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Motorcyclist airlifted

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a collision with a tractor.

The incident happened on Worcester Parkway, Pershore Road in Worcester, just to the south of the station at about 6.45pm on Sunday evening.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found off duty colleagues already assisting the rider.

“The man had suffered significant injuries.  After being provided with considerable care at the scene, he was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive him.

“There were no other patients.”

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Emergency services come together

Murray MacGregor – Monday 8th August 2022 – 8.30am.

The eyes of the world will be on Birmingham for one more day as the Commonwealth Games comes to a close tonight.

While the focus has rightly been on the athletes and the fantastic crowds who have made this a most memorable event, it is only right to note the remarkable job that the organisers and the emergency services have made in order for the event to take place.

Early on Saturday morning, representatives of the police, fire and ambulance services came together to mark that work with a photo underneath the most iconic symbol of the Game.

The staff and vehicles were photographed in front of the ‘Raging Bull’, the 10m high sculpture that is drawing huge crowds to Centenary Square in Birmingham and which was such a memorable part of the opening ceremony.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It seemed only right to bring the three services together in front of the symbol of the Games.

“The amount of planning and co-operation that has gone into making these games such a success cannot be underestimated.

“Together with the Organising Committee the three blue light services have ensured this has been one of the best Games ever.

“Everyone has done an amazing job and I hope all of the staff involved, who have come from every corner of our Region, have enjoyed the experience as much as the millions of fans and spectators around the world have.” 

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One fatally injured in M5 collisions

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 3rd August 2022 – 10.10am.

A lorry driver has died in one of two multi-vehicle collisions to occur on the M5 in the early hours of this morning.

We received a call to reports of a multi-vehicle collision involving a number of lorries on the northbound carriageway of the M5, between junctions 8 and 7, at 4.31am and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, our Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a lorry driver who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with fire and police colleagues to carefully cut a second lorry driver, a man, free from his vehicle, a process which took approximately 90 minutes.

“Following treatment at the scene for potentially serious injuries, he was transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.”

Prior to that, we had been called to a collision between a car and a lorry also on the northbound carriage of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 at 2.50am. Three ambulances and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered six patients from the car.

“A man, who was a rear seat passenger, was treated for potentially serious injuries and taken to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“The driver and a second rear seat passenger, both men, were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital on the same ambulance.

“Three further patients were discharged at the scene.”

Road closures will remain place on the M5 for some time and drivers are advised to find alternative routes.

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Man seriously injured in Newport RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 1st August 2022 – 10.40am.

A car driver was airlifted to a major trauma centre after sustaining serious injuries in an RTC near Newport yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a car and a lorry on the A41 Chester Road, Chetwynd at 3.54pm (Sunday). Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an off duty nurse and other bystanders caring for two occupants in the car. The driver, a man, was found with serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues to release the man from the car whilst administering trauma care to stabilise his serious condition. The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital to receive further specialist trauma care.

“The passenger of the car, a woman, was given treatment on scene for less serious injuries before being conveyed by land ambulance to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Alvechurch

Claire Brown – Monday 1st August 2022 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care by the ambulance service yesterday in Alvechurch.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle on the A441 Birmingham Road, near the Redditch Road turning, Alvechurch at 4.51pm (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic (CCP) attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found bystanders caring for a motorcyclist, a man, who had been seriously injured.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care to the man to stabilise his condition on scene before conveying him on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The MERIT doctor and CCP travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment and monitoring on route to hospital where, upon arrival in A&E, the man was said to be in a critical condition.”

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WMAS is ready, set, go for the Commonwealth Games

Jamie Arrowsmith – 28th July 2022 – 9.30am.

The athletes are ready, the venues are ready and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is ready for the Commonwealth Games.

The service began planning for the summer of sport almost as soon as it was announced that Birmingham was to be the host city back in December 2017, before a dedicated planning team was formed in March 2021.

Approximately 800 members of WMAS staff and more than 20 volunteer Community First Responders will be involved in covering the Games, over 1,664 operational shifts and 23,000 hours of resourcing. That will be done utilising 60 ambulances, 27 rapid response vehicles and ten 4×4 ambulances.

The Trust’s entire Commonwealth Games operation will be run out of the newly built Oldbury Hub. The 7,725 square metre building is the biggest hub in WMAS’ portfolio and was completed in the middle of July.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for the West Midlands as we look forward to some fantastic sporting action and welcoming millions of visitors from all over the world to our region.

“We are as well prepared as we can possibly be to respond if and when required, but obviously hope we won’t be needed. My thanks go to all of the staff who have got us to this point and those who will be covering the Games, helping to make them the very best they can be.”

Head of Emergency Planning and Commonwealth Games, James Williams, added: “We will have ambulance crews and commanders at every session and every venue, helping to play our part in keeping the athletes, officials and spectators safe throughout what we hope will be a thoroughly enjoyable time for everyone.

“An enormous amount of hard work has been undertaken by staff right across the organisation to get us to this point, and I thank everyone for their hard work and commitment in making sure we are ready on time, it really wouldn’t have been possible without the buy-in of every directorate and individual who has contributed.

“Whilst the hard work will continue throughout the coming days as the Games take place, I hope all staff are able to find some time to enjoy the competition as well.”

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “After an incredibly challenging few years with the pandemic and operational pressures, this is a great opportunity for staff to do something a little bit different, and play a key role in supporting this fantastic celebration of sport.

“We have successfully managed to bring forward the arrival of 60 new ambulances and all staff covering Commonwealth Games shifts are doing so on overtime, so there will be no impact on the normal day to day running of West Midlands Ambulance Service.”

For all of the latest WMAS news and images from the Commonwealth Games, you can visit our dedicated webpage at www.wmas.nhs.uk/birmingham-2022/

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Notes to Editors:

WMAS has received funding for its operational response to the Commonwealth Games from the Organising Committee. Therefore, the Trust’s annual budget to provide a 999 service to the West Midlands, has not been impacted in any way.

Sophie is sew ready for Opening Ceremony role

Jamie Arrowsmith – 26th July 2022 – 2.30pm.

One of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s control room staff is getting set for her work to be seen by millions of people on Thursday night after helping to make the costumes for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.

Sophie Potter, a dispatcher who works in the Emergency Operations Centre, is used to sending ambulances to 999 calls all across the West Midlands, but after volunteering to help at the Commonwealth Games, her work is about to be seen across the world during both the opening and closing ceremonies.

Sophie took up sewing during the first Covid-19 lockdown when volunteering to make fabric face masks and it quickly became a way for her to unwind out of work, making clothes for herself and family members.

So when Sophie saw the advert for costume volunteers and the fact no previous experience was necessary, she decided to give it a go.

She said: “I was thrilled to be accepted and since February I have been attending two costume shifts per week on my days off and will be present backstage throughout both ceremonies to help dress all of the performers and make any last-minute adjustments.

“My confidence has grown so much throughout the project, particularly because I have been allowed to take on tasks independently which has been nice to have that level of trust shown in me.

“As well as learning how to use industrial sewing machines and overlockers to make hats, my proudest achievement in the workshop so far has been helping one of the mentors draft and sew a ‘master’ trench coat which several performers and stewards will wear and our master copy was sent off to a factory to be recreated en masse.”

Whilst Sophie is thrilled to have taken part in the project, she also said that it has not been without its challenges.

“The hardest part has been keeping everything a secret. Every day I go into the workshop I see incredible feats of artistry and craftmanship from professional sewists and I really cannot wait for the world to see what all of the volunteers have achieved when both ceremonies take place.

“This opportunity has been an amazing creative outlet for me and given me an enormous sense of achievement and pride. I will be sad when the project is over but will definitely look for other opportunities to keep sewing.”

Sophie’s work at the Commonwealth Games will not be limited to the opening and closing ceremonies as she has also volunteered to be an athlete driver throughout the event, which involves driving athlete between the athlete’s village and games venues.

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RTC between cyclist and refuse lorry in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Monday 25th July 2022 – 10.45am.

A cyclist has sustained potentially serious injuries following a collision with a refuse lorry this morning in Nuneaton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Cedar Road and Lime Grove, Nuneaton at 8.51am today (Monday). 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: “The cyclist, a man, had reportedly collided with the refuse lorry. Ambulance crews assessed the man and found he had sustained potentially serious injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the air ambulance medics travelled with the ambulance crew to provide further treatment and monitoring to the patient.”

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Trust joins national week of action to help callers with what3words

Shaunna Farley – Monday 25th July – 09.00am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is encouraging the public to download the free what3words app, to help us find you in an emergency.

From Monday 25th July – Sunday 31st July, it will be #KnowExactlyWhere week, a summer safety campaign to raise awareness of the free app and how you can use it in an emergency.

The Trust now regularly gets calls from members of the public, particularly when they are in rural locations, who provide us with the three words which allows us to pinpoint the exact location of the casualty, fast.  

What3words has divided the world into a grid of 3 metre squares and given each square a unique identifier made of three random words – a what3words address, which can save vital time in an emergency.

‘What’s the address of the emergency?’ is one of the first four questions you are asked when calling 999 but describing exactly where emergency services should go can be challenging.   Although our call handlers are trained to gather as much location information as possible from callers, using What3Words makes that much easier.

Integrated Emergency Urgent Care & Performance Director, Jeremy Brown, said: “Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a remote hillside in the Staffordshire Moorlands to the side of the M6 motorway, or the middle of Coventry City Centre.   If we are able to get accurate location details from the caller quickly, it reduces the amount of time that it takes for our ambulances to get to the patient which could make a real difference to the outcome.

“We will continue to take map grid references, eastings and northings, GPS plots, postcodes and road names as alternatives. 

“It is also important to remember that this technology doesn’t replace the traditional ‘must-pack’ outdoor safety gear for hikes, camping trips, and other outdoor adventures; the app just makes finding you much easier if things do go wrong.”

#KnowExactlyWhere

The app is free to download for both iOS and Android and works offline – making it ideal for use in areas with an unreliable data connection, such as beaches, national parks and campsites.  What3words can also be used via the online map at what3words.com. The app is available in 51 languages, and can be used anywhere in the world.

For more information visit www.knowexactlywhere.com

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Man seriously injured in Walsall collision

Claire Brown – Monday 25th July 2022 – 8.40am.

A man required advanced trauma care by the ambulance service before being taken to hospital after being involved in a single car road traffic collision in Walsall in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.48am this morning (Monday) to the junction of Upper Rushall Street and Town Hall, Walsall. Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a car which had left the road and collided with a fence. The driver, a man, was out of the vehicle and in a ditch. The team of ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained serious injuries and was in a critical condition. They commenced advanced trauma care whilst working closely with fire colleagues to extricate the man rapidly from the ditch.

“Once stabilised, the man was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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WMAS to step back from 111 contract

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 20th July 2022 – 6.30pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is to hand back the 111 contract it provides for the majority of the West Midlands to commissioners.  The Trust has taken the difficult decision as the service develops nationally and becomes an even more important part of the NHS.

Part of this development will involve a move towards closer working between the NHS111 service across the East and West Midlands integrating the two areas into a single shared model, which mirrors the increasing collaboration across some other regions in England.

NHS Black Country Integrated Care Board (ICB), after a competitive process, have awarded the contract to DHU Healthcare, initially covering an 18-month period.  DHU already operate the East Midlands contract, are rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and are a not for profit, social enterprise and community interest company.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “As the focus of our emergency and urgent service is based on the West Midlands only, and the move in 111 is to move to a regional basis, it makes sense to step back and allow a new 111 provider to take the service to the next level. 

“What is important is that patients will not see any change in the way they access NHS111 across the East and West Midlands.

“As a Trust we will also be able to concentrate on making the improvements necessary to improve our 999 service.  As such, we feel a new 111 provider will be able to embed the changes in telephony that are set to be introduced which will allow the 111 service to develop further.

Mr Mark Axcell, CEO Black Country ICB: “The 111 service is a hugely important part of the NHS and is constantly being developed and enhanced so that it can help more people.  We were notified by West Midlands Ambulance Service of their intention to step away from the current contract and we are now mobilising plans with a new provider DHU Healthcare to step into this contract. 

“We are confident that the new provider will be in place ahead of the winter period and that they will work with WMAS to ensure a smooth transition. Those using the NHS 111 service in the West Midlands will continue to be able to access the service as usual.” 

Stephen Bateman, Chief Executive at DHU comments: “Our 111 service has a well-deserved outstanding rating from the Care Quality Commission, and we look forward to a close partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service to transition this contract.  Our intention is to build on the exceptional service they have grown over the last three years, and to support the staff who join us.  We know they deliver compassionate, high-quality patient care and we welcome the knowledge, skills and experience they will bring to our DHU family.”

Mr Marsh added: “This change should not be seen as any reflection on our staff who continue to work incredibly hard to provide the highest quality patient care – our service is one of the highest performing in the country.  The team help thousands of people every day and they should all be immensely proud of what they have achieved.

“We understand this change will be an unsettling time for staff so we will be working with individuals and their representatives as further information becomes available about how DHU will run the contract.  We will work with them and Commissioners to minimise disruption for staff and patients alike.”

WMAS Integrated Emergency, Urgent Care and Performance Director, Jeremy Brown said: “Our 111 staff have played a hugely important role in the way the NHS responded to COVID over the last two years.

““The team answered around 2.5 million calls providing access to healthcare 24 hours a day.  I am enormously proud of the whole team and the way you have, without doubt, helped patients in all of our local communities.”

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Fatal collision in Herefordshire

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 20th July 2022 – 2:30pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a refuse lorry and a motorcyclist on the A44 in Bredenbury, Herefordshire at 10.04am (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS emergency doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a paramedic and doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found the motorcyclist, a man, being given CPR by an off duty doctor and police colleagues. The man was in a critical condition and ambulance staff 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 on scene a short time later.”

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Man seriously injured in M6 RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 19th July 2022 – 11.25am.

Ambulance crews and an air ambulance responded to a road traffic collision on the M6 in Coventry this morning where one man was seriously injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting an overturned car on the M6, Junctions 3a – 3, Corley, Coventry at 9.06am today (Tuesday). Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew 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: “Crews arrived to find bystanders and an off-duty paramedic caring for the driver of a car which had overturned on the carriageway. The driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and found to have sustained serious injuries. He was extricated from the car with help from fire colleagues and received trauma care on scene by the team of medics. Once stabilised, the man was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Jordan Eggington – Monday 18th July 2022 – 10.45am.

A man has sadly died after a single vehicle RTC in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 10:37pm to reports of the collision involving a car and railings on Belgrave Middleway in the city. Four ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, and the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find multiple patients involved in the collision, with one man having suffered life-threatening injuries.

“Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the patient, before conveying him on blue lights and sirens to the Major Trauma Centre at Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. However, despite everyone’s best efforts, the man sadly passed away in hospital this morning.

“Four other patients involved in the incident were treated for injuries not believed to be serious and were conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further treatment.”

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Are you ready for the heatwave?

Murray MacGregor – Friday 15th July – 2pm.

With the Met Office issuing a ‘Red Warning’ for extreme heat on Monday and Tuesday, ambulance bosses are urging the public not to ignore it and make sure they don’t end up becoming a patient.

The Trust has already seen a rise in the number of heat related calls to both the 999 and 111 services with calls about sunburn, heat stroke, BBQ burns, dehydration, breathing difficulties and from people enjoying the outdoors who are ill prepared.

It is vital that people do take on board the warning so that preventable situations don’t end up resulting in people needing to access help from the NHS.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “Almost everyone enjoys a sunny day, but the difference this time is that temperatures have the potential to reach levels never before seen in the West Midlands.

“Heat can cause some very serious health implications if we don’t treat it with respect, particularly for the very young and elderly, but it can affect people of all ages.

“Dehydration is one of the biggest risks – it happens when you lose more fluid than you take in.  We all need to drink enough when it’s hot; water and fruit juices are much better than alcohol, which is a diuretic and will speed up dehydration.

“We already see lots of cases of dehydration in the elderly and the heat will make that worse.  Dehydration can lead to breathing problems, confusion, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and may result in patients becoming unsteady on their feet and as a result end up falling which can result in other serious injuries.  It can also lead on to heat stroke and a period of being unconscious.

“Dark yellow or strong smelling wee is a good warning sign that you are dehydrated, and you need to act immediately to rehydrate.

“Clearly lots of people want to spend time in our wonderful countryside.  If you are going outdoors, please be aware that the sun is at its strongest between 11.00am and 3.00pm.  You will need to be prepared with appropriate clothing and footwear, preferably a hat, sunscreen and plenty of water.  More positively we have seen a rise in the number of people using What3Words which is helping us to identify where patients who have got into difficulty, are.

It is important to remember that the temperatures given out are measured in the shade, so can be higher still in direct sunlight.  If people are out in the sun with no protection, they can get into difficulty quite quickly.  We do have cases where people have called us because they have got sunburnt and in extreme cases actually have really nasty burns, which are not only uncomfortable at the time but can result in long term skin damage with the resultant risk from skin cancer too.

“Our main message is enjoy the weather, but do it safely.”

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New Defibrillator in Brierley Hill Marks 12-Months Since Bystander CPR Saved a Life

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 14th July – 09.00am.

A new publicly accessible defibrillator has been installed in Brierley Hill High Street, marking a year since a local duo saved a life in the town with bystander CPR.

The defibrillator and lockable cabinet have been installed in the town’s high street near the entrance to the market – just over the road from the Moor Centre where local butcher, Gordon Tranter and a passing by Student Nurse, Olivia Hanson, gave CPR to a shopper last year.

The life-saving equipment has been installed thanks to support from Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes for donating the equipment, organised by local Councillor Adam Davies, local business Alan Warwick Butchers who donated the cabinet and carry case, and members of the public who gave donations at a CPR training session last October, which will go towards spare batteries.

In a cardiac arrest it is vital CPR is commenced and a defibrillator used to try and restart the heart, as every minute that passes by the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Having access to more defibrillators within the community can help save more lives.

Community Response Manager, Andy Jeynes said: “Gordon is surely an inspiration to us all.

“It is great to see the Defibrillator in Brierley Hill and hopefully, it will never be needed however if it saves just one life then all the hard work has been worth it.

“I would like to say a huge thank-you to Councillor Adam Davies for his determination and commitment in getting the support from local business’s to help with this life saving local project”

Local councillor, Adam Davies, said:  “It’s so fitting that we’re able to mark 12 months since Gordon and Olivia’s heroics with this new easily accessible defibrillator right in the heart of the town.

“I have to give a really big thank you to Andy from the ambulance service, Tony from Alan Warwick Butchers, Aaron from Approved Electrical Midlands, and the members of the public who donated at our training session last October. Without all of their support, this just wouldn’t have been possible”.

The defibrillator is registered on the national defibrillator network known as The Circuit, meaning anyone needing to access the cabinet just needs to call 999 and an operator will provide the access code.”

Gordon Tranter, the local butcher who helped save the life last June, said, “There wasn’t a defibrillator in the town last June so me and Olivia just had to do our best with CPR and hope it was enough. Thankfully it was enough on that day and the lady survived, but we know having a defibrillator will give anyone in the same situation in the future an even better chance.

“Obviously the defibrillator won’t work alone, it stills needs someone to step forward and use it. I’d encourage anyone to just try, you could help save someone’s life. I’ll never forget that day for as long as I live.”

If you, or somebody you know is a defibrillator guardian, then we urge you to register your device on The Circuit. You could help save a life. Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.  

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Pictured from left to right is Andy Jeynes, Gordon Tranter, Adam Davies and Jason Keen.

Jude and Jobe Bellingham Make Defibrillator Donation

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 12th July 2022 – 8am

Borussia Dortmund and Birmingham City footballers Jude and Jobe Bellingham have made an incredibly generous and potentially lifesaving donation to fund three Community Public Access Defibrillators which will be installed outside three schools in Birmingham.

The donation was received by Community First Responder (CFR) charity, Fastaid, and in partnership with Jude, Jobe and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), the defibrillators will be gifted to the schools.

In a cardiac arrest it is vital CPR is commenced and a defibrillator used to try and restart the heart, as every minute that passes by the chances of survival decrease by 10%. Having access to more defibrillators within the community can help save more lives.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, said: “This is an incredible gesture from Jude and Jobe, one that will help save lives in the communities that the defibrillators are placed. The effect of good CPR and early defibrillation can never be underestimated.

“The world watched as footballer Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch during Euro 2020, but through the quick actions of CPR and the use of a defibrillator, he is alive today and still playing football at the highest level.”

The donated defibrillators will serve both the school and the surrounding community and once installed, they will be registered on the Circuit – the national defibrillator network. When a member of the public calls 999 the ambulance call taker will be able to inform the member of the public of the closest defibrillator to the emergency.

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Fastaid CFR Terry Flower and WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin met with Jude and Jobe Bellingham at WMAS’ Hollymoor Hub after receiving the donation.

Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following RTC in Stoke on Trent

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th July – 11.15am.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision in Stoke on Trent in the early hours of Sunday morning.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a collision involving a motorbike on King Street, Stoke on Trent at 04.16am on Sunday. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found the motorcyclist. The man was in a critical condition and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to commence advanced life support.

“Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deaceased on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Newton

Shaunna Farley – Monday 11th July – 08.55am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bridgenorth Road, Newton, Much Wenlock at 2.15pm on Sunday and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

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

“The driver of the first car had suffered serious injuries in the incident and she received advanced life support at the scene. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, it unfortunately became clear that nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased.

“A man and two boys who were the driver of and passengers in the second car, were treated for injuries believed to be minor before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulances.”

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A pin prick that could save a life

Murray MacGregor – Monday 11th July 2022 – 8.00am.

In the ambulance service, we know just how important blood can be.  Our staff deal with patients who have lost lots of it; our enhanced care teams carry it with them; and we often put calls into major trauma centres asking for blood to be ready for a patient we are taking in.

Last month NHS Blood & Transplant said that they needed one million new donors over the next five years, with a particular need for Black African, Black Caribbean and younger donors to come forward.

Well that’s exactly what staff in our control rooms did last week.  On Tuesday, NHS Blood and Transplant spent the day in Brierley Hill at one of our three call centres

The team were at Navigation Point to provide staff with an opportunity to discover what their blood type is by doing a finger prick test, as well having any questions answered about being a blood donor.  In total 43 staff registered as donors with 13 making an appointment to donate. 

The session was organised by Head of Human Resources, Lucy Mackcracken who is herself a regular donor: “For me giving blood was always something that I had been interested in doing but never really got round to.  I often put off finding out if I could give at certain times such as when pregnant or breastfeeding. 

“I think lots of people have similar questions about if they can give and what the exclusions are so an event like this was really useful to give people the facts.

“Once I had donated for the first time I found it a really easy process to use the NHS Blood and Transplant app to find and book the next appointment.” 

Head of 111 Operations, Rob Till, said: “I was delighted that so many staff were interested in donating blood and took the time out of their day to find out more information.

“When people think about ambulance staff, they often only think of the paramedics and technicians on the road, but the team in our control rooms – call takers, dispatchers and clinicians play a vital role in ensuring patients have access to blood at the scene of an incident or arrange for blood to be ready at a hospital; they also know just how important a pint of the red stuff can be for patients.

“Control room staff already regularly save lives over the phone through the likes of talking people through CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) and this is just another way that they can save lives.”

Trust Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker, who regularly responds to serious incidents as well as being an Emergency Medicine Consultant added: “I know at first hand the difference blood can make to my patients.

“If we don’t have enough blood, many operations can’t take place; people who live with conditions such as anaemia, cancer and blood disorders wouldn’t get the life saving treatment they need.  It’s why so many of our team do already give blood, like Lucy, Rob and I do.

“I’m delighted that so many staff within our control room took the opportunity to register as donors and I hope everyone will consider doing the same as it truly is a gift of life.”

What happens to a blood donation

Blood donation generally takes up to an hour and you will be doing something amazing. Once donated, blood is taken to NHSBT laboratories where it is divided into:

  • Platelets: Platelets help to stop bleeding and can be donated directly. Donors with A negative, A positive or AB negative blood are mostly needed. 69 per cent treat people with cancer, 17 per cent helps people after surgery, 8 per cent treat diseases, and 6 per cent help adults and babies in intensive care.
  • Red cells: two thirds are used to treat a vast range of conditions including sickle cell, anaemia, cancer and blood other disorders. One third is used in surgery and emergencies including childbirth.
  • Plasma: 17,000 people are treated with medicine made from plasma. Plasma can be used to stop blood loss in trauma patients and is also made into a medicine for people with weak immune systems. People can also donate plasma directly.

You can find out more about what it’s like to give blood for the first time at: https://www.blood.co.uk/the-donation-process/giving-blood-for-the-first-time/

For more information or to book an appointment to give blood, either download the app, go to www.blood.co.uk or call 0300 123 23 23.

Pic 1: Mandy Jones Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care Tutor Mandy Jones gets a finger prick test from Priya from NHS Blood and Transplant.

Pic 2: Lucy Butler giving blood

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Trust celebrates first ‘International Paramedics Day’

Jordan Eggington – Friday 8th July 2022 – 10.00am.

Today marks the first ever ‘International Paramedics Day’, to recognise and celebrate the work carried out by paramedics and first responders around the world.

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, frontline responders have put the wellbeing and interests of others first, working tirelessly in the most challenging of circumstances and often at great risk to themselves. Now, for the first time, the 8th July is being dedicated to the world’s paramedics.

This date is the anniversary of the birth of Dominique-Jean Larrey, the man often referred to as the ‘father of modern-day ambulance services’. International Paramedics Day has been created, organised and run by the College of Paramedics in the UK, with support from professional paramedics’ organisations from around the world.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, recorded a special video message to mark the occasion, and said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the enormous contribution that paramedics make to our healthcare system in the various roles they undertake, whether it be on the frontline, in our control rooms, our Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART), as critical care paramedics, Specialist Operational Response Team (SORT) paramedics, or our next generation of paramedics who are undergoing their training.

“All of you do a great job every day, often in very difficult and challenging circumstances. But it’s not just about the paramedics, it’s also about the whole ambulance workforce including our technicians, ECAs and student paramedics.

“When I think of the enormous progress the paramedic profession has made since I underwent my training 30 odd years ago, it’s fantastic. You should be rightly proud of the skills that you are all able to perform now to such a high standard, saving lives that were previously lost.

“Please enjoy and be proud of this International Paramedic Day – it is rightly deserved. I am enormously proud of all of you and please be assured of my continued support.”

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Two seriously injured in Solihull RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 8th July 2022 – 8.45am.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured following a single vehicle RTC in Solihull early this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the canal bridge on Bakers Lane, Knowle, Solihull at 0.43am today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a critical care paramedic and a doctor and critical care paramedic from the Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had left the road and was in a field down an embankment. The two occupants, a man and a woman, were assessed and found with serious injuries.

“Both patients were assisted out of the vehicle with help from fire colleagues, under the guidance of ambulance staff. The man and the woman received trauma care from the team of medics on scene before both were conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“A third occupant had reportedly left the scene prior to the arrival of the emergency services.”

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Fatal Shooting in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 7th July – 3.45pm.

One person has died following a shooting in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

Two ambulance crews at Heartlands Hospital were alerted to two men who had self presented at the hospital at 0.31am after reportedly being involved in a shooting nearby. Two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival we found two men.

“The first man was found with life threatening injuries and received advanced life support by ambulance staff. Despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.”

“The second man, who had sustained less serious injuries, was assessed and treated by ambulance staff before receiving further checks in hospital.”

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Car driver airlifted following collision with lorry

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 5th July 2022 – 12pm.

A man who had to be cut free from his car has been airlifted to hospital following a collision with a lorry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5, Watling Street in Weston-under-Lizard and sent two ambulances, 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: “Crews arrived to find a man trapped in his car and a lorry that had left the carriageway, coming to rest in a field.

“Ambulance staff worked alongside colleagues from the fire service to carefully cut the man free from his car, assessing and monitoring his condition throughout.

“He was treated for serious injuries before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

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

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Paramedics receive police bravery award

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 4.00pm.

Two paramedics have been recognised for their outstanding act of bravery by West Midlands Police after being stabbed in 2020 whilst on duty.

Paramedics Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave, from Willenhall ambulance hub, were called to an address in Wolverhampton along with police colleagues following concerns for the welfare of a man on Monday 6th July 2020. As emergency services gained entry to the property, the patient came out of the front door with two knives and stabbed Deena and Mick. Despite both being seriously injured, they bravely helped each other in the moments after the attack to get to safety whilst police detained the patient.

West Midlands Police Deputy Chief Constable, Vanessa Jardine, presented the pair with a National Police Public Bravery Award and silver medal at a ceremony at Tally Ho! on Tuesday 7th June. This comes a year after the force presented Deena and Mick with Chief Constable’s Commendations in 2021.

The National Police Public Bravery Award, which is signed by the National Police Chiefs Council, is one rarely given out. They were instituted in 1965 to recognise the assistance provided by members of the public who have intervened to foil criminal acts and come to the assistance of others. The honour recognises outstanding acts of bravery or meritorious devotion to civic duty, in support of the police, and thereby contributing to the maintenance of law and order.

Deena said: “It was a huge privilege to receive such a prestigious award from our police colleagues for our bravery on, what was, the worst day of our lives. We will both be forever immensely grateful for the police’s help on that day, along with our WMAS family too.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 1.40pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple calls reporting a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Pershore Road, Erdington at around 9.50am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found police colleagues performing CPR on a motorcyclist. The man was in a critical condition and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed by ambulance staff before being discharged on scene.”

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Teenager fatally stabbed in Wolverhampton

Claire Brown – Thursday 30th June 2022 – 10.00am.

A teenage boy has sadly died after being stabbed in Wolverhampton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several calls to Mount Road, Lanesfield, Wolverhampton shortly after 8.30pm last night (Wednesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a critical care car from Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the scene. The first ambulance arrived within three minutes of receiving the 999 call.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a teenage boy in a critical condition. The team worked rapidly to commence resuscitation on scene, administering advanced trauma care. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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More bleed control kits available in the West Midlands

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 29th June 2022 – 12pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is aiming to install 80 life-saving bleed control kits around the region in partnership with NHS Charities Together.

Bleed control kits contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings and are vital to help save the lives of patients who suffer major trauma with catastrophic bleeding, whether caused by an accident or assault.

Last week, thanks to funding from NHS Charities Together, WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin visited three Public Access Community Defibrillator sites in North Warwickshire, which are managed by North Warwickshire Community First Responders, to place three Bleed Control Kits alongside the defibrillator.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, and Atherstone Town Councillor, Ray Jarvis, with the new bleed control kit.

The kits were placed at The Crew – Queens Hall Nuneaton, Atherstone Market Square and outside the new AAA Food Hall in Hartshill.

Tim said: “These kits are vital to help save lives and can be used in the first few minutes of an injury by members of the public prior to an ambulance arriving.

“A number of kits, which contain a tourniquet and other trauma dressings, can already be found in parts of the region following the hard work by The Daniel Baird Foundation which was set up after the son of Lynne Baird was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in 2017.

““Working closely with the Foundation, WMAS helped develop the kits and now thanks to NHS Charities Together, we hope to provide a further 80 kits across the West Midlands during the next few months.”

WMAS Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, and Rich from The Crew in Nuneaton with the new bleed control kit.

More information about the kits can be found at: http://www.controlthebleed.org.uk    

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Notes to Editors:

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

Main image: WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin and North Warwickshire CFR, Sam Hall, install a bleed control kit at AAA Food Hall in Hartshill.

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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