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One Fatally Injured and One to Hospital Following Coleshill RTC

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 27th January – 9.30am.

One person has sadly died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Coleshill last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a lorry that had collided on Faraday Avenue, Coleshill at 9.57pm last night and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

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

The first, a man who was the driver of the car, was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The second, a woman who was a passenger in the car, was assessed and had sustained serious injuries. She received advanced life support from ambulance staff on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

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Fatal incident in Coventry

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 26th January 2022 – 8am.

A five-year-old boy has sadly died despite the best efforts of ambulance staff in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Poplar Road at about 6pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a boy in a serious condition. He was already receiving medical attention from police colleagues.

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

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Hereford

Claire Brown – Monday 24th January 2022 – 8.50am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police reporting a collision involving a lorry and a pedestrian on the A49, Bridstow, Herefordshire at 8.19pm yesterday (Sunday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic together with two BASICS doctors from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) were responded to the scene.  

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found off-duty nurses and police officers caring for the pedestrian, a man, who was in a serious condition.

“The man was given a thorough assessment by the team of medics who found he had sustained serious injuries. The man received trauma care on scene to stabilise his injuries before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Oswestry

Claire Brown – Thursday 20th January 2022 – 9.15am.

One man has sadly died and another received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision in Oswestry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a two car RTC on Trefonen Road, Oswestry at 8.15pm (Wednesday). Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived on scene, they found two cars which had been involved in a collision with four people injured.

“Bystanders and police were already performing CPR on one man, the driver of one car. Ambulance crews provided advanced life support to the man but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“A second man, a passenger from the same car, had sustained multiple injuries and was in a critical condition. The team of ambulance staff and medics worked together to administer advanced trauma care before he was stabilised and conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Medics travelled with the ambulance crew to continue advanced clinical care enroute to the major trauma centre.

“A third man, a passenger from the same car, sustained potentially serious injuries. He received treatment on scene before being taken on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.

“A woman, the driver of the second car, was also assessed by ambulance staff and was found to have less serious injuries. She was also conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further checks.”

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One Fatally Injured in Werrington RTC

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 19th January – 3.30pm.

One person has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Werrington today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a stationary tractor that had collided on Leek Road, Werrington in Stoke on Trent at 11.07am today and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and two Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered a man who was the driver of the car, he was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

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Fatal M6 RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 17th January – 12:55pm.

A man has sadly died after a road traffic collision on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:58am to reports of a two vehicle RTC between junctions 3 and 2 of the M6 southbound in Warwickshire. We sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the driver of one of the vehicles in a critical condition.

“Sadly, it quickly became clear nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The passenger of the same vehicle, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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One to hospital after lorry collision on M6

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 13th January – 5.30pm.

A man has been taken to hospital with serious injuries after two lorries collided on the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions two and three at 2.03pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the West Midlands Care Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two lorries that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

“In one of the vehicles, which had suffered front end damage, a man, who was the passenger, was found to be trapped as a result of the damage caused.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man, a process which took more than two hours.

“He was treated for serious, but not thought to be life-threatening injuries, before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“The two lorry drivers were uninjured in the incident and both managed to get themselves out of their vehicles. They were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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CYCLIST FATALLY INJURED IN SOLIHULL RTC

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th January – 3.15pm.

A cyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Solihull today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car and a pushbike that had collided on Friday Lane, Barston in Solihull at 9.52am today and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE Team and a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered a woman who was the cyclist, she had sustained life threatening injuries.

Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.

The driver of the car did not require assessment.

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TWO FATALLY INJURED AND ONE TO HOSPITAL FOLLOWING RTC ON HAGLEY ROAD

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th January – 9.15am.

Two people have sadly died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car that had collided with street furniture at the junction of Hagley Road West and Winchfield Drive in Beech Lanes, Birmingham at 9.52pm last night and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, a Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival, crews discovered three patients from the car, which was ablaze. Two of them, the driver and a passenger in the car, had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Unfortunately, it immediately became clear that nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased at the scene.

The third patient, a passenger in the vehicle who was a man, received advanced trauma care at the scene for serious injuries before he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 10th January 2022 – 8am.

A man has died following a collision involving a van and a lorry on the M6 yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to junction 10 on the northbound carriageway at 10.45am and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the driver of the van, a man, with serious injuries.

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

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

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Busiest New Year’s Eve ever for WMAS

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 4th January 2022 – 2.20pm.

After one of the busiest Christmas periods ever, there was no let up for West Midlands Ambulance Service with our busiest ever New Year’s Eve.

The whole 12-hour period was busy.  The Trust took 1,281 calls from 6.00pm to midnight.  The previous busiest year for this period was 2017-18 when the Trust took 1,066 calls

After midnight, the Trust took 1,721 calls, which was the busiest since 2007-08 when it took 1,570 calls

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I would once again pay tribute to the astonishing efforts of our staff who continue to work so incredibly hard.  Thousands of our staff were working while much of the UK was celebrating the start of a new year.

“Again, the staff in our control rooms were particularly busy.  They are the front door to our service and play a vital role in triaging the calls that come in.

“Given what an important role they play, it is disappointing that so many of them reported being abused over the phone by callers.  All they are trying to do is find out as much detail about the patient as possible; it doesn’t delay the arrival of an ambulance – it just means the crew are better prepared for the situation they respond to.

“As we move into what is traditionally, the busiest period the year for the NHS, it is more important than ever that we all play our part in using the health service responsibly. 

“I would ask everyone to consider using 111 online in the first instance unless it is a life-threatening emergency.  We will continue to prioritise patients so that we get to those in most need first.

“I would also urge everyone who has not yet had their booster jab to get it as soon as possible.  Doing so is the best way of avoiding catching corona virus, and by doing so, you will be reducing the pressures on the NHS.” 

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Your ambulance service needs you

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 4th January 2022 – 12.05pm.

At a time when the country is seeing higher rates of COVID-19 infections than at any time during the pandemic, West Midlands Ambulance Service is putting in place additional measures to ensure we can continue to get to those most in need of help quickly and save as many lives as possible.

Although the Trust has been able to recruit hundreds of additional staff in both our control rooms and on our ambulances using funding provided by NHS England in the summer, we want to go further still.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are once again, looking for any staff who retired within the last two years or are working in the private sector for the likes of events medical companies who would like to come back into the NHS family to get in touch. 

“We are particularly looking for people who worked on an ambulance or in one of our control rooms to contact us.  We have already had former members of staff get in touch who went on a career break offering to come back, which we welcome.

“Over the last couple of years, we know that several staff have retired from our service after giving many years of outstanding care to the public.

“We would like those colleagues to consider returning to WMAS so that we can increase the quality and amount of care that we can provide the public in these challenging times.”

Paramedic Rich Jones was one of those who answered a similar call in March 2020.  He said: “I saw the situation that the country faced then and with Omicron as it is, we all need to do our part to help the country.  When I came back, I realised how much I had missed it.  If you’ve ever worked for the ambulance service, you know how much your work means to patients.

“Coming back in this way means you can fit the shifts in around your ‘new’ life.  I do it part time because it fits around my other roles.  In fact, it works so well that I’ve stayed working part time ever since and would urge others who are in a similar position to give it a go too.”

Mr Marsh added: “Across our country, we see the incredible efforts that so many people are going to, to help others, such as the ‘army’ of people vaccinating and ‘boosting’ Britain.  There is no question that getting vaccinated and your booster is the best way we can tackle the Omicron variant.

“For those who have retired, I know how much the time you spent with us meant to you; many of you have told me that when we have spoken.  I wouldn’t ask you to re-join if I didn’t think it was the right thing for the public of the West Midlands and our patients.”

For those interested in re-joining the Service, please email Recruitment Manager Louise Jones at louise.jones@wmas.nhs.uk in the first instance, letting her know your previous role.

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Fatal house fire in Wolverhampton

A man has died following a house fire in Wolverhampton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dickens Road in Low Hill at 1.15am and sent two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered one patient, a man, who had been rescued from the property by the fire service.

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

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Sharp rise in 999 call numbers

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 29th December 2021 – 1.00pm.

It was a busy weekend for the hard-working staff at West Midlands Ambulance Service with a sharp rise in the number of 999 calls compared to previous years.

Over the five days from the 24th to the 28th of December, the Trust took no fewer than 22,826 emergency calls.  This compares tot 19,467 for the same dates in 2019 and is equivalent to a 17.3% increase.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I would like to thank the many thousands of staff who worked over the Christmas period while most people were enjoying time with their family and friends.

“It is not just the staff on the road who worked so hard; I want to particularly note the work of the staff in our control rooms.  These staff are at the forefront of everything that we do, finding out where we are required but also what is wrong with the patient so that our ambulance crews know what they are going into.

“The task at hand for our call handlers and dispatchers is often just as difficult as that experienced by our road staff; they all work exceptionally hard.

“I also want to thank the staff who support these staff, be it the vehicle preparation operatives who clean, fuel and restock the ambulances; the fleet mechanics who make sure we always have ambulances available but also the managers who look after the staff – it is a real team effort.”

If you fancy the challenge of joining such a fantastic team, we are currently recruiting to a wide range of job roles.  You can find full details at www.jobs.nhs.uk – positions include:

Student Paramedics                    Ref no: 217-VN323-21-22

Call Assessor Brierley Hill            Ref no: 217-VN345-21-22

Call Assessor Stafford                  Ref no: 217-VN346-21-22

Fleet Mechanic Stafford               Ref no: 217-VN328-21-22

Fleet Mechanic Willenhall            Ref no: 217-VN329-21-22

Fleet Mechanic Sandwell             Ref no: 217-VN330-21-22

VPO Worcester                             Ref no: 217-VN359-21-22

VPO Regional Reserve list            Ref no: 217-VN358-21-22

The public can assist the ambulance service by using 111 online for urgent advice and only calling 999 in life threatening cases.  Also, please do not call back to see where the ambulance is or if there is an ETA – only call back if the patient’s condition has worsened or you no longer need an ambulance.

Note to Editors

We have compared the data to 2019 as in 2020, much of the West Midlands was in some form of lockdown and therefore the data may not be comparable

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Chief dedicates Christmas message to hard work of staff

Jordan Eggington – Saturday 25th December 2021 – 6am.

After another year full of incredible challenges and outstanding actions from staff, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh has issued a Christmas message to the thousands of staff and volunteers who have given so much to their communities over the past 12 months.  

Mr Marsh begins: “I wanted to take this opportunity to record a personal Christmas message to all of our colleagues right across our organisation, to wish you all the very, very best for Christmas.   The extent to which all of you have really stepped forward is a real testament to your ongoing professionalism, commitment and determination, all of which I am enormously grateful for. Always doing the right thing, often in difficult circumstances to support one another, to protect yourselves and each other and to do the right thing for the public and for our patients” 

With a surge in the number COVID-19 cases of the Omicron variant over recent weeks, attention for much of the NHS is on increasing the number of staff and members of the public who are receiving the COVID-19 vaccinations and more recently the booster jab, when eligible.  Mr Marsh is urging everyone to also continue with good hand hygiene and mask wearing: “It is even more important now that we carry on doing the right thing and continue to achieve the three ambitious objectives that I set out for the organisation for us all at the very start of the pandemic. Firstly, to protect all of our staff; to be able to help all of our patients; and thirdly to save as many lives as possible.  Each of those objectives are as real today as they were at the very beginning of the pandemic and I’ll continue to do everything I can to protect you, so that together we can help all of our patients and we can save more lives.”

Staff and volunteers right across the NHS currently face substantial pressure, so it is incredibly important for colleagues to allow time over the festive period for self-care and reflection. Mr Marsh said: “This time of year is always special for us to be with families.  As we move into Christmas and the New Year celebrations, given the pressure the NHS is under and the rise in COVID cases, I fear that the next few weeks are going to be even more challenging than we had hoped they would be.  But I do really, really hope that you’re able to spend some quality time with your loved ones, time that you truly deserve.”

SERIOUS RTC IN SOUTH YARDLEY

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 23rd December – 9.50am.

A road traffic collision involving one car last night has left a child with potentially life threatening injuries and a woman with potentially serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.28pm last night to reports of a road traffic collision on Church Road, South Yardley and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we found two patients, a woman and a child. The first patient, the child, a passenger in the car, was assessed and had sustained potentially life threatening injuries, she received treatment from ambulance staff on scene and was conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

The second patient, the driver, was assessed and had sustained potentially serious injuries, she received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

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“My Life Goal of Becoming a Paramedic”

Shaunna Farley – 21st December – 9.00am.

A chance meeting five years ago with WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh led to a West Bromwich schoolboy setting his sights on becoming a paramedic.  Today, William Brown has not only left school, but has completed his training and is now saving lives in his chosen career.

William, who is currently working out of Sandwell Hub in West Bromwich, met Mr Marsh while studying at sixth form at the Health Futures UTC (University Technical College) in West Bromwich.   He was in a board meeting at the UTC which William attended where the vital role that paramedics play in the community was discussed.

Following the meeting, William took part in an ambulance cadet programme at the UTC which was tutored by West Midlands Ambulance Service alongside St John’s Ambulance.  The programme allowed students to learn first aid skills and familiarise themselves with what is involved in prehospital care.

William said: “Meeting Mr Marsh inspired me and sparked my interest in the ambulance service.

“Hearing him speak about the service made me realise that patient care begins in the community, not just at the hospital and that paramedics play a vital and active role in delivering this care; I knew immediately this was something I wanted to be a part of.

“This influenced my career plans and I knew I wanted to become a paramedic; it’s a decision which has been life changing to say the least!  It is a journey which has not only fuelled my professional development but shaped my personality.

“This highlights the limitless potential that we hold when we set our minds to a goal. As I start my career I hope to not only serve, but to inspire others and make a positive difference.”

“For anyone considering a career within the ambulance service, if you’re an individual who is caring and passionate about making a difference whilst challenging and developing yourself, this is the time to do so and be part of an innovative change.”

Mr Marsh, met up again with William after the Trust marked Remembrance Day last month.  He said: “The ambulance service has so many fantastic careers available to people from every part of our community.

“Having served as a paramedic on the frontline, I know what a difference our staff can make.  But more than that, the additional skills our paramedics now have, since I worked on the road, make such a difference to the population we serve.

“They are able to treat so many more people at home, reducing the pressure on our hospital colleagues and making sure patients get the care they need in the best place for them.

“The paramedic profession is a relatively young one, but it has so much potential.  I know William embodies that pursuit of providing the best care possible while also increasing the skills that paramedics can bring to patients.

“I am absolutely delighted that our chance meeting five years ago was able to inspire him and I am sure that he will do the same for many other people.”

For anyone who would like more information about becoming a paramedic or one of the many other roles within the ambulance sector, please go to: https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/job-opportunities-2/

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Church Stretton

Claire Brown – Friday 17th December 2021 – 1.00pm.

A pedestrian received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff before being blue lighted to a major trauma centre following an RTC in Shropshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.19pm to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Crossways, Church Stretton (Thursday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a pedestrian, an elderly man, in a critical condition. The team of medics worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition on scene before he was blue lighted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist care.”

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Two seriously injured in Stoke-on-Trent house fire

Claire Brown – Friday 17th December 2021 – 10.00am.

A woman and a girl have received trauma care from ambulance staff before being conveyed to hospital following a serious house fire in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a house fire in Beverley Drive, Bentilee, Stoke-on-Trent at 10.57pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulance crews, two paramedic officers, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, a BASICS emergency doctor, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic responded to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived on scene, they found a house well alight. The two occupants, a woman and a girl, were out of the property.

“Ambulance staff worked as a team to provide specialist trauma care to the woman and the girl who had both sustained serious injuries in the fire. Once stabilised on scene the girl was conveyed on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital whilst the woman was blue lighted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist care.”

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Serious RTC in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Friday 17th December 2021 – 9.40am.

A three vehicle RTC in Nuneaton yesterday has left one man with potentially serious injuries and another patient requiring hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Gipsy Lane, Nuneaton at 4.32pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service with a BASICS doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a serious RTC involving three vehicles. A passenger in a van involved in the collision, a man, was trapped in the vehicle. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to extricate him from the van whilst he received trauma care for potentially serious injuries. He was taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.

“A second patient was conveyed to the same hospital with less serious injuries whilst a third patient was discharged on scene with minor injuries.”

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Fatal house fire in Halesowen

Wednesday 15th December 2021 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a house fire in Halesowen last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident in School Lane, Halesowen at 7.52pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who had been rescued from the house by fire service colleagues.

“The man was in a critical condition and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

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

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Together Against Abuse – Call Assessors speak our about abuse they receive

Claire Brown – Tuesday 7th December 2021 – 1.30pm.

Whilst stories of physical abuse towards frontline ambulance staff is all too familiar, the voices behind the 999s are speaking out about the levels of verbal abuse they receive on an all too regular basis.  

Two West Midlands Ambulance Service call handlers, based at Tollgate control room in Staffordshire, volunteered to speak as part of the Together Against Abuse campaign by Together We’re Better Integrated Care System (ICS).  

Our call handlers play a crucial part in getting help to the most seriously ill and injured patients throughout Staffordshire, Stoke-on-Trent and beyond. In a video to support the Together Against Abuse Campaign, the two call assessors describe how their work is made so much harder by threats, not only to them, but their families.

Names are withheld.

Names of the two WMAS call assessors are withheld.

Jeremy Brown, Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care Director, has worked for the service for 30 years both on the frontline as a paramedic and in control and knows all too well the abuse staff can face at times. He said: “Call assessors are the first voice you hear when you call 999 or 111 for our help. They are there to do the very best by each and every patient, being abusive, difficult and offensive to them is not going to help a patient and does have an impact on call assessors personally.

“When people call us for help, call assessors often talk to people at their most vulnerable and often at a person’s low point in their lives. Having taken 999 calls myself, I know how difficult a job it can be at times. Meanwhile, out on the road, our staff are subjected to verbal and physical abuse every single day. Our staff have recently been issued with body worn cameras and the Trust is also running a trial of stab vests. The public are clear, they find it abhorrent that such things happen, and we are now calling on the courts to reflect that strength of feeling when it comes to sentencing people convicted of such awful crimes.”

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Serious RTC on motorway

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 3rd December 2021 – 8.20am.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a collision with a van on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the M6, near to junction 10a, at 6.01am. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been involved in a collision. One of the drivers, a man, had then been involved in a second collision with a van, after he had got out of his car.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries at the scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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WMAS success at GREENFLEET Awards

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 2nd December 2021 – 1:30pm.

“As wonderful as it is to be recognised, we know there is much more we can do to lead our sector in implementing a zero-emissions fleet.”

The importance of greener alternatives and looking after the planet we call home has been brought into sharp focus as of late, particularly with COP26 gracing the UK last month. Now, the Trust has proven itself as a trailblazer for sustainability with a pioneering vehicle fleet at this year’s GREENFLEET Awards. The event at the British Motor Museum in Warwick last night (Wednesday 1st December) saw WMAS shortlisted in two categories: ‘Public Sector Fleet of the Year’ and ‘Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year’, one of which the Trust was incredibly grateful to win.

The evening, which was also made up of categories such as ‘Electrical Vehicle Manufacturer of the Year’ and ‘GREENFLEET Vehicle of the Year’ showcased innovation by both the fleets themselves, as well as those that supply them. Not to mention individual recognition too, with Fleet Manager awards, together with the coveted EV and AFV Champions.

The ‘Public Sector Commercial Fleet of the Year’ is a new category for public sector organisations with a fleet of more than 300 commercial vehicles that demonstrates a reduction in CO2 and other pollutants through fuel efficiency programmes, green fleet management and driver awareness training. The Trust was up against Oxford City Council and Hull City Council in this category and gratefully received the prize. GREENFLEET noted the additional challenges the ambulance service faces when it comes to providing a strong fleet, which also strives to do its best for the environment.

Tony Page, Head of Fleet & Facilities Management, said: “We were proud to represent the service last night and receive a very warm welcome to the stage in a room of industry leaders and fleet operators, in what has been such a challenging year. Although there were just a handful of us at the event to accept the award, this is certainly a joint contribution, and the efforts of the whole fleet team certainly don’t go unnoticed – an immense amount of hard work goes on in the background for which I am extremely grateful. WMAS operates the newest ambulance fleet in the UK, which is designed with the lightest material technology available in the industry, ensuring our vehicles have the lowest emissions possible at this time. As wonderful as it is to be recognised, we know there is much more we can do to lead our sector in implementing a zero-emissions fleet. In the New Year, all electric Patient Transport Service (PTS) ambulances will be brought into service, alongside the already growing electric vehicles in support services we use. We will have electric vehicles in all areas of our operation in 2022 – another first for the sector.”

Craig Cooke, Executive Director of Strategic & Digital Integration at WMAS

Tony was also shortlisted in the ‘Public Sector Fleet Manager of the Year’ category, which recognises individuals who have demonstrated innovation, dedication, and commitment to making carbon reduction a priority. Unfortunately, he just missed out on this prize, but was honoured to be commended, nonetheless. Craig Cooke, Executive Director of Strategic and Digital Integration, said: “Tony is the driving force behind our fleet operations and ensures our crews have the very best ambulances available to them each day. The ambulance fleet in the West Midlands is the newest in our country and is under a continual improvement and investment programme which the Trust is committed to, and we will continue to innovate, develop and invest in the latest fleet technology to implement more zero-emissions vehicles each year. I am extremely proud that Tony was nominated for the award on this occasion. A very well done and thank you for what you and all the team in Fleet deliver every day.”

Notes to editors:

  • In October 2020, the Trust took a major step forward in reducing its impact on the environment by launching the world’s first fully electric emergency ambulance which is operating every day in the city of Birmingham, delivering lifesaving patient care; it has the same medical equipment and capability as our diesel-powered fleet.
  • In March 2021, the Trust worked with partner VCS Bradford again to launch two all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars, which are operational in Birmingham.
  • The most recent addition to the Trust’s electric fleet this year is four London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) VN5 vans for its IT support team, whose journeys can vary according to demand.
  • All attendees of last night’s awards were required to display their COVID-19 pass and/or a negative LFT upon entry.

Two seriously injured in Stourbridge RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 24th November 2021 – 12.00noon.

Two men have been conveyed to a major trauma centre by the ambulance service following a serious collision in Stourbridge this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Enville Street and the A458 in Wollaston at 8.44am earlier today (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a car and a flat-bedded lorry which had been involved in a collision. The driver of each vehicle was quickly assessed by ambulance staff and both were found with serious injuries. The driver of the lorry, a man, received treatment by ambulance staff for his serious injuries whilst fire colleagues helped to extricate him from the vehicle. Once released, the man was conveyed by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“The driver of the car, a man, was also extricated with help from the fire service and received trauma care on scene by ambulance staff before being conveyed on blue lights to the same hospital for further trauma treatment.”

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Trust welcomes introduction of ‘Harper’s Law’

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 24th November 2021 – 9.55am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming the Government’s announcement that it intends to introduce Harper’s Law, which will see the introduction of mandatory life sentences for those who kill an emergency worker in the course of their duty.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Our ambulance crews go above and beyond every single day, often in very difficult circumstances, but the appalling reality is that on average, at least one member of our staff is physical assaulted every single day and last year, two were stabbed. 

“All too often our staff are left feeling let down by the justice system when people convicted of assaulting them receive disappointingly light sentences, so anything that provides our staff with more protection can only be a good thing.

“It is imperative that the wider judiciary be more consistent in applying tougher sentences to perpetrators who are convicted of any form of violence, aggression or abuse towards our staff, not just those that result in a death.

“Violence and aggression towards anyone is unacceptable, but emergency services workers need particular additional protection due to the nature of their work on the frontline” 

Thanks to funding from NHS England, the Trust started rolling out the use of body worn cameras for all frontline staff in October.  The cameras do not record all of the time but are switched on when staff become concerned for their safety.

The Trust is also undertaking a three-month trial to examine the viability of providing stab proof vests to staff.  The trial is taking place at Willenhall Hub with 22 volunteers taking part.

Willenhall-based paramedic Deena Evans was one of those stabbed last year and is taking part in the trial.  She said: “It’s a shame it’s come to this, but I couldn’t be more relieved!  I feel less anxious about working frontline shifts wearing it.” 

Note to Editors

The change in law extends mandatory life sentences to anyone who commits the manslaughter of an emergency worker on duty unless there are truly exceptional circumstances. Courts must already impose life sentences for murder.  The change in law follows the tireless campaigning of PC Andrew Harper’s family.  PC Harper, died in 2019 while investigating a robbery.  The Government says it hopes the change to the law will be made as soon as possible.

Each volunteer taking part in the stab vest trial will complete a questionnaire at the end of the period trial and the results will be evaluated and presented to the Trust Board. 

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Man seriously injured in Redditch RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 22nd November – 10.20am.

A man has been treated for serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Redditch last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an overturned car on Dagnall End Road, Redditch at 11.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two patients, one of whom, a man, was found outside of the car.

“He had suffered serious injuries in the incident and after receiving specialist trauma care at the scene, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on alert.

“The second patient, also a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious, before being taken to the same hospital at normal road speed.”

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One Fatally Injured and Two to Hospital Following RTC in Walsall

Shaunna Farley – Monday 22nd November – 09.30am.

One person has died and another two have been taken to hospital following a collision in Walsall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.24pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving two card at the junction of Broadway and Magdalene Road in Walsall. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered four patients.

The first, the driver of the first car, was freed from the vehicle by the fire service. Once freed, crews quickly commenced advanced life support, although, it became clear that, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff on scene, nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

The second, a passenger in the second car, had sustained injuries not considered to be life threatening, he received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

The third, a passenger in the second car, was assessed at the scene and had potentially serious injuries, he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

The fourth patient, the driver of the second car, did not wish to be assessed.

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Fatal RTC in Market Drayton

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th November 2021 – 11.35am.

One man has died, and another has been airlifted to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a van and a tree on the A41 near Hinstock, Market Drayton at 7.38am today (Thursday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van which had left the road and collided with a tree. It quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the driver, a man, and he was sadly confirmed deceased on scene.

“The second occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked quickly with the fire service to extricate him from the vehicle before administering advanced trauma care on scene. Once stabilised the patient was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC near Leominster

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 17th November 2021 – 2.25pm.

A man has died and two other people have been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.31am to the A4110 in Aymestrey and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered three patients. One of them, a man, who was the driver of one of the cars, was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two women, one of whom was a driver and one who was a passenger, were treated for serious injuries and both taken to Hereford County Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Serious two vehicle RTC in Shrewsbury

Claire Brown – Monday 15th November 2021 – 9.45am.

A man and a woman received trauma care at the scene of a two-vehicle road traffic collision in Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.

The ambulance service received a 999 call at 1.23pm to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the B4386 between Shrewsbury and Cruckton yesterday (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a two vehicle RTC. Police and bystanders, including an off-duty nurse, had been providing first aid to two patients involved in the collision prior to the service arriving.

“One man was in a critical condition and crews commenced advanced life support on scene. They stabilised his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to help continue treatment on route.

“The second patient, a woman, had sustained serious injuries in the collision and received advanced trauma care from the team of ambulance staff before being conveyed on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Dudley RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 15th November 2021 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died after being involved in a single car road traffic collision in Dudley yesterday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a seriously injured patient involved in an RTC on Burton Road, Dudley at 0.33am on Sunday. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent and arrived within three minutes of the 999 call being made. An off-duty member of WMAS, who came across the RTC, also stopped to assist on scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a car which had collided with a tree. The driver, a man, was in a critical condition and was rapidly extricated from the vehicle with help from the fire service. Once released, ambulance crews commenced advanced life support. 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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Ambulance windscreen smashed whilst responding to emergency

Friday 12th November 2021 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance bosses are appealing for members of the public to help them identify the individual(s) who smashed the window of an ambulance whilst it was responding to a 999 call.

The incident happened on Alcester Road, Moseley, at about 9.15pm last night (Thursday).

The crew, who thankfully were unhurt in the incident, were travelling on blue lights at the time, responding to a medical emergency at a private address. Another ambulance was immediately dispatched to the patient by the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre.

The damaged ambulance had to be taken out of service and remains off the road today, awaiting repair which will cost hundreds of pounds.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “I have to question what goes through the mind of someone to think is acceptable.

“Not only that, but given the ambulance was using blue lights at the time, whoever did this could clearly see it was responding to an emergency, what if it had been on the way to one of their family members or rushing a loved one to hospital?

“I am thankful that the staff involved escaped injury, but the situation could have been entirely different had they been hit by the object.

“The service has never been under more pressure than it is right now, and we wake up this morning with one less ambulance available to respond with as it awaits repair, which will run into hundreds of pounds.

“We will be pulling the CCTV from the vehicle and passing it to the police but we would ask for anyone who has any information about this despicable incident to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on west-midlands.police.uk and quote investigation number 20/1875068/21.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police, said: “Right now we’re investigating this as a case of criminal damage, but things could’ve been much worse.

“We need to make sure that the person who did this does not do it again. If we’re to succeed, we need people to tell us what they saw. If they don’t want to speak to us, they can contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Notes to Editors:

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Our commitment to delivering a net zero service

Claire Brown – Thursday 11th November 2021 – 9.00am.

Behind the blue lights and sirens, the Trust is committed to continuing to make greener choices when it comes to its buildings and infrastructure.

Since 2012/13 the Trust has significantly reduced its estate portfolio from 149 sites across the Region to just 46 which has resulted in a 44% decrease in CO2 emissions. The implementation of the Make Ready model and also ensuring new build sites, such as Sandwell Hub (pictured) currently under construction, are compliant with BREEAM Excellent Standards is also helping the service to be greener and more sustainable.

The new site in Sandwell, which is a 7,000m2 purpose-built ambulance hub, is set to have the calculated emissions of 15.2kg co2 per m2 once fully operational next year. The Trust has already invested in a number of sustainable projects across its estate portfolio over the years which includes installing LED lighting, replacing old boilers, the installation of Air Source Heat Pumps at its two control rooms in Brierley Hill to reduce the amount of gas/electric that is used to heat water, introducing a Building Management System (BMS) to all primary sites and installing EV chargers for electric vehicles.

The Trust’s determination to become a paperless organisation is already a key priority by investing in and introducing more technology-based solutions. The Trust’s HR team is already successfully paper-free and the recent rollout of iPads for all patient facing staff not only improves patient care but also aids the paperless agenda too. The Trust is always looking to further utilise technology to become a fully paperless organisation and, in doing so, creates a more efficient and effective way of working. The Trust is also looking at plans to reduce its volume of waste going to landfill and incineration and increase the level of recycling.

An opportunity for further improvement under consideration is the installation of solar panels across the roof faces of four buildings to produce an annual yield of 170,620kWh (Navigation Point), 91,760kWh (Millennium Point), 132,950kWh (Tollgate Unit 2) and 37,640kWh (Tollgate Unit 4) which would provide a CO2-emissions saving over seven years the equivalent of planting 5,588 trees. 

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, said: “A significant amount of progress has been made in our carbon reduction journey over the past few years but there is more to be done. We have some challenging targets to meet over the coming decade which will require more innovative solutions, hard work and significant investment.

“As a service we are focussed on delivering outstanding patient care and the health of the communities that we serve so it is only right that we do everything in our power to help to improve the environment that we all share by continuing to take sustainable steps forward.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

Youngest and lightest diesel ambulance fleet in Country

Claire Brown – Wednesday 10th November 2021 – 9.00am.

With demand increasing year-on-year, so is the mileage of ambulances. The Trust is proud to have the youngest and lightest diesel ambulance fleet in the country to reduce emissions.

The Trust’s most recently added Value is that of ‘Environmental Sustainability’ and is committed to investing in its fleet to reduce emissions of carbon and harmful particulates, reducing them year-on-year to net reduction of 80% in 2028-2030 and net zero by 2040.

Tony Page, Head of Fleet and Facilities Management for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “As an ambulance service, our fleet-driven emissions account for a significant percentage of our total CO2 output – increasing mileage year-on-year because of demand further exasperates that issue. Meeting the targets set is one benefit, but it’s also the right thing to do for delivering cleaner operating vehicles for our staff to work in.”

Alongside the service’s work to produce the next generation of zero emission ambulances, it also continues to develop their diesel counterparts. Working with industry specialists VCS Vehicle Converters of Bradford, the Trust’s ambulances are based on the Fiat Ducato van and are designed and manufactured using VCS’s unique ‘Core Capture’ construction method to ensure they are the lightest and most technologically advanced in service anywhere in the world.

Tony added: “With a fleet of 480 frontline ambulances, we’re immensely proud that they’re all less than five-years-old and the lightest weight in the country. The latest generation frontline emergency ambulance delivered further weight savings with a 7% mpg improvement. Our fleet modernisation programme continually works to further reduce our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels. The light-weighting programme over the last three years has reduced our CO2 emissions by 3500 tons. 

“Along with our staff, our emergency vehicles are our most important assets.  The five-year replacement policy means our staff are able to respond in a modern, high quality, ambulance fleet that is reliable and efficient and as comfortable as possible for patients and staff whilst also ensuring that patients, and our staff, receive the highest standards of safety.” 

The Trust’s five-year vehicle replacement programme for front line emergency ambulances has enable it to leverage the improvements from more modern emission control systems – one of the benefits being our fleet is fully compliant with the requirements of the Birmingham ULEZ.

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Notes to Editors:

  • The NHS has set several stretching targets, which are outlined in the ‘Delivery A Net Zero NHS’ document. Reducing CO2 by 80% (compared to the 1990 benchmark) by 2028-2032 is the first set of targets.
  • The Birmingham Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) launched on 1st June 2021 and operates 24 hours a day covering all the roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, but not the Middleway itself.

Trust reflects on first year of growing electric fleet

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 9th November – 3.00pm.

With the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) continuing in Glasgow this week, it felt timely for the Trust to deliver its own update on where we are in our pledge to become greener.  

As a Trust, we are looking carefully at sustainability and ways to be more eco-friendly. Back in October 2020, the Trust took a major step forward in reducing its impact on the environment by launching the world’s first fully electric front line emergency ambulance. Call sign EN4871 is operating every day in the city of Birmingham delivering lifesaving patient care; it has the same medical equipment and capability as our diesel-powered fleet.

Head of Fleet and Facilities Management for West Midlands Ambulance Service, Tony Page, said: “The design of our fully electric ambulance has a low centre of gravity and is powered by a 96kW battery pack which provides a top speed of 75mph and can achieve a range of 105-110 miles with a charge time of under two hours. Now, over 12 months on, the feedback from crews using the ambulance is positive with an improved environment to deliver patient care compared to its diesel counterparts, due to the smoother ride and quieter nature.”

In March 2021, the Trust worked with partner VCS Bradford again to launch two all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars, which are operational in Birmingham. Tony said: “Staff using the Jaguar I-Pace’s think they are the best thing since sliced bread! We have invested in the right charging infrastructure to support rapid charging, which I think has certainly helped with staff’s experience of operating the vehicles in the 999 emergency setting.”

The most recent addition to the Trust’s electric fleet this year is four London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) VN5 vans for its IT support team, whose journeys can vary according to demand.

Tony concluded: “We are continually looking at how we can further expand our ‘greener’ fleet in other areas of the service too. I’m very pleased to say we have four fully electric Patient Transport Service vehicles on order, for delivery in January and March 2022. This will mean the Trust has a set of fully electric vehicles in all operational categories. All future fleet procured for support functions are set to be fully electric and by 2028 we pledge that all of our fleet under 3.5tonne will be fully electric. We are now working with NHS England and Improvement and a number of manufacturers to deliver four prototype electric ambulances for national trials, with the ultimate aim to implement a zero-emission fleet nationally.”

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Trust recognises officers who saved two paramedics

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 9th November – 9:30am.

The two police officers who arguably saved the lives of Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave when they were stabbed in 2020 have received prestigious awards from the Trust. 

PC Victoria Gaunt and PC Michael Edge were given Blue Light Commendations by Chief Executive Anthony Marsh at a ceremony in Headquarters recently.  The pair were with Deena and Mick when Martyn Smith came at them with two knives stabbing the pair on 6th July last year.  PC’s Gaunt and Edge were accompanied by their partners and also met up with Mick and Deena at the ceremony. 

Deena said: “It was great to see them again.  We are both so grateful that they were with us on that day. If they hadn’t been, the outcome could have been a lot different.  As well as being there when we needed them most, they were both so good with us after the stabbing providing reassurance and helping us get through it.” 

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, added: “Although I met Victoria and Michael not long after the incident, it was a real privilege to be able to recognise them formally for their swift actions which helped to save Mick and Deena.  They undoubtedly put their own lives on the line to save their blue light colleagues, something I will forever be grateful for.  I am also grateful that the footage captured on their Body Worn Cameras played a key role in gaining an admission of guilt from Smith which spared everyone having to go through a trial.”

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Helimed 06, the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Strensham Services

Multiple casualties in Shropshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 3rd November – 10:50am.

A woman and boy have sadly died, and two others have been taken to hospital after a serious RTC in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police at 3:39pm yesterday (Tuesday) to the A458 between Much Wenlock and Cressage. Due to the nature of the collision, multiple resources were sent to the scene including four land ambulances, two Midlands Air Ambulances, four paramedic officers and a senior paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene of the RTC to find four patients who required treatment.

“A woman from one of the vehicles was found in a critical condition. Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care at the scene, but sadly despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“A boy, who was also found to be in a critical condition from the collision was given advanced trauma care at the scene and was conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital via air ambulance, with treatment continuing enroute. However sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts nothing could be done to save the child and he was also confirmed deceased.

“The third patient, a man, was found in a serious condition and was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital via air ambulance also.

“The fourth patient, a man, was treated for serious injuries and was conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 3rd November – 8:30am.

A woman has suffered serious injuries after being involved in an RTC with a car in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5:50pm on Tuesday to reports of a collision on Sutton New Road in the Erdington area of the city. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the pedestrian, a woman, with serious injuries after coming into collision with a car.

“She was treated for her injuries on scene before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens, with the CARE team traveling onboard and continuing with treatment enroute.”

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Fatal RTC in Bilston

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 2nd November – 9.20am.

One man has died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Bilston last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.41pm to reports of a collision involving one car on Bessemer Close, Bilston and two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered two patients, both men.

“The first, a passenger in the car, was extricated from the car by fire service colleagues. However, upon assessment it sadly became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second man, the driver of the car, was assessed and had sustained serious injuries, he received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Two seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 1st November – 8am.

Two men have been seriously injured after a car collided with street furniture in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.45am to the junction of Jobs Lane and Jardine Crescent 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: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a car that had collided with a lamppost and come to rest on its roof.

“There were two male occupants from the vehicle, both of whom had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Following specialist trauma care being applied at the scene they were both conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire under emergency conditions.”

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Man dies in Wolverhampton house fire

Claire Brown – Monday 25th October 2021 – 8.45am.

One man has died, and another is in a serious condition in hospital following a house fire in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 2.02am this morning (Monday) to reports of a house fire on Bushbury Lane, Oxley. Three paramedic officers, three ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find fire colleagues rescuing two occupants, two men, from the property. The two men were in a critical condition and ambulance crews immediately commenced advanced treatment on scene. One man was conveyed on blue lights to New Cross Hospital in a serious condition for further emergency care. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and fire colleagues, nothing could be done to save the second man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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WMAS Urge People to Register Defibrillators on The Circuit

Shaunna Farley – Friday 22nd October – 10.00am.

Bosses at West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) are urging defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database called The Circuit so that more lives can be saved.

Each year in the West Midlands, there are around 3,700 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, yet just 7% of those patients will survive. However, if the patient gets immediate CPR and early defibrillation the chance of survival can more than double! Every minute that passes without CPR or the use of a defibrillator reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%.

Sadly, the UK’s low survival rate is in part because public access defibrillators are used in less than one in 10 out of hospital cardiac arrests. 

This is often because 999 call assessors aren’t always aware that a defibrillator is available nearby, because the ambulance service hasn’t been told about it. If they don’t know it is there, they can’t direct someone at the scene to retrieve it while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

To help save more lives, WMAS is urging people who own and maintain defibrillators in places such as offices, communities, shopping centres and leisure centres, as well as in public places – to register them on a database called The Circuit: The national defibrillator network which is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with the backing of NHS England.

The Circuit was introduced in the West Midlands last year and allows the Service to see defibrillators that are registered.

It is therefore vital that as many defibrillators as possible are registered on the database for it to work effectively. 

It is estimated that there are thousands of defibrillators across the West Midlands which are still to be registered on The Circuit. To make sure opportunities to save lives aren’t being missed, WMAS and the BHF are calling on everyone who has a defibrillator to make sure it is registered on The Circuit

The Circuit could help to save thousands of lives – but it is vital that as many defibrillators as possible are registered on the database for it to work effectively.  It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of defibrillators which are still to be registered on the new system in the UK. To make sure opportunities to save lives aren’t being missed, the organisations are aiming to see 70,000 additional defibrillators unknown to The Circuit registered by the end of the year. 

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), said: “We know from other countries like Denmark that where there are more defibrillators available, more lives can be saved.  We also know that there are potentially thousands of defibrillators in the West Midlands that we simply don’t know about.  

“By registering your defibrillator on The Circuit, we will be able to direct members of the public to them when there is a cardiac arrest nearby.  By registering your defib, you will become part of a lifesaving team.”

It’s free to register your defibrillator onto The Circuit, and you only have to do it once. You can also register multiple defibrillators if you are the guardian to more than one.

Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.  

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and, alongside CPR, prompt use of a defibrillator is critical in giving them the best chance of survival. To put it simply, knowing where the nearest defibrillator is could be the difference between life and death.

“The Circuit is pioneering technology which will help emergency services direct bystanders more quickly to a defibrillator when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest. But for The Circuit to save lives, it is vital that the tens of thousands of unregistered defibrillators across the UK are put on the system.

“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.”

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For more information and to arrange interviews, contact pressoffice@wmas.nhs.uk  

Online careers event to give insight into the ambulance service

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 21st October 2021 – 2.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is teaming up with the The Prince’s Trust to host an online careers event for anyone aged 16-30 who is unemployed or currently working or studying less than 14 hours per week.

The event, which will take place online at 4pm on Thursday 4th November, is aimed at giving an introduction into careers available within the ambulance service.

As well as hearing about different options and career routes at West Midlands Ambulance Service, the session will also allow participants to learn more about The Prince’s Trust and the support it can offer, such as help with writing CVs, interview techniques and how to fill in an application form.

WMAS Recruitment Manager, Louise Jones, said: “This is a really good opportunity for people who are looking for employment to come and find out more about various roles we can offer and exactly what those jobs entail.

“We are really keen to tailor the event to those who wish to take part, so anyone who registers a place will be sent a form asking exactly what it is they want to get out of the event.

“It is important for us to make sure we are answering the questions potential employees want answering, allowing us to help young unemployed people within our community.”

Kay Bradley, Health and Social Care Youth Development Lead, added: “This is a great opportunity to see what roles West Midlands Ambulance Service has to offer.

“Additional to that, The Prince’s Trust will be there to support you on your journey, from application to interview and for six months post programme support, regardless of your interview outcome.

“One of our past participants of the programme told me ‘I greatly appreciate the assistance of The Prince’s Trust in the application stage, I have no doubt that your help made my application stand out from the rest.’

“We are really pleased to be working in partnership with WMAS and look forward to attending this event.”

The session will take place on Microsoft Teams and last for approximately 90 minutes. It will feature presentations from both WMAS and The Prince’s Trust whilst there will also be the chance to ask questions of representatives from both organisations.

To register for the event, please email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Pedestrians injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 18th October 2021 – 8.40am.

Two women have been conveyed to hospital after being involved in a road traffic collision in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7:27pm last night (Sunday) to reports a car had left the road and hit a wall, before coming into collision with two pedestrians on Bridge Foot in the town. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Midlands Air Ambulance critical care cars attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two women, both pedestrians, with potentially serious injuries from the incident.

“They were treated for their injuries at the scene before being conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“A third patient, a man who witnessed the crash, was assessed and discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Burton-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Friday 15th October 2021 – 9.30am.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition in hospital following a collision with a car in Burton-On-Trent in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Station Street, Burton-On-Trent at 3.17am this morning (Friday). An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a pedestrian, a man, being given excellent first aid by police colleagues. The man had sustained serious injuries. Crews took over treatment to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

Pedestrian seriously injured

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 14th October – 8:40am.

A pedestrian has been conveyed to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being involved in a road traffic collision in Worcester yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:11pm on Wednesday to reports of an RTC involving a car and pedestrian at the junction of Copenhagen Street and Deansway in the city. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the pedestrian, a woman, with serious injuries from the collision.

“She was given advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed by land ambulance to Birmingham’s QE on blue lights and sirens, with treatment continuing enroute.”

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Fatal RTC in Coventry

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 12th October – 09.00am.

One man has sadly died and another has sustained serious injuries after a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.12pm to Exhall Green, Coventry to reports of a car and a motorbike that had collided. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service with a BASICS doctor and a paramedic onboard attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered two patients, both men.

“The first, the motorcyclist, had sustained life-threatening injuries and unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second man, a passenger on the motorbike, had sustained serious injuries, he received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment, with a BASICS doctor travelling throughout the journey to continue treatment.

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

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Lifesaving Butcher Awarded With Commendation in Brierley Hill

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 6th October – 10.15am. 

A butcher has been presented with a Public Commendation from West Midlands
Ambulance Service after he administered CPR to a member of the public who
suffered a cardiac arrest.

Gordon Tranter, Assistant Manager at Alan Warwick Butchers, performed CPR
when a member of the public collapsed outside of the butchers on the 17th
June.

Gordon recognised that the woman had suffered a cardiac arrest and was able
to call 999 and begin administering CPR, something that he had no previous
training or experience in doing.

When a cardiac arrest happens, every moment counts in the fight to save a
life. Every minute a person in cardiac arrest goes without CPR or
defibrillation, their survival chances reduce by 7-10% and in 2020, the Resus
Council reported that only one third of people in the UK would be confident
performing CPR on a stranger.

On Thursday, Gordon was presented with a Public Commendation Award for his
lifesaving actions. Gordon was presented the award by Andy Jeynes, Community
Response Manager, alongside Councillor Adam Davies from Dudley Council.

Andy said: “It was a great opportunity to meet Gordon, he represents a
number of people who have saved a life by performing Basic Life Support. It’s a
life skill similar to riding a bike, once you can do it you will never forget.

“It would be fantastic if more people were confident like Gordon to give it
and go as absolutely anything you do is better than nothing at all.

“The benefits of improving bystander CPR is evidenced around the world where
the highest bystander CPR rates are linked to the highest survival rates from
sudden cardiac arrest.

“At the moment, over 68,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrests in the UK
every year.

“If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately
before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival
doubles.”

Adam said: “Like so many people, I was genuinely inspired by what
Gordon did. The way he acted so instinctively and saved a life, I assumed he’d
had CPR training – so when he told me he’d only ever seen CPR given on TV I was
even more inspired. That’s why I reached out to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands
Ambulance Service to make sure this selfless act of bravery got the recognition
that it deserves.

“My bigger hope is that Gordon’s example will also encourage others to
step up when duty calls. That’s why I’ve also created the Best of Brierley Hill
Award to further raise awareness of these kind of acts of bravery here in the
Brierley Hill ward, and to recognise brilliant local people such as Gordon who
step up and act with no expectation of thanks or reward.”

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We’ve got a role for you

Claire Brown – Wednesday 29th September 2021 – 12.10pm.

Whether you’re looking for your very first job or are seeking a brand-new challenge, we’ve got a role for you.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has some exciting opportunities to join an outstanding organisation. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a serious health risk, demand on the service at record levels and the NHS set to face a difficult winter period, the Trust is looking to further bolster staffing across both the front-line and in support roles.

Louise Jones, the Trust’s Recruitment Manager, said: “We have some brilliant opportunities for job seekers right now, from our hugely popular student paramedic programme, opportunities to work behind the 999s in our control rooms as call assessors and clinicians to practical roles based in our ambulance hubs maintaining and preparing emergency vehicles ready for shift.

“Whether you’ve had a personal experience with us which has made you rethink your career, seen the ambulance service on the TV and thought ‘I want to do that’ or just fancy a truly rewarding job, we’d urge you to take a look at our current vacancies.

“All of our vacancies are available to view on NHS Jobs and each vacancy provides details about what the role entails, the qualification requirements and experience that you’ll need. A top tip from me is to please ensure you fully read all of the information provided on the vacancy before applying to ensure you are eligible.”

Student Paramedic Programme starting January 2022 onwards with courses planned throughout 2022:

The exceptionally popular and successful Student Paramedic training programme at West Midlands Ambulance Service provides an alternative route for you to gain your dream job. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/student-paramedics/

999/111 Call Assessor roles available in Brierley Hill and Stafford Control Rooms:

When you call 999 or 111 in the West Midlands, it’s our call assessors who are the voice on the other end of the phone. As a WMAS call assessor, when you receive a call, you are responsible for recording the right information, sometimes under difficult circumstances and offering advice or reassurance to the caller/patient. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/control-room-staff/

Dental Nurse, General Practitioner, Clinical Advisor roles available in Brierley Hill Control Room:

The NHS 111 service is our non-emergency telephone service which offers urgent health care assessment to callers; our 111 service answers in excess of 20,000 calls every week in the West Midlands alone. Based at our busy NHS 111 control room in Brierley Hill, our dedicated team of clinicians are on hand 24/7 to complete in-depth clinical assessments of patients via the telephone. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/111-clinicians/

Vehicle Preparation Operative roles based in Stoke and Worcester:

Vehicle Preparation Operatives are a staple of West Midlands Ambulance Service, without them, frontline staff would not be able to respond to 999 calls! As a Vehicle Preparation Operative (VPO), you will work on each of our operational hubs as part of the Make Ready team to ensure the emergency vehicles; ambulances and cars are checked and roadworthy, deep cleaned and are stocked with the correct clinical equipment. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/vehicle-preparation-operative/

Vehicle Preparation Assistant roles across the Region through Kickstart Scheme:

We’re proud to be helping to ‘kickstart’ youngsters career prospects with a fantastic opportunity to join the service through the government initiative to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. As a Vehicle Preparation Assistant you will work on ambulance hubs providing additional support to VPOs ensure our front-line ambulances are clean, in good working order and stocked ready to respond to the next 999 call. Interested? Speak to your job coach or mention the partnership with the Princes Trust to enrol on a pre-employment programme with Princes Trust by contacting Kay via Michaela.bradley@princes-trust.org.uk or 07814 294388.

All of our current vacancies are available on www.jobs.nhs.uk – search for WMAS.

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