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New partnership ‘blue lights’ the way for University and Ambulance Service

Wednesday 14th November 2018 – 2.45pm – Murray MacGregor

The University of Wolverhampton and West Midlands Ambulance Service have joined forces to create the UK’s first university-ambulance trust.

The two organisations have forged the new partnership which will see them both working together even closer on collaborative projects, research, sharing clinical expertise, joint curriculum development and staff exchanges.

It will also involve the University helping the service to develop and accredit the continuous professional development available to its staff.  Already, the University’s Paramedic Science students are guaranteed a job with the service if they pass their course and all necessary professional tests.

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The move means the service has changed its name to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust, becoming the first university ambulance service in the country.

Another key part in the partnership will be the joint development of courses and research in the area of emergency management.

The University has recently set up its Emergency Management and Resilience Centre at its Telford Innovation Campus which looks at issues around emergency planning, disaster management, resilience and response at a local, regional, national and international level.

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Speaking at a formal launch event at the University of Wolverhampton, Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to further strengthen the relationship and work between the two organisations.

“We are training more and more paramedics and the partnership will see this level increasing further. We feel it also recognises the role of Paramedic as being at graduate level and a specialist position within the health service.

“As well as the graduate level opportunities it will create, we are also excited about the collaborative work we will carry out with the service to help train and upskill their existing staff and working together on research around Emergency Management and Resilience.”

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Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “This link up with the University of Wolverhampton formally recognises the role we play both in the education of paramedics and research activities to advance paramedic science.  More and more of our staff are receiving a university education.”

WMAS Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, said: “We have been the leading ambulance service in the development of paramedics through a university process.  Our close partnerships and collaborations mean that over the last decade, literally thousands of students have undertaken placements with the Trust as they learn their profession.  Currently over 700 student paramedics are being trained with a more than 400 more entering full-time study.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service works with four universities to train paramedics: the University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University and University of Coventry.

WMAS also has an extensive research portfolio, participating in work that is of international significance, which will be developed further over time.  This has included studies into the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests; the use of pre-hospital blood products for traumatic haemorrhage; the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in a prehospital setting for patients with acute respiratory failure; and the use of GTN in patients with hyperacute stroke.

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Urgent referral team goes live helping patients and hospitals alike

Monday 5th November 2018 – 7.04pm – Murray MacGregor.

Today saw the return of a service that will help some of the sickest patients we see get to hospital on time while helping the 999 service get to patients even more quickly.

After weeks of planning, hard work from numerous departments within WMAS, today saw the PTS Urgent Referral Tier return for the winter months.

Tactical Commander, James Williams, said: “Last winter was one of the most challenging we have ever faced.  One of the ways we helped ensure ambulance crews got to 999 calls quickly was to launch the Urgent Referral Tier.

“The crews are made up on one member of our non-emergency patient transport service and a clinician, usually a paramedic.

“Together they transport patients who have already been assessed by a clinician, often a GP, who has decided they require attendance at hospital and are sufficiently poorly that they need to be taken by ambulance.   Equally, they will help the hospitals by taking patients home once they have been discharged.

By getting these crews to do the transfer, it means our frontline ambulances can concentrate on the 999 calls.

“Over the winter we will have 12 crews operating from Coventry, Dudley, Frankley, Gravelly Hill and Wolverhampton, solely attending urgent removal cases.

“These staff will play a vital role in helping to reduce the pressure on A&E Departments  and our frontline ambulances.”

Pictured: Some of the staff at our Gravelly Hill base just before they set off earlier today.

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Knowing what to do when someone had a cardiac arrest saved Glenn Hoddle’s life. Would you know what to do?

Over the weekend, the life of Glenn Hoddle was saved by the quick actions of a sound engineer who started CPR and used a defibrillator  when the former England international footballer suffered a cardiac arrest.

Each year, West Midlands Ambulance Service attends about 4,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests.  Sadly, only about 7% of those people will survive!  It’s a shocking figure, especially when in some countries like Denmark, the figure is around 25%.  Why? Simple, the number of people who know CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and are prepared to act is too small.  It’s even more tragic when you consider how easy it is to do.

When someone has a cardiac arrest, every second counts.  The patient will be unconscious and their heart won’t be beating – they are clinically dead and will stay that way unless someone is prepared to do something.

Giving CPR buys the patient time, so the ambulance service can get there.  You can’t hurt the person; doing something can only help.  For every minute after the patient’s heart has stopped, their chance of survival drops by 10%, so you can see why time is of the essence.

Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott says: “While yes, it might be scary,  easy it is easy to be a #lifesaver:

While CPR can buy you time, it is the use of a defibrillator that will get save the patient.  There are now thousands of AEDS – automatic external defibrillators  – in the community.  You’ve probably seen them at airports, railway stations, but increasingly on the walls of village shops, supermarkets and even old telephone boxes.

The question is; do you know where your nearest #defib is?  If not, make sure you find out as your life, or the life of a loved one could depend on it.

Senior paramedic Nick Henry says: “I can only speak personally, but saving a life is the most incredible experience; knowing that your actions mean someone will get to spend time with their loved ones when they wouldn’t otherwise have had that chance.

“You don’t need any training to use an AED; they actually tell you what to do, so please take the time to find the closest device to your home and work at least and you could save a life:

A cardiac can strike anyone at any time: it could be a loved one, a friend, a complete stranger.  If you know what to do, you could help save their life.  Why would you not want to learn how to do CPR?  It doesn’t take long to learn and there are courses all over the place.

Ambulance broken into – can you help to solve a crime?

Tuesday 30th October 2018 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

We’re appealing for help to identify an individual who broke into an ambulance and stole personal belongings on Sunday night whilst the crew were inside a property treating a patient.

The incident happened on Frankley Beeches Road at the junction of Egghill Lane in Northfield, Birmingham at around 9.00pm on Sunday 28th October. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the driver’s side window had been smashed and a variety of personal items stolen including an iPhone.

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people. It really does make you question the morals of some people. This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired; money which would’ve been better spent elsewhere in the service to help respond to patients.

“It is unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public. Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated. I am just thankful that, on this occasion, my staff weren’t hurt. If you are able to help to solve this crime, please come forward.”

The Trust has released CCTV footage, captured by the ambulance’s external cameras, in the hope that it helps to identify the individual. If you have any information about this incident, witnessed anything suspicious at the time or recognise this individual, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime number 20BW-249810Q/18.

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One cyclist has died and another has been injured after a collision with an HGV

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 2.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

One cyclist has died and another has been injured after an incident involving an HGV.

It happened close to the junction of the A449 and Manor Lane, Waresley to the south of Kidderminster at about 11.00am this morning (Monday).

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers 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: “A police vehicle was only seconds away after the collision had happened.  In addition, an off-duty paramedic and the crew of a WMAS non-emergency patient transport vehicle all stopped to provide assistance.

“Sadly, despite all of the efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second cyclist was treated at the scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and continued treatment.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 11.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened on Chester Road in the Castle Vale area of Birmingham at just before 9.10am this morning.

An ambulance came across the incident four minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“She was treated on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance; the doctor travelled with the ambulance.

“The woman driving the car was shaken but wasn’t injured.”

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A man has died and another has been seriously injured

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff and a doctor provided advanced clinical skills at the scene of a crash that left one man dead and another with potentially serious injuries.

The crash happened at about 10.35pm on Sunday evening on Newbold Rd in Newbold Pacey, Warwickshire.

Two 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 a car that had collided with a tree.

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

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the front seat passenger who had suffered potentially serious injuries.

“He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance.

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One person has died and another been seriously hurt after a crash

Friday 19th October 2018 – 7.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

One woman has died and another has been seriously hurt after a two car collision.

It happened on the A3400 London Road, just to the south of Shipston on Stour near the cemetery at about 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

An ambulance, two paramedic officers from West Midlands Ambulance Service, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and a rapid response vehicle from South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, members of the public were performing resuscitation on one of the drivers.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and provided advanced clinical care, but sadly it was not possible to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene

“The other driver, also a woman, suffered serious injuries. After being assessed and treated at the scene, she was airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”

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Bus driver praised for making sure passengers safe

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 10.38am – Murray MacGregor.

A bus driver is being praised for ensuring all of his passengers were off the vehicle after the double decker caught fire.

The incident happened at just after 9.00am this morning near the junction of Gibbet Hill Road and Kenilworth Road in Coventry, beside the University of Warwick Campus.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When the driver noticed the smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment of his bus, he stopped immediately and then made sure that all the passengers were off before leaving the vehicle himself.

“Due to his swift action, he was the only casualty, suffering from smoke inhalation.

“After treatment at the scene, he was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for further monitoring.

“There seems little doubt that his actions ensured the situation was not considerably more serious.”

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Mobility scooter rider injured

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man on a mobility scooter has suffered serious injuries after a collision involving two vehicles.

The incident happened on West Way in Stafford at just after 7.10pm on Tuesday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic and a BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an elderly man who had suffered serious injuries.

“He received advanced clinical care at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital; both doctors and the critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance to provide advanced clinical care en-route.

“There were no other patients.”

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Two injured in HGV RTC in Coventry

Friday 12th October 2018 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a collision involving two HGVs in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 Birmingham Road, Coventry at 1.20pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived on scene to find a collision involving two HGVs. The driver of one vehicle, a man, was seriously injured and received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to a major trauma centre.

“The second driver, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Smethwick

Friday 12th October 2018 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

A man was given vital trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision last night in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at around 7.20pm yesterday (Thursday) at the junction of Woodland Drive and Forest Close, Smethwick. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the location they found a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries in the collision and was being cared for by members of the public. The team worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was conveyed on blue lights to a major trauma centre for onward care.”

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Rider injured after motorbike collides with car and bus shelter

Thursday 11th October 2018 – 11.28am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced clinical care at the scene of a crash.

The incident happened on Hanley Road in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke on Trent at just before 8.00pm on Wednesday evening.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor from the North Staffordshire Scheme were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the rider of a motorbike in the road.

“There was damage to the offside of the car and the bike had come to rest against a bus shelter which had shattered.

“The man was assessed and treated at the scene by the ambulance staff and doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The car driver was unhurt.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted after serious crash

Thursday 11th October 2018 – 9.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just after 6.00pm last night (Wednesday), close to the junction of the A4169 and B4379 at Kemberton, south east of Telford.

A rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, an ambulance and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car and a motorbike that had both suffered significant damage.

“The rider of the motorbike had suffered potentially serious injuries.  He was being tended to by an off-duty nurse.

“The rider was assessed and treated on scene before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car driver was uninjured.”

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Trust set to become first university ambulance service

Tuesday 9th October 2018 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

For over a decade, all paramedics in the West Midlands have been educated and trained at university; the Trust also undertakes world leading research with a number of universities; so it is perhaps fitting that West Midlands Ambulance Service is set to become the first ambulance University NHS Foundation Trust in the country.

In a ground breaking move, the Trust is working with the University of Wolverhampton to become the first university ambulance service.  As a result, the Trust is engaging with stakeholders, patients and the public on changing the organisation’s name to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.

Currently the Trust works closely with four universities in the education of paramedics: University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester; Staffordshire University and Coventry University.

The Trust also undertakes a great deal of research with a range of institutions including the University of Warwick, University of Birmingham; University of Sheffield; University of Nottingham; and Swansea University as well as other health organisations.

Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, said: “Our work with the universities is producing tangible benefits for the Trust, our staff and ultimately benefits our patients.  We are therefore planning to introduce the title of “University” into the organisation’s name.

“The Trust works in partnership with universities to further develop education, training and research opportunities that take the ambulance sector into the future.  This is an exciting development and one that allows us to articulate our position in the ambulance sector going forward.

“We have a significant role to play in the education and training of our current and future workforce, contribute to the research and evidence base to develop the paramedic profession, and extend our understanding of the urgent and emergency care needs in the pre-hospital environment.”

The cost of implementation is minimal.  The Trust will not be rebranding its fleet or buildings except when they would have been replaced in any case.  For example, to maintain our commitment to having no vehicle over five years old, about 20% of our ambulances are replaced each year.  Only as new vehicles are brought in would the name be changed.  In addition, we don’t use pre-printed headed paper, so there’s no cost for stationery.

If the outcome of the consultation is positive, the Trust will initially sign an agreement with the University of Wolverhampton which would include the permission to use the title university in the Trust name.

Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to strengthen their links with our University and the wider university network.

“Our own work will see us significantly increase the number of graduate paramedics we are training and together we plan to establish a Research & Development Hub, clinical research, major incident planning and response research and other associated training, accreditation and development.

“In the view of our Board of Governors, this memorandum is an excellent development that recognises our close working relationship with WMAS but also the very significant work that the Trust undertakes within the university field for the benefit of staff and patients alike.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We now have an opportunity to formally recognise the role we play both in the education of paramedics and research activities to advance paramedic science.

“In addition, we think that the term University in our name will convey the fact that paramedics have become a graduate profession and make it more attractive as a career to a wider range of the community.

“Most importantly, it will help our patients, our local population and stakeholders to see the vital links between health, education and research which lead to better outcomes for us all.”

Trust Interim Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker added: “We already have an extensive research portfolio, participating in work that is of international significance, and we see that work developing further over time.  This has included studies into the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests; the use of pre-hospital blood products for traumatic haemorrhage; the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in a prehospital setting for patients with acute respiratory failure; and the use of GTN in patients with hyperacute stroke.

“The move to become a University Foundation Trust articulates, emphasises and recognises the work that we undertake with universities in this region and across the country and shows the ever greater focus on training and research.”

WMAS Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, said: “We have been the leading ambulance service in the development of paramedics through a university process.  Our close partnerships and collaborations mean that over the last decade, literally thousands of students have undertaken placements with the Trust as they learn their profession.  Currently over 700 student paramedics are being trained with more than 400 more entering full time study.”

The Trust will also look to increase its ties with each of the other West Midlands based universities that it already works with.

Under NHS England guidance, the Trust is required to check with stakeholders that the proposed new name will not conflict or be confused with the names of neighbouring NHS organisations or services, and that the proposed new name is clear and understandable.  Please consider the above information and let us know your thoughts by Friday 26 October 2018.

If you are content with the proposed name change, you may wish to respond using this form of words:

I have considered the plans for renaming the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and confirm that the proposed new name is clear and understandable.

However you wish to respond, please send your comments to:

Email: haveyoursay@wmas.nhs.uk

Post: Have Your Say, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Millennium Point, Waterfront Way, Brierley Hill, Dudley, DY5 1LX

 

FAQs

Are we trying to become a university?

No, we will continue to be an NHS Foundation Trust.  This move just enforces the close working relationship we have with a range of universities across the region.

Will you be taken over by the University of Wolverhampton?

No, we will continue to operate in exactly the same way as we do.  This is a simple name change which is aimed to show the importance we give to the education of our staff.

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Pedestrian critical following Coventry RTC

Tuesday 9th October 2018 – 8.50am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care to a man at the scene of a serious RTC last night in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian in St James Lane, Willenhall, Coventry shortly after 7.20pm yesterday (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene they found a pedestrian, a man, in a serious condition being given excellent first aid by bystanders. Crews took over emergency care on scene before transferring the man by ambulance on blue lights to hospital. The man was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.

“Police are appealing for witnesses to contact 101, quoting 2251 from 8th October.”

 

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Four people have been hurt, two potentially seriously after a crash

Monday 8th October 2018 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have been hurt after a car left the road and ended up in a field.

The incident happened on the A49 near the Shrewsbury Golf Club at Condover at around 2.30am this morning, Monday.

A total of four ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One man and one woman suffered potentially serious injuries.  They were assessed and treated at the scene before both being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Two other women were treated at the scene for their injuries before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.”

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Fatal crash on the M6

Monday 8th October 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after an incident on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

It happened on the northbound carriageway between junction 2 and 3.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after a call at just before 4.40am, this morning, Monday.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “On arrival, sadly it was clear that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man from a light goods vehicle was assessed but was discharged.  A number of other motorists at the scene were uninjured.”

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Man dies after incident

Monday 8th October 2018 – 8.28am – Murray MacGregor.

Despite advanced life support at the scene, sadly it was not possible to save the life of a man who was involved in what West Midlands Police have described as a hit-and-run incident.

It happened in Allesley Old Road in the Earlsdon area of Coventry at about 7.50pm on Sunday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a pedestrian who had received very serious injuries.

“Crews carried out advanced life support but sadly, despite all efforts, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

Anyone with information is urged to call West Midlands Police on 999 quoting log 2482 of 7th October or contact the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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A pedestrian has died after a crash involving two cars

Thursday 4th October 2018 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman pedestrian has died after a crash involving two cars.

It happened at about 9.50pm on Wednesday evening outside the Sikh Temple in Waterloo Road, Smethwick.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene after a number of 999 phone calls about the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found bystanders trying to assist the woman.

“Crews and the doctor performed advanced life support, but sadly it was not possible to save her, and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Cyclist dies in Shrewsbury

Thursday 4th October 2018 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision last night, a cyclist sadly died.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a cyclist on Wenlock Road in Shrewsbury shortly after 9.00pm yesterday (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a community first responder were responded to the scene. An off-duty paramedic, who came across the incident, stopped to render aid.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a cyclist, a man, in cardiac arrest who was already being given CPR by those on scene. The team quickly took over emergency treatment and continued advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Northfield

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian needed advanced trauma care from West Midlands Ambulance Service staff following a road traffic collision last night in Birmingham.

The service received a 999 call from West Midlands Police control room reporting an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian at the junction of Genners Lane and Long Nuke Road, Northfield shortly before 11.50pm last night (Tuesday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, with serious injuries. The man received advanced trauma care from the doctor and team of ambulance staff on scene who worked to stabilise his condition before conveying him on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Three wounded during incident in Birmingham City Centre

Tuesday 2nd October 2018 – 8.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three men have been treated by ambulance service staff for stab wounds after an incident in Birmingham City Centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple call to three different locations all in close proximity to the High Street at 5.45pm.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the MERIT Trauma doctor and four other BASICS Emergency Doctors were immediately mobilised.

However, on arrival, a number of those resources were stood down as the injuries were not as serious as first thought.

The men were treated at each of the three locations.  One had suffered serious injuries, the other two less serious.  All three were taken to hospital.

Witnesses are asked to contact West Midlands Police via live chat at www.west-midlands.polic.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 giving log number 1842 of 2nd October.

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One dead after lorry crash on M40

Friday 28th September 2018 – 11:55am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a crash involving three HGVs on a motorway.

The incident happened on the northbound M40 between Junctions 15-16 at about 4.15am this morning (Friday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two lorries that were on fire.  A third lorry was just in front of them.

“Unfortunately, the driver of one lorry died at the scene.

“The driver of a second lorry, a man in his 60s, was treated at the scene for a medical condition and was taken to Warwick hospital.

“The third driver was uninjured.

“The motorway is likely to remain shut for some time and police are appealing for information in relation to the crash.”

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Motorcyclist dies after crash

Friday 28th September 2018 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

One motorcyclist has died and another has suffered serious injuries after a crash involving two motorcycles and a car.

It happened outside Summerhill School, in Lodge Lane, Kingswinford at about 7.10pm last night (Thursday).

Three ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two motorcyclists who had been involved in a crash with a car.

“The first motorcyclist had suffered serious injuries.  He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor travelling with the crew.  Sadly, he died later at hospital.

“The other rider, a man in his 30s had suffered multiple injuries.  He was treated at the scene before also being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A woman in her 40s from the car was treated for less serious injuries and was taken to Russells Hall Hospital.  A man and a woman from the same car were uninjured.”

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Two men die after incident on dual carriageway

Friday 28th September 2018 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have died after an incident on a dual carriageway.

It happened at about 8.10pm on Thursday evening on the southbound A40 to the south of Whitchurch in Herefordshire, near the petrol station.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a motorcyclist who had suffered very serious injuries.  Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A short distance away a second man was found, and again, sadly, northing could be done to help him and he was also confirmed dead at the scene.”

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A woman had died after a crash

Friday 28th September 2018 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after the car she was in crashed.

The incident happened on the A452 Chester Road, at Stonnall near Walsall, close to the Stonnall Service Station, at about 10.20pm last night (Thursday)

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands CARE team were sent to the scene.

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

“The woman driving the vehicle had suffered very serious injuries and unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Trust welcomes Lord Carter report which shows WMAS as the most efficient in the country

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A new report shows West Midlands Ambulance Service is the most efficient in the country.

This remarkable success was achieved by being the only ambulance service in the country with a paramedic on every vehicle; having the most modern fleet with all vehicles standardised and none over five years old; and by using some of the most technologically advanced equipment.  Together this means the Trust is able to discharge more patients at the scene than any other service, which brings real benefits to patients and hospitals as fewer patients are taken to A&E.

The report by Lord Carter of Coles examines the differences between ambulance services in England.  West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We welcome the report as it recognises the extraordinary lengths that ambulance service staff go to, to help patients but also backs up many of the decisions this Trust has taken over several years.

“Despite being one of the worst funded ambulance services in the country, our unique operating model means we are the only Trust in the country to consistently surpass all of the response targets.

“We have invested heavily in our staff with update training every year.  This helps us to achieve the second lowest conveyance rate in the country: only about half of patients are taken to hospital but we are confident that we can reduce that still further.

“We have invested heavily in technology which is recognised nationally and internationally as a Global Digital Exemplar.  We have one of the most technologically advanced control centres and over the last few years have rolled out our electronic patient record (EPR) to every vehicle.

“The system automatically takes information from our diagnostic devices such as blood pressure cuff and ECGs and updates the electronic record.  Via our clinical support desk, paramedics can also access previous records which can help in diagnosis.  The information being recorded can also be seen in real time by the hospital staff as a patient is being conveyed so that the A&E Department can be better prepared for when the ambulance arrives.  In addition, a copy of the record is sent electronically to the patient’s GP for their local records.

“We have worked very hard over recent years to improve the support we provide to staff.  As well as regular update training, all operational staff get mentored on the job, and we have also provided 24-hour management support on every ambulance station.

“We also support them pastorally: we now have two physiotherapists helping staff who do get injured back to work. We have expanded our peer support networks for staff should they need any help after serious incidents.  Together these allow us to have the lowest sickness rate in the country.

“Lord Carter recognises the huge cost and frustration experienced by ambulance services dealing with the unacceptable hospital handover delays.  It put a huge extra pressure on my staff, provides poor care for patients and means some patients wait far longer than they should have to, before they receive hospital care.

“We were delighted to have a visit from Lord Carter earlier this year to see the progress we have made over the last five years.  It was clear how impressed he was with what we do here in the West Midlands.

“Lord Carter does highlight that there is further work still to be done, which we fully support.  There is no doubt that further improvements in technology would benefit our staff and patients alike.  We also recognise and welcome his comments about a lack of clinically suitable alternatives to A&E inhibits our ability to keep patients out of hospital.  We will study the report closely so that we can make further improvements for the benefit of patients.”

Picture shows (L-R) Student Paramedic Mohammed Azim, Lord Carter of Coles, WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, Clinical team mentor Leigh Watts.

Man dies on M6 in Staffordshire

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 10.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M6 in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 at 6.19am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a male pedestrian, the driver of a stationary vehicle, who was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest. The team worked together to commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact 101, quoting incident number 83 of 27 September.”

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Tractor and car collides in Kidderminster

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman needed hospital treatment after their car was involved in a collision with a tractor in Kidderminster yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456, near Rock Sports Youth Football Club in Callow Hill, Kidderminster, at 5.15pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a BASICS doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car and a tractor which had been involved in a serious collision.

“A man, the passenger from the car, sustained multiple serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked with the fire service on scene to carefully extricate him from the car. The man was given pain relief, his wounds were dressed and he was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“The driver of the car, a woman, had managed to get out of the car unaided and was described as ‘walking wounded’ on scene. Ambulance staff assessed the woman and found she had sustained a head and hand injury. She was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The tractor driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Who would deliberately target ambulances in brick attack?

Wednesday 26th September 2018 – 9.40am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing for the public’s help in apprehending the individual(s) who attacked not one, but two ambulances with bricks.

The two incidents took place as the ambulance went through the underpass on Birchfield Road at the junction of Aston Lane in Birmingham at about 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon; the second incident took place at the same location at around 3.00pm.

In the first case, the vehicle was travelling on blue lights to a patient with breathing difficulties.  The ambulance crew had to stop as the windscreen was damaged and meant that a second ambulance had to be sent to the 999 call, resulting in a delay of around 10 minutes in getting help to the patient.

In a bizarre twist, it was that second ambulance that was also targeted as it took the same patient to hospital.  On this occasion, the crew heard a loud bang as they drove along, but it was only once they arrived at hospital that they discovered a dent in the ‘A Post’ just above the windscreen and driver’s door.

Both vehicles are now off the road and it will cost hundreds of pounds to repair.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is hard to put into words how angry and disappointing these incidents are.

“Throwing a brick at any vehicle is dangerous and idiotic, but when it is an ambulance responding to an emergency, it’s beggar’s belief.

“Never mind that two vehicles are off the road which could be out helping to save lives, this was a horrendous incident for the staff involved.  They do a difficult job at the best of times, but to have this sort of incident happen has understandably left them shocked and upset.  I am just thankful that no-one was hurt.

“The potential for this to have turned into an incident which resulted in serious injury or worse is plain to see.  I am therefore asking anyone who was in the area who saw anything or who has CCTV of that area to contact West Midlands Police as soon as possible so that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 1364 of 25th September.

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Fatal RTC on motorway

Thursday 20th September 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M45, heading towards Rugby near to the junction for Dunchurch, at 11.33am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew also responded in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had been severely damaged after leaving the carriageway and colliding with a tree.

“There was one patient, a man, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

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

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Man seriously injured as lorry overturns

Wednesday 19th September 2018 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been seriously injured after his lorry overturned on the motorway this morning in a single vehicle collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 3 and 3A on the M42, near Redditch, at 11.44am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic, a BASICS doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients. The driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was trapped in his cab as a result of the incident.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and then worked closely with fire service colleagues to help him out of the vehicle.

“He received specialist trauma care for a serious arm injury before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route.

“A second patient, who was also in the lorry, avoided injury in the incident and was discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Nuneaton

Friday 14th September 2018 – 4.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man his died and a second has been seriously injured following a collision between a car and two pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ansley Road in Stockingford, Nuneaton at 10.34am and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover three patients in total, two pedestrians and the driver of the car.

“Unfortunately, one of the pedestrians, a man, had suffered extremely serious injuries in the collision. It quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second pedestrian, also a man, received specialist trauma care for multiple serious injuries. He was anaesthetised in order to stabilise his condition before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance in a serious condition.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 50s, appeared to have avoided serious injury in the incident but was taken to the same hospital for further assessment.”

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A teenager has died after an RTC despite work of ambulance and hospital staff

Monday 10th September 2018 – 2.32pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has died after an RTC despite the efforts of ambulance and hospital staff.

The incident happened on Wolverhampton Road in Quinton last night (Sunday 9th September) at about 11.45pm.

An ambulance was on scene less than 3 minutes after the first 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer the the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found an 18-year-old was whose motorbike had hit a tree.

“Ambulance staff carried out life support and advanced trauma care at the scene before taking the man to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Sadly, he died later at hospital.”

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Anyone with information can call the West Midlands Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101; quoting log number 2845 of 09/09/18.

A man has been rescued after being found at the bottom of a cliff

Monday 10th September 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to treat a man who was found at the bottom of a cliff near Bridgnorth before he was lowered to safety using ropes.

Emergency services were called to High Rock, off Telford Road at 10.15pm lat night, Sunday.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who was in his 20s, was found at the bottom of a 25 metre cliff, thought it wasn’t clear how he had come to be there.

“The man was complaining of back and shoulder pain.  He was immobilised, had his injuries splinted and was given pain relief.  The HART team then clipped the stretcher onto a rope system put in place by Shropshire Fire; the man was then lowered down a steep embankment before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Ambulance staff also joined police and fire colleagues in a search of the area after reports that there could have been a second patient.

Nothing was found and ambulance staff were stood down at about 2.50am (Monday).

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Man injured in RTC outside Bullring

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 3.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for a serious leg injury by ambulance staff following a collision with a car outside the Bullring in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident, outside Debenhams, at 2.18pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 50s, who they were told had briefly been pinned against a wall following the collision.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff the man was treated for a serious leg injury. He appeared to have avoided any other significant injuries in the collision.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 50s, was treated for minor injuries and the effects of shock before being discharged at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 3.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian needed advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision in Sutton Coldfield.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had collided with a pedestrian and a shop window on Mere Green Road in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, shortly before 1.00pm today (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a woman, who was being cared for by passers-by after being involved in a collision with a car.

“Upon assessment ambulance staff quickly established the woman had sustained multiple serious injuries which required advanced trauma care on scene. The team of ambulance staff worked to administer pain relief whilst stabilising her injuries before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Good Hope Hospital for further checks.”

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An elderly cyclist has died after an incident with a car

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – 3.34pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly cyclist has died after reports of an incident involving a car.

It happened at about noon on Fen End Road West in Knowle

An off-duty paramedic started resuscitation at the scene while two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were en-route.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The exact circumstances of what happened were not clear.

“Unfortunately, the elderly man suffered a cardiac arrest and despite CPR being started shortly after the incident, sadly it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Six people have been treated by ambulance staff after a crash

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – 1:43pm – Murray MacGregor.

A total of six people have been assessed and treated by ambulance staff after a crash.

It happened at the junction of Wednesbury Road and Corporation Street West in Walsall, shortly before 11.00am this morning (Tuesday).

A total of three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the aircrews of two Midlands Air Ambulances, who responded in cars, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, there were a number of damaged vehicles.  One had collided with a lamppost and a wall.  There were three patients:

  • A 20-year-old man had suffered a head injury. He didn’t wish to be immobilised and was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by ambulance.
  • A 16-year-old girl had suffered multiple injuries. After treatment at the scene, she too was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.
  • A second man had suffered minor injuries and was left with police.

“A second car had suffered significant damage that resulted in the driver being trapped for around an hour.  The woman in her 40s was extricated with the help of firefighters.  She had suffered multiple injuries and was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A 3-year-old girl who was in a car set, escaped serious injury.  She was assessed at the scene and was discharged.

“The final patient was a middle-aged man who was a pedestrian.  He suffered a minor leg injury and was also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”

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Lorry driver seriously injured following collision with van

Friday 31st August 2018 – 11.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver has been seriously injured following a collision involving a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Pershore Road South in Birmingham at 6.37am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered the lorry driver, a man in his 40s, receiving excellent first aid from bystanders. The patient was outside of his lorry at the time of the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care for multiple injuries he had suffered, including a serious leg injury.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The van driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene.”

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Woman airlifted after car and tractor collide

Friday 31st August 2018 – 9.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a car and a tractor last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5063 and B4397 near to Wem in Shrewsbury at 6.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage in collision with a tractor.

“There were two patients from the car. The driver, a woman in her 30s, was still inside the vehicle and had to be assisted out by the fire service.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, she was treated for an arm injury and cuts to the face. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The passenger in the car, a teenage male, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of ambulance staff. He was treated for hip pain and cuts to his arm but was able to be discharge on scene.

“The tractor driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Midlands Air Ambulance landing at Royal Stoke University Hospital

Woman cut free and airlifted to hospital after cars and lorry collide

Friday 24th August 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman who was trapped in her car for about 50 minutes before being cut free has been airlifted to hospital following treatment from ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, following the collision between two cars and a lorry. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover two patients who needed treatment.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 40s, was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be cut free by the fire service.

“She was carefully assessed by ambulance staff throughout the process and once freed treated for arm and pelvic injuries. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor back injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man injured as car leaves M5 and catches fire

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 9.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has been taken to hospital after the car he was in left a motorway carriageway and ended up down an embankment before catching fire in Worcestershire in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 near Severn Stoke, Worcester shortly before 4.00am this morning (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended. A second paramedic officer, who was passing the scene, stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the car was well alight, and one occupant was out of the vehicle. The man in his 50s was fully assessed and found to have sustained multiple cuts and swelling to his arm. He was given pain relief and his wounds were cleaned and dressed on scene before he was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“A thorough search of the area was conducted by all three emergency services for a possible second occupant, but no other patients were found on scene.”

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Cyclist suffers head injury following collision with car

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has been treated for a head injury and transported to hospital by ambulance staff following a collision with a car last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Rea Street and Moseley Street in Birmingham at 6.28pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man in his 20s, lying in the road, approximately 30 feet away from his bicycle.

“The man, who was wearing a helmet, was treated for a head injury, a reduced level of consciousness and cuts to the shoulder before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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

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Man fatally injured and second airlifted following two-car RTC

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car RTC which resulted in a total of seven patients last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B4161 and York Avenue in Wolverhampton at 6.51pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. An off-duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man in cardiac arrest following the collision.

“Despite ambulance staff performing CPR and administering advanced life support, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man in his 20s, who had been helped from one of the cars by bystanders, was treated for a leg injury and a suspected pelvic injury. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A further four patients from the cars, two adults and two children were taken to New Cross Hospital with less serious injuries.

“A seventh patient, who was a bystander, was treated for the effects of shock and also taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist suffers multiple injuries after collision with car

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – 11:15am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff after suffering serious injuries following a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just before 7.10pm on Tuesday evening near the junction of Uttoxeter Road and the B5013, just outside Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire.

An ambulance arrived on scene in under five minutes and was backed up by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire which had a doctor and critical care paramedic on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a motorcycle that had suffered serious damage.  The car also had severe damage to the bonnet and windscreen.

“The rider, a 46-year-old man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was immobilised and received treatment from the ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

It happened at about 12.55am on the A46 Evesham Bypass, near to where the road crosses the River Avon.

An ambulance arrived 8 minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT trauma doctor and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said; “On arrival, ambulance staff found a lorry and car that had both suffered significant damage.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the driver of the car and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a 61-year-old man, was trapped for around 50 minutes.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.

“The man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was given pain relief and had a leg splinted and wounds dressed before he was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.  The doctor from the critical care car travelled with the ambulance crew.”

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Teen airlifted to hospital after bus RTC in Worcester

Monday 20th August 2018 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.

A teenager has been seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a bus in Worcester this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Deansway, near the college, in Worcester at 2.33pm (Monday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer attended the scene and were joined by two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and the other staffed by critical care paramedics, which landed at nearby Worcester Racecourse.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl, who was unconscious after being involved in a road traffic collision with a bus.

“Ambulance staff worked to quickly assess the girl and found she had sustained serious injuries. Whilst administering initial treatment, crews swiftly transferred the girl by land ambulance on blue lights to meet up with the awaiting air ambulance teams at the racecourse. The girl received further advanced trauma care from the doctor and critical care paramedics who stabilised her condition before she was airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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