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Cyclist seriously hurt

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 21st September 2022 – 8.30am.

A cyclist has suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened at just after 4.00pm on Tuesday afternoon at the junction of Dunstall Road and Huntingtree Road in the Hayley Green area of Halesowen.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene and were backed up by a paramedic officer and MERIT Trauma Doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a middle aged man who had suffered serious injuries.

“The rear window of the car was smashed.

“The man received advanced trauma care at the scene before he was taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where medic were on standby to receive him.”

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It was the greatest honour of my life

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th September 2022 – 11.30am.

Like so many people across our nation, staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service bowed their heads at 11.55am yesterday morning to remember Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Staff at Bromsgrove, Dudley and Shrewsbury were among those who marked the moment.

For four though, it was a particularly special day as they represented the NHS ambulance services taking part in the parade ahead of Her Majesty’s coffin as it was taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Gate as part of the Civilian Services Contingent.

Mark Hayes (Lichfield), Jo Withington (Shrewsbury), Nikki Albutt (HQ) and Adam Aston (Sandwell) are all members of the Trust’s Ceremonial Unit and spent five days in London in preparation practicing their ceremonial drill in the middle of the night before taking their place as part of the State Funeral yesterday.

In addition to the four in the parade, Operations Manager Angela Hand (Bromsgrove) and Tactical Incident Commander Tim Atherton (HQ) were part of the large contingent of ambulance staff from across the country assisting London Ambulance Service given the millions of people who were in the capital for the funeral.

Angela and Tim centre with Nick and Kerry from London Ambulance Service

Earlier in the week, two members of the Hazardous Area Response Team, Ben Pallante and Anthony Kelham also went to London as part of the mutual aid being provided to the capital’s ambulance service.

Speaking about his time in the parade, Adam Aston, said: “It has been an incredible honour to represent the entire NHS Ambulance workforce as part of the at the State funeral.”

Jo Withington added: “I have been to the Festival of Remembrance before and am a Reservist as well, but these last few days and yesterday in particular, are without question, the greatest honour of my life.”

Mark Hayes said: “It was an absolute honour and privilege to represent not only WMAS but the NHS and pay our resects to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.  I know I speak for all four of us when I say we did the absolute best we could to provide a truly British send off to Her Royal Highness.”

Nikki Albutt added: “It was a phenomenal experience, so spectacular, yet so sombre; it is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.  We practiced for up to eight hours a day for six days, but nothing will beat the memories we all have.”

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Lichfield paramedic to climb high for charity

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 5th September 2022 – 9:15am.

The only way is up for West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic Claire Jones as she prepares to climb the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world, Kilimanjaro.

As well as her paramedic role, Claire, who is based in Lichfield, volunteers for the Trust’s Staff Advice and Liaison Service, a peer support network within WMAS that provides signposting, advice and a listening ear to all members of staff. It is because of that role that Claire has decided to raise funds for The Ambulance Service Charity (TASC) when completing her trek up Kilimanjaro, for which she flies out on Friday.

TASC provides a range of services to support the mental health, physical rehabilitation and financial wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance staff, and is a charity close to Claire’s heart.

“I am hugely passionate about supporting ambulance staff with their health and wellbeing and if I can complete what will be the most challenging event I have ever done in my whole life for my colleagues, I will be very happy!”

Ahead of the 5,895m climb, Claire has been training hard, bracing herself for altitude sickness and temperatures ranging from 30 degrees at the bottom to -27 degrees during the night as she nears the mountain’s ecological zones to the summit.

Claire added: “This will be the hardest trek I have ever attempted, and I am extremely motivated to raise as much money as I can to fund as many counselling support sessions as I can for TASC.”

To help raise as much money as possible, Claire is fully funding the trek herself, so all sponsorship money raised will go directly towards the fund-raising pot and towards supporting her colleagues. If you would like to sponsor Claire or read more about her charity challenge, please click here.

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Serious RTC in West Bromwich

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 1st September 2022 – 10.00am.

A man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a road traffic collision in West Bromwich last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called just after 6pm to reports of an RTC involving an HGV and broken-down vehicle on the Black Country New Road. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and two critical care paramedics and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the occupant of the car, a man, in a critical condition with serious injuries.

“Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the man at the scene, with treatment continuing onboard a land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

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New dad has bike stolen while saving lives

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 30th August 2022 – 4.50pm.

A student paramedic who has just become a father for the third time has had the bike that he gets to work on, and which holds great sentimental value, stolen from Stoke Ambulance Hub.

The thieves entered the Hub, broke the lock on the bike and then rode off as an ambulance left the hub.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Bank Holiday Monday as Liam Ticehurst was out responding to patients on an emergency ambulance.

Looking at the CCTV, the thieves had clearly planned the theft as they went straight for the bike, a Merida Reacto 5000, which has an Ultegra group set, disk breaks and Fulcrum wheels with 25mm tyres and is worth around £2,500.

Senior Operations Manager, Nic Gunn, said: “The thieves were clearly targeting the bike as they went straight to it.  They were spotted by a member of staff who gave chase, but they cycled down Forge Lane, down onto the canal and were last seen near the Royal Mail depot.  They were wearing hoodies and had surgical masks on to cover their identity.

“I’d appeal for anyone who was driving in the area at the time and might have dash cam footage that would be useful to please contact Staffordshire Police.

“It does beggar belief that someone would stoop so low.  Stoke Hub is clearly an ambulance station, and everyone knows what our staff do and how hard they work to try and save lives, yet these people repay that hard work by stealing Liam’s bike.  It couldn’t have come at a worse time for him and his partner too.”

Liam added: “I use the bike to ride in from Leek for each shift to save a bit of cash given the rising cost of living and the arrival of my new baby daughter, who was born at the end of July. 

“The bike also holds real sentimental value to me as I bought it from money left to me by my grandmother, who passed away suddenly a couple of years ago.  As a keen cyclist, I think my nan would have liked the idea of me getting the bike and especially how I was using it to get to work.  It really is devastating that both the bike and the link to my nan have gone.”

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the bike or knows who might have been involved in its theft is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 stating Log 540 of the 29thAugust.  The bike serial number is WC8201099R.

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Two fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th August 2022 – 8.30am.

Two men have died and four other patients were taken to hospital following a two-car road traffic collision in Wolverhampton yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the B4176 Long Common, Claverley, at 3.58pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor, 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 men in a critical condition, both from the same car. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two adults and two children, from the second car, were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital respectively. All four patients were taken to hospital by land ambulance.

“A further adult was assessed at the scene but able to be discharged.”

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Man fatally injured in light aircraft crash

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th August 2022 – 2.05pm.

A man has died after the fixed wing light aircraft he was flying in came down at Shobdon Airfield this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at 10.07am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a fixed wing light aircraft that had come down at the airfield.

“There was one male patient still within the aircraft. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Pershore

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th August 2022 – 1.45pm.

A man has died after his car became submerged in water following a two-car collision in Pershore this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Eckington Bridge, Pershore, at 4.43am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, our Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a car submerged in the water following a two-car collision and a total of three patients.

“The driver of the car in the water, a man, was rescued from his vehicle by colleagues from the fire service. Ambulance staff found the man in a critical condition and immediately began administering 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.

“The front seat passenger from the same car, also a man, managed to get himself out of the vehicle and to safety. Following assessment at the scene he was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital as a precaution.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital.”

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Woman injured in Coventry RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 24th August 2022 – 8.50am.

A woman has been injured following a road traffic collision in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received numerous 999 calls at around 7.40pm (Tuesday) reporting a collision involving a pedestrian and a car on Barras Green, Coventry. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car. The woman was being cared for by the public and upon assessment, ambulance staff found she had sustained potentially serious injuries. She was treated on scene before being conveyed on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Walsall

Claire Brown – Tuesday 23rd August 2022 – 9.45am.

A man received trauma care from the ambulance service following a collision with a car in Walsall yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.04pm last night (Monday) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle at the junction of Wednesbury Road and Glebe Street, Walsall. An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a man who had come off his motorbike following a collision with a car. Upon assessment, the man was found with serious injuries and was given trauma care by the team of medics on scene. Once stabilised, the man was conveyed on blue lights to Walsall Manor Hospital for further care.”

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Cyclist Seriously Injured in Erdington RTC

Shaunna Farley – Monday 22nd August 2022 – 11.30am.

A man has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision involving a pushbike and a car in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.32pm to reports of a road traffic collision on Chester Road in Erdington. One ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, with serious injuries following a collision with a car.

“He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Man dies in Church Lawford RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th August 2022 – 11.05am.

A man has sadly died following a single vehicle RTC in Rugby in the early hours of today.

The incident happened on the A428 Rugby Road, Church Lawford, Rugby at 3.29am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a critical care car with medics on board from the Air Ambulance Service and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived, they found an overturned car. The driver, a man, was trapped inside. Upon rapid assessment by medics, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Craven Arms

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th August 2022 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died in a road traffic collision in Shropshire overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a motorcyclist and a lamppost on the A49 Shrewsbury Road in Craven Arms at 11.34pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found an off-duty police officer and two off duty nurses performing CPR and using a defibrillator on a man who had come off his motorcycle.

“Crews quickly took over treatment but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Coventry collision

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th August 2022 – 9.40am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a car in Coventry overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.27pm (Wednesday) by an off-duty paramedic reporting a serious RTC near St Thomas Church on Longford Road, Coventry. A paramedic officer, two ambulances and a critical care car with a team of medics on board from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition following a collision with a car being cared for by an off-duty paramedic and bystanders.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to provide advanced life support to the man on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Two injured, one seriously in Ludlow RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 4.00pm.

A road traffic collision involving a van and a lorry has left two men injured, one seriously in Ludlow this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.13pm earlier today to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the A49, Woofferton, Ludlow. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the van, a man, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and was found to have sustained serious injuries.  He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further trauma care.

“The lorry driver, a man, was treated on scene for less serious injuries and was taken to Hereford Hospital for further checks.”

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Man seriously injured in Bromsgrove RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 11.00am.

A collision involving a car and a motorcyclist has left a man seriously injured in Bromsgrove this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of School Lane and Birmingham Road, Licky End, Bromsgrove at 8.06am earlier today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist who had been involved in a collision with a car and was being cared for by an off duty nurse and bystanders.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff the motorcyclist, a man, was found to have sustained serious injuries. He was given trauma care on scene to stabilise his condition before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Monmouth

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 8.45am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision near to the English and Welsh border in Monmouth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a single motorcycle RTC on the A40 in Monmouth, near to the Welsh border, at 10.09pm yesterday (Thursday). A local community first responder, a paramedic officer, an ambulance, two critical care paramedics together with Wales Air Ambulance from Cardiff were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition. Police officers were already on scene providing CPR to the man. When ambulance crews commenced emergency treatment, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following RTC in Telford

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 10th August – 08.45am.

One person has died and another has sustained life threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Telford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.24pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a car that had collided at the junction of Dawley Green Way and Old Park Roundabout in Telford. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found three patients.

“The first was a man who was the driver of the motorbike. He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.

“He received advanced life support at the scene but unfortunately, despite the best efforts it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The second, a woman who was a passenger on the motorbike. She had sustained life threatening injuries.

She received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital via air ambulance.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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What an amazing 11 days!

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 9th August 2022 – 12.10pm.

And with one final roar from Birmingham’s Raging Bull, it was all over, but what an amazing 11 days it has been.

A spectacular closing ceremony at the Alexander Stadium brought the curtain down on Birmingham 2022, the 22nd Commonwealth Games.  It was the biggest ever with around 1.5 million spectators, getting to see some spectacular sport.

For West Midlands Ambulance Service, it was the biggest sporting event that we have ever had to provide medical cover for, working with the medical teams put in place by the Organising Committee. 

In total, we scheduled over 23,000 hours of ambulance time including 1,766 shifts made up of 770 on ambulances and 226 commander shifts. They were supported by 160 shifts in our control room, 60 vehicle preparation operative shifts preparing up to 60 ambulances and 27 cars each day and 40 shifts in the National Ambulance Resilience Unit.

For the ambulance service, we were only called on to help 166 patients of which just 83 were taken to hospital.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This has been a hugely successful event that has placed Birmingham and the wider West Midlands in the spotlight for all of the right reasons.  My congratulations to the Organising Committee for putting on such a well run event.

“I want to pay tribute to the hundreds of staff who gave up their time off with their families to come and work during the Games.  You have done an amazing job helping to keep the huge crowds safe.

“I am immensely proud of everything you have done to show what a wonderful city Birmingham is and indeed the wider West Midlands and what it has to offer. 

“You have interacted with the public and the Games family on a daily basis and shown what a fantastic career the ambulance service has to offer and for that I am immensely grateful.”

A gallery of pictures taken by staff at the Games can be found at https://wmas.nhs.uk/birmingham-2022/

Head of Emergency Planning and Commonwealth Games Lead for the Trust, James Williams, added: “What an incredible couple of weeks it’s been for the region. I want to say a huge ‘thank you’, to everyone in the Trust who has been involved for making the Games as successful as it has been.  It’s been wonderful to see the whole Trust getting behind the event and helping colleagues out wherever they can.

“It’s been a real morale booster for staff, not just the crews out at venues but all the backroom staff as well.  Can I also say thank you to the planning team – we started this journey as soon as Birmingham was awarded the Games in December 2017 and that really stepped up a gear in early 2021.  It has been quite a journey but so worth it.  All that effort has delivered a magnificent event, one which we can all be proud of.”

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Fatal crash in Leek

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 9th August 2022 – 9.00am.

Two people have died and five others have been injured after a two car crash just to the north of Leek in Staffordshire.

The collision happened at about 4.30pm on Monday afternoon, just to the north of Leek on the A53 Buxton Road.

Four ambulances, a paramedic officers, a BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a very serious crash.  Sadly, the two drivers, both men, were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman had to be extricated from one car.  She had suffered potentially serious injuries and was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A boy from the same car was also taken Royal Stoke to the same hospital, again with potentially serious injuries.

“A man was airlifted to the same hospital with serious injuries after receiving advanced trauma care at the scene.

“A man and a woman, who had both suffered less serious injuries, were also taken to Royal Stoke by ambulance for further assessment.”

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RTC on Birmingham New Road

Murray MacGregor – Monday 8th August 2022 – 10.35am.

Four men have been taken to hospital after a two car crash on Birmingham New Road in the Ettingshall area of Wolverhampton.

It happened at about 9.00pm on Sunday night at the junction of Crabtree Close.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars, one of which was badly damaged with debris spread over a wide area.

“There were five men in the car that was badly damaged. Four of them were treated by ambulance crews at the scene, with two taken to Walsall Manor Hospital and two to Sandwell.  The fifth travelled with one of the patients to Walsall.

“The driver of the other car had minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a collision with a tractor.

The incident happened on Worcester Parkway, Pershore Road in Worcester, just to the south of the station at about 6.45pm on Sunday evening.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found off duty colleagues already assisting the rider.

“The man had suffered significant injuries.  After being provided with considerable care at the scene, he was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive him.

“There were no other patients.”

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Emergency services come together

Murray MacGregor – Monday 8th August 2022 – 8.30am.

The eyes of the world will be on Birmingham for one more day as the Commonwealth Games comes to a close tonight.

While the focus has rightly been on the athletes and the fantastic crowds who have made this a most memorable event, it is only right to note the remarkable job that the organisers and the emergency services have made in order for the event to take place.

Early on Saturday morning, representatives of the police, fire and ambulance services came together to mark that work with a photo underneath the most iconic symbol of the Game.

The staff and vehicles were photographed in front of the ‘Raging Bull’, the 10m high sculpture that is drawing huge crowds to Centenary Square in Birmingham and which was such a memorable part of the opening ceremony.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It seemed only right to bring the three services together in front of the symbol of the Games.

“The amount of planning and co-operation that has gone into making these games such a success cannot be underestimated.

“Together with the Organising Committee the three blue light services have ensured this has been one of the best Games ever.

“Everyone has done an amazing job and I hope all of the staff involved, who have come from every corner of our Region, have enjoyed the experience as much as the millions of fans and spectators around the world have.” 

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One fatally injured in M5 collisions

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 3rd August 2022 – 10.10am.

A lorry driver has died in one of two multi-vehicle collisions to occur on the M5 in the early hours of this morning.

We received a call to reports of a multi-vehicle collision involving a number of lorries on the northbound carriageway of the M5, between junctions 8 and 7, at 4.31am and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, our Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a lorry driver who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with fire and police colleagues to carefully cut a second lorry driver, a man, free from his vehicle, a process which took approximately 90 minutes.

“Following treatment at the scene for potentially serious injuries, he was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.”

Prior to that, we had been called to a collision between a car and a lorry also on the northbound carriage of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 at 2.50am. Three ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered six patients from the car.

“A man, who was a rear seat passenger, was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“The driver and a second rear seat passenger, both men, were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital on the same ambulance.

“Three further patients were discharged at the scene.”

Road closures will remain place on the M5 for some time and drivers are advised to find alternative routes.

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Man seriously injured in Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 1st August 2022 – 10.40am.

A car driver was airlifted to a major trauma centre after sustaining serious injuries in an RTC near Newport yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a lorry on the A41 Chester Road, Chetwynd at 3.54pm (Sunday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an off duty nurse and other bystanders caring for two occupants in the car. The driver, a man, was found with serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to release the man from the car whilst administering trauma care to stabilise his serious condition. The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital to receive further specialist trauma care.

“The passenger of the car, a woman, was given treatment on scene for less serious injuries before being conveyed by land ambulance to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Alvechurch

Claire Brown – Monday 1st August 2022 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care by the ambulance service yesterday in Alvechurch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle on the A441 Birmingham Road, near the Redditch Road turning, Alvechurch at 4.51pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic (CCP) attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found bystanders caring for a motorcyclist, a man, who had been seriously injured.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition on scene before conveying him on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The MERIT doctor and CCP travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment and monitoring on route to hospital where, upon arrival in A&E, the man was said to be in a critical condition.”

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WMAS is ready, set, go for the Commonwealth Games

Jamie Arrowsmith – 28th July 2022 – 9.30am.

The athletes are ready, the venues are ready and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is ready for the Commonwealth Games.

The service began planning for the summer of sport almost as soon as it was announced that Birmingham was to be the host city back in December 2017, before a dedicated planning team was formed in March 2021.

Approximately 800 members of WMAS staff and more than 20 volunteer Community First Responders will be involved in covering the Games, over 1,664 operational shifts and 23,000 hours of resourcing. That will be done utilising 60 ambulances, 27 rapid response vehicles and ten 4×4 ambulances.

The Trust’s entire Commonwealth Games operation will be run out of the newly built Oldbury Hub. The 7,725 square metre building is the biggest hub in WMAS’ portfolio and was completed in the middle of July.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the West Midlands as we look forward to some fantastic sporting action and welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world to our region.

“We are as well prepared as we can possibly be to respond if and when required, but obviously hope we won’t be needed. My thanks go to all of the staff who have got us to this point and those who will be covering the Games, helping to make them the very best they can be.”

Head of Emergency Planning and Commonwealth Games, James Williams, added: “We will have ambulance crews and commanders at every session and every venue, helping to play our part in keeping the athletes, officials and spectators safe throughout what we hope will be a thoroughly enjoyable time for everyone.

“An enormous amount of hard work has been undertaken by staff right across the organisation to get us to this point, and I thank everyone for their hard work and commitment in making sure we are ready on time, it really wouldn’t have been possible without the buy-in of every directorate and individual who has contributed.

“Whilst the hard work will continue throughout the coming days as the Games take place, I hope all staff are able to find some time to enjoy the competition as well.”

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “After an incredibly challenging few years with the pandemic and operational pressures, this is a great opportunity for staff to do something a little bit different, and play a key role in supporting this fantastic celebration of sport.

“We have successfully managed to bring forward the arrival of 60 new ambulances and all staff covering Commonwealth Games shifts are doing so on overtime, so there will be no impact on the normal day to day running of West Midlands Ambulance Service.”

For all of the latest WMAS news and images from the Commonwealth Games, you can visit our dedicated webpage at www.wmas.nhs.uk/birmingham-2022/

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Notes to Editors:

WMAS has received funding for its operational response to the Commonwealth Games from the Organising Committee. Therefore, the Trust’s annual budget to provide a 999 service to the West Midlands, has not been impacted in any way.

Sophie is sew ready for Opening Ceremony role

Jamie Arrowsmith – 26th July 2022 – 2.30pm.

One of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s control room staff is getting set for her work to be seen by millions of people on Thursday night after helping to make the costumes for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Sophie Potter, a dispatcher who works in the Emergency Operations Centre, is used to sending ambulances to 999 calls all across the West Midlands, but after volunteering to help at the Commonwealth Games, her work is about to be seen across the world during both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Sophie took up sewing during the first Covid-19 lockdown when volunteering to make fabric face masks and it quickly became a way for her to unwind out of work, making clothes for herself and family members.

So when Sophie saw the advert for costume volunteers and the fact no previous experience was necessary, she decided to give it a go.

She said: “I was thrilled to be accepted and since February I have been attending two costume shifts per week on my days off and will be present backstage throughout both ceremonies to help dress all of the performers and make any last-minute adjustments.

“My confidence has grown so much throughout the project, particularly because I have been allowed to take on tasks independently which has been nice to have that level of trust shown in me.

“As well as learning how to use industrial sewing machines and overlockers to make hats, my proudest achievement in the workshop so far has been helping one of the mentors draft and sew a ‘master’ trench coat which several performers and stewards will wear and our master copy was sent off to a factory to be recreated en masse.”

Whilst Sophie is thrilled to have taken part in the project, she also said that it has not been without its challenges.

“The hardest part has been keeping everything a secret. Every day I go into the workshop I see incredible feats of artistry and craftmanship from professional sewists and I really cannot wait for the world to see what all of the volunteers have achieved when both ceremonies take place.

“This opportunity has been an amazing creative outlet for me and given me an enormous sense of achievement and pride. I will be sad when the project is over but will definitely look for other opportunities to keep sewing.”

Sophie’s work at the Commonwealth Games will not be limited to the opening and closing ceremonies as she has also volunteered to be an athlete driver throughout the event, which involves driving athlete between the athlete’s village and games venues.

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RTC between cyclist and refuse lorry in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Monday 25th July 2022 – 10.45am.

A cyclist has sustained potentially serious injuries following a collision with a refuse lorry this morning in Nuneaton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Cedar Road and Lime Grove, Nuneaton at 8.51am today (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

“A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The cyclist, a man, had reportedly collided with the refuse lorry. Ambulance crews assessed the man and found he had sustained potentially serious injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the air ambulance medics travelled with the ambulance crew to provide further treatment and monitoring to the patient.”

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Trust joins national week of action to help callers with what3words

Shaunna Farley – Monday 25th July – 09.00am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is encouraging the public to download the free what3words app, to help us find you in an emergency.

From Monday 25th July – Sunday 31st July, it will be #KnowExactlyWhere week, a summer safety campaign to raise awareness of the free app and how you can use it in an emergency.

The Trust now regularly gets calls from members of the public, particularly when they are in rural locations, who provide us with the three words which allows us to pinpoint the exact location of the casualty, fast.  

What3words has divided the world into a grid of 3 metre squares and given each square a unique identifier made of three random words – a what3words address, which can save vital time in an emergency.

‘What’s the address of the emergency?’ is one of the first four questions you are asked when calling 999 but describing exactly where emergency services should go can be challenging.   Although our call handlers are trained to gather as much location information as possible from callers, using What3Words makes that much easier.

Integrated Emergency Urgent Care & Performance Director, Jeremy Brown, said: “Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a remote hillside in the Staffordshire Moorlands to the side of the M6 motorway, or the middle of Coventry City Centre.   If we are able to get accurate location details from the caller quickly, it reduces the amount of time that it takes for our ambulances to get to the patient which could make a real difference to the outcome.

“We will continue to take map grid references, eastings and northings, GPS plots, postcodes and road names as alternatives. 

“It is also important to remember that this technology doesn’t replace the traditional ‘must-pack’ outdoor safety gear for hikes, camping trips, and other outdoor adventures; the app just makes finding you much easier if things do go wrong.”

#KnowExactlyWhere

The app is free to download for both iOS and Android and works offline – making it ideal for use in areas with an unreliable data connection, such as beaches, national parks and campsites.  What3words can also be used via the online map at what3words.com. The app is available in 51 languages, and can be used anywhere in the world.

For more information visit www.knowexactlywhere.com

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Man seriously injured in Walsall collision

Claire Brown – Monday 25th July 2022 – 8.40am.

A man required advanced trauma care by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital after being involved in a single car road traffic collision in Walsall in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.48am this morning (Monday) to the junction of Upper Rushall Street and Town Hall, Walsall. Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a car which had left the road and collided with a fence. The driver, a man, was out of the vehicle and in a ditch. The team of ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained serious injuries and was in a critical condition. They commenced advanced trauma care whilst working closely with fire colleagues to extricate the man rapidly from the ditch.

“Once stabilised, the man was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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WMAS to step back from 111 contract

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 20th July 2022 – 6.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is to hand back the 111 contract it provides for the majority of the West Midlands to commissioners.  The Trust has taken the difficult decision as the service develops nationally and becomes an even more important part of the NHS.

Part of this development will involve a move towards closer working between the NHS111 service across the East and West Midlands integrating the two areas into a single shared model, which mirrors the increasing collaboration across some other regions in England.

NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board (ICB), after a competitive process, have awarded the contract to DHU Healthcare, initially covering an 18-month period.  DHU already operate the East Midlands contract, are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and are a not for profit, social enterprise and community interest company.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “As the focus of our emergency and urgent service is based on the West Midlands only, and the move in 111 is to move to a regional basis, it makes sense to step back and allow a new 111 provider to take the service to the next level. 

“What is important is that patients will not see any change in the way they access NHS111 across the East and West Midlands.

“As a Trust we will also be able to concentrate on making the improvements necessary to improve our 999 service.  As such, we feel a new 111 provider will be able to embed the changes in telephony that are set to be introduced which will allow the 111 service to develop further.

Mr Mark Axcell, CEO Black Country ICB: “The 111 service is a hugely important part of the NHS and is constantly being developed and enhanced so that it can help more people.  We were notified by West Midlands Ambulance Service of their intention to step away from the current contract and we are now mobilising plans with a new provider DHU Healthcare to step into this contract. 

“We are confident that the new provider will be in place ahead of the winter period and that they will work with WMAS to ensure a smooth transition. Those using the NHS 111 service in the West Midlands will continue to be able to access the service as usual.” 

Stephen Bateman, Chief Executive at DHU comments: “Our 111 service has a well-deserved outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, and we look forward to a close partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service to transition this contract.  Our intention is to build on the exceptional service they have grown over the last three years, and to support the staff who join us.  We know they deliver compassionate, high-quality patient care and we welcome the knowledge, skills and experience they will bring to our DHU family.”

Mr Marsh added: “This change should not be seen as any reflection on our staff who continue to work incredibly hard to provide the highest quality patient care – our service is one of the highest performing in the country.  The team help thousands of people every day and they should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved.

“We understand this change will be an unsettling time for staff so we will be working with individuals and their representatives as further information becomes available about how DHU will run the contract.  We will work with them and Commissioners to minimise disruption for staff and patients alike.”

WMAS Integrated Emergency, Urgent Care and Performance Director, Jeremy Brown said: “Our 111 staff have played a hugely important role in the way the NHS responded to COVID over the last two years.

““The team answered around 2.5 million calls providing access to healthcare 24 hours a day.  I am enormously proud of the whole team and the way you have, without doubt, helped patients in all of our local communities.”

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Fatal collision in Herefordshire

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 20th July 2022 – 2:30pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a refuse lorry and a motorcyclist on the A44 in Bredenbury, Herefordshire at 10.04am (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a paramedic and doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found the motorcyclist, a man, being given CPR by an off duty doctor and police colleagues. The man was in a critical condition and ambulance staff commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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Man seriously injured in M6 RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 19th July 2022 – 11.25am.

Ambulance crews and an air ambulance responded to a road traffic collision on the M6 in Coventry this morning where one man was seriously injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting an overturned car on the M6, Junctions 3a – 3, Corley, Coventry at 9.06am today (Tuesday). Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find bystanders and an off-duty paramedic caring for the driver of a car which had overturned on the carriageway. The driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and found to have sustained serious injuries. He was extricated from the car with help from fire colleagues and received trauma care on scene by the team of medics. Once stabilised, the man was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Monday 18th July 2022 – 10.45am.

A man has sadly died after a single vehicle RTC in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10:37pm to reports of the collision involving a car and railings on Belgrave Middleway in the city. Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find multiple patients involved in the collision, with one man having suffered life-threatening injuries.

“Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient, before conveying him on blue lights and sirens to the Major Trauma Centre at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, the man sadly passed away in hospital this morning.

“Four other patients involved in the incident were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and were conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further treatment.”

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Are you ready for the heatwave?

Murray MacGregor – Friday 15th July – 2pm.

With the Met Office issuing a ‘Red Warning’ for extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday, ambulance bosses are urging the public not to ignore it and make sure they don’t end up becoming a patient.

The Trust has already seen a rise in the number of heat related calls to both the 999 and 111 services with calls about sunburn, heat stroke, BBQ burns, dehydration, breathing difficulties and from people enjoying the outdoors who are ill prepared.

It is vital that people do take on board the warning so that preventable situations don’t end up resulting in people needing to access help from the NHS.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “Almost everyone enjoys a sunny day, but the difference this time is that temperatures have the potential to reach levels never before seen in the West Midlands.

“Heat can cause some very serious health implications if we don’t treat it with respect, particularly for the very young and elderly, but it can affect people of all ages.

“Dehydration is one of the biggest risks – it happens when you lose more fluid than you take in.  We all need to drink enough when it’s hot; water and fruit juices are much better than alcohol, which is a diuretic and will speed up dehydration.

“We already see lots of cases of dehydration in the elderly and the heat will make that worse.  Dehydration can lead to breathing problems, confusion, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and may result in patients becoming unsteady on their feet and as a result end up falling which can result in other serious injuries.  It can also lead on to heat stroke and a period of being unconscious.

“Dark yellow or strong smelling wee is a good warning sign that you are dehydrated, and you need to act immediately to rehydrate.

“Clearly lots of people want to spend time in our wonderful countryside.  If you are going outdoors, please be aware that the sun is at its strongest between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  You will need to be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear, preferably a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.  More positively we have seen a rise in the number of people using What3Words which is helping us to identify where patients who have got into difficulty, are.

It is important to remember that the temperatures given out are measured in the shade, so can be higher still in direct sunlight.  If people are out in the sun with no protection, they can get into difficulty quite quickly.  We do have cases where people have called us because they have got sunburnt and in extreme cases actually have really nasty burns, which are not only uncomfortable at the time but can result in long term skin damage with the resultant risk from skin cancer too.

“Our main message is enjoy the weather, but do it safely.”

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New Defibrillator in Brierley Hill Marks 12-Months Since Bystander CPR Saved a Life

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 14th July – 09.00am.

A new publicly accessible defibrillator has been installed in Brierley Hill High Street, marking a year since a local duo saved a life in the town with bystander CPR.

The defibrillator and lockable cabinet have been installed in the town’s high street near the entrance to the market – just over the road from the Moor Centre where local butcher, Gordon Tranter and a passing by Student Nurse, Olivia Hanson, gave CPR to a shopper last year.

The life-saving equipment has been installed thanks to support from Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes for donating the equipment, organised by local Councillor Adam Davies, local business Alan Warwick Butchers who donated the cabinet and carry case, and members of the public who gave donations at a CPR training session last October, which will go towards spare batteries.

In a cardiac arrest it is vital CPR is commenced and a defibrillator used to try and restart the heart, as every minute that passes by the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Having access to more defibrillators within the community can help save more lives.

Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes said: “Gordon is surely an inspiration to us all.

“It is great to see the Defibrillator in Brierley Hill and hopefully, it will never be needed however if it saves just one life then all the hard work has been worth it.

“I would like to say a huge thank-you to Councillor Adam Davies for his determination and commitment in getting the support from local business’s to help with this life saving local project”

Local councillor, Adam Davies, said:  “It’s so fitting that we’re able to mark 12 months since Gordon and Olivia’s heroics with this new easily accessible defibrillator right in the heart of the town.

“I have to give a really big thank you to Andy from the ambulance service, Tony from Alan Warwick Butchers, Aaron from Approved Electrical Midlands, and the members of the public who donated at our training session last October. Without all of their support, this just wouldn’t have been possible”.

The defibrillator is registered on the national defibrillator network known as The Circuit, meaning anyone needing to access the cabinet just needs to call 999 and an operator will provide the access code.”

Gordon Tranter, the local butcher who helped save the life last June, said, “There wasn’t a defibrillator in the town last June so me and Olivia just had to do our best with CPR and hope it was enough. Thankfully it was enough on that day and the lady survived, but we know having a defibrillator will give anyone in the same situation in the future an even better chance.

“Obviously the defibrillator won’t work alone, it stills needs someone to step forward and use it. I’d encourage anyone to just try, you could help save someone’s life. I’ll never forget that day for as long as I live.”

If you, or somebody you know is a defibrillator guardian, then we urge you to register your device on The Circuit. You could help save a life. Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.  

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Pictured from left to right is Andy Jeynes, Gordon Tranter, Adam Davies and Jason Keen.

Jude and Jobe Bellingham Make Defibrillator Donation

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 12th July 2022 – 8am

Borussia Dortmund and Birmingham City footballers Jude and Jobe Bellingham have made an incredibly generous and potentially lifesaving donation to fund three Community Public Access Defibrillators which will be installed outside three schools in Birmingham.

The donation was received by Community First Responder (CFR) charity, Fastaid, and in partnership with Jude, Jobe and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), the defibrillators will be gifted to the schools.

In a cardiac arrest it is vital CPR is commenced and a defibrillator used to try and restart the heart, as every minute that passes by the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Having access to more defibrillators within the community can help save more lives.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, said: “This is an incredible gesture from Jude and Jobe, one that will help save lives in the communities that the defibrillators are placed. The effect of good CPR and early defibrillation can never be underestimated.

“The world watched as footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020, but through the quick actions of CPR and the use of a defibrillator, he is alive today and still playing football at the highest level.”

The donated defibrillators will serve both the school and the surrounding community and once installed, they will be registered on the Circuit – the national defibrillator network. When a member of the public calls 999 the ambulance call taker will be able to inform the member of the public of the closest defibrillator to the emergency.

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Fastaid CFR Terry Flower and WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin met with Jude and Jobe Bellingham at WMAS’ Hollymoor Hub after receiving the donation.

Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following RTC in Stoke on Trent

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th July – 11.15am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Stoke on Trent in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a collision involving a motorbike on King Street, Stoke on Trent at 04.16am on Sunday. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found the motorcyclist. The man was in a critical condition and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to commence advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deaceased on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Newton

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th July – 08.55am.

A woman has died following a two-car collision in Newton yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bridgenorth Road, Newton, Much Wenlock at 2.15pm on Sunday and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been involved in a collision and four patients in total.

“The driver of the first car had suffered serious injuries in the incident and she received advanced life support at the scene. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, it unfortunately became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased.

“A man and two boys who were the driver of and passengers in the second car, were treated for injuries believed to be minor before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulances.”

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A pin prick that could save a life

Murray MacGregor – Monday 11th July 2022 – 8.00am.

In the ambulance service, we know just how important blood can be.  Our staff deal with patients who have lost lots of it; our enhanced care teams carry it with them; and we often put calls into major trauma centres asking for blood to be ready for a patient we are taking in.

Last month NHS Blood & Transplant said that they needed one million new donors over the next five years, with a particular need for Black African, Black Caribbean and younger donors to come forward.

Well that’s exactly what staff in our control rooms did last week.  On Tuesday, NHS Blood and Transplant spent the day in Brierley Hill at one of our three call centres

The team were at Navigation Point to provide staff with an opportunity to discover what their blood type is by doing a finger prick test, as well having any questions answered about being a blood donor.  In total 43 staff registered as donors with 13 making an appointment to donate. 

The session was organised by Head of Human Resources, Lucy Mackcracken who is herself a regular donor: “For me giving blood was always something that I had been interested in doing but never really got round to.  I often put off finding out if I could give at certain times such as when pregnant or breastfeeding. 

“I think lots of people have similar questions about if they can give and what the exclusions are so an event like this was really useful to give people the facts.

“Once I had donated for the first time I found it a really easy process to use the NHS Blood and Transplant app to find and book the next appointment.” 

Head of 111 Operations, Rob Till, said: “I was delighted that so many staff were interested in donating blood and took the time out of their day to find out more information.

“When people think about ambulance staff, they often only think of the paramedics and technicians on the road, but the team in our control rooms – call takers, dispatchers and clinicians play a vital role in ensuring patients have access to blood at the scene of an incident or arrange for blood to be ready at a hospital; they also know just how important a pint of the red stuff can be for patients.

“Control room staff already regularly save lives over the phone through the likes of talking people through CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and this is just another way that they can save lives.”

Trust Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker, who regularly responds to serious incidents as well as being an Emergency Medicine Consultant added: “I know at first hand the difference blood can make to my patients.

“If we don’t have enough blood, many operations can’t take place; people who live with conditions such as anaemia, cancer and blood disorders wouldn’t get the life saving treatment they need.  It’s why so many of our team do already give blood, like Lucy, Rob and I do.

“I’m delighted that so many staff within our control room took the opportunity to register as donors and I hope everyone will consider doing the same as it truly is a gift of life.”

What happens to a blood donation

Blood donation generally takes up to an hour and you will be doing something amazing. Once donated, blood is taken to NHSBT laboratories where it is divided into:

  • Platelets: Platelets help to stop bleeding and can be donated directly. Donors with A negative, A positive or AB negative blood are mostly needed. 69 per cent treat people with cancer, 17 per cent helps people after surgery, 8 per cent treat diseases, and 6 per cent help adults and babies in intensive care.
  • Red cells: two thirds are used to treat a vast range of conditions including sickle cell, anaemia, cancer and blood other disorders. One third is used in surgery and emergencies including childbirth.
  • Plasma: 17,000 people are treated with medicine made from plasma. Plasma can be used to stop blood loss in trauma patients and is also made into a medicine for people with weak immune systems. People can also donate plasma directly.

You can find out more about what it’s like to give blood for the first time at: https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/giving-blood-for-the-first-time/

For more information or to book an appointment to give blood, either download the app, go to www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

Pic 1: Mandy Jones Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care Tutor Mandy Jones gets a finger prick test from Priya from NHS Blood and Transplant.

Pic 2: Lucy Butler giving blood

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Trust celebrates first ‘International Paramedics Day’

Jordan Eggington – Friday 8th July 2022 – 10.00am.

Today marks the first ever ‘International Paramedics Day’, to recognise and celebrate the work carried out by paramedics and first responders around the world.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline responders have put the wellbeing and interests of others first, working tirelessly in the most challenging of circumstances and often at great risk to themselves. Now, for the first time, the 8th July is being dedicated to the world’s paramedics.

This date is the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larrey, the man often referred to as the ‘father of modern-day ambulance services’. International Paramedics Day has been created, organised and run by the College of Paramedics in the UK, with support from professional paramedics’ organisations from around the world.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, recorded a special video message to mark the occasion, and said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution that paramedics make to our healthcare system in the various roles they undertake, whether it be on the frontline, in our control rooms, our Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), as critical care paramedics, Specialist Operational Response Team (SORT) paramedics, or our next generation of paramedics who are undergoing their training.

“All of you do a great job every day, often in very difficult and challenging circumstances. But it’s not just about the paramedics, it’s also about the whole ambulance workforce including our technicians, ECAs and student paramedics.

“When I think of the enormous progress the paramedic profession has made since I underwent my training 30 odd years ago, it’s fantastic. You should be rightly proud of the skills that you are all able to perform now to such a high standard, saving lives that were previously lost.

“Please enjoy and be proud of this International Paramedic Day – it is rightly deserved. I am enormously proud of all of you and please be assured of my continued support.”

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Two seriously injured in Solihull RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 8th July 2022 – 8.45am.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured following a single vehicle RTC in Solihull early this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the canal bridge on Bakers Lane, Knowle, Solihull at 0.43am today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and a doctor and critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had left the road and was in a field down an embankment. The two occupants, a man and a woman, were assessed and found with serious injuries.

“Both patients were assisted out of the vehicle with help from fire colleagues, under the guidance of ambulance staff. The man and the woman received trauma care from the team of medics on scene before both were conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“A third occupant had reportedly left the scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.”

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Fatal Shooting in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 7th July – 3.45pm.

One person has died following a shooting in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

Two ambulance crews at Heartlands Hospital were alerted to two men who had self presented at the hospital at 0.31am after reportedly being involved in a shooting nearby. Two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival we found two men.

“The first man was found with life threatening injuries and received advanced life support by ambulance staff. Despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”

“The second man, who had sustained less serious injuries, was assessed and treated by ambulance staff before receiving further checks in hospital.”

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Car driver airlifted following collision with lorry

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 5th July 2022 – 12pm.

A man who had to be cut free from his car has been airlifted to hospital following a collision with a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5, Watling Street in Weston-under-Lizard and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man trapped in his car and a lorry that had left the carriageway, coming to rest in a field.

“Ambulance staff worked alongside colleagues from the fire service to carefully cut the man free from his car, assessing and monitoring his condition throughout.

“He was treated for serious injuries before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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

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Paramedics receive police bravery award

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 4.00pm.

Two paramedics have been recognised for their outstanding act of bravery by West Midlands Police after being stabbed in 2020 whilst on duty.

Paramedics Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave, from Willenhall ambulance hub, were called to an address in Wolverhampton along with police colleagues following concerns for the welfare of a man on Monday 6th July 2020. As emergency services gained entry to the property, the patient came out of the front door with two knives and stabbed Deena and Mick. Despite both being seriously injured, they bravely helped each other in the moments after the attack to get to safety whilst police detained the patient.

West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable, Vanessa Jardine, presented the pair with a National Police Public Bravery Award and silver medal at a ceremony at Tally Ho! on Tuesday 7th June. This comes a year after the force presented Deena and Mick with Chief Constable’s Commendations in 2021.

The National Police Public Bravery Award, which is signed by the National Police Chiefs Council, is one rarely given out. They were instituted in 1965 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the public who have intervened to foil criminal acts and come to the assistance of others. The honour recognises outstanding acts of bravery or meritorious devotion to civic duty, in support of the police, and thereby contributing to the maintenance of law and order.

Deena said: “It was a huge privilege to receive such a prestigious award from our police colleagues for our bravery on, what was, the worst day of our lives. We will both be forever immensely grateful for the police’s help on that day, along with our WMAS family too.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 1.40pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple calls reporting a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Pershore Road, Erdington at around 9.50am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found police colleagues performing CPR on a motorcyclist. The man was in a critical condition and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed by ambulance staff before being discharged on scene.”

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Teenager fatally stabbed in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 10.00am.

A teenage boy has sadly died after being stabbed in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several calls to Mount Road, Lanesfield, Wolverhampton shortly after 8.30pm last night (Wednesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a critical care car from Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the scene. The first ambulance arrived within three minutes of receiving the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a teenage boy in a critical condition. The team worked rapidly to commence resuscitation on scene, administering advanced trauma care. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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More bleed control kits available in the West Midlands

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 29th June 2022 – 12pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is aiming to install 80 life-saving bleed control kits around the region in partnership with NHS Charities Together.

Bleed control kits contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings and are vital to help save the lives of patients who suffer major trauma with catastrophic bleeding, whether caused by an accident or assault.

Last week, thanks to funding from NHS Charities Together, WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin visited three Public Access Community Defibrillator sites in North Warwickshire, which are managed by North Warwickshire Community First Responders, to place three Bleed Control Kits alongside the defibrillator.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, and Atherstone Town Councillor, Ray Jarvis, with the new bleed control kit.

The kits were placed at The Crew – Queens Hall Nuneaton, Atherstone Market Square and outside the new AAA Food Hall in Hartshill.

Tim said: “These kits are vital to help save lives and can be used in the first few minutes of an injury by members of the public prior to an ambulance arriving.

“A number of kits, which contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings, can already be found in parts of the region following the hard work by The Daniel Baird Foundation which was set up after the son of Lynne Baird was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in 2017.

““Working closely with the Foundation, WMAS helped develop the kits and now thanks to NHS Charities Together, we hope to provide a further 80 kits across the West Midlands during the next few months.”

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, and Rich from The Crew in Nuneaton with the new bleed control kit.

More information about the kits can be found at: http://www.controlthebleed.org.uk    

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Notes to Editors:

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

Main image: WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin and North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, install a bleed control kit at AAA Food Hall in Hartshill.

Pedestrian dies in Evesham

Claire Brown – Monday 27th June 2022 – 10.45am.

A pedestrian has sadly died, and a motorcyclist has been injured following a collision in Evesham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a motorcyclist at the junction of the B4084 Pershore Road and Hasleor Lane, Charlton, Evesham at 1.22pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, in a critical condition being given CPR by bystanders and an off-duty paramedic. Ambulance crews worked as a team to deliver advanced life support but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone there, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was assessed and found with no significant injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further care.”

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