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Fatal house fire in Tipton

Claire Brown – Wednesday 4th August 2021 – 9.30am.

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a house fire in the Black Country last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to Tame Road in Tipton at 8.12pm last night (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, HART paramedics and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews found two occupants who had been rescued from the property by fire colleagues and were being given CPR.

“One occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. The team of ambulance staff immediately commenced advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite the best efforts of the emergency services team, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.

“The second occupant, a woman, received advanced treatment by ambulance staff who were able to stabilise her condition before she was conveyed on blue lights to Russells Hall Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Acocks Green RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 29th July 2021 – 12.50pm.

A man has sadly died and two others have been assessed by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a car and a van at the junction of Mayfield Road and Fox Hollies Road, Acocks Green at 8.50am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a van on its side with a passenger trapped. Ambulance staff worked quickly with fire colleagues to release the passenger, a man, but sadly nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The drivers of both the van and the car, two men, were assessed by ambulance staff on scene but neither required hospital treatment and were both discharged on scene.”

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Ambulance service football team nets a community defib

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 27th July 2021 – 12pm.

West Midland Ambulance Service’s Stoke Hub Football Club has secured a community defibrillator after working together with the Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust (HAJMT).

The football team train and play at Norton Sports, Community Drive, Stoke on Trent and after successfully applying to HAJMT for a defib to be donated, they have installed it at the community sports club, which also hosts Stoke City Ladies, Staffordshire Police FC and hundreds of youngsters who enjoy a kickabout on a weekly basis.

The defibrillator will not only be available to those using the sports facilities, it will be available 24/7 to nearby residents and the local community, should it ever be needed in the case of someone suffering a cardiac arrest.

Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Sally Angell-James (HAJMYT) and Cliff Medlicott (WMAS) discuss the importance of defibrillators in the community.

Stoke Hub FC manager Matt Harrison, said: “With recent events from the European Championships fresh in everyone’s mind when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch, it is more important than ever for people to think about installing defibrillators in community areas.

“We had already started the process of trying to obtain a defibrillator before that happened as it is not only ourselves who play here, there are hundreds of members of the local community who play their football here every week and whilst we hope it is never needed to be use, it might just save a life one day.”

The defibrillator was donated by HAJMT, a Trust set up with the idea of helping to install them at key locations across the West Midlands and beyond, whether that is at sports grounds, schools train stations or the village sweet shop.

HAJMT Chairman, Sally Angell-James, said: “We are delighted to have been able to provide a defib to Stoke Hub Football Club as they do a huge amount of good work in their local community and they came to us with such a good proposal, there was no way we could say no.”

Stoke Hub FC have raised a significant amount of money for charity and are grateful to HAJMT for the defibrillator donation.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, said: “In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, the definitive care is good basic life support and use of a defibrillator. For every minute that your heart stops beating and you stop breathing, your survival rate reduces by 10%. The quicker good basic life support and and a defibrillator can be applied, the better chance of survival that patient has.”

HAJMT accepts applications for defibrillator donations through their website at www.hajmt.co.uk. Not every application will be successful, but the Trust does put a focus on helping areas of the community obtain a defibrillator that may find it difficult to obtain one through self-funding. You can also make a donation to HAJMT by visiting the website.

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Notes to Editors:

Picture one (l-r)- Ryan Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Sally Angell-James (Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust), Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC)

Picture two – Mick Clewes (Norton Sports Chairman), Sally Angell-James (Henry Angell-James Memorial Trust), Cliff Medlicott (WMAS Community Response Manager), Matt Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC), Ryan Harrison (WMAS Stoke FC).

If used, please credit the images or videos to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Make use of 111 Online for urgent care

Murray MacGregor – Monday 26th July 2021 – 2.35pm.

People in the West Midlands are being urged to make use of 111 online for medical advice, with demand for 999 calls increasing dramatically.

Demand for the 999 service has risen by more than 50% compared to levels that would normally be expected at this time of year.  The 111 Online service offers patients advice on the best option for them to get the care they need, including getting a call back from a trained clinician, booking them an appointment in A&E or providing advice on how to help them recover.

Last week, West Midlands Ambulance Service received 40,839 emergency calls compared to just 25,870 for the same week in 2019 before the pandemic – an astonishing rise of 57.9% and the busiest week ever!

Call handlers have reported some extraordinary 999 calls in recent days for non-emergency issues such as sunburn, someone who had been scratched by a cat and a case of someone whose eczema that was particularly itchy.  While all may have needed clinical help, they were not appropriate for a 999 call.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are rightly prioritising those patients that are the sickest or most severely injured; everyone who needs an ambulance will get one, but in some cases there are some patients who could access the care they need using other options other than dialling 999.

“Our ambulance crews, 999 and 111 call handlers, volunteers and the many other teams who ensure we can respond to patients as quickly as possible, are working flat out as we see increase demand for our services.

“As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the public can play their part by using 111 online for urgent advice but calling 999 in life threatening cases

“I would also ask that patients and their loved ones also only call us back if the patient’s condition worsens, not to check what time their ambulance will arrive.  We simply can’t tell you the answer and while we are answering that call it may delay us answering a call such as a cardiac arrest where every second counts.”

The public is still being encouraged to contact 999 if they experience:

  • A cardiac arrest where the patient is unconscious and not breathing
  • Signs of a heart attack e.g. a pain like a heavy weight in the centre of your chest
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Signs of stroke such as the face drooping on one side or weakness on one side
  • Heavy bleeding that won’t stop
  • Seizures
  • Sudden and rapid swelling of the eyes, lips, throat or tongue

A number of factors are thought to be contributing to the rise in calls including the warmer weather, an increase in COVID-19 transmission rates in the community, an increase in the public spending time outside as restrictions ease and hospital pressures mean crews aren’t able to offload patients quickly which has a knock-on effect on the Trust’s ability to get to patients quickly.

Mr Marsh added: “This is a really tough time for ambulance staff and the volunteers who support us, who are working round the clock to deal with the huge increase in call numbers, and I’d like to pay tribute to their continued efforts to ensure patients get the care they need.

“With pressure on services still high, the public can help us to help them by using 111 online to get medical advice, and of course the most important thing we can all do at the moment is get the COVID-19 vaccine – both doses – which protects us, our families and friends and will help to reduce pressure on the NHS as well.”

People can access 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk

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Join us for our Annual General Meeting on Wednesday

Claire Brown – Monday 26th July 2021 – 2.20pm.

“Our staff and volunteers never fail to amaze me with their dedication to ensuring we overcome the challenges that are thrown at us.”

The words of West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, ahead of the Trust’s Annual General Meeting later this week.  The meeting, which will be held online for the second year due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic will provide a review of 2020-21 and also look ahead to the rest of the current year and beyond.

Chief among the review will be the extraordinary lengths that staff and volunteers, from all sections of the organisation, went to during the height of the pandemic.  It will also review the Trust’s Quality Account and financial statements.

The meeting takes place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday (28th July) at 4.00pm and provides an opportunity for members of the public to meet with the Board of Directors, representatives from the Council of Governors and staff from the service.

Mr Marsh said: “There is no question that 2020-2021 was the most difficult year ever for the service and the NHS as a whole because of the pandemic. It was a year where we’ve recruited hundreds of additional frontline staff: in our control rooms; paramedics on ambulances; students who joined us from university; and volunteers who assisted us in a variety of roles.  Together, we were able to provide a first rate response to the most pressure we have ever felt, thus saving countless lives. 

“The outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work from staff and volunteers is something everyone in the West Midlands should be proud of; I know I am.” 

WMAS Chairman, Prof, Ian Cumming, added: “There is no question that 2020-21 was a year that saw unprecedented challenges for the NHS. When I was appointed as the new Chairman of the Trust towards the end of 2019, little could I have imagined what a first year it would be. 

“In my experience, ambulance staff are generally very modest people who see the most difficult and demanding task as part of their job. Nothing could have prepared us for last year and our staff and volunteers should be justifiably proud of the part they all played.

“Thank you for all you have done for WMAS and our patients.  Sadly, I fear that your skills will be called upon many more times more during the current year as the pandemic continues.  

“I would also pay tribute to the role that our Council of Governors has played in helping the Trust achieve some of its goals as well as capture feedback from patients about their experiences of using our services.”

To join our Annual General Meeting please click here.

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Cyclist seriously injured in bus RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 23rd July 2021 –8.15am.

Ambulance crews, critical care paramedics and doctors worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to a man involved in a serious road traffic collision yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bloxwich Road in Walsall at 3:44pm on Thursday to the incident involving a cyclist and bus. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team, and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car and Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the cyclist, a man, in a serious condition with potentially life changing injuries.

“Staff administered advanced trauma care to the man, and he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment. The West Midlands CARE Team and Midlands Air Ambulance crew travelled onboard, continuing with treatment on route.

“The bus driver was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Police officers hurt in West Bromwich

Claire Brown – Wednesday 21st July 2021 – 2.15pm.

Two police officers have received treatment from the ambulance service following an incident in West Bromwich this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from West Midlands Police at 11.42am to reports of two police officers who had been assaulted in New Square Shopping Centre, West Bromwich. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with medics on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find two male police officers with non-serious injuries. They were given treatment on scene before being conveyed to hospital by land ambulance for further checks.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Market Drayton

Claire Brown – Wednesday 21st July 2021 – 11.00am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Market Drayton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 Four Crosses, Hinstock, Market Drayton at 8.15pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition following a collision with a car. Crews commenced resuscitation efforts on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The car driver, a man, was assessed on scene and given treatment for minor injuries before being conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further checks.”

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Fatal RTC in Alcester

Claire Brown – Monday 19th July 2021 – 3.30pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.30am to the junction of Coughton Lane and Alcester Heath, Coughton, Alcester earlier today (Monday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had left the road and collided with a tree. The driver, a man, was being given CPR by bystanders and fire colleagues when crews arrived. The man was given advanced life support by the team of ambulance staff at the 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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Fatal quad bike RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 16th July 2021 – 8.55am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and quad bike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:35pm to the RTC on Warwick Road in Solihull. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

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

“Staff worked quickly to administer specialised trauma care to the patient. Sadly though, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Alcester

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 15th July 2021 – 8.15am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a cyclist last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Alcester at 7.23pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a man, who was the cyclist. Ambulance staff began treating the patient, who had suffered serious injuries in the incident.

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

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

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WMAS to receive £5½ million in additional funding

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 14th July 2021 – 11.30am.

NHS England has announced an additional £55-million of funding for the ambulance sector to boost staff numbers ahead of winter.

In the West Midlands, that equates to £5,686,000 of extra funding, and comes at a time when the service has never been busier. 

On Monday this week, the Trust received 6,406 emergency calls in a day – that is 600 more than the previous record set last week and far busier than any New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest day of the year.  Nineteen of the 20 busiest days ever have come in the last month.

The funding is specifically designed to increase the number of 999 call handlers; put additional crews on the road; provide additional clinical support in control rooms; extend the availability of hospital ambulance liaison officers (HALO) at the most challenged acute trusts and increase the number of emergency ambulances available for the winter.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This additional funding is very welcome when all ambulance services are under immense pressure. 

“We have already started recruiting for additional call handlers and will work up other schemes that will allow us to make progress on meeting other key standards as soon as possible.

“At the start of the pandemic we were able to recruit hundreds of extra staff who played a key role in our ability to handle the rise in COVID-19 call numbers.  

“We had people from all walks of life join us as call handlers; hundreds of students worked on our ambulances and helped to prepare the vehicles.

“Speaking to those staff, I don’t believe any of them would say that they weren’t proud to have helped keep our nation safe.

“Working for the NHS is a real privilege, and I would encourage anyone who wants a great career to think about joining us.”

All vacancies within the Trust are advertised on NHS Jobs: www.jobs.nhs.uk

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Cyclist fatally injured in Walsall RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 11th July 2021 – 3.15pm.

A woman cyclist has died following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lower Rushall Street in Walsall at 10.06am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered one patient, a woman, who was the cyclist. She had suffered serious injuries in the collision and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

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

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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following Collision with Car

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 9th July – 7pm.

A man died following a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Salters Lane and the A44 in Pershore at 6.57am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered three patients. The motorcyclist, a man, was found to be in a critical condition and was already receiving treatment from an off-duty nurse and firefighter on our arrival.

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

“The driver of the car, a man, and a woman who was a passenger, were both assessed and discharged at the scene with minor injuries.”

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Attacker sentenced for stabbing paramedics

Jordan Eggington – Friday 9th July 2021 – 12pm.

“Your sentence will not give me back the year I lost, neither will it take away my painful and ugly scar, or the mental stress you caused. However, hopefully your sentence will be enough to act as a deterrent to others who think it is okay to attack other emergency services, when they have made a choice to simply do a job.”

Taken from Deena Evans’ Victim Impact Statement

Two paramedics, who were stabbed whilst on duty last year, hope the attacker’s sentence sends a strong message of the consequences of assaulting emergency service workers.

53-year-old Martyn Smith has today been sentenced to nine years in prison, with a five year extended licence, after pleading guilty to two counts of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm to the pair after they were called out to his home in Wolverhampton last summer.

Shocking police bodycam footage shows the moment Mick Hipgrave and Deena Evans were attacked by Smith with two large kitchen knives as they carried out a welfare check in Stephens Close, on 6th July 2020.

Mick and Deena recall events of 6th July 2020

Deena suffered a punctured lung in the attack and subsequently spent three days in hospital following surgery. Mick was stabbed in the back and was discharged from hospital the same day. The pair spent months off work for both their physical and mental recovery. However, the mental scars are still very much there.

The mental impact has been the worst

The whole incident lasted about 12 seconds, from the moment Mick and Deena entered the property, to Smith being tasered. However, the devastating impact of those 12 seconds will stay with our paramedics forever.

Upon sentencing, Deena read out an extremely emotive victim impact statement directed at her attacker, some of which can be heard below.

Last paragraph of Deena’s Victim Impact statement

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The events in Wolverhampton last summer were absolutely devastating. For two paramedics to be stabbed so horrifically whilst simply trying to help a patient is sickening. I want to commend the outstanding resilience of both Mick and Deena in their wishes to come back to work and continue to help their patients after everything they’ve been through. I admire their bravery in openly discussing the attack in order to raise awareness of the dangers paramedics and other front line emergency service workers face on a daily basis. Assaults on ambulance staff, whether it be physical or verbal, are not okay. I hope today’s sentence acts as a deterrent and sends a strong message that attacks on emergency service workers will not be tolerated. I want to also place my thanks on record to the crews who attended Mick and Deena and had the heart-breaking job of saving their lives. My gratitude also goes to the police officers at the scene. If it weren’t for their quick interventions on the day, the result could have been even worse.”  

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, added: “Our staff join the ambulance service because they want to make a difference and help people. For two paramedics to attend a job and come away with extremely serious injuries, both physically and mentally, is not okay. This is not part of the job. Over the last year 1,162 physical attacks were record on WMAS staff. Over the last five years physical attacks against our staff have risen by more than 60% while verbal assaults have more than doubled. That’s why we are rolling out body cameras for all frontline emergency crews. They will allow staff to record incidents where they feel at risk, with any recording being able to be given in evidence should an actual assault occur.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service is to rollout body cameras for all frontline emergency staff after more than 1,110 were assaulted last year. Physical attacks have risen by over 60% over the last five years, whilst verbal assaults have more than doubled. Funding of almost a million pounds from NHS England has allowed the Trust to purchase 1,288 cameras which will be sufficient for each frontline ambulance crew member to wear one.

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Miracle Survivors Reunited with their Lifesavers

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 8th July – 9:00am.

“These people saved my life, it was so amazing to meet them.” The words of Claudio Oliveira, one of two patients lucky to be alive after suffering serious injuries in a road traffic collision last year.

Claudio and Imogen Wood who were both seriously injured in the collision which took place in August 2020 and they were delighted to be reunited with their lifesavers last month.

West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics Roisin Morgan and Robert Armstrong were first on scene at the incident and met Claudio and Imogen at Worcester Hub after the duo had spent months recovering from their injuries.

Imogen and Claudio had been on a day out with friends and were on the way back when they were involved in a collision with a car and a lorry. Both sustained serious and life-threatening injuries.

Ordinarily, ambulance crews do not get to see the outcome of their hard work once the patient has left their care and gone into hospital, so being able to meet these patients who were so severely injured was an amazing opportunity, as Roisin explained.

She said: “We usually don’t get to see the outcomes of jobs, so we often don’t get closure, but especially a job like this where Imogen and Claudio were both so young and seriously injured, as a mother myself it stuck with me and I really hoped they were going to be ok, but thought I’d never find out.

“This made meeting them and seeing them both healthy and walking around, truly humbling,

“To think that, my work at the incident played a part in these two young people having a full life ahead of them, because of my actions, is the highlight of my career.”

Claudio said: “These people saved my life, it was so amazing to meet them.

“My memory of the whole thing was a blur so being able to see them and ask questions and tell them about how I’m recovering now was such a great feeling.”

Imogen added: “When the crew arrived, I was completely unconscious, so I have no memory of the incident happening, meaning I had no idea just how serious the collision we were involved in really was.

“Meeting Roisin and Rob and seeing how emotional they both were, and how thrilled they were to see that I’m still alive and walking around was so amazing and really made me aware of how serious the accident was and how lucky I am to be here.”

Sarah, Imogen’s mother who also attended to meet and thank the ambulance staff, added: “I’m so grateful to West Midlands Ambulance Service, the NHS and the people who make the NHS so amazing, there are not enough thank-yous in the world that I can say to them for saving my daughter’s life.”

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Fatal RTC involving car and bus

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 7th July 2021 – 8.00am.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision involving a car and a bus yesterday afternoon (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of the B4100 and Oakley Wood Road in Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa at 4.39pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Srensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a woman, who was the car driver, in a critical condition. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, and the best efforts of colleagues from the police and fire services, it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The bus driver was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“There were no other passengers on the bus at the time of the collision.”

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Man dies in Wolverhampton RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 6th July 2021 – 9.10am.

A man has died, and two ambulance staff have been injured following a collision in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a car had been involved in a collision with a non-emergency Patient Transport Service (PTS) ambulance on Lichfield Road, Wolverhampton shortly after 10.00pm last night (Monday). The PTS ambulance was on the way to collect a patient for non-emergency transport at the time of the collision.

Three ambulances, three paramedic officers, a senior commander and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The first ambulance was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call and arrived to find a man, believed to be the driver of the car, in cardiac arrest. The team worked quickly to administer advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“Meanwhile the remaining team of ambulance staff focused on assessing and treating their two PTS colleagues who had been injured in the collision. The two PTS staff, a man and a woman, were conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

“The service will be assisting West Midlands Police with its investigation into the collision.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Atherstone

Claire Brown – Tuesday 6th July 2021 – 8.00am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died in a road traffic collision Atherstone last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a motorcyclist who had come off his bike in Watling Street, Atherstone at 6.23pm yesterday evening (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition being given CPR by bystanders at the scene.

“Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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Fatal flat fire

Jordan Eggington – Monday 5th July 2021 – 8.50am.

A man has sadly died after a flat fire in Coventry over the weekend.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by fire colleagues at 11:39am on Sunday to a property on Earlsdon Avenue North. Four ambulances, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two paramedic officers and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the property to find one patient, a man, in a critical condition with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Staff took over in administering advanced trauma care to the man, but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Van driver seriously injured

Murray MacGregor – Monday 5th July 2021 – 8.00am.

A van driver has suffered serious injuries after an incident involving the van and two lorries.

It happened at just before 3.30am this morning (Monday) on the northbound M6 motorway between the slip roads at junction eleven.

An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the van on it’s side and a lorry facing the wrong way.  Ambulance staff were told that the second lorry had rear end damage.

“The van driver was rapidly extricated by ambulance and fire crews and assessed on the ambulance.

“He was treated at the scene but his condition was sufficiently serious that he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor and critical care paramedic travelling with the ambulance; medics were on standby at the hospital to receive him.

“Neither of the lorry drivers were injured.”

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Pedestrian to Hospital After RTC in Solihull

Shaunna Farley – Friday 2nd July – 9:40am.

One person has been seriously injured after a road traffic collision in Solihull yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:43pm on Thursday to reports of an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian at the junction of New Road and Park Road in the town. One ambulance, one paramedic officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the pedestrian, a woman, who had sustained serious injuries in the collision.

“She received trauma care on scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham by land ambulance.”

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Driver injured after car goes down embankment

Jordan Eggington – Friday 2nd July 2021 – 9.20am.

A man has suffered potentially serious injuries after a single vehicle RTC in Shropshire overnight, which saw his car leave the road and end up down an embankment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9:36pm to reports a car had collided with some street furniture before leaving the road at the junction of the A4548 and Ludlow Road in Bridgnorth. We sent a Community First Responder, two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the car had travelled about 15 metres down the embankment, with the driver, a man, still trapped in the vehicle.

“Fire colleagues worked to remove the roof and driver door of the car in order for crews to safely assess the patient.

“The man was treated at the scene for potentially serious injuries and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham on blue lights and sirens, with the MERIT team travelling onboard.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted with serious injuries

Murray MacGregor – Monday 28th June 2021 – 10.10am.

A woman motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car on the southbound M5. 

It happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions five and six near Oddingley in Worcestershire at around 5.30pm on Friday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the middle aged woman on the carriageway with serious multiple injuries.

She was treated at the scene, before the air ambulance, which had initially landed in a field next to the motorway was repositioned onto the northbound carriageway.

“The woman was then airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive her.

“There were no other patients.”

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Fatal crash involving a motorcycle

Murray MacGregor – Monday 28th June 2021 – 9.00am.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision involving a motorcycle, a quad bike and a car.

It happened on Birmingham Road in West Bromwich at around 9.45pm last night (Sunday) close to the Screwfix store and not far from the West Bromwich Albion ground.

Three ambulances, 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 an off-duty A&E doctor carrying out resuscitation to the rider from the motorcycle.

Ambulance staff immediately took over and provided advanced life support but sadly, it wasn’t possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

A woman passenger from the car involved was also assessed but was discharged on scene with advice.

There were no other patients.

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Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Jordan Eggington – Friday 25th June 2021 – 10.30am.

A motorcyclist has been taken to a Major Trauma Centre by the air ambulance after an RTC in Shropshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:41pm to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and car on Steel Road in the Tilstock area of Whitchurch. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two critical care paramedics onboard, attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found the motorcyclist, a man, who’d been involved in a collision.

“He was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being conveyed via air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Pelsall

Shaunna Farley. Thursday 24th June. 10:15am.

One person has died and four others were taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Pelsall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11:54pm to reports of collision involving two cars at the junction of Norton Road and Wolverhampton Road. We sent five ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and a HART paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found five patients from the two cars. One of whom, a man, was found to have suffered serious injuries in the incident. He received specialist trauma care but unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

The second patient, a man, had suffered serious injuries, he was assessed and given trauma care on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance, on blue lights and sirens.

“A third man was treated for potentially serious injuries whilst two more were treated for injuries not believed to be serious. All three were transported to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.”

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Water rescue in Tamworth

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 21st June 2021 – 11.05am

Two patients had to be rescued from a river by the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) yesterday, eventually being brought to safety on a raft.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.23pm to reports of two patients who had come into difficulty in the water near to Lichfield Street, Tamworth. As well as HART, one ambulance and two paramedic officers were also deployed to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrive it became evident there were two patients, both male, who had become stranded on a bank on the opposite side of the river.

“Once it became apparent it was not possible to access the patients by foot, members of HART, who are specially trained in water rescue, deployed their raft and brought the patients to safety one at a time.

“One of the men was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Good Hope Hospital, whilst the second patient was discharged at the scene.”

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Man Airlifted to Hospital in Swinfen

Shaunna Farley – Friday 18th June 2021 – 1:30pm.

A man has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Lichfield this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.15am to Swinfen Hall Hotel in Lichfield. Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, an ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, with two critical care paramedics on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who had reportedly fallen from a ladder and had suffered serious injuries. 

“He received trauma care on scene before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.”

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Cyclist dies in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Friday 18th June 2021 – 11:25am.

A cyclist has tragically died following an incident with a lorry in Nuneaton this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6:30am to the junction of Bull Ring and Harmony Court. An ambulance, two paramedic officers, and a critical care care from The Air Ambulance Service with a paramedic doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they discovered the cyclist, a man, who had suffered serious injuries in the incident.

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

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Woman given CPR in Brierley Hill

Claire Brown – Thursday 17th June 2021 – 3.15pm.

A woman who suffered a cardiac arrest in the street was given the best possible chance of survival by members of the public and ambulance crews in Brierley Hill this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a woman had collapsed and was in cardiac arrest outside a butchers in the Moor Centre, off High Street in Brierley Hill at 10.50am this morning (Thursday). Two ambulances, a non-emergency PTS ambulance, a paramedic officer and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a woman in cardiac arrest with bystanders performing excellent CPR. A community public access defibrillator was also being used to administer a shock to the woman’s heart. Ambulance staff continued resuscitation efforts at the scene and managed to restart the woman’s heart. The woman, who was in a critical condition, was quickly conveyed on blue lights to Russells Hall Hospital for further emergency care.

“Thank you to the members of the public for their quick thinking, performing excellent CPR and for assisting our crews at the scene. Their actions will have given this lady the best possible chance of survival.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Lichfield RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 17th June 2021 – 9.15am.

A motorcyclist sadly died in a road traffic collision in Lichfield last night despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 7.28pm reporting a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist at the junction of Grange Lane and Eastern Avenue, Lichfield (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer from nearby Lichfield hub were on scene within four minutes of the 999 call and were quickly joined by a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic as well as the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with two further critical care paramedics on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene of the collision, they found bystanders performing excellent CPR on a man, the motorcyclist, who was in a critical condition.

“The team of ambulance staff quickly took over treatment and commenced advanced life support. Tragically, despite the very best efforts of WMAS and bystanders, they were unable to save the man’s life and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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Three to hospital after car hits bus stop

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

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

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

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

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

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RTC rollover in Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man seriously injured as motorbike and lorry collide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision with car

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian injured after collision with lorry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Van driver dies in Herefordshire collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trust to roll out body worn cameras to protect staff

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statistics showing the rise in violence against staff:

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

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Cyclist seriously injured in Stoke-on-Trent

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

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

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

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

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Fatal stabbing in Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anthony Marsh, Trust Chief Executive

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

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

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

Ben East – Sutton Coldfield CFR

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

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

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

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

To all our volunteers, thank you.

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Four injured in Shrewsbury collision

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

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

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

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

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

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Crews work with mountain rescue team to bring patient to safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PTS Jayne recognised with national award

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time to discuss Organ Donation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serious RTC rollover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Technology rollout will save lives and improve patient care

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian dies in Birmingham RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Two trapped after car and van collide

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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