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Pedestrian dies in Evesham

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

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

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

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

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

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Kingstanding explosion update

Murray MacGregor – Monday 27th June 2022 – 9.25am.

One person has died following the explosion at a house in Kingstanding on Sunday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an explosion at about 8.40pm on Sunday evening to Dulwich Road.

Three ambulances, five paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands CARE team, and an emergency planner were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Members of the Hazardous Area Response Team worked with firefighters to search the damaged property and sadly discovered one person.

“There was nothing that could be done and the person was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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House explosion in Kingstanding

Murray MacGregor – Sunday 26th June 2022 – 11.30pm.

A man has suffered life threatening injuries after an explosion destroyed a house in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an explosion at about 8.40pm on Sunday evening to Dulwich Road.

Three ambulances, five paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, West Midlands CARE team, and an emergency planner were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One property has been completely destroyed with three others badly damaged. Cars have also been damaged.

“A man was helped from the property by people at the scene but had suffered very serious injuries.  After assessment and treatment at the scene, he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the MERIT team travelling with the ambulance.  His condition on arrival at hospital was described as life threatening.

“Four further men have been assessed by ambulance crews for minor conditions but have been discharged at the scene.

“Members of the Hazardous Area Response Team continue to work with specialist firefighters at the scene.”

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Bystander CPR for motorcyclist in Warwickshire

Claire Brown – Thursday 23rd June 2022 – 9.15am.

A motorcyclist in Coleshill received CPR from members of the public before being treated and conveyed to hospital by ambulance staff yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 4.13pm yesterday (Wednesday) to reports of a man who had come off his motorcycle on Blythe Road, Coleshill, Warwickshire. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found bystanders performing excellent CPR on a man who had reportedly fallen from his bike. The team of medics quickly took over resuscitation efforts and continued emergency treatment whilst conveying the man by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. On arrival at hospital, the man remained in a critical condition.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 17th June – 1pm

A motorcyclist has been treated for serious injuries and airlifted to hospital following a collision with a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A480 in Hereford, near to the junction with Crescent Hill and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer a BASICS doctor from the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews discovered one patient, the motorcyclist, who was a woman.

“She had suffered serious injuries in the collision and ambulance staff immediately began administering treatment.

“She was then airlifted to Southmead Hospital in Bristol for further assessment.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 17th June – 8.30am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a mobility scooter yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Livingstone Road and Alcester Road South, Kings Heath at 2.30pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered one patient, a man, from the mobility scooter.

“The man had suffered serious injuries in the incident and was found to be 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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Hundreds show interest

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 16th June 2022 – 4.45pm.

Hundreds of people have already shown an interest in joining West Midlands Ambulance Service, only days after the organisation announced it was planning to recruit almost 500 student paramedics.

Hundreds of people have already shown an interest in joining West Midlands Ambulance Service, only days after the organisation announced it was planning to recruit almost 500 student paramedics.

Last night, around 250 people joined Trust staff at Shrewsbury Town Football Club for a highly successful Career’s Event.

A second such event is set to take place on Sunday 26th June as part of Armed Forces Day at Himley Hall, Dudley.

The Trust will have a stall at the event, which runs from 10.00am to 5.30pm, at which the Recruitment Team will be present to offer advice, guidance and tips on applying to become a student paramedic.  Those attending will also have a chance to find out more about what the training course involves and will be able to ask questions on qualifications required, interview techniques and anything else potential employees may wish to know.

Last night, members of the recruitment team, operational staff, tutors from the Education & Training Department and community first responders were all in attendance, providing visitors with the chance to talk to current student paramedics about what the role is like, try CPR, practice elements of the fitness test and ask any questions they had.

WMAS Recruitment Manager, Louise Jones, said: “It was fantastic to see so many people come along to Shrewsbury Town and show an interest in joining the ambulance service.

“We’re now really looking forward to our next event at Himley and having the opportunity to talk to lots more people who are interested in starting a career with us.

“Also, don’t forget that I’ll be taking over the @officialwmas Instagram account on Saturday (18th June) to share hints and tips as well as be on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in applying.”

The Trust has also confirmed details of attendance at a further event which will take place in Warwick, at DM Kineton, Temple Herdewyke, Southam, CV47 2UL on Saturday 9th July where the Trust will be participating in live exercises and demonstrations in conjunction with military and fire service colleagues as well as being on hand to answer any questions about starting your career with us.  

The Trust’s student paramedic programme is a unique opportunity which provides a 42 month vocationally based programme where you’ll ‘earn as you learn’. You will receive a minimum competitive salary of £18,661 per annum from day one of employment. On completion of the programme you will obtain a Level 6 Degree apprenticeship qualification and guaranteed employment as a paramedic with a minimum salary of £25,655 rising to £34,172 per annum plus unsocial hours pay enhancements.

For further details and to find out how to apply, visit http://www.wmascareers.uk in the first instance.

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Motorcyclist to Hospital Following RTC in Whittington

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 16th June – 10.30am.

One person has been taken to hospital following a collision in Whittington last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.06pm to reports that a motorbike had collided with street furniture on Church Lane, Whittington in Worcester. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a Critical Care Car from Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival we found the  motorcyclist. He was assessed and had sustained serious injuries.

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

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WMAS recruiting more than 400 student paramedics

Claire Brown – Monday 13th June 2022 – 8.20am.

Set to leave college this term and don’t know what to do next? Fed up of your 9 to 5 job and have a passion for helping others? Think you’ve got what it takes to be a paramedic? We’ve got just the job opportunity for you!

With pressures on the ambulance service continuing, the Trust is on a journey of one of its most ambitious recruitment plans to date. In total, the Trust is looking to recruit 484 student paramedics across the entire West Midlands region.

Louise Jones, Recruitment Manager, said: “Today (Monday 13th June) our exceptionally popular student paramedic programme opens to applicants as we work to further bolster our front-line staffing levels across the whole of our region. This means that, compared to our previous student paramedic recruitment, we are now looking to recruit across Birmingham, Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

“In addition, for the first time we’ll also be accepting applications to our student paramedic programme from individuals awaiting A-Level or other Level 3 results. If you’re leaving college this year and want to work for us as a paramedic, you can now apply!”

“I’ll be taking over the @officialwmas Instagram account on Saturday 18th June to share hints and tips as well as be on hand to answer questions from anyone interested in applying. We now have a dedicated microsite about our student paramedic programme which includes everything you need to know about entry criteria, the application and assessment process as well as the training programme once you begin so I would urge anyone considering this fantastic opportunity to visit www.wmascareers.uk in the first instance.

“We’re also set to hold a number of career events in parts of the West Midlands in the coming weeks and I’d encourage anyone keen to apply to come along and meet us for an informal chat!”

The following events are so far confirmed but more are set to be announced in the near future via the Trust’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @officialwmas and via www.wmas.nhs.uk :

  • Shrewsbury Town FC on Wednesday 15th June between 6pm – 8pm
  • Attendance at Himley Hall Armed Forces Day on Sunday 26th June between 11am – 5pm

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Two to Hospital as Precaution from Waterworld Incident

Claire Brown – Wednesday 8th June – 5.10pm.

Two patients have been taken to hospital and a number of other people have been assessed on scene following an incident at Waterworld in Stoke on Trent this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.55pm to reports of people feeling unwell at Waterworld, Festival Park, Stoke on Trent. Two ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, four paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Waterworld was evacuated after a number of people inside began displaying minor symptoms including watery eyes, a runny nose and nausea.  A total of 110 people evacuated from the building who were displaying symptoms were rapidly triaged by the team of ambulance medics. Once triaged, 46 out of the 110 people received treatment by ambulance staff on scene before being discharged. A man and a woman were conveyed to hospital for further checks as a precaution.

“This was a well-managed tri-service response which saw the safe and speedy evacuation of a large number of people. Thankfully no one involved was in a serious condition.

Investigations into the cause of the incident continue.”

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Volunteer Terry Set to be Batonbearer

Claire Brown – Tuesday 7th June 2022 – 5.25pm.

A volunteer who helps to save lives in his spare time is set to take part in the Commonwealth Games baton relay next month!

Terry Flower, Community First Responder and Area Coordinator from FastAid Solihull received notification recently from the Commonwealth Games that he’d been selected as a batonbearer for the Birmingham 2022 Queens’ Baton Relay in the West Midlands on the 26th July.

Terry, who has been a Community First Responder in Solihull for 13 years, was nominated by a Sian Bishop of the Stronger Communities directorate at Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council in recognition of the work FastAid volunteers do supporting West Midlands Ambulance Service in the Borough, looking after the community in their time of need.

Terry will now be one of thousands of inspirating Batonbearers, which includes one of our Student Paramedic’s Ella, who will be taking part in this once in a lifetime opportunity to carry to baton as it goes on its epic journey around England.

Terry said: “I’m tremendously excited. This really is an accolade and it’s wonderful that FastAid have been recognised. I’ve got my uniform, I’ve tried it on, it fits well! On the day I’ve been asked to carry the baton, the relay actually comes through my area of Knowle and Dorridge, so hopefully I’ll be amongst my own community just two days before the Commonwealth Games open, which is tremendously exciting.”

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Fatal RTC in Longport

Shaunna Farley – Monday 30th May – 5.20pm.

One man has died following a road traffic collision in Longport today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10.43am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a van and a pedestrian on Canal Lane, Longport in Stoke on Trent. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a man.

“He was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries. He received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“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 driver of the van did not require treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Evesham

Shaunna Farley – Monday 30th May 2022 – 4.20pm.

One man has died following a road traffic collision in Evesham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.42am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorbike that had collided with street furniture on St Richards Road, Evesham. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found the motorcyclist.

“He was assessed and had sustained life threatening injuries. Ambulance staff administered advanced life support at the scene.

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

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Man dies in Bedworth RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 26th May 2022 – 2.15pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC involving a car and a tree on Astley Lane, Bedworth at 8.56am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and also Tatenhill attended the scene. An off-duty nurse was also on scene after coming across the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car with one man inside. The man was rapidly assessed and was found to be in a critical condition. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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Fatal House Fire

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 25th May 2022 – 9am.

A woman has died and two other people have been taken to hospital following a house fire in Wolverhampton overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called a property fire on Spring Road, Ettinghall at 2.26am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and a HART paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived at the scene to find a total of three patients.

“One of them, a woman, had to be rescued from the property by colleagues from the fire service. However, sadly it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man was treated for serious injuries, including burn injuries, before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A second man was treated for the effects of smoke inhalation before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment.”

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Fatal RTC in Tamworth

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 25th May 2022 – 8am.

A man has died and three other patients were taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle RTC in Tamworth yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a lorry and a number of cars at the junction of the A5 and the A453 Sutton Road, near Mile Oak, at 5.16pm. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a man who was in a critical condition from one of the cars. Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second man, from the same car, had to be cut free with assistance from fire service colleagues. He was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by land ambulance.

“Two female patients from another car were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Good Hope Hospital on the same land ambulance as a precaution.

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

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New volunteers recruited; but more needed across the West Midlands

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 24th May 2022 – 11.40am.

The number of volunteer Community First Responders in Highley, Shropshire is set to rise sharply after four members of the public applied for the role at an event in the village at the weekend.

A ‘come and learn’ day and information stand was part of Highley Community Day on Saturday.

The stand was staffed by CFRs from several schemes across Shropshire and Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott. 

The stand was also visited by local MP Philip Dunne who congratulated the CFRs on their work in the community.

Cliff, said: “We are delighted that four people signed up to train as CFRs.  Community First Responders play such an important role, particularly in our rural communities.  Their ability to get to the most urgent calls (Category 1 and 2) very quickly and start providing treatment and reassurance undoubtedly saves lives.

“It was an excellent event which allowed members of the public to come and ask questions about the CFR scheme and also wider questions about the ambulance service.

“CFRs are everyday members of the public who volunteer and are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.”

Cliff added: “Volunteers come from all walks of life but must be aged 18 or over and have a full driving licence.  We provide all of the necessary training and equipment, so no previous experience is required.”

It’s not just in Shropshire that there are CFR vacancies currently open.  Head to www.jobs.nhs.uk and use the Job Reference below for the area that best suits you:

  • Staffordshire: 217-CFR10-22-23
  • Shropshire: 217-CFR12-22-23
  • Hereford & Worcester: 217-CFR11-22-23
  • Black Country: 217-CFR07-22-23
  • Birmingham: 217-CFR08-22-23
  • Arden: 217-CFR09-22-23

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Pic 1 L – R: Liz Vanegas (Cleobury Mortimer Co-ordinator); David Yates (CFR Bridgnorth); Rob Lambie (Rae Valley Co-ordinator); Cliff Medlicott, Philip Dunne MP

Pic 2 L- R: Russell Brookes (Newport Co-ordinator); David Yates (CFR Bridgnorth); Liz Vanegas (Cleobury Mortimer Co-ordinator); Rob Lambie (Rae Valley Co-ordinator); Cliff Medlicott

WMAS recognised as leading digital Trust

Jordan Eggington – Monday 23rd May 2022 – 5:15pm.

The Trust’s ability to utilise world-class digital tools is what’s helped it to become one of just two ambulance services in the country to receive accreditation from NHS England and NHS Improvement as part of its Global Digital Exemplar (GDE) programme.

A GDE is an internationally recognised NHS provider delivering improvements in the quality of patient care, through the world-class use of digital technologies and information. Exemplars will share their learning and experiences through the creation of blueprints to enable other Trusts to follow in their footsteps as quickly and effectively as possible.

Through the GDE projects, the Trust has significantly changed access to records for WMAS clinicians whilst with patients.  By accepting and embracing the range of systems that are available, they have integrated with multiple platforms to provide access to what is available, and access has grown as systems were brought online.  Through accessing the patient’s record, clinicians can make better decisions for their patients as they are better informed about diagnoses and treatment plans that are in place.  In the 20/21 year, access to records when a crew attends a patient, grew to 58.9% against a national target of 5%.

The Digital Maturity theme covered a collection of projects that aimed to enhance the digital capability of the Trust.  One of the later projects within this area related to digitising the WMAS ‘Make Ready’ processes, where Vehicle Preparation Operatives get vehicles ready for their next shift at our 15 operational hubs. This has seen staff move from working off whiteboard and paper sheets to a rolling digital screen. Crews now refer to the screen which contains the information they need to identify their vehicle. This benefit extends beyond the garage, as management teams have easy access to vehicle availability and can update crew information remotely.

The COVID-19 pandemic also brought with it additional challenges to how the digital infrastructure within the Trust works:

  • 111 First was implemented to allow patients to be booked into appointments in emergency departments.
  • Most support staff working from home.  This required a rapid deployment of remote access solutions for staff.
  • Non-emergency vehicles were allocated to support 999 operations.  These vehicles were equipped with a new mobile data solution.  Use of the new mobile data solution ensured compatibility with existing platforms while also allowing new technology to be trialled in live operation.
Pictured left to right: Operational Support Services Director, Craig Cooke, Head of IM&T and WMAS GDE Programme Lead, Phil Collins and NHS Digital Engagement Lead for Midlands, Ian Nelson.

Operational Support Services Director, Craig, Cooke, said: “A huge amount of work has been completed over the last few years to get to this point, and I want to thank all the staff who have taken on and completed the GDE. We’re now recognised against an international standard of digital capability and maturity and being one of just two ambulance services in the country to achieve this accolade is very special. The team from NHS England and NHS Improvement were extremely complimentary about the Trust’s determination to complete the GDE accreditation despite the pandemic pressures. Thanks also to the NHS Digital team – the whole process has been useful and a learning experience as well. It has certainly impacted how we will deliver projects moving forward.” 

Head of IM&T and WMAS GDE Programme Lead, Phil Collins, added: “Traditionally we have focussed on delivering IT equipment, but Digital draws more attention to how technology is used and the impact on patients, and this change of perspective helps deliver more benefit to our community.”

Dermot Ryan, Director of Frontline Digitisation at NHS England and NHS Improvement, said: “The team at West Midlands Ambulance Service are demonstrating how digital tools and access to data can help mitigate the challenges faced by the ambulance service – from access to patient records when a crew attends an emergency call, to streamlining vehicle preparation. The Trust has driven real transformation of how they deliver services, which is improving the experience for patients and staff.”

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Two to hospital following Longbridge incident

Claire Brown – Friday 20th May 2022 – 12.55pm.

Two people have been taken to hospital for further checks and several other people received assessment at the scene of an incident at a supermarket in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.53am to Sainsburys, Longbridge Lane, Longbridge today (Friday). Two ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics, three paramedic officers and West Midlands CARE Team medics responded to the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sainsburys and other nearby buildings were evacuated after several people inside the supermarket experienced respiratory problems.

“A total of seven patients were assessed by the ambulance service after displaying minor respiratory problems. Two women received treatment on scene before being conveyed by ambulance, in a stable condition, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further checks. The remaining five patients were later discharged on scene.

“A number of other people at the scene, who were described as ‘worried but well’, received advice from the team of ambulance staff.

“This was a well-managed tri-service response which, together with the help from retail staff, saw the safe and speedy evacuation of a large number of people. Investigations into the cause of the incident continue.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured after collision with car

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 19th May 2022 – 5pm.

A man has died following a collision with a car this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A34 Queensway in Stafford at 12.03pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find an elderly male pedestrian who had suffered critical injuries following a collision with a car.

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

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

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Alison receives prestigious medal from Royal College of Emergency Medicine

Murray MacGregor – Thursday 19th May 2022 – 2.00pm.

The Trust’s Medical Director has received a prestigious award from the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) for her outstanding work over the last 17 years, but in particular during the pandemic. 

Dr Alison Walker was one of only four recipients given medals by RCEM President, Dr Katherine Henderson, at a ceremony that took place at Central Hall Westminster, this morning.

Dr Walker was awarded the medal for outstanding contribution to RCEM, following the vital link and support she provided between emergency medicine and the ambulance services.  Alison’s work in this area has helped build stronger mutual respect and communications.

RCEM Vice President, Dr Adrian Boyle, said: “Alison has always had a cool head during several pandemic related crises. Her calm and collaborative approach, combined with complete integrity is an inspiration to us all.” 

The citation which was read out said: “Alison Walker has been a vital link between emergency medicine and ambulance services for many many years. This support has been particularly important during the pandemic and has resulted in a much stronger relationship and partnership between those organisations.”

Dr Walker, added: “I am clearly very honoured to receive the medal.  I have been able to work with many people within the ambulance and emergency medicine sectors over the years and together we have been able to make some very important changes that are helping patients. 

“As well as my work with West Midlands Ambulance Service, I work as an ED Consultant myself and there is so much crossover between the two sectors that it is vital that we work together, so it is nice that all the hard work, that so many have put into this field, is being recognised.”

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Dr Walker is pictured with Dr Henderson from RCEM

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 19th May 2022 – 9.15am.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Tipton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to High Street in Princes End, Tipton at 5.23pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a motorcyclist who had collided with a wall.

“The man was found to have suffered serious injuries in the incident and after receiving treatment at the scene was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.”

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Fatal Staffordshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 18th May 2022 – 9am.

A man has sadly died, and two others have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision in Staffordshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 3:17pm on Tuesday to reports of an RTC involving two cars on Miners Way in Burntwood. Several resources were sent to the scene, including three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Tatenhill.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the driver of one of the cars, a man, in a critical condition, with bystander CPR already in progress.

“Crews worked together to administer advanced trauma care to the patient but sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.

“The driver from the other car, a man, was treated for potentially serious injuries and was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens for further treatment.

“The passenger from the second car, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and was conveyed to Walsall Manor hospital on blue lights and sirens.”

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Driver dies in M5 RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 16th May 2022 – 4.10pm.

A woman has sadly died after being involved in an RTC on the M5 in Worcestershire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1:26pm on Monday to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and HGV between junctions 5 and 6 of the M5. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the driver of the car in a critical condition after coming into collision with an HGV.

“Crews worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the woman. But sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Solihull

Claire Brown – Friday 13th May 2022 – 8.45am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Solihull last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a motorcyclist had come off his bike at 6.29pm (Thursday) on Widney Road, Knowle, Solihull. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the West Midlands CARE Team medics and a BASICS doctor attended the scene. An off-duty police officer and a doctor also came across the incident and stopped to render aid.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found bystanders performing CPR and using a community public accessible defibrillator on a motorcyclist, a man, who was in a critical condition.

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

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Student Ella to represent region as Batonbearer

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 11th May – 3pm.

Student paramedic Ella Davies has overcome many challenges in her life, including three major operations and living with a ‘visible difference’. Despite those hurdles, Ella has never stopped being who she wants to be and achieving great things.

It was her work as a campaigner for Changing Faces and her recent accomplishment of becoming a student paramedic that led Ella’s extremely proud father to nominate her to be Batonbearer in the Queen’s Baton Relay ahead of this summer’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

30 year-old Ella from Staffordshire said: “My dad only told me about the nomination after he’d done it! But when I found out that not only had I been nominated, but I’d been selected too – I was quite shocked! There were lots of people who had been nominated to be Batonbearers, so to be picked out of that many people was quite exciting and scary. My immediate thought was – what if I drop it?!”

Batonbearers have been selected in all nine regions of England, and reflect the diversity in communities across the country. The Baton will arrive in the West Midlands on Monday 18th July before reaching its final destination of Birmingham on Thursday 28th July. By the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it.

Ella, who was born with a rare condition called cranio-frontal-nasal dysplasia, will represent the West Midlands with the baton on Tuesday 19th July, just over a week before the Games begin.

She added: “All I know at the moment is the day I’m doing it and that I’ll be somewhere in the West Midlands area. I’ll find out more details at a later date.”

As if starting the student paramedic programme and being selected as a Batonbearer wasn’t enough, Ella also put herself forward to be part of the team working the Games for WMAS.

She said: “It was just an opportunity to work a major sporting event, which I may not get the chance to do again. I love sport too and would be watching the Games anyway, so why not gain further experience as a trainee paramedic and see how a major event like that works? I’m hoping that in working the Games, I’ll be able to pick up some valuable knowledge. It’s going to be a busy, but exciting year!”

Ella has previously campaigned and raised money for Changing Faces

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Two to Hospital Following Fire in Warwick

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 5th May – 9am.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a fire in Warwick last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.34pm to reports of a fire at an address on Friars Street, Warwick. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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

“The first man was assessed by ambulance staff and was in a critical condition. He received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“He continued to receive treatment en route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham via land ambulance.

“The second man was assessed by ambulance staff. He had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment at the scene.

“He was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire via land ambulance for further treatment.”

“A third patient was assessed at the scene and declined treatment from ambulance staff and was discharged at the scene.”

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Serious RTC near Uttoxeter

Claire Brown – Tuesday 3rd May 2022 – 11.15am.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a collision which left a HGV on its side and a van with a piece of wood through its windscreen near Uttoxeter yesterday.

The ambulance service was called at 11.48am on Bank Holiday Monday (2nd May) to reports of a serious RTC on the A50 between Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a HGV on its side up an embankment and a van which had sustained significant damage in the collision including a piece of wood through its windscreen. The driver of the van, a man, was miraculously out of his vehicle and sitting at the side of the road. He was assessed by the team of ambulance staff and found with injuries not thought to be life threatening. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The HGV driver, a man, was also out of his overturned vehicle and was assessed on scene by ambulance staff. He sustained no apparent serious injuries but was conveyed to the same hospital for further checks due to the serious nature of the RTC.

“Considering the dramatic scene and significant damage, it was remarkable that no one was killed.”

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Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service
Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

Three seriously injured in two-car collision

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 29th April 2022 – 3.10pm.

A two-car collision in Birmingham this afternoon has resulted in three men being taken to hospital, one in a critical condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Yardley Wood Road and Belle Walk in Moseley at 12.17pm and sent three ambulances, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

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

“The driver of the first car, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident and received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment enroute to hospital.

“Two further men, from the second car, were treated serious injuries before both being taken to the same hospital, also by land ambulances.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 29th April 2022 – 9am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of Alcester Road South and Hollywood Bypass in Wythall at 3.08am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a man, who was the pedestrian, in a critical condition following the collision.

“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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Motorcyclist seriously injured

Claire Brown – Wednesday 27th April 2022 – 9.30am.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries after a collision in Warwickshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by police at 4:15pm yesterday afternoon (Tuesday) to reports of an RTC involving a motorbike and car off the A5 near to Newton, Rugby. We sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene. An off-duty technician from East Midlands Ambulance Service was also on scene rendering aid after coming across the collision.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene of the collision to find the motorcyclist, a man, with potentially life changing injuries.

“Crews administered trauma care to the man before being conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire via air ambulance for further emergency care.”

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Fire in 16 storey block of flats

Murray MacGregor – Sunday 17th April 2022 – 12.22am.

Four people have been assessed by ambulance crews after a fire on the 15th storey of a 16 storey block of flats.

The fire broke out in Nauls Mill House on Middleeborough Road in Coventry at around 8.50pm on the evening of Saturday 16th April.

Four ambulances, four paramedic managers, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), The Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and an emergency planning manager we’re sent to the scene.

A West Midlands AMbulance Service spokesman said: “Paramedics from the HART team have been working with firefighters inside the block of flats as residents have been evacuated.

“In total four patients were assessed and treated at the scene before being discharged with minor injuries.

“Although the fire is now out, ambulance staff continue to work with firefighters to ensure all residents are accounted for and there are no other casualties.”

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Boy injured in Aldridge RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 14th April 2022 – 1.10pm.

A boy has been taken to hospital after being involved in a collision with a lorry this morning in Walsall.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Leighswood Road, Aldridge at 10.31am today (Thursday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with medics on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a boy who had sustained a serious injury following the collision. The team worked to administer trauma care to the boy before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further trauma care. The air ambulance medics accompanied the ambulance crew and boy to hospital to continue care en-route to hospital.”

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Two Injured in Uttoxeter RTC

Shaunna Farley – Friday 8th April – 9.15am.

Two men have been injured following a collision involving two cars in Uttoxeter yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Denstone Road, Rocester in Uttoxeter at 4.47pm yesterday (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and a Community First Responder attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found the driver of the first car, a man, who is believed to have suffered a medical incident at the wheel in a serious condition. Ambulance staff administered life support on scene before he was conveyed, by land ambulance, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the second car, a man, did not require assessment from ambulance staff and was discharged at the scene.”

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Two injured in Gailey RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 7th April 2022 – 3.00pm.

Two men have been injured, one seriously, following a collision involving two vans in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Gailey, Staffordshire at 11.33am this morning (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found the driver of one van, a man, in a serious condition. The team worked together to administer treatment to the man to stabilise his condition before he was conveyed, by land ambulance on blue lights, to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further specialist care.

“The driver of the second van, a man, received treatment by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to New Cross Hospital by land ambulance for further checks.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Tamworth

Claire Brown – Thursday 7th April 2022 – 8.50am.

A woman received trauma care by the ambulance service after being involved in a road traffic collision in Tamworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call reporting a collision on Saxon Mill Lane, Tamworth at 8.20pm (Wednesday). An ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a woman, being cared for by an off-duty nurse and bystanders after reportedly being involved in a collision with a lorry.

“Ambulance staff worked as a team to assess the woman and found she had sustained serious injuries. She received trauma care at the roadside to stabilise her condition before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist trauma care.

“A second pedestrian, a woman, was also assessed but was discharged on scene.”

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Woman dies in flat fire

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 6th April 2022 – 4:30pm.

A woman has sadly died after a flat fire at in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the fire service at 11:16am to the fire in Trentham Road in the Longton area. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the fire at a low-rise flat in Tollgate Court with fire colleagues working to safely evacuate residents.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save one woman inside the property, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“Crews assessed several patients who’d been evacuated from the building, and they were all discharged on scene.”

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 6th April 2022 – 10am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is on the lookout for keen and willing recruits to join our band of volunteer lifesavers as a Community First Responder (CFR).

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of their area are among their many assets.

CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest and trauma when every second counts.

WMAS is recruiting CFRs in Hereford and Worcester, Arden, Shropshire, the Black Country, Staffordshire and Birmingham.

Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life. When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed-up by an emergency ambulance service vehicle.

“To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm.

“Help will be provided in obtaining the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training.

“Successful applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course covering Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’”.

To apply, please visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for job reference 217-CFR05-22-23 (Hereford and Worcester); 217-CFR03-22-23 (Arden); 217-CFR06-22-23 (Shropshire); 217-CFR01-22-23 (Black Country); 217-CFR04-22-23 (Staffordshire); 217-CFR02-22-23 (Birmingham). Applications close at midnight on Wednesday, 4th May.

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Pedestrian dies in Birmingham

Claire Brown – 6th April 2022 – 8:45am.

A woman has sadly died following an RTC in Ward End last yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting an RTC involving a car and a pedestrian on Washwood Heath Road, Ward End, Birmingham at around 4.40pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the West Midlands CARE team medics 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 the pedestrian, a woman, in a critical condition and immediately commenced advanced trauma care working as a team to provide the best care possible.

“Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.”

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Governor of Turks and Caicos Islands Visits WMAS

Claire Brown – Tuesday 5th March 2022 – 5.00pm.

Last week saw the Governor of a U.K. Overseas Territory visit WMAS to learn more about paramedic training and responding to trauma patients.

The Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands, His Excellency Nigel Dakin CMG, visited WMAS during a trip to the UK on Friday 1st April and was welcomed to Trust Headquarters in Brierley Hill by Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh and Chairman Professor Ian Cumming.

With an ambulance provision in TCI covering a population of around 44,000 spread over nine islands and major trauma cases becoming more prevalent, it was an opportunity to find out what operations and ways of working could be taken back to the Caribbean to further enhance patient care.

After introductions His Excellency went outside for a tour of our electric front-line vehicles showing the advances in technology and medical kit that ambulance staff use to respond to patients. HART paramedics were on hand to explain the vast equipment and technology they utilise, their capabilities and the types of incidents that HART attend. There was also time for a brief chat with the on-duty MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic before their next 999 call.

The tour continued inside at the National Training Academy where His Excellency was given a demonstration of bleed control kits, created by the Daniel Baird Foundation after founder Lynn Baird’s son was stabbed to death in Birmingham in 2017, which the Trust has been working in partnership with for a number of years. It was then time for a whistle-stop walk through of the Trust’s extensive training provision from classroom-based learning and hands on scenario training to blue light driver training.

The final leg of the visit was spent within our integrated emergency and urgent care control rooms to demonstrate the huge amount of work, technology and staffing that goes into answering 999 and 111 calls for the region.

Speaking about his time at WMAS, His Excellency Nigel Dakin said: “I’m originally from Birmingham and therefore seeing the inner workings of the service providing pre-hospital emergency care to my hometown was particularly poignant. I was immensely grateful to WMAS for the time that was invested in me during my visit. I have learnt a huge amount about the ambulance service and what’s so interesting is that so much of what I’ve seen is relevant to some of the challenges we face in the Turks and Caicos Islands. What I was particularly taken with was the excellence of the training here, the innovative use of bleed control kits in terms of democratising the ability to treat trauma patients. There are some immediate wins that I’ve walked away with from the visit but much more excitingly in a way, perhaps the start of a much longer term relationship with WMAS.”

WMAS Chairman Prof Ian Cumming is also the UK Ambassador for Healthcare to the Overseas Territories and in that role recently visited the Turks and Caicos islands to demonstrate the use of bleed control kits to senior representatives from the Ministry of Health, Emergency Medical Service, hospital, Police, Fire, GPs, and the Turks and Caicos Islands regiment. Prof Cumming said: “I’m confident that the Governor’s visit to WMAS reaffirmed plans to expand pre-hospital care in the islands and provision of bleed kits will be a major step forward in helping to save lives.”

Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome His Excellency the Governor to WMAS to showcase the excellent work of our staff and volunteers. It was hugely interesting to hear the different challenges faced in the Turks and Caicos Islands. We’re very happy to provide support in any way to our friends in this UK Overseas Territory with any improvements in the ambulance provision they wish to make.”

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Featured photo (left to right): Nathan Hudson Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, His Excellency Nigel Dakin, Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh.

Nathan Hudson Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director gives tour of electric ambulance
HART paramedics showcasing equipment and kit used by the team
MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic explaining their role
Tour of The National Training Academy where student paramedics are practicing RTC scenarios
Emergency driver training vehicles used to train student paramedics
Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care control room at Navigation Point where 999 and 111 calls are answered

Car driver receives specialist trauma care following collision with lorry

Jamie Arrowsmith– Wednesday 30th March 2022 – 10.30am.

A car driver who had to be cut free has received specialist trauma care at the scene of a collision with a lorry before being taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the collision on the A41, near to the junction with the B5065 in Sandford, Whitchurch at 10.07pm last night and send one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We arrived at the scene to find the car driver, a man, seriously injured and trapped inside his car.

“Crews worked closely with colleagues from the fire service to free the man, before he received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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

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WMAS utilises simulation centre for incident training

Claire Brown – Monday 28th March 2022 – 9.00am.

Technology and teamwork have combined in Coventry to help train first responders and local authorities to manage major incidents.

Working alongside Coventry, Solihull and Warwickshire councils and the local emergency services, the Simulation Centre at Coventry University has created realistic virtual reality emergency response scenarios to train emergency responders to help keep people safe at major events, including those for Coventry UK City of Culture.  

The Simulation Centre employs lots of systems and methods to create highly immersive, real time changeable training scenarios. The main interactive area features a 10-metre, 160° curved screen, surround sound, temperature regulation to simulate outdoor conditions, as well as smoke, lighting and smell effects to immerse delegates. 

David Levesley, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Emergency Preparedness Manager, said: “The simulation centre offers complex scenarios that can be quickly reset and quickly altered. This means that all our commanders can experience multi-agency working, identifying learning quickly and consistently.

“Training is essential to all emergency services to test our response to major incident scenarios and ensure we’re prepared. To regularly undertake live exercises takes a large amount of preparation and planning, not to mention a large number of ambulance staff, police officers and firefighters at the scene.

“While live exercises will always be necessary, using new equipment like this we can still create all the visual impact and complexity of a real situation which reduces the impact of exercise planning and delivery on operational availability and can be linked directly to training and development objectives and outcomes.

“We’re really grateful to James and rest of the university for recognising our important work and for giving us this amazing opportunity.”

James Doyle, Simulation Centre Manager from Coventry University, said: “What we’ve found from facilitating these sessions is that people don’t behave as though it’s training. The situations are so immersive, delegates forget they’re being assessed and act more naturally as they are being observed remotely from our control room. Just like the services, our unique facility is second to none and helps us remove ‘exercise-itis’ and by working together in this way, we’re helping keep the city safe.”

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Notes to Editor:

Pictured (left to right): WMAS David Levesley with police and fire colleagues at simulation centre.

In one recently tested scenario, a car race on Coventry ring road is stopped when an electric car carrying protestors opposed to the race gains access to and blocks a ring road, causing one of the racing cars to crash through the barriers, injuring spectators. As emergency staff rush to help the casualties, they are overcome by fumes and they themselves become patients. The lighting and temperature in the room change as the incident progresses and actors in the room play the roles of distressed relatives, angry protestors and anyone else who paramedics, police or firefighters might come across at an actual emergency scene. Just as in real incidents, frontline staff share updates of what’s happening with their control rooms and decisions are then fed into the simulation, changing the virtual scene in real time to show how they impact the incident.

Just like the emergency services need to prepare for emergencies, so do you. Whether it’s learning first aid, having a home fire escape plan or being ready for extreme weather, there’s lots of ways you can reduce the negative impact these events have on you and your family. Find out more on your council’s website or visit this government website

Motorcyclist blue lighted to hospital

Jordan Eggington – Monday 28th March 2022 – 8:45am.

A man has been conveyed to hospital on blue lights and sirens after a collision involving a car and motorcyclist in West Bromwich.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:24pm yesterday (Sunday) to reports of an RTC at the junction of New Street and Tunnel Road in the Hill Top area of the town. We sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Staff arrived at the scene to find the motorcyclist, a man, in a serious condition from the collision.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care to the patient at the scene before taking him to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham via land ambulance.

“A woman, who was the passenger in the car, was treated for minor injuries and was conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further assessment.”

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Two to hospital after RTC in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 24th March 2022 – 9:25am.

Two men have been conveyed to hospital, after the car they were travelling in collided with railings in Birmingham overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at around 00:07am (Thursday) to reports of the single vehicle RTC at the junction of Dartmouth Circus and the A38. One ambulance, a High Dependency Patient Transport Service ambulance, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART), two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the vehicle through a barrier and two patients still trapped inside. With the assistance of fire colleagues, the occupants of the car were safely extricated and assessed by ambulance staff.

“We treated two men for injuries not believed to be serious and they were both conveyed to hospital for further treatment.

“A third person from the vehicle was assessed and discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Staffordshire Moorlands

Claire Brown – Friday 18th March 2022 – 9.10am.

A pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff after being involved in a road traffic collision in the Staffordshire Moorlands last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leek Road and Cheddleton Heath Road, Cheddleton Heath, shortly before 7.00pm yesterday (Thursday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a pedestrian, a man, who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a vehicle. He was being cared for by bystanders and police. Upon assessment by ambulance staff, the man was found to be in a critical condition. The team immediately commenced trauma care on scene before conveying the man on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Three To Hospital Following Dudley RTC

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 17th March – 10.40am.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Dudley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.40pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car that had collided with street furniture on Waterfront Way Bridge, Dudley. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

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

“The first, a woman. She had sustained potentially life threatening injuries. She received advanced life support from ambulance staff at the scene.

“She was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The second, a man. He had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment at the scene.

“The third, a woman. She was assessed and had sustained injuries not believed to be life threatening. She received treatment on scene.”

“They were conveyed to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment.”

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Multiple Vehicle RTC on M6

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 17th March – 08.50am.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the M6 in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 05.45am to reports of a road traffic collision involving six vehicles on the M6 between junctions 6 and 7 in Birmingham. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

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

“The first, a man who was the driver of a van. He was assessed and had sustained potentially serious injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. He received treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

“The second, a man who was the driver of one of the cars. He had sustained potentially serious injuries that were not believed to be life threatening. He received treatment on scene.”

“Both men were conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.”

“A third patient was assessed by ambulance staff, they received self care advice and were discharged at the scene.”

“No further patients required treatment.”

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Man dies in single vehicle collision

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 15th March 2022 – 4.45pm.

One man has died after a collision involving a car and tree in Worcestershire this afternoon.

It happened at 12:12pm at the junction of Comberton Road and Stone Hill in Kidderminster. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We arrived at the scene to find the driver of the car, a man, in a critical condition. Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient at the scene. However sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Paramedic Campaigns to End Youth Violence

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 15th March – 9.30am.

Newly qualified paramedic, David Miller, based at Sandwell Hub, is campaigning to end knife crime and violence amongst young people with his work at The James Brindley Foundation.

David’s passions for serving and supporting the community led him to his career as a paramedic, but his ambition to support the community didn’t end there.

After learning the tragic news of a local young man, James Brindley, losing his life after fatal stabbing during a walk home in Aldridge in June 2017, David launched the Full Circle Program in 2018.

The Full Circle Program is an accredited educational and assessment tool for young people and for professionals. The program addresses the root causes of anti-social behaviour that can lead to violent crime and focusses on educating young people while also exploring the reasons why a young person might be led into the pathway of knife crime.

David said: “Alongside being a fully qualified paramedic, I am also a qualified social worker with over twenty years experience, so helping people and supporting the community lies within my core values.

After learning of the terrible news of a local young man, James Brindley, who was stabbed, tragically taking his life, whilst talking to his girlfriend on the phone during a short walk home in Aldridge June 2017, I knew I wanted to use my own skills and experience to act in a proactive way to teach young people the consequences of violence and knife crime.

After contacting and speaking to James’s parents, we made the decision to support them by offering the Full Circle Program as a means to starting the James Brindley Foundation.

During the past three years, we have continually remained focused on all our charity work and have done a number of fundraising events, for example participating in the wolf run, football tournaments, climbing Ben-Nevis and much more.

I am extremely proud of becoming a paramedic and working for West Midlands Ambulance Service and I am hoping to put my social work and paramedic skills to good use. I am now designing a first aid program for wound management and bystander CPR to be part of the Full Circle Program.

Proper wound management and CPR at incidents such as stabbings or where a catastrophic bleed is involved can make a potentially life saving difference, which is why it is so important to get that information out there.

My hopes for the future is that we can continue to have and strengthen our response to this scourge on our young people involved in violence and offer them alternative positive pathways.”

To find out more about David’s work at the James Brindley Foundation, you can do so via https://jamesbrindleyfoundation.com/we-launch-the-james-brindley-foundation/

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Man dies after two car collision

Murray MacGregor – Monday 14th March 2022 – 8.00am.

One man has died and two others have been injured after a collision between two cars.

It happened on the A4041 Queslett Road in Great Barr, beside the Asda Supermarket at around 3.40am on Sunday morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cares with significant damage. 

“The driver of one of the cars, was initially trapped.  As he was being freed, he was complaining of a medical condition but had also suffered multiple injuries. 

“Sadly, his condition deteriorated rapidly and despite advanced life support being carried out, he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The two men in the other care were assessed by ambulance staff before being taken to Sandwell Hospital as a precaution; their injuries are not believed to be serious.”

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