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Woman dies following M5 RTC

Thursday 21st March 2019 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

A woman has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M5 in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 in Quinton, Birmingham, shortly after 5.15am today (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van and a lorry which had been involved in a collision. Sadly, the passenger of the van, a woman, was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and found to have suffered minor injuries. He was taken to hospital for further check. The lorry driver didn’t require treatment.

“There are currently long delays due to the closure of the M5 and motorists are advised to seek an alternative route.”

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12 months of progress

Thursday 21st March 2019 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

New figures show that West Midlands Ambulance is getting to more patients, more quickly than ever before.

The data, which was published by NHS England shows that the Trust has improved its performance in each of the four categories of calls that it is measured on.  It also remains the only Trust in the country exceeding all of the standards.

Call category Target February 2018 February 2019 Improvement
Category 1 Mean response (7mins) 07:03 06:44 -4.5%
90th percentile (15 mins) 12:06 11:41 -3.4%
Category 2 Mean response (18 mins) 13:14 12:32 -5.3%
90th percentile (40 mins) 24:22 22:49 -6.4%
Category 3 Mean response (60 mins 41:35 38:42 -6.9%
90th percentile (120 mins) 1.36:47 1.27:31 -9.6%
Category 4 90th percentile (180 mins) 2.42:23 2.01:34 -25.1%

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is excellent news for patients and is down to the incredible efforts of our staff, who work so hard in often difficult circumstances to ensure patients get the best possible care.

“The new ambulance response standards, which were introduced last year, have allowed us to prioritise those patients in greatest need, while ensuring that every call counts.

“What the figures show is that despite the number of 999 calls continuing to rise, response times have improved considerably.

“These response standards are helping to make real improvements to the way we treat patients, prioritising the people who need us most, for example those having a cardiac arrest.

“However, they have also allowed us to make changes that mean patients with conditions such as heart attacks and strokes get the right treatment much sooner, which is having a real benefit to those individuals long term outcomes, which is great news.

“This is a real team effort to achieve such high standards.  That team starts with the staff who take our 999 calls, those that dispatch the vehicles as well as those who respond.  We are now achieving our aim of putting a paramedic on every vehicle, the only Trust in the country doing so;

“We have the newest fleet of vehicles in the country that brings real benefits for patients and staff alike; and we will continue to invest in the people that support our frontline staff, like those that restock and clean the vehicles, the fleet department who maintain them and those that ensure that we have the right equipment available for our staff to use.

“As a Trust, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure we provide the highest quality of care to every patient.”

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Pedestrians airlifted from Oswestry RTC

Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 12.45pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Oswestry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5069 St Martins Road and West Place in Gobowen, Oswestry at around 9.30am this morning (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, a man and a woman, who were being cared for by passers-by following a reported collision with a van. Ambulance staff assessed both patients and discovered they had sustained serious injuries. The man and the woman received advanced trauma care from the team of ambulance staff at the roadside before both pedestrians were airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.

“The van driver didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Fatal RTC on A5 in Shropshire

Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 8.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a lorry in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5, near to the junction with Gobowen in Shropshire, at 12.33am. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car and a lorry that had been in collision.

“There was one sole occupant in the car, a man. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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UK Ambulance Services stand firm with New Zealand counterparts

Tuesday 19th March – 1pm

Delegates at the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives’ annual conference (#ALF2019) gathered together this morning (19th March 2019) to form a human ‘NZ’ to show their support for, and solidarity with, their New Zealand colleagues who responded to the deadly terrorist attack in Christchurch last week, as well as the families and friends of the victims.

Anthony Marsh, National Strategic Adviser of Ambulance Services, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service and Chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said: “We are extremely proud of our colleagues in New Zealand and we wanted to do something highly visible to show our solidarity, express our gratitude to those who responded to this horrific event and send our love to them, as well as the families and friends of the victims.”

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Notes to editors
▪ The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) provides ambulance services with a central organisation that supports, coordinates and implements nationally agreed policy. It also provides the general public and other stakeholders with a central resource of information about NHS ambulance services.
▪ Attached is a photo showing delegates at the Ambulance Leadership Forum 2019 in Warwickshire, UK forming a human ‘NZ’ in support of their ambulance colleagues in New Zealand.
▪ More information available from Carl Rees, AACE Media Consultant, via email to carl.rees@kognitive.co.uk or phone +44(0)7958 547 727.

Rider dies after motorcycle crash

Friday 15th March 2019 – 11.07am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman motorcyclist has died after a crash late last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hawes Lane in Rowley Regis in the Black Country at 11.40pm on Thursday evening.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff provided advanced care at the scene before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, but sadly was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.”

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Fatal gunshot incident in Birmingham

Friday 15th March 2019 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a gunshot incident at a property on Wheeleys Lane, Birmingham at 5.04am this morning. One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man in cardiac arrest.

“CPR was already being performed, which ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support.

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

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Fatal crash

Friday 15th March 2019 – 9.02am – Murray MacGregor.

Two children have died and a woman has been injured after a two car crash.

The tragic incident happened at the junction of Lawnswood Avenue and Birmingham New Road in the Ettingshall area of Wolverhampton at around 8.45pm last night (Thursday).

An ambulance arrived on scene five minutes after the initial 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and two paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a number of members of the public tending to those involved in the crash.

“There were three patients who all came from the same car.  Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save the two young boys who had been badly hurt and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman who had been driving the car was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  Her injuries are not life threatening.

“There were no other patients.”

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Two to hospital after bus and van collide

Wednesday 13th March 2019 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a collision between a bus and a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Lode Lane, Solihull, at 10.26am and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a bus and a van that had been in collision, both of which had front end damage.

“There were two patients from the van, one of whom, a man, was trapped as a result of his injuries.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and then worked closely with the fire service to ensure he was safely cut free.

“Once out, he received further treatment for his injuries, before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The passenger in the van, a teenage male, was also taken to Heartlands Hospital. Neither of the patients are believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

“There were no patients requiring assessment from ambulance staff who had been travelling on the bus.”

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Woman trapped for over an hour after crash

Thursday 7th March 2019 – 5.25pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman was left trapped for over an hour after the car she was in collided with a tree.

The single vehicle crash happened on Whitemoor Lane, near Astwood Bank to the south of Redditch at about 11.20am on Thursday morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered very extensive damage with one wheel a considerable distance from the rest of the car.

“The woman driver, who was the only occupant had suffered multiple injuries and was trapped.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate her safely from the wreckage.

“After a full assessment and treatment at the scene, she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by ambulance with the aircrew travelling with them.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Cannock RTC

Wednesday 6th March 2019 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist has been seriously injured in Cannock this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 Watling Street in Cannock at around 7.15am today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a cyclist and a coach which had been involved in a collision. The cyclist, a man, was being given first aid by police and bystanders. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he had sustained serious injuries. They worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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7-year-old cardiac arrest survivor meets crews who helped save his life

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Monday 4th March 2019 – 1.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A seven-year-old boy who went into cardiac arrest at home has visited ambulance staff who helped save his life, just six weeks after the incident.

Tommy Plant became ill at home in the Brandwood End area of Birmingham on the morning of Saturday 19th Jan 2019.  His condition worsened quickly and when ambulance crews arrived they found his dad Jason doing CPR.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

Tommy was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in cardiac arrest where staff at the hospital took over his care and managed to get his heart restarted.  Unbelievably, just 16 days later Tommy was discharged from hospital.

Today, Tommy and his parents came to meet the crews from Hollymoor Hub who helped to save his life.

Operations manager, Wendy Hands, said: “This was a real team effort, from the staff in the control room who provided CPR advice over the phone, the dispatchers who got the ambulances to the scene so quickly and the staff who took over from Tommy’s Dad.   None of us can believe how well Tommy looks and we’re just so pleased to be able to meet him today.”

Tommy was presented with a Birmingham City shirt with Tommy 999 printed on it as a gift from the Hollymoor staff.  The football club were also kind enough to donated six tickets for Tommy and his family to attend the next match against Millwall.

In return Tommy brought a card, chocolates and biscuits to thank staff for saving his life.  He was able to tell staff about his recollections of the day including “being in the bumpy ambulance”!

Picture shows (L-R): Operations Managers Wendy Hands, Tom George, Michael Francis, Alison, Tommy and Jason Plant, Jordan Lane, Michelle Stubbs and Worcester University Student, Daniel Stokes.

Tommy and his parents are now raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.  Speaking on their Just Giving Page, the family say:

“On 19th January 2019, life would never be the same again, our son Tommy suffered a cardiac arrest at home.  Against the odds they managed to get his little heart beating again.

“The staff within the A&E department worked tirelessly to save him, not forgetting the wonderful WMAS who supported him from home to the hospital.  Due to such amazing care, support, dedication and professionalism, Tommy walked out of Birmingham Children’s Hospital on 4th February.

“We owe them everything, so we are wanting to raise not just awareness of the world class care and treatments they provide, we also want to give something back…as much as we can, therefore we are hoping to raise money to support these life savers, to ensure that they can continue in the amazing work they do.

You can go to their fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-plant3

Fatal collision in Bedworth

Monday 25th February 2019 – 4.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after a road traffic collision involving a lorry.

It happened on Newtown Road in Bedworth, Warwickshire at about 1.40pm on Monday afternoon.

An ambulance arrived just five minutes after the 999 call and was backed up by a paramedic officer.

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

“The lorry driver and a woman pedestrian who was at the scene were assessed but both were discharged.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Dudley RTC

Thursday 21st February 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Dudley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Stourbridge Road, Dudley at around 10.20pm (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist and a car which had been involved in a collision. The motorcyclist, a man, sustained multiple serious injuries and required advanced trauma care on scene by ambulance staff before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“A young child from the car was also assessed by ambulance staff before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks.”

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Three injured in Madeley RTC

Tuesday 19th February 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

Three people received trauma care from ambulance staff after their car collided with a tree in the early hours of this morning in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newcastle Road near Madeley, Shropshire shortly after 2.00am today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car, with three occupants inside, which had collided with a tree. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues at the scene. One man sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and medics before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A second man also sustained serious injuries and a third patient had less serious injuries. Both were taken to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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Making blue lights go green!

Tuesday 19th February 2019 – 08.00am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has welcomed a challenge from NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens to vehicle manufacturers to help “blue lights go green”.

Mr Stevens wants the manufacturers to develop more environmentally friendly ambulances, which will cut air pollution.  The NHS accounts for almost 10 billion journeys each year – around 3.5% of all road travel in the UK – as staff and patients travel to work and appointments and medical supplies are delivered.

WMAS Fleet General Manager, Tony Page, said: “As a Trust we have the most modern ambulance fleet in the country and have made significant changes to our fleet that has substantially reduced the level of pollution we create over the past six years

“We use van conversions which are almost a tonne lighter than the modular vehicles used by other services which immediately produces savings in fuel and operating costs.

“We have worked closely with staff and the converters to improve the designs so they are easier to operate in and have then invested significantly in producing vehicles that are considerably lighter which has reduced our CO2 emissions.

“Had we not made the changes we would have created an additional 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 per year!

“We made a commitment to our staff five years ago that none of our frontline vehicles would be older than five years.  As well as meaning they are a better place to work, it has allowed us to make many other improvements including:

  • Using new technology pioneered in the aircraft industry to reduce the weight of the ambulances by almost 10%. This brings real savings in fuel, tyres and vehicle spares as well improving the vehicles handling and ride quality
  • A newer fleet substantially increases the availability of vehicles and reduces the level of spares required which has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds.
  • Although the number of incidents has risen by 28% over the last six years, we have only increased our fleet size by 7% due to better availability of vehicles

“Our objectives for the next few years will be to implement the issues highlighted in the NHS Improvement Carter Report which will focus on further weight reductions from vehicle conversion, exploiting telematics, making further improvements to the saloons of the ambulances which will further improve the working environment for crews and make the patient experience better.  If the vehicle manufacturers can play their part too, we can continue to make a real difference to the environment.”

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Car overturns on motorway

Friday 15th February 2019 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the motorway this afternoon in which a car overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M42, between junctions 9 and 10, in Curdworth, at 1.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. A private ambulance crew also stopped at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the driver of the car, a man, partially ejected from his vehicle, which had come to rest on its roof.

“The man was treated for multiple injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, by ambulance staff before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Four to hospital after car and pedestrians collide

Thursday 14th February 2019 – 10.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A road traffic collision involving a car and pedestrians has resulted in six patients this morning, four of whom who have been taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Springhill Road, Burntwood at 8.36am and sent three ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered multiple patients at the scene.

“Ambulance staff were told by bystanders that the driver of the car, a woman, had suffered a medical episode prior to the collision. Following treatment at the scene she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.

“A girl, who was a passenger in the car, had been taken into a nearby school. Crews assessed her there but thankfully she had not been injured in the incident and was discharged at the scene.

“There were four pedestrians injured in the incident. A woman, a boy and a girl were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious and were transported to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution. A second woman was discharged at the scene having suffered minor injuries.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not know the ages of the patients involved.

Rider and driver injured

Monday 11th February 2019 – 11.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcycle rider has suffered serious injuries and a car driver has been hurt after a crash in Stoke this morning.

It happened on Bucknall Road at around 6.30am this morning, Monday.

Four ambulances, two BASICS emergency doctors and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered significant damage to the driver’s door and a badly damaged motorcycle.

“The man riding the motorcycle had suffered serious injuries.  He was treated at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Firefighters removed the car door so that ambulance staff could help the woman driving out of the vehicle.

“She was treated at the scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Child seriously injured in collision with bus

Friday 8th February 2019 – 8am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A child has been seriously injured following a collision with a bus yesterday (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry at 6.16pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a girl who was seriously injured following a collision with a bus.

“She received treatment at the scene, including specialist trauma care, before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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RTC on M6 in Rugby

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have received treatment by ambulance staff after the car they were travelling in overturned on the M6 in Rugby this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M6, just before junction one, in Newton, Rugby, at around 1.50pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an overturned car which had left the carriageway of the M6 and collided with a concrete post. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate the two occupants, a man and a woman, who were trapped.

“The man suffered serious injuries and received advanced trauma care from the doctor and ambulance team on scene. He was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment; the doctor travelled with the patient.

“The woman, who also sustained injuries, was given treatment on scene by the ambulance service before she was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire – update

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Nathan Hudson, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “After receiving a 999 call this morning from the fire service at 2.40am, the Trust’s control room quickly responded three double crewed ambulances, two paramedic officers, two doctors and the Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene of the fire.

“Two adults and a child were already out of the property when crews arrived. They each received treatment by the ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to the major trauma centre in Stoke. Tragically, four children were confirmed deceased a short time after by our staff.

“This was an immensely difficult incident for all three services to respond to and my thanks go to my staff and all emergency personnel on scene.

“My thoughts, and the thoughts of everyone at West Midlands Ambulance Service, remain with the family and friends at this difficult time.”

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

Four children have tragically died in a house fire in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service at 2.40am this morning (Tuesday) to reports of a house fire in Sycamore Lane, Stafford. Two paramedic officers, three ambulances, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire. Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property. All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.

“Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time.”

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Trust wins non-emergency ambulance contract

A new non-emergency ambulance contract for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral, will see additional staff based locally providing ever higher standards of care.

NHS commissioners have awarded a five-year contract to West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). The service will provide around 180,000 journeys a year, taking eligible patients from their homes to hospitals and treatment centres for consultations, treatments and procedures including services relating to cancer, renal failure and bariatric surgery. The contract will start from 6 April 2019.

WMAS will use an additional 30 vehicles to the previous contract, most of which are wheelchair accessible. This will allow patients to stay in their chair while they are helped into the vehicle at the start of their journey and out at the end making their journey easier.

The number of operating bases will increase from three to five, with sites in Macclesfield and on the Wirral complementing those in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Warrington. Therefore, staff will not have to travel as far to work and will be able to operate more regularly in areas with which they are familiar.

The new contract will allow WMAS to recruit around 40 additional staff.  They, together with the existing staff, will use additional equipment bought to enhance care in various specialties including bariatrics – the branch of medicine that deals with obesity.

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – one of the commissioners, said: “We and our partners recognised that this is an essential service for eligible patients. For that reason, we required potential providers to bid against a robust operating model that would ensure a high-quality, reliable and accessible service.

“The service specification was shaped by users of the existing service, with whom we worked closely throughout the tendering process.”

Michelle Brotherton, WMAS non-emergency services operational delivery director, said: “Putting patient care first has always been our number one priority and we feel this new contract will allow us to provide the level of patient care we feel is appropriate. Our bid was the perfect balance of value for money and quality.”

Unison staff side chair Stuart Gardner and GMB organiser Michael Buoey said: “All trade unions are pleased that WMAS has retained the contract, and we look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our members, staff and patients in Cheshire and the Wirral.”

The contract was awarded by NHS Wirral CCG for itself and on behalf of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG, NHS Warrington CCG, NHS West Cheshire CCG and NHS Wirral CCG.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Worcester

Tuesday 29th January 2019 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition after a collision with a vehicle in Worcester this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on the A449 between Claines Lane and Ombersley Park junctions at 5.55am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle.

“The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the man before he was taken by ambulance on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Great Barr RTC

Tuesday 29th January 2019 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this morning following a collision involving a car in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Queslett Road in Great Barr at 7.40am (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he was in a serious condition and required advanced trauma care at the roadside before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.”

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Bus and car in serious collision

Monday 28th January 2019 – 6.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

One man has suffered multiple injuries after a collision between a car and a double decker bus.

It happened at the junction of Friary Road and Handsworth Wood Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham at around 2.30pm today, Monday.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the West Midlands Care Team were sent to the scene.

AWest Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a car that had suffered significant front end damage leaving the driver trapped.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the man from the car.  He was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with serious injuries.

“The teenage front seat passenger had suffered less serious injuries.  He was taken to Sandwell Hospital by ambulance.

Thankfully none of the passengers from the bus was hurt.  The man driving the double decker was checked over by ambulance staff.  He had minor injuries and was shaken up but was discharged after assessment.

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Driver hurt after rollover RTC

Monday 28th January 2019 – 9.35am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered potentially serious injuries after a rollover RTC.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Haselor Lane in Hinton on the Green near Evesham at around 9.30pm on Sunday.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and The Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.  On arrival they found a car on its roof and the patient around 20 metres away.

A WMAS spokesman said: “The man was assessed at the scene for multiple injuries.  He was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The doctor from the critical care car travelled with the crew.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 2.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Coventry Road in Nuneaton shortly after midday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a woman, was already receiving first aid by police officers when ambulance crews arrived. The woman had sustained serious injuries and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Bearwood

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 11.20am – Claire Brown.

A woman has died and a man has been injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a two vehicle RTC at the junction of the Hagley Road and Lordswood Road in Bearwood at around 11.50pm last night (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a MERIT trauma doctor and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, police officers were already performing CPR on a woman, the driver of one of the cars involved. Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for further checks.”

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Man dies in Burton-upon-Trent

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 11.15am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has died following a reported road traffic collision in Staffordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a seriously injured pedestrian on Horninglow Road in Burton-upon-Trent shortly after 10.30pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a car with a doctor on board from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found police administering CPR to a male pedestrian who had reportedly been in collision with a vehicle. Ambulance staff continued advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Child seriously injured in Stafford

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A child has been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Stafford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in a car park off Newport Road, Stafford at around 5.50pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base at Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found the pedestrian, a boy, in a serious condition already receiving first aid by emergency service colleagues and bystanders. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the boy before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Bournville RTC

Friday 18th January 2019 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man has died following a road traffic collision on Bournville last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from police to reports of an RTC on Bristol Road South near to Witherford Way shortly after 10.30pm yesterday (Thursday). The mental health triage car, based at Bournville Lane police station with a paramedic, police officer and mental health nurse on board, was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call being made. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were also responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the car, a man, was in a serious condition following a collision with a tree. Ambulance staff immediately began to administer trauma care to the man. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, police and fire colleagues nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Erdington collision

Wednesday 16th January 2019 – 8.20pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Chester Road in Erdington at around 8.45pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an off-duty nurse and bystanders administering first aid to a pedestrian, a man. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he was in a serious condition and quickly worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Two men airlifted following Lichfield RTC

Tuesday 15th January 2019 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision involving a lorry and a van in Lichfield this afternoon has left two men in a serious condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wood End Lane in Fradley, Lichfield shortly before 12.30pm today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving two patients.

“The driver of the van, a man, sustained serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to release him from the vehicle whilst he received advanced trauma care on scene. Once stabilised, the man was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.

“The lorry driver, a man, also suffered serious injuries which required emergency treatment by ambulance crews on scene before he was conveyed by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Friday 11th January 2019 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a two-car collision this morning, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lanchester Way and the A452 in Castle Bromwich at 8.15am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, both men, following the collision.

“One of the men was still inside his car and after ambulance staff quickly discovered he had suffered serious injuries in the incident, he was rapidly freed from his vehicle and treatment began immediately.

“Specialist trauma care was administered, however, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second man, who was from the other car, was assessed and treated for minor injuries at the scene before being transported to Heartlands Hospital.”

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Man seriously injured after car collides with tree

Friday 11th January 2019 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for serious injuries following a two-car collision night which resulted in one of them hitting a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Churchover, Rugby – near to the junction with Newton Lane – at 11.24pm and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene. Two critical care teams from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service also attended in rapid response cars, together with an ambulance from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man lying near a bush and a car that had suffered significant damage.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries suffered in the incident before being taken to hospital on blue lights and sirens. Medics from one of the critical care teams travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“A further three patients were assessed at the scene but were all discharged on scene with minor injuries.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Winson Green

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC involving a pedestrian at the junction of Bacchus Road and Nineveh Road, Winson Green shortly after 6.00pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a BASICS emergency doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had collided with several vehicles and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required trauma care from the doctor and ambulance crews. The woman was stabilised on scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further care.

“The car driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for his injuries on scene before being conveyed to the same hospital.”

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Fatal house fire in Stoke-on-Trent

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

One man has sadly died, and 10 other people required assessment by ambulance staff following a property fire in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property off the B5041 London Road, Stoke-on-Trent at around 11.50pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“A total of 10 other patients were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene. Two women and a man sustained minor injuries which required further treatment at Royal Stoke University Hospital.  All other patients were discharged on scene.”

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Incident on M6

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that Staffordshire Police requested our assistance at a police operation on the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 in Staffordshire yesterday evening (Wednesday). Three paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and two ambulance crews were responded.

A total of 27 occupants from a vehicle which was stopped by the police received medical assessments on scene by ambulance staff. All were in a stable condition and didn’t require hospital treatment. All 27 patients were discharged on scene and left in the care of the police.

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Motorcyclist dies in Warwickshire

Wednesday 9th January 2019 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of bystanders and ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the life of a motorcyclist following a collision with a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A423 Banbury Road in Wormleighton shortly before 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a community first responder 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: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist and a car which had left the road and were in a ditch. The motorcyclist, a man, was being given CPR by a nurse who was passing the scene and stopped to help. Ambulance crews took over resuscitation efforts and worked as a team to administer advanced life support to the man. Sadly, he couldn’t be saved and was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.

“The car driver, a woman, was out of the vehicle and was given treatment on scene for minor injuries. She didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Man dies in Warwick collision

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died after the car he was in collided with a tree in Warwick last night.

The incident happened on Primrose Hill, Warwick and West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police requesting our attendance just after 10.00pm (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree. The occupant, a man, sustained serious injuries. Sadly, nothing could be done by ambulance staff to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Car collides with tree in Evesham

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 8.55am – Claire Brown.

A car which collided with a tree yesterday evening in Evesham left two people injured, one seriously.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Broadway Road, Evesham at 7.15pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance air based in Strensham and a second critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the driver of the car, a man, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital for further checks. The passenger, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required ambulance crews and the air ambulance medics to administer advanced trauma care on scene. They worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate her from the car before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist trauma care.”

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Woman and child injured in Stafford RTC

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews responded to a serious RTC involving two pedestrians and a car in Stafford yesterday rush hour.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 Mosspit and The Pippins at around 5.45pm last night (Monday). Three ambulance, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Tatenhill responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, a woman and a girl, who had been involved in a collision with a car. The woman sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care. The girl sustained minor injuries and received treatment at the roadside before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution. The car driver, a woman, was checked over on scene and was conveyed to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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A potentially lifesaving New Year’s resolution

Monday 7th January 2018 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

It may be a bit late to make a New Year’s resolution, but make this one anyway; know what the signs of a heart attack are.

We’ve all seen TV programmes where someone collapses with chest pain and it’s therefore definitely a heart attack, but is that what the reality is like?

What is a heart attack?

First things first; a heart attack is where there’s a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of your heart usually caused by a blood clot.

This can seriously damage the heart muscle and be life-threatening.  As such you should dial 999 immediately.  The sooner you get help the better your chances of survival and rapid assistance could also reduce the level of damage meaning you’ll have a better quality of life going forward.

What signs and symptoms should I look out for?

Jason Wiles, Lead Paramedic for Emergency Care, said: “As with most medical conditions, the signs depend on the individual.  Pain in your chest that suddenly occurs and doesn’t go away is the classic symptom.  The pain may spread to your arm, neck, jaw, back or stomach.  For some, the pain or tightness is severe, while others just feel uncomfortable.  You may also feel sick, sweaty, light headed or short of breath.

“However, the elderly, women, or those with diabetes may not get classic symptoms as the condition can cause nerve damage which affects how you feel pain.  Some people also confuse their stomach for their chest and all they have is indigestion!

If I’m concerned, what should I so

Jason says: “Even if you aren’t sure, it’s important to seek medical attention to be on the safe side so phone for an ambulance immediately.

“Try to remain calm, answer the questions you’ll be asked as best you can as that will ensure you get the right help.  They call handler will also be able to provide advice while you await the ambulance.

“You should sit and rest; getting up and walking around may put unnecessary strain on your heart. If possible, get someone else to open the door for the ambulance crew as this saves time.”

A heart attack is life-threatening. If you think you or anyone else is having a heart attack, call 999 for an ambulance immediately.

You can get more information here

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Trust welcomes news that school children are to be taught CPR

Thursday 3rd January 2018 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says thousands of lives could be saved in years to come with news that all secondary school children are to be taught CPR and basic first aid skills.

Each year, West Midlands Ambulance Service attends about 4,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests.  Sadly, only about 7% of those people will survive!  It’s a shocking figure, especially when in some countries like Denmark, the figure is around 25%.

The Government has announced that it is planning to make health education compulsory in all state-funded schools.  Under the proposed new guidance, by the end of secondary school pupils will be taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, said: “There is no doubt that coming across a cardiac arrest is scary.  It’s different to a heart attack.  In a cardiac arrest, the patient will be unconscious and their heart won’t be beating – they are clinically dead – unless someone is prepared to do something.

“Giving CPR buys the patient time, so the ambulance service can get there.  You can’t hurt the person; doing something can only help.

“For every minute without life-saving treatment the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by about 10% – meaning that the time before an ambulance arrives is crucial

“I can speak from personal experience – saving a life is the most incredible feeling; knowing that your actions mean someone will get to spend time with their loved ones when they wouldn’t otherwise have had that chance.

“A cardiac can strike anyone at any time: it could be a loved one, a friend, a complete stranger.  If you know what to do, you could help save their life.  Why would you not want to learn how to do CPR?  It doesn’t take long to learn and there are courses all over the place.”

Here’s Cliff Medlicott demonstrating how to do CPR

 

 

 

 

Would we be able to get to you in an emergency?

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

It’s a conundrum that many of our crews come across on a not irregular basis – which key safe is yours?

There is no doubt that Key Safes are great, especially for family members and carers who are visiting people who are unsteady on their feet or for a number of other reasons can’t easily come to the door.

However, as you can see in the picture, we sometimes get called to apartment complexes where our staff are faced with multiple Key Safes at the front door of the building.

  1. If you have to call us and this is what it looks like outside your front door, please let us know which one is yours!

We understand that you probably don’t want to put a number on it, but perhaps put some other distinguishing mark on the safe so that we can quickly identify the correct one.

In a real emergency, those few seconds saved could make the difference between life and death.

Woman suffers critical injuries

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman suffered critical injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened outside the GP Surgery on Bunbury Road in the Northfield area of Birmingham at about 4.50pm on Wednesday afternoon.

A nurse was quickly on scene and provided care until the ambulance resources arrived four minutes after the 999 call.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the West Midlands Care Team car with two doctors on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews took over care of the woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“Staff used advanced life support techniques at the scene before she was taken by ambulance on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctors travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were a man and a woman in the car; neither was injured.”

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Trust responds quicker than ever before

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Despite it traditionally being the busiest night of the year, 999 calls were answered and cases responded to more quickly than ever before in the West Midlands. On New Year’s Eve night, across the region calls were answered in just one second on average.

The Trust’s two control rooms, based in Brierley Hill and Stafford, saw a 3.5% increase in the number of calls received between 7pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am on New Year’s Day but thanks to months of planning and preparation, calls were answered incredibly quickly.

In total, the Trust received 2,140 calls during that timeframe, compared to 2,068 the year before. Though there was a fall in the number of calls received on New Year’s Day, down to 4,152 in 2019 compared to 4,442 12-months earlier.

With planning for the festive period having started in the summer, staffing levels were maximised for New Year’s Eve and there were more staff and ambulances out on the roads of the West Midlands than ever before in order to ensure patients continued to receive the very highest standards of care possible.

WMAS Head of Emergency Operations Centres, Jeremy Brown, said: “It is testament to my staff that calls were answered incredibly quickly despite this traditionally being our busy night of the year.

“Our staff, both in control and out on the road, have to give up a lot of time with their families at this time of year and I thank them for all of their efforts and dedication.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I am incredibly proud of the way that our control room staff were able to answer calls incredibly quickly on such a busy night, just as they do throughout the rest of the year.

“That, together with the hard work of ambulance staff who were out responding to the calls helped to ensure patients received care as quickly as possible. I would like to thank everyone involved for putting the public before themselves and their families.”

Calls received by hour on NYE 7pm-8pm 8pm-9pm 9pm-10pm 10pm-11pm 11pm-12am 12am-1am 1am-2am 2am-3am 3am-4am 4am-5am 5am-6am
2018/19 145 148 153 192 217 268 278 249 204 161 125
2017/18 210 172 167 183 168 272 237 212 202 124 121
Difference -65 -24 -14 +9 +49 -4 +41 +37 +2 +37 +4

 

Total calls received by area Birmingham Black County Arden Staffordshire Herefordshire Shropshire Worcestershire
Jan 1st 2019 1001 957 534 836 113 297 388
Jan 1st 2018 1007 1016 633 865 144 305 439
Difference (-6) (-59) (-99) (-29) (-31) (-8) (-51)

 

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Car leaves carriageway of M5 in Worcestershire

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews joined police and fire colleagues on the M5 earlier today after a car ended up in a ditch leaving a man with serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7, Whittington, shortly after 11.00am this morning (Monday). A paramedic officer together with two ambulances and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a second from Stresham, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a car which had left the carriageway and had ended up overturned in a ditch.

“One man had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and, upon assessment, was found to have sustained minor injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“A second man was trapped in the vehicle and had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service who worked to carefully extricate him from the car. Once released, the man received trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further emergency care.”

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