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Man dies in collision between lorry and bus

Wednesday 17th January 2018 – 4.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has died and a second has been taken to hospital following a collision between a lorry and bus this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Warwick Road in Stratford-upon-Avon just before 1.45pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients, one in each vehicle.

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

“The bus driver, a man believed to be in his 50s, was trapped as a result of the damage to his vehicle and with the help of the fire service was cut free after about 45 minutes.

“He was carefully monitored throughout by ambulance staff and treated for a leg injury before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.”

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Man dies in Hereford collision

Friday 12th January 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist sadly died in a road traffic collision in Herefordshire yesterday (Thursday)

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49 in Bodenham, Hereford at around 2.30pm. Two ambulances, a 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: “The motorcyclist, a man, suffered multiple serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff took over CPR efforts by bystanders and performed advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

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

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Fatal collision in Coventry

Thursday 11th January 2018 – 11.35am – Claire Brown.

One man has died and two others have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a tree on Binley Road in Coventry shortly after 6.00am today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Emergency services arrived to find a car which had been involved in a serious collision with a tree. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a man, and he were confirmed dead on scene.

“A second occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked rapidly as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man on scene before he was conveyed by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue advanced treatment and monitoring en route. The man was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival at hospital.

“A third occupant, a man in his 20s, was treated on scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.

“The road remains closed and diversions are in place.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Birmingham

Tuesday 9th January 2018 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has been given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Redditch Road and Granshaw Close in Kings Norton, Birmingham at around 3.30pm this afternoon (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team medics and a MERIT trauma doctor and air crew from the Cosford Air base attended the scene by response car.  A non-emergency patient transport service crew who were passing also stopped and assisted at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, being cared for by off duty nurses and passers-by. The man had sustained multiple serious injuries which required the medics and ambulance staff to work closely as a team to administer advanced trauma care quickly to help stabilise his condition.

“Once the team were happy the man could be moved, he was fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. A doctor travelled with the patient to continue assessment en route.”

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Light aircraft crash in Worcestershire – Update

Monday 8th January 2018 – 4.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have died after a light aircraft crash.

The single engine aircraft came down at around 12.45pm today in a field near Overbury, Tewkesbury.

Due to the foggy conditions at the time, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, had landed a couple of miles from the crash scene and were picked up by a paramedic officer in a car and were taken to the scene.

Two ambulances and a second paramedic officer also attended.

Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save either person and they were both confirmed dead at the scene.

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How did 4×4 driver escape serious injury?

Monday 8th January 2018 – 10.16am – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a 4×4 vehicle has an extraordinary lucky escape after the front of his vehicle ended up underneath an articulated trailer.

The incident happened on the A49 From Prees Green to Weston, near Wem at around 8.40pm last night (Sunday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a LandRover Discovery that had left the road, gone through a wooden fence and collided with a parked up articulated trailer.

“The front end of the LandRover was under the trailer with the driver’s side of the 4×4 crushed.  The driver, a 30-year-old man, was fully conscious throughout.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.  He was taken onto the ambulance and assessed by the doctor.  Amazingly, apart from some minor chest pain and a few scratches to his face, he had but no sign of any significant injuries.  After being given pain relief, he was taken by ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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‘Ambulance’ film crews are back

Friday 5th January 2018 – 6.00pm – Murray MacGregorT

The ground-breaking documentary, ‘Ambulance’ on BBC One was one of the most watched programmes of 2017 and we’re delighted to confirm that the camera crews are back filming with West Midlands Ambulance Service gathering stories for a new series.

The programme will feature ambulance crews from across the region helping patients in their hour of need as well as staff in the Trust’s two emergency operations centres.  Filming started at the end of November and included cameras following staff on the road and in the control rooms on New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest time of the year.

The new programmes follow Series 2 which also featured the West Midlands and brought in audience of over 4 million per episode.

The series will feature ambulance crews from across the region helping patients in their hour of need as well as staff in the Trust’s two emergency operations centres.  Filming started at the end of November and included cameras following staff on the road and in the control rooms on New Year’s Eve, traditionally the busiest time of the year.

The new series is expected to broadcast later in the year.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “What is unique about this programme is the way that it intermingles the work of the staff in our control rooms with those on the ambulances responding to calls.  We get to see the entire journey from the moment the 999 call is received through the help provided over the phone; the way ambulances are dispatched and the work of the crews on the ground.

“The thing that came across so strongly from the first series was the incredible professionalism of our staff as they deal with the challenges that they are presented with, never knowing what the next call might bring.

“I am sure we will see cases of heart-warming joy to the most tragic of events; but throughout, our staff will provide care and compassion to all of those affected; something I am incredibly proud of.”

Covering a diverse region of more than 5,000 square miles – the filming will follow crews from every corner of the West Midlands; from inner city Birmingham to the rural areas of Herefordshire and the Staffordshire Moorlands.

During the programmes, you’ll get to see how the staff deal with an increasingly busy service with some days over 4,000 999 calls.  It will look at the way the Trust deals with an ageing population and the challenges of working with out-of-hours services and GP surgeries as well A&E departments who are also getting increasingly busy.

Kirsty Cunningham, Executive Producer with Dragonfly Television who are making the programme, said: “We are thrilled to be back with the fabulous crews and control teams at West Midlands Ambulance Service for a new eight-part series of Ambulance for BBC1.

“Audiences can look forward to seeing some of their favourite paramedics, technicians, doctors, controllers and call assessors back in action again and will be introduced to new teams with stories to share in a new series packed with more drama and warmth.”

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Some of the ‘stars’ of the last series:

The ‘Two Nats’ – Paramedics Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow

Ambulance - Natalie Greaves and Natalie Calow in front of ambulance

Controller, Rich Phillips

Ambulance - Rich Phillips

Paramedic, Darren Neeld

Paramedic, Maya Black

Emergency Medical Technician, Mick Johnson

Controller, Louise Dawson

Two die in early morning M42 collision

Friday 5th January 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Two women have sadly died following an early morning road traffic collision on the M42.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a van on the M42 between junctions 9 and 10 northbound near Curdworth, Sutton Coldfield at around 3.20am this morning (Friday). An ambulance and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious collision involving a car and a van. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save two passengers in the car, two women, and they were confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver and third passenger from the car, two men, were assessed by ambulance staff and were found to have sustained minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.

“The van driver, a man, sustained back pain and a hand injury. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Heartlands hospital for further treatment.”

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Man left trapped after car goes into trees following crash

Friday 5th January 2018 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered a serious leg break after a two-car collision left one of the vehicles in a wooded area.

The crash happened at about 3.30pm on Thursday afternoon at the junction of Table Oak Lane and Holly Lane in Balsall, Warwickshire.

An off-duty BASICS Emergency doctor came across the incident soon after it happened and stopped to assist. He was backed up by two ambulances and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found one car that had gone some distance into the trees, with another just on the edge of the wooded area.

“The blue car had suffered significant damage to the passenger side of the car.

“The front seat passenger, a 20-year-old man was trapped inside the vehicle. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked with firefighters to extricate him through the driver’s door.

“He was immobilised and had his left leg and pelvis splinted. As well as the broken leg, the man had suffered facial injuries. He was given pain relief before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

The 21-year-old driver had largely escaped any injury. He had managed to get out of the car himself and had only sustained minor abrasions to his face. After assessment, he was discharged.

“The 46-year-old woman driving the silver car also largely escaped uninjured. She had some minor burns from airbags to her side and a minor foot injury. After assessment, she too was discharged on scene.”

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Man dies in Worcester fire

Wednesday 3rd January 2018 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died following a building fire in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service to reports of a building fire at 2.50pm on Tolladine Road in Warndon, Worcester. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An ambulance, on the way to hospital with a patient on board, came across the fire and stopped to render aid.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save a man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“Several other people have been assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Deputy Chief to receive Queen’s Ambulance Medal

Friday 29th December 2017 – 10.35pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Deputy Chief Executive, Diane Scott, has been named in this year’s New Year’s Honours List as one of only two England- based recipients of the Queen’s Ambulance Service Medal (QAM).

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

Diane is an Executive Director of the Trust Board and is responsible for the Corporate and Clinical Directorates. She is also a Health and Care Professions Council registered paramedic.

Speaking about her award, Diane, whose career spans more than 30 years having started with Hampshire Ambulance Service in 1985, said: “I am immensely proud and honoured to receive this award. It is a great privilege and the QAM represents the pinnacle of my ambulance career.

“I have been proud to work for, and with, many good people at all levels throughout the ambulance service and the NHS, including many skilled and compassionate colleagues who provide excellent care on a daily basis to patients and the public.

“Whilst I have been fortunate to receive the award, it would not have happened without the hard work and support of my colleagues from within the ambulance service to whom I am extremely grateful.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in collision with car

Friday 29th December 2017 – 9.05am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man was treated for multiple serious injuries and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision between a motorbike and a car last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hipswell Highway in Coventry shortly after 6.50pm and sent two ambulances to the scene. A Patient Transport Service crew who came across the incident stopped to offer assistance before the arrival of an ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The PTS crew were already on scene when ambulance crews arrived and had done a good job of managing the scene and offering support to the motorcyclist.

“Bystanders told ambulance staff that the man, believed to be in his late teens, had lost consciousness following the collision with the car.

“He was treated for multiple injuries, including to his head, chest, arm and leg.

“He was fully immobilised and had pain relief administered before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Cyclist dies following collision with van

Friday 22nd December 2017 – 2.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has died following a collision with a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 and Claines Lane in Worcester at 7.05am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a man who was in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the incident.

“CPR and advanced life support was administered by ambulance staff, however, sadly it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Friday 22nd December 2017 – 12.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision with a car last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Foleshill Road in Coventry shortly after 10pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an elderly man in cardiac arrest following a collision with a car.

“Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and administering advanced life support.

“However, sadly it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Teen airlifted to hospital from Rugeley RTC

Thursday 21st December 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A teenage cyclist has been seriously injured in a collision involving a car in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Levels in Brereton, Rugeley, shortly after midday. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a BASICS doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A 15-year-old boy had come off a pushbike after reportedly colliding with a car.

“Ambulance staff worked quickly to assess the boy’s injuries and found he had sustained a number of injuries which included suspected fractures to his pelvis and leg. He was given pain relief by the team to help make him more comfortable before they carefully immobilised him with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint. The boy was then airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further trauma care.”

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Come and work for WMAS

New Year, New Job, New You

Thursday 21st December 2017 – 1.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

After a year where the service has never had a higher profile, now is your chance to join us and make a difference to the lives of people in the West Midlands, every single day.

Due to increases in demand, West Midlands Ambulance Service is increasing the number of Student Paramedics it is recruiting.  We are now looking for 270 who will all be operational by this time next year.

As a Trust, one of our key aims is to make our workforce representative of the communities we serve.  Evidence from the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard shows that by doing so, the Trust will become more efficient, more productive and more responsive to the needs of patients and staff alike.

Whilst we welcome applicants from anywhere, we are particularly looking for people who are passionate about the West Midlands as this is where you will be working.

WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh said: “Being a paramedic is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world and it offers the chance to have an amazing career.

“The feeling of satisfaction you get when helping someone in their hour of need is something unique.”

To apply, you must hold a minimum of five GCSEs (including English, Maths and Science) plus an A-Level qualification or equivalent.  In addition, you must either hold a C1 on your driving licence or at least have applied for it.  As well as the C1 licence, you will have to provide original certificates showing your qualifications. If you aren’t able to provide these documents, your application will not be looked at, let alone considered.

Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for people of all ages, and backgrounds.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region.

“We have seen people apply from all different communities but also people from their teens to their 50s; many who are looking at a complete career change or even a second career change.

“From our perspective, this is excellent news because it means we get a really good variety of people from all walks of life, area, ethnic group and community which can only be good for the service.

“I would urge anyone looking to apply to make sure that they read all of the information on NHS Jobs thoroughly, particularly the ‘Additional Information’ document that you can download.”

To find out more information, go to NHS Jobs and look for Job Ref: 217-VN268-17-18.  The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Tuesday 2nd January 2018.

If you need support or require further information about filling in your application form, please contact recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Roof of double-decker bus sliced off in Bridge RTC

ROOF OF DOUBLE-DECKER BUS SLICED OFF IN BRIDGE RTC 2

Thursday 21st December 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

It’s not every day you find the roof of a bus on a road, but that’s exactly what the emergency services discovered when they attended a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service shortly before midnight yesterday to Bournville Lane, Bournville, Birmingham to reports of a double-decker bus which had collided with a railway bridge. A paramedic officer, an ambulance and the mental health triage car, which was nearest to the incident at the time, were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a double-decker bus with it’s roof completely sliced off, which had landed on the road. Thankfully, there were no passengers on the bus at the time. The driver, a man in his 30s, was checked over by ambulance staff but was uninjured.

“This was a remarkable incident for emergency services to respond to. It was incredibly lucky that the bus was empty as it could’ve resulted in a very serious or even fatal incident.”

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Pictures courtesy of West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three to hospital after two HGVs collide

Tuesday 19th December 2017 – 2.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Three people have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a collision involving two HGVs this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Shuckburgh Road in Napton on the Hill in Warwickshire shortly after 10.10am. Four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered two lorries that had suffered considerable damage in the collision and three patients.

“The driver of the first vehicle, a man in his 30s, was assisted out of the cab and treated for chest, leg and arm injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief.

“From the second vehicle, a man in his 20s, who was a passenger, was also assisted out of the cab and treated for a cut to the head as well as chest and leg pain. He too was immobilised and received pain relief.

“The driver of that vehicle, a man in his 50s, managed to get himself out of the lorry and was treated for back pain.

“All three patients were transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.”

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Multiple fatalities after crash

Sunday 17th December 2017 – 8.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Six people have died and a seventh is critically injured after a multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning (Sunday).

The crash happened at about 1.10am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway at the junction of Bristol Road.

Two ambulances were on scene within seven minutes and in total, five ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT Trauma doctor and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were six vehicles involved in the crash scene, which was extensive.

“In the first car there were a man and a woman. The vehicle had suffered very extensive damage but astonishingly, despite the damage, the pair had managed to get out and had suffered relatively minor injuries. They were taken to Heartlands Hospital by ambulance for further assessment.

“The second vehicle, a ‘black cab’ was on its side. Sadly, there was nothing that could be done to save the driver and he was confirmed dead at the scene. The man and woman in the back were rapidly extricated. Unfortunately, it was not possible to save the woman and she was also confirmed dead at the scene. The man was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT trauma doctor travelling with the crew. Sadly, he died at hospital.

“There were four men from the third car. All had been ejected. Tragically, three of them were confirmed dead at the scene. The fourth was also taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Critical Care Car doctor travelling with the crew. He was said to be in a critical condition on arrival.

“There were three further cars involved in the crash which had tried to avoid the crash scene.

“Ambulance staff did not see anyone from the first vehicle.

“A man and a woman from the second vehicle suffered minor injuries and were taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“There were two men in the third vehicle. One was discharged on scene after assessment; the other said he didn’t require any assistance.

“This was an extremely complex and distressing crash scene that required excellent multi-agency teamwork.

“The ambulance service has already debriefed all of the staff involved and will be providing on-going support as required due to the nature of the incident.”

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Driver in cardiac arrest after crash

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 3.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

Swift action by fire and ambulance staff has given a man the best possible chance of survival after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stourbridge Road in Halesowen next to the Luttley Mill Public House at about 9.50am this morning, Thursday.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Care Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found a man who was in cardiac arrest.

“He had been rapidly extricated by firefighters after the car had collided with a bush, a post box and a wall.

“After resuscitation at the scene, the man’s heart was restarted.  He was anaesthetised before being taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the Care team doctor travelling with the crew.

“The man was in a critical condition, but the rapid action of emergency services have given him the bets possible chance of survival.

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A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a very serious crash

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 11.55am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre in a critical condition after the car she was driving collided with a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A422, Banbury Road at Oxhill in Warwickshire at around 7.40am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a collision between a car and a tree.

“Due to the situation, the doctor requested an air ambulance be dispatched and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance was sent to the scene.

“The 26-year-old woman driving was trapped inside her car.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to release the woman from the vehicle whilst providing care.

“She was treated for multiple injuries and was anaesthetised before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire in a critical condition.

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Man dies after collision

Thursday 14th December 2017 – 8.29am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after he was in collision with a number of vehicles.

It happened at about 10.50pm last night (Wednesday) on the A46 in Warwickshire between the Bishopton and the Maraway islands at Stratford Upon Avon.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and The Air Ambulance Service critical care car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Serious collision in Kidderminster

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

Three women have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision in Worcestershire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Worcester Road in Shenstone, Kidderminster, at 11.30am (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived they found two cars which had been involved in a serious collision. The two drivers and a passenger from one car all required assessment by ambulance staff.

“The driver of one car, a woman in her 50s, sustained suspected serious injuries to her chest, pelvis and abdomen. She was given advanced pain relief before the team of ambulance staff worked carefully to immobilise her with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder to stabilise her injuries. The woman was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the second car, a woman in her 40s, also suffered multiple serious injuries which required advanced trauma care. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to help ease her discomfort before working carefully to immobilise her before she was alerted by land ambulance to the same major trauma centre.

“The third woman, a passenger from one of the cars, suffered less serious injuries but still required further assessment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

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Man seriously injured in Southam RTC

Wednesday 6th December 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving two cars left one man seriously injured in Warwickshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A425 between Southam and Napton-on-the-Hill at 4.50pm yesterday evening following a two-car collision. Two ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of one car, a man in his 20s, was trapped in the vehicle due to the damage caused in the collision. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained serious multiple injuries. Whilst they began to administer emergency treatment to the man, the fire service worked carefully around them to cut the man from the wreckage.

“Due to the man’s serious condition, he was given advanced pain relief before being fully immobilised and alerted by ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.

“The driver and passenger from the second car, a woman and child, suffered minor injuries and received treatment by ambulance staff on scene but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Tuesday 5th December 2017 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A441 Redditch Road, near to the Hopwood House public house in Alvechurch, shortly after 6.15am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man in cardiac arrest having suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“CPR was already being performed by an off-duty nurse. Ambulance staff took over and administered advanced life support.

“However, unfortunately it became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man airlifted from RTC in Hereford

Monday 4th December 2017 – 12.15pm – Claire Brown.

A man needed advanced pre-hospital care at the roadside before being airlifted to a major trauma centre following a collision in Hereford yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car which had collided with a tree on a stretch of road between Bringsty and Stanford Bishop, Hereford shortly after 1.15pm on Sunday. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with two paramedics on board and a BASICS doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the driver of the car, a man, in a critical condition following the collision. The team of ambulance staff and doctor worked quickly to administer immediate advanced trauma care to help stabilise his deteriorating condition.

“Once the man had been stabilised, the team transferred him to the awaiting air ambulance before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The doctor travelled in the helicopter to continue treatment en route.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

Friday 1st December 2017 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by the ambulance service earlier this morning after being involved in a collision with a van in Nuneaton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Mancetter Road, Nuneaton shortly before 6.30am this morning (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a man in his 40s, who had been involved in a collision with a van. Upon assessment ambulance staff found that the man had sustained head, chest and leg injuries. He was given advanced pain relief and oxygen to help stabilise his condition before the ambulance team worked to treat his injuries further. The man was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Just ask – could it be SEPSIS?

Thursday 30th November 2017 – 10.30am – Murray MacGregor.

“For a condition that takes 44,000 lives every year, it is astonishing how few people know what it is. That’s one of the reasons we want to help highlight the dangers of SEPSIS to the public.”

These are the words of West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, at the launch of a new campaign to raise awareness about Sepsis.  Each of the 47 new ambulances entering service with WMAS this year will carry information about the condition.

Unveiling the vehicles was Melissa Mead, who has campaigned to raise awareness of the condition after her one-year-old son William tragically died after a range of health providers failed to spot the condition.  She was accompanied by Dr Ron Daniels, Chief Executive of the UK Sepsis Trust.

Sepsis, or blood poisoning, is the reaction to an infection in which the body attacks its own organs and tissues. If not spotted and treated quickly, it can rapidly lead to organ failure and death.  The numbers are staggering – every year in the UK, 250,000 people are affected by sepsis; 44,000 people die and 60,000 suffer permanent, life-changing after-effects.  It’s more common than heart attacks and kills more people than bowel, breast and prostate cancer and road accidents combined!

Last year new guidelines on sepsis were issued to the NHS which were developed by the UK Sepsis Trust in partnership with NHS England, the Department of Health and Public Health England.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is the first Trust to put the messaging on it’s vehicles.  Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I am delighted that Melissa and Dr Daniels have come along to help us unveil these posters.  Our staff know better than most just how important it is to recognise the condition and to act quickly to help save lives.

“We have issued guidance to all of our frontline staff on what to look out for, based on the work of the charity and its research.  In many respects putting this poster on the side of our ambulances is one way that we can say ‘thank you’ for their help.

“If it saves even one life then it has been worth it, but because these vehicles will be based across the West Midlands we hope as many people as possible will see the information and take note of the warning signs, so that many more lives can be saved.

“We want everyone to know the phrase: ‘Just ask; could it be sepsis? It’s a simple question but it could save a life.’”

Melissa Mead, Ambassador for the UK Sepsis Trust, added: “It has been a pleasure from start to finish to collaborate with WMAS. Their passion and determination to help raise awareness of sepsis has been unwavering. This messaging will benefit all of those who read it, from the young to the old. There is no greater platform.”

Dr Ron Daniels, said: “We’re delighted that West Midlands Ambulance Service is joining the fight against sepsis and working with the UK Sepsis Trust to raise much-needed awareness among healthcare professionals and the public. As a West Midlands-based charity, it’s a privilege to be collaborating with our local ambulance service, and we hope ambulance fleets all over the UK will continue to follow suit.

“Engaging Trusts across the country will help to provide consistent sepsis care throughout the NHS. We need clinicians and members of the public everywhere to Just Ask: could it be sepsis?”

Sepsis is a rare but serious condition that can look just life flu, gastroenteritis or a chest infection.  Seek medical help urgently if you develop any of the following:

Slurred speech

Extreme shivering or muscle pain

Passing no urine (in a day)

Severe breathless

I feel like I might die

Skin mottled or discoloured

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Five to hospital following Telford RTC

Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.

A two-car collision in Telford left five men in need of treatment by ambulance staff earlier this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two-car collision on Stafford Park 4 in Telford, shortly before 6.00am this morning (Wednesday). Four ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a serious collision. A total of five patients had been involved in the RTC and each require assessment by ambulance staff. The passenger of one car, a man in his 30s, sustained a potential head injury and ambulance staff worked with the fire service on scene to extricate him from the vehicle on to a scoop stretcher to immobilise him. The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further trauma care.

“A second passenger from the same car, a man in his 30s, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and, upon assessment, was found to have suffered pain in his shoulder, leg and chest. The driver from the same car, a man in his 20s, sustained shoulder pain. Both patients were taken in the same ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital for further checks.

“A third passenger from the same car, a man in his 20s, was found with facial injuries and shoulder pain. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 20s, was out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived and was suffering pain in his abdomen. After assessment on scene he was transferred to Princess Royal Hospital as a precaution.”

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Elderly man just inches from bus wheel

Wednesday 29th November 2017 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man escaped what could have been far more serious injuries, or even worse, after a collision with a double decker bus.

The incident happened at about 5.45pm outside the Railway Station at Galton Bridge in Oldbury Road, Smethwick.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a doctor and critical care paramedic from RAF Cosford travelling in a car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene, the elderly man was found face down underneath the front of the bus with his head just inches from one of the front wheels.

“He had suffered a head injury and a broken leg.  He was pulled out and was immobilised, had a pelvic binder put in place.  He was given pain relief and had his leg splinted before he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.

“Whilst the man has undoubtedly suffered a nasty injury, the potential for it to be a far more serious outcome is clear.”

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Woman fatally injured as car and lorry collide

Monday 27th November 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died following a collision between a car and a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A53 and B5415 in Market Drayton, shortly before 10.40pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and a BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the woman was still inside her car and in cardiac arrest.

“CPR had already been started by emergency service colleagues, which ambulance staff took over.

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

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

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Man left in critical condition as car collides with tree

Friday 23rd November 2017 – 11.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man was left in a critical condition in the early hours of this morning (Friday) after his car hit a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birches Head Road in Stoke-on-Trent at 12.45am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff discovered a car that had rolled over in the incident and one patient, a man, who had managed to get himself out of the vehicle.

“He was lying on the ground and it quickly became apparent he had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Ambulance staff quickly began administering advanced trauma care before the man was anaesthetised by the doctor to stabilise his condition.

“The team then worked quickly to transfer the man to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens with the hospital having been pre-alerted to the arrival of the man, who at the time was said to be in a critical condition.

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Six off-duty members of staff stop to help at RTC

Friday 24th November 2017 – 10.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

It is often said that when you work for the ambulance service you are never off duty, and that proved to be the case at an RTC in Staffordshire last night when six members of off-duty staff stopped at an incident to offer their assistance.

A two-car RTC took place on Sandon Road in Stafford, near to the Dog and Doublet public house, to which West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 6.11pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and two BASICS doctors attended together with the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire in a rapid response vehicle. They arrived on scene to find six extra pairs of helping hands.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The collision had resulted in substantial front-end damage to both vehicles and as a result one of the drivers was trapped inside his vehicle.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to continually assess and monitor the man, thought to be in his 50s, as he was cut free from the car.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries, including to his legs. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“There were two patients from the second car, a man and a woman who are both believed to be in their 20s.

“The man was treated for ankle and pelvic injuries whilst the woman had suffered a wrist injury. They were also taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.

“Our staff always work hard to ensure patients receive the best levels of care and their dedication is highlighted further by the six off-duty members of staff who stopped to offer assistance in this case. Great credit goes to them, and our colleagues in the other emergency services for ensuring the three-people involved in this incident were treated as quickly as possible.”

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Man fatally injured after two lorries collide

Friday 24th November 2017 – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between two lorries this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A500 in Wolstanton, Stoke on Trent at 5.10am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man who was still in his cab following the collision.

“The man, who was in cardiac arrest, was freed from his vehicle by ambulance staff before they began administering CPR and advanced life support.

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

“A man from the second lorry, believed to be in his 40s, was treated for minor injuries and taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Man seriously injured after being ejected from car

Friday 24th November 2017 – 8.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been anaesthetised and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres after he was ejected from his car in a single vehicle collision this morning.

The car rolled in the incident which took place at the junction of the A49 and A5 in Upton Magna, Shrewsbury, with West Midlands Ambulance Service receiving a 999 call at 5.20am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a man lying on the roadside after being ejected from the car. The man, believed to be in his 20s, had suffered multiple serious injuries.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before the crew arranged to meet the doctor enroute to hospital.

“Upon doing so, the man was anaesthetised to stabilise his condition before the doctor travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment for the remainder of the journey to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A second man, believed to be in his 30s, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle and was treated for minor injuries before being transported to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Pedestrian dies following RTC in Bromsgrove

Thursday 23rd November 2017 – 12.45pm – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the life of a pedestrian.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on the A448 in Bromsgrove shortly after 8.00pm last night (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Strensham, with a BASICS doctor on board, attended the scene in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, who was in cardiac arrest following a collision with a car. Ambulance staff worked quickly as a team to deliver advanced life support. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The car driver, a woman, was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Serious collision in Cannock last night

Thursday 23rd November 2017 – 11.15am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving two cars, a van and a lorry in Cannock left one man in a critical condition last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a multi-vehicle collision on the A460 Lodge Lane in Cannock at 6.51pm yesterday (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor together with the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Tatenhill, with a BASICS doctor on board, attended the scene in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “During the 999 call, the call assessor was told that police officers were performing CPR on a patient involved in the collision. When ambulance staff arrived at the incident they found police colleagues administering excellent CPR to the driver of one car, a man, who was in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff and the doctors quickly took over resuscitation efforts and after administering advanced life support at the roadside the man was resuscitated. The team worked quickly to transfer the man to an ambulance so that he could be taken, on blue lights and sirens, to Royal Stoke University Hospital with a doctor on board. The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the man who, at the time, was said to be in a critical condition.

“A second car driver, a man in his 60s, suffered chest pain in the collision. He was given treatment on scene before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital. The lorry and van driver, both men, were assessed on scene by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment and were discharged on scene.”

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Teen injured in RTC in Burton-upon-Trent

A teenage boy suffered serious injuries after being involving in a road traffic collision with a van last night in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ashby Road shortly after 4.30pm yesterday afternoon (Wednesday). An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Tatenhill, with a BASICS doctor on board, attended the scene in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a 13-year-old boy who had been involved in a collision with a van. The teenager sustained a head injury and a leg injury in the collision. The ambulance crew and doctor administered trauma care to the boy on scene before he was conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.”

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A cyclist has died after a collision with a car

Wednesday 22nd November 2017 – 8.42am – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after a collision with a car in the early hours of this morning.

The tragic incident happened at about 3.20am this morning on Midland Road in Darlaston, near to the roundabout where the road meets The Green.

An ambulance arrived on scene eight minutes after the call to find members of the public doing CPR on the man.

A second ambulance and a paramedic officer were also sent to the scene.  Together, the ambulance staff carried out advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite all of their efforts, the man was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other patients.”

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Lorry collides with pushchair in Dudley

Monday 20th November 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

When call assessors in our control room received 999 calls reporting a collision between a lorry and a pushchair, they feared the worst.

The incident happened near to Cousins on the A461 Duncan Edwards Way in Dudley shortly after 2.30pm today (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were immediately sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance crew arrived on scene, they found a woman with her two-year-old girl who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a lorry.

“The woman told crews that her daughter, who was strapped into a pushchair at the time, had initially been unresponsive but was alert and understandably distressed when ambulance staff arrived. They assessed the girl in the back of the ambulance and found she had sustained a bump to her head. Whilst ambulance staff found no other apparent injuries, they took the decision to convey the girl to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with her mum for further checks due to the nature of the collision.”

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Bus and van collide in Smethwick

Monday 20th November 2017 – 4.20pm – Claire Brown.

Two men and an elderly woman received treatment by ambulance staff this afternoon after they were involved in a collision between a bus and a van.

The incident happened on High Street, Smethwick, shortly before 2.00pm (Monday). Three ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a van which had sustained substantial front-end damage in the RTC. The passenger of the van, a man in his 40s, sustained a serious head injury. Crews administered trauma care, dressing his wounds before he was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 20s, was treated on scene for injuries to his foot and chest before being conveyed to City Hospital.

“An elderly woman, a passenger on the bus, was also treated on scene by ambulance staff after she had sustained facial injuries in the collision. She was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken by ambulance to Sandwell Hospital.”

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Boy escapes serious injury in Harborne RTC

Friday 17th November 2017 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.

When a 999 call came into our control room reporting a collision between a 4×4 and a child who was unconscious, the responding crews feared the worst. Thankfully, the boy was extremely lucky and escaped serious injury.

The incident happened outside Harborne Hill School, Harborne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham shortly before 4.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a boy, believed to be 12-years-old, who was on the floor after a collision with a 4×4. The boy was said to have initially been knocked unconscious however, he was thankfully awake when ambulance staff arrived though understandably upset.

“Crews carried out an initial assessment and found the boy had suffered an isolated head injury. Due to the boy being distressed, the crews quickly transferred him into the back of the ambulance where it was quieter and more private. The boy was given pain relief and he was fully immobilised before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment where on arrival he was said to be in a stable condition.”

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Trust welcomes jail term handed to attacker

Thursday 16th November 2017 – 5.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming the custodial sentence that a court handed down to a man who headbutted a paramedic leaving him unconscious.

The cowardly attack happened at about 11.45pm on Sunday evening while Coventry Paramedic Neil Vann was part of a crew trying to treat a patient at a house in Nuneaton.

On Tuesday, 33-year-old David Neal of Vale View, Nuneaton was sentenced to six months in prison at Warwick Magistrates Court.

Mr Vann said: “I have been doing this job for 30 years and I love it.  I do it to help people but now I feel like I have to watch over my shoulder, this is unfair on me and the patient as they can’t have my full attention.  I had the shakes and don’t want to feel like I need to be concerned all the time but it’s always going to be there at the back of my mind.

“I am pleased it’s a custodial sentence and maybe, just maybe, people will think twice before assaulting us.”

Mr Vann has been off work since the attack due to the injuries sustained.  He went back to work last night for the first time.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This was an abhorrent attack on a member of staff who was simply trying to help a patient in their hour of need.  It is never ok to assault our staff.

“I am delighted that on this occasion, the Magistrate has shown that such action will not be tolerated and handed down a custodial sentence. The public find these attacks unacceptable so it right that the courts take a firm line.

“This is just the sort of action we need on a far more regular basis by the Courts so that people understand that attacking our staff is not acceptable.  Providing protection for our staff is a must and this type of sentence helps to do that.”

Neal was sentenced to a six-month prison sentence for the assault and told to pay £600 in compensation.

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Light aircraft overshoots runway and goes through two hedges

Thursday 16th November 2017 – 2.25pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two elderly men have escaped injury despite the light aircraft they were in overshooting a runway and going through two hedges and over a road.

The incident happened at Halfpenny Green Airport at Bobbington in South Staffordshire at about 11.40am this morning (Thursday).

Airport firefighters were on scene almost immediately.  An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were all sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The aircraft had overshot runway 16, gone through a hedge, over Water Lane and through another hedge coming to rest in a field.  The port/left side wing had been ripped off in the accident.

“Thankfully, neither of the occupants were seriously hurt and both were able to get out of the aircraft.

“One man had suffered cuts and bruises plus a laceration to his head.  After assessment by the doctor, he was taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution.

“The other man had a minor facial injury and chose not to go to hospital.

“Considering what had happened to the aircraft, both man had got away remarkably unscathed.”

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Wooden stake goes through car into driver’s leg

Thursday 16th November 2017 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered serious injuries after a wooden stake went through the front of the car and into his leg.

It happened last night after the car left the B4203, just to the east of Stanford Bridge in Worcestershire and ended up in hedge.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene after a call at about 11.20pm last night.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the car with significant front-end damage – the stake which was about 3 inches across had come through the front of the car had gone into the patients left leg.

“After being given pain relief, the man was extricated with the help of firefighters.

“He was assessed on the ambulance by the doctor before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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#BlueLightHappy – proof that the majority of people do care

Wednesday 15th November 2017 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A West Midlands paramedic has started a campaign of positivity that is spreading around the world on Twitter.  #BlueLightHappy was started by Birmingham Paramedic Rob Moore after he saw so many stories about emergency services staff coming under attack and being abused.

Rob said: “There have been lots of stories in the media about people not being nice to us lately – the note on the window of an ambulance and the footage of the man in the north west shouting at an ambulance crew, so I thought it was time for a morale boost!

“While I have been punched and spat at in recent months, I’ve also had hundreds of patients who have just been so grateful that ambulance staff are there to help them in their hour of need.

“I’m looking for the public to share their stories of when the emergency services have helped them so that we all remember that the vast majority of people are not only nice, but care about each other and the emergency services who are there to protect them.

“Some of the stories that I have seen have been incredible – from simple notes of thanks to stories from colleagues who have been shown kindness.

“Wouldn’t it be great if we got more people to share their stories of people doing nice things for #team999 – use #BlueLightHappy so we can see that people DO care about our work!”

Since Rob launched the campaign on Monday it has been covered by the likes of Good Morning Britain on ITV and BBC Radio 5Live

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Motorcyclist airlifted to major trauma centre

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following a road traffic collision with a car in Worcester this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to outside Astwood Business Park, Astwood Lane at 2.15pm after reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a BASICs doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “It was apparent to ambulance staff that the motorcyclist, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision when they arrived on scene. Ambulance staff worked quickly to administer treatment to him. The doctor administered advanced pain relief to the man to help stabilise his condition whilst the team worked to fully immobilise him and tend to his injuries. The man was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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HGV and car collide in Stafford

Tuesday 14th November 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A woman needed specialist pre-hospital trauma care at the scene of a serious RTC in Stafford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Tolldish Lane near to the A51 junction in Great Haywood, Stafford at 8.50pm yesterday (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene. A passing St John Ambulance crew came across the incident and stopped to render aid.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had been in a significant collision with a HGV. The driver of the car, a woman, was severely trapped in the wreckage.

“Ambulance staff and the two doctors began to administer trauma care to the woman who had sustained multiple serious injuries whilst the fire service worked carefully around them to cut away the wreckage to release her. Due to the damage caused to the car in the collision, the extrication was prolonged but once the woman was released ambulance staff and the medics continued emergency interventions on scene to help stabilise her serious condition before she was taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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