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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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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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Two fatalities in Worcestershire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 23rd February 2021 – 10.00am.

A man and woman have sadly died after a multi-vehicle collision in Worcestershire yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:40pm on Monday to reports of an RTC involving six vehicles at the junction of the A435 and Hill Lane in Wythall. Due to the nature of the incident, multiple resources were sent to the scene including the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, the West Midlands CARE Team, three land ambulances and several paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find a serious road traffic collision, with two occupants from one of the vehicles in a critical condition.

“The critical care teams from the air ambulances split up to deliver advanced trauma care to the man and woman. Unfortunately though, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save them and both patients were confirmed dead at the scene.

“One man from another vehicle was treated for serious injuries and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“A fourth patient, also a man, was treated at the scene for minor injuries before being conveyed to the QE in Birmingham.

“The fifth and final patient was assessed by ambulance crews and discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal Staffordshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 23rd February 2021 – 9.15am

A man has sadly died following an RTC in Lichfield last night.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 7:59pm to the junction of Flats Lane and the A5 at Weeford to the collision involving a car and van. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a critical care paramedic and doctor attended the scene.

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

“A second patient was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”  

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Fatal Birmingham fire

Jordan Eggington – Friday 19th February 2021 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died following a fire at a property in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 5:17am (Friday) to Church Hill Road in the Handsworth area of the city. One ambulance and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene this morning to find a man, who had been involved in a fire at a property.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became clear nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Two taken to hospital after car and van collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 18th February 2021 – 10.05am.

Two men were taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision involving a van and a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ashbourne Road, Uttoxeter at 6.57pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Car to the scene.

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

“The van driver, a man, was trapped as a result of the collision and ambulance staff worked closely alongside colleagues from the fire service to cut him free. He received treatment for potentially serious injuries before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The driver of the car, also a man, got himself out of his vehicle and was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to the same hospital. A teenage male and a boy who were travelling in the car were also assessed but did not require treatment.”

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Man dies in Droitwich Fire

Claire Brown – Monday 15th February 2021 – 1.15pm.

A man has sadly died following a fire at a property in Worcestershire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hanbury Road in Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire at 8.07am this morning (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two critical care cars responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, who had been involved in a fire at a property, being given CPR by bystanders and police.

“Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.”

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Tower block fire in Coventry

Claire Brown – Friday 12th February 2021 – 9.55am.

A total of seven patients were assessed by ambulance staff following a flat fire in a tower block in the early hours of this morning in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service at 7.05am today (Friday) reporting a serious fire on the 14th floor of Nauls Mill House, Middleborough Road, Coventry. The Trust immediately despatched an ambulance, two paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor and paramedic on board to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the fire service actively fighting the fire on the 14th floor. A total of seven patients, from upper floors of the tower block, made their way safely down to reception where the team of ambulance staff had set up a casualty clearing area to assess everyone. Six patients were unharmed, and one patient was found with minor injuries and received treatment on scene. All seven patients were discharged from care.”  

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Serious RTC in Warwick

Claire Brown – Friday 12th February 2021 – 9.15am.

One woman has been seriously injured and two other people required hospital treatment following a road traffic collision involving a taxi in Warwickshire yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 Warwick Bypass in Stanks Hill, Warwick, at 11.49pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor and paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a single vehicle RTC involving a taxi which had ended up in a ditch. One passenger, a woman, was in a critical condition. Crews worked closely with the fire service to extricate her from the vehicle whilst she received advanced trauma care. Once released from the vehicle the woman was conveyed on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“A second passenger, a woman, and the driver, a man, were given treatment on scene for non-serious injuries before both being taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Two taken to major trauma centre after RTC

Murray MacGregor – Monday 8th February 2020 – 8.30am.

Two women have been taken to a major trauma centre after a single vehicle crash in the early hours of this morning (Monday).

The crash happened on the A41 outside Dovecote Bletchley Court close to the dual carriageway at around 4.10am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic office 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 rolled over but had ended up on its wheels.

“The front seat passenger was trapped so they immediately requested the fire service be responded.

“The woman was trapped for a little over half an hour while ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate her.

“The woman had suffered multiple injuries.  After treatment at the scene, she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke Uiversty Hospital where medics were awaiting her arrival.

“The driver, also a woman, had suffered less serious injuries but due to the level of damage to the car, was also taken to the same major trauma centre as a precaution.”

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Man dies in Bilston fire

Claire Brown – Monday 1st February 2021 – 9.00am.

A man has sadly died, and a woman has been injured in a house fire in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service reporting a property fire in Dawson Avenue, Bilston at 3.17am (Monday). Two ambulances and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a woman out of the property being cared for by fire colleagues. Upon assessment the woman was found with potentially serious injuries and was given treatment on scene before being taken to New Cross Hospital.

“Fire colleagues found a second patient, a man, inside the property. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene by ambulance staff.”

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House fire in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 27th January 2021 – 8.50am.

Two people have been treated for potentially serious injuries after a house fire in Birmingham overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 11:12pm on Tuesday to a serious fire at a property in Regent Road, Handsworth. Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the MERIT trauma car with a doctor and critical care paramedic onboard attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they were presented with two patients who had been inside the building at the time of the fire, a man and woman.

“Although unharmed from the fire itself, the patients had both suffered potentially serious injuries from escaping the building.

“They were treated at the scene for their injuries before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in separate ambulances for further treatment.”

(Photo credit: @ResponseWMP)

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Man fatally injured in house fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 26th January 2021 – 8.25am.

A man has died following a house fire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property on Chase Road in Bloxwich at 5.57pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover one patient, a man, who had been rescued from the house by the fire service.

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

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Multiple casualties in Birmingham RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 22nd January 2021 – 9.00am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service attended a two car RTC in Birmingham last night which sadly saw one man die and two others seriously injured.

The service was called by police at 9:01pm on Thursday to the junction of Church Road and Lichfield Road in Aston. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma team attended the scene.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC, with one of those involved in a critical condition receiving bystander CPR. Crews took over his treatment and administered advanced trauma care but sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two other men involved in the collision had serious injuries and received trauma care on scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in separate ambulances on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.”

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Fatal house fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 15th December 2020 – 11am

A man has sadly died following a house fire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property on The Goss in Brierley Hill at 10.17pm. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, ambulance staff were told by colleagues from the fire service that there was one patient inside the property.

“Unfortunately, once with the patient, a man, it quickly became evident that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Assistant Chief honoured with Queen’s Ambulance Medal

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 30th December 2020 – 10.30pm.

An Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has been named in this year’s New Year’s Honour’s List.

Keith Prior, who is a National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU) Director, has a career spanning 39-years in the ambulance service and he has been awarded the Queen’s Ambulance Medal (QAM) to reflect his dedication and distinguished service to his profession.

The QAM ensures that the dedication of ambulance staff has the same level of Royal recognition as other members of the emergency services.

Starting out as an ambulance service cadet in Greater Manchester aged 16, Keith has devoted his career to improving patient care and saving countless lives as a paramedic and in managerial roles. As well as working in Manchester, he has also worked for Yorkshire Ambulance Service and the Welsh Ambulance Service, joining WMAS full time in 2011, having already had two pervious spells in the West Midlands.

In his role at NARU, Keith has made a significant contribution to UK national resilience by ensuring the effective ambulance response to major, mass-casualty events including London terror attacks, severe flooding and the response to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Under his leadership, NARU is now recognised as a world-class central resource for the national management and co-ordination of the pre-hospital mass casualty response to particularly high-risk and challenging event.

Keith, who spends a large amount of his time working away from home, is popular with staff, demonstrates loyalty and compassion to those he works with and also supports many local community projects outside of work.

Speaking about his award, Keith said: “I am extremely honoured to receive this award for what is ultimately, doing a job that I love. Throughout my 39-year career within the ambulance service I have worked with some fantastic people and I fully recognise that I would not be in this position without a great deal of hard work and support from colleagues, wherever I have worked.

“I am proud to have helped so many people since I started off as a cadet aged 16 and feel privileged to have been able to continue doing so in the years that have followed.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family for their continued support, without which, I would not have been able to enjoy the fantastic career that I have.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I have known Keith for 20 years and he deserves huge credit for the commitment he has always shown to providing and delivering the very best level of patient care.

“For him to receive the QAM is a fitting tribute to his many years of hard work in many different areas of the ambulance service and I would like to thank him for his dedication and tremendous service he has provided to patients all over the country.”

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Serious RTC in Hereford

Claire Brown – Tuesday 29th December 2020 – 10.10am.

A man has been taken to a major trauma centre following a multi vehicle collision in Hereford this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Church Road near Kenchester Water Gardens in Lyde, Hereford at 6.14am earlier today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving several cars and a lorry. The occupant of one car, a man, was in a serious condition and required extrication with help from the fire service. Ambulance crews found he had sustained serious injuries and worked as a team to administer trauma care to the man before he was conveyed, on blue lights and sirens, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The critical care paramedic travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“A driver and passenger from a second car, both men, were out of the vehicle when ambulance staff arrived. The driver was given treatment on scene for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford Hospital for further checks. The passenger declined assessment and was discharged on scene.”

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The women working the NHS frontline

Shaunna Farley. Tuesday 22nd December. 13:25pm.

This year has been unlike any other, and it has been a particularly significant year for the NHS.

Two female members of staff have been featured in national magazines, telling all about their experiences working the NHS frontline this year.

Charlotte Stubbs, Paramedic from Dudley has been featured in an article for Stylist, a UK Health and Lifestyle magazine, the article focusses on some of the women of the NHS who will be working this Christmas Day.

While many of us tuck into turkey, many NHS staff like Lottie will be working over the festive period as unfortunately, emergency calls don’t wait until after Christmas.

When asked what working Christmas Day was like, Lottie answered: “I’ve worked most Christmas Days from the age of 17. This year I will be working across Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, and the 27th of December. I’ve never minded working on Christmas Day, though, as all the patients we meet are usually so jolly and everyone is in really high spirits!”

Karina Graham, Paramedic from Hollymoor is featured in Harpers Bazaar and talks about her experiences working on the frontline throughout the pandemic.

Karina said: “Through all the difficulties Covid-19 has brought the NHS, my colleagues, whatever their role, have stood side by side supporting each other and ultimately the health system itself. I am proud of what we’ve achieved.”

You can find the full Stylist article featuring Lottie here: https://www.stylist.co.uk/health/nhs-staff-working-over-christmas-experience/463926 and you can find the Harper’s Bazaar article featuring Karina here https://www.harpersbazaar.com/uk/culture/a34973162/nhs-frontline-voices-2020/

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FATAL RTC IN WORCESTERSHIRE


Shaunna Farley. Monday 21st December. 9:15am.

A man has sadly died following a collision with a car yesterday near Alcester.


West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5:23pm to reports that a pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a car on Church Lane in Cookhill.


Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene. A GP, who came across the incident, was also on scene and stopped to provide assistance.


A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, it was clear that the pedestrian, a man, was in a critical condition. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”


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Serious RTC in Ludlow

Claire Brown – Wednesday 16th December 2020 – 9.15am.

An RTC last night left a car on its roof and saw ambulance staff provide treatment to two men in Ludlow.

The incident happened in Sheet Road, Ludlow at 10.23pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found a car on it’s roof in a hedge. The passenger, a man, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and was assessed but found to have suffered no apparent injuries but was conveyed to Hereford County hospital for further checks.

“The driver, a man, was trapped and had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance staff and fire colleagues worked together to carefully extricate him from the vehicle and onto the ambulance where the team administered trauma care to stabilise his injuries. The man was then taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the MERIT team travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.”

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Cyclist dies after RTC with van

Jordan Eggington – Monday 14th December 2020 – 3.40pm

A man has sadly died after coming into collision with a van whilst on his bike in Herefordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10:25am to the collision at Coppice House in the Tedstone Delamere area. We sent the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and two land ambulances to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found the cyclist in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Crews continued to administer basic life support to the patient, but sadly despite the best efforts of the bystander and crews, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Two fatally injured in single vehicle RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 14th December 2020 – 8.25am.

A man and woman have sadly died after the car they were travelling in came into collision with a wall at the weekend.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1:44am yesterday (Sunday) to reports of a single vehicle RTC on Warwick Road in Solihull. Four ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care car and the MERIT trauma team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, it was clear the two rear passengers of the vehicle, a man and woman, were in a critical condition.

“The Air Ambulance Critical Care team attended to the woman, whilst the critical care doctor and paramedic from the MERIT team treated the man. Both were given advanced trauma care on scene, but sadly despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save them, and they were both confirmed dead at the scene.

“The other two occupants of the car, both men, were treated by ambulance crews for serious injuries and they were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.”

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Study into heart attacks could save hundreds of lives

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th December 2020 – 6.00am.

A study that is looking to see if more heart attacks can be identified and earlier could lead to hundreds of lives being saved across not just the UK, but around the world.

The research being carried out by West Midlands Ambulance Service and two other ambulance services is being funded by the British Heart Foundation and will try to establish the best way to diagnose people having a heart attack.

In the UK there are nearly 200,000 hospital visits each year due to heart attacks: the equivalent of one every three minutes. In the 1960s more than 7 out of 10 heart attacks in the UK were fatal, however, advances in treatment mean that today at least 7 out of 10 people survive.

A heart attack, which is different to a cardiac arrest, happens when there is a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of your heart muscle. Heart attack symptoms vary from one person to another. The most common signs are pain or discomfort in the chest. But other symptoms can include pain in the arm, neck, and jaw, or feelings of sickness, light-headedness or shortness of breath.

Now, frontline ambulance crews from West Midlands, South Western and the Welsh Ambulance Services will work with researchers at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London, Swansea University and the University of Leeds to identify if there are additional times when ambulance crews should perform an ECG (electrocardiogram) test.

Currently a pre-hospital ECG is performed on patients complaining of acute chest pain.  The device measures electrical activity in the heart through a series of wires attached to the patient’s chest.

Research Paramedic Josh Miller, said: “Data already shows that in about a third of cases, when a patient is having a heart attack, they haven’t had an ECG done by the ambulance crew because the patient didn’t show any of the classic signs – chest pain or pain in the arm, neck, and jaw, or feelings of sickness, light-headedness or shortness of breath.

“Earlier studies show that this is more common in older people and particularly women.  Because of this, the study will look to see if there are other atypical signs that ambulance staff should be looking out for. 

“This is important because if an ECG was done on these patients they would get the specialist treatment they need more quickly, which might result in the crew bypassing the local hospital and going straight to a specialist centre, which means more patients will survive.

“In this study we will be looking back at the medical records where we know the patient had had a heart attack to look at whether an ECG was done by the ambulance crew, and if not, if there is an indication as to why they didn’t do one.

“We will also hold focus groups with paramedics to understand better their decision making processes on whether to do an ECG.”

As for what the outcome of the study might be, Josh says, there will be no immediate changes for ambulance crews but the study could lead to significant developments worldwide: “We might need to change our advice to ambulance staff as to when they choose to do an ECG so that they do an ECG more often and therefore pick up more heart attacks. 

“The second area that might change is around ambulance workforce provision; currently, not all ambulance services in the world have a paramedic on every ambulance, as is the case in the West Midlands.  By having a paramedic on board would mean that there is someone who is trained to interpret an ECG which would allow them to identify if there is a heart attack ongoing which would lead to the patient getting taken straight to a specialist centre.”

Josh says, when you talk to patients who have had heart attacks, many were absolutely stunned that that is what was happening.  Pam Smith from South Staffordshire had been moving bales of hay just before she dialled 999 thinking she had bad indigestion.

Naresh Sabharwall from Stourbridge says he had a bit of a headache but had no pain.  Thankfully, he got help from a local shopkeeper after he suffered a massive heart attack that ended up in him going into cardiac arrest.

It’s not just members of the public who don’t recognise they are having a heart attack.  Retired GP, Dr Richard Johnson from North Worcestershire didn’t realise until he saw the ECG that the ambulance crew carried out on him.  He ended up being blue lighted straight to theatre for emergency surgery.

Tom Quinn, Professor of Cardiovascular Nursing who is leading the project, added: “Ambulance staff play a crucial role in early assessment of patients with a suspected heart attack.  Previous research has shown that people receiving the test were more likely to survive. 

“There could be a variety of reasons why around a third of heart attack patients don’t get an ECG from ambulance crews; for example, we know that women and older people are less likely to receive one, perhaps because of cultural issues, not wanting to overplay the seriousness of the situation or because some heart attack patients do not report ‘classic chest pain’ type symptoms.

“By looking at nationwide data on the treatment of heart attacks and by speaking to ambulance crews working on the frontline we hope to develop a clearer picture of when these ECGs should be used.  We can use this knowledge to empower ambulance crews, help them make the most effective decisions and ultimately save more lives.”

Lee Kettle, from the British Heart Foundation, said: “This research really could lead to hundreds of lives being saved.  We see this as a chance to empower ambulance staff so that they have the data and research which will give them the confidence to carry out more ECGs and therefore identify more heart attacks.”

Please note that the videos were filmed prior to COVID-19 pandemic

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Haulage Company Honours Key Workers

Shaunna Farley. Thursday 10th December. 12pm.

A family-run business in the Black Country is honouring key workers of the region, by naming their new fleet of lorries after them.

The logistics industry kept the country moving during this year’s unexpected challenges, alongside the NHS, which is why BJS Haulage in Wednesbury has chosen to make this generous gesture.

Eight individuals who have been recognised for their hard work this year, including two from West Midlands Ambulance Service and the Intensive Critical Care Team from Royal Wolverhampton Hospital have been honoured.

Mark Barratt, Clinical Team Mentor based at Sandwell Hub is one of them; Senior Operations Manager, Rich Barratt, said: “Mark is known for his exceptional dedication and mentorship style towards students. His colleagues also recognised how he goes the extra mile to support them during times of personal need, as well as while on shifts.”

A second lorry will be named after the late John Mallinson who was a Call Assessor based at Navigation Point who sadly passed away in September.

John joined the Trust as a 111 call handler in March this year. Tragically, John fell ill in September shortly after completing his dual training. He was rushed to hospital where he underwent emergency surgery, but his condition deteriorated and he died aged just 31 years old.

Head of 111, Rob Till, said; “Staff in the 111 call centre were unanimous in wanting to put John’s name forward for this honour. Despite his short time with us he undoubtedly touched the lives of so many people with his caring nature and desire to help. His family live locally so they can look out for his name on the lorry. I think that is a very fitting tribute to someone who came to help the NHS in our hour of need.”

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Man dies in Tamworth RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 8th December 2020 – 11.50am.

One man has sadly died, and three other people have received treatment following a road traffic collision in Tamworth this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several calls reporting a collision involving a stationary car and a van on the westbound carriageway of the A5 near Tamworth at 8.54am (Tuesday). Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and The Air Ambulance Service critical care car with a BASICS doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance crew arrived to find the driver of a car, a man, in a critical condition being cared for by a private ambulance crew. The two crews worked together to administer basic life support to the man before being joined by other WMAS colleagues. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone on scene, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.  

“The passenger of the car, a woman, was trapped and required assistance from the fire service to extricate her. The woman had sustained injuries not believed to be serious and, once released, was given treatment on scene before being conveyed to Heartlands Hospital.

“The driver and two passengers from the van, a man and two teenage boys, were described as walking wounded and were taken to Good Hope Hospital for further checks.”

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Three injured after two car crash

Murray MacGregor – Monday 7th December 2020 – 10.45am.

Three people have been taken to hospital, one by air after a serious crash on Saturday afternoon.

The collision happened close to the junction of the A46 Evesham bypass and The Link at around 2.20pm.

An ambulance that was taking a patient to hospital came across the incident and stopped to provide care until a further two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham arrived at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two cars that had suffered significant damage. The drivers of both cars were trapped in their vehicles.

“The driver of the first car was trapped for almost an hour.  He had suffered multiple injuries.  After assessment and treatment at the scene, he was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with potentially serious injuries.

“There were two people in the second car.  The driver was trapped for around 40 minutes.  He too was assessed and treated at the scene.  He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with potentially serious injuries.  A critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew.

“The front seat passenger in the car, a woman, had been able to get out of the vehicle herself.  She had suffered less serious injuries and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance.”

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Fatal crash in Coventry

Murray MacGregor – Monday 7th December 2020 – 8.40am.

An elderly woman has died after a collision between a car and a lorry.

The crash happened on London Road in the Willenhall area of Coventry at around 2.45pm on Sunday afternoon.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Critical Care Car arrived very quickly from its base at Coventry Airport.  On arrival, they found a car that had suffered significant damage.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of the medics and ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the woman, who was the front seat passenger, and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the car was able to get out of the vehicle himself.  He was assessed and found to be unhurt and was discharged at scene.”

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PTS Mohammed is Birmingham Ladder Apprentice of the Year

Claire Brown – Friday 4th December 2020 – 9.00am.

A member of staff from the Trust’s Patient Transport Services has been named Birmingham’s Apprentice of the year.

Mohammed Islam, who works as part of the Trust’s High Dependency team based at Gravelly not only won the Health, Education and Care category at last Friday’s  Awards virtual ceremony, but also went on to be named Birmingham Apprentice of the Year.

The Birmingham Apprenticeship Awards is hosted by Birmingham Live in partnership with the Ladder for Great Birmingham and celebrates apprentices working in different sectors as well as employers and training and education providers. This is the second year of the awards and is the second year in a row that a member of staff from the Trust has scooped the top prize after Kevin Naylor was named the top apprentice in 2019.

Mohammed joined West Midlands Ambulance Service in 2018 as Patient Carer and expressed his interest in undertaking the Advanced Apprenticeship in Healthcare support services. Despite the pandemic, Mohammed  has not only completed his diploma in Healthcare support services as well as additional qualifications in Maths and English, he has also been supporting the Trust’s response to COVID-19 by working on the high dependency team transporting patients to and from hospital requiring more specific care. 

Talking about his awards, Mohammed said: “I am honoured to have been awarded the Apprentice of the Year and Health Education and Care awards. I did not expect to win, given the high level of competition on the night. I could not have won the award without the support of family, my managers and my course tutor. I am very grateful to everyone who has taken the time to nominate me.

I am very pleased to have achieved my awards.”

Carla Beechey, the Trust’s Head of Human Resources, said: “Very many congratulations to Mohammed on his fantastic achievement and to all those that have supported his learning during his apprenticeship.”

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WMAS Advent: 2020 Edition

Jordan Eggington – Monday 30th November 2020 – 9am.

 T’was the day before December, and all through the land,
 Morale was low, with little joy to hand,
 2020 was a year that won’t be forgotten, 
 Seeing loved ones from a distance, for many it’s been rotten, 
 But one thing’s for sure, we’ve all come together, 
 To spread joy while we can, remembering loved ones forever,
 Now as we look forward, to a year with new hope,
 We take time to say thanks, as we’ve all had to cope.

There’s no doubt that 2020 has been a challenging year for all of us, with everyone experiencing their own personal struggles. Within the Trust, this year has seen mass recruitment in call assessors to cope with demand, students stepping in on the frontline and staff even making the brave decision to move away from home in order to keep both their families and patients safe.

Although the word ‘sacrifice’ comes to mind when thinking about 2020, so does the word ‘grateful’.

“2020 has made me appreciate life, because at the start of the year I almost lost mine…”

“I am thankful for being able to play a small part in helping people…”

“2020 was the year I helped bring life into the world…”

These are the words of just a few of our colleagues. Starting tomorrow, we are launching the #WMASAdvent Calendar. With everything that’s happened (or hasn’t) this year due to the pandemic it could be very easy to sweep it under the carpet, but our staff wanted to take the time to reflect and appreciate what 2020 has given them. Each day up until Christmas Eve at 8:30am you will hear from one of our colleagues saying what they’re thankful for on the @officialwmas social media pages, as we head into a more hopeful 2021.

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Man dies in Atherstone RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 30th November 2020 – 8.50am.

A car driver died following a collision in Warwickshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a stationary HGV on the A5 roundabout near the Blue Boar Inn in Mancetter, Atherstone at 6.46am yesterday (Sunday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a car which had been involved in a collision with a stationary HGV. It quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver of the car, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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ONE YEAR OF ACHIEVEMENTS

Shaunna Farley – Friday 27th November 2020 – 10:10am.

For most people, 2020 has not been the best of years, but as we approach the year end and you are looking for motivation for a better 2021, then hearing about what Kelleigh Ash has achieved in just 12 months since joining West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will undoubtedly boost your morale.

After joining the service in May 2019 as a Patient Transport Service (PTS) apprentice, Kelleigh’s list of achievements has grown at a rapid rate. The first obstacle she overcame was passing her driving test which meant she could begin driving PTS ambulances to collect patients and take them to and from essential hospital appointments. With that experience behind her, Kelleigh’s progress continued as she joined the Trust’s High Dependency Unit (HDU).

The High Dependency Unit is part of the Patient Transport Service and mainly involves hospital transfers and the collection of patients who a GP has seen and has asked for them to be taken to hospital, either to the Emergency Department or a Medical Assessment Unit. These staff have additional training to the standard PTS crews which allows them to take observations and check that there are no significant changes to the patient whilst en-route. They carry out monitoring using the likes of blood pressures and pulse readings and their ambulance is equipped with a defibrillator and oxygen.

Just a few months into her apprenticeship, Kelleigh attended a motorbike accident that happened near the PTS Hub she was based at in Coventry. Upon seeing the RTC, Kelleigh and her crewmate, Amanda, leapt into action. Rather than panicking or being overawed by the situation, she put the skills she had learnt during her first eight weeks with the service to good use to help provide the best level of patient care possible. So much so, that her work that day resulted in Kelleigh receiving a Chief Officer’s Commendation from Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh.

Not content with that, Kelleigh has continued to show a determination to progress and has completed her C1 driving licence theory test and is awaiting a date to complete the practical element. She has done this as she is about to embark on her Advanced Ambulance Practitioner Training in order to become a Trainee Technician with the service.

Kelleigh said: “I’m in disbelief at how much I’ve been able to achieve this year, although I take pride in the fact that I’ve worked so hard for this and I must say, none of this would have been possible without the support of my amazing PTS team. I’m really looking forward to progressing even further with my career in WMAS and I really hope I can inspire other people to chase their goals!”

Michelle Brotherton, Head of Patient Transport Service said “It’s great to hear about Kelleigh’s achievements and progression at the service since joining as one of our Patient Transport Service apprentices. I wish her the best in her further progression with the service and in becoming a Trainee Technician.”
There are lots of opportunities to join West Midlands Ambulance Service, if you would like to find out more about the roles available, visit https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/

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Cyclist fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 27th November 2020 – 9.35am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a cyclist in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by West Midlands Police to Midland Road, Darlaston at 1.09am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma team to the scene, which included a doctor and a critical care paramedic. The first resource was on scene within three minutes.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, one of whom, the cyclist, was in a critical condition.

“Colleagues from the police were already administering CPR on our arrival and were assisted by colleagues from the fire service.

“Ambulance staff administered specialist trauma care and administered advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There was one patient from the car, a woman, who was a front seat passenger. She was out of the car on our arrival and after receiving treatment for non life-threatening injuries, she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.”

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