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Man dies after falling from motorbike

Thursday 24th May 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died after falling from his motorbike this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a motorcyclist who had been in collision with street furniture on the A518 between Uttoxeter and Stafford shortly before 1pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the man in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and also administered advanced life support.

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

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in RTC

Thursday 24th May 2018 – 10.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision with a car yesterday afternoon (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Whitehall Road in Hampton Bishop, Hereford at 4.15pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman in cardiac arrest. An off-duty nurse and an off-duty firefighter had stopped at the scene and were performing excellent CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second motorcyclist, a man, and the car driver, a woman, were assessed for the effects of shock but were able to be discharged at the scene.”

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A most unusual form of transport to A&E

Friday 18th May 2018 – 11.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A workman who injured his ankles has had a most unusual journey to hospital … in a fire service aerial ladder platform.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital at about 10.45am on Thursday morning to reports of a man who had fallen on a roof.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival it became apparent that the workman, who was in his 30’s, had not fallen per se.  He told ambulance staff that as he stepped off a ladder onto a plank on the roof, his foot slipped off to the side. As he tried to regain balance he put his other foot down on the plank which also slipped off the side leaving him with two twisted ankles.

“Ambulance staff requested assistance and Shropshire Fire Service who sent fire engines and the aerial ladder platform.

“While they arrived, ambulance staff splinted the man’s left ankle and provided pain relief.

“The ALP was then used to access the site from the opposite side of the building. The man was then helped onto the platform and lowered to the waiting Ambulance which took the man literally around the corner to A&E.

“It was certainly an unusual form of transport to hospital but shows the excellent teamwork between emergency services.”

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Teen dies in Sutton Coldfield stabbing

Thursday 17th May 2018 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

Despite the tremendous efforts of ambulance staff, a teenage boy has sadly died in Sutton Coldfield this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a stabbing in Lower Parade, Sutton Coldfield at around 3.30pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) team medics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill airbase were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a 16-year-old boy with serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to begin administering advanced life support to the boy at the scene. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

West Midlands Police are appealing for anyone with information about this incident to call 101; quoting log number 1588 of 17/05/18.”

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A woman’s been airlifted after a crash

Monday 14th May 2018 – 5.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre while three other patients have been taken to hospital after a two-car crash.

The incident happened at about 4.00pm on Sunday near Jones Coaches, on the A465 at Ocle Pychard in Herefordshire.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, two BASICS Emergency doctors from the MARS scheme and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found two cars that both had extensive front end damage.  One car, a BMW was against a hedge.

“There were two people in each car.  The most seriously injured patient was the woman driving the BMW.  The woman in her 30s had possible internal injuries.  She was given pain relief, was immobilised before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A baby boy from the car was uninjured but was taken to Hereford County Hospital by ambulance as a precaution.

“In the other car was a woman in her 40s with shoulder, hip and wrist pain and a teenage girl with hip pain.  Both were assessed at the scene before also being taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment.”

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One dead and two seriously hurt after crash

Monday 14th May 2018 – 3.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died and two men have suffered serious injuries after a three car collision.

It happened at about 7.40pm on Sunday evening on the A49 Ludlow Road, between Leominster and Stockton.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, two BASICS Emergency Doctors from the MARS scheme and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found three cars a BMW, a Skoda and a Peugeot that had been involved in a collision.

“Tragically, a woman in the Skoda was confirmed deceased at the scene of the crash.

“There were two men in the BMW, both who were severely trapped.  Ambulance staff and the doctors worked with firefighters to free the men, who were both believed to be in their 20s.

“It took over an hour to free the first man.  He had suffered multiple fractures.  He was immobilised had splints fitted and was then taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with one of the doctors travelling with the ambulance crew.

“The second man was trapped for around 50 minutes.  He had suffered multiple injuries. After being immobilised and given pain relief, he was airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver and passenger in Peugeot were uninjured.”

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Woman airlifted from Malvern Hills

Thursday 10th May 2018 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been airlifted and taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres after falling whilst walking on the Malvern Hills this afternoon.

The incident, just after 12.05pm, happened near to Chase End in Bromsberrow, on the edge of the Malvern Hills. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The patient, a woman in her 60s, had come to rest on a flat area of ground following a fall down a steep embankment, in which it is believed she hit a branch.

“The Air Ambulance was the first resource on scene, followed by the crew and officer, who made their way on foot from the nearest road access, approximately three-quarters of a mile away.

“Transporting the woman back to the land ambulance would have been an almost impossible task due to the distance and the terrain, so the decision was made to carry her back to the top of the hill where the air ambulance had landed.

“Following treatment for abdominal and shoulder injuries, the patient was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief.

“Ambulance staff, together with numerous bystanders, then carried the woman to the air ambulance, on which she was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.”

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Motorcyclist suffers serious injuries after crash

Thursday 3rd May 2018 – 5.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been taken to a major trauma centre after coming off his bike on a dual carriageway and colliding with a lamppost.

The incident happened on the Wolverhampton Ring Road, just beside the Molineux football ground.

An ambulance and a non-emergency ambulance both came across the incident four minutes after the initial call at 1.20pm.  A paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board, were also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the rider was found some distance from his motorcycle with his helmet off.

The man in his 30s had suffered serious injuries to his legs.  He was given pain relief, was immobilised and had both legs and pelvis splinted before being taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the patient.”

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Motorcyclist dies after crash

Thursday 3rd May 2018 – 11.49am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a crash with a car.

It happened around 8.40pm on Wednesday night in Stoke on Trent, on the slip road off the southbound A500 leading to City Road where Glebe Street passes overhead, .

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor from the North Staffs scheme attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a man who had suffered very serious injuries.  Sadly, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The car driver was not injured.”

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Two cyclists hurt after collision

Thursday 3rd May 2018 – 9.49am – Murray MacGregor.

Two cyclists have been injured, one seriously, after they were involved in a collision with a car.

The incident, which happened at around 8.45pm on Wednesday evening, happened outside New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and left the two bicycles completely destroyed and the car on its side on the pavement.

An ambulance was on scene in six minutes and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival the man and woman cyclists were found some distance from their bikes.

“The woman, who was in her 40s, had suffered suspected fractures to an arm and a leg.  Both were splinted before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The man, who was in his 50s had multiple lacerations and bruising to his legs.  He travelled with the woman to hospital.

“The driver of the car was not seen by ambulance staff.”

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Man trapped for over an hour after crash

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 – 12.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man was trapped for well over an hour after a crash on a busy dual carriageway this morning.

The crash happened on the A45 Fletchampstead Highway, close to the railway line, in the Canley area of Coventry at just before 9.30am this morning.

An ambulance arrived on scene in just four minutes and was backed up by a paramedic officer and the aircrew of the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, who responded in a car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car that had collided with a pole and had ended up on the crash barrier at the side of the road at an angle.

“Due to the way the vehicle ended up, it was a difficult job to free the man from the vehicle safely.  Ambulance staff worked closely with firefighters to extricate the man, who had suffered potentially serious trauma injuries.  In total it took about 80 minutes to get him out.

“The man, who was estimated to be in his mid-30s, was immobilised and had a pelvic binder placed on him before he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the air ambulance doctor travelled with the ambulance crew.”

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Three people have been hurt after a rollover RTC

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 – 10.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Three young men have been hurt, two potentially seriously after a single vehicle rollover RTC.

It happened on Gayhill Lane in the Kings Norton area of south Birmingham at just after midnight.

The first ambulance arrived seven minutes after a 999 call from a member of the public who had come across the crash.  A second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered significant damage.

“A man of around 20 years was found in a field nearby.  While ambulance staff assessed his condition, firefighters opened a gap in the hedge and fence so that he could be brought to the ambulance.

“The man was anaesthetised at the scene and immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor accompanying the crew.

“An 18-year-old man was also taken on blue lights to the same hospital with multiple bruising and lacerations after he was found beside a bush next to the car.

“A third man who was also 18 had self-extricated.  He had suffered a nasty laceration but was otherwise uninjured.  He was taken to the same hospital.”

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Pedestrian injured in collision with car

 

Tuesday 1st May 2018 – 8.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A pedestrian has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision with a car last night (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, near to the Ramada Hotel, at 10.56pm and sent one ambulance and a rapid response paramedic to the scene. An off-duty student paramedic also stopped at the scene to help.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 50s, who had been injured in collision with a car.

“He was treated for serious leg injuries as well as minor injuries to his head and chest.

“The man, who was conscious throughout his treatment, was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and vacuum splint, before being taken on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Senseless attack on ambulance takes vehicle off the road

 

Monday 30th April 2018 – 11.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are appealing for members of the public to help them identify the person who damaged an ambulance as it was treating a patient.

The incident happened in Wildwood in the Woodside area of Telford at about 1.20am this morning (Monday).

The crew had been treating a medical case at the time when the unprovoked attack happened.

Clinical Team Mentor Joy Hughes (@wmasJoyHughes) tweeted: “Working with Zoe tonight, trainee technician. Rather surprised when treating a patient in the back of the ambulance a random stranger began to attack the vehicle! Police requested, we got away safely but damage means that vehicle now off road. All people okay, thank goodness.”

Operations Manager, Edd Davis, (@wmasEDavis) who went to support the crew, also tweeted about the incident: “A disgusting act of vandalism caused by a male in Telford tonight, breaking a wing mirror and throwing mud up the side of the vehicle. Now vehicle is off road and can’t help anyone.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “How can it possibly be appropriate for anyone who has nothing to do with the case the ambulance crew are dealing with to suddenly start attacking the vehicle?

“Sadly, many of our crews are familiar with this sort of behaviour, but when you are a patient, this must have been terrifying.

“Any such actions are abhorrent.  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 Mercia Police on 101 and quoting incident 16s.”

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#bluelighthappy Rob Presents at Emergency Services Conference in Slovenia

Friday 27th April 2018 – 1.00pm – Claire Brown.

A Birmingham Paramedic, with a passion for saving lives and social media, was chosen to represent the Trust at a European Emergency Services conference this week in Slovenia.

Whether you love it or loathe it social media is a big part of the world we live in. As such, West Midlands Ambulance Service uses Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to engage with our social media community every single day. In addition to @officialwmas, we’re supported by more than 70 corporate tweeters who use their individual accounts to share their day, knowledge and experiences with their followers.

Earlier this year we were approached by the organisers of the European Emergency Number Association Conference 2018 which showcases the latest updates and emerging trends in the field of emergency services. After seeing the way the service uses social media, the conference organisers invited West Midlands Ambulance Service to present at the event.

Rob Moore, a Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based at Erdington Hub in Birmingham, was nominated to represent the Trust at the conference which he attended on Thursday this week in Slovenia.

Rob is one of the Trust’s corporate tweeters – @wmasrobmoore. He has more than 8,000 followers and, last year, launched a social media campaign called #bluelighthappy which encouraged people to share positive stories and experiences about team 999. The hashtag went global and continues to flourish.

During the conferences ‘social media strategies and tools’ session Rob presented to the audience on how he and West Midlands Ambulance Service utilises social media.

Rob, who had the opportunity to spend a few hours with a local ambulance crew in Ljubljana during his visit, said: “During my presentation I spoke about who I am, why the ambulance service has to communicate with the public, the kind of things we tweet about (and what we don’t), the reach and impact it has, and some of the risks involved in social media and how we mitigate those. My Twitter presence is about making a human out of the uniform. I learnt lots and made some new friends at the conference and enjoyed spreading the word about social media in #team999.”

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Two injured in Shropshire collision

Friday 27th April 2018 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A collision which left one car overturned meant a team effort to provide vital emergency treatment to two occupants last night in Shropshire.

The incident happened on the A53 in Market Drayton shortly before 8.00pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances, a MERIT trauma team with a doctor on board and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a woman in her 50s sitting on a grass verge at the side of the road. She had managed to get out of her vehicle unaided following a collision with another car and, after assessment, was found to have sustained facial injuries as well as a suspected pelvic injury. Crews immobilised her to help stabilise her pelvis before she was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further checks.

“A man in his 50s was trapped in his car which had ended up on it’s side in the collision. Crews carried out a medical assessment on him and whilst he was fully conscious and breathing, the team suspected he’d suffered chest and abdominal injuries. They worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate him from the vehicle.  The man was released around 50 minutes later and, once stabilised with pain relief and further treatment, he was taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.”

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Man airlifted from Pershore RTC

Friday 27th April 2018 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A two-car collision in Worcestershire last night left a woman injured and a man needing rapid transport to hospital by air ambulance for emergency treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Naunton Road in Pershore shortly before 6.45pm last night (Thursday). Two ambulances, a doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS), the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the MERIT trauma team with a second doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a serious collision. One woman in her 30s had managed to self-extricate from her vehicle prior to ambulance staff arriving and, upon assessment, was found with a head wound and various pains. She was given pain relief to ease her discomfort before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“A man in his 20s was trapped in his vehicle and needed advanced trauma care by the team. Whilst they assessed his condition and started emergency treatment, the fire service worked to extricate him from the wreckage. He was released about 30 minutes later and carefully immobilised before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.”

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Fatal RTC in Kingstanding

Wednesday 26th April 2018 – 8am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and two others suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision involving a car and a van last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kingstanding Road at 6.41pm and sent three ambulances, a senior paramedic officer, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire in a rapid response car and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three patients, all men from the van, which had also collided with a tree.

“The driver was found to be in cardiac arrest and CPR was already being carried out by the fire service on arrival of ambulance staff. Crews took over and administered advanced life support, but unfortunately it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The remaining two patients had also suffered serious injuries in the collision. They both received specialist trauma care at the scene and were transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulances. Doctors travelled with both patients to continue emergency treatment en-route.

“Unfortunately, on arrival at hospital, their condition was described as critical.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted following collision with car

Wednesday 25th April 2018 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a collision involving a motorbike and a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Bull Lane and Charnwood Close in Bilston just before 2pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 20s, lying on the pavement.

“It quickly became apparent he had suffered a serious leg injury in the incident. He received specialist trauma care at the scene, was given pain relief and immobilised before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

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

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Man airlifted after two-car RTC

Wednesday 25th April 2018 – 3pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car road traffic collision this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ironstone Road in Burntwood at 12.50pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in collision, one of which had come to rest on its roof.

“The most seriously injured patient, a man, was a driver in the other car. He managed to get himself out of the vehicle but was treated for a serious chest injury.

“The man, who was fully conscious, was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“From the overturned car, the driver, a woman, was assisted out. She was treated for back, shoulder and chest pain, immobilised and transported to Walsall Manor Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Rugby

Tuesday 24th April 2018 – 4.45pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care at the scene of a road traffic collision in Rugby this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coal Pit Lane, Willey, Rugby shortly before 1.30pm (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service with a medic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a motorbike which had been involved in a collision. The motorcyclist, a man in his 40s, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked as a team to help deliver advanced trauma care to help stabilise his injuries and condition before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Friday 20th April 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to reports of a man who had come off a motorbike on Thorncroft Way, Walsall, shortly after 1.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the man in cardiac arrest. An off-duty firefighter was already at the scene performing excellent CPR.

“Ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support.

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

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Care, compassion and kindness – Ambulance is back!

 

Friday 20th April 2018 – 1.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

The extraordinary lengths that ambulance staff go to, to ensure patients receive the care they need is set to be highlighted again in the new series of the BAFTA nominated programme Ambulance.

The eight-part observational documentary will be shown on primetime BBC One from Thursday (26th April) at 9.00pm.  It is the second series to feature West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The programme will show staff as they deal with the highs and lows of life on the road and in the control rooms.  The programme follows the staff as they deal with everything from major trauma including road traffic collisions and stabbings, acutely unwell babies, through to patients with complex medical conditions and a 999 call from someone who wants to commit suicide.

The programme also looks at how ambulance staff deal with situations when their own loved ones become the patient.

With unparalleled access, each episode follows the call-handlers and ambulance dispatchers in the regions two control-rooms along with the ambulance crews out on the ground as they respond to nearly 4,000 emergency 999 calls every single day.  The programme was filmed in December and January when the NHS was under immense pressure and shows the lengths staff in the ambulance service and hospitals go to ensure patients continued to get high standards of care.

During the programmes, you’ll get to see how the staff deal with an increasingly busy service, an ageing population, and the challenges of working with out-of-hours services and GP surgeries as well A&E departments who are also getting increasingly busy.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “The thing that comes over from these programmes is the incredible professionalism of our staff as they deal with the challenges that they are presented with, never knowing what the next call might bring.

“I am proud that we have been able to show the diverse nature of our workforce and how we interact with people from every area and community of the West Midlands.

“You will get a chance to experience the second by second decisions our staff face for example helping some who simply wants to end their life through to the desperation of lonely elderly patients who have no-one else to turn to.  You will also see how those decisions affects our staff as they deal with each case.  Sometimes it isn’t easy viewing but throughout, the actions of our staff are exceptional and I am so very proud of them.”

Kirsty Cunningham, Executive Producer at makers Dragonfly Television, added: “Ambulance goes way beyond the traditional genre of blue flashing lights television and really explores the stories of people in crisis against a backdrop of mounting pressures, from political to societal changes.

“We’re extremely proud of the new series which reflects the compassion, diversity of work, and difficult decisions both ambulance crews and staff in the control rooms have to make every day.”

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Man dies in Oswestry RTC

Tuesday 17th April 2018 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

A man sadly died in a road traffic collision in Oswestry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at the junction of the B5069 and the A5 in Gobowen, Oswestry shortly after 9.30pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who was in cardiac arrest following a collision with a car and was receiving CPR by passers-by.  Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The occupants of the car involved, a woman and a child, were assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Fatal incident on motorway

Tuesday 10th April 2018 – 8.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died following a road traffic collision on the M5 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.24am to reports of a collision involving a car and a lorry between junctions four and three of the M5 and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman in the car, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

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

“The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the incident and discharged at the scene.”

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Young boy fatally injured in RTC

Monday 9th April 2018 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A young boy has died and a woman has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and pedestrians at 9.03pm on Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry. Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a young boy who had suffered serious injuries in the collision.

“Ambulance crews administered specialist trauma care which continued enroute to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. However, shortly after arrival it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and was confirmed deceased.

“A second patient, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was also treated for multiple injuries, including to her leg, and was taken to the same hospital in a serious condition.”

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One to hospital after lorries collide on motorway

Friday 6th April 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped in the cab of his lorry following a collision between two HGVs on the motorway this afternoon has been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M6, between junctions 15 and 16, at 2.01pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover two patients, both men, who were the drivers of the lorries.

“One of them, believed to be in his 50s, was trapped as a result of the collision and had to be freed with help from the fire service.

“Ambulance staff monitored and assessed the man throughout the extrication before treating him for chest pain.

“He was then transferred to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The second man, was discharged at the scene uninjured.”

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Woman dies & man in serious condition following suspected Carbon Monoxide leak

Tuesday 3rd April 2018 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has died and a man has been rushed to hospital following a suspected carbon monoxide leak at a property in Cannock this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police shortly after 10.30am earlier today to Old Penkridge Road in Cannock. Two ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found two patients, a man and a woman, who had been removed from the property by the fire service after they were found unresponsive inside. Sadly, the woman was confirmed dead by ambulance staff at the scene.

“The 75-year-old man was already receiving oxygen therapy from the fire service. Ambulance staff assessed the man and administered emergency treatment on scene before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to New Cross Hospital. Treatment continued en route to hospital where, upon arrival, his condition was said to be serious.”

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Two to hospital after lorry collides with pedestrians

Thursday 29th March 2018 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman and child have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital with serious injuries following a collision between a lorry and pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lichfield Street and Princess Square in Wolverhampton at 11.02am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two patients, a woman and a young girl.

“The woman received specialist trauma care having suffered serious injuries in the incident. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being alerted in to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“The girl was also treated for serious injuries before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was treated for the effects of shock before being discharged at the scene.”

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Man seriously injured in RTC

Thursday 29th March 2018 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has suffered serious injuries following a single vehicle road traffic collision late last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Mere Lane in Copston Magna, near to the junction with Copston Lane, Rugby, shortly before 11.30pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car in a ditch and a man lying in the road, who is believed to have been the driver.

“The man had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident and was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“Ambulance staff administered CPR and advanced life support, which continued whilst he was transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“Unfortunately, on arrival at the hospital, the man’s condition was described as critical.”

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Man airlifted after car and van collide

Wednesday 28th March 2018 – 8.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped in his car and a van driver have both been taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of an RTC yesterday (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call at 5.44pm to Holly Lane in Wishaw, Sutton Coldfield, near to Moxhull Hall Hotel, and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the car driver, a man in his 30s, trapped inside his vehicle because of his injuries.

“Ambulance staff immobilised him and continually assessed and monitored his condition whilst the fire service cut him free.

“He was treated for a pelvic injury and leg pain before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The van had also collided with a tree in the incident. The driver, a man in his 50s, had managed to free himself and was treated for injuries to his face, as well as arm, hand and chest pain. He was given pain relief and transported to Heartlands Hospital by land hospital.”

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Man given best possible chance of survival following Walsall collision

Monday 26th March 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man’s life was saved by ambulance staff last night after he suffered a cardiac arrest in a two-car collision in Walsall.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to the junction of Wednesbury Road and Corporation Street in Walsall at 9.45pm on Sunday. Two ambulances, a MERIT trauma doctor and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of one car, a man in his 50s, was in a serious condition when ambulance staff arrived. He was rapidly extricated from the vehicle in order for ambulance staff and the medic to stabilise his deteriorating condition. Whilst treating the man, he deteriorated further and suffered a cardiac arrest. The team worked quickly to provide advanced life support to the man and they successfully managed to restart his heart. The man was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the second car, a woman in her 40s, sustained minor arm, back and abdominal injuries. She was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Witton

Monday 26th March 2018 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A man has died and three other people were injured following a two car road traffic collision in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a serious collision on Brookvale Road, Witton at 8.15am on Sunday morning. Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill 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 staff arrived they found two cars which had been involved in a serious collision with four patients requiring treatment. One man was in cardiac arrest and quickly received advanced life support on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on the scene.

“A 17-year-old boy and a 58-year-old man received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the medic after suffering serious injuries in the collision. Both were given pain relief and immobilised by the team before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“A 16-year-old girl was assessed and treated at the scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Excellence in the Community Awards

Thursday 22nd April 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

An awards ceremony to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 5,000 staff has taken place.

The event, sponsored by Zoll, Growers United, Cardiac Science and WEL Medical, took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last Thursday (March 15th), recognising the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “Our volunteers do a great job, saving saving lives across the West Midlands every single day, and I want to say a big thank you to all of you for your efforts.

“Every single volunteer plays a key role in making West Midlands Ambulance Service the success that it is and I am immensely proud of all of you for the effort you put in.

“There is an absolute determination within the Trust to improve further, and our volunteers will play an essential role in making sure that can happen.”

High Sheriff of the West Midlands, John Hudson OBE, who helped present some of the awards on the evening, said: “It is a great honour to be here this evening and it has inspired me to want to learn first aid, at the very least!

“There is so much expertise in the room tonight, so many acts of kindness and bravery and it is very humbling.

“You are doing the things that really count in society and we’ve heard many heartwarming stories this evening about things you have achieved to help people in their hour of need. I just want to say thank you very much indeed for what you do, you are all wonderful people.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “This is a very special event that allows us to recognise some very special people.

“The time that people give in volunteering can never be underestimated, even more so as we live in a society now, where people just don’t have free time.

“Here with us tonight, we have a group of people who are prepared to give up their free time, and give it to the people in the communities in which we serve. “We can never repay you for that, but I would just like to thank you all for what you do on a daily basis, year after year, your efforts are truly appreciated.

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Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award:

Claire Howatt, Thomas Merrimen, Marc Cutler, Aidan Brown, Matthew Harris (Drayton Manor), Josh Briggs (Drayton Manor)

A 999 call was made from Drayton Manor Park employee Josh Briggs after he found his 17-year-old colleague Ben Culfe in cardiac arrest.

With excellent support from the call taker, another Drayton Manor employee – Matthew Harris – commenced CPR whilst a second colleague fetched a defibrillator. Two shocks were delivered, which together with the CPR, ensured Ben’s heart had been successfully restarted before the first ambulance crew arrived. However, Ben was still in an agitated state as more resources arrived on scene, including Ian Jones and Karen Baker on the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, just minutes after the initial 999 call.

Karen and Ian administered sedative drugs but unfortunately the medication did not have the desired effected.

Further support arrived in the shape of Dr Paul Dias on the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford who anaesthetised Ben in order to stabilise his condition before he was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital. Thankfully, Ben went on to make a full recovery.

Air Ambulance Award:

Charlie Braid, Maggie Setterfield, Stuart Askew

Charlie Braid was at school in Hereford in a games lesson as part of his work experience when 15-year-old Ethan Askew suddenly collapsed in a cardiac arrest. Help arrived first in the shape of receptionist Maggie Setterfield who started doing chest compressions.  At the same time Ethan’s father Stuart, who also works at the school, arrived to the sight of his son having CPR.

While Stuart helped Maggie by providing rescue breaths, he remembered the school’s new defibrillator.  It had just delivered two shocks when the ambulance arrived and the crew took over; shortly after they discovered a pulse and CPR was ceased. Ethan was moved on to the air ambulance and flown to Bristol Hospital with Stuart also travelling.  There he was reunited with Ethan’s mum Georgia, who had been taken to hospital with a police escort.

Ethan had been sedated but within 48 hours was out of his induced coma and sitting up in bed talking!  I’m thrilled to say that Ethan has gone on to make a full recovery after a rare genetic narrowing of the left coronary artery had been operated on.

St John Ambulance

Curtis Molloy, Thomas Strachan

In April last year a large fire at a care home in Tamworth led to 25 residents having to be evacuated and rehoused. Curtis Molloy and Thomas Strachan were the first two St John volunteers to step forward and they helped to assist residents from the home in being relocated. They also volunteered their time to assist in the aforementioned winter weather and are always prepared to help, even with cases that are not in their locality.

Public and Other Emergency Services:

Sarah Cooper

Partners PC Stacie Ferran and PC Stefan Wolkowicz were both off duty and out enjoying a meal with their daughter in August 2017 when they were alerted to a fellow diner who had suffered a cardiac arrest.

Stacie and Stefan acted quickly and immediately began CPR whilst another bystander went to fetch a defibrillator. Thanks to their quick-thinking, a ROSC was achieved on arrival of the ambulance crew and the patient was conveyed to hospital having been given the very best chance of survival.

Public Commendation:

Gareth Williams and Daniel Moffat

A serious RTC on the A5 in South Staffordshire saw a car set on fire, with the driver still inside. Daniel Moffat and Gareth Williams were the first two people on scene and without a fire extinguisher to help, had no choice but to force the door open with any tools they could find and their bare hands, to drag the unresponsive woman out. Once clear of the car they quickly moved her as far away as possible before the arrival of ambulance staff, by which time the car was well ablaze. The Merit Doctor who attended the scene was clear that Daniel and Gareth’s actions saved the woman’s life that day, so we now ask them to step forward to be presented with their commendations.

Public Commendation:

Craig Nicholls and Mandy Banham

Robert Whissel and his wife Sheila were walking home from the newsagents in Barnt Green last March when Robert unexpectedly collapsed and fell to the pavement. With no previous cardiac history, this was obviously an alarming situation which later turned out to be caused by a complete heart blockage.

Luckily for Robert, bystanders Craig Nicholas and Mandy Banham were nearby and acted quickly to deliver vital first aid and CPR. Robert has now gone on to make a full recovery.

Community First Responders

Martin Hill, Bridgnorth CFR

Martin Hill has served Bridgnorth district as a CFR for 12 years. Throughout that time his incredible time commitment and clinical ability has meant that when a CFR is sent to a 999 call in the Bridgnorth District, it will usually be answered by him first. He has attended multiple cardiac arrests where his efforts to speed up the chain of survival have resulted in many ROSCs.

Martin provides fantastic assistance and service to WMAS and the community would be much worse off without his support and education he provides as a CFR. As a retired firefighter, Martin has dedicated his entire life to helping others,

Community First Responders

Fay Cooper, Rugeley and District CFRs

Fay Cooper is the founding member of Rugeley and District CFRs having actively recruited volunteers and set the group up as a charity.

Over the years, Fay has provided a constant level of responding hours, arranged fund-raising events, actively engaged the group within the community and helped to raise its profile – even during maternity leave!

Without Fay’s initial hard work and continued efforts behind the scenes, the group would not be in the strong position it finds itself in today, so please step forward to receive an award in recognition of your efforts.

CFR Volunteer of the Year

Ben East, FastAid CFR (pictured on press release)

CFR Ben East has shown a truly exceptional dedication to his Community, to West Midlands Ambulance Service and to his charity – FastAid. Last year, Ben spent over 1,500 hours booked on call and attended 236 emergency calls.

In addition, he is an Area Co-Ordinator for FastAid which involves mentoring, encouraging and supporting six team members. As a result of this, FastAid provided over 2,500 hours of on call cover for WMAS in 2017, attending more than 350 emergency calls. Ben is an extremely proactive member of the group and also supports his Community Response Manager by providing HeartStart courses in and around the region. Whenever the group acquires new transport, Ben has the skills to modify, equip and complete the necessary adaptations to the highest standard whilst also attending training sessions when there is a new intake of students.

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Pedestrian injured after collision with car

Thursday 22nd March 2018 – 8.55am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been taken on blue lights by ambulance to a major trauma centre after he was involved in a collision with a car.

The incident happened outside Farmfoods on Hazelwell Street in Birmingham at just after 6.30am this morning (Thursday).

A non-emergency Patient Transport Service ambulance crew came across the scene shortly after it had happened; they started to provide care and immobilised the man until the emergency ambulance arrived shortly afterwards.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered damage to the windscreen and also the ‘A’ pillar.

“The man, who was in his 50s, had head and leg injuries.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before he was taken on blue lights to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The car driver wasn’t injured.”

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Trust celebrates long service and excellence at awards ceremony

 

Wednesday 22nd March 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Heroic acts, incredible bravery and life-saving moments were all celebrated at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards last week.

The Trust’s annual ceremony, sponsored by University of Wolverhampton, J. Tomlinsons, OH Vehicle Conversions, Health Education England, University of Worcester, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, Dragonfly, Prometheus Medical LTD and G4S took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierely Hill on Thursday, 15th March and saw a range of awards handed out including Long Service Medals and Chief Officer Commendations.

This year, 19 operational members of staff became eligible for their 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were presented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE.

In addition, 15 staff were commended for 25 years service; 14 received certificates for 30 years service; three members of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust; whilst one member of staff was commended 40 years of service.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This ceremony allows myself and the Trust to say a really big thank you to our staff for everything they do to make West Midlands Ambulance Service the best ambulance service in the country.

“I fully recognise it is one big team effort from our 5,000 staff and 1,000 volunteers who respond to 4,000 999 calls every day, saving lives across the West Midlands. They all do a fantastic job and I am really proud of all of them.”

Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Dr Beverley Lindsay, added: “I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all of those ambulance staff who have been honoured here today.

“Rewarding staff for their long service is a privilege for me. In a world where employees now move to new jobs and careers on average every five years, it is becoming increasingly rare to dedicate themselves to over 20 years of public service. We should be immensely proud of these people and the work that they do.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Trust Chairman, added: “Every year is a year of scrutiny for the ambulance service, but the last 12 months it has been the case even more so, as the Trust has received so much fantastic television coverage.

“Throughout the programmes we have been involved with, there has been one constant theme – the care and compassion shown by our staff who give their best every single time they care for people in the community.

“Well done to all of our award winners and everyone within the service for once again making sure we have provided the very best level of patient care possible during the past 12 months.”

Awards:

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Tom Cheal – Clinical Team Mentor, Erdington; Jas Nar – Paramedic, Aston;  Christopher Helm – Technician, Aston; Simon Wheatley – Student Paramedic, Erdington

If trekking in the Himalayas is your sort of thing, it is fair to assume that fitness sits quite high on your agenda. That is very much the case for John Simpson, who just a week after returning from his hiking adventure, was on an exercise bike at home, when he began to feel unwell. John managed to call 999 where Pam Hall was waiting to take his call. Pam offered advice and assistance on the line, at which the situation changed dramatically as John suffered a cardiac arrest. Two ambulances arrived at the scene and immediately began CPR as well as delivering a defibrillator shock. That shock proved enough to restart John’s heart.

He was rapidly transported to Heartlands hospital with crews continuing emergency treatment en-route. Once arrived he was passed over to the hospital staff and has gone on to make a full recovery.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Charles Grover – Student Paramedic, Coventry

Student Paramedic Charles Grover was out shopping with his family in Coventry when he heard a commotion. Looking up, he saw a mother calling for help and immediately ran over to assist. That is when he discovered a two-year-old child in cardiac arrest. Charles immediately began CPR whilst sending the security guard to fetch the defibrillator. Resus attempts continued until the defibrillator was brought to the scene. At this point, Charles delivered a shock and was then joined on the scene by arriving ambulance staff. Treatment continued en-route to hospital with a ROSC being achieved before arrival.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Helen Murphy – Patient Transport Service, Cheshire; Adam Ford – Patient Transport Service, Cheshire.

A patient transport vehicle running out of Warrington Hub was completing a regular transfer for a routine medical appointment when the situation escalated at a rapid rate. During the journey, PTS worker Helen Murphy noticed the patient had become unwell and upon immediate closer examination, discovered she had stopped breathing. Adam Ford, who was driving, immediately pulled over and jumped in the back to take over CPR from Helen, who began preparing the requisite equipment to administer emergency oxygen. Thanks to the quick and effective CPR, the patient soon began to breathe again. Both Helen and Adam worked to maintain the patient’s airway whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive, during which time the patient soon became responsive and her breathing grew even stronger. Helen and Adam stayed calm and professional throughout and their actions undoubtedly played a hugely significant part in saving a life.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rob Moore – Paramedic, Erdington.

With all of the difficulties ambulance staff face in their day-to-day working life, particularly with a continued increase in attacks and violence against emergency workers, Rob Moore felt it was time to try and shift the balance of the negative news always being reported. One night at home, he decided to try and get ambulance staff to tell the world about the nice things that happen too, at which, the ‘#bluelighthappy’ campaign began! The campaign received an incredible response, not only in the West Midlands, but nationwide as hundreds of good news stories started coming out, and the hashtag is still going strong today.

It led to Rob appearing on television three times, conducting multiple radio interviews and even receiving a message from the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Kevin Armstrong – Paramedic, Stoke; Lisa Darby – Paramedic, Stoke; Tom Castle – Paramedic, Stoke; Simon Price – Operations Manager, Stoke.

To find one patient in cardiac arrest at a job must be an incredibly stressful station, so to turn up at a flat fire and find three patients not breathing, does not bare thinking about. But that it was happened to staff in Stoke when attending a flat fire, and to make the situation even more distressing, a small child and a baby were amongst the two patients. What followed was an incredible job from everyone at the scene, but also from EOC to make sure they got the required number of resources there as quickly as possible. Thanks to the professionalism of everyone involved, following emergency treatment at the scene, a ROSC was achieved on all three patients.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rebecca Jones – Paramedic, Hollymoor; Louise Redding – Technician, Hollymoor; Aidan Brown – Paramedic, Erdington; James Williams – Operations Manager, Erdington; Dean Jenkins – Senior Operations Manager, Erdington; Danielle Byng – EOC, Brierley Hill; Jo Selman – EOC, Brierely Hill.

Shortly before Christmas, a hugely significant RTC in Birmingham City Centre led to multiple fatalities and numerous other patients having to be transported to hospital, some in a critical condition. Unsurprisingly, details are very sketchy in the early moments of calls of this nature and for the crews dispatched to the scene first, it was very difficult to picture what they were about to attend.

The first crew in attendance had no idea what a challenging scene they were to be faced with, but managed to complete a quick scene survey, noted seriously injured patients and gave a report back into control despite being under significant pressure. The information provided allowed EOC to escalate the response and attach numerous other ambulances and specialist resources to the case. At the scene, all staff involved, no matter of clinical grade or capability, did a fantastic job in attempting to preserve life along with making some difficult decisions regarding triage and treatment of severely Injured patients.

Outstanding Achievement:

Mark Hayes – Operations Manager, Lichfield

In a career spanning 22 years with the Trust, our Outstanding Achievement award winner has become a cult hero on television, undertaken endless amounts of charity work and become a very popular figure on the streets of Birmingham having worked there as a motorcycle paramedic for 16 years. Mark Hayes’ days on the motorbike not only saw him respond to calls within the confines of Birmingham City Centre on a daily basis, he also attended civic events, school road safety events and still to this day, attends Service Funerals as a motorcycle outrider. One of the biggest charity events Mark takes part in is Bike4Life in Shropshire, an event that this year alone raised more than £70,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance. He also supports Jumbo UK – an organisation that takes disabled children out for the day, with the mode of transport being trikes or motorbikes with sidecars. Mark now spends his days responding on four wheels as he has been successful in securing the position of Operations Manager at Lichfield. This has provided him with a whole new set of challenges, but despite that, he has managed to continue his charity fund-raising as well as giving educational talks to the public wherever possible.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

James Williams – Operations Manager, Erdington

James Williams is someone who has a vast array of qualities, possibly the best of which is that of being a team player – something which will become very evident throughout the next couple of minutes. An experienced Operations Manager, James is always available to provide valuable experience, expertise and insight to colleagues and staff. He leads by example and maintains high standards in whatever he is required to do. He boasts excellent communication skills and is always approachable and honest. As and when required, he has acted up to Assistant Operations Manager level, something which has enabled him to demonstrate his leadership and management skills.

His skills and leadership qualities were never demonstrated better than at the tragic RTC in Birmingham just before Christmas. Managers who attended the scene reported how he controlled a very difficult set of circumstances professionally and ensured patients were being prioritised and treated appropriately.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured: 20-Year Long Service Medal recipient Christopher Costin with Vice Lord-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Linday OBE, and WMAS Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh.

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Coach driver airlifted after three-vehicle collision

Friday 16th March 2018 – 2.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been taken to hospital, one of them by air ambulance, following a collision involving a lorry, a coach and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound A38 in Barton under Needwood, near Burton-on-Trent, shortly before 11.35am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find three vehicles that had been in collision, all of which contained a single occupant.

“The most seriously injured patient was the coach driver, who was trapped inside as a result of the collision.

“Ambulance crews carefully monitored and assessed the man, believed to be in his 30s, whilst he was cut free by the fire service.

“He was treated for suspected leg and pelvic injuries, immobilised and airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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“The car driver, a man thought to be in his 50s, managed to get himself out and was treated for a chest injury before being taken to Queens Hospital, Burton.

“The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man fatally injured in RTC

Friday 16th March 2018 – 12pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A422 between Kington and Inkberrow in Worcestershire, shortly after 7.35am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Great Western Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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

“A man in cardiac arrest was still inside one of the cars, with CPR having been commenced by off-duty medics.

“Ambulance staff helped move the man out of the car, continuing emergency treatment throughout. CPR continued as well as advanced life support being administered.

“However, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased.

“From the second car, crews treated a woman, believed to be in her 40s, for chest and back pain. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Boy airlifted to hospital after RTC

Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A boy received trauma care by ambulance staff before being airlifted to hospital following a collision with a car in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a pedestrian who had been involved in an RTC with a car near to the junction of Ragnall Avenue and The Radleys, Sheldon shortly after 3.30pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a boy who had sustained serious head and leg injuries. He was given trauma care at the scene by the team of ambulance staff before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.”

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Two men have died after a motorcycle and a car collided

Wednesday 14th March 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A rider and pillion passenger have died after the motorbike they were on was in collision with a car late last night.

The incident happened on Broadway West in Walsall at just after 11.30pm.

An ambulance was on scene within three minutes.  It was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT team consisting of two emergency doctors and a critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, both men were in cardiac arrest.

“They were placed onto the back of an ambulance where advanced life support was carried out by the crews along with one of the doctors.

“Sadly, despite their efforts, it was not possible to save either man and they were both confirmed dead on scene.

“Ambulance staff would like to thank the police officers at the incident who assisted with CPR.

“There were no other patients.”

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Serious RTC in Worcestershire

Friday 9th March 2018 – 11.20am – Claire Brown.

A woman received trauma care at the scene of a two car RTC in Bewdley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A456 and the B4194, Ribbesford, Bewdley at around 5.15pm (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a serious RTC. The driver of one car, a woman, had been pulled from the wreckage prior to the emergency services arrival by passers-by.

“Ambulance staff assessed the woman who was found to have sustained a suspected head injury and was in a serious condition. She was given advanced pain relief to help stabilise her condition before being immobilised and transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.”

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Eight to hospital following house fire

Thursday 8th March 2018 – 11.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A family of eight have been treated at the scene of a house fire and taken to hospital this morning, but fortunately they all appear to have escaped serious injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Madison Street in Tunstall at 7.05am this morning and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients already out of the property with a further six being assisted out by the fire service.

“Ambulance staff assessed four women, two men and a boy and a girl who had all suffered smoke inhalation.

“Following treatment at the scene, they were all transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Trust experiences its busiest day ever

Tuesday 6th March 2018 – 11.45am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has experienced its busiest day ever.

Yesterday, demand spiked to a new high with emergency call numbers topping out at 5,001; this is the first time it has ever reached the 5,000 mark.  As you can see in the graph above demand was higher than what would have been expected from 7 o’clock in the morning onwards.

To put this into context, the next busiest day, 1st January 2017 only saw 4,628 calls, some 373 calls less.  New Years Day is traditionally the busiest day of the year.

However, what is also of concern is that Sunday 4th March was the third busiest day ever, with 4,451 emergency calls received.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “These are unprecedented call numbers; astonishingly, demand was almost 20% higher than we would have expected.

“It is a huge concern that so many people have seemingly ignored other NHS services and felt the need to dial 999.

“An increase in cases due to the snow was expected but the fact that call numbers have spiked upwards so sharply since that period is very worrying.

“We will be looking into the cases to try and work out whether there are any patterns or reasons behind such rises.

“Due to the snow, we had already put considerably more resources on duty than we would normally have done at this time, yet this was still not enough to deal with all of the cases in a timely manner.  For this I am sorry.

“Although we were able to resource all of the most serious incidents, unfortunately, some patients with less serious conditions did wait much longer than we would have wanted.

“I would like to place on record my thanks to the staff who have worked tirelessly over recent days, regularly going above and beyond what could reasonably have been expected to ensure patients got the care they needed.  Many staff volunteered to do additional overtime shifts, while others stayed late or started earlier to help out.

“Whether it is staff in our control rooms, on the frontline, maintaining and servicing the vehicles, ensuring consumables got through to hubs despite the weather; each member of my staff has done everything possible to ensure patient care was maintained at the highest level.

“I would also like to thank the many volunteers such as our community first responders, 4×4 organisations and members of the public who have helped us over recent days.  The sense of community has been extraordinary; seeing such generosity shows just how ‘Great’, Britain really is.”

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Six patients after two car crash

Monday 5th March 2018 – 1.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

Six patients have been treated, one for critical injuries after a two-car crash on a dual carriageway.

The crash happened on the A448 Bromsgrove Highway near Redditch at about 6.45pm on Sunday evening.

An ambulance came across the crash shortly after it had happened.  Tow further ambulances, two paramedic officers, a consultant paramedic and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When staff arrived they found two cars with considerable damage.

“Three children from the first car were assessed at the scene.  An 11-year-old boy was initially trapped.  Due to his condition, he was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor travelling with the crew.

“A nine-year-old boy was taken to the same hospital on blue lights with the consultant paramedic travelling with the crew.  He had neck and wrist injuries.

“A girl of about 13 was unhurt.  The man who had been driving the car was assessed but was planning to go to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch himself.

“A six-year-old boy in the second car and the 36-year-old woman who had been driving were also assessed by ambulance staff.  They planned to go to Worcestershire Royal Hospital with family.”

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Man fatally injured after car and lorry collide

Monday 5th March 2018 – 12.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and bystanders following a collision between a car and a lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4103 in Storridge, Herefordshire, near to Millbank Garage, just before 7.55am. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and two MARS doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the car driver, a man, in cardiac arrest.

“Bystanders had already commenced CPR which ambulance staff continued as well as administering advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was uninjured in the incident and was discharged at the scene following assessment from ambulance staff.”

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(MARS is the Mercia Accident Rescue Service, a charitable organisation)

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Please follow this advice if you have to go out in the snow and #ice 🚑❄️🌨☃️🌬

With it being really cold with lots of snow and ice, please consider whether you really need to go out and about.  If you do, there are a few things you can do to stay safe and avoid having to call 999:

  • Make sure that you’re well prepared by wearing plenty of clothes; wear lots of layers as this will be more effective at keeping you warm, rather than one big coat.
  • Put on gloves, a warm hat or put your hood up as we lose lots of heat through our head.
  • Wear sensible shoes with a good grip on the sole – surfaces will bee slippery and the last thing you want is to fall and hurt yourself
  • Could you help an elderly neighbour or relative so that they don’t need to go out in this weather – they are at a much higher risk of falling and hurting themselves badly

We’re expecting to be really busy, so please, help us to help you by keeping yourself warm and safe.

Two to hospital from M6 crash

Tuesday 27th February 2018 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men, one of whom was trapped, have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on the M6 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, near to junction 7 at 11.20am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three cars, a van and a HGV that had been in collision.

“Unfortunately, one of the patients, a man in his 40s, was trapped in the van following the incident.

“Ambulance staff monitored and assessed him whilst the fire service worked to free him from the vehicle.

“He was treated for abdominal and pelvic injuries, immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights.

“A man in his 50s, who was a passenger in the van, had managed to get himself out. He was treated for minor abdominal and neck injuries and taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“A woman, believed to be in her 30s, who had been travelling in one of the cars was assessed and discharged at the scene with minor injuries.

“There were five other occupants of the vehicles, all of whom were uninjured in the collision.”

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Woman trapped for an hour after car collides with tree

Tuesday 27th February 2018 – 9.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman was trapped for about an hour in her car after crashing into a tree last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Banbury Road in Stratford-Upon-Avon just after 11.35pm last night and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northampton Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered substantial damage in the collision.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was still trapped inside.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to continually reassure and treat the woman whilst she was freed from the vehicle.

“She was treated for a fractured arm and jaw as well as cuts to her face. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens.”

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

Fatal incident in Warwickshire

Monday 26th February 2018 – 1.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been confirmed dead at the scene of a crash involving a lorry and a car.

The incident happened at about 9.15am this morning, Monday at the junction of the A426 and Calias Lane at Birdingbury in south Warwickshire.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman in a car that had suffered significant damage.

“Crews carried out advanced life support but sadly, it wasn’t possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry had front offside damage.  The driver, a 26-year-old man, was assessed by ambulance staff; he was understandably shaken but otherwise uninjured and was discharged at the scene.

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