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Woman dies in Penn RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 11th November 2019 – 9.00am.

A woman has died in a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of Coalway Road, Penn Road and Goldthorn Hill in Penn at 8.36pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving two cars. One driver, a woman, was in a critical condition being cared for by police officers. Ambulance staff worked as a team to rapidly remove her from the car to commence advanced life support on scene before she was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, declined ambulance assessment and was discharged on scene.”
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Man dies in Rowley Regis RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 8th November 2019 – 8.25am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision in Rowley Regis yesterday

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision involving a van and a single-decker bus outside The Cock Inn, Dudley Road in Rowley Regis at 5.01pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, HART paramedics, a BASICS emergency doctor and a Critical Care Car from the Midlands Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a serious collision involving a van and a single-decker bus. The van driver, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff began administering emergency treatment to the man whilst working closely with fire colleagues on scene.

“The team of medics worked to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“Two passengers from the bus, an elderly man and woman, suffered minor injuries and were taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks. The bus driver was assessed on scene but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Taking 111 to the next level

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 6th November 2019 – 12.01am.

Plans that will eventually see the full integration of the 999 and 111 services in the West Midlands (except Staffordshire) have taken an important step forward with the 111 service transferring to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The change, which took place yesterday at noon, is the first step of a process that will lead to significant improvements for patient care through fully integrating NHS urgent and emergency care services.

The new service will see fewer patients being sent ambulances and lead to a reduction in the number of patients asked to attend A&E.

Instead, the new model will support more patients being cared for in the most appropriate place for their needs.  This will also include more patients being provided with care over the phone by a team including GPs; advanced nurse practitioners; community mental health teams; pharmacists, dental nurses, paramedics and midwives.  More calls will also be diverted to GPs (in and out of hours), urgent treatment centres and rapid response services operated in the community.

Rachael Ellis, Chief Officer for Integrated Urgent & Emergency Care, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, said: “In 2016 the West Midlands launched England’s first Integrated Urgent Care Service which saw NHS 111 and urgent care providers working as one team.

“The launch of our new service is another national first as we move to fully integrate 111 and Out of Hours Services with the 999 service run by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“Once in place, it won’t matter whether patients dial 111 for urgent care or 999 for emergency care, our patients will all receive the same quality of care with their calls answered quickly and they will have access to the right clinicians for their need.

“This integration represents a real opportunity to work as one system to care for our patients.”

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

“We will build on the good work that Care UK, the previous provider, had initiated.

“During the winter period we start to make the changes necessary to take the service to the next level.  We have already taken on over 200 additional staff so that we can maintain the current service at the highest possible level.  In the spring we will begin the work to properly integrate the two services.”

Jeremy Brown, WMAS Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care Director, added: “I want to pay tribute to the staff that have joined us from the existing 111 service.  They have absolutely embraced our vision of making the service as easy as possible for patients and together with our existing staff are committed to taking the 111 service to the next level.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for those working in both 999 and 111 with the chance to expand their knowledge and embrace the change which will open up new opportunities to enhance their careers.  I am certain that this will bring stability to the workforce and help us to develop and enhance the service for patients.”

UNISON union Regional Organiser, Chanel Camilleri-Willis, said: “We are delighted that the 111 service has returned to the NHS family.  This is excellent news for both staff and patients.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service already demonstrates outstanding patient care on a daily basis and I have no doubt that they will bring that same high level of performance and patient care with the 111 service.  As well as stability of employment this will provide staff with tremendous opportunities to develop and progress their careers.”

Mr Brown added: “Our main focus is to make accessing NHS services easier for patients.  We recognise that sometimes patients have been unsure which service to ring – 111 or 999.  Once we integrate the services it won’t matter; we will be able to deal with your concern or query whichever number you call.

“The change will also make it easier for our ambulance crews to find alternatives to taking a patient to A&E as they will have the full range of services available to them.”

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Two seriously injured after car and motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith– Tuesday 5th November 2019 – 3pm

A collision between a car and three motorbikes has left three patients injured and requiring treatment from ambulance staff, two of them seriously.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Damson Parkway in Solihull at 12.42pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three male motorcyclists who had all been injured following a collision with a car.

“One of them, who was in his 20s, had initially been trapped underneath the car. Ambulance staff assessed and monitored the man closely, whilst the fire service worked to free him.

“He was then treated for multiple serious injuries and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance. A Critical Care Paramedic from the Critical Care Car travelled with the man to continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“A teenage male was also treated for multiple serious injuries and was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance, with the doctor from the air ambulance travelling with him to continue treatment.

“A second teenage male was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Heartlands Hospital, also by land ambulance.”

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Man seriously injured in M6 collision

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 1st November 2019 – 8.05am.

Two men, including one with serious injuries, have received treatment from ambulance staff and been conveyed to hospital following a collision on the M6 in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a four-vehicle collision between junctions five and six on the northbound carriageway at 4.37am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered two patients, both men.

“One of them was out of his vehicle and receiving treatment from the police on our arrival.

“Ambulance staff quickly discovered he was in a serious condition and administered specialist trauma care at the scene before transporting the man to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The second patient was assisted out of his car by ambulance staff. He was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Heartlands Hospital under normal road conditions.

“The motorway remains closed between junctions four and six following the collision and is expected to do so until approximately midday.”

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Her Majesty presents honour to Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 29th October 2019 – 9.10am.

It was a day that he will never forget; on Friday, WMAS Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Steve Wheaton received his Queens Ambulance Medal (QAM) from the Monarch herself at an Investiture ceremony at Windsor Castle.

Steve, whose career spans almost 30 years, was recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List.

The Resilience and Specialist Operations Director was recognised for his dedication and distinguished service to the ambulance sector which carries the same level of Royal recognition as other members of the emergency services.

Steve said: “It was a very proud day for me and my family who came to the ceremony with me.  Whilst I received the award, I couldn’t have done it without the many staff who I have had the pleasure of working with in the ambulance service across our country.

“It truly was a day to remember, made even more special by the fact it was the Queen herself who presented me with the QAM.  Her Majesty asked about WMAS and also how busy the ambulance service is.

“I would also like to thank the many people around the country who have sent me such lovely messages about the day and receiving the medal; it really is humbling.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh, said: “I have known Steve for 15 years and, in that time, I have watched him progress and flourish within the ambulance service to become a knowledgeable and well-respected individual in his field.

“I am incredibly proud that Steve has been recognised in this way and would like to thank him for his tremendous service and for the thousands of patients he has helped along the way.”

Speaking at the time of the announcement, 45-year-old Steve said, he found his passion with the ambulance service at the tender age of ten when he became a cadet with a local volunteer ambulance service. In 1991, he went on to become a cadet with London Ambulance Service where he spent ten years progressing to become a registered Paramedic. In 2001 Steve obtained a promotion to Duty Officer at the, then Essex Ambulance Service before moving up the ranks to Station Officer, Divisional Commander and the Head of Emergency Planning.

In 2008, Steve made the move to West Midlands Ambulance Service to head up and expand the Trust’s Emergency Preparedness and Specialist Operations team where he remains today. 2013 saw Steve seconded to the role of Deputy Senior Responsible Officer at the Home Office where he was responsible for rolling out the national Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP) across all emergency services in England.

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Strokes can happen to anyone, not just the elderly

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 28th October 2019 – 10am.

“Had it been your nan suffering those symptoms, I’d have instantly known she was having a stroke.”

That is what Emergency Operations Centre Call Assessor, Amy Keogh was told by a family member during her recovery from a stroke she suffered in 2016 when aged just 19-years-old.

Now, to mark today’s World Stroke Day, Amy hopes that her story, and those words in particular, will ensure people realise that strokes can happen to anyone, at any age, not just in the elderly.

Amy suffered headaches, sickness, vision loss and lost the use of her right leg, which ultimately led to her falling and ending up in hospital, where she was diagnosed as having suffered a stroke.

“The headache was the worst headache I’ve ever had and I couldn’t understand why I was tapping the wrong number on my phone when trying to enter my passcode.

“I had no idea I had lost use of my right leg until I tried to get to the toilet and I ended up falling.

“There is a common belief amongst people that strokes don’t happen to young people, but I am proof that they do. I had no idea that you could be affected so young by a stroke, you only ever hear of it in elderly people.  That is why I am desperate to get the message out there and make people aware that unfortunately, they can happen to anyone.”

Amy added that if anyone is unsure about their symptoms, they should seek reassurance as soon as possible. “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” she said. “I would urge anyone, old or young, to get some advice, get seen as soon as possible in order to hopefully get the worst-case scenario of it actually being a stroke, ruled out.”

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off. This can be caused by a clot in a blood vessel or bleeding in, or around, the brain.

WMAS Consultant Paramedic, Matt Ward, said: “There are treatments that can reduce the disability caused by stroke but these can only be given in the first few hours.

“Amy’s story is an example of how things can be missed, but because of the need to treat rapidly, it is essential to spot the signs of a stroke as quickly as possible. The FAST test is a well-known way of checking symptoms, but there are less obvious symptoms too such as sudden or partial loss of vision, and sudden changes in balance.”

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Notes to Editors:

Amy Keogh is available for interview today (Tuesday). To arrange, please contact the Press Office by calling 01384 246496.

Picture caption: The MRI scan of Amy’s brain during her stroke. The black dot at the bottom (above PIL) indicates the clot that then lead to three bleeds in the brain. Two of which are clear to see as black circles on the left side and the third is a smaller one on the right side (in line with the A in LAS on the side).

In the UK there are around 120,000 stroke cases a year. Over 1.2m people in the UK live with the effects of stroke, making it the biggest single cause of disability. West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) deals with over 20,000 suspected stroke cases a year.

F – facial drooping

A – arm weakness

S – speech disturbance (slurring or inappropriate words and an inability to speak are all common signs)

T – time, if you find any of these signs it’s time to call 999

Pedestrian dies in Leominster

Claire Brown – Friday 25th October 2019 – 10.40am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on the B4362 in Shobdon at 6.12am today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find bystanders and police administering CPR to a pedestrian following the collision.

“Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts and continued administering advanced life support to the pedestrian, a man, on scene. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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Cyclist dies in Shropshire

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th October 2019 – 1.30pm.

A cyclist has died following a collision with a tractor in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a rural road in Hollyhurst, near Leebotwood in Church Stretton at 10.32am today (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a cyclist, a man, who had been involving in a collision with a tractor. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Pedestrian dies in Birmingham HGV Collision

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th October 2019 – 10.45am.

An elderly woman has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and an HGV on Pershore Road in Cotteridge at 6.50pm yesterday (Wednesday). A number of ambulance resources were sent to the scene including paramedic officers, two ambulances, HART paramedics and medics from MERIT, the West Midlands CARE Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car. They joined colleagues from the police and fire service at the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found an elderly woman who had been involving in a collision with an HGV and was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked as a team to deliver advanced trauma care to the woman before she was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”

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Man trapped under van after crash involving mobility scooter

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 23rd October 2019 – 4.00pm.

The rider of a mobility scooter has been injured after a collision with a panel van which left him trapped under the front of the vehicle.

The incident happened at about 1.00pm on Pedmore Road in Dudley.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found the man, who was in his 70’s trapped on his side under the front of the van with his mobility scooter.

“Firefighters used lifting cushions to raise the van so that the ambulance staff could bring the man out from under the vehicle.

“The man had suffered serious injuries but they are not believed to be life threatening.  After receiving trauma care at the scene, he was taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

“The van driver was unhurt.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Coventry

Friday 18th October 2019 – 10.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres in a serious condition following a collision between a car and a pedestrian this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Far Gosford Street and Binley Road at 8.07am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a woman, who was the pedestrian.

“She received treatment at the scene for multiple serious injuries before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“The doctor from the air ambulance travelled in the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.”

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Five hurt after a car rolls over and hits a tree

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 15th October 2019 – 3.55pm.

Five people have been hurt after a car crashed, uprooting a tree, leaving the car on its side.

The single vehicle crash happened at just about 12.50pm today (Tuesday) on Astley Lane in Bedworth.

Five ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance crews found a car on its roof with significant damage and a tree lying across the road.

“There were five people in the car: three women and two men:

A man in his 20s had suffered multiple potentially serious injuries.  He was taken nonblue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A woman in her 30s has also suffered multiple potentially serious injuries.  She was taken on blue lights to the same hospital; the doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the crew.

“A third patient was also taken University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; the woman in her 40s was again taken on blue lights with multiple potentially serious injuries.

“Two further patients were taken to George Eliot Hospital.  A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s had both suffered multiple injuries but these were not believed to be serious.”

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They were amazing – they saved my husband’s life. Make sure you learn CPR in case it happens to you.

Tuesday 15th October 2019 – 12.21pm – Murray MacGregor.

“They were amazing.” The words of a wife when she met the two ambulance crews who saved her husband’s life after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Jenny and Mark Roberts from Brierley Hill were staying with friends on a caravan site in Ombersley, Worcestershire last November.

During the afternoon, Mark started to feel unwell but then, without warning turned grey and passed out.  His heart had stopped; he was in cardiac arrest.

In such circumstances every second counts.  Every minute without CPR decreases chances of survival by 10%!  The numbers speak for themselves:

In Norway, when a patient has a cardiac arrest outside hospital, in 73% of cases a member of the public or a family member does CPR – the survival rate is 25%.  Compare that to the UK where cardiac arrest patients only get support in around 50% of cases which leads to just a 7% survival rate.

Jenny says Milind Kumar Karday, the call handler who answered, was brilliant keeping her calm and telling her what to do.  She says you have to be ready because Mark had none of the classic symptoms of a cardiac arrest or heart attack; chest pains:

Two ambulance crews were immediately dispatched while Mark and Jenny’s friends performed vital CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on Mark, buying him time until the crews arrived.

Paramedics John Fryer, Lorraine McHugh, Michelle Adams and Anna Borecka were quickly on the scene, but that was just the start of the fight to save Mark.

Jenny and Mark got to meet the crews who attended to him at a meeting of the WMAS Trust Board at the end of January.

Mark and Jenny say it is difficult to put into words just how much it means to meet the people who saved Mark’s life:

Mark’s life was saved by the speedy recognition that he was in cardiac arrest and having someone there to do CPR until the ambulance staff arrived and took over.

Mark says he hadn’t ever really considered just how important the work of the ambulance service and all of the emergency service is until this happened.

Both he and Jenny now want everyone to take note of the incredible work of ambulance staff and also do their bit to help and learn basic life support.

Cardiac Arrest - Mark and Jenny Roberts

(L-R: Anna Borecka, Michelle Adams, Mark Roberts, Jenny Roberts, Lorraine McHugh and John Fryer)

Could you restart a heart?

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th October 2019 – 3.50pm.

This week, literally tens of thousands of people, mainly children, will learn how to restart a heart.

Why is that important?  Because, learning CPR or cardiopulmonary resuscitation could turn you into a lifesaver.

When a someone suffers a cardiac arrest, not to be confused with a heart attack, they are clinically dead; their heart has stopped beating and they will not recover unless someone is prepared to start CPR quickly and a defibrillator is attached to them to reset the heart.

Restart a Heart Day, which takes place on Wednesday, was started by the Resuscitation Council and is supported by the British Heart Foundation.

This week, staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service will join volunteers across the region and the rest of the UK to train tens of thousands of children on how to do CPR. 

The volunteers come from all walks of life; community first responders, local businesses, students and lecturers from some of our universities and other NHS staff.  Together we will try to train as many people as possible in the life saving skill.

A cardiac arrest can happen to absolutely anyone; young or old, fit or not.  That’s why knowing and being prepared to carry out CPR is so important, because the next one could affect a friend or loved one of yours; you just never know.

Here’s an example of how knowing CPR can save a life:

On 11th of November 2017, John Simpson was at home in Sutton Coldfield using an exercise bike, when he started to feel unwell.  Initially he thought it was indigestion.

As the crews were treating John, his wife arrived home and was understandably shocked by what she found:

In a letter to the Trust, Mr Simpson said: “I would like to commend the actions of the two ambulance crews who attended the incident and undoubtedly saved my life. I would also like to commend to you the lady (known to me as Pam) who talked to me and kept me appraised of progress.

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that the actions of the crews allowed me to survive long enough to receive this life saving treatment.  Their concern, tolerance and professionalism was a constant source of reassurance to both myself and my wife.”

In January 2018, just two months after his cardaic arrest John met the staff who saved his life:

Paramedic Jas Nar, said “We don’t do this job for the thanks, but meeting someone like John really does make it all worthwhile.”

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Four people treated after incident at wedding

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th October 2019 – 10.58am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received no fewer than nine calls to reports of a ‘brawl’ at a wedding at the Park Hall Ramada Hotel in Wolverhampton at 9.30 on Saturday evening.

Given the initial description of the incident and suggestions that there were numerous casualties, we sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team to assist with triaging patients and the mental health car which has a paramedic, police officer and mental health nurse on board.

Ambulance staff rapidly assessed a large number of potential patients.  In total, there were four casualties that needed further assistance.

A teenage girl who had been working at the event was treated at the scene for a medical condition and injuries sustained in the disturbance.  After assessment by ambulance staff, she was taken to New Cross Hospital.

Two men in their 20s were taken to the same hospital with injuries sustained in the incident.

A man in his 40s, who had also been injured in the incident, was assessed but chose not to go to hospital against advice from the paramedic on scene.

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Fatal crash in Wolverhampton

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th October 2019 – 9.15am.

A pedestrian has died after a collision with a 4×4.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at about 10.25pm on Sunday evening to the junction of Crowther Road and Tettenhall Road in Wolverhampton outside the Toby Carvery.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer 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 police officers and an off duty non-emergency patient transport service crew performing CPR on a pedestrian.

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

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Testing the multi-agency response to a major incident

Murray MacGregor – Friday 4th October 2019 – 8.16am.

We hope we never have to deal with an incident where we are faced with dozens of seriously injured casualties, but in this day and age, it is vital that we make sure we are prepared to do just that.

On Wednesday, all three emergency services took part in a large scale exercise in Albrighton. As you can see from the pictures, there were badly damaged cars and almost 100 live casualties; all in all a frightening prospect for the first crews on scene.

The exercise was put together by one of our Tactical Incident Commanders, Greig Smith along with Emergency Planning Manager Keith Nevitt and HART Training Manager Ed Middleton. As well as colleagues from West Midlands Police, Shropshire Fire and Rescue and Staffordshire Fire and Rescue, it also tested lots of West Midlands Ambulance Service staff.

It brought together 13 ambulance crews from across the Region, the training team from our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) including an aerial drone, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, over a dozen operational commanders and a range of other senior commanders; over 50 staff in total.

Greig said: “It was designed to be an extremely testing exercise with complex tasks and real challenges for the staff involved.  It provided a great training opportunity to experience a large scale multi-agency exercise.

“We were very lucky to be able to have around 90 ‘casualties’ some of whom played the part of being very seriously injured.

“These exercises are designed to test our training and always provide learning, but what was absolutely clear was the extraordinary level of commitment from all of those involved, whichever service they were representing.

“This will undoubtedly help us develop our capabilities even further so that we are as prepared as we can be for the future, whatever that may hold.”

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Serious crash ruptures gas main

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 3rd October 2019 – 11.05am.

Three people have been taken to hospital, one in a serious condition, after a two car crash that also left a gas main ruptured.

The crash happened near the junction of Longford Road and Oakmoor Road in the Longford area of Coventry at about 10.30pm last night, Wednesday.

Two ambulances, three paramedic officers and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found two cars that had suffered significant damage – the two were about 150 yards apart.

“A man in his 20s was trapped in the front passenger seat of the first car.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him after he had received advanced clinical care from the doctor whilst trapped.

“He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire with significant injuries.  The doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“Ambulance crews did not see anyone else from this car.

“There were two people in the second car.  A woman in her 40s had been helped from the vehicle by bystanders.  She was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution along with the driver of the car, a man in his 50s who had suffered minor injuries.

“The gas leak led to police evacuating a small number of residents until the main was shut off by gas engineers.”

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Car crashes into restaurant after collision with van

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 3rd October 2019 – 10.45am.

A man has been injured after a collision between a van and a car which left the car embedded in the front of a restaurant.

The incident happened at about 6.15am this morning at the junction of Station Street West and Foleshill Road in Coventry.

An ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The collision left the van with significant front-end damage.

“The driver, a man in his 30s had managed to get out of the vehicle himself.  He was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire as a precaution.

“There were no patients from the car at the scene when the ambulance arrived.”

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Tree falls on man

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 3rd October 2019 – 10.40am.

A man has died after a tree fell on him.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.40am this morning (Thursday) to a pathway next to the Cemetery in Eccleshall Road, Tillington near Stafford.

A number of members of the public heard the incident and went to see what had happened and immediately dialled 999.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance found a man trapped by the branches of a large tree.

“Working together they managed to get the man out from under the tree and provided advanced clinical care.  Sadly, despite best efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Burton

Claire Brown – Wednesday 2nd October 2019 – 9.30am.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Burton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and several vehicles on St Peter’s Bridge, Burton-upon-Trent at 4.58pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and a second air ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find bystanders administering excellent CPR to the motorcyclist, a man, who was in a critical condition following the collision. The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to take over resuscitation efforts and commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts on scene, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

Witnesses or anyone with dashcam footage are asked to call 101 or email ciu@staffordshire.pnn.police.uk quoting incident number 560 of 1st October.

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Fatality in Penkridge

Claire Brown – Tuesday 1st October 2019 – 9.15am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 8.09pm last night (Monday) to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on the A449 Stafford Road in Penkridge. An ambulance, which was en route to hospital, was first on scene after coming across the incident and stopped to render aid until further resources arrived. Two further ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff found a pedestrian, a man, at the side of the road in a critical condition upon arrival. The team of medics worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Woman airlifted after three car crash

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 26th September 2019 – 1.00pm.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a three car crash that left five people injured.

The collision happened at just before 8.00am this morning at the junction of Mill Lane and George’s Elm Lane, Broom, Bidford on Avon, in Warkwickshire.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from RAF Cosford were all sent to the scene along with the crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance at Strensham who responded by car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found one car that has suffered very significant damage to the driver’s side, with two other cars damaged.

“A woman in her 20s was trapped in the badly damaged car for around 50 minutes.  Ambulance staff and the doctor on the air ambulance worked with firefighters to extricate the woman.

“She was assessed and treated for multiple, potentially serious, injuries at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“A young boy in the same car was assessed and discharged into the care of family who had come to the scene.

“There were two women in the second car.  The driver, who was in her 40s was assessed and discharged with minor injuries. The front seat passenger was assisted out of the car by ambulance staff, but after assessment was also discharged.

“The man in his 50s who was in the third car had been able to self-extricate but after assessment was taken to Warwick Hospital as a precaution.”

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Fatal crash

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 26th September 2019 – 11.20am.

A man has died after a collision between a pedestrian and a lorry.

It happened on Worcester Road near the Four Acres Caravan Park at around 7.00am this morning, Thursday.

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

On arrival, ambulance staff, they found a man who had suffered very serious injuries.

Ambulance staff carried out advanced clinical care on the pedestrian, but unfortunately it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

There were no other patients.

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Damage left over 150 yards

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 26th September 2019 – 8.57am.

Three men have been taken to hospital, one in a potentially serious condition, after a two car crash in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).

The incident happened at just after 2.00am on Chester Road in the Boldmere area of Sutton Coldfield.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found two badly damaged cars with debris strewn over about 150 yards.

“One of the cars had ended up in the front garden of a house.  There were two occupants of this vehicle assessed by ambulance staff.

“A teenager was treated for multiple injuries which were potentially serious.  He was taken on blue lights to Heartlands Hospital.  A man in his 20s had also suffered multiple injuries and was taken to the same hospital at normal road speed.

“A man in his 40s from the other car had suffered non life threatening injuries and after assessment and treatment at the scene, was taken to Good Hope Hospital.”

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Two drivers injured in Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 25th September 2019 – 9.10am.

Two car drivers have been injured, one seriously, following a road traffic collision near Newport last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Woodcote at 7.15pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found two cars that had been involved in a serious collision. The driver of one car, a female, was already out of the vehicle. She was assessed on scene and found to have sustained injuries not thought to be serious. She was taken to New Cross Hospital for further checks.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was trapped due to the damage caused in the collision. Ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man whilst working closely with the fire service to carefully extricate him from the car. The man, who was in a serious condition, was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue advanced care during the journey.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 20th September 2019 – 4.10pm.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision between a car and a pedestrian at the junction of Wolverhampton Road and Grove Street, Wolverhampton at 2.22pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

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

“He received specialist trauma care from ambulance staff and was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene uninjured.”

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Pedestrian dies following bus RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 16th September 2019 – 12.45pm.

A pedestrian has sadly died following a collision with a bus in Solihull town centre this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision on Poplars Road, Solihull, Birmingham at 7.33am (Monday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman in a critical condition after being involved in a collision with a bus. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead by paramedics on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Willenhall

Claire Brown – Monday 16th September 2019 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a wall and a car in Essington Road, Willenhall at 4.10am this morning (Monday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find the driver of the car, a man, in a critical condition.

“The team of ambulance staff worked rapidly to administer advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Coach and lorry RTC on M6 in Stafford

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Woman dies in house fire

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Man suffers fatal injuries in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

“There were no other patients in the incident.”

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Lucky escape after M6 lorry fire

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

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

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

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

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

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Van driver fatally injured in RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two to hospital after car crashes into tree

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

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Snitterfield at 6.29am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews a car that had crashed into a tree and suffered significant damage. A man was trapped inside the car and was cut free with help from the fire service.

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

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

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Serious RTC in Bewdley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man seriously injured after motorbike and car collide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Five to hospital after Belgrave Middleway RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedalling paramedic hoping to help find a cure for leukaemia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serious RTC in Birmingham leaves woman in a critical condition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man airlifted following Shifnal RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatal crash in Hereford

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

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

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

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

“Sadly, both were confirmed dead on scene.”

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Stoke Hub staff join Gordon’s walk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The whole group who walked to remember Gordon

WMAS strikes Gold in recognition of Armed Forces Employer Scheme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Fatal RTC in Ross on Wye

Claire Brown – Sunday 25th August 2019 –6.55pm

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

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

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

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

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

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Trust remains the only ‘Outstanding’ Ambulance Service

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “Helping others is at the heart of everything we do and I am hugely pleased that the CQC saw a positive, patient centred culture within the Trust with hard working staff proud to work here and making a real difference to patients’ lives.

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

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

“Congratulations to everyone.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4×4 and bike in collision at junction

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

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

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

An ambulance was sent to the scene.

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

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

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

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