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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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Pedestrian airlifted following Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 22nd November 2019 – 1.30pm.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre following a road traffic collision in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a van at the junction of Stafford Street and High Street in Newport at 11.07am earlier today (Friday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found the pedestrian, a woman, who had been involved in a collision with a van. She was being cared for and reassured by bystanders; an off-duty nurse, doctor and one of our 999 call assessors who came across the incident and stopped to help.

“The woman was assessed by ambulance staff who found she had sustained a potential serious injury. She was given treatment on scene before being airlifted, in a stable condition, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

“The van driver was uninjured.”

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Man dies in two car RTC

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 21st November 2019 – 8:55am

A man has died in a road traffic collision in Tenbury Wells yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC on Worcester Road in Burford near the Tenbury Show Ground at 3:08pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances, 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 two cars. One of the drivers, a man, was found in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support, but sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was treated on scene for minor injuries before being taken to Hereford General Hospital for further assessment.”

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Highly respected NHS leader to take up role as Chair of WMAS

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 19th November 2019 – 10.00am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is delighted to announce that it has appointed a highly respected NHS Leader as the new Chair of the Trust.

Professor Ian Cumming OBE will join the Service, the only Ambulance Trust rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC, when he leaves his current role as Chief Executive of Health Education England, the education and training organisation for the NHS, at the end of March 2020.  He will also take up a new role as Professor of Global Healthcare Workforce and Strategy at Keele University.

Prof. Cumming said: “After 38 years in the NHS, including 25 years as an NHS Chief Executive, I feel that the time is right to pursue new goals.  The opportunity to remain in the NHS while also taking up an academic role is the perfect opportunity for my next career step.

“I have had a personal interest in pre-hospital care from many years and well remember meeting WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh in 2009 to talk about how we could improve care at a time when patients are arguably at their most vulnerable.  What is notable is that WMAS has delivered on all of those discussions including developing their staff so that there is a paramedic on every ambulance; having a modern fleet; and the introduction of ‘Make Ready’ hubs to improve efficiency.

“WMAS 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.  As we move towards more care at home, I want to focus with the team at WMAS on how we can build on the integration of 111, but also increase the care that is provided at a time of need.

“As someone who lives within the West Midlands, I am excited at the prospect of becoming a part of a high performing organisation that is innovative and leads the way in so many areas of development whilst continuing to provide a very high level of service to patients.”

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of WMAS said “I am delighted our Governors have appointed Ian to succeed Sir Graham Meldrum as our Chairman.  Ian has worked closely with WMAS over the last 11 years both as Chief Executive of NHS West Midlands and then more recently in his role at HEE and brings with him a wealth of knowledge about NHS organisations and the development of the most important part of our organisation – our staff.

“Prof. Cumming has been hugely supportive to WMAS in recent years on projects such as upskilling our workforce so that we became and remain the only ambulance service to have a paramedic on every vehicle.

“He has also been very supportive of our move to become the first University Ambulance Service in the country and in the setting up of the National Ambulance Academy and National Improvement Faculty, all of which champion the development of ambulance services and our staff.

“I would also like to pay tribute to our current Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, who has played a pivotal role in the Trust’s development for more than a decade.  His leadership has brought huge benefits to the organisation, our staff, and the patients we serve.  In particular his tireless work in the field of diversity and inclusion has seen us make significant progress in developing our workforce so that it truly represents the West Midlands region.”

Current Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “I very much welcome the appointment of Ian Cumming by the Council of Governors.  The development and wellbeing of staff is clearly something that Ian holds dearly.  At a time when the NHS is under more pressure than ever before, having someone who sees such issues as central to the organisation can only be good news.

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead this organisation over nearly 14 years; the hard work, enthusiasm and dedication of the staff here is exemplary.  I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds of our staff over that time and each time I do I am left incredibly proud to be in this position.

“I am absolutely confident that Ian will continue the good work of the Board of Directors and Council of Governors to help this organisation maintain it’s position as a leader within ambulance services.”

Lead Governor, Eileen Cox, who was Chair of the appointing panel, said: “We were very impressed by the number, range of experience and backgrounds of the candidates who put themselves forward for the position of Chairman.

“As a Foundation Trust, the Governors played the leading part in the selection process and our panel was made up of both elected and staff Governors.

“In the end, our decision was unanimous.  We were very impressed by the range of experience and enthusiasm Prof. Cumming had for this organisation.  What came through so strongly was his wish to see staff flourish both professionally, but also personally.

“He was very clear that by looking after our staff, they will look after our patients and that will lead to better care, which at the end of the day is the driving force of everything that we do.”

Professor Cumming will take up his new role with WMAS on 1st April 2020.  His appointment is for an initial period of three years.

 

Professor Ian Cumming Biography

Ian started his career in the NHS as a Biomedical Scientist and later worked as a Research Scientist in coagulation disorders before moving into NHS Leadership in the early 1990’s.

He has held a variety of NHS general management posts including over 11 years as Chief Executive of acute hospital Trusts, followed by three years as the Chief Executive of a healthcare commissioning organisation prior to being appointed Chief Executive of the NHS in the West Midlands in 2009.

In 2012, Ian was appointed Chief Executive of Health Education England (HEE). Ian has a particular interest in the development of leadership skills in clinical staff and is an Honorary Professor of Healthcare Leadership in the Medical School at Lancaster University.

In 2003 Ian was awarded the OBE for services to the NHS and in 2010 Ian was made an honorary Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

Ian has a special interest in sports medicine an area in which he hold an MSc.  Ian became a board member of Sport England in 2016.

Outside work, Ian is a qualified level 3 swimming coach, working closely with young people to develop their swimming abilities, a keen snow skier and enjoys sailing, walking and watching rugby union.

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Woman dies in Penn RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Taking 111 to the next level

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Two seriously injured after car and motorbikes collide

Jamie Arrowsmith– Tuesday 5th November 2019 – 3pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Man seriously injured in M6 collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Her Majesty presents honour to Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Strokes can happen to anyone, not just the elderly

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editors:

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

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

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

F – facial drooping

A – arm weakness

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

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

Pedestrian dies in Leominster

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

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

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

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

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

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Cyclist dies in Shropshire

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

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

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

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

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Pedestrian dies in Birmingham HGV Collision

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

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

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

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

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