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Woman airlifted from serious RTC in Ross on Wye

Claire Brown – Wednesday 1st February – 5.30pm

A woman has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition following a road traffic collision in Herefordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ledbury Road, Ross on Wye, just after 3.00pm today (Wednesday) following reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a minibus. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a community first responder, a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with two critical care paramedics on board and a Great Western Air Ambulance Charity helicopter with a medic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a pedestrian, a woman, in a critical condition being cared for by bystanders.

“The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the woman on scene to stabilise her condition before she was airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for further trauma care.”

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Man jailed for 2 years after breaking paramedic’s jaw

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 1st February 2023 – 3.00pm.

Ambulance bosses are welcoming a two-year jail term for a man who broke the jaw of a paramedic who had gone to help him.

It was the first time that body worn camera footage was provided to the police in the West Midlands region as part of an investigation into an assault of a member of the ambulance service.

The incident happened at around 9.00pm outside Shooters Bar in Leominster on Friday 4th March 2022.

Yesterday (Tuesday 31st January) at Worcester Crown Court, Henry Steven Allun Grain (20 years) of Worcester Road, Leominster was sentenced to two years imprisonment in a youth offenders institution after earlier pleading guilty to Grievous Bodily Harm with intent and two counts of criminal damage.

Paramedic Steve Raven, who was assaulted, said: “We had been tasked to a report of an unresponsive man in a public house. 

“After initial treatment, we took him out to the ambulance where he became aggressive, so we activated the ambulance CCTV system and our body worn cameras.”

Grain then punched Steve in the face breaking his jaw.  He also damaged one window and broke one of the ambulance door hinges taking the vehicle off the road for repairs.

Steve said: “I love my job, but this incident has had a profound impact on me.  As well as the time for my bone to heal I have been left with facial numbness and hearing loss.  It has also affected me psychologically – I get very nervous when I attend similar situations.

“Often we don’t feel that the law provides us with enough protection, but I was pleased that the judge in his summing up was quite strong in his disgust at what Grain did.  He understood that this was an assault on someone who had gone there to help a patient and ended up off work for weeks, robbing the public of a paramedic at a time when it is incredibly challenged. 

“When I started this job in 2015, the thought that I would need to wear a body worn camera for my protection would have seemed absurd, but I am so glad that both the vehicle and our staff have that option.  I feel sure that being able to capture what happened made all the difference when it came to the prosecution and I would urge all my colleagues to use the system every time they go out, you just never know when you might need it.”

WMAS Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “I welcome this sentence as it shows how seriously the court took the violence against Steve.

“Ambulance staff are there to help people in their hour of need. We know that the vast majority of the public find violence against our staff to be abhorrent. 

“The impact that violence against our staff has on their lives can be profound: we have seen cases where colleagues are left scared to be alone with a patient; some get flash backs and other mental health impacts. 

“These often long term effects are on top of the recovery that is needed for their physical injuries that may stop them being able to work for days, weeks or months. 

“Violence is not acceptable and we all need to work together to stop it happening.”

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Fatal Fire in Oldbury

Amy Stubbs – Tuesday 31st January – 5.45pm

A man has sadly died after a fire at a house in Oldbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service to an address on Defford Drive at 1.30pm.

One ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered one patient.

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

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Fatal RTC in Dudley

Amy Stubbs – Friday 27th January 2023 – 09.00am

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Dudley last night (Thursday 26th January).

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to reports of a collision involving two pedestrians on Tipton Road in Woodsetton at 8.35pm.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service in Strensham, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found two patients, a man and a woman, had been involved in a collision with a car.

“The man was found to be in a critical condition and was already receiving medical assistance from a bystander.

“Ambulance crews worked quickly to provide advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The woman was treated for serious injuries by ambulance staff before being conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Ludlow

Claire Brown – Wednesday 25th January 2023 – 8.20am.

A man and a woman have sadly died in a road traffic collision in Ludlow yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.22am yesterday morning (Tuesday) to reports of a collision involving a car and a lorry on the A49. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor attended the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was also responded to the case but was unable to land safely on scene due to inclement weather.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived at the scene they found a lorry and a car which had been involved in a serious collision. Nothing could be done to save the two occupants in the car, a man and a woman, and sadly both were confirmed deceased a short time later. The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Woman Critically Injured in M6 RTC

Amy Stubbs – Friday 20th January 2023 – 11.10am

A woman has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after an RTC on the M6 in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving two cars just before Junction 2 of the M6 Southbound in Coventry at 8.20am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We sent four ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance to the scene.

“On arrival, crews discovered a total of four patients.

“The driver of the first car, a woman, was in a critical condition. Fire colleagues worked to remove her from the vehicle and ambulance crews provided advanced trauma care before conveying her to University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire for more treatment with a doctor travelling on board to provide continued care en route.

“The passenger of the same car, a teenager, was treated by ambulance staff for serious injuries before she was taken by land ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.

“Of the two other patients, one was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require treatment and the second did not wish to be assessed. Both were discharged at the scene.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Tamworth

Claire Brown – Wednesday 18th January 2023 – 9.15am.

A man has received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Tamworth this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Danny Morson Way in Dordon at 5.45am (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment he was found to have sustained serious injuries and received advanced trauma care on scene to stabilise his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Shifnal RTC

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 12th January – 12.35pm

A man has died after a car crashed into a tree in Shifnal this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the B4379 near Sheriffhales by the fire service at 7.24am.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found a car that had crashed into a tree and one patient, a man, who was the driver.

“He was found to be in a critical condition and was already receiving medical assistance from emergency service colleagues.

“Ambulance crews worked quickly to provide advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Telford

Jamie Arrowsmith – 11th January 2023 – 11.30am

A man has died following a two-car RTC in Telford yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two-car RTC near to the junction of Woodford Green and the B5063 in Shawbirch 4.08pm (Tuesday) and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a Community First Responder to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two male patients, the drivers of each car.

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

“The second man was assessed for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Multiple patients from M6 coach crash

Jamie Arrowsmith – 11th January 2023 – 9.25am

A total of 12 people were treated at the scene and taken to hospital after a coach crashed into a motorway bridge on the M6 last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway, near to junction 2, at 9.42pm and sent multiple resources to the scene including six ambulances, four paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, a MERIT trauma doctor, a BASICS doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered multiple patients, including a man who was a passenger on the coach, in a serious condition.

“He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver of the coach, a man, had to be freed with assistance from the fire service whilst receiving treatment by medics, a process which took approximately two hours. He, together with a third man, who was a passenger, were both treated for potentially serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.

“A further nine patients from the coach were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to George Eliot and Warwick Hospitals.

“A number of other passengers on the coach were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Teenager airlifted to hospital in Newcastle-under-Lyme

Amy Stubbs – 10th January 2023 – 11.35am

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a collision in Newcastle-under-Lyme this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the RTC involving a van and a pedestrian off Red Lion Square in Chesterton, Newcastle-under-Lyme at 8.14am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a pedestrian and a van had been involved in a collision.

“The pedestrian, a teenage girl, was treated for serious injuries before being taken by air ambulance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Call numbers up…and down

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – 11.35am.

The New Year period proved to be one of the busiest on record for the 111 service, but one of the quietest for 999.

Over the period 31st December to 2nd January, the Trust took 16,694 call to the 111 service, up 78.5% on the previous year.

For the same period, the 999 service say 15.1% fall in emergency calls, taking 13,113 calls.

It was a similar picture on New Years Eve with the quietest year since the Trust was set up.  In total, between 6.00pm on the 31st and 6.00am on the 1st, the Trust took 1,710 call, compared to 3,002 the previous year, the busiest ever.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “I would like to start by thanking the hundreds of staff who worked over this period, many giving up time with their family and friends to work additional shifts.  It’s not just those on the road, but also the team in our control rooms and also the staff who support these colleagues in areas such as vehicle preparation, mechanics, stores, distribution and IT; it is a real team effort.

“I would also like to thank the public for heeding our requests that they use services such as 111 on line (www.111.nhs.uk) , speaking to a pharmacist or their GP and only using the 999 service is a patient is critically unwell or there is a risk to life.

“This has been an incredibly challenging period for all parts of the NHS.  The ambulance service relies on each part of the health and social care system working together so that our ambulances can get to patients in the community quickly.  Sadly, the pressures we are seeing in health and social care lead to long hospital handover delays with our crews left caring for patients that need admitting to hospital rather than responding to the next call.  The result is that our crews are delayed reaching patients. 

“We are working incredibly hard with all of our NHS and social care partners to prevent these delays, looking at new ways to safely hand over patients quickly so that our crews can respond more rapidly and save more lives.”

 999111
2022-2313,11316,694
2021-2215,440 9,351
Difference-15.1%+78.5%

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Fatal RTC in Winkhill

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 3rd January 2023 – 8.35am.

One person has died and two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Winkhill last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving two cars on  Ashbourne Road, Winkhill at 06.39pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car from Tatenhill to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered three patients from the two cars.

“The driver of the first car was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service. He was assessed by ambulance staff and was in a critical condition.

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

“The two occupants of the second car, a woman and a teenage girl, were assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained non-life threatening injuries.

“They received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene before being conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Are you ready for Hogmanay?

Murray MacGregor – Friday 30th December 2022 – 12.30pm.

It’s traditionally the biggest party night of the year, but are you ready to celebrate the start of 2023…safely?

Like most parts of the NHS, West Midlands Ambulance Service is under significant pressure, so it is more important than ever that people make it a very happy, but safe New Year.

Last year, the Trust received over 3,000 emergency 999 calls between 6.00pm and 6.00am, the busiest we have ever been.

This year, we are expecting a large proportion of calls to be alcohol-related.  But it’s not just people who are too drunk to stand up or are being sick; sadly, overindulgence leads to assaults, falls whilst people have false bravado and road traffic collisions too.

Unfortunately, it also leads to our staff having to put up with drunks which sadly sometimes results in them being abused verbally or even physically, which is completely unacceptable.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The last thing we want to do is to spoil people’s fun; we would just ask people to take responsibility for themselves and their own actions when they are out celebrating to make sure they have a safe and fun night to remember.

“We’d like to thank the many staff who have given their night up with family and friends to come and work an additional shift with us.  Our staff will inevitably work flat out while the majority of the public celebrate the arrival of 2023.”

To help you have a safe and fun New Year, please follow our top tips below:

  • Eat before you go out: food helps slow the absorption of alcohol, stopping it going to your head too quickly.
  • Pace your drinks: don’t drink too much before you go out as the likelihood is you won’t last the night.
  • Never leave drinks unattended: sadly, there are people who will take advantage of the situation and potentially spike your drink.
  • Stick together: please look after your friends whilst out.  Make sure you have plans on how you’ll all get home as well as how you’ll go out.
  • Know your limits: sadly, alcohol gives us bravado and results in people injuring themselves from trying to do things you wouldn’t normally, or gets you into a fight. 

Remember that 999 is for people who are critically unwell or there is a risk to life.  If you need medical help or want reassurance, use NHS 111 online at www.111.nhs.uk, contact your GP or visit a pharmacist.

You can also do your part to help the NHS by ensuring you have had your COVID-19 booster and flu jab.

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Fatal RTC in Walsall

Shaunna Farley – Friday 30th December 2022 – 12.10pm.

A man has died and another man has sustained life threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Walsall this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a wall on Leamore Lane, Walsall at 06.43am and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and Hazardous Area Response Team paramedics to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered two men from the car who were extricated from the vehicle by the fire service.

“The driver was in a critical condition. Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The passenger had sustained life threatening injuries. He received advanced trauma care at the scene.

“He was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Solihull

Shaunna Farley – Friday 30th December 2022 – 8.25am.

A man has sustained life-threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Solihull last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a pedestrian on Warwick Road, Knowle in Solihull at 11.41pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the pedestrian in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to him at the scene.

“Treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where he was conveyed for further treatment.”

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

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Man fatally injured in Brierley Hill

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 29th December 2022 – 9.25am.

A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following an incident in Brierley Hill yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a bus and a pedestrian on Tennyson Street at 4.34pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a HART paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man in a critical condition and already receiving basic life support from a bystander.

“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 man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The bystander, a woman, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious, before being taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital.”

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Sharp rise in call numbers

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 28th December 2022 – 2.00pm

It was a busy weekend for the hard-working staff at West Midlands Ambulance Service with a sharp rise in the number of 999 and 111 calls compared to previous years.

Over the four days of the Christmas Bank Holiday from the 24th to the 27th of December, the Trust took no fewer than 19,078 emergency calls.  This compares to 17,572 for the same dates in 2021 and is equivalent to a 8.6% increase.

There was an even bigger rise in 111 calls taken by the Trust.  Over the four days, our call assessors took 20,942 calls.  This was a 37.7% increase on 2021 where the Trust took 15,213 calls.

99920212022Difference
24th December39744521+14%
25th December39214260+9%
26th December45174825+7%
27th December51605472+6%
11120212022Difference
24th December29615982+102%
25th December32284683  +45%
26th December48685376  +10%
27th December41564901  +18%

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 range of job roles.  You can find full details at www.jobs.nhs.uk – positions include:

Student Paramedics                        Ref no: 217-C9217-483-22-23

The public can play their part to support the NHS this winter by coming forward for their flu and Covid vaccines and using services like NHS 111 online for non-urgent advice.  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.

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Evesham Explosion

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 28th December 2022 – 8.33am.

Four people have been hurt, one seriously after an explosion at a property in the Fairfield area of Evesham.

The incident happened at just after 5.00pm on Tuesday afternoon in Hemmingway.

Three ambulances, five paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, the aircrew from the Midlands Air Ambulance at Strensham, who responded on a car, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, The MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, a BASICS emergency Doctor and an emergency planning officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a property that had suffered very significant damage.  Three people from the property were treated at the scene.

“One man had suffered serious injuries.  He was assessed by the air ambulance doctor and critical care paramedic before being taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – the medics travelled with the crew.

“A man and a woman had suffered less serious injuries and after treatment at the scene were taken to Hereford County Hospital.

“A further man from a neighbouring property was also taken to Hereford County Hospital as a precaution after being injured when the explosion caused damage to that property as well.”

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Strike action update

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 22nd December 2022 – 5.00pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is thanking the public and staff for the way they handled the day of strike action on Wednesday.

Staff from Unite and GMB took action yesterday in a dispute with the Government about pay and the current state of the NHS. 

Emergency 999 call numbers were down by 32% as the public heeded warnings only to call if the patient was in a critical condition or there was a threat to life.

As well as those withdrawing their labour completely, many more worked under agreed derogations that saw crews respond to the most urgent calls such as cardiac arrests and other very serious cases such as heart attacks, strokes, difficulty in breathing and maternity cases.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Thanks to a lot of hard work by union reps, managers and good will from staff, patients were kept safe.  Our staff acted incredibly professionally in the way they dealt with this very difficult situation. 

“We are grateful to the public that they noted our request to use other services such as 111 online, pharmacists and GPs. 

“We would also like to thank the hospitals in the region who were able to turn the vast majority of our ambulances around very quickly, which helped massively.

“The Trust respects the right of trade union members to take such action but thanks them for putting patients first while also taking the opportunity to register your concerns through industrial action.” 

The public are reminded that strike action by GMB members is also set to take place next Wednesday, 28th December, but UNITE will not be taking part.

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Fatal stabbing in Handsworth

Amy Stubbs – Thursday 22nd December – 12.45pm

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a stabbing on Soho Road in Handsworth, Birmingham at 3.17am.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, crews found on person in a critical condition. They gave advanced life support before conveying them to hospital but sadly, the patient later died in hospital.

“Two further patients were treated by ambulance staff for serious injuries before being conveyed to hospital for further care.”

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“Thank You for Allowing Me to See Another Christmas”

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 22nd December – 10.15am.

“Right place, right time” has never been more appropriate for Colin Cady and the off-duty paramedics who helped save his life in October following a road traffic collision.

Colin suffered a medical cardiac arrest at the wheel whilst driving in Sutton Coldfield, causing his car to crash into a tree.

Luckily, off-duty Erdington paramedics Roy Taylor and Maria Johnson, were passing at the time and immediately rushed to Colin’s aid.

They quickly started CPR and utilised a nearby Public Access Defibrillator while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Thanks to their actions, the ambulance crews who arrived on scene and the assistance of an off-duty police officer and an off-duty nurse, Colin is now looking forward to celebrating the Christmas season with his family.

On Monday, Colin was reunited with some of the ambulance staff who worked together to save his life. He said: “There really are no words to say thank you to those who saved my life that day. I count myself incredibly lucky that multiple off-duty emergency service staff were there at that moment, and that they came over to help me.

“Thanks to their actions, I’ve been able to celebrate my 53rd birthday recently and I’m ready to celebrate Christmas this year, one that I wouldn’t have seen if it weren’t for the fantastic work of the emergency services staff and staff caring for me in hospital.”

Maria said: “It’s lovely to see Colin under such positive circumstances. It’s also such an important moment to appreciate just how fantastic bystander CPR and AEDs are.

“In this case we were able to assist with saving a patient’s life, not as ambulance staff but as bystanders, which is something that anyone with good CPR knowledge could do.”

Roy said: “While passing by and witnessing the incident, it was natural to go over and see if I could help at all, then seeing Maria there too was an incredible stroke of luck.

“Maria and I know each other well and have years of experience behind us so we both went into autopilot and tried to help Colin to the best of our ability while an ambulance was being called.”

Abi Conlin and Grace Harris, alongside Liam Wetton and Kirsty Wood, responded to the emergency call while on duty.

Abi said: “To arrive at a job like this one, where a patient is in cardiac arrest and to see bystander CPR being performed is a great sign, even more relief to see it being done by not one, but two off duty ambulance staff!

“We were able to convey Colin to hospital in a stable condition, which might not have been possible without the combined efforts of everyone there that day.”

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(Pictured L to R: Abi Conlin, Roy Taylor, Colin Cady, Bea, Grace Harris and Maria Taylor.)

Fatal RTC on M6

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 20th December 2022 – 8.25am.

A man has sadly died following a collision between a lorry and a motorbike on the M6 yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway between junctions 10 and 9 at 2.08pm (Monday) and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and two critical care paramedics to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found a man, the motorcyclist, in a critical condition.

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

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Woman dies in Hall Green RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 15th December 2022 – 4.15pm.

A pedestrian has died following a road traffic collision in Hall Green this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to Aldi car park on Stratford Road, Hall Green shortly after midday (Thursday). Two paramedic officers, two ambulances, a community first responder and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a pedestrian, a woman, in a critical condition following a collision with a car. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed deceased by ambulance staff at the scene a short time later.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but didn’t require hospital treatment and was discharged on scene.”


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Fatal fire in Oswestry

Amy Stubbs – Wednesday 14th December – 10.55am

Two people have sadly died after a house fire in Oswestry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service reporting a house fire on Glentworth Close in Oswestry at 4.25am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found fire and police colleagues administering CPR to one occupant, a woman, who had been rescued from the property and was in a critical condition. Ambulance crews worked quickly to provide advanced life support before conveying her on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed dead a short time later at hospital.

“Sadly, a second occupant, a man, was confirmed deceased on scene by ambulance staff.”

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Fatal RTC in Coventry

Claire Brown – Tuesday 13th December 2022 – 3.30pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police reporting a serious road traffic collision on the A45 Stonebridge Highway in Coventry at 10.27am today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance together with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene. One of the Trust’s non-emergency Patient Transport Service ambulances came across the incident and stopped to render aid on scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found fire and police colleagues administering CPR to the driver of one car, a man, who was in a critical condition. The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to provide 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 a short time later on scene.

“The driver of a second vehicle involved in the collision, a man, was assessed and found to have sustained injuries not thought to be serious. He was treated on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further checks.”

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Incident at Babbs Mill Park

Murray MacGregor – Sunday 11th December 2022 – 8.15pm.

Four children have been taken to hospital in a critical condition after being rescued from an ice covered lake.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Babbs Mill Park, Fordbridge Road, Kingshurst, Solihull at 2.36pm on Sunday afternoon.

Five ambulances, four paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team, were sent to the scene along with five enhanced care teams: the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands Care Team, The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car and three critical care paramedics from Midlands Air Ambulance. The first ambulance arrived within seven minutes of the call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “After being rescued, the four children were immediately assessed and actively treated at the scene by ambulance staff.  All four were taken on blue lights to hospital, each with an enhance care team travelling with the ambulance crew, with treatment ongoing.

“Two were taken to Birmingham Childrens Hospital and two to Heartlands Hospital. All four children were said to be in a critical condition on arrival.

“The Hazardous Area Response Team continued to work with colleagues from police and fire at the scene until around 6.30pm to ascertain if there was anyone else in the water.  Ambulance resources have now stood down.”

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Fatal RTC in Bordesley Green

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 6th December 2022 – 1pm.

A teenage boy has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Bordesley Green this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a bus and an electric scooter in Bordesley Green, Birmingham at 07.57am and sent two ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the rider of the scooter, a teenage boy.

“He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.    

“Unfortunately, it became clear that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“Nobody from the bus required treatment.”

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Pendeford

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 6th December 2022 – 9.40am.

A woman has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Pendeford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a bus and a pedestrian on Blaydon Road in Wolverhampton at 4.48pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered an elderly woman who was the pedestrian.

“She was assessed at the scene and had sustained serious injuries.   

“She received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“Nobody from the bus required treatment.

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Severe Fire in Wolverhampton

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 6th December 2022 – 8.50am.

Several ambulance resources have been at the scene of a significant fire in Wolverhampton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.33pm by the fire service to the large-scale fire in Horsley Fields and sent several resources including two senior paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and four paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “There were no patients requiring treatment, but ambulance staff remained on scene to support colleagues from the fire service, before being stood down at 6.30am today.

“If you are within a close distance of the area please ensure you keep all windows and doors closed and stay indoors where you can.”

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Pedestrian Seriously Injured in Cannock

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 30th November 2022 – 12.30pm.

A teenage girl has sustained life-threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Cannock last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a pedestrian on Hemlock Way at 6.34pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and a Patient Transport Service High Dependency crew to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the pedestrian, a teenage girl, who was being cared for by an off-duty paramedic who had came across the incident.

“She was in a critical condition. Crews administered advanced life support at the scene.

“Treatment continued en route to Birmingham Childrens Hospital.”

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

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Fatal RTC in Telford

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 28th November 2022 – 8.20am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A442, near to Long Lane Café, at 3.46pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

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

“A woman was found to have suffered critical injuries in the collision and sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man, from the second car, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 25th November 2022 – 4.30pm.

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a lorry in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A528 and Shrewsbury Road in Pimhill, Preston Gubbins at 12.22pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a male motorcyclist 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 the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Woman seriously injured in Dudley RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 24th November 2022 – 9.30am.

A woman has been left with serious injuries after being involved in an RTC yesterday evening in Dudley.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls reporting a road traffic collision between a pedestrian and a car at the junction of Stourbridge Road and Highgate Road, Dudley at around 5.50pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment, she was found to have sustained serious injuries. The team administered trauma care on scene to stabilise her condition before conveying her on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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Fatal Collision in Oldbury

Shaunna Farley – Monday 21st November 2022 – 11am.

Two people have died and two people have sustained life-threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Smethwick last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a wall on Oldbury Road at 11.40pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, and a  BASICS emergency doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered five patients.

“The first and second were a man and a teenage girl, who were pedestrians, in a critical condition.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff it became clear that nothing more could be done to save them and they were confirmed deceased at the scene.

“Two more pedestrians, a woman and a man had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“They received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The fifth, the driver of the car was assessed by ambulance staff at the scene. He had sustained non-life threatening injuries and was discharged at the scene.”

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WMAS celebrates heroic acts and long service at annual awards

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 16th November 2022 – 4.45pm.

Acts of courage, bravery and heroism were celebrated by West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) yesterday (Thursday) at the Trust’s annual awards ceremonies.

The Staff Long Service & Excellence Awards and Excellence in the Community Awards were held at The Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill with more than 300 guests attending each ceremony. Guests included the Deputy-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Richard Boot OBE, and the High Sheriff of the County of West Midlands, David Moorcroft OBE.

This year, 19 members of staff were recognised for having given 20 years of service to WMAS, 9 staff were commended for 25 years’ service, four received certificates for 30 years’ service and one member of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust. Other awards to be handed out included Chief Officer Commendations, Student Paramedic of the Year, Mentor Awards, Apprenticeship Awards, Community Initiative and Partnership Awards; St John Ambulance Awards; CFR Long Service Awards and the CFR of the Year.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “To have the chance to recognise the extraordinary efforts of our staff, volunteers and members of the public is extremely important.

“Throughout the awards ceremonies we heard many fantastic stories of people going above and beyond what is normally expected of them, all for the same reason, to provide the very best levels of care to our patients.

“I would like to say a big thank you and well done to all of our award winners, I am incredibly proud of all of them.”

Deputy-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Richard Boot OBE, said: “It is an honour and privilege to be invited to events of this nature and to see the fantastic work done by ambulance staff and volunteers. It is reassuring that there are people such as these who do so many incredible things to keep us all safe. Without their dedication and resolve, the public would be much worse off.”

High Sheriff of the County of West Midlands, David Moorcroft OBE, said: “Everyone at the awards ceremonies should feel such pride for what they do every day. They have to do uncomfortable things, but they never let it bother them because their aim is to save lives and turn tragedies into stories of recovery. It is an honour to be with them and I commend them all for what they do.

Prof Ian Cumming, WMAS Chairman, said: “It is important we recognise our staff, volunteers and members of the community because they all do remarkable things, day in, day out, despite the NHS facing some of the toughest challenges every seen. I send a huge and heartfelt thank you to them all for everything they do.”

The Trust’s awards were sponsored by University of Wolverhampton, G4S, J. Tomlinson, Wolverhampton University, Staffordshire University, Birmingham University, Coventry University, University of Worcester, University of Cumbria, Mills and Reeve.

Selected Award Winners and Citations

WMAS Outstanding Student Paramedic of the Year – Craig Winter (based at Warwick Hub)

This year’s winner has always gone above and beyond throughout his student paramedic journey, not just for his patients but also in his clinical ability and professional development.

Always demonstrating best practice for his patients, our winner is described by his nominee as ‘one of the most dynamic and quick-thinking staff members I have had the pleasure of working with. Someone who always gives 100% to patient care and by working with him, you can see why he is popular with colleagues and his patients. He can have good clinical discussions whilst remaining critical and constructive and demonstrates the Trust’s values better than anyone I have worked with’.

Our winner passed his paramedic degree with a distinction, is enthusiastic, spoken very highly of by his peers and now a paramedic at Warwick Hub, seems set for a long and successful career.

Patient Transport Service Mentor of the Year – Kiron Bhamra (based in Stafford)

Our inaugural winner of this award is someone who is always willing to support all new starters into the non-emergency operations centre, help guide them through their initial training programme and allocate desks and the appropriate staff, to facilitate training and oversee final sign off.

Described as a role model for the team, our winner constantly supports the team at Tollgate, ensuring everyone is up to date with any new policies and procedures to ensure compliance, as well as updating on any changes that are made.

She actively encourages learning within the team and will support time away from their roles to enable them to fulfil training dates required with the team at Tollgate having all been given the opportunity to do internal courses appropriate to their role, such as Engaging Managers and external courses such as NVQ’s in Mental Health.

Integrated and Emergency Urgent Care Mentor of the Year – Lyndsey Parkes (based in Brierley Hill)

A call assessor for longer than five years, our IEUC Mentor of the Year took on the responsibility at the start of the pandemic of mentoring new 999 call assessors, something she did for a number of months, being flexible, accommodating and overall very supportive to the new staff and training team.
She was always someone that the team could call on for help, with new and old staff for support, and has never turned down a request for help.
Most recently during the new recruitment to IEUC, our winner has again stood up to support all of the new staff.  She actively maintains contact with the team on her availability and flexibility to support new starters and the feedback received from staff is that the support she gives is fantastic, helping to build confidence with the feedback and guidance she offers.

Mentor of the Year – Emma Baxter (based at Hollymoor)

Our mentor of the year was nominated by one of her students, who tells the story of why she is a deserving winner perfectly.

‘I first approached Emma Baxter knowing that she would be open, critical and honest in her feedback of me, both clinically and personally. I needed help as I was aware I was struggling with being new into the role and taking a little longer than my peers to feel competent and confident. Emma facilitated the help I needed, helped me believe in myself, allowed me to lead and attend all jobs within my scope of practice to gain confidence and always give appropriate constructive feedback after a job.

Emma is extremely approachable, only ever a message away if I feel that I have had a bad clinical shift or wish to clarify a clinical point. She has always been proactive and supportive with me regarding my portfolio, actively helping me find competencies to get signed, as well as discussing questions related with the competences.

Emma deserves this award due to her dedication she has shown me and others throughout my AAP placement. She is an extremely knowledgeable mentor and an asset to Hollymoor Hub. Quite simply, without her, I would not be in the position, nor the clinician, I am today.’

Diversity and Inclusion Award – Ash Deakins (based at Dudley and pictured below)

This year’s winner has a genuine interest in people and their inclusion, supporting staff both locally and nationally to embrace diversity and ensuring a platform is provided for staff to feel included within their ambulance hub.

Described by many as a role model, our winner goes above and beyond to promote fairness in the workplace, promote a harmonious workplace that is an environment for everyone to be happy in their work and represents the Trust nationally, including within the National LGBTQ+ Network.

The lead of the Trust’s LGBTQ+ Network, our winner promotes learning and awareness by arranging free access to online CPD for clinical staff to address the barriers that minority groups face when accessing health care.

St John Ambulance Award – Jade Asson

Jade Asson is the District Lead for Staffordshire, Shropshire and Wolverhampton St John, as well as Warwickshire and Coventry. That’s quite a large patch to look after I’m sure you will agree!

Jade has played an integral part of the unit responder program, organising all of the training and ensuring a quality of service is at the highest standards.

This is all on top of being a senior nurse in a busy A and E department.

Being as busy as she is, I think we should be honoured that Jade Asson has managed to squeeze in time to attend tonight, but indeed she has, so give her a big round of applause as she comes to the front please.

St John Ambulance Award – Brad Pritchard and Lisa Humphreys

Brad Pritchard and Lisa Humphreys were at a unit meeting for Oswestry Unit Responders when they were assigned to an extremely difficult case, a paediatric cardiac arrest.

They arrived on scene quickly and began basic life support before quickly being backed up by an ambulance crew.

Brad and Lisa continued to assist, working as part of the overall team, providing care in a professional manner.

Incidents such as this are extremely traumatic, but they remained calm throughout, doing everything they could to assist, including Brad travelling in the ambulance as the child was taken to hospital.

Brad and Lisa did everything in their power that night to give the child the best chance of surviving, for which we ask them to come and join us at the front to collect their award.

Nick Freeman – Chief Officer’s Commendation

Nick Freeman has been a Community First Responder for ten years, initially starting in the Shrewsbury and Rae Valley scheme, before he moved to Telford where he became co-ordinator.

A recruitment drive took place earlier this year to attract new CFRs to join the ranks and keen to put all of his experience to good use, Nick quickly volunteered to assist with buddy shifts for newcomers, some of which were as far away as Worcester.

For not only helping many patients during the last ten years but also being prepared to assist newcomers, we ask Nick Freeman to come forwards and receive your commendation.

Jean Harris – Chief Officer’s Commendation (pictured below)

Jean Harris completed her training in 2013 and immediately threw herself into her duties as a Community First Responder in and around Nuneaton.

Completing more than her required hours every month, she soon became a familiar face to attending ambulance crews and always had a smile on her face.

Nothing was ever too much trouble for Jean who enjoyed helping people, supporting the local community with CPR training and raising funds for her scheme.

Unfortunately, Jean had to hang up her stethoscope earlier this year due to health reasons but tonight we have a chance to thank her for everything she has done with a Chief Officer’s Commendation.

Ash O’Malley – Chief Officer’s Commendation

Ash O’Malley began life as a CFR back in 2011 and is a scheme co-ordinator for Hereford.

In fact until a recent recruitment drive he was the only active CFR in his area, providing care to the local community as often as he could.

His commitment to Hereford has always seen him go above and beyond to help patients in their hour of need and following a boost to scheme numbers, he is now helping to guide new team members as they start their journey in community response.

Derek Chebsey – Community First Responder of the Year (pictured below)

This year’s winner joined FastAid Black Country in 2013 and ever since has always shown the highest degree of commitment to the role of the Community First Responder.

He is currently the Chairperson of the Charity and conducts this appointment with true professionalism, always going above and beyond to support the Trust and his Community.

A family man, he still finds time to mentor new members and acts as the co-ordinator for his scheme as well as holding a position on the Regional Forum, representing all CFR schemes operating in the Black Country.

Despite all the Lockdown restrictions, he continued with his voluntary role and responded to emergency cases on behalf of the Trust. However, we must also thank him for everything he did during Covid in his paid role as an NHS Nurse.

This year’s CFR Volunteer of the Year, who I should add prefers to be known as Dec, is Derek Chebsey.

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Notes to Editors:

Imaged from the awards ceremony can be found and downloaded from – https://www.flickr.com/photos/officialwmas/albums

Main picture: Student Paramedic of the Year Craig Winter with WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh.

Please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service for any images used.

Two airlifted following serious RTC in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Claire Brown – Tuesday 15th November 2022 – 12.20pm.

Two children have been airlifted to a major trauma centre and a woman has received trauma care following a serious road traffic collision in Stratford-upon-Avon this morning.

West Midland Ambulance Service was called at 8.13am to Campden Road, Clifford Chambers earlier today (Tuesday) to reports of a collision involving a double decker bus carrying school children and two cars. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with two doctors and a paramedic on board together with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found a double decker bus and two cars which had been involved in a serious collision.

“Three occupants from one car, two boys and a woman, were trapped and upon assessment by ambulance staff were found to have sustained serious injuries. The team of medics worked closely with fire colleagues to carefully extricate all three patients from the vehicle. Each patient received trauma care to stabilise their conditions on scene before the two boys were airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver of the second car, a woman, was assessed on scene and found with minor injuries which didn’t require hospital treatment.  

“The bus driver and 30 school children were off the bus and safe and well seeking shelter in a nearby building. Three children were described as walking wounded with minor injuries and were assessed by ambulance staff before being discharged on scene.”

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Three to Hospital Following RTC in Ledbury

Shaunna Farley – Monday 7th November 2022 – 09.15am.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Ledbury in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving one car on Hereford Road at 01.45am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered three patients.

“The first, a woman who had sustained life-threatening injuries.  

“She received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene and treatment continued en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The second and third, both men had sustained non-life threatening injuries. Both received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“They were conveyed to Hereford County Hospital for further treatment.”

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Pedestrian dies in Burton-upon-Trent

Claire Brown – Friday 4th November 2022 – 9.30am.

A man has sadly died after being involved in a collision with a car in Burton-Upon-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a road traffic collision on the southbound carriageway of the A38 just outside of Branston at 7.00pm (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a man, in a critical condition. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The driver of the car, a man, was out of the vehicle. He was assessed by ambulance staff before being conveyed to Royal Derby Hospital in a stable condition for further checks.”

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Woman Seriously Injured in Marton RTC

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 3rd November 2022 – 8.20am.

A man and a woman have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Marton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had overturned on Oxford Road at 10:12pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service to the scene.

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

“The first, a passenger in the car who was in a critical condition.  

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to her and continued treatment en route to hospital.  

“The second, the driver of the car who had sustained minor injuries. He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“Both were conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Wednesday 2nd November 2022 – 9.10am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Small Heath last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a pedestrian involved in a collision with a vehicle on Heybarnes Road near to the junction of Farmer Road, Small Heath at 11.06pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found police officers performing CPR on a male pedestrian who was in a critical condition. Ambulance crews quickly took over resuscitation efforts on scene but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Fatal RTC in Leominster

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 1st November 2022 – 2:45pm.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Leominster.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a van and HGV on Legions Cross Road in Leominster at 10:30am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midland Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the van in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support to him.

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

“The driver of the lorry was assessed and did not require treatment.”

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Five to hospital from two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 31st October 2022 – 8.30am.

Five patients required hospital treatment after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a two-car RTC last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Birmingham New Road in Coseley at 7.09pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been in collision with a total of seven occupants.

“One of the patients was trapped in their car and had to be cut free with assistance from the fire service.

“In total, ambulance staff assessed and treated five patients, all of whom were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital.

“The remaining two occupants of the cars, did not wish to be assessed.”

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Fifteen patients taken to hospital following RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 31st October 2022 – 8.00am.

A total of 15 patients were treated at the scene and taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle RTC on the M42 yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 11 and 10, at 5.27pm and sent multiple resources to the scene, including four ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) also sent resources to the scene, including three ambulances.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered multiple vehicles that had been in collision, with a large number of patients. The incident caused the motorway to be closed on both sides of the carriageway.

“In total, 15 patients were assessed and taken to hospital between WMAS and EMAS resources. Thankfully, it is not thought that any serious injuries were suffered.

“Three patients were transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, six to George Elliot Hospital, three to Nottingham University Hospital and three to Burton Queens Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 27th October 2022 – 8.05am.

A man has suffered serious injuries after his motorbike crashed into a lamppost last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A520 and Sandon Street in Leek at 11.53pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man in his late teens, who had crashed into a lamppost.

“He was treated for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Car Driver Seriously Injured in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Monday 24th October 2022 – 08.50am.

A man has serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a tree on Alcester Road South in Billesley at 10.25pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the car who was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service.

“Once extricated, he was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life threatening injuries.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Trust celebrates 999 day

Claire Brown – Wednesday 19th October 2022 – 1.00pm.

“No-one can be under any illusion about the scale of the challenge the NHS and our ambulance service staff, and volunteers have faced over the last two and half years, as we fought the appalling impact of COVID-19.  Never before have we faced such danger in carrying out our duty to serve and protect the people of the West Midlands.” – Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh.

People across the region are coming together today to honour those who serve in the NHS and emergency services.

Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, usually takes place annually on the 9th September but was postponed as a mark of respect following the sad passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Today’s rearranged Emergency Services Day is a Royal and Government backed national day and an opportunity for the country to pay tribute to the almost two million people who work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services.

The event formally begins with 999 Day flags being raised across the UK at 9am to mark the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month, followed by two minutes’ silence to remember the more than 7,500 members of the emergency services killed in the line of duty and the many more killed as a result of their service.

Lichfield Operations Manager, Mark Hayes, attended Staffordshire Police HQ earlier this morning to observe the flag raising on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service. He said: “While we are fortunate that we are the only ambulance service not to have lost staff to this cruel virus, many of my colleagues have suffered personal loss through the death of a loved one, making their journey to work, that little bit harder.

“There can be no doubt about the dedication of the staff of all three of our blue light services who day in day out, go about their jobs, often in very difficult circumstances; dedicating their professional lives to helping others – there can be no higher calling.”

 Anthony Marsh Chief Executive Officer, continued: “Like my colleagues in Police and Fire Services, I want to thank each and every one of my staff and volunteers, no matter where you work, what role you play, for doing so much to help your colleagues, your patients and our community every single day.”

Tom Scholes-Fogg, Founder and Chief Executive of the 999 Day, said: “We all take the NHS and emergency services for granted. We know that when we really need help, it is there. Emergency Services Day is an opportunity for the country to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the 2 million people who put others before themselves. I encourage everybody to support our emergency services personnel all year round, not just on 999 Day.”

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Notes to Editor: Featured picture WMAS with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service colleagues in Birmingham.

Lichfield Operations Manager, Mark Hayes (green uniform) joins Staffordshire Police and Fire colleagues on Emergency Services Day.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Stourbridge

Claire Brown – Wednesday 19th October 2022 – 10.25am.

A teenager has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Stourbridge last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dudley Road, Lye shortly before 8.00pm (Tuesday) following reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist. An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a motorcyclist, a teenage boy, in a serious condition. The team worked together to administer trauma care to the teenager to stabilise his serious injuries before he was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.”

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