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Man charged over attack on paramedic

Press release issued in conjunction with West Midlands Police – Tuesday 7th April – 5:00pm.

West Midlands Police have charged a man over a brutal attack on a West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic, that left our member of staff with a broken jaw.

It’s alleged Jamie Davies lashed out after calling ambulance crews to his home in Winifred Avenue, in the Earlsdon area of Coventry, on Sunday evening (5th April).

The 21-year-old was arrested yesterday and has now been charged with wounding, plus one count of dangerous driving as he’s accused of colliding with the ambulance as he drove from the scene.

Davies also faces charges of driving with no licence or insurance, and criminal damage in relation to an incident at a doctor’s surgery in Baliol Road, Coventry, on 31 March when a glass door pane was broken.

He is set to appear at Coventry Magistrates Court via video link later today (7th April).

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This was a horrendous assault on one of my staff.

“At a time when the NHS is under more pressure than at any time in its history, to lose an experienced paramedic from a cowardly act like this, is beggars belief.

“I am determined that we will work with police colleagues to bring anyone who attacks my staff to justice.”

The 40-year-old paramedic – who has worked with the Trust for more than six years – required surgery to insert a metal plate into his fractured jaw.

We’re pleased to say he is now out of hospital and recovering at home; although it’s expected to be a long road to recovery. He may be away from work for several months.

We wish him all the best in his recovery.

Man arrested over broken jaw punch on paramedic

Press release issued in conjunction with West Midlands Police – Monday 6th April – 4.30pm.

West Midlands Police have arrested a man suspected of a “sickening” attack on a paramedic that’s left the NHS front-liner with a broken jaw.

Officers were called to Winifred Avenue, Coventry, just before 9pm last night (5 April) by a crew reporting a violent patient.

Paramedics were sent to the address after a man suggested he was suffering breathing difficulties.

However, the 21-year-old lashed out as he demanded an inhaler and punched a paramedic in the face. He remains in hospital with a suspected broken jaw.

The offender drove off in a car, colliding with the ambulance as he sped away, but traffic officers detained him from a vehicle in Holyhead Road at around 1pm today.

He has been arrested on suspicion of wounding, driving off from the scene of a collision, plus criminal damage as it’s suspected he damaged a door at a GP’s surgery.

Coventry Police Chief Superintendent Mike O’Hara said: “Attacks on any emergency services staff will never be tolerated but this is a particularly sickening incident right now given that NHS workers are on the frontline of our national efforts to tackle coronavirus.

“I think I speak for the whole of Coventry in wishing the paramedic well and we hope him a speedy recovery.”

The suspect remains in custody for questioning and will also be spoken to about an incident at a doctor’s surgery in Baliol Road, in the Stoke area of Coventry, on 31 March when a glass door pane was broken.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This was a horrendous assault on one of my staff.

“At a time when the NHS is under more pressure than at any time in its history, to lose an experience paramedic from a cowardly act like this, beggars belief.

“I am determined that we will work with police colleagues to bring anyone who attacks my staff to justice.”

Attacks on Blue Light staff can be prosecuted under the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act which comes with the potential for tougher sentences.

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What’s it really like on the frontline?

West Midlands Ambulance Service is doing everything it can to keep staff safe and protect the people of the West Midlands during the coronavirus pandemic.

Our staff have some of the best protective equipment available including powered respirators.  It does mean that if you do call 999, our front-line ambulance staff may arrive wearing protective equipment, so please don’t be alarmed, it’s for everyone’s safety.

As an ambulance service, all of our staff are working exceptionally hard to continue to provide the best care and save as many lives as possible.

There is lots of misinformation doing the rounds about coronavirus, so it’s really important that you get your information from a trusted source.  Keep up-to-date by visiting the coronavirus pages on the NHS website.

This morning, paramedic Rob Moore spoke to BBC Radio WM Breakfast and talked about life on the frontline.

Your ambulance service needs you

Murray MacGregor – Monday 30th March 2020 – 5.20pmOur Staffm.

At a time when the country is pulling together to tackle the Corona Virus outbreak, your ambulance service is putting out an appeal to registered paramedics who live in the region to re-join West Midlands Ambulance Service to help treat the increasing numbers of patients.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has already significantly increased its capacity to deal with COVID-19 patients, but we want to go further still to ensure we can provide care to patients in their hour of need and save as many lives as possible.

As a result, we are looking for any paramedics who retired within the last two years or are working in the private sector for the likes of events medical companies who would like to come back into the NHS family to get in touch.  We have also had former members of staff contact us who went on a career break to look after children, offering to come back, which we welcome.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Over the last couple of years, we know that several hundred staff have retired from our service after giving many years of outstanding care to the public.

“We would like those paramedics to consider returning to WMAS so that we can increase the quality and amount of care that we can provide the public in these challenging times.

“Equally, we have already had a number of paramedics who normally provide medical cover at events such as horse racing come to us to offer their services, for which we are very grateful.

“We want to boost the number of paramedics we have available as much as possible, so re-employing former paramedics and those who work in the private sector who would like to join us makes sense.

Across our country we have seen how much we are all pulling together, from the astonishing scene last Thursday during ‘the big clap’ through to the amazing generosity of companies and individuals towards our staff; now we want to go one step further by increasing the number of paramedics to boost our ability to care for patients even further.

“For those who have retired; I know how much the time you spent with us meant to you; many of you have told me that when we have spoken.  I wouldn’t ask you to re-join if I didn’t think it was the right thing for the public of the West Midlands and our country.”

Those who would like to join the Service either on a short term or long term basis are invited to apply via NHS Jobs and look out for Job Reference: 217-VN488-19-20

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Over 1,000 people and hundreds of students want to help save lives

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 25th March 2020 – 9.00am.

In just three days, over 1,000 people applied to become a lifesaver in the West Midlands.  Together with hundreds of students, West Midlands Ambulance Service is enacting unprecedented plans to protect the public and save lives.

In these extraordinary times that face our country, we have put extensive plans that will see a substantial increase in staff numbers and upskilling hundreds of existing staff so that they can help the public.

Over recent weeks, we have increased the number of call assessors in both our 999 and 111 control rooms, but last weekend we asked for applications to increase that number further.  In just 72 hours, over 1,000 people had applied.

We are now fast tracking those applications with dozens of interviews held yesterday with more taking place on Friday.

In addition, the Trust has been working with our local university partners (Staffordshire, Coventry, Worcester, Wolverhampton and Birmingham City) to recruit around 200 third year paramedic students.

These are students who are just weeks away from qualifying and have spent thousands of hours on our ambulances, working with our staff, treating patients.  They are very well trained and experienced already.

All of them will work with fully qualified paramedics and technicians on the road.  As of Monday, this has allowed us to double the number of ambulances operating from our Bromsgrove Hub, where we have gone from 20 crews a day to 40.

A further 130 Year 2 university graduate paramedics have also been taken on to work as assistants to our vehicle preparation operatives; the staff who play a vital role cleaning and re-stocking our ambulances which allows our clinical staff to spend more time treating patients.  This will double our capacity at a time when this role has never been more important.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “We are receiving huge support from our university students who are desperate to do their part to help the nation at this time.  Many are already very familiar to our staff and the response we have had from the team at Bromsgrove has been incredible with the students made to feel very welcome.

“These students would have qualified over the next few weeks as HCPC registered paramedics so are a tremendous asset for us and I have no doubt that they will help to save many lives over the coming weeks.  I am incredibly proud of the students and also our staff for doing the right thing to help patients.”

Our existing staff are also playing their part.  With the number of non-emergency appointments significantly reduced, 320 of our patient transport service staff have agreed to undertake additional training so that we can significantly increase our ability to transport GP patient referrals, hospital discharges and low acuity patients where appropriate using strict protocols.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are dealing with a Global Pandemic and a National Emergency.  COVID-19 presents the NHS with arguably the greatest challenge it has faced since its creation.

“I am committed to doing everything necessary to protect the public and save lives.  Seeing the lengths that our staff are going to, to help people has never made me feel prouder to lead such an organisation.

“We have taken difficult decisions in recent weeks and will continue to do everything necessary to ensure we protect the 999 service, but it is vital that the public help us.

“The message is clear, Stay at home; Protect the NHS; Save lives. Anyone can spread the virus so:

  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds as soon as you get home

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Two women die in Moseley

Claire Brown – Monday 16th March 2020 – 4.25pm.

Two women have sadly died after being stabbed in Birmingham earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called by the police to reports of a stabbing an address in Belle Walk, Moseley, at 11.05am this morning (Monday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care car with an advanced paramedic on board and the West Midlands CARE Team medics were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found one woman who was sadly confirmed deceased on scene. A second woman sustained serious injuries and was in a critical condition. She was given advanced life support before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed dead at hospital a short time later.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Oldbury

Claire Brown – Monday 16th March 2020 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist is in a critical condition following a road traffic collision in Oldbury in the Black Country this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Regent Road in Tividale, Oldbury at 7.42am (Monday). An ambulance, paramedic officer, critical care car with an advanced paramedic on board and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a man, the motorcyclist, in a critical condition. They worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Pedestrian dies in Burton-upon-Trent

Claire Brown – 12th March 2020 – 10.00am.

A pedestrian has died following a collision involving a car in Staffordshire earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by East Midlands Ambulance Service after one of their crews came across the collision near Beech Hotel on Derby Road in Stretton at 0.31am today (Thursday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly nothing could be done to save the pedestrian, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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WMAS Scoops Award for it’s Support to the Armed Forces

Claire Brown – Wednesday 11th March 2020 – 3.45pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has scooped an award for the work it does to encourage members of the Armed Forces to come and work within the NHS.

The Step into Health Awards 2020 took place on Tuesday 10th March in Central London and celebrated the work of employers that are pledged to support Step into Health.  The programme recognises that veterans and people leaving the Armed Forces have transferable skills and the commitment that matches many roles within the ambulance service and wider NHS.

The awards also recognise the successes of former armed services personnel who have been through the programme and are now employed in the NHS.  As an ambulance service, the Trust actively supports reservists so that they can continue their military role while also working within the NHS.

The Trust’s Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, scooped the ‘NHS Advocate for Step into Health’ award jointly with another shortlisted candidate. The award recognised her determination to drive forward engagement at a local level, her influence to change behaviour within WMAS and for her dedicated support to members of the Armed forces community.

Kim, who attended the event with HR Manager Maria Watson and Military Champions Carl Pockett, Tim Atherton and Kelly Carr, had the privilege of being hosted by His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge for a private reception at Kensington Palace ahead of the award ceremony.

Talking about her award, Kim said: “Staff who have previously worked in the armed forces are often ideally suited to roles within the ambulance service.  Many say that the ambulance service has the same feel and camaraderie that they so enjoyed while serving their country.  They see that they can continue to make a tremendous impact within the communities that we serve.

“It was an honour and a privilege to represent WMAS and showcase nationally all the excellent work and commitment given by our staff at this Step into Health Awards.  The Duke of Cambridge was interested to hear about the range of support we provide to encourage new military joiners and how our staff, who are undertaking reservist roles are provided with assistance.

“It is clear there is a real synergy of public duty values between those in the NHS and MOD and I am proud to have played a part in promoting our organisations career opportunities to such as wide audience.”

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(pictured left to right: Carl Pockett, Maria Watson, Kim Nurse, Tim Atherton, Kelly Carr.”

 

Fatal RTC in Staffordshire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 27th February 2020 – 9.05am.

A woman has died and three other patients, including two children, have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.51pm to reports of a collision between a 4×4 pick-up and a lorry on Ashbourne Road, Leek. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a community first responder, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, we discovered a total of five patients, four from the pick-up and one from the lorry.

“The front seat passenger in the pick-up, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A boy, who was a rear seat passenger, was treated for a serious injury, not believed to be life-threatening, at the scene before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man, and a girl who was a rear seat passenger, were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to the same hospital in land ambulances.

“A further man, who was the lorry driver, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Woman seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 26th February 2020 – 9.20am.

Two women, one of whom suffered serious injuries, were treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a two-car RTC last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolverhampton Road, Kingswinford at 6.31pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered two patients, both women, following a two-car collision.

“One of the women was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be rescued with assistance from the fire service. Ambulance staff carefully monitored her condition throughout the process, as she was freed from the car.

“She then received treatment for serious injuries before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The MERIT trauma doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“The second woman, who was already out of the vehicle on arrival of ambulance staff, was treated for minor injuries and taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital as a precaution.”

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Three pedestrians hurt in collision with car

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 25th February 2020 – 7.45am.

A woman and two children have been hurt after a collision with a car.

It happened at about 3.30pm on Bulkington Lane in Nuneaton.

Three 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 staff found a woman and two children injured.

“All were treated at the scene before being taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“The doctor from the aircraft travelled with the boy who had suffered multiple potentially serious injuries.

“The woman who was in her 30s had also suffered serious injuries; the aircraft critical care paramedic accompanied the ambulance crew en-route to hospital.

“The girl had less serious injuries.

“The driver of the car, an elderly man, was shaken but uninjured and did not need hospital treatment.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in crash

Murray MacGregor – Monday 24th February 2020 – 11.45am.

An elderly pedestrian received advanced clinical care at the scene of a serious road traffic collision last night before being taken to a major trauma centre.

The incident happened at the junction of Crankhall Lane and William Green Road in Wednesbury at just before 6.15pm on Sunday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic office and the West Midlands Care Team, with a doctor on board, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a man in his 70s who had suffered multiple serious injuries after he was in collision with a car.

“He received extensive treatment at the scene before he was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with a police escort.  En-route, the ambulance crew rendezvoused with a second BASICS doctor due to the serious nature of the injuries.

“There were no other patients.”

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I am immensely proud of the way our staff have dealt with the challenges brought on by the flooding

Claire Brown – 20th February 2020 – 6.30pm.

The Trust is maintaining its focus on supporting the multi-agency response to the areas affected by flooding in the West Midlands.

At the peak of the flooding on Tuesday, the Environment Agency had a total of nine Severe Flood Warnings in place (meaning a danger to life), all of which were in the West Midlands area.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The flooding that we’ve experienced over the last few days in many parts reached record levels.  We’ve been dealing with three major incidents in Shropshire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

“My staff have responded magnificently; they are prepared, trained and exercised for such major incidents.  They have really stepped forward to be able to ensure our response is robust, comprehensive and above all safe and sustainable.

“Our Hazardous Area Response Team has deployed and additional flood team to the worst affected areas where they have undertaken a number of evacuations and rescues of people needing to be moved from their homes to a place of safety.

“We increased the number of 4×4 ambulances in our fleet during the winter period.  They have been invaluable during this period and have been deployed and all are fully operational enabling our staff to reach patients they might otherwise struggle to reach as quickly as possible.

“I am immensely proud of everyone who has gone above and beyond to ensure we’ve delivered a collaborative and coordinated response to the areas affected. We’ve also continued to receive support from our volunteers who have been booking on additional hours in their local communities, for which I’m appreciative of too.

“The weather forecast for the coming days is for more rain which will fall onto already sodden ground. Very many staff have already volunteered to come to work to support their colleagues by cancelling rest days or annual leave during this week and into this weekend which I’m immensely grateful for.”

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Michelle Brotherton has been part of the multi-agency senior command team in West Mercia since Sunday.  She said: “We continue to operate a normal 999 service, despite the floods, and have additional ambulance crews on duty in the three counties.  They are supported by additional staff in our control rooms but also the vehicle preparations staff and mechanics who keep our fleet running.

“We will also continue to send ambulance resources into affected communities to ensure we are able to respond to any concerns from local residents over the coming days.

“I would like to thank the many members of the community who have helped us during the last few days.  From farmers who have used their tractors to help us get through flood waters to the offers of food and drink while our staff have been at the scene of incidents. These acts of kindness and community spirit is particularly touching especially when the offers of help have been from people who were either directly affected by flooding or were on the edge of such devastating effects, yet they took time to support our staff.”

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Two men fatally injured in stabbing

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 20th February 2020 – 9.30am.

Two men have died as a result of stabbing injuries in the early hours of this morning (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a stabbing on Pensnett Road at about 3.40am and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who had suffered serious stab wounds. He received specialist trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene, who also administered advanced life support.

“However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Around the same time, one ambulance crew and two paramedic officers helped to treat a second man who had been driven to Russell’s Hall Hospital, he too had suffered serious stab wounds.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save him and he was also confirmed deceased.”

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Three to hospital following two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 18th February 2020 – 10.45am.

Two men and a woman, who had to be freed from their cars, were treated at the scene of a serious RTC by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two-car collision on Bromford Road in Hodge Hill, Birmingham at 8.33pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT Trauma Doctor to the scene.

An ambulance service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a total of three patients following a two-car collision, all of whom had to be freed from their vehicles with help from colleagues from the fire service.

“The drivers of both cars, both men, were treated for serious injuries. One of them was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, whilst the other was transported to Heartlands Hospital. The doctor and critical care paramedic from the MERIT team travelled individually with the patients to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The third patient, a woman, was treated for potentially serious injuries and also taken to Heartlands Hospital.”

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Man injured in RTC with lorry

Murray MacGregor – Monday 17th February 2020 – 11.45am.

A pedestrian has suffered significant injuries after he was involved in a collision with a lorry.

It happened at just before 7.00am on Kings Lane in Snitterfield near Stratford Upon Avon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the aircrew from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance who responded by car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the middle-aged man was trapped under the lorry. Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to free the man from under the vehicle.

“The man had suffered multiple but not life-threatening injuries.  He was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.  The air ambulance doctor travelled with the crew.

“The lorry driver, a man in his 30s was assessed at the scene but was discharged.”

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Woman and man swept into flood water – Tenbury, Worcestershire

Claire Brown – 17th February 2020 – 11.25am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service joined emergency services colleagues in Worcestershire yesterday after reports of two people who were swept into flood water.

We were called by the police to reports of two people in the river near Eastham Bridge, Tenbury Wells at 11.36 yesterday (Sunday). The Trust deployed an ambulance, a paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics specially trained for water rescue, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and a critical care car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One man was safely rescued from the water and received emergency treatment by ambulance staff on scene before being airlifted to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further care. He is said to be in a stable condition today.

“A joint search and rescue operation, coordinated by fire service colleagues, was carried out throughout yesterday to locate a woman. However the difficult decision was taken to call off efforts due to safety reasons later in the day. Ambulance resources were stood down from the scene at 4.00pm.

“The search for the woman has continued this morning by fire and police colleagues.”

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Flooding incidents in Herefordshire and Worcestershire

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Murray MacGregor – Monday 17th February 2020 – 8.20am.

Ambulance staff are continuing to work with emergency services colleagues and other partners to assist residents affected by flood water.

Residents in the Hinton Road area of Hereford are being evacuated after the risk was elevated to ‘Severe’ at around 6.00am this morning after water levels rose.

Ambulance staff are at a forward control point along with the rest centre at the Homer Road Leisure Centre and assisting with any residents who need assistance.

Earlier, ambulance staff treated two patients and assessed a further 10 after flood water rose rapidly onto a caravan park in Kempsey in Herefordshire.

Emergency Services were alerted to the flooding shortly after midnight (12:20am).  The Hazardous Area Response Team, who have staff trained in water rescue was deployed along with two ambulances and a paramedic officer.  Severn Area Rescue Association were also at the scene along with fire and police.  A total of 22 people were rescued from the chalets at the park.  The two casualties were assessed at the scene and discharged.

Assistant Chief Ambualnce Officer, Nathan Hudson, said: “All of the Trust’s 30 4×4 ambulances are available to respond to incidents along with specialist resources.  The Trust remains at a high level of readiness to deal with incidents as they arise.

“It is vital that the public allow ambulance staff and the other emergency services and their partners to deal with the situation.  Please help us by not putting yourself at risk by travelling unless absolutely necessary.

“If you are in an area that has historically been affected by flooding, please ensure that you are up to date with the current advice available from the Environment Agency.  You can check your flood risk here.

“For drivers, please do not drive through flood waters; we have already seen numerous cases of cars becoming stranded.  It takes remarkably little water to put you and your car at risk.”

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Flooding risks due to #StormDennis

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Murray MacGregor – Sunday 16th February 2020 – 2.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has increased it’s state of readiness in light of the developing situation with flooding now affecting many parts of the Region.

Historic levels of rainfall over Wales overnight has resulted in water now coming towards Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire, though many other parts of the region are also experiencing flooding to a greater or lesser extent.  The Environment Agency has announced that there are a record number of flood warnings across England.

All of the Trust’s 30 4×4 ambulances are available to respond to incidents along with specialist resources including the Hazardous Area Response Team who have specific training in working in water.

We are working with partners including local authorities, the Police, Fire and Rescue and the Environment Agency to support residents and protect the most vulnerable.

Herefordshire

A major incident has been declared in Herefordshire as the county experiences significant and widespread flooding from rising river levels and deep surface flooding.

Herefordshire Council is opening rest centres for those affected. Please visit the Herefordshire Council website for more information and links to flood alerts and road closures.

Shropshire

A major incident has been declared due to the River Teme expected to reach unprecedented levels.  Areas affected include Ludlow, Shrewsbury, Ironbridge and Shifnal

Worcestershire

A major incident has been declared due to the flooding situation in Tenbury. River levels are expected to peak tonight.  Evacuations are now taking place. There are severe flood warnings on the River Teme in Eardiston, Tenbury Wells and Burford.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It is vital that the public allow the emergency services and their partners to deal with the situation.  Please help us by not putting yourself at risk by travelling unless absolutely necessary.

“If you are in an area that has historically been affected by flooding, please ensure that you are up to date with the current advice available from the Environment Agency.

“For drivers, please do not drive through flood waters; we have already seen numerous cases of cars becoming stranded.  It takes remarkably little water to put you and your car at risk.”

General Advice

  • Don’t walk or drive through flood water and check your flood risk
  • Avoid any unnecessary travel
  • Please check on your neighbours, especially if they are elderly or vulnerable.
  • Check your flood risk here.
  • If you come across road closed signs, do not remove them and certainly do not drive past them. Remember, just 30cm of flowing water could be enough to move your car and an egg cup full of water could be enough to wreck your engine.
  • General driving conditions will be more challenging.

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Woman fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith– Friday 14th February 2020 – 1.50pm.

A woman has died following a collision between a car and a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Shifnal, near to Weston Park, at 9.13am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered the driver of the car, a woman, in a serious condition.

“She was quickly rescued from the vehicle by ambulance staff who immediately began administering advanced life support.

“However, despite their best efforts it unfortunately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

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

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Hospital Chemical Incident

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 13th February 2020 – 3:00pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has attended a chemical incident at Corbett Hospital in Stourbridge today.

We were called by the fire service at 11:01am (Thursday) after a chemical spillage in a secure, temperature-controlled cabinet in the building.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Crews have assessed 10 patients who were showing symptoms relating to the incident.  Following assessment, nine of them were able to be discharged at the scene.  The tenth patient, a woman, was taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital as a precaution.”

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Motorcyclist Dies After Collision With Wall

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 13th February 2020 – 8.50am.

A motorcyclist has died after coming into collision with a wall in Wellesbourne yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 4:57pm (Wednesday) to reports a motorcyclist had crashed into a brick wall on the Charlecote bend of Stratford Road.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.  Upon arrival, crews found one patient, a man.

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

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Telford First Responders set to hold lifesaving training on the Wrekin

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th February 2020 – 11:00am

Volunteer Community First Responders will be holding life-saving training to members of the public in possibly one of the most remote defibrillator sites in the region this month.

Telford Community First Responders (CFRS) will be training members of the public in CPR and how to use a defibrillator on the Wrekin in Telford at the end of February. The café, which has recently installed a community public access defibrillator (CPAD) thanks to help from the CFR scheme and a lottery grant in 2018, is a popular place for walkers and cyclists and an ideal location for a life-saving device.

The CPAD, a device used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest, can be used by anyone in an emergency, with a code provided when you call 999.

Telford Community First Responders have been able to place 9 defibrillators around the Telford area after receiving lottery funding in 2018.  This training session on The Wrekin is the next logical step for the volunteer life-savers who want to ensure as many people as possible know what to do if someone suffers a cardiac arrest .

Nick Freeman, Telford Community First Responder and keen hillwalker, said: “We will be doing the main training in the recently refurbished pavilion, hosted by the people who run the café, and I also intend to walk up the summit and do some life-saving training with members of the public who are up there at the time too, weather permitting!. We will also be taking our new 4×4 response vehicle, which we use to respond to 999 calls to assist West Midlands Ambulance Service, up to the café so that people can see how we provide life-saving help in the local community.

“We’ve decided to run training here as it is quite a remote site which is frequently used by walkers, runners and cyclists on the Wrekin so the more people who know how to use a defibrillator can only be a good thing!”

The training will be taking place at The Halfway House Café between 11am and 3pm on the 22nd and 23rd February.  

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Picture of Nick Freeman (left) and Jenny Joy, café owner (right)
To find out more about The Halfway House Café visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/1899871233636415/ or email Nick Freeman via nick@telfordcfrs.org

Multiple Casualties in Black Country RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 7th February 2020 – 9.15am.

A child has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a collision involving two cars in Oldbury last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Parsons Hill and Wolverhampton Road at 7:50pm on Thursday.  Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a Merit Trauma Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews found multiple patients, one of which was in a critical condition.  Staff administered advanced trauma care to the girl, who was a passenger in one of the cars.  She was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

“A woman and two other children in the same car were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to hospital.

“There were four patients in the second car involved in the collision.  A woman in that vehicle was assessed and taken to hospital as a precaution.  A man and two children in the car were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Cyclist dies in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Tuesday 4th February 2020 – 10.00am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a van and a cyclist near to a golf club on Ridge Lane, Nuneaton at 5.57am this morning (Tuesday). 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, in a critical condition. Sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Birmingham

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 23rd January 2020 – 9.45am.

A man has died following a collision between a van and a pedestrian this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Ridgeway Avenue and Hagley Road West at 6.06am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a man, who was the pedestrian, with multiple serious injuries following the collision.

“Ambulance staff performed specialist trauma care and administered advanced life support at the scene.

“However, despite their best efforts, it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

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

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Serious RTC outside Royal Stoke University Hospital

Claire Brown – Tuesday 21st January 2020 – 10.30am.

A man is in a serious condition following a road traffic collision near Royal Stoke University Hospital this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry just outside the hospital on the A34 Newcastle Road, Stoke on Trent, at 9.11am (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries following a collision with a lorry.

“The man was given trauma care on scene before being transferred by ambulance on blue lights to the nearby hospital for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Coventry

Claire Brown – 20th January 2020 – 11.30am.

A cyclist has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a cyclist on Tamworth Road, Coventry at 6.28am today (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a cyclist, a man, in a critical condition. The team worked to administer advanced trauma care before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care. The man’s condition was described as critical upon arrival at hospital.”

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Pedestrian dies in Walsall

Claire Brown – Wednesday 15th January 2020 – 9.00am.

A pedestrian has died following a road traffic collision involving a car in Walsall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wallows Lane, Bescott, Walsall at 6.48pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, who was in a critical condition following a collision with a car. The team administered advanced life support on scene before the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital for further emergency care. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.

“West Midlands Police is appealing for witnesses to call 101 quoting log 2110 of the 14th January.”

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Fatal RTC in Monmouth

Claire Brown – 14th January 2020 – 9.40am.

A boy has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Monmouth yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision on the A466 Hereford Road in Monmouth at 3.48pm yesterday afternoon (Monday). One ambulance attended along with colleagues from Welsh Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a boy, who had been involved in a collision with a bus. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Driver Dies After Worcestershire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 14th January 2020 – 8.45am.

A man has died after a serious RTC in which a car collided with a tree in Hanbury yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service to Goosehill Lane in Broughton Green at 2:56pm yesterday (Monday).  An ambulance, paramedic officer, Basics emergency doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) and a Critical Care Car attended the scene. 

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a single vehicle collision near Goosehill Wood, involving one patient, a man, who was the driver.  He was in a critical condition.  Staff quickly worked to administer advanced life support on scene.  But unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Two seriously injured as van and pedestrians collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th January 2020 – 3.35pm.

Two pedestrians have been treated for serious injuries and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision with a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Burnt Tree junction on Birmingham New Road, Dudley at 1.51pm and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two pedestrians, both women, who had suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“Ambulance crews administered specialist trauma care at the scene before they were both transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on land ambulances. The doctor from the air ambulance and the critical care paramedic from the critical care car travelled with the patients to help continue treatment enroute to hospital. Both patients are described as being in a serious condition.

“The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.

“Motorists are advised to find alternative routes and avoid the area wherever possible.”

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Improvements to ambulance provision in Solihull

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 7th January 2020 – 4.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is to make changes to the provision of ambulance services in Solihull in a bid to improve the care provided to patients.

Additional paramedics and ambulances will be made available to the Borough over the coming weeks.  These will be funded by money saved by closing the base at Solihull Hospital which currently hosts three ambulances.

In 2019, the Trust responded to 32,522 cases in the Solihull area, yet only 13.6% of those cases were attended by the three ambulances based in the town; the other 86.3% were ambulances based at other sites such as Erdington Hub, but also others such as Coventry, Lichfield and Hollymoor.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Buildings don’t save lives; ambulance staff and vehicles do.  The Trust does not get value for money from the Solihull facility as it is empty most of the time.  We will therefore invest all of the savings from closing Solihull into frontline services.  The Borough will benefit from an increased number of staff and ambulances as a result of the change.

“Where an ambulance starts or finishes it’s shift really doesn’t matter; what matters is whether we are able to respond to patients in a timely manner.  We are confident that the change will bring real benefits to patients.

“As a service we will always send the nearest available ambulance to each case.  Once the Solihull ambulances transport a patient to A&E, most commonly at Heartlands Hospital, they will be tasked to the next case, even if that is not in Solihull.  In the meantime, other ambulances will cover cases in Solihull. This explains why such a high proportion of incidents in Solihull are not attended by Solihull ambulances.

“I understand why people might initially be concerned by such a change, but ambulances have never been tied to the town.  If all three ambulances from the town are with patients and a fourth case came in, as happens regularly, people would rightly expect support from another ambulance.  This change simply ensures that that an ambulance will arrive sooner.”

Paul Jennings, Chief Executive of Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group, added: “I welcome more ambulance staff and ambulances being made available to help local people receive timely care and have better health outcomes, often at their time of greatest need.

“This change makes absolute sense and will enable West Midlands Ambulance Service to use its frontline resources more efficiently and effectively, for everyone’s benefit.”

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I believe the ambulance service is the jewel in the crown of the NHS

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 1st January 2020 – 8.00am.

“I believe the ambulance service is the jewel in the crown of the NHS.”

These are the words of the man who is set to take over as Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service as the Trust moves into a new decade.

Professor Ian Cumming is due to take up his new position on 1st April 2020 when he retires from his current role of Chief Executive of Health Education England – the education and training organisation for the NHS.

His career in the health service spans 38 years; originally training as a research scientist, before spending 25 years as an NHS Chief Executive.  He has worked in hospitals, commissioning services and as Chief Executive of the NHS in the West Midlands.

Professor Cumming said: “I have had a personal interest in pre-hospital care for many years.  The ambulance service meets people at a time when they are arguably at their most vulnerable.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service already has a real focus on keeping the Trust at forefront of developing patient care and I am looking forward to helping them continue that journey.

“There is no doubt that the next decade will be one of real change for the ambulance service and the NHS with the growth of technology and integration.

“It is an exciting time and I can’t wait to join at the end of March.”

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The staff of WMAS; they are very, very special people

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 31st December 2019 – 6.00am.

As the decade draws to a close, it also marks the beginning of the end of Sir Graham Meldrum’s time as Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service; he officially steps down on 31st March 2020.

Sir Graham has been in the position for almost 14 years, and during that time, has seen the ambulance service develop into the top performing Trust in the country.

WMAS is the only ambulance service rated as Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission and one of only two who are rated in segmentation one by NHS Improvement.

In addition, the Trust is the only one consistently exceeding the national performance standings, has a paramedic on every vehicle and has no frontline vehicle older than five years.

Sir Graham said: “The last decade has been an incredibly special one; seeing the Trust develop and achieve things that might not have seemed possible ten years ago.

“While the decisions taken by the Board and senior leadership have undoubtedly shaped the way the Service has developed, it could not have been achieved without the most important part of the organisation; the staff.

Sir Graham added: “To a large extent, the reason we have been so successful is the roll out of the ‘Make Ready’ system where we have 15 large hubs instead of over 80 small ambulance stations:

It has allowed us to become far more efficient which has allowed us to invest far more than we would have been able to in frontline staff and vehicles, which is ultimately what is needed to provide a high quality service:

“Whilst we are undoubtedly successful, the service will not stand still and will continue to develop long after I have left.  The next decade looks like an exciting time to be within the ambulance sector:

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Pedestrian fatally injured in Warwickshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 18th December 2019 – 10.00am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and two pedestrians at the junction of Rugby Road and Guys Cliffe Avenue at 7:35pm (Tuesday).

We sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Crews arrived to find a man and a woman who’d been in a collision with a car; the woman was in a critical condition.

“Staff quickly administered advanced life support, but unfortunately despite their best efforts, she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second pedestrian, a man, was treated for injuries not thought to be serious. He was taken University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed at the scene and taken to Warwick Hospital.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in Birmingham RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 16th December 2019 – 1.25pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian at the junction of Moor Street and Park Street at 10.47am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover the pedestrian, a man, in a critical condition.

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

“The driver of the vehicle, a man, was assessed at the scene and taken to City Hospital.”

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Pedestrian dies in Black Country RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 12th December 2019 – 10:30am.

A man has died, and a woman has serious injuries after they were hit by a car in Wolverhampton during this morning’s commute.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving two pedestrians and a car on Parkfield Road at 6:45am (Thursday).

We sent three ambulances, two MERIT trauma teams and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Upon arrival crews found two pedestrians who had been involved in a collision with a car. Bystanders on scene were already administering excellent first aid to both patients.

“One pedestrian, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance crews commenced advanced life support to him, but despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was sadly confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.

“The second patient, a woman, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

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Fatal RTC in Alton

Claire Brown – Thursday 12th December 2019 – 10.00am.

A man has died following a two-car collision in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cheadle Road in Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, at 4.56pm yesterday (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a community first responder, an advanced paramedic, a paramedic officer, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find a serious RTC involving two cars. The driver of one car, a man, was in a critical condition and quickly received advanced life support from the team of ambulance staff. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was already out of the vehicle when ambulance staff arrived. He received trauma care on scene for serious injuries before being taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“A third man involved in the collision was described as ‘walking wounded’ and was given treatment on scene before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Driver dies in Kidderminster RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 12th December 2019 – 9:40am

A driver has died after being involved in a two-car collision in Kidderminster last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11:33pm on Wednesday to Spennells Valley Road.  Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and consultant paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found fire colleagues administering excellent first aid to a man in a serious condition; he was the driver of one of the cars.

“WMAS staff continued advanced life support on scene, but sadly, despite their best efforts, he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A second man involved in the collision was assessed for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal collision at junction

Murray MacGregor – Monday 9th December 2019 – 4.30pm.

An elderly man has died after a two car collision at a busy junction.

The incident happened at about 1.30pm at the junction of the B4455 Fosse Way and the A5 at Copston Magna on the Leicestershire / Warwickshire border.

Both East and West Midlands Ambulance Services received 999 calls about the crash with both services sending ambulances to the scene; the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found other motorists trying to assist the elderly man.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of all those at the scene, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

A woman in her 30s in the other vehicle was treated by ambulance crews for non life-threatening injuries.  She was taken by a West Midlands Ambulance crew to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

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Fatal motorcycle RTC in Stoke-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 4.15pm.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Stoke-on-Trent this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at 10.51am reporting a collision involving a motorcyclist and a lorry at the junction of Chemical Lane and the A527 in Tunstall. A non-emergency ambulance came across the incident and stopped to render aid whilst an ambulance, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Bystanders had already commenced first aid when the non-emergency ambulance crew arrived on scene.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was in a critical condition and the crew began administering advanced life support on scene before being joined by ambulance colleagues. The team worked together to continue resuscitation efforts at the roadside but, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Lorry driver airlifted from Shrewsbury RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 12.10pm.

A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre following a collision involving two lorries in Shrewsbury earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to Emstrey Bank, Atcham, Shrewsbury at 9.15am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICS emergency doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One lorry driver, a man, sustained serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff administered trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition whilst working closely with fire colleagues who helped to extricate him from the cab.

“Once released from the vehicle, the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a major trauma centre, for further emergency care.”

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Pedestrian dies in Bridgnorth

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 8.40am.

A man has died following a collision involving a car in Bridgnorth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a serious collision on the B4176 in Hilton, Bridgnorth at 7.27pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. An off-duty paramedic officer came across the incident and stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man, was being given CPR by bystanders on scene when ambulance staff arrived. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Man dies in Balsall Common RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 6th December 2019 – 8.00am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Balsall Common last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.46pm yesterday (Thursday) to reports of a collision involving two vehicles at the junction of Holly Lane and Table Oak Road, Balsall. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find and car and a 4×4 that had been involved in a collision. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the occupant of the car, a man, and he was confirmed deceased by paramedics on scene.

“Two other people involved in the collision were assessed by ambulance staff on scene for minor injuries. Neither required hospital treatment and were discharged on scene.”

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Motorcyclist dies in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 4th December 2019 – 10:10am

A motorcyclist has died in a road traffic collision in Redditch in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a motorbike and lorry on Ravens Bank Drive in Beoley at 12:29am (Wednesday). We sent a Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found one patient, a man, who was the motorbike rider with serious injuries. They administered advanced life support, but sadly despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”


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Man fatally injured in two vehicle RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 2nd December 2019 – 5.10pm

A man has died in a road traffic collision in the Shareshill area of Wolverhampton this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two vehicle RTC involving a car and lorry on Cannock Road, just off Junction 11 of the M6, at 12:06pm (Monday). One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving a car and a vehicle transporter. The driver of the car, a man, was found in a critical condition and was rapidly removed from his vehicle in order for treatment to begin.

“Unfortunately, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene with no injuries.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 28th November 2019 – 3.25pm.

A woman has died following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birmingham Road in West Bromwich, near to West Bromwich Albion Football Club, at 11.57am and sent one ambulance and two paramedic officers to the scene.

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

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

“The lorry driver, a man, was assessed for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.

“A third patient, a woman who witnessed the incident, was also treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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