, leg, hand, arm and neck injuries before being transported to the same hospital by the two land ambulances.

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

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A cyclist has been airlifted after a freak accident resulted in a serious head injury

Wednesday 21st June 2017 – 8.47am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious head injuries after a freak accident whilst out riding in a large peloton of riders.

It happened on the Kings Bromley to Alrewas road in Staffordshire at around 6.20pm on Tuesday night.

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

The rider, who was in his 30s was in a in of about 50 riders travelling at about 25 miles an hour when he came together with another cyclist and it was reported that he went over his handlebars and landed on his head.

The man was unconscious with a serious injury.  The doctor on board the aircraft decided to anaesthetise the patient at the scene before he was flown to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Operations Manager, Rob Marsh, said: “Thankfully the man was wearing a helmet.  Whilst wearing one is a personal choice, the medical staff at the scene are in no doubt that his injuries could have been significantly worse had he not be wearing one.”

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A teenage boy had died after a drowning incident

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 9.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has died after an incident at a lake in the Pelsall area of the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called along with West Midlands Fire and Police colleagues to the lake beyond Ryders Hayes Lane at 6.50pm this evening (Tuesday) to reports that a boy had gone into the water and not resurfaced.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team who have a water rescue capability, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “While staff on the ground searched the area, both the air ambulance and a police helicopter searched the lake from the air.

“Tragically, the boy was later recovered from the water and was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Although it is very hot at the moment, the dangers of going into open water cannot be underestimated.”

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Little things can make a huge difference in this hot weather

With the hot weather set to continue for a day or two yet, it’s vital that everyone looks after themselves and their loved ones to ensure they stay healthy in the heat.  Very often it’s simple things that help make life more bearable when it is hot and humid.

WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton says in recent days WMAS has seen large increases in the number of calls that are related to the current heatwave:

 

In the heat it’s time to show some community spirit and look out for your loved ones and also your neighbours, especially if they’re elderly:

 

In this hot weather it’s vitally important that people drink enough to keep themselves hydrated, but you might be surprised what’s best:

 

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Young boy airlifted with serious injuries

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy is in a critical condition following a road traffic collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newcastle Road in Madeley, near to Madeley High School, just after 3.35pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an 11-year-old boy who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The hospital had been alerted to the boy’s condition prior to arrival.

“Unfortunately, the boy’s condition is thought to be extremely serious.”

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Are you looking after yourself and your loved ones in the hot weather?

Tuesday 20th June 2017 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are urging the public to look after themselves and their loved ones as the hot and humid weather looks set to continue for a few days yet.

It comes after call numbers for those suffering from heat related issues rose significantly in the last few days.

The heat is particularly affecting older people (especially those over 75); babies and young children, people with a serious chronic condition; especially heart or breathing problems; and people with mobility problems such as people with Parkinson’s disease or who have had a stroke.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton, said: “We are seeing lots of cases of patients becoming dehydrated after not having drunk enough water.  There are also cases of people who are simply overheating which is a particular problem if the individual already has problems with their heart or breathing.  Particularly over the weekend we also saw cases of heat exhaustion and heatstroke for people who were out in the sun for many hours who had not taken precautions.

“Thank you to our staff who are working incredibly hard to deal with the increased demand whilst also having to cope themselves in the high temperatures.

“There is no doubt many of those emergencies could have been avoided if people had taken precautions.  We would therefore urge the public to look out for their loved ones, but also elderly neighbours who might be finding the current weather tough to deal with.”

19-Jun 12-Jun % Difference
Sick Person 525 395 +32.90%
Breathing Problems 317 272 +16.50%
Falls 202 130 +55.40%
Collapse 162 83 +95.20%
Unconscious / Passing Out 136 89 +52.80%

Tips for coping in hot weather

  • Shut windows and pull down the shades when it is hotter outside. You can open the windows for ventilation when it is cooler
  • Avoid the heat: stay out of the sun and don’t go out between 11am and 3pm (the hottest part of the day)
  • Have cool baths or showers, and splash yourself with cool water.
  • Drink cold drinks regularly, such as water and diluted fruit juice. Avoid excess alcohol, caffeine (tea, coffee and cola) or drinks high in sugar.
  • Wear loose, cool clothing, and a hat and sunglasses if you go outdoors.
  • Check up on friends, relatives and neighbours who may be less able to look after themselves.

Motorcyclist dies in Coleshill RTC

Friday 16th June 2017 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision in North Warwickshire this afternoon has sadly claimed the life of a motorcyclist.

The ambulance service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and a van on Coleshill Industrial Estate, Station Road in Coleshill at around 12.30pm today (Friday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The paramedic officer arrived first on scene to find police performing CPR on a motorcyclist, a man, who was in cardiac arrest.

“The team of ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts, administering advanced trauma care to try to save the man’s life. Sadly, despite their best efforts on scene, the man was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Bordsley Green Fire

A family of seven has been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire

Friday 16th June 2017 – 10.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A family of seven have been treated for smoke inhalation after a fire at their house.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the property in Keeley Street in the Bordesley Green area of Birmingham at about 7.50am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, all seven family members were outside the property.  The building itself had been badly affected by the fire.

“The 53-year-old father was worst affected after getting his family out of the property.  He was treated for smoke inhalation as was his 34-year-old wife.  There were five children, girls of 15, 8 and about 5 years as well as a baby boy and a toddler boy; they too were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

“All seven were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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Ambulance Line Up

Tragically, a girl has died after an RTC

Friday 16th June 2017 – 9.25am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, a young girl has sadly died following a collision in Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.18pm on Thursday afternoon to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a 4×4 on Mytton Oak Road in Shrewsbury.

The first ambulance was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call, quickly followed by a paramedic officer, a second ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a young girl, in cardiac arrest after being involved in a collision with a 4×4. Ambulance staff immediately commenced life support on the girl at the scene.

“Due to the proximity of Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, the team took the decision to rapidly convey her by land ambulance on blue lights to the nearby A&E whilst resuscitation efforts continued en-route.

“Tragically, despite further treatment in hospital, nothing could be done to save the girl and she has since died.

“The driver of the 4×4, a man, declined treatment by ambulance staff at the scene.”

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Helimed 06, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham Services

Schoolgirl airlifted to specialist care after fall

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A schoolgirl has been airlifted to a specialist hospital after breaking her leg in a freak accident whilst on an ‘outward bound’ course.

The incident happened at about 11.40am on the east side of Symonds Yat, on the Herefordshire / Gloucestershire border.

An ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Technical Rescue Unit along with a unit from Hereford and Worcester Fire were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 12-year-old from Oxfordshire was about to undertake a rock climbing activity and was at the bottom of the cliff when she got her foot caught in a rope and tripped over a log, subsequently tumbling down a slope below the cliff.

“The ambulance crew splinted her leg before firefighters brought her up to the car park where they rendezvoused with the air ambulance.

“The critical care paramedics then used a traction splint to help treat the injury to her leg.  She was also complaining of pain in her left wrist and cuts and bruises, though her helmet had protected her head.

“Given the injury, the aircrew decided to fly her to the specialist facilities at Bristol Children’s Hospital.”

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Paramedic Manager vehicle

A cyclist has died despite the efforts of ambulance staff to save him

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 12.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after he was involved in an incident involving a van and a car.

It happened at about 7.40am this morning on Bromsgrove Road, Romsley, to the south of Halesowen.

A paramedic officer was on scene in 8 minutes and was backed up by an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The middle aged cyclist had suffered significant injuries in the crash.

“He received considerable treatment from the ambulance staff and air ambulance doctor but sadly, despite the extensive efforts it wasn’t possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“No-one else was hurt.”

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Ambulances at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire

Cyclist anaesthetised after collision with van

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 9.28am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been anaesthetised at the scene of a crash with a van.

It happened at about 6.30pm on Wednesday evening at the junction of Bridge Street and New Street in Kenilworth.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene along with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, which landed in a nearby park.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initial calls suggested that the cyclist had been left unconscious in the middle of the road after the collision.

“Ambulance staff arrived on scene 6 minutes after the 999 call and found the middle aged man in a semi-conscious state.

“The man, who was not wearing a cycle helmet, was suffering from potentially serious head and facial injuries.

“Given his condition, the doctor decided to anaesthetise him at the scene before he was taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were no other injuries.”

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A serious crash left a man trapped in a car for 50 minutes and a lorry on its side

Engine ends up 20 metres away from car after crash

Thursday 15th June 2017 – 8.54am – Murray MacGregor.

A crash that left the engine of a car 20 metres away from the rest of the vehicle and a lorry on its side, has resulted in two men being injured, with one airlifted.

The crash happened on Long Lane on the road from Bronington to Whitchurch on the Shropshire / Welsh border at about 6.50pm on Wednesday night.

Two ambulances, one from WMAS and the other from Wales were sent to the scene along with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered very significant front offside damage.  Part of the engine was lying about 20 metres away.  Further up the road there was an HGV on its side.

“The car driver, a man in his 20s was the most seriously hurt.  He was trapped for around 50 minutes while firefighters worked with ambulance staff to extricate him while he received treatment.

“He had suffered a broken right leg and fracture dislocation of his ankle.  He was given pain relief and was immobilised before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The front seat passenger, a man also in his 20s, had managed to get out of the vehicle himself and was treated for abdominal pain and seat belt injuries.  He was taken by the Welsh ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was able to get out of the vehicle himself and was uninjured.”

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Woman suffers serious arm injury after car overturns

Wednesday 14th June 2017 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

A woman whose car ended up on its roof in Telford this morning has been airlifted to hospital after suffering a serious arm injury.

The single car collision happened on Lincoln Hill in Ironbridge, Telford, shortly before 8.15am (Wednesday) and an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had rolled off a single-track road and landed on its roof. The driver and single occupant, a woman in her 30s, had managed to get out of the vehicle and was sitting at the side of the road being cared for by passers-by.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff it was clear that the woman had suffered a serious injury to her lower arm which required immediate treatment. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to the woman before carefully dressing and immobilising her arm. Once stable, the woman was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist airlifted from Stafford RTC

Wednesday 14th June 2017 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man was airlifted to a major trauma centre last night after he was involved in a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Crooked Bridge Road and Prospect Road in Stafford at around 4.50pm yesterday (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill attended; one had a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived to find a cyclist and a car which had been in a collision. The cyclist, a man, was initially trapped underneath the car and, once freed, ambulance staff were able to fully assess his condition. The man had suffered multiple injuries which required advanced trauma care by the doctor and ambulance staff at the roadside.

“The man’s condition was stabilised before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital, a specialist major trauma centre, for further care.”

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