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Coach and lorry RTC on M6 in Stafford

Claire Brown – Friday 13th September 2019 – 4.30pm.

More than 40 people needed assessment by ambulance staff this afternoon following an RTC involving a coach on the M6 in Stafford.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police at 12.53pm (Friday) to reports of a collision involving a coach and a lorry between junctions 14 and 13 of the M6. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived to find a coach which had collided with a lorry.

“A total of 43 people from the coach were assessed by ambulance staff on scene. Eight elderly patients suffered minor injuries and were discharged on scene. A ninth patient, an elderly woman, was given treatment by ambulance staff for injuries not believed to be serious before she was taken to New Cross Hospital for further checks.

“The coach passengers were safely moved off the damaged vehicle and onto a replacement coach, with help from all three emergency services, so that they could continue their journey.”

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Woman dies in house fire

Claire Brown – Friday 13th September 2019 – 8.30am.

A woman has sadly died following a house fire in Kingswinford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 9.09pm (Thursday) to The Knoll in Kingswinford, Dudley. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly a woman found inside the property was confirmed dead on scene by ambulance staff.

“A man, who was out of the property when the emergency services arrived, received treatment by ambulance staff after suffering minor smoke inhalation. He didn’t require further hospital treatment and was discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 12th September 2019 – 4.50pm.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision between a car and a pedestrian this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cavendish Road in Walsall at 1.04pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover the pedestrian, a woman, with multiple serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered specialist trauma care but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man suffers fatal injuries in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – 8.45am.

A man has died after a pick-up truck crashed into a wall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stourport Road in Kidderminster at 11.33pm and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a pick-up truck that had suffered significant damage having crashed into a wall.

“The driver, a man, was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident.

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

“There were no other patients in the incident.”

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Lucky escape after M6 lorry fire

Claire Brown – Wednesday 11th September 2019 – 8.15am.

A lorry driver has been taken to hospital as a precaution after the lorry he was driving overturned and caught fire on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier this morning.

An ambulance crew came across the overturned lorry which was on fire on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12 in Stafford at 0.36am (Wednesday). They quickly alerted emergency service colleagues and the highways agency whilst a paramedic officer was responded to the scene to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the lorry, a man, was already out of the vehicle when the ambulance crew stopped to render aid. He was assessed on scene and treated for relatively minor injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“Considering what happened, it’s incredibly lucky that no one suffered serious injuries.”

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Van driver fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 10th September 2019 – 4.30pm.

A man has died following a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Streetway Road in Shenstone, Lichfield at 11.26am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a van that had left the carriageway following a collision with a tractor trailor.

“The van driver, a man, was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision.

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

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Two to hospital after car crashes into tree

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 10.10am.

A man has been taken to hospital with multiple serious injuries after a three-car RTC resulted in one of them crashing into a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Snitterfield at 6.29am 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 a car that had crashed into a tree and suffered significant damage. A man was trapped inside the car and was cut free with help from the fire service.

“He received treatment at the scene for multiple serious injuries before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens. The doctor from the Critical Care Car travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“Another man, from a second car, was assessed and treated for minor injuries before being taken to Warwick Hospital.”

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Serious RTC in Bewdley

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 9.25am.

Two people have been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres, one in a serious condition, after a car crashed into a wall overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lower Park in Bewdley at 2.11am this morning and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, one of whom, a man, was in a serious condition having suffered multiple injuries in the incident.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene and once his condition had been stabilised, he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment on the way to hospital.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to the same hospital for further assessment.”

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Man seriously injured after motorbike and car collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 9.05am.

A man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a collision between a motorbike and a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leek Road and Abbots Road in Abbey Hulton, Stoke on Trent, at 9.51pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICS doctors to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients from the incident.

“The motorcyclist, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car driver, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Five to hospital after Belgrave Middleway RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 9th September 2019 – 8.45am.

Five people required treatment from ambulance staff and transporting to hospital following a two-car RTC last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Belgrave Middleway in Birmingham at 9.32pm and sent five ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Mental Health Triage Car, which was on scene in less than two minutes, to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two cars that had been in collision.

“There were five patients in total, one of whom, a woman, was trapped inside one of the cars. She was cut out with assistance from the fire service, with ambulance staff carefully monitoring her throughout that process.

“She was treated for potentially serious injuries before being transported to Heartlands Hospital. A teenage male travelled on the same ambulance having received treatment for injuries not believed to be serious.

“A man, who was driving one of the cars, was treated for minor injuries and taken to City Hospital for further assessment.

“A girl and a second teenager were both taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but thankfully their injuries were not thought to be serious.”

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Pedalling paramedic hoping to help find a cure for leukaemia

Murray MacGregor – Monday 9th September 2019 – 8.00am.

Despite breaking her jaw the last time she got on a bicycle, it hasn’t stopped a Worcestershire based paramedic getting back on her bike to raise money for a charity that saved her partners life.

Clinical Team Mentor Natalka Greenwood, who is one of the stars of the More 4 series ‘999 on the Frontline’ is hoping to raise £3,000 for Cure Leukaemia, the Birmingham based blood cancer charity by cycling between London and Paris over four days starting on Thursday 12th September.

Last year she supported this ride, in the cheering squad, but wanted to do it herself this year becuase it’s a cause that is particularly close to the 34-year-old’s heart.

Natalka qualified as a paramedic six years ago after studying at Coventry University.  She worked from Warwick Hub before becoming a Clinical Team Mentor at Bromsgrove.  She says the ride won’t be easy for a number of reasons:

Natalka says “The more money that I can raise the more chance there is that a cure can be found for Leukaemia, which would be fantastic:

You can support Natalka by going to her Just Giving Page here.

Fore more information about Cure Leaukaemia, the blood cancer charity, go to their website .

Serious RTC in Birmingham leaves woman in a critical condition

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 5th September 2019 – 1.10pm.

A woman has suffered critical injuries after an incident in Birmingham City Centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple calls to the junction of Constitution Hill and Howard Street at about 9.45am this morning, Thursday, after reports that a pedestrian and a car had been in collision.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the West Midlands Care Team emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a woman pedestrian who had suffered very serious injuries.  A car and two lampposts had been damaged.

“The woman was rapidly assessed by ambulance staff and the doctor from the Care Team. After initial treatment, she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – the doctor travelled with the crew.  The woman arrived at the hospital to an awaiting trauma team just 33 minutes after the initial 999 call.  She was said to be in a critical condition on arrival.

“The driver of the car was assessed and discharged at the scene.

“The driver of a second car who had witnessed the incident was also assessed but again, was discharged.

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Man airlifted following Shifnal RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 4th September 2019 – 1.30pm.

A car driver has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after being involved in a road traffic collision with a van in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4169 The Wyke junction in Shifnal at 10.16am (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, emergency services found a car and a van that had been involved in a serious collision. The driver of the car, a man, was trapped and had suffered serious injuries. Ambulance staff worked to administer trauma care to the man whilst the fire service worked to carefully release him from the vehicle.

“The man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“The van driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff who found he had sustained minor injuries and was discharged on scene.”

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Fatal crash in Hereford

Claire Brown – Monday 2nd September 2019 – 10.30am.

Two people have died following a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a tractor in Hereford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to the A465 near Allensmore, Hereford at 6.23pm last night (Sunday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended. An off-duty GP was also on scene prior to crews arriving.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived on scene, they found two men who had come off a motorbike following a collision with a tractor.

“Sadly, both were confirmed dead on scene.”

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Stoke Hub staff join Gordon’s walk

Murray MacGregor – Friday 30th August 2019 – 8.01am.

Four staff from Stoke Hub have climbed the highest peak in south Wales in memory of the brother of one of the paramedics who died suddenly from a heart attack at just 45 years.

The sponsored walk has raised over £3,500 for the British Heart Foundation and their campaign to raise awareness of heart health and the small things that everyone can do to help themselves and their research into heart disease.

The walk was organised by Paramedic Rachel Smith.  It was her brother Gordon who so tragically died.  She was joined by fellow paramedics Rob Palmer and Lucy Barrow along with Technician Nicola Smith.  They completed the walk along with friends of Gordon who came from throughout the country to remember him.

Between them, the 20 people in the group, they cumulatively climbed 11,000 metres, walked over 100 miles while climbing Pen y Fan.

Gordon sister Rachel said: “Sadly, Gordon died suddenly earlier this year after suffering a heart attack.  Gordon’s Walk took place because his friends wanted to do something to raise funds and remember a unique and special person who is very much missed by his family, friends and colleagues.  It’s a great way to remember him and support each other.

“Gordon was in a high-risk category, but no one really knew, or expected him to have a fatal heart attack, so having that knowledge is the first step towards a healthy heart and less heartbreak.

“We want to raise awareness of heart health and the small things that everyone can do to help themselves. We chose to walk for our fundraiser because walking regularly is great exercise and can really make a difference.

“As a paramedic, we obviously see lots of patients who have heart issues so to lose your brother to heart disease at such a young age was a real shock.

“It therefore seemed like a natural thing to do to raise money for such a worth cause.  There are lots of things that we can all do to help ourselves.”

You can still make a donation via the group’s JustGiving page which can be found can be found here.   They hope that they will reach at least £4,500 once all of the moneys have been collected.

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WMAS strikes Gold in recognition of Armed Forces Employer Scheme

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 28th August 2019 – 3.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has been recognised for the support it shows to the armed forces community by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award.

Issued by the Ministry of Defence (MoD), the Gold Award represents the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families.

As part of the process of achieving the Gold Award, the Trust has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and engaged with the MOD’s Career Transition Partnership and the Step Into Health programme to promote the recruitment of service leavers, as well as honouring the individual pledges of support.

WMAS employs more than 100 veterans and were the first ambulance service to provide an access course in order to help complete the transition to the Trust.

The service also boasts a network of Military Champions who were instrumental in setting up the access course and act as advocates, ensuring all former members of the military receive the support they need when joining and throughout their time with WMAS.

The Trust will be presented with its award, together with other successful employers, at the National Army Museum in London on Tuesday 12 November.

Director of Workforce and Military Champion at WMAS, Kim Nurse, said: “We are thrilled to have been recognised with a Gold Award as it highlights the level of importance the Trust puts on supporting members of the military.

“As a service we are able to offer a long-term career option for those coming back into civilian life and the skills they have gained during their military career and whilst serving as Reservists has great benefit for the patients they treat and for their work with the Trust in general.”

Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace, said: “These awards recognise the outstanding support for our armed forces from employers across Britain and I would like to thank and congratulate each and every one.

“Regardless of size, location or sector, employing ex-forces personnel is good for business and this year we have doubled the number of awards in recognition of the fantastic support they give.”

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Fatal RTC in Ross on Wye

Claire Brown – Sunday 25th August 2019 –6.55pm

Two people have died, and two ambulance staff have been injured following a road traffic collision in Herefordshire this morning.

An ambulance crew from West Midlands Ambulance Service was involved in a road traffic collision with a car on the A49 near to the junction of the A4137 just outside of Ross on Wye, Herefordshire at 6.11am (Sunday). The ambulance was not responding to a 999 call at the time of the collision. Four ambulances, three paramedic officers and an emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two occupants of the car sadly died at the scene.

“Two ambulance staff received treatment by ambulance colleagues on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment.

The Trust will work closely with Officers from West Mercia Police on the investigation which is already underway.”

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Trust remains the only ‘Outstanding’ Ambulance Service

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 22nd August 2019 – 12.01am.

The results are in and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has once again rated West Midlands Ambulance Service as ‘Outstanding’, the highest possible rating from health and social care regulator.

In their report, they say: “The Trust and its staff should be very proud of what they do.”

The CQC inspected the Service in April and June looking at our core services of urgent and emergency care and patient transport services along with the leadership of the organisation.

We have been rated as ‘Outstanding’ for our services being effective, caring, responsive and well-led, and Good for whether our services are safe.

The CQC’s Chief Inspector, Professor Ted Baker, said: “WMAS was the first ambulance service in England to receive an Outstanding rating and I am pleased to announce that it continues to provide an excellent service.

“There was a positive culture that supported and valued staff and a strong and embedded focus on continuous improvement to offer the best quality service for patients, and effective systems for identifying risks or plans to eliminate or reduce them.

“Overwhelmingly this is an Outstanding trust and the hard work of staff across the trust continues to be exemplary.  WMAS are making a real difference to people, and the trust and its staff should be very proud of what they do.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh said: “This is fantastic news and is down to the hard work of staff and the volunteers who support us, for providing the best possible care to patients across the West Midlands.

“I am so incredibly proud of each and every one of you for helping us to maintain our position as the best ambulance service in the country.  That’s not me saying it, but the organisation that looks at the safety and care of our patients.

“This rating reflects the hard work and professionalism of our staff and provides the recognition they rightly deserve.

“To have independent inspectors make such positive comments about the Trust is incredible; it is rare that any Trust has received such high praise from the CQC.

“I am particularly pleased that they have specifically highlighted the work of the Patient Transport Service (PTS), who were more challenged the last time the CQC came.  Today’s report specifically comments on how responsive PTS staff are to the changing needs of patients and highlights the work of the ambulance liaison assistants who support patients waiting for transport to minimise distress.”

Non-Emergency Services Operations Delieverry Director, Michelle Brotherton, who runs the PTS service said: “I’m delighted with the progress that we have made over the last two and a half years.”

“We do accept that there is further work to be done and we will continue to strive to improve services and support staff even better than we already are.

“We have already identified an extensive programme of work that will allow us to continue our progress which will improve the care we provide to patients and help our staff to carry out their roles within the Trust.”

Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “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.

“Compassion is a large part of our role and I am equally proud that the report highlighted staff were outstanding in the way they support people who are distressed or overwhelmed in stressful situations.

“Quality and safety are key priorities for us; they are essential for running an effective ambulance service and I’m pleased that this was highlighted by the CQC as was our strong and stable leadership team.

“Congratulations to everyone.”

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“Two uniforms, one job” initiative shortlisted for prestigious award

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th August 2019 – 5.20pm.

The work West Midlands Ambulance Service undertakes supporting former members of the military and serving reservists has been recognised by making the shortlist of a prestigious award.

The submission, ‘Two Uniforms, One Job’ has made it through to the final of the 2019 Health Service Journal Awards in the Reservist Support Initiative category.

The panel recognised the ambition, visionary spirit and demonstrably positive impact that the ‘Two Uniforms, One Job’ initiative has had on patients and staff experiences within the health sector.

Over 3% of our workforce have previously served with the military, be that Navy, airforce or army and the Trust actively encourages staff to continue their military career as well as their work with the ambulance service.

HR Manager, Maria Watson, said: “Candidates from the military and reserve forces come with structure and purpose and a definite sense of belonging.  Many of their skills are extremely transferrable which means many find it an easy transition.

“We believe that WMAS offers a long-term career option as they come back into civilian life.  Equally, the skills they gain as a Reservists has great benefit for the patients they treat and for their work with the Trust in general.

“We firmly believe that supporting our Reservists has a positive effect on their jobs in the ambulance service and equally the skills and experience gained within the NHS benefits their military careers.

Recently former RAF Intelligence Officer, Chris Booker spoke about natural progression from military to the ambulance service:  “One of the things I missed after coming out of the military was the camaraderie, but the ambulance service has given me that and I’d recommend any of my former colleagues to follow suit.

Speaking about the nomination, WMAS Director of Workforce and Military Champion at the Trust, Kim Nurse, added: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted as this recognises the collaborative efforts and dedication of our staff members over the last 12 months implementing ‘Two Uniforms One Job’.

Chris added: “The skills you learn in the military are an excellent fit with the ambulance service:

HSJ editor Alistair Mclellan, said “We would like to congratulate WMAS on being nominated in the category of Reservist Support Initiative Award recognising their outstanding contribution ahead of this year’s 2019 HSJ awards.  Each of the finalists in this category have been chosen based on their outstanding commitment to excellence in healthcare.”

The full list of nominees for the 2019 HSJ awards can be found at https://awards.hsj.co.uk/2019-shortlist – winners will be presented at the HSJ awards ceremony, at the Battersea Evolution Centre, London on Wednesday 6th November.

4×4 and bike in collision at junction

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th August 2019 – 10.36am.

A motorcyclist has been taken to a major trauma centre after a crash with a 4×4 at a junction.

The incident happened at just after 8.00am on the A46 Alcester Road at a junction near the Stag at Redhill Pub between Alcester and Stratford upon Avon.

An ambulance was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a collision between a 4×4 and a motorbike.  The rider was found about 20ft away from the collision site.

“The man was assessed and treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The man driving the 4×4 was uninjured.”

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Fatal flat fire

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th August 2019 – 8.25am.

One man has died after a fire in a flat in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Jenner Street at just before 4.30am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found firefighters actively fighting a fire in a flat.

“Unfortunately, when a man was brought out of the property it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead.  He was the only casualty.

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WMAS to work with commissioners to take 111 service to next level

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th August 2019 – 8.00am.

Plans that would see the integration of the 999 and 111 services in the West Midlands will lead to significant improvements for patient care.

An agreement has been reached that will see West Midlands Ambulance Service take over the running of NHS 111 service in the majority of the West Midlands in November.

The plan will see the 111 and 999 services integrated into a single service and will lead to further developments in integration with local services for the benefit of patients.

The first step of this change will be for the service, across the West Midlands (except Staffordshire), to be transferred from Care UK to WMAS in early November 2019.

Rachael Ellis, Chief Officer for Integrated Urgent & Emergency Care, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: “This is truly a first for the country and will lead to real benefits for patients and staff.

“The new service in development will see fewer patients being sent ambulances and a reduction in the number of patients asked to attend A&E. The new model will support more patients being cared for in the most appropriate place for their needs.

“This will also include more patients being provided with care over the phone by a team including GPs; other healthcare staff including advanced nurse practitioners; community mental health teams; pharmacists, dental nurses, paramedics and midwives.

“We would also expect to see more calls diverted to GPs (in and out of hours), urgent treatment centres and rapid response services operated in the community.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We have an outstanding track record in running complex clinical call handling operations.  This expertise will allow us to bring real improvements to the 111 service for both patients and our staff.

“We will initially deliver the current service over the winter period but will then look to properly integrate the two in 2020.  Staff currently employed by Care UK will TUPE (Transfer of Undertakings Protection of Employment) to WMAS.

“We will also be looking to significantly increase the number of staff so that there is more resilience over the winter period.

“I firmly believe that this will be positive for both sets of staff for example, providing new opportunities to develop and progress their careers.

“People who need help in an urgent or emergency situation are often anxious and may be unsure how to access NHS services.  By integrating 111 and 999, patients can be better directed to the most appropriate care for their needs.

“It won’t matter which number you use, it will be handled by a call handler who will be able to deal with either type.  Call 999 only for life threatening conditions.  Call 111 if it isn’t an immediate emergency or a life-threatening condition; whatever number you ring the ambulance service will manage your call.”

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One to hospital as car and tram collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 19th August 2019 – 10.25am.

Five people have been treated at the scene of a collision between a car and a tram this morning, one of whom has been taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A41 and A454 in Wolverhampton City Centre at 8.20am and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic and a paramedic officer to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had overturned following a collision with a tram.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was the only occupant of the vehicle and she had to be cut free through the roof with the help of the fire service.

“She was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital in a stable condition.

“There were 29 people on the tram, 25 of whom did not require treatment or assessment.

“The driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.

“Two women, who were passengers, were treated for the effects of shock, whilst a man, also a passenger, was treated for non-serious injuries. Again, all three were discharged at the scene.

“The collision has resulted in significant traffic delays in the area which are expected to last for most of the day whilst the vehicles are recovered.”

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Man fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 19th August 2019 – 9.40am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in the early hours of this morning in which a car crashed into a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Straight Mile in Bourton on Dunsmore at 2.26am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage after crashing into a tree.

“There was one patient, a man, who was still inside the vehicle.

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

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 16th August 2019 – 8.35am.

A man has suffered multiple serious injuries following a collision between a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coleman Street in Wolverhampton at 6.55pm and sent one ambulance, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A spokesman for West Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find one patient, the motorcyclist, who had fallen from his bike in the collision with the car and come to rest underneath a van.

“The motorcyclist was quickly freed from underneath the van so ambulance staff could fully assess him.

“He had suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision and received specialist trauma care at the scene.

“He was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on blue lights and sirens to receive further treatment.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Man confirmed dead by ambulance staff

A man has died after an incident in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a slow speed RTC involving a van at the rear entrance to Shugborough Hall near Stafford at 7.19am this morning (Thursday).

Off duty emergency services staff came across the incident and started CPR on a the man.

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

Ambulance service staff were told that the driver appeared to have had a medical episode at the wheel.

Ambulance staff took over treatment providing advanced life support to the patient.

Sadly, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Five to hospital from two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 15th August 2019 – 10.20am.

Five people have been taken to hospital, one in a critical condition, following a two-car road traffic collision last night, one of which had overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4396 in Knockin Heath, Oswestry, at 11.20pm and sent five ambulances, a senior paramedic, 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 two cars with significant damage, one of which had overturned and come to rest in a field. There were three patients from the overturned car.

“A man, who was a rear seat passenger had to be cut free from the vehicle. He was treated for very serious injuries and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where on his arrival he was described as critical. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The front seat passenger, also a man, was already out of the vehicle and was treated for serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.

“A third man from the car was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“A woman from the second car was taken to Princess Royal Hospital after being assessed at the scene whilst a fifth patient, also from the second car, was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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It’s a hair raising (or shortening) proposition

Murray MacGregor – Monday 12th August 2019 – 5.15pm.

When your hair is around two feet long, you need to have a pretty good reason to cut the whole lot off.

But that is exactly what West Midlands Ambulance Service Call Assessor James Doyle will be doing; and yes, he does have a very good reason – he’s trying to raise £500 for Mind, the mental health charity.

He’ll also be donating his hair to the Little Princess Trust which provides real hair wigs to children and young adults who have lost their hair to cancer or other illnesses.

James said: “I suffer from General Anxiety Disorder, as well as depression.  In 2015 I suffered from a very severe episode of depression but found a way of coping was by growing my hair and then donating it.

“Since that episode, my mental health has greatly improved and continues to get better.  I have support from colleagues, the Trust, friends, and family for when I have difficult times, but many don’t.

“As a call handler I take a lot of mental health calls, which can be distressing, not only for the patient but for their friends, family and even myself.  Sadly, sometimes the calls end in tragedy.  I don’t believe it needs to be this way.

“I’ve learned not to hide my mental health, although it’s hard to open up and I encourage others to talk openly about theirs. Too many people are silent about their mental health and it’s the silence that kills.

“I hope this event will prove that no matter who you are you’re not alone and you shouldn’t be afraid to open up.”

James will be cutting his hair on Thursday 15th August at Couture Lounge, 6 Queen Street, Wellington, Telford, TF1 1SN.

You can donate to this excellent cause here.

 

 

Serious RTC leaves two hurt

Murray MacGregor – Monday 12th August 2019 – 9.40am.

Two people have been injured, one seriously after a two car crash on Sunday afternoon.

It happened at about 4.40pm outside the Severn Trent Water Plant, close to the junction of St Martins Road and the B4115, to the south of Coventry.

The first ambulance arrived five minutes after the 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance found two cars that had suffered significant front end damage.

“A woman in her 70s in one vehicle was in a serious condition.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to rapidly extricate her from the wreckage.  After treatment at the scene, she was taken by ambulance to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with multiple injuries – the doctor from the Cosford aircraft travelled with the ambulance crew.

“The driver of the other vehicle had been able to get out of his vehicle.  The man in his 30s was treated for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital by ambulance.”

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Team 999 set to help find a donor match for ‘Finn the Fabulous’

Claire Brown – Friday 9th August 2019 – 2.45pm.

Ambulance staff from Bromsgrove Hub are joining forces with 999 colleagues later this month to help find a donor match for a little boy who urgently needs a transplant.

Bromsgrove-based Clinical Team Mentors Abi Coombs and Ruth Hodgson and Technician Caroline Hadley have been following the story of ‘Finn the Fabulous’; a seven-year-old boy called Finn Hill from Clent who has a rare and life-threatening condition where the immune system begins to damage a person’s own tissues and organs.

His only hope of a cure is a stem cell transplant from a perfectly matched donor which has led his family to work tirelessly to raise awareness about the condition as well as hold events to get people to register to be donors by doing a simple mouth swab.

Abi, Ruth and Caroline have now helped to organise a tri-service open day at Bromsgrove Fire and Police Station on Saturday 31st August, 12pm – 4pm, where people can come to sign up as a blood stem cell donor and have a swab taken in the hope of finding a perfect match for Finn.

Caroline said: “Finn’s story is one that has captured our attention and our hearts. Aged just seven, he’s been battling this condition for three years of his short life already. Organising ambulance representation at the tri-service open day is the least we could do to ensure Finn gets as much help as possible to find a stem cell match to save his life.”

If you aren’t already on the UK Stem Cell Register and are free on Saturday 31st August, please come along! Alternatively, you can visit the UK Stem Cell Register via dkms.org.uk or anthonynolan.org. To find out more about Finn the Fabulous, visit https://www.facebook.com/finnthefabulous/.

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Notes to Editors:  Photographs courtesy of HWFRS.

Team 999 Set to Help Finn Find a Donor Match 4

Girl seriously injured in Sparkhill RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 9th August 2019 – 8.30am.

A girl received trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision in Birmingham yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Leominster Road, Sparkhill at 4.35pm (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a girl who was in a serious condition following a collision with a car.

“The team of ambulance staff worked to carefully assess and administer specialist trauma care to the girl before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where, upon arrival, her condition was described as critical.”

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Fatal crash in Staffordshire

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 8th August 2019 – 9.15am.

One man has died and a woman has been seriously injured after a three vehicle crash in Staffordshire.

The incident happened at just before 10.30pm on Wednesday evening on the A53 Newcastle Road near the junction of Sandy Lane in the village of Ashley between Market Drayton and Stoke.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a serious collision between a van, a 4×4 and a car.

“The van was on fire and sadly, nothing could be done to save a man who was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman in her 40s from the 4×4 had been pulled from the vehicle by quick thinking bystanders fearing it might catch fire too.  She was assessed and treated at the scene for serious injuries.

“She was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital; one of the doctors travelled with the ambulance crew.

“No-one in the car was hurt.”

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Seven injured in Oswestry RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 7th August 2019 – 1.00pm.

Two children have been airlifted to hospital with five other patients needing treatment following a two vehicle RTC in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A483 Llynclys crossroads, Oswestry at 10.28am today (Wednesday). Four ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill both with BASICS doctors on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a collision.

“Two children, a girl and a boy, were assessed and received trauma treatment by the team of ambulance staff and doctors on scene for potentially serious injuries. They were both airlifted to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool for specialist trauma care.

“A boy, girl, two men and a woman who were also involved in the collision were assessed on scene after suffering a range of less serious injuries. All five patients were given treatment before they were conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulances for further checks.”

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Why knowing how to do CPR can make you a lifesaver

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 25th July 2019 – 1.45pm.

Ambulance bosses have paid tribute to the actions of an off-duty Trainee Nurse Associate after she saved the life of a man involved in a car crash near her home.

Jade Myatt, who works at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital came across a car crash near her home in Telford.

The driver of the car had been taken ill at the wheel and had narrowly missed Jade’s house before crashing into a field.

Jade said: “I got out to make sure everyone was ok. Another motorist who had also stopped said he was concerned that the driver’s breathing had changed so I went to check on him.  He was still in the car and his breathing was very poor.  I suspected he was having a heart attack and that he needed immediate treatment.”

The man’s heart attack developed into a cardiac arrest and Jade worked with the other gentleman to start CPR until the ambulance arrived.  She then supported the ambulance crew until the driver was taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford where the driver was stabilised before being transferred to University Hospitals of North Midlands in Stoke.

Jade added: “The paramedics knew I worked in AMU at RSH and they spoke to my manager. The gentleman in question is doing really well and is now back at home. They said if I wasn’t on the scene, the outcome could have been very different.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Senior Operations Manager for Shropshire, Rob Till, said: “In a cardiac arrest, every second counts. For every minute after the heart stops and no-one is doing CPR, the patient’s chances of survival drop by 10%.

“The fact that Jade was there and able to start CPR massively increased the chances of the man surviving; her actions undoubtedly gave him the best possible chance of making a good recovery.

“Jade’s actions show how being prepared to do CPR really can make you into a lifesaver. This is one of the reasons we would urge everyone to learn the skill as you just never know when they might be called upon to help someone, be it a friend, loved one, or as in this case, a complete stranger.

“Congratulations to Jade and we wish her every success in her nursing career.”

Jade is due to qualify as a Nursing Associate in January and plans to go on to study to become a registered nurse.

If you would like to know how to do CPR, there are many courses available, but here, WMAS Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott gives you a quick guide:

Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th July 2019 – 11.10am.

A motorcyclist has died after he was found lying in the road by passers-by last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Banbury Road in Bishops Tachbrook at 9.57pm, near to the junction with the M40, and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It is not clear what had happened, however, when crews arrived they found a man, the motorcyclist, lying in the road cardiac arrest.

“Police officers were already performing CPR which ambulance staff took over, as well as administering advanced life support.

“However, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man rescued from The Roaches after falling

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 30th July 2019 – 9.40am.

A man who fell up to 10 metres has been rescued by ambulance staff and a mountain rescue team.

A 999 emergency call was made at just ater 6.00pm last night to The Roaches at Hen Cloud in the Leek Moorlands.

A community first responder, a paramedic officer, an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene along with Buxton Mountain Rescue Team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff were told that the man, who was in his 30s, had fallen about 10 metres and had been left unconscious for a few minutes.

“The man was treated for multiple non life threatening injuries at the scene.

“The Mountain Rescue Team then worked with ambulance staff to carry the man down to the ambulance from where he was taken by road to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Man fatally injured as car and motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th July 2019 – 9am.

A man has died and two other patients have been taken to hospital following a collision between two motorbikes and a car yesterday afternoon (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Buckle Street and the A44 in Broadway at 3.46pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene. South Western Ambulance Service also sent an ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a collision involving two motorbikes and a car.

“On arrival, we discovered one of the motorcyclists, a man, was in cardiac arrest with police officers having already started CPR. Ambulance staff quickly assessed the patient but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second motorcyclist, also a man, was treated for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, and was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital by South Western Ambulance Service.”

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Three airlifted after two motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th July 2019 – 3.10pm

Two women and a man have been airlifted to hospital following a collision involving two motorbikes this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the collision near to the junction of the A4112 and B4457 in Hereford at 11.58am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MARS (Mercian Accident Rescue Service) doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two motorbikes that had been in collision and a total of three patients.

“One of the riders, a woman, was found to have suffered multiple serious injuries. She received specialist trauma care at the scene and was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in a serious condition.

“The rider of the second motorbike, a man, and his pillion passenger, a woman, were both treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol.”

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

Woman airlifted and four others taken to hospital after Cannock RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th July 2019 – 1.30pm.

A woman has been airlifted and four other patients, including two children, have also been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.

The incident happened on Hednesford Road in Heath Hayes, Cannock, near to The Five Ways Pub, at 11.44am.

Three ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of two cars that had been in collision, both of which had suffered front end damage.

“There were five occupants in the two vehicles, all of whom were able to get themselves out. The driver of one of the cars, a woman, was treated for multiple injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham in a serious condition.

“There were two boys who also required assessment from the same car. They were treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“From the second car, ambulance staff treated the driver, a man, and a woman who was a front seat passenger. They were both treated for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Disorder in Stoke leaves four hurt

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 25th July 2019 – 5.10pm.

Four men have been injured after a disturbance in the Milton Street area of Stoke on Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received ten 999 calls to incidents in the area at around 3.05pm on Thursday; they reported multiple casualties.

A total of five ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulances from Staffordshire and Cosford, along with five paramedic officers were dispatched.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews worked closely with police officers at what was initially a scene spread over a number of streets.

“In total four patients were identified:

“A man in his 20s suffered critical injuries and was taken to hospital on blue lights; the aircrew from the Midlands Air Ambulances from Staffordshire travelled with the patient.

“A man in his late teens suffered serious injuries and was also taken to hospital along with another man in his late teens who had suffered less serious injuries.

“A fourth man self-presented at hospital.

“Excellent teamwork from police and ambulance services ensured that all of the patients got to hospital as quickly as possible.”

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Fire on boat in Marina

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 25th July 2019 – 3.10pm.

One person has been airlifted and two others have been hurt after an explosion and fire on a pleasure boat.

The incident happened at the marina at East Waterside in Upton on Severn, Worcestershire at around 12.20pm today (Thursday).

Two ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Stresham, the Hazardous Area Response Team and three paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “We were called to reports of patients who had suffered burns after a fire and an explosion.  On arrival ambulance staff found three patients who had come off one boat and who had been injured.

“The fire on the first boat had spread to two others.

“A woman in her 60s was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a serious condition.  A man in his 30s was taken by road to the same hospital with less serious injuries.

“A second woman in her 60s was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“The Hazardous Area Response Team are remaining at the site until the fire service have got the fires under control.”

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Upton Marina Fire (25-7-19)

Man seriously injured after car and van collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 24th July 2019 – 10am.

A man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a collision between a car and a van this morning that resulted in two patients.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Leek Road, near Cellarhead, at 5.49am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a rapid response paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find two patients, a man who was the driver of the car and a woman who was the driver of the van.

“The man received specialist trauma care at the scene for multiple serious injuries. He was transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens with his condition described as critical upon arrival.

“The woman was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and transported to the same hospital for further assessment.”

Police are asking anyone who witnessed the incident, or who has the relevant dash-cam footage, to contact 101, quoting incident 108 of 24 July.

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Can you identify a man who was at the scene of an ambulance break in?

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 23rd July 2019 – 9.45am.

Ambulance bosses are appealing for help from the public to identify a man who was at the scene when an ambulance was broken into and vital lifesaving equipment was stolen.

The incident happened in the early hours of Monday 15th July in Shrewsbury as the crew were treating a man inside a nearby property.

The crew became aware of the break in at just before 3.00am while they were treating a patient in Dogpole.

Due to the serious nature of the patient’s condition, the crew had to leave the scene and take the patient on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  It was only once they had handed over to staff in A&E that they were able to assess what had been taken.

Shrewsbury Operations Manager, Jon Ostrowski, said: “They discovered that a number of items of equipment that we use to manage a patient’s airway – mainly endo-tracheal blades and laryngoscope handles – had been taken.  They are utterly useless to anyone but us as they are only used in lifesaving interventions. 

“While the crew carry this equipment in their pack that they take to a patient, had they used that one and then needed another, it could have caused a significant delay and that could have had deadly consequences. 

“Add to that, the crew then had to take their vehicle off the road so that a full audit of equipment could be carried out.  They had to return to Shrewsbury Hub to pick up a second vehicle and so were not available to respond to 999 calls.”

The CCTV on the vehicle has been checked and the attached image is of an individual that the police would like to speak to in connection with their enquiries.  If you recognise him or have any information about the incident, please contact West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident 42S of 15th July 2019 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Ambulance break-in

Pedestrians injured in Birmingham RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 23rd July 2019 – 9.15am.

Two pedestrians have been injured, one seriously, after a collision involving a car and parked cars in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to Berkeley Road East, Hay Mills, shortly before 8.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find two pedestrians who had been involved in a collision with a car which had also collided with parked cars.

“One pedestrian, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required trauma care at the roadside. Once stabilised, she was taken on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.

“A second pedestrian, a man, was given treatment on scene for less serious injuries before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man, suffered relatively minor injuries and was taken to hospital as a precaution for further checks.”

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Lorry driver dies on M6

Claire Brown – Monday 22nd July 2019 – 4.00pm.

A lorry driver has died on the M6 this afternoon in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 13 and 12, Gailey, Stafford, at 1.18pm (Monday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry which had left the carriageway and was on its side down an embankment. Sadly, ambulance staff were unable to save the driver of the lorry, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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School and pub are helping to save lives in Coventry

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th July 2019 – 4.25pm.

A primary school and a pub in Coventry are the proud owners of a life-saving defibrillator thanks to the fundraising efforts of their local community.

Hollyfast Primary School in Coundon, Coventry, began a fundraising initiative to purchase a defibrillator for the school in November last year after the parent of one of their pupils suffered a cardiac arrest and sadly died in 2018.

Early into their fundraising, the school decided to contact West Midlands Ambulance Service to find out more about defibrillators. It was during a conversation between the school and the Trust’s Community Response Manager, Bobby Qayum, that the ambulance service offered to donate a defibrillator to further bolster the community’s life-saving potential.

From various fundraising efforts and donations from the local community, the school raised enough money to buy a community defibrillator cabinet to house the donated defibrillator from the Trust. This has now been installed at the front of The White Lion Pub in Allesley and is accessible to the community in an emergency 24 hours a day, seven days a week if required.  The school have also purchased their own defibrillator, in a separate venture, which is situated onsite to further bolster life-saving potential within the community.

Liz Hayes-Jones, Head Teacher for Hollyfast Primary School, said:We are pleased that the fundraising target we set has been successfully completed. This has been achieved through the joint efforts of our community which marks the loss of a parent and friend to Hollyfast, Matt Whitehead, who sadly suffered a cardiac arrest and died whilst out running last summer. A special thank you to all who have helped us achieve this, including Persimmon Homes community donation, neighbouring school Keresley Grange, individual contributions through a marathon sponsorship and other donations, Dave from Brady’s Electricians who completed the defibrillator box installation for free as well as The White Lion Pub (Vintage Inn) who agreed to house the community defibrillator.

“A special thank you, also, to West Midlands Ambulance Service for their very kind donation of the community defibrillator. Our joint efforts have resulted in two life-saving devices being introduced in the Coundon and Allesley areas which we hope will make a difference to someone’s life. We are proud of our joint efforts in making this happen.”

Bobby Qayum, Community Response Manager, said: “When the school contacted me and explained that they wanted a defibrillator in memory of a parent, I felt it was only right that the service donated a defibrillator to the community as well. It’s been a pleasure supporting this local community if either defibrillator helps to save just a life, then it’s money well spent.  As an ambulance service we know that the quicker someone in cardiac arrest is given CPR and a defibrillator is used, the better the chances of survival.”

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Pictured (outside school): Pupil Ben, the son of Matt Whitehead, holding the defibrillator with Headteacher Liz and Ambulance Community Response Manager Bobby together with school teachers.

Pictured (outside pub): Headteacher Liz (holding sign) and other teachers together with pub representative (right).

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Cannisters explode in van

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 17th July 2019 – 1.35pm.

The driver of a panel van has had an astonishing escape after gas canisters in the back of his van went on fire and exploded.

The man was driving on the A44 near Marston between Kington and Leominster in Herefordshire at around 7.40am this morning (Wednesday) when the incident happened.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called to reports of a small panel van carrying gas cylinders that had exploded.

“On arrival, ambulance staff found the van that had been completely burnt out.

“Thankfully the driver, a man in his 40s, had managed to get out of the vehicle before it was consumed by the fire.

“He was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken by land ambulance to Hereford County Hospital.”

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High Barn Gas Explosion 2 (17-7-19)

Pictures courtesy of @HWFireKingsland

 

‘Lookout Lion’ aims to teach children how to dial 999 in new video

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 17th July – 8.55am. (Issued in conjunction with Staffordshire Police & Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)

As children prepare to break up from school for the summer holidays, a new video has been launched which is designed to educate youngsters on how to make a 999 emergency call.

The video, which has been jointly launched by West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Police and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, is aimed at children aged four to seven, with the emphasis being on what to do if they ever find themselves having to dial 999.

It features ‘Lookout Lion’ who needs to call for the help following a car crash outside his house. But does he know the number to dial? The location of the emergency? And can he stay calm enough to answer all of the questions from the operator which will ensure help is arranged as quickly as possible?

It ends with a message to parents about the importance of teaching children how to call 999 and the kind of things they can expect to be asked if doing so. It is also hoped that it will be used by schools as a way of educating children about the work of the emergency services and how they are there to help.

Jeremy Brown, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Operations Centre General Manager, said: “Obviously we hope young children are never in the position that they need to call 999, but sadly sometimes they are and it’s vital that they are prepared in order for us to arrange help as quickly as possible.

“Hopefully this video will go a long way to making children aware of what to expect, whilst also leading into further conversations with teachers and parents about what to do and when it is appropriate to ring 999.”

Lisa Cope, Head of Contact Services for Staffordshire Police said: “As the summer holidays begin, we are asking parents to make sure they take five minutes to sit down with their children and explain how and when to call 999.

“It is important that children know their address and postcode so that if they need to call 999 at home, we can get to them as quickly as possible.”

Glynn Luznyj, Director of Prevent and Protect at Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, said: “The ‘Lookout Lion’ video highlights the importance of knowing what to do in an emergency situation to children and also to their parents. Supplying the correct information is vital to ensure that the emergency services respond quickly and effectively to every call for help.

“We would encourage families to have a plan detailing what to do in an emergency and to include an escape route in case a fire breaks out at home.”

The video is available to view here https://vimeo.com/348369110/ed33b1bb03 whilst supporting material, including a downloadable document for parents to fill key details in on, can be found here https://wmas.nhs.uk/advice-resources/campaigns/how-to-make-an-emergency-999-call/.

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Aircraft come down in a field

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 17th July 2019 – 8.45am.

Two men have bene taken to hospital after the light aircraft they were in came down in a wheat field shortly after take off.

The incident happened near to Otherton Airfield near Penkridge in Staffordshire at around 3.45pm on Tuesday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a small aeroplane that had crash landed in a field.  Thankfully it had remained the right way up though had suffered considerable damage.

“One of the occupants was trapped and had to be assisted out by ambulance staff and firefighters.

“The two men, who were both in their 60s were taken by land ambulance to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton with injuries not thought to be life threatening.”

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Penkridge Plane Crash 2 (17-07-18)