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Three to hospital after car hits bus stop

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 14th June 2021 – 8.35am.

Three people required treatment from ambulance staff before being taken to hospital after a car overturned and crashed into a bus stop last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Woodgate Lane, Birmingham, at 8:59pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a single car that had suffered significant damage after overturning and colliding with a bus stop, resulting in three male patients, all of whom were from the car.

“Two of the patients were treated for serious injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, on blue lights and sirens. The third patient was treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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RTC rollover in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 10th June 2021 – 9.30am.

A woman’s been conveyed to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a single car RTC rollover in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:51pm to reports of the incident on Harborne Park Road in the Harborne area of the city. Two ambulances, three paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a woman, believed to be the driver of the car, trapped in the vehicle.

“Staff worked with colleagues from the fire service to safely extricate the woman so that a full assessment of the patient could be carried out.

“She was treated for potentially serious injuries at the scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, with the MERIT trauma team continuing treatment on route.”

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Man seriously injured as motorbike and lorry collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 4th June 2021 – 10.50am.

A motorcyclist has suffered a serious injury following a collision with a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Lodge Lane in Cannock at 7.21am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover one patient, a man, who was the motorcyclist.

“He had a suffered a serious injury in the collision, not believed to be life-threatening. Following treatment at the scene, the man was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance.

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

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision with car

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 4th June 2021 – 9.40am.

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stratford Road, Sparkbrook, Birmingham at 12.33am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a teenage male, who was the motorcyclist. He was found to have serious injuries and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“Unfortunately, after arrival at hospital it became apparent nothing could be done to save the patient, and he was confirmed deceased.”

West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has dash-cam footage, to contact them via Live Chat at https://west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101 and quoting log 117 from 4 June.

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Pedestrian injured after collision with lorry

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 3rd June 2021 – 11.20am.

A pedestrian has suffered potentially serious injuries after a collision with a lorry. 

The incident happened on Warren Lane in Branston, Staffordshire at just before 9.00am this morning, Thursday.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and two air ambulances (Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Initial reports suggested that the pedestrian was in a serious condition.

“The man was quickly taken on board the ambulance where he was fully assessed by the ambulance staff on scene.

“After treatment, he was taken by road ambulance to the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham, a major trauma centre, with the doctor and critical care paramedic from the DLRAA aircraft travelling on board.

“The man driving the lorry was shaken but otherwise unhurt.”

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Van driver dies in Herefordshire collision

Claire Brown – Wednesday 2nd June 2021 – 3.40pm.

A van driver has sadly died and two other people have been injured in a road traffic collision in Herefordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.09am earlier today to the junction of the B4203 and B4204, Upper Sapey to reports of a collision involving a car and a van. Two ambulances, a community first responder, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived at the scene, they found a van on it’s side with two occupants trapped inside. The driver of the van, a man, was being given CPR by police colleagues and bystanders. Ambulance crews quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The passenger in the van, a man, sustained non-serious injuries. Ambulance crews had assistance from the fire service to extricate him safely from the vehicle. Once released, the man was conveyed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was out of the vehicle and upon assessment was found to have sustained injuries not thought to be serious. She was given treatment on scene before being conveyed to the same hospital for further care.”

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Trust to roll out body worn cameras to protect staff

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 2nd June 2021 – 6.00am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is to roll out body cameras for all frontline emergency staff after over 1,100 were assaulted last year.

In total, 1,162 physical attacks were recorded on WMAS staff last year (2020-21), with a further 2,181 cases of verbal abuse.

The shocking figures are made even worse by the rate of increase in attacks over the last five years.  Physical attacks have risen by over 60% in that period while verbal assaults have more than doubled.

Funding of almost a million pounds from NHS England has allowed the Trust to purchase 1,288 cameras which will be sufficient for each frontline ambulance crew member to wear one.

WMAS ran a pilot using 30 cameras in the autumn of 2019 which fed into the decision by NHS England to roll the cameras out across the country.  In over 36,000 hours of use, there were only three activations by staff, and only one of those related to violence.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The safety of my staff is of paramount importance to me.  If they are injured, they are not available to respond to patients.

“The cameras will allow staff to record incidents where they feel at risk with any recordings being able to be given in evidence should an actual assault occur. 

“Hopefully, they will never have to be used, but if they are, the evidence will hopefully increase the rate of successful prosecutions and subsequent sentencing.  All too often my staff feel let down by the judicial system and this important step will help to redress that situation.”

All ambulance staff will be able to wear the cameras while they are on shift.  They do not record all of the time and are instead switched on by the member of staff if patients or the public became aggressive or abusive.  Once the device is recording, it will display red lights to show that it is recording. 

In 2017, Paramedic Neil Vann from Coventry was knocked unconscious by a patient who he was trying to help.  The man was subsequently jailed for six months, but Neil says having the camaras might have made the situation very different: “The cameras are there to protect us in case things turn nasty.  I hope I never have to switch it on, but given what happened to me, it is nice to know that I have the chance to record what happened so that a court can see.

“The vast majority of people probably won’t know they are even there – they won’t be switched on in 99.9% of occasions, but they are there just in case.  I feel sure that had I had a camera when I was assaulted, my assailant might have thought twice about attacking me.”

Bee Knight who is based at Shrewsbury Hub, added: “When I was attacked in May last year, I suffered a wrist injury that left me in plaster for 10 days and a brace for five weeks.  That was seven weeks that I wasn’t able to help patients during the COVID-19 pandemic when we needed every member of staff available.

“Having been through that, having a camera that I could switch on would make me feel much safer.  It would allow a court to see the actions of the offender and judge for themselves what happened.”

Senior Operations Manager, Graeme Jones, ran the Trust’s pilot project in 2019.  He said: “The staff involved in the initial trial reported that the cameras made them feel safer and were useful in de-escalating situations where a patient or member of the public started to become aggressive; just saying that they were going to turn on the camera often calmed situations down very rapidly. 

“The fact that after hundreds of shifts we hadn’t caught any footage is probably the best result we could have hoped for; clearly it is much better for people not to be hurt than for us to have to use footage as part of a prosecution.”

Prerana Isaar, Chief People Officer for the NHS, said: “Every member of our dedicated and hardworking NHS staff has the fundamental right to be safe at work and it is our priority to eliminate violence and abuse, which we will not tolerate.

“As well as reducing the number of incidents towards our staff, these cameras are a vital step towards ensuring our people feel safe too.”

Statistics showing the rise in violence against staff:

Physical AssaultsVerbal Assaults
2020-211,1622,181
2019-209441,536
2018-198641,268
2017-188201,070
2016-177241,050

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Cyclist seriously injured in Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 9.05am.

A cyclist received trauma care from ambulance staff following a collision with a car this morning in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Campbell Road and the A500 at 6.06am today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived at the scene they found a cyclist, a man, in a serious condition following a collision with a car. The man was given trauma care on scene to help stabilise his condition before he was taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Fatal stabbing in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 8.40am.

A teenage boy has sadly died following a stabbing in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to College Road, Kingstanding, Birmingham at 7.35pm (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene and arrived within five minutes of the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a teenage boy in a critical condition following a stabbing. The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced life support at the scene. Tragically,  despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead at the scene a short time later.

“West Midlands Police have launched a murder investigation and are appealing for anyone who can help with the investigation to contact them urgently via Live Chat on www.west-midlands.police.uk or by calling 101 quoting log 3313 of 31/5. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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National Volunteers Week: Trust thanks those who give up their time for WMAS

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 1st June 2021 – 9.00am.

“The past 12 months have been extraordinarily challenging, but it has been the strength, dedication and resilience of our volunteers and staff that has ensured we have continued to deliver the best patient care, in the safest possible way.”

Anthony Marsh, Trust Chief Executive

During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the region have taken the time to volunteer and in doing so, have made a huge difference to those within their communities. We want to take the time to pay tribute to them this National Volunteers Week.

Anthony Marsh, Trust Chief Executive, said: “On behalf of everyone at West Midlands Ambulance Service, I want to firstly thank those of you who have given up your spare time to help the Trust. Hundreds have stepped forward and continued to assist WMAS during what has been the toughest year for the NHS. From our Community First Responders (CFRs) to the volunteer 4×4 response drivers and PTS volunteers, all of your efforts have been extremely appreciated and have not gone unnoticed. The past 12 months have been extraordinarily challenging, but it has been the strength, dedication and resilience of our volunteers and staff that has ensured we have continued to deliver the best patient care, in the safest possible way. I would also like to pay tribute to the work of our Trust Governors, volunteer medics and volunteer car drivers who have all continued to support us throughout the pandemic.”

The Trust recently recruited 195 new CFRs who are currently undertaking training and ‘buddy shifts’ to get them ready to head out on the road. After this mass recruitment drive, the Trust is very lucky to have 373 Community First Responders willing to volunteer their free time in order to assist operational frontline staff and patients, in the event of a life-threatening emergency.

Ben East – Sutton Coldfield CFR

Another area within the Trust where volunteers generously give up their time, is within the Patient Transport Service (PTS). Within the West Midlands region, we currently have eight volunteers who are used to transport walking patients to and from hospitals; these tend to be renal and oncology patients. Within the Cheshire PTS area, 14 volunteers assist the Trust in this capacity.

There are external volunteers groups which WMAS also works alongside of, including the British Association for Immediate Care (BASIC) schemes and St John Ambulance. Another group of volunteers who have proved absolutely invaluable during the pandemic year have been the 4×4 response teams, such as Midland Rover Owners Club 4×4 Response Group and West Midlands 4×4 Response Group, who assisted in getting staff to and from work during the heavy snow in January. They also helped transport PPE and essential equipment around the region when demand was high.

Ian Antill, from MROC 4×4 Response Group, said: “Us delivery drivers generally had a few cardboard boxes as well as cages with PPE and cleaning materials which we collected from Stores in Aldridge. We also delivered (and collected) general post to locations visited, and occasionally the life-saving machines the paramedics use called Zolls. These and some of the more important paperwork e.g. ID cards, required a signature from the site boss or deputy. Uniforms were another frequent item for delivery or return. All the WMAS staff I encountered were invariably friendly and helpful. One ambulance man noticed my LR hat and we got into a (distanced) chat – he was on his 13th LR of all varieties – a real enthusiast. He was very appreciative of our 4×4 Response Group and our volunteering efforts.”

This National Volunteers Week, we encourage you to thank and sing the praises of the volunteers in your area by using the hashtag #VolunteersWeek.

To all our volunteers, thank you.

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Four injured in Shrewsbury collision

Claire Brown – Thursday 27th May 2021 – 5.45pm.

Four people have been taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision in Shrewsbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to the A5 in Emstrey, Shrewsbury at 3.49pm today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find four patients requiring assessment following a collision involving several vehicles. The driver of one car, a man, sustained potentially serious injuries and was given trauma care on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further emergency care.

“Two further men sustained non-serious injuries and were treated by ambulance staff on scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance. A fourth patient, a woman, was assessed and found to have sustained injuries not believed to be serious. She was treated on scene before being taken to the same hospital by land for further assessment.”

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Crews work with mountain rescue team to bring patient to safety

Jordan Eggington – Monday 24th May 2021 – 10am.

Teamwork is essential within every role in the ambulance service, especially for our operational crews who work with various other frontline services on a daily basis. When a walker became injured in Staffordshire over the weekend, ambulance staff were able to locate and treat the patient with the assistance of the Mountain Rescue Team.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3:13pm on Saturday to reports a walker had fallen at Thors Cave in Leek. Due to the nature of the incident and the patient being in a hard-to-reach place, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) was dispatched, along with two ambulances and two paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found the man who had fallen in a cave and injured himself while out walking. Whilst a plan was made on how to extricate him from the area, he was given pain relief on scene.

“At this point, volunteers from Derby Mountain Rescue Team arrived to help with his safe removal from the area. A pully system was set up to extricate the patient down from the scene so that crews could fully assess and treat the man in the back of their ambulance.

“He was then conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

Incidents in hard-to-reach places such as the countryside and mountains can sometimes make it hard for us to pinpoint a patient’s exact location. That’s where ‘what3words’ comes into its own. In ‘what3words’, the world has been divided up into three metre squares, with each square given a unique combination of three words. Having this app downloaded on your smartphone can help us and other emergency services pinpoint your exact location. For more information head here.

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PTS Jayne recognised with national award

Claire Brown – Friday 20th May 2021 – 9.00am.

A member of staff from our Patient Transport Services (PTS) in Birmingham has been recognised for her exceptional patient care by the ambulance sector.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Pan-Birmingham PTS Renal Coordinator Jayne Smewin was announced as the winner of the ‘Outstanding Service Award’ at Tuesday’s Ambulance Leadership Forum 2021.

Jayne, who has worked for the service for 33 years, is based at the Trust’s Gravelly PTS hub in Birmingham and the phrase ‘she goes above and beyond’ is often used to describe her.

She was nominated for this national ambulance award for the exceptional way she looks after patients and staff alike.  She is known for the passion and commitment that she gives to ‘her’ renal patients, as that is how she sees them – part of ‘her’ extended family. 

Her immediate boss, Gravelly PTS Operations Manager, Kelly Paget, said: “Jayne really cares about her dialysis patients.  I would be lost without her; I call her my right hand.  She works incredibly hard to make sure that everyone; patients and staff, are looked after and she will go out of her way to make sure that this happens. When the first lockdown happened, she arranged shopping for many of the patients and then worked with some of the staff to deliver it to those who couldn’t get out as they were shielding. I’m really proud of Jayne, she deserves it. Well done!”

WMAS Non-Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Michelle Brotherton, added: “Jayne is well respected and highly thought of by the staff at the renal units and the patients.   The number of renal patients is increasing year on year and we are privileged to have Jayne lead and coordinate this patient group. Very many congratulations Jayne on receiving this award!”

Whether you ask her colleagues, the patients or the team at University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) whose patients are being transported, Jayne is known for the way she supports everyone and responds immediately to any requests.

Supporting Jayne’s nomination was Annette Dodds, UHB Renal Matron, said: “The past year has been extremely difficult, and Jayne has managed these extra pressures with great skill and dedication. Nothing is too much for her and all the renal staff feel that she is a valued member of the dialysis unit team.”

UHB Deputy Director of Innovation, Vicky Marshment, added: “I am always so grateful for Jayne’s open and honest approach and her willingness to step in herself to ensure a patient gets the support they need.  But she also works with us strategically to ensure that the PTS service works across our renal dialysis centres and the hundreds of journeys made each week.”

Due to the Ambulance Leadership Forum taking place virtually, Jayne was presented with her award by Michelle Brotherton, Non-emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, surrounded by her colleagues at Gravelly hub recently. On being presented with the award, Jayne, said: “I’m very honoured in getting this award. Without the teamwork of my colleagues none of this would’ve happened. All the renal units that have supported me I also appreciate how we’ve worked as a team. I just want to say thank everybody for all their support and all their help. It is such an honour getting this award. Thank you.”

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Jayne Smewin with her ‘Outstanding Service Award’ and certificate from the Ambulance Leadership Forum
Jayne Smewin with her colleagues at Gravelly PTS hub in Birmingham

Time to discuss Organ Donation

Shaunna Farley. Thursday 20th May. 9:55am.

Every day across the UK, someone dies waiting for a transplant because of a shortage of organ donors.

Thursday 20th May marks the first anniversary of the law around Organ Donation changing to an Opt Out System in England.

Even though we have moved to an Opt Out System we are still encouraging every single family to have a conversation about their wishes as they will always be involved before a donation proceeds.

NHS Blood and Transplant have launched their Leave Them Certain campaign, which aims to encourage families to have conversations about organ donation.

Most people think it’s important to talk about organ donation but less than half have. Families will always be involved before organ donation goes ahead so it’s important to have the conversation.

Executive Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker said: “As a doctor who has had conversations with families when organ donation is an option, I know how important it is that family members know the wishes of the person who may become an organ donor.

Thousands of people and their families have benefitted from an organ transplantation. Organ donation saves lives and improves the quality of life for so many people who are critically ill or with serious life-limiting conditions. The NHS respects the wishes of all individuals who have expressed a preference related to organ donation and everyone should have the conversation.

Have a look at the NHS Blood and Transplant “Leave Them Certain” information about having the conversation which might save lives and leave our loved ones with more certainty about what we would like them to do if we were not able to say it ourselves.”

For more information regarding organ donation, you can visit https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/talk-to-your-loved-ones/

Serious RTC rollover

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 20th May 2021 – 8.45am.

Crews worked alongside the West Midlands CARE Team at the scene of a collision in Birmingham last night, which left two men requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:07pm to reports of a two car RTC and rollover on Alcester Road South in the Kings Heath area of the city. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a volunteer doctor with the West Midlands CARE Team charity attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two vehicles; one of which had rolled over as a result of the collision.

“Three patients were identified. One man was treated for serious injuries before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham with the West Midlands CARE Team doctor travelling on board.

“A second man was treated for minor injuries at the scene and was conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“The third patient was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Technology rollout will save lives and improve patient care

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 18th May 2021 – 12.10pm.

Thousands of ambulance staff across the West Midlands are set to start using iPads to improve the care they give to patients thanks to new funding from NHSX.

The cash which is part of a national roll-out will see the all patient facing staff receiving one of the tablets so that they can access a patient’s medical record while they are treating their patient.

While ambulance staff will always ask patients and their family about on-going medical issues, the funding from NHSX will mean staff have individual access to the patients’ care records (patient history and GP records) which could potentially help save their life.

In addition, the technology will allow the staff to better support care as well as increase the level of video conferencing with other healthcare professionals so that patients can be kept away from A&E unless it is absolutely necessary.  If taking a patient to hospital, the clinicians in A&E will be able to see real time updates on patients being bought and patient detail handovers will occur digitally.

The project which has been piloted in other areas of the country has already shown that access to the additional information and NHS systems improved decision making and ultimately care given.

WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, said: “We have been using tablets and an electronic patient record for the last five years, but these iPads will take this to the next level with access to information that staff at the scene of an incident have not previously had access to.

“Already my staff access care records in about 60% of cases but the personal issue iPads means that it will be even easier for the crew to see the patient’s history.  This will allow staff to provide better care such as diverting more patients directly to where they may be getting ongoing specialist care instead of first taking them to A&E.  In many cases we expect patients to be able to remain at home with additional support coming from primary care, which we know patients will feel happier about, particularly since the pandemic started.

“There is no question that technology is already making a huge difference to our work and this investment by NHSX will only enhance that.” 

WMAS People Director, Carla Beechey added: “As these iPads will be personal issue, a key benefit will also be that staff are able to access e-learning tools and online training resources for professional development.  Although they will continue to have access to computers at work, many staff will prefer to complete such studying in the comfort of their own homes at a time that is right for them.

“I also see this roll out as a key development for improving the support we can provide to staff to aid their health and wellbeing.  They will now be able to access our online support services at any time.  Equally, it will help us to improve our internal communications and even allow individuals to complete their annual staff survey.” 

NHSX is working with Trusts and Apple to ensure each device is set up to include information governance and IT security and an ongoing support package. 

NHS chief executive, Sir Simon Stevens, said: “Ambulance crews have been at the forefront of the pandemic, routinely dealing with life and death situations and often first on scene to treat and diagnose critically ill patients. 

“These devices are another tool for our highly skilled paramedics and ambulance technicians as they continue to respond to the country’s most critically ill and injured patients.  It is another example of the health service innovating and harnessing technology to improve patient care as part of the NHS Long Term Plan.”

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Pedestrian dies in Birmingham RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 18th May 2021 – 9.45am.

A pedestrian has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Spring Hill, Winson Green, Birmingham at 6.51pm yesterday (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance crew arrived to find an off duty nurse administering CPR to a man, the pedestrian, who had reportedly been in collision with a car. Police officers rendered aid to assist with efforts whilst the team of ambulance staff administered advanced life support to the man at the scene.

“The man, who was in a critical condition, was conveyed on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham whilst the doctor and crews continued resuscitation efforts en route. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”

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Two trapped after car and van collide

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 14th May 2021 – 5pm.

Two people were left trapped following a collision between a car and a van this afternoon in an incident which left three people requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Gamesters Lane, Oswestry at 2.08pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene. The Welsh Air Ambulance was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a total of three patients.

“A woman, who was the passenger in the van, had to be cut free by colleagues from the fire service. She was treated by ambulance crews for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.

“The driver of the van, a man, managed to get himself out of the vehicle and was treated for potentially serious injuries.

“A second man, who was the driver of the car, also had to be cut free by the fire service. He was also treated for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening.

“All three patients were then taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance for further treatment.”

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Man taken to hospital following fire in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Thursday 13th May 2021 – 12.30pm.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken to a major trauma hospital following a property fire in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 8.03am to reports of a fire at a property in Stratford Road, Hall Green. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a man who had reportedly jumped from the 1st floor window of the property to escape the fire. The man was assessed and found to have sustained potentially serious injuries from the fall. He received trauma care from the team of ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. A second person at the scene was uninjured.

“Ambulance staff remained on scene whilst fire colleagues searched the premises and extinguished the fire. The final ambulance resource cleared from the scene at around 9.50am.”

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Two car RTC involving tree

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 12th May 2021 – 8:45am.

Four people have been assessed by ambulance crews after a two-car collision resulted in a vehicle hitting a tree last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC on Longmore Road in the Shirley area of Solihull at 7:21pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find all occupants out of the vehicles. One of the rear passengers of the car which came into collision with the tree, a man, was treated for minor injuries at the scene and conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment. Three further patients were treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene with worsening advice given.”

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Work begins on biggest ambulance hub of its kind

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 12th May 2021 – 6.00am.

Work has begun on a multi-million pound ambulance service hub for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) in Sandwell.

Leading property developer Stoford is delivering the 76,000 sq ft purpose-built hub, the largest hub of its kind in the country, which will eventually house about 350 operational ambulance staff working 24 hours a day.

Contractor McClaren Construction is now on the seven-acre site in Shidas Lane, Oldbury, and aims to complete the hub, which will also include a facility for the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), fleet maintenance and vehicle preparation areas, the Trust’s Education and Training Academy and central stores, next spring.

It will be open in time for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games, which kicks off in July 2022, and will be used as a staging point for the Trust’s preparations for one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

Craig Cooke, WMAS Director of Strategic Operations, added: “This is an important hub for the Service not just for the Commonwealth Games but for our ongoing ability to deliver high quality care to the people of Birmingham and the Black Country.

“It will also see a major upgrade in our central stores facility, which has played such a vital role during the pandemic, but also a big step forward in facilities for our Education & Training team and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

“Talking to staff, they are excited to see the new building developed and we will be working with them to ensure it fully meets their needs.”

Tony Nash, Director at Stoford Developments, said: “This is a significant development for West Midlands Ambulance Service and an important national infrastructure project, so we’re pleased to have made a start on delivering the scheme, just a short time after we received planning approval.

“As a former quarry site that was undeveloped for 15 years, it is a technically challenging building project, so receiving financial support from the West Midlands Combined Authority to make it viable has been crucial in getting it ready for development.”

The development is the first of its kind for funding partner Assura, as it continues to expand the range of local healthcare infrastructure it supports for primary care networks and NHS Trusts.

Jonathan Murphy, Assura CEO, said: “This hub will provide a much-needed new base for emergency health services in the West Midlands. We are particularly proud to be playing our part in such an important piece of the health infrastructure that will sit around the Commonwealth Games, at a time when the eyes of the world will be on the region.”

WMAS serves a population of 5.6 million people and covers an area of more than 5,000 square miles, comprising Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and the West Midlands.

The hub will achieve the BREEAM Excellence rating and will accommodate 365 parking spaces, including ten disabled spaces and 70 ambulance spaces.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Mian picture (L-R): Craig Cooke, WMAS Director of Strategic Operations; Tony Nash, Director at Stoford Developments; and Jonathan Bishop, Bishop Property Consultants.

Stoford Developments is a privately owned company established in 1996 to specialise in occupier-led property solutions for business. The company is involved in a diverse range of commercial property developments across the UK. The company’s innovative approach to procurement ensures that it is highly competitive, delivering a quality product on time and on budget. For more information visit http://www.stoford.com.

Assura is a real estate investment trust and long-term property partner to more than 590 primary care buildings across the country, in which more than 500 GP practices operate and from which more than five million patients are served. The Assura Community Fund is supporting health-improving projects in the communities surrounding those buildings.

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For more information please contact Jayne Howarth, senior PR account manager, Barques, 0121 233 2080 or the WMAS Press Office on 01384 246 496.

Time to get hands on with CPR

Jamie Arrowsmith – 11th May 2021 – 8am.

It might not be something you’re aware of, but just like ambulance service staff do on a daily basis, you have the ability to save someone’s life.

By learning how to do CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) or refreshing your skills, you could help save the life of someone in cardiac arrest, which can happen to anyone, anywhere at any time.

That’s why West Midlands Ambulance Service has joined forces with the Resuscitation Council UK to encourage everybody to learn CPR skills, so they know what to do if someone collapses and stops breathing.

Every year across the UK there are around 60,000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital setting yet only around one in ten of them will survive!

Ambulance crews start, or continue, resuscitation in approximately 30,000 of those cases but acting quickly is vital.  A person’s chances of survival decrease by up to 10% for every minute without CPR or access to a defibrillator; that means it is absolutely vital that the person receives rapid action by people at the scene, whether they are a loved one, friend or complete stranger.

With people now getting into closer proximity to family, friends, colleagues, and strangers due to the easing of lockdown restrictions, it is increasingly important everyone has the skills to save a life and knows how to keep themselves safe.

A UK-wide survey carried out on behalf of the Resuscitation Council UK in September 2020 revealed that over a third of UK adults (36%) have not received any type of training on how to help someone experiencing a cardiac arrest.

WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, said: “When our staff arrive at the scene of a cardiac arrest, there is nothing that can help them more than if bystanders have already started CPR, as this undoubtedly gives the patient the best chance of survival.

“Ambulance staff receive incredible levels of praise from the public for saving lives, but you have the ability to do it too.  Imagine how it feel to know you had played a part in saving someone’s life. Imagine how it would feel if you had been in that position but not known what to do to help.

“I urge everyone to learn how to do CPR as soon as possible, you never know when you might be required to try and save someone’s life.”

RCUK Guidelines 2021 highlight that:

  • Recognising a cardiac arrest remains a key priority as it is the first step in triggering the correct emergency response 
  • Witnesses need to recognise a cardiac arrest has occurred in any unresponsive person with absent or abnormal breathing 

Sue Hampshire, Director of Clinical and Service Development at Resuscitation Council UK, said: “We want everybody to feel able to do something, to act quickly and not to hesitate or worry about causing harm to the person they are trying to help.  No greater harm can occur than failing to act when someone requires CPR and defibrillation.

“We understand people may feel nervous about doing CPR because of COVID-19, and that’s why we currently advise that you do chest compression only CPR and don’t put your face near the person who has collapsed when checking for breathing.”

To learn CPR today, visit: www.resus.org.uk/watch 

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 4th May 2021 – 11.35am.

A teenage male has been treated for serious injuries following a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a van and a pedestrian on Goodyers End Lane, Bedworth at 8.38am and send one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service man said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a teenage male, the pedestrian, in a serious condition.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The doctor from the Critical Care Car travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

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Teenage boy injured following RTC in Longbridge

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 28th April – 11.05am.

A teenage boy, a cyclist, has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Longbridge last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a cyclist on Coombes Lane at 21.56pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find bystanders, including an off-duty medic, caring for a teenage boy who had suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car.

“Following emergency treatment at the scene by ambulance staff, he was then transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment.”

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Tributes to Herefordshire colleague

Jordan Eggington – Sunday 25th April 2021 – 5:45pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “On Saturday (24th) we tragically lost our dear friend and colleague Jeremy Daw, known among staff as Jack, in an incident in Herefordshire. 

“Jeremy (Jack) was a long serving member of staff with nearly 30 years’ service who always put patient care at the heart of everything he did. He was one of life’s good guys. 

“During his time with the ambulance service, he became a paramedic and worked in Hereford and Leominster, as well as flying on some of the region’s air ambulances.  As well as being a paramedic, he worked as a mentor helping countless other staff to develop their skills and patient care. 

“He loved his family, his colleagues and his patients. He was a loving husband, father and a fantastic member of our team and will be missed dearly. 

“His death is particularly cruel as had only retired last year before returning in January this year as an Emergency Medical Technician. 

“Our key focus at the minute is ensuring we do everything to support his family and also our staff. 

“I would also like to pay tribute to the efforts of our staff who attended the incident yesterday and our call room staff, but also the many staff from other parts of the region who volunteered to come and work in Hereford last night and today to allow their colleagues time to come to terms with what has happened.

“We will be working closely with Jeremy (Jack)’s family and the family liaison officers from West Mercia Police, in how they wish to remember Jeremy (Jack).”

NHS chief executive Sir Simon Stevens said: “Jeremy – known by his colleagues as Jack – represented the best of the NHS. After almost three decades’ service, he returned to the frontline from a well-earned retirement to help patients during the coronavirus pandemic and served as a mentor to younger colleagues.

“On behalf of everyone across the NHS, our heartfelt condolences go to Jeremy’s family, friends and colleagues, as we also wish his crewmate a swift recovery.”

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Jeremy Daw, known as Jack to WMAS colleagues, with members of his family.

Fatal incident involving ambulance crew in Herefordshire

Jordan Eggington – Saturday 24th April 2021 – 4:50pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service technician has tragically died whilst on duty in Herefordshire this morning.

The ambulance crew were on route to a 999 call when an object struck the ambulance’s windscreen at 8am. It happened at the junction of Moreton Road and the A49.

Multiple resources attended the scene, which included two emergency ambulance crews, paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and two Mercia Accident Rescue Service doctors.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save our colleague, who was the front passenger, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“His crewmate, the driver, was also injured in the incident. He has received treatment at hospital and has subsequently been discharged.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is truly awful news, and my thoughts and prayers go out to the family, friends, and colleagues of those involved at this very difficult time. I am enormously proud of all the staff and the university students as part of their clinical placement that worked so hard and professionally to try to save our colleague. I am sorry that despite their best efforts, he could not be saved.”

West Mercia Police are asking anyone who may have seen the incident or have dashcam footage to contact them on 101 quoting incident 00101i of 24 April.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 23rd April 2021 – 2.25pm.

A pedestrian has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian on Darlaston Road at 12.22pm and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, with the crew from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford also on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who had suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car.

“Following emergency treatment at the scene, he was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, for further assessment.”

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UK’s first ever combined bleed control kit and defib cabinet launches

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 22nd April 2021 – 5:30pm.

“Because of equipment like this, our crews will arrive at a patient in a totally different scenario than they would if somebody had just stood back and done nothing.”

The UK’s first combined cabinet, housing a bleed control kit and automated external defibrillator (AED), has been installed in the Black Country today. The equipment, which can be used by anyone with no need for training, is aimed to assist in the event of a catastrophic bleed or cardiac arrest.

The AED for the new cabinet on Park Road in Dudley has been donated by West Midlands Ambulance Service, with both the cabinet and bleed kit generously coming from The Daniel Baird Foundation.  The Foundation was set up in honour of Daniel after he was stabbed in Birmingham in 2017 and sadly died shortly after arriving at hospital due to catastrophic bleeding. His family have since been campaigning for emergency bleed control equipment to be made publicly available in cities across the UK, just as defibrillators are.

In adults, defibrillation within 3-5 minutes of collapse may produce survival rates as high as 50-70% in the event of a cardiac arrest. That’s why the most important actions you can take to attempt to save a life are calling an ambulance, starting CPR and using an automated external defibrillator (AED). If you want to familiarise yourself with how to use an AED, head here.

In cases of catastrophic bleeding through incidents such as a stabbing, shooting or RTC, a patient can die in just five minutes. That’s why the bleed control kits, which were initially developed by WMAS and the West Midlands Trauma Networks, have several items that really could make all the difference: including a Tourniquet, haemostatic gauze, and a chest seal. More information on how to use these kits can be found here.

Cliff Medlicott, WMAS Community Response Manager

WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh, said: “Making equipment like this available to the public in those first minutes of a life-threatening situation before paramedics arrive, can prove absolutely vital. Today’s instalment in Dudley is a huge step forward in ensuring the public have access to potentially life-saving equipment in their local area. When we worked with The Daniel Baird Foundation on the bleed control kits more than two years ago, I had hoped they’d become as common as defibrillators. Now, here we are with both sets of equipment being housed in the same cabinet. Bleed control kits and AED’s provide the best chance of survival to the patient in those vital minutes before our ambulance crews arrive on scene. I really do hope we see many more cabinets like this installed over the coming years to help save as many lives as possible.”

Lynne Baird, Founder of The Daniel Baird Foundation

Turtle Engineering designed and built the cabinet in the UK and have worked closely with The Daniel Baird Foundation and emergency services on the location of the first installation. Accessible 24/7, the cabinet at The Bramford Arms can be accessed by a code provided by the emergency services.

Pictured left to right: Stacey Coombes, Lynne Baird, WMAS Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott and Bramford Arms Landlord Eliot Bennett

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Quad biker seriously injured

Claire Brown – Thursday 22nd April 2021 – 5.00pm.

A man has been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 2.03pm to reports of a collision involving a quad bike on Washwood Heath Road, Birmingham. An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with two doctors and a paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a quad bike rider, a man, in a serious condition.

“The team of medics worked together to quickly administer trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition at the scene before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Trust’s electric fleet continues to charge ahead

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 21st April 2021 – 5pm.

It’s not just frontline vehicles that are starting to get a modern and greener makeover – so is the Trust’s support fleet. After launching the first fully electric emergency ambulance at the end of last year and announcing the introduction of two fully electric Operational Manager response cars last month, the Trust continues to build momentum in its commitment to become greener.

Although the latest additions to our electric fleet look suspiciously like London taxi cabs, they’re certainly not for picking you up after a night out on the town! They are in fact four brand new London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) VN5 vans, supplied by Guest Truck and Van, representing another step forward in the Trust’s commitment to reducing emissions across the support fleet by 80% by 2028.

These vans will bolster the Trust’s IT team’s ability to operate across the West Midlands in an environmentally friendly way. The VN5 can achieve a range of over 60 miles (98km) using electric and a total flexible range of over 300 miles (489km).

Tony Page, Head of Fleet and Facilities with WMAS, said: “As a Trust we are looking carefully now at sustainability. We launched the UK’s first electric ambulance in October 2020, recently added two electric response cars to the frontline, and are continually assessing our support fleet to make changes where possible. The VN5 is a perfect choice for our IT support team, whose journeys can vary according to demand, thanks to its extended electric range and low emissions.”

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Man dies in house fire

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 20th April 2021 – 8:50am.

Sadly, nothing could be done to save a man involved in a house fire in the Black Country overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 8:48pm to a property in Park Road, Smethwick. Due to the nature of the call, the Hazardous Area Response Team was dispatched, along with one ambulance and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a serious fire at the property, with one patient involved.

“Unfortunately, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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STAFF RECOGNISED BY OUTGOING SHROPSHIRE HIGH SHERIFF

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th April 2021 – 9.10am.

Six West Midlands Ambulance Service staff from Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin have been honoured for their work over the last year (2020-21) with certificates from the outgoing High Sheriff of Shropshire, Mrs Dean Harris. 

The High Sheriff is a role that dates back to 943AD and was originally created to collect the King’s debts, maintain law and order and oversee public hangings!

Today the role is ceremonial, including supporting good works in the county and organisations including the emergency services. 

Mrs Harris, who served from April 2020 to March 2021, has now instigated three awards each for staff at Donnington and Shrewsbury Ambulance Hubs: Mentor of the Year, Student of the Year; and Outstanding Contribution Award. 

Unfortunately, the first presentations had to take place virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Mrs Harris, said: “We all know it’s been an incredibly challenging year, but even aside from the complications of a pandemic, West Midlands Ambulance Service does a fantastic job.  I’d like to congratulate the winners on their awards success, and I am delighted that there will now be an annual event supported by future High Sheriffs in Shropshire.” 

Donnington Hub

Outstanding Contribution – Chris Phillips

Chris has worked tirelessly during the year as a Hospital Ambulance Liaison Officer. The past year has seen immense pressure placed on the NHS as it responded to the global pandemic. Chris has gone above and beyond in supporting both crews and hospital staff to keep patients safe. He is passionate for patient safety and always tries to do the right thing to support staff.

Mentor of the Year – Steve O’Boyle

Steve has used his past experiences working on the Mental Health car to produce and deliver a training package for staff to help them feel more confident in dealing with a range of complex mental health issues. He has also worked hard behind the scenes to help integrate a more digital way of working into the Clinical Team Mentor team as well as the wider staff group.

Student of the Year – Katie Putwain

Katie has been consistently recognised as a very strong student paramedic from the outset. Like many others she has risen to the challenge of the global pandemic and taken on the role of Ambulance Care Assistant while the Trust responded to the pressures the NHS is under. Numerous staff have remarked that she is always a pleasure to work with.

Shrewsbury Hub

Outstanding Contribution – Heather Coghlan

Heather is a VPO (Vehicle Preparation Operative) and is responsible for ensuring the ambulances are stocked, cleaned and made ready for each crew. This is a vital role that ensures crew are able to spend more time providing clinical care, safe in the knowledge that their ambulance is fully kitted. Since the pandemic started, Heather has been extremely flexible in changing her shifts at short notice, coming in for additional hours to help support the team and has taken on extra responsibilities. Without Heathers commitment, flexibility and hard work the Hub would not have achieved so much whilst dealing with a pandemic.

Mentor of the Year – Tom Hillidge

Tom is an extremely competent clinical team mentor, who excels at nurturing new staff and ensuring they are competent and confident in their role. He will take time to use the training facilities to educate and guide younger staff, often giving up his break time to do so. He is always happy to go the extra mile in assisting staff and has organised trauma days for clinical staff to attend to improve their clinical professional development. These days have had a high take up and colleagues have benefited from the work Tom has put in running scenario’s. Not only that, Tom organised all of these events in his own time and we are proud he is part of the team.

Student of the Year – Joe Edwards

Joe was in his 3rd year at university when the pandemic struck. As part of the Trust’s organisational plans to deal with the pandemic, all students were asked if they would be willing to work for WMAS as ambulance care assistants to ensure there were as many resources as possible to treat patients. Joe joined Shrewsbury in March 2020 and has become an integral part of the team. From being a student with no clinical responsibility to becoming part of an ambulance crew must have been nerve racking yet Joe faced his fears and has done extremely well. He has been able to consolidate his knowledge and improve his clinical and communication skills, and at such a young age (21), he should be very proud of his achievements and can look forward to a great career ahead of him.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I am delighted that the High Sheriff has instigated these annual awards, recognising the work of our staff.  As Mrs Harris says, the last year has been one like no other.

“As you can see from the citations, each of these six staff have worked tirelessly to make a difference, all contributing in their own way to saving lives and providing excellent patient care to the people of Shropshire in their hour of need.

“I cannot thank Mrs Harris enough for setting these awards up as an annual event, something which will be warmly welcomed by all of our staff in the County.”

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Largest Ambulance Hub of its kind gets the go-ahead in time for the Commonwealth Games

Murray MacGregor – Monday 19th April 2021 – 6.00am.

Stoford Developments is set to begin work on a multi-million pound ambulance service hub for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) after Sandwell planners approved the scheme.

The 76,000 sq ft hub, will be the largest hub of its kind in the country and will see a significant increase in ambulance operational capability for Birmingham and the Black Country.  The project, which will open in time for the Birmingham Commonwealth Games in 2022, will be used as a staging point for the Trust’s preparations for one of the biggest sporting events in the world.

Once fully open it will house around 350 operational ambulance staff working shifts and replaces a much smaller facility in West Bromwich.  In addition, it will include a facility for the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), as well as fleet maintenance and vehicle preparation areas, the Trust’s Education and Training Academy and central stores.

Built on derelict land off Shidas Road, Oldbury, it will achieve the BREEAM Excellence rating, which rates a building’s environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.

Birmingham-based Stoford Developments was appointed by WMAS to deliver the scheme following a competitive tender, with the developer putting forward proposals to build on former quarry and which had been earmarked originally for industrial units.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is a hugely important development for not only West Midlands Ambulance Service, but also for the people of Birmingham and the Black Country.  It is a significant investment that has taken over two years of work to bring together.  We are delighted to be working in partnership with Stoford Developments to bring this new facility online in time for the Commonwealth Games, an event that will let the world see all that is good about our country’s second city.”

Tony Nash, Director at Stoford Developments, said now the planning committee had formally given it the go ahead, he hoped work could start on site this month (April), with an estimated completion date of spring 2022.

“WMAS was looking for a strategic location in the Sandwell or Oldbury area, close to the M5, for its new facility and the land we proposed was ideally situated for its needs,” he said.

“The site has many technical challenges having remained undeveloped for 15yrs and grant funding from West Midlands Combined Authority has made the project viable.

“We’re looking forward to getting started in this national infrastructure project and delivering a facility that achieves BREEAM Excellent in design and construction.”

WMAS Director of Strategic Operations, Craig Cooke added: “At seven acres, this is a significant investment that will bring real benefit to the area.  The new Hub will enable us to improve the level of care we provide to the local population.  It is also good news for our staff as it will allow us to not only increase numbers, but also provide them with an excellent facility which is purpose built for their needs.

“This project also has national merit as it allows us to provide a much better base for our Hazardous Area Response Team who provide care in a wide range of specialist areas such as water rescue, hazardous substances and collapsed buildings amongst many others.

“I’m also delighted that we are investing in our Education & Training team.  We currently have over 700 students working with us and providing them with even better facilities will only help to ensure that we maintain our position as being the only ambulance service with a paramedic on every vehicle.

“Over the last year our central stores team has performed magnificently ensuring frontline staff have the necessary protective equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic.  This new facility will continue our record of making it one of the most efficient systems in the country which will ensure our staff always have the right equipment when they need it so that they can provide excellent care to patients.”

This challenging site has been made possible with the financial support of the West Midlands Combined Authority, bringing jobs and major investment on what was a waste site in the heart of Oldbury.

WMAS serves a population of 5.6 million people and covers an area of more than 5,000 square miles, comprising Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, and the West Midlands.

Stoford Developments has appointed McLean Construction to build the hub, which will also accommodate 365 parking spaces, including ten disabled spaces and 70 Ambulance spaces.

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Woman dies and man seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 16th April 2021 – 8:20am.

Multiple resources, including two Midlands Air Ambulances, attended the scene of an RTC in Staffordshire last night in which a woman sadly died.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:24pm to reports a car had come into collision with an HGV on the eastbound carriageway of the A50 by Blythe Bridge.  

The Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill were dispatched, along with two land ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS doctor. The first resource was on scene within six minutes of the 999 being made.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found two patients from the car, with bystander CPR already in progress on one of them.

“The woman involved, who was already receiving treatment from a member of the public, was in a critical condition. Crews took over her treatment and administered advanced trauma care at the scene. But unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The second patient from the car, a man, was found to be in a serious condition from the collision. He was treated on scene before being conveyed on blue lights and sirens to the Major Trauma Centre at Royal Stoke Hospital. The critical care doctor and critical care paramedic from Helimed03 travelled onboard the ambulance with the crew and patient, continuing treatment on route.”

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Two children taken to paediatric major trauma centre

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 15th April 2021 – 10.05am.

Two children have been taken on blue lights to the region’s paediatric major trauma centre after a two car collision that left six people hurt.

The incident happened at just before 10.00pm last night, Wednesday, on Lichfield Road, just after the canal bridge and close to the junction with Lewis Grove in Wolverhampton.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic were sent to the scene.

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

“There were four people in the first car, two adults and two children.  A teenage boy had suffered the most significant injuries.  He was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor travelling with the crew. 

“A younger boy also suffered potentially serious injuries and was taken to the same hospital with the critical care paramedic travelling with the second ambulance.  The two adults in the car, a man and a woman, were assessed at the scene but had only minor injuries.

“There were two women in the other car.  Both were treated for less serious injuries but were taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Two air ambulances responded to serious RTC in Tamworth

Claire Brown – Tuesday 13th April 2021 – 9.40am.

A man received trauma care by a team of ambulance medics at the scene of a serious RTC yesterday afternoon in Tamworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a collision involving an electric scooter and a car at 4.55pm yesterday (Monday) at the junction of Kettlebrook Road and Glascote Road, Tamworth. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two critical care paramedics on board were sent to the scene. Following an update on the patient’s condition from the first crew on scene, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with two BASICS doctors and critical care paramedic were also responded to provide further advanced trauma care.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first crew arrived to find a man, who had reportedly been riding an electric scooter, in a serious condition following a collision with a car.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care on scene to stabilise the man’s condition before he was airlifted by the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.”

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Two to hospital from motorway RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 1st April 2021 – 10am.

Two men , one of whom was found lying on the roadside, received treatment at the scene of a two-car road traffic collision on the motorway last night, before being taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.45pm to the Eastbound carriageway of the M54, between junctions three and two near Shifnal. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, both men, one of whom was found lying on the carriageway.

“He was the driver of one of the cars and was treated for serious injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further care.

“The second patient, who was the driver of the second car, was treated at the scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital as a precaution.”

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Become a Little Lifesaver this Half Term!

Shaunna Farley. Wednesday 31st March. 3:28pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is launching a new campaign just in time for Easter half term, which encourages young children to learn important and life-saving skills.

The campaign, titled Little Lifesavers, includes learning resources such as a fun activity book and videos from our staff, providing the perfect entertaining and educational activity for youngsters to do this Easter.

The campaign encourages young children to become a ‘Little Lifesaver’ by learning how to make an emergency 999 call, what kind of situation is an emergency, how to perform CPR and how to place someone in the recovery position as well as a virtual tour of an ambulance.

Throughout the pandemic, activities such as in-school visits haven’t been possible but that doesn’t mean children should miss out on learning vital life skills. The virtual tour of an ambulance will allow children to virtually jump on board the ambulance with a paramedic and learn about the equipment kept on board and how it is used.

Making a 999 call can be a high pressured and stressful situation for many of us, but it is particularly important that children know how to make a 999 call, in addition knowing what kind of situation warrants a call to the emergency services. The Little Life Savers campaign includes a video from a team of West Midlands Ambulance Service Call Assessors running through how to make a 999 call and an example of how a call might sound.

Paramedic Ash Bolus, who features in the Virtual Tour of an ambulance video, said: “Ordinarily, I’d be able to go into schools and show the children around the ambulance, which they find really interesting so it’s great that I’m able to do it virtually so that children don’t miss out on learning something that could potentially help them save a life one day.”

Little Lifesavers resources will be posted across West Midlands Ambulance Service social media channels on @OfficialWMAS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube and on the West Midlands Ambulance Service website on https://wmas.nhs.uk/become-a-little-lifesaver/

Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 30th March 2021 – 4:25pm.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a collision with a car in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12:54pm to reports of an RTC involving a motorbike and car on the A49 from Marsh Cottage Junction in Felhampton. Several resources attended the scene, including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, three land ambulances and an off-duty paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, the motorcyclist, a man, was found to be in a critical condition after coming off his bike in the collision. Crews carried out advanced trauma care to the patient at the scene and continued treatment on route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“A man and woman also involved in the RTC were treated for minor injuries.”

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Gas explosion in Walsall

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 30th March 2021 – 9:30am.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a gas explosion at a property in Walsall this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by fire colleagues at 6:32am to a domestic address in Darlaston Road. The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at Darlaston Road to find the property involved with significant damage and five people to assess. A car passing at the time of the incident was also seriously damaged as a result of the explosion.

“Two men were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to hospital for further treatment. Due to the nature of their injuries, one of the men was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, whilst the other went to Walsall Manor.

“Of the three other patients assessed at the scene, one was treated for minor injuries and the others did not require treatment. All were discharged at the scene.”

Photo Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Trust adds two 100% electric cars to ambulance fleet

Claire Brown – Thursday 25th March 2021 – 4.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is continuing its commitment to reducing its impact on the environment by taking delivery of two fully electric operational manager response cars.

Following the launch of the UK’s first 100% electric ambulance by the Trust in October 2020, West Midlands Ambulance Service has worked with its partner, conversion specialist VCS of Bradford, to launch two all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars which will be going into operation in Birmingham in the coming weeks.

VCS has used its expert capabilities to develop the all-electric Jaguar I-Pace into a fully capable response vehicle – in tandem the Trust has also invested in rapid charge infrastructure to facilitate fully charging of these vehicles in less than hour.  

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service has been at the forefront of developing ambulance technology and operating a modern fleet for the last ten years.  Working with industry specialists like VCS, we have used aircraft style technology and design to create the most hi-tech and lightest vehicles in the country.  This has continually reduced our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels and ensured that patients receive the highest standards of safety and comfort. With an all-electric ambulance already in our fleet, which was launched last year, it’s hugely exciting to now have two fully electric response cars to add to our operational vehicles in Birmingham.”

Mark Kerrigan, Managing Director at VCS, said: “We have engaged in a programme with JLR, West Midlands Ambulance Service Fleet and Operational user teams to produce a bespoke fit for purpose design to the very capable zero emission platform in the Jaguar I-Pace. As always the team at WMAS have pushed the innovation envelope which has resulted in the delivery of what we feel is a best in class fully capable zero emission response car.”

Tony Page, General Manager for Fleet and Facilities Management at WMAS, said: “It’s great to see the delivery of this latest innovation in our drive to deliver a zero-emission fleet. This new edition follows the successful integration of the fully electric emergency ambulance last year which is performing well and receiving good feedback from operational colleagues as I am sure the new I-Pace cars will too. This is another good example of robust and focussed collaboration between the vehicle converter VCS, the vehicle manufacturer JLR and WMAS operational and fleet staff. I would like to thank Rebecca Flintason, James Williams and Martin Corley for their valued input through the design process.  Work is now in progress to deliver two Zero Emission PTS vehicles.”

WMAS Director of Strategic Operations and Digital Integration, Craig Cooke, added: “These new Jaguar I-Pace cars will be utilised every single day by the tactical operational commander teams responding in the UK’s second city. These vehicles are highly capable and will allow the Trust to deliver the best Ambulance Response Service in the UK, whilst also operating zero emission vehicles for these 24/7 commanders.  Alongside the vehicles, considerable investment has been made in the charging infrastructure on the operational hubs in Birmingham to facilitate very fast charging of both the zero-emission ambulance launched last year and these two new response cars.  WMAS is fully committed to driving down the carbon footprint of our operations and these new vehicles alongside other developments in the pipeline will also help WMAS contribute to the Commonwealth Games 2022 commitment to reduced carbon footprint.”

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Notes to Editors: Photos please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service

Serious RTC in Perry Barr

Claire Brown – Tuesday 23rd March 2021 – 10.45am.

A teenage boy received advanced trauma care at the scene of a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Rocky Lane, Perry Barr at 7.23pm last night (Monday) to reports of a moped rider who had been seriously injured. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.  

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, they found police officers administering CPR to a moped rider, a teenage boy. Ambulance crews quickly took over resuscitation efforts to administer advanced life support on scene before the boy was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a critical condition.”

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Fatality on M42

Claire Brown – Monday 15th March 2021 – 9.00am.

One man has sadly died and two others have been injured in a road traffic collision on the M42 motorway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.17pm last night (Sunday) to the southbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 3 and 2, Alvechurch. Three paramedic officers, three ambulances, HART paramedics and two BASICS medics attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first crew arrived on scene to find a car down an embankment. Two men, the driver and passenger, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and were described as ‘walking wounded’. Both men were given treatment on scene for non-serious injuries before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as a precaution.

A third man, a passenger, was trapped and in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked together with fire colleagues to rapidly extricate him from the vehicle, before commencing advanced life support. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone on scene nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 10th March 2021 – 8:50am.

A man has received advanced trauma care after a collision in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 00:27am (Wednesday) to reports a motorcyclist had come into collision with a tree at the junction of Aldridge Road and the A453 in Perry Barr.  One ambulance, a nearby paramedic, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition after coming into collision with a tree at the side of the road.

“Colleagues worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care at the scene and on route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He travelled on blue lights and sirens with the doctor and critical care paramedic on board continuing treatment.”

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 9th March 2021 – 10.15am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is on the lookout for keen and willing recruits across Herefordshire and Worcestershire to join our band of volunteer lifesavers as a Community First Responder (CFR).

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.

CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest and trauma when every second counts.

Community Response Manager for West Mercia, Cliff Medlicott, said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life. When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed-up by an emergency ambulance service vehicle.

“To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm.

“Help will be provided in obtaining the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training.

“Successful applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course covering Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’”.

To apply, please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for job reference 217-CFR07-20-21 (Worcestershire) or 217-CFR06-20-21 (Herefordshire). Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 25th March.

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Fatal stabbing

Jordan Eggington – Monday 8th March 2021 – 10:30am.

A man has sadly died after a stabbing in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9:45pm on Sunday to reports of a stabbing in West Road, Great Barr. Four ambulances and three paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “When crews arrived, they found a man in a critical condition. Staff worked quickly to carry out advanced trauma care to the patient, but sadly despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second patient, also a man, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being conveyed to hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Stratford-upon-Avon

Claire Brown – Friday 5th March 2021 – 11.00am.

A man has died following a collision in Warwickshire in the early hours of this morning.  

The incident happened in Snitterfield Road, Bearley, Stratford-upon-Avon and the ambulance service received a 999 call at 5.48am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found the driver of a car, a man, in a critical condition being given excellent CPR by police and fire colleagues. Crews took over resuscitation efforts and commenced advanced life support on the man. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased a short time later at the scene.”

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Man dies in Redditch RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 5th March 2021 – 9.30am.

One man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Redditch last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.16pm to the junction of Bromsgrove Highway and Alvechurch Highway, Redditch to reports of a car which had been in collision with a lamppost. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found a man, the driver of a car, in a critical condition. Crews worked with fire service colleagues to rapidly extricate the man from the vehicle before the team of medics commenced advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”  

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Double stabbing in Coventry

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 25th February 2021 – 2.10pm.

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a stabbing in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11:12am to an address in Waveley Road in the city. We sent three ambulances, four paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance critical care car, with the first resource on scene within six minutes of the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a man in a critical condition. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, was treated for serious injuries. Her treatment continued in the ambulance on route to hospital.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 24th February 2021 – 4.30pm.

A man has been treated for serious injuries and taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a pedestrian this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Parade in Ladywood at 3.02pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the pedestrian, a man, who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a serious condition.

“The driver of the car did not wish to be assessed.”

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