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Motorcyclist fatally injured

Wednesday 8th May 2019 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between two cars and a motorbike this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Shrewsbury Road in Preston Gubbals, Shrewsbury at 1.14pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford in a rapid response car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, with very serious injuries following the collision.

“Ambulance staff performed CPR and administered advanced life support but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Following assessment at the scene, a man from one of the cars was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.

“A man and a woman who were travelling in the second car were discharged at the scene.”

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Woman seriously injured in rollover RTC

Wednesday 8th May 2019 – 3.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been taken to hospital in a serious condition following a two-car collision this afternoon.

A total of three patients were assessed, including a second woman and a toddler, both of whom also required transporting to hospital after they received treatment at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wolverhampton Road in Oldbury at 1.47pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, a BASICS doctor from MARS (Mercia Accident Rescue Service) and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had suffered significant damage in the collision.

“From the first car, a woman had to be cut free with the help of the fire service. She was treated for very serious injuries by ambulance staff before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance in a critical condition. A MARS doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to continue treatment on route.

“A female toddler had been freed from the car by bystanders prior to the arrival of ambulance resources. She was assessed and treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital by land ambulance.

“The fire service had to cut a second woman free from the other car involved in the incident, which had overturned.

“She received treatment for potentially serious injuries before also being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance. Again, a doctor travelled with her on her journey to help continue treatment.”

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Shooting in Wolverhampton

Monday 7th May 2019 – 8.35am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff and a doctor treated a teenager who was shot in Wolverhampton last night (Monday 6th May).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Graiseley Street in the Pennfields area at 7.49pm to reports of an assault.

An ambulance was on scene within five minutes and was backed up by two paramedic officers and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic.

The teenager was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to hospital; the doctor travelled with the crew.

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Trust takes part in trial that could help thousands of patients

Tuesday 7th May 2019 – 6.00am – Murray MacGregor.

Paramedics in the West Midlands are taking part in a clinical trial that could result in thousands fewer patients with heart complaints being taken to hospital; instead being treated at home.

The study, titled PRESTO (the Pre-hospital Evaluation of Sensitive Troponin), is part of the NHS’ ambition to find new ways of delivering healthcare more efficiently without the need for hospital treatment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is working with three other ambulance services in the trial which is led by the University of Manchester and Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and is funded by the National Institute for Health Research.

Consultant Paramedic, Matt Ward, said: “Chest pain is the second most common reason why people call 999.  However, it doesn’t always mean the patient is having a heart attack; the symptoms are often similar for non-cardiac conditions.

“What this trial is aiming to do is to allow paramedics to carry out a test at scene which would allow them to know which are which.  If the research is positive it could result in ambulance staff being able to provide reassurance much sooner to patients with chest pain while also reducing the number of patients ambulance crews take to A&E departments.”

The trial will be run in Coventry & Warwickshire; the Trust will work with Warwick Hospital and University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

For patients willing to take part, they will continue to get exactly the same treatment as they do now except for the paramedic taking a small vial of blood at the scene.  In total, it is hoped 100 patients will take part locally; 700 nationally.

Researchers have already developed a system called the ‘Troponin-only Manchester Acute Coronary Syndromes (T-MACS) decision aid’ to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions from A&E and enable earlier specialist treatment to those that need it.  Over a third of all patients having the test do not need to be admitted to hospital.  The PRESTO study is now assessing whether this decision aid is suitable for use before patients are taken to hospital.

WMAS Research Paramedic, Imogen Gunson, added: “If the trial is successful it could be possible to provide all ambulances with a portable blood testing device which would allow ambulance staff to run these important tests without patients having to be taken to the hospital.

“The impact would be huge; clinicians would be able to make more informed decisions about the best patient care with more in-depth tests at the patient’s side at scene.  As well as providing those patients with non-cardiac related chest pain with reassurance, it would mean those that are having acute coronary problems would receive treatment more quickly resulting in better treatment and potentially saving lives.”

The study is supported by the NIHR Clinical Research Network: Greater Manchester and receiving in kind support from Abbott Point of Care, LumiraDx and Roche Diagnostics International Ltd.Hospital - UHCW 6

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It’s not smart; it’s certainly not clever; in fact it can put lives at risk

Thursday 2nd May 2019 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

Bosses at West Midlands Ambulance Service are warning that lives could be at risk if people continue to make hoax calls to the service.

New data shows that over the last five years, there have been almost 5,500 malicious call outs.

This has not only wasted hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayer cash, it could have put lives at risk because it delayed answering calls to and responding to patient who are critically ill or injured.

Year Number of Hoax Calls
2014-15 1,171
2015-16 1,283
2016-17 905
2017-18 990
2018-19 1,088
Total 5,437

Jeremy Brown, who is charge of the regions two ambulance emergency operations centres said: “At a time when we are busier than ever, the fact that some people think it is appropriate to deliberately make 999 calls when there is no need is despicable.

“Given we now regularly receive around 4,000 emergency calls each day, the fact that the numbers have remained largely at the same level shows the tremendous dedication of my staff who challenge calls and ensure resources are not sent to a good proportion of these hoax calls.

“With a Bank Holiday ahead and children off school, we would urge parents and guardians to be mindful that quite a lot of hoax calls do come from youngsters.

“Over the years we have seen all sorts of calls: we’ve had people calling about patients not breathing, serious road traffic collisions, patients committing suicide and claims patients are about to die.  Understandably, these can be distressing for my call handlers, but when we then send vital resources on blue lights to these cases only to find that there is no-one there, you can imagine what we think.

“Not only has it tied up a call handler dealing with the call, it means those ambulances have had to drive on blue lights through often busy streets putting other drivers at risk, only to find that there was no need.  Worse, it means they weren’t here for patients who were genuinely in need of that response.  It is appalling.

“We have seen a number of people charged and convicted where they have maliciously abused the 999 call system and we will not hesitate to push for prosecutions again, if that is appropriate.

“Considering we now receive well over a million calls a year, thankfully the number of these which are hoaxes is still very low, but even one is one too many.  We would ask everyone to help us reduce these numbers further so that we can provide the best possible service to the people who need us most.”

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Two to hospital following two-car collision

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two men have been taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, following a two-car collision last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Willenhall Road and Queen Street in Darlaston, Wednesbury at 9.07pm and sent three ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews discovered two cars that had been in collision, one with front end damage and one with rear end damage.

“From the car with rear end damage, a teenage male, who was the driver, was treated for serious injuries at the scene before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“The passenger, also a teenage male, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and taken to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution.

“From the other car, the driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.”

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Man fatally injured after car collides with tree

Tuesday 30th April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46, near to Bishopton in Stratford-upon-Avon at 6am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who was trapped inside the vehicle as a result of the collision.

“He was assessed by ambulance staff but sadly quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Lorry driver trapped in M6 collision

Monday 29th April 2019 – 1.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man who was trapped following a collision involving two lorries has been taken to hospital with serious injuries following treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a collision on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6, just past junction 9, at 11.30am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a flatbed lorry that had been involved in a collision with a HGV.

“The driver of the flatbed lorry, a man, was trapped in his cab as a result. Ambulance staff assessed the man and continued to monitor his condition whilst he was carefully cut free by the fire service.

“Once freed from his vehicle, the man was treated for serious injuries, before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens by land ambulance. The doctor travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment on route to hospital.

“The man driving the second lorry was uninjured in the incident.

“In order to allow the air ambulance to safely land on the southbound carriageway, both sides of the motorway had to be closed.

“The northbound carriageway has since reopened but the southbound carriage remains closed and there are long delays in the area.”

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Notes to Editors:

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Woman airlifted after crash

Monday 25th March 2019 – 9.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a two-car crash.

The incident happened at about 5.15pm on Wednesday afternoon on the A515, Tewnals Lane, just to the south of Lichfield Golf and Country Club.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars, one of which had suffered significant damage.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the woman driving one of the cars.  She had suffered serious injuries and after treatment at the scene, was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The middle-aged man from the second car had been able to get out himself.  His injuries were less serious.  After assessment at the scene, he was taken on blue lights to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.”

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Death in Harborne

Thursday 25th April 2019 – 8.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A man was confirmed dead at the scene of an assault in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location given as near Harborne Golf Club on Tennal Rd in the Harborne area at just after 7.10pm on Wednesday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance service staff found a man who had suffered critical injuries.

“They provided advanced life support at the scene but sadly it was not possible to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Woman dies in Droitwich Collision

Tuesday 23rd April 2019 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, a woman’s life couldn’t be saved yesterday following a road traffic collision in Droitwich.

An ambulance came across a three-car road traffic collision at the junction of Chequers Lane and the A38 Worcester Road in Wychbold, Droitwich, shortly after 4.00pm yesterday (Monday). Three further ambulances, two paramedic officers and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A woman was in a critical condition on scene following the collision. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“A second woman suffered serious injuries and received trauma care by ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

“A man, a woman and a further patient also suffered injuries and received treatment on scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital. A second man was assessed but discharged on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Bilston

Thursday 18th April 2019 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bradley Lane in Bilston at 9.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man, who is believed to have been riding on the motorcycle at the time of the collision.

“The man was found to be in cardiac arrest. An off-duty nurse had stopped to offer assistance and had already commenced CPR.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced life support but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man fatally injured and three airlifted from RTC

Thursday 18th April 2019 – 8.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a tree yesterday (Wednesday) which resulted in a further four patients being taken to hospital.

Of the four patients taken to hospital, three of them were airlifted, including two children.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Honeybourne Road, between Bidford-on-Avon and Honeybourne at 3.55pm and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham, as well as the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered significant damage following a collision with a tree. There were five patients, all of whom were trapped inside the vehicle.

“The driver of the car, a man, had suffered multiple serious injuries in the incident. Unfortunately, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The front seat passenger, a woman, was treated for serious injuries and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in a critical condition.

“A woman and two young boys were found in the back of the car. The boys were treated for injuries not believed to be life-threatening before both being flown to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The woman was treated for multiple injuries and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Two injured in Staffordshire RTC

Wednesday 17th April 2019 – 4.45pm – Claire Brown.

Two men have received trauma care by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Draycott in the Moors this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Draycott Cross Road and Cheadle Road shortly before 1.00pm this afternoon (Wednesday). An ambulance, two paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a collision involving a motorcyclist, a van and a lorry. The motorcyclist, a man, sustained a number of injuries and received trauma care on scene before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with fire colleagues on scene to carefully extricate the van driver, a man, from his vehicle following the collision. The man was assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Two injured after car crashes into tree

Tuesday 16th April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital after a car crashed into a tree last night (Monday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Merritts Brook Lane in Northfield at 9.33pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients, a man who had been helped out of the vehicle by bystanders and a woman, the passenger, who was lying near to the car.

“Ambulance staff treated the woman for serious injuries before she was transported Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The doctor travelled on the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The man, who was the driver, was treated for multiple injuries and also transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in collision

Friday 12th April 2019 – 3.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a collision between a van and a motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A444 in Fenny Drayton, near Nuneaton, at 11.22am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and an incident support vehicle to the scene. A rapid response paramedic from East Midlands Ambulance Service was also sent to the scene.

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

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

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

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Life-saving on the menu at Shrewsbury cafe

Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 2.45pm – Claire Brown.

A café in Shrewsbury took delivery of a life-saving defibrillator recently thanks to the generosity of Telford Community First Responders.

Following the tragic death of a member of public who suffered a cardiac arrest at the café earlier this year, the owner wanted something positive to come from the incident and began enquiring about purchasing a defibrillator. After mentioning to a friend of her idea, stop. Coffee Shop owner Nicola Dalton was introduced to Telford First Responders Coordinator and Chair, Nick Freeman, who was more than happy to help.

Nick said: “As it happens, we had one spare automated external defibrillator (AED) after obtaining a lottery grant last year for our Community First Responder (CFR) scheme to replace our own AEDs, so I offered to gift it to this good cause.

“Whilst slightly out of our patch, we work closely with local Shrewsbury First Responders and our scheme was only too happy to help support the community to further improve cardiac arrest survival.”

The defibrillator was officially handed over to Nicola at the café on Sunday 17th March. Nicola said: “It was great to be able to give the good news of obtaining an AED to the staff who witnessed the incident which was nice. It’s a positive thing to have come out of a very sad situation and whilst I hope that this defibrillator is never used, it’s reassuring to know that it’s there should an emergency arise again.”

The AED will be on hand to help if someone suffers a cardiac arrest in the local area. Initially it will be accessible only during the café’s opening times, but Nicola is hoping to install a secure cabinet, with help from Shrewsbury Rotary Club, on the outside of her café to house the device to ensure it is publicly accessible 24/7 when you dial 999.

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (left to right): stop. Coffee Shop owner, Nicola Dalton with Telford First Responders Coordinator and Chair, Nick Freeman

Automated external defibrillators can help in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating. A defibrillator gives a high energy electric shock to the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest. This high energy shock is called defibrillation, and it’s an essential part in trying to save the life of someone who’s in cardiac arrest.

 

One hurt after M6 Crash

Wednesday 10th April 2019 – 8.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A lorry driver has been hurt after a collision between two lorries on the M6.

The crash happened at about 5.10am this morning (Wednesday) between the off and on slip roads at junction 10.

An ambulance and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff two lorries that had suffered considerable damage.

“Thankfully, both drivers had been able to get out of the cabs of their vehicles unaided.

“The driver of the rear lorry was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment with what are believed to be non-serious injuries.

“The other driver was unhurt.”

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Pictures courtesy of @HighwaysWestMids

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Nursery are busy bees helping to save lives

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A nursery provider now has life-saving devices on hand at 19 of its West Midlands settings thanks to support from the ambulance service and Cardiac Science.

Busy Bees nurseries across the West Midlands were proud to unveil automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at their sites this week to coincide with Family Safety Week (1st – 5th April).

AEDs can help in the event of someone having a cardiac arrest; when they stop breathing and their heart stops beating.

In October last year, Busy Bees took part in ‘Restart a Heart Day’ with West Midlands Ambulance Service which saw more than 37,000 youngsters receive vital life-saving training in the region. The Trust supported Busy Bee’s in the installations and each AED is now publicly accessible during the nursery opening hours, meaning if there’s a cardiac arrest in the nearby area, the device can be used by a member of the public to help save a life.

The latest AEDs to be installed, supplied by Cardiac Science, are part of a nationwide campaign by Busy Bees which has seen more than 350 AEDs installed in its nurseries across the UK.

Bobby Qayum, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “It’s great to see that Busy Bees has made such a big investment in AEDs. Teaching vital CPR skills and how to recognise a cardiac arrest, are important parts of the work we carry out. The more AEDs that are installed in businesses and public spaces, the more lives that can potentially be saved.”

Jess Sandall, Nursery Manager at Busy Bees St Matthews in Burntwood said; “Protecting and safeguarding the children in our care is our top priority and that’s why we’ve undertaken this potentially lifesaving initiative. We see it as part of our commitment to best practice and to deliver outstanding care to our children, as well as to protect staff, parents and visitors.

“Although we hope that our defibrillator never has to be used, it means that if the worst-case scenario happens, we are able to increase the survival chance of anyone who has a cardiac arrest inside or within minutes of our nursery.”
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Notes to editors:

Photo courtesy of Papillon Communications (left to right): Richard MacDonald from Cardiac Science, Bobby Qayum from WMAS, nursery children from Busy Bees Burntwood, Emily Brimson and Karen Bird from Busy Bees.

With around 60,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year. The chance of a person surviving cardiac arrest falls by 10 per cent for every minutes that passes without an AED being used.

The 19 Busy Bees settings in the West Midlands include:

  • Busy Bees Birmingham
  • Busy Bees Birmingham Dartmouth Circus
  • Busy Bees Birmingham Longbridge
  • Busy Bees Birmingham QE
  • Busy Bees Birmingham St James Road
  • Busy Bees St Matthews
  • Busy Bees Burton
  • Busy Bees Coventry Allesley Green
  • Busy Bees Coventry Walsgrave
  • Busy Bees Evesham
  • Busy Bees Leamington Spa
  • Busy Bees Rugby
  • Busy Bees Shrewsbury
  • Busy Bees Solihull Blythe Valley
  • Busy Bees Solihull Discoveryland
  • Busy Bees Sutton Coldfield Playtime
  • Busy Bees Telford Priorslee
  • Busy Bees Uttoxeter Midway
  • Busy Bees Walsall

 

Trust thanks volunteers for heroic efforts

Thursday 4th April 2019 – 8.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

The event, sponsored by Staffordshire University, J. Tomlinson, Zoll Medical, Coventry University, Cardiac Science and Defib Shop took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill last Thursday (March 28th), recognising the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “We are incredibly proud of the high level of performance we achieve as an ambulance service, of the fact we are the only ambulance service to be rated ‘outstanding’ and of the high level of patient care we achieve day in, day out.

“That would not be possible without the help of our volunteers who do an incredible job in supporting us.

“I know how hard you all work, the amount of your time you give up – all to ensure patients receive help as soon as possible, and for that I am extremely grateful.

“This awards ceremony is a chance to say thank you and recognise those who have gone above and beyond what is expected with some truly heroic and brave acts for which you deserve great recognition. Well done to all of our award winners and everyone who has volunteered to support West Midlands Ambulance Service during the last 12 months.”

High Sheriff of Worcestershire, Cassian Roberts, who helped to present some of the awards on the evening, said: “It is always inspiring to be with people who serve and it sometimes surprises me that the majority of people who inhabit this world, do not realise exactly what you do.

“You are the glue which makes this country great. You don’t do it for the money, you do it because it is the right thing to do and would like to congratulate all of you and say thank you.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “I think a book should be published, a book that records all of the amazing things that our volunteers do. Those who have put their lives on the line, those who give up their own time day in, day out to serve the people of the West Midlands.

“It would be incredible to compile all of the fantastic stories we hear about the incredible things you do, and sit down and read it all, allowing people to fully understand just how valuable volunteers are to the ambulance service, each and every day.”

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Pictured (left to right): Chief Executive Officer Anthony Marsh, life-savers Ian Lancaster and James Robinson with cardiac arrest survivor Lisa Turrell, High Sheriff of Worcestershire Cassian Roberts.

Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award: Robert Davies

It isn’t every day you find yourself treating a patient inside a pipe which is precariously balanced at the top of a hill, but that is what happened to Robert Davies in June when attending a call in Ludlow. After carrying out a risk assessment with his crew mate, Robert decided it was safe enough for him to climb down the pipe to be able to assess and begin treating the patient. Rob remained inside the pipe for about 20 minutes whilst excellent teamwork from the other crews on scene and the air ambulance, ensured everything was ready to extricate the patient safely and in a timely manner. Rob showed tremendous courage, but also a high level of professionalism and thought of mind, to not only make sure he was able to help the patient in a difficult situation, but also to do so in a safe way without putting himself at risk. Once out, the patient was airlifted to hospital where he was able to begin his recovery from a head injury.

St John Ambulance: Luke Hawkins

Luke Hawkins was travelling to Edgbaston Cricket Ground by train in August last year where he was volunteering as part of his St John role. Whilst travelling, he was alerted to a man who was apparently snoring slowly in his seat. Luke quickly realised the man was in cardiac arrest and immediately commenced CPR which he carried on for six minutes. He also instructed a station guard to fetch a defibrillator and subsequently delivered one shock to the patient which resulted in a return of spontaneous circulation. When the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care paramedic arrived, the patient was sat up and talking – a truly fantastic outcome.

Public and Other Emergency Services: Ian Lancaster and James Robinson

Having completed two exercise classes at the gym, Lisa Turrell was enjoying a well-deserved coffee in the café, when tragedy struck and she suffered a cardiac arrest. David Lloyd staff members James Robinson and Ian Lancaster immediately reacted, grabbing the on-site defibrillator and beginning full CPR with rescue breaths. Along with the CPR, James and Ian delivered two defib shocks, before further chest compressions led to Lisa’s heart successfully being restarted shortly before the arrival of paramedics. Lisa was taken to hospital and went to have a quadruple heart bypass, but thankfully she went on to make a full recovered well.

Public and Other Emergency Services: PC Gemma Need, PC Christopher Pitt

A serious assault in May last year left a 21-year-old man in cardiac arrest. Upon arrival of a rapid response paramedic at the scene, he discovered PC Gemma Need and PC Christopher Pitt from Warwickshire Police already performing excellent CPR. Whilst the two officers continued, it allowed the paramedic to carry out other important tasks, such as setting up the defibrillator, obtaining an airway and administering drugs. Following a total of six defib shocks and 45 minutes of CPR, a ROSC was gained on arrival at hospital and the men went on to make excellent progress.

Public and Other Emergency Services: PCSO Gary Marson

PCSO Gary Marson was on a routine patrol around Sedgley in February last year when a member of the public alerted him to a woman who had collapsed in a nearby street. Swiftly making his way to the scene, PCSO Marson found the woman to be cardiac arrest and quickly commenced CPR, which he continued for four minutes before the first ambulance crew arrived. Upon their arrival a first defib shock was delivered which resulted in faint respiratory effort. She was immediately transferred to Russell’s Hall Hospital for further care and I am thrilled to report went on to make a full recovery. This is another excellent example of the importance of early CPR being administered and the huge part it can play in helping save a life.

 Community First Responders: Tony Booth, David Wright, Kate Rock – Shipston-on-Stour CFRs

It was nearly 9pm on a July evening last year when a 999 call was made for a patient in cardiac arrest in Shipston. Three CFRs were first on scene, one of whom was off duty at the time, and they quickly began performing CPR. Tony Booth, Kate Rock and David Wright continued with chest compressions and also administered three shocks with a defibrillator whilst waiting for the ambulance crew to arrive. Their efforts were most definitely rewarded, as the three of them managed to successfully restart the man’s heart before he was taken to Warwick Hospital for further treatment. Even better than that, he went on to make a full recovery and is enjoying life with his family again – all down to the fantastic work of the three CFRs who attended that night.

Community First Responders: David Fellows – Featherstone CFRs

Dave Fellows thought he was responding to a routine call when attending a patient described as ‘generally unwell’. However, that couldn’t be much further from the truth as he arrived to find the patient lying on the floor and imminently about to give birth. With nobody else at the house, Dave called for backup, but this baby was not hanging around. Thankfully, Dave held his nerve to help deliver the baby, clear the airway and offer support to mum, until the arrival of the ambulance crew.

CFR Volunteer of the Year: Richard Lawton, Keele CFRs

By its very nature, being a community first responder demonstrates a willingness to give, and demonstrates someone who has the time, dedication and desire to put others before themselves. As we’ve heard throughout tonight, some take it on themselves to go one step further and take on additional roles – though I’m still trying to work out how you all find the time. The winner of the CFR of the Year Award is a volunteer co-ordinator for his CFR Group and also the secretary for the Association of Staffordshire Co-ordinators – a group which supports 32 group co-ordinators across the county. Do we think that’s enough work for a volunteer? Well we haven’t quite finished yet. Our winner also supports the CFR Community as a member of the CFR regional forum, which is a massive commitment in itself.

Now, when he’s not doing any of that, he tirelessly supports community resuscitation within the Keele and North Staffordshire area and has been part of the ongoing project to install additional defibs at Keele University we heard about earlier tonight.

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Trust celebrates Long Service and Excellence at annual Awards Ceremony

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 5.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

An afternoon of celebration that included tales of heroism and incredible bravery was enjoyed at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards last week.

The Trust’s annual ceremony, sponsored by University of Wolverhampton, OH Vehicle Conversions, University of Worcester, Coventry University, Staffordshire University, Prometheus Medical Ltd, Mills and Reeve, Zoll Medical and G4S took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Thursday, 28th March and saw a range of awards handed out including Long Service Medals and Chief Officer Commendations.

This year, 21 operational members of staff collected their 20-year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were presented by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Dr Beverley Lindsay OBE OD.

In addition, 17 staff were commended for 25 years’ service; 12 received certificates for 30 years’ service and two members of staff were honoured for 35 years in the Trust.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We are the only ambulance service to constantly hit all of our targets and we have the highest rating possible from the Care Quality Commission – that is all down to the hard work of our staff, many of whom we had the chance to say thank you to at our Long Service and Excellence Awards.

“I fully recognise the important role that all 5,000 staff play within the service, they all do a fantastic job and I am really proud of them all.

“We heard many fantastic stories of staff going above and beyond what is expected of them throughout the course of the afternoon, and it is that determination, which is reflected throughout the workforce, that helps to make West Midlands Ambulance Service the best ambulance service in the country, and for that I thank each and every one of them.”

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

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

Sir Graham Meldrum, Trust Chairman, added: “It is fantastic to have the chance to pay tribute and honour people who have dedicated their lives to the ambulance service.

“Those who have given so much of their lives to serving other people, and those who have often put themselves in danger in order to help others or performed heroic acts deserve every bit of thanks they get for ensuring we, as an ambulance service, continue to provide the very best level of patient care possible.”

Awards:

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Ian Yates – Operations Manager, Stoke

A 999 call received in the early hours of Thursday 30th August sparked great concern when the patient said he was sitting on a railway bridge, feeling suicidal. Ian Yates was first on scene and immediately started to engage in conversation with the man who was insistent he was going to jump. Despite not being trained for situations of this nature, Ian managed to keep the situation calm and continued to talk to the man for another half an hour. Thankfully, Ian was then able to convince the man to move to a position of safety before he agreed to go on to the ambulance and be transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Rodney Scantlebury, Trainee Technician, Sandwell

Whilst his crew mate was waiting to hand over a patient at City Hospital in June, Rodney Scantlebury was asked if he could help assess an unwell woman who was in a taxi outside A and E. The unwell patient turned out to be in active labour with the baby’s head having already started to deliver. Understandably, mum was in distress and the fact she did not speak English obviously made the situation more complex. Remaining calm, Rodney managed to successfully and safely deliver the little boy and with more help having arrived, was able to get baby wrapped up quickly whilst maintaining mum’s dignity. However, that was not the end of the drama.

It very quickly became apparent that the baby was failing to take its first breath. Again, maintaining complete composure, Rodney delivered five rescue breaths, at which point the baby began breathing independently and let out a very welcome cry to announce his arrival to the world.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Dominic Sharland – Student Paramedic, Worcester University

For Student Paramedic Dominic Sharland, a regular day at his grandparent’s house in October took an unexpected turn when his grandfather suddenly lost consciousness. Obviously distressed by a family member falling ill, Dom managed to put his emotions to one side as he checked for breathing and a pulse. Upon not being able to find either, he dialled 999 and started chest compressions. He continued those compressions as the ambulance crew arrived and was able to give a full handover of events, despite the awful situation he found himself in. As well as providing emergency care for his grandad, Dom also reassured his grandma and other family members throughout. Dom continued to assist all the way to hospital and once again gave a clinical handover to the resus team on arrival at Hereford County, playing a huge part in saving his grandad’s life.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Tina Ray – Emergency Operations Centre, Brierley Hill

During a career spanning nearly 19-years, Incident Command Desk Supervisor Tina Ray has seen, and dealt with her fair share of dramatic days whilst working in the Emergency Operations Centre. Tina’s knowledge, skill, experience and leadership were put to the test on 22nd December last year when in one shift, she managed a stabbing, a collision between a car and a motorbike that resulted in major trauma, another road traffic collision involving three cars racing that collided with a pedestrian – sadly involving a fatality, a machete attack, a petrol bomb being thrown into a residential address and no less than four further entrapment RTCS. Many of these incidents happened at the same time. Tina simultaneously took the lead in EOC on these incidents, deploying on-scene operational and tactical commanders, co-ordinating ambulance, medic and HART responses, escalating each of the incidents to appropriate management and communications managers, all while acting as the key communications link for each of these incidents.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Kevin Naylor – Patient Transport Service, Frankley; Gavin Taylor – Patient Transport Service, Frankley; Jason Wiles – Lead Paramedic, Brierley Hill

Patient Transport Service crew Kevin Naylor and Gavin Taylor were en-route to pick up their next patient when they noticed a lady was standing on the wrong side of bridge railings, looking down at the dual carriageway traffic below.

Fearing she was preparing to jump, Kevin and Gavin quickly turned around and began approaching the lady. Mindful of not startling her, they kept their distance, talking to her from afar, trying to reassure her, but there was no response.

Lead Paramedic for Emergency Care, Jason Wiles also happened to be passing the scene and noticing something amiss, stopped to offer his assistance. The trio moved closer to the lady but she was still refusing to speak and alarmingly, started to lean forward. At that point Kevin and Jason managed to grab her arms and body and could lean far enough over the bridge to be able to pull her back to safety. This truly was a heart stopping moment for all concerned, but thanks to their bravery, the lady was brought to safety and transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Daniel Knight – Paramedic, Hollymoor; Thomas Coffey – Student Paramedic, Hollymoor

Daniel Knight and Thomas Coffey were the first emergency service staff on scene at a severe house fire in Birmingham last month. Upon their arrival they were met by one patient, who had managed to get out, but were told there was a second patient still inside. The property was filled with smoke at this stage, but Daniel and Thomas did not let that stop them performing a snatch rescue of the patient, who was unable to mobilise because of his injuries. Both patients then received treatment from ambulance staff before being transported to hospital.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

John Fryer – Paramedic, Worcester; Lorraine McHugh – Paramedic, Worcester; Michelle Adams – Paramedic, Worcester; Anna Borecka – Paramedic, Worcester; Milind Karday – Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford; Portia Harris – Emergency Operations Centre, Stafford

A cardiac arrest call was received to a property in Droitwich in November, to which two crews responded. Naturally a call of this nature will always be a stressful and dramatic situation – but this particular incident stretched things just a little bit further. John Fryer, Lorraine McHugh, Michelle Adams and Anna Borecka arrived on scene and found bystander CPR taking place with the excellent help of call takers Portia Harris and Milind Karday explaining exactly what to do. John, Lorraine, Michelle and Anna took over CPR and also administered advanced life support, securing a ROSC. However, the patient went on to arrest an incredible five times in total. Treatment continued all the way to hospital and such was the nature of the job, the crews checked upon the patient again on their next visit to A&E. It perhaps will not come as a surprise that the patient was not given a great chance of survival and was placed in a coma, but miraculously, after three days he defied the odds, came out of his come, was sitting up in bed a few hours later and went on to make a full recovery.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

Rob Till – Senior Operations Manager, Shrewsbury and Donnington

This year’s winner of the Peter Murtagh Award took over as Senior Operations Manager in Shrewsbury and Donnington during a huge transitional period for the area, and has helped it grow and develop at a rapid rate. Staff describe moral as the best it has been in years, sickness rates are falling and within Shropshire they have achieved the highest per centage of Staff Survey returns and Flu Vaccination results – a really positive outcome on all counts. So much of that success is as a result of the improved staff engagement that our winner has helped to achieve, thanks mainly to the hard work and commitment he displays.

Our winner always finds time to talk to staff, is fully aware of how important engagement is with his team and is available to offer support when needed.  Finally, whilst holding a huge focus on his staff and combining that with the needs of the Trust, our award recipient never loses sight of the most important aspect of the ambulance service, patient care.

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Notes to Editors:

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

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Woman dies after RTC

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 9.05am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after a collision between a car and a 4×4.

It happened at around 5.40am on the M5 northbound between junctions 5 and 4a, near Bromsgrove.

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 a car that had suffered considerable damage.  An off duty paramedic and bystanders were trying to assist the car driver,

“Unfortunately, despite all efforts, it was not possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two men in the 4×4 were assessed but were unhurt and were discharged at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Walsall

Wednesday 3rd April 2019 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Walsall yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Birmingham Road in Walsall at around 4.30pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, was in a critical condition when ambulance staff arrived and immediately commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Two injured in Uttoxeter RTC

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been injured following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the B5030 near Crakemarsh, Uttoxeter, at 2.25pm today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedics, a community first responder and two Midlands Air Ambulances were sent to the scene together with fire and police colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had overturned, with two occupants inside, following a collision with a second vehicle. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the man and woman, whilst working closely with fire service colleagues to extricate them from the vehicle.

“The man was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital whilst the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Whitchurch

Monday 1st April 2019 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has died and a man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on Saturday evening (March 30).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A40 in Whitchurch, near to the junction with the B4164, at 5.39pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MARS doctor to the scene. The Welsh Ambulance Service also sent resources to the incident, including the Welsh Air Ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had come to rest on the wrong side of the carriageway after colliding with a barrier, there were two patients inside.

“The passenger, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and received specialist trauma care.

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

“The driver of the car, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious and was conveyed to Hereford County Hospital by the Welsh Ambulance Service.

“Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call West Mercia Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting incident number 588S of 30 March.”

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Two to hospital after M5 collision

Friday 29th March 2019 – 3.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle collision on the northbound carriageway of the M5 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 7 and 6 at 1.48pm and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two cars and a van that had suffered significant damage, as well as a number of other cars that had suffered minor damage.

“There were two patients, the drivers of the two cars that had suffered the most damage.

“A man was assisted out of his vehicle by members of the ambulance and fire services, whilst a woman managed to get herself out of her car.

“They were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulances.

“No-one else involved in the incident suffered any injuries.”

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Ambulance attacked whilst responding to 999 emergency

Friday 29th March 2019 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

The incident happened on Collector Road in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham, at about 8.50pm last night (Thursday).

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The crew, who were unhurt in the incident, were travelling on blue lights at the time, responding to a patient with breathing difficulties. A second ambulance was immediately dispatched to the patient by the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre.

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

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Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is incredibly frustrating to once again find ourselves questioning why on earth somebody would want to do this to an ambulance.

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

“We’re now faced with a vehicle being out of service, a repair bill and not forgetting the horrible nature of this incident for the staff involved. I am extremely thankful no-one was hurt.

“We will be pulling the CCTV from the vehicle and passing it to the police but we would ask for anyone who has any information about this despicable incident to contact West Midlands Police on 101 and quote 20be/75740d/19.”

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

Fatal RTC in Atherstone

Monday 25th March 2019 – 9.10am – Claire Brown.

One man has died, and two women have been seriously injured following an RTC in Atherstone in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coleshill Road, Atherstone, at around 1.50am today (Monday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a car in a ditch. Sadly, one occupant, a man was confirmed dead on scene. The driver and a second passenger, both women, were treated on scene by ambulance staff for potentially serious injuries before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Woman dies following M5 RTC

Thursday 21st March 2019 – 8.45am – Claire Brown.

A woman has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M5 in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 in Quinton, Birmingham, shortly after 5.15am today (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van and a lorry which had been involved in a collision. Sadly, the passenger of the van, a woman, was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the van, a man, was assessed and found to have suffered minor injuries. He was taken to hospital for further check. The lorry driver didn’t require treatment.

“There are currently long delays due to the closure of the M5 and motorists are advised to seek an alternative route.”

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12 months of progress

Thursday 21st March 2019 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

New figures show that West Midlands Ambulance is getting to more patients, more quickly than ever before.

The data, which was published by NHS England shows that the Trust has improved its performance in each of the four categories of calls that it is measured on.  It also remains the only Trust in the country exceeding all of the standards.

Call category Target February 2018 February 2019 Improvement
Category 1 Mean response (7mins) 07:03 06:44 -4.5%
90th percentile (15 mins) 12:06 11:41 -3.4%
Category 2 Mean response (18 mins) 13:14 12:32 -5.3%
90th percentile (40 mins) 24:22 22:49 -6.4%
Category 3 Mean response (60 mins 41:35 38:42 -6.9%
90th percentile (120 mins) 1.36:47 1.27:31 -9.6%
Category 4 90th percentile (180 mins) 2.42:23 2.01:34 -25.1%

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This is excellent news for patients and is down to the incredible efforts of our staff, who work so hard in often difficult circumstances to ensure patients get the best possible care.

“The new ambulance response standards, which were introduced last year, have allowed us to prioritise those patients in greatest need, while ensuring that every call counts.

“What the figures show is that despite the number of 999 calls continuing to rise, response times have improved considerably.

“These response standards are helping to make real improvements to the way we treat patients, prioritising the people who need us most, for example those having a cardiac arrest.

“However, they have also allowed us to make changes that mean patients with conditions such as heart attacks and strokes get the right treatment much sooner, which is having a real benefit to those individuals long term outcomes, which is great news.

“This is a real team effort to achieve such high standards.  That team starts with the staff who take our 999 calls, those that dispatch the vehicles as well as those who respond.  We are now achieving our aim of putting a paramedic on every vehicle, the only Trust in the country doing so;

“We have the newest fleet of vehicles in the country that brings real benefits for patients and staff alike; and we will continue to invest in the people that support our frontline staff, like those that restock and clean the vehicles, the fleet department who maintain them and those that ensure that we have the right equipment available for our staff to use.

“As a Trust, we will continue to do everything possible to ensure we provide the highest quality of care to every patient.”

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Pedestrians airlifted from Oswestry RTC

Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 12.45pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Oswestry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5069 St Martins Road and West Place in Gobowen, Oswestry at around 9.30am this morning (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, a man and a woman, who were being cared for by passers-by following a reported collision with a van. Ambulance staff assessed both patients and discovered they had sustained serious injuries. The man and the woman received advanced trauma care from the team of ambulance staff at the roadside before both pedestrians were airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care.

“The van driver didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Fatal RTC on A5 in Shropshire

Wednesday 20th March 2019 – 8.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5, near to the junction with Gobowen in Shropshire, at 12.33am. One ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car and a lorry that had been in collision.

“There was one sole occupant in the car, a man. Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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UK Ambulance Services stand firm with New Zealand counterparts

Tuesday 19th March – 1pm

Delegates at the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives’ annual conference (#ALF2019) gathered together this morning (19th March 2019) to form a human ‘NZ’ to show their support for, and solidarity with, their New Zealand colleagues who responded to the deadly terrorist attack in Christchurch last week, as well as the families and friends of the victims.

Anthony Marsh, National Strategic Adviser of Ambulance Services, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service and Chair of the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives said: “We are extremely proud of our colleagues in New Zealand and we wanted to do something highly visible to show our solidarity, express our gratitude to those who responded to this horrific event and send our love to them, as well as the families and friends of the victims.”

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Notes to editors
▪ The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) provides ambulance services with a central organisation that supports, coordinates and implements nationally agreed policy. It also provides the general public and other stakeholders with a central resource of information about NHS ambulance services.
▪ Attached is a photo showing delegates at the Ambulance Leadership Forum 2019 in Warwickshire, UK forming a human ‘NZ’ in support of their ambulance colleagues in New Zealand.
▪ More information available from Carl Rees, AACE Media Consultant, via email to carl.rees@kognitive.co.uk or phone +44(0)7958 547 727.

Rider dies after motorcycle crash

Friday 15th March 2019 – 11.07am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman motorcyclist has died after a crash late last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hawes Lane in Rowley Regis in the Black Country at 11.40pm on Thursday evening.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer 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 a woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“Ambulance staff provided advanced care at the scene before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, but sadly was confirmed dead shortly after arrival.”

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Fatal gunshot incident in Birmingham

Friday 15th March 2019 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a gunshot incident at a property on Wheeleys Lane, Birmingham at 5.04am this morning. One ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man in cardiac arrest.

“CPR was already being performed, which ambulance staff took over and also administered advanced life support.

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

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Fatal crash

Friday 15th March 2019 – 9.02am – Murray MacGregor.

Two children have died and a woman has been injured after a two car crash.

The tragic incident happened at the junction of Lawnswood Avenue and Birmingham New Road in the Ettingshall area of Wolverhampton at around 8.45pm last night (Thursday).

An ambulance arrived on scene five minutes after the initial 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, the MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and two paramedic officers.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a number of members of the public tending to those involved in the crash.

“There were three patients who all came from the same car.  Unfortunately, it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save the two young boys who had been badly hurt and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman who had been driving the car was assessed and treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  Her injuries are not life threatening.

“There were no other patients.”

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Two to hospital after bus and van collide

Wednesday 13th March 2019 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two people have been treated by ambulance staff and taken to hospital following a collision between a bus and a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Lode Lane, Solihull, at 10.26am and sent two ambulances, a senior paramedic, a paramedic officer, two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a bus and a van that had been in collision, both of which had front end damage.

“There were two patients from the van, one of whom, a man, was trapped as a result of his injuries.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and then worked closely with the fire service to ensure he was safely cut free.

“Once out, he received further treatment for his injuries, before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The passenger in the van, a teenage male, was also taken to Heartlands Hospital. Neither of the patients are believed to have suffered life-threatening injuries.

“There were no patients requiring assessment from ambulance staff who had been travelling on the bus.”

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Woman trapped for over an hour after crash

Thursday 7th March 2019 – 5.25pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman was left trapped for over an hour after the car she was in collided with a tree.

The single vehicle crash happened on Whitemoor Lane, near Astwood Bank to the south of Redditch at about 11.20am on Thursday morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered very extensive damage with one wheel a considerable distance from the rest of the car.

“The woman driver, who was the only occupant had suffered multiple injuries and was trapped.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate her safely from the wreckage.

“After a full assessment and treatment at the scene, she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by ambulance with the aircrew travelling with them.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Cannock RTC

Wednesday 6th March 2019 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist has been seriously injured in Cannock this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 Watling Street in Cannock at around 7.15am today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a cyclist and a coach which had been involved in a collision. The cyclist, a man, was being given first aid by police and bystanders. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he had sustained serious injuries. They worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.”

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7-year-old cardiac arrest survivor meets crews who helped save his life

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Monday 4th March 2019 – 1.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A seven-year-old boy who went into cardiac arrest at home has visited ambulance staff who helped save his life, just six weeks after the incident.

Tommy Plant became ill at home in the Brandwood End area of Birmingham on the morning of Saturday 19th Jan 2019.  His condition worsened quickly and when ambulance crews arrived they found his dad Jason doing CPR.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

Tommy was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in cardiac arrest where staff at the hospital took over his care and managed to get his heart restarted.  Unbelievably, just 16 days later Tommy was discharged from hospital.

Today, Tommy and his parents came to meet the crews from Hollymoor Hub who helped to save his life.

Operations manager, Wendy Hands, said: “This was a real team effort, from the staff in the control room who provided CPR advice over the phone, the dispatchers who got the ambulances to the scene so quickly and the staff who took over from Tommy’s Dad.   None of us can believe how well Tommy looks and we’re just so pleased to be able to meet him today.”

Tommy was presented with a Birmingham City shirt with Tommy 999 printed on it as a gift from the Hollymoor staff.  The football club were also kind enough to donated six tickets for Tommy and his family to attend the next match against Millwall.

In return Tommy brought a card, chocolates and biscuits to thank staff for saving his life.  He was able to tell staff about his recollections of the day including “being in the bumpy ambulance”!

Picture shows (L-R): Operations Managers Wendy Hands, Tom George, Michael Francis, Alison, Tommy and Jason Plant, Jordan Lane, Michelle Stubbs and Worcester University Student, Daniel Stokes.

Tommy and his parents are now raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity.  Speaking on their Just Giving Page, the family say:

“On 19th January 2019, life would never be the same again, our son Tommy suffered a cardiac arrest at home.  Against the odds they managed to get his little heart beating again.

“The staff within the A&E department worked tirelessly to save him, not forgetting the wonderful WMAS who supported him from home to the hospital.  Due to such amazing care, support, dedication and professionalism, Tommy walked out of Birmingham Children’s Hospital on 4th February.

“We owe them everything, so we are wanting to raise not just awareness of the world class care and treatments they provide, we also want to give something back…as much as we can, therefore we are hoping to raise money to support these life savers, to ensure that they can continue in the amazing work they do.

You can go to their fundraising page: http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jason-plant3

Fatal collision in Bedworth

Monday 25th February 2019 – 4.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after a road traffic collision involving a lorry.

It happened on Newtown Road in Bedworth, Warwickshire at about 1.40pm on Monday afternoon.

An ambulance arrived just five minutes after the 999 call and was backed up by a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver and a woman pedestrian who was at the scene were assessed but both were discharged.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Dudley RTC

Thursday 21st February 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Dudley last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist on Stourbridge Road, Dudley at around 10.20pm (Wednesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist and a car which had been involved in a collision. The motorcyclist, a man, sustained multiple serious injuries and required advanced trauma care on scene by ambulance staff before being taken by ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“A young child from the car was also assessed by ambulance staff before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further checks.”

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Three injured in Madeley RTC

Tuesday 19th February 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

Three people received trauma care from ambulance staff after their car collided with a tree in the early hours of this morning in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newcastle Road near Madeley, Shropshire shortly after 2.00am today (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car, with three occupants inside, which had collided with a tree. Ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues at the scene. One man sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and medics before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A second man also sustained serious injuries and a third patient had less serious injuries. Both were taken to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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Making blue lights go green!

Tuesday 19th February 2019 – 08.00am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has welcomed a challenge from NHS England Chief Executive, Simon Stevens to vehicle manufacturers to help “blue lights go green”.

Mr Stevens wants the manufacturers to develop more environmentally friendly ambulances, which will cut air pollution.  The NHS accounts for almost 10 billion journeys each year – around 3.5% of all road travel in the UK – as staff and patients travel to work and appointments and medical supplies are delivered.

WMAS Fleet General Manager, Tony Page, said: “As a Trust we have the most modern ambulance fleet in the country and have made significant changes to our fleet that has substantially reduced the level of pollution we create over the past six years

“We use van conversions which are almost a tonne lighter than the modular vehicles used by other services which immediately produces savings in fuel and operating costs.

“We have worked closely with staff and the converters to improve the designs so they are easier to operate in and have then invested significantly in producing vehicles that are considerably lighter which has reduced our CO2 emissions.

“Had we not made the changes we would have created an additional 2.1 million tonnes of CO2 per year!

“We made a commitment to our staff five years ago that none of our frontline vehicles would be older than five years.  As well as meaning they are a better place to work, it has allowed us to make many other improvements including:

  • Using new technology pioneered in the aircraft industry to reduce the weight of the ambulances by almost 10%. This brings real savings in fuel, tyres and vehicle spares as well improving the vehicles handling and ride quality
  • A newer fleet substantially increases the availability of vehicles and reduces the level of spares required which has saved hundreds of thousands of pounds.
  • Although the number of incidents has risen by 28% over the last six years, we have only increased our fleet size by 7% due to better availability of vehicles

“Our objectives for the next few years will be to implement the issues highlighted in the NHS Improvement Carter Report which will focus on further weight reductions from vehicle conversion, exploiting telematics, making further improvements to the saloons of the ambulances which will further improve the working environment for crews and make the patient experience better.  If the vehicle manufacturers can play their part too, we can continue to make a real difference to the environment.”

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Car overturns on motorway

Friday 15th February 2019 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for multiple injuries and taken to hospital following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the motorway this afternoon in which a car overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M42, between junctions 9 and 10, in Curdworth, at 1.40pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. A private ambulance crew also stopped at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found the driver of the car, a man, partially ejected from his vehicle, which had come to rest on its roof.

“The man was treated for multiple injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, by ambulance staff before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Four to hospital after car and pedestrians collide

Thursday 14th February 2019 – 10.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A road traffic collision involving a car and pedestrians has resulted in six patients this morning, four of whom who have been taken to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Springhill Road, Burntwood at 8.36am and sent three ambulances and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered multiple patients at the scene.

“Ambulance staff were told by bystanders that the driver of the car, a woman, had suffered a medical episode prior to the collision. Following treatment at the scene she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.

“A girl, who was a passenger in the car, had been taken into a nearby school. Crews assessed her there but thankfully she had not been injured in the incident and was discharged at the scene.

“There were four pedestrians injured in the incident. A woman, a boy and a girl were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious and were transported to Walsall Manor Hospital as a precaution. A second woman was discharged at the scene having suffered minor injuries.”

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Notes to Editors:

We do not know the ages of the patients involved.

Rider and driver injured

Monday 11th February 2019 – 11.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcycle rider has suffered serious injuries and a car driver has been hurt after a crash in Stoke this morning.

It happened on Bucknall Road at around 6.30am this morning, Monday.

Four ambulances, two BASICS emergency doctors and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered significant damage to the driver’s door and a badly damaged motorcycle.

“The man riding the motorcycle had suffered serious injuries.  He was treated at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Firefighters removed the car door so that ambulance staff could help the woman driving out of the vehicle.

“She was treated at the scene for less serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Child seriously injured in collision with bus

Friday 8th February 2019 – 8am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A child has been seriously injured following a collision with a bus yesterday (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stoney Stanton Road in Coventry at 6.16pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a girl who was seriously injured following a collision with a bus.

“She received treatment at the scene, including specialist trauma care, before being transported to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a serious condition.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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RTC on M6 in Rugby

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have received treatment by ambulance staff after the car they were travelling in overturned on the M6 in Rugby this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M6, just before junction one, in Newton, Rugby, at around 1.50pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an overturned car which had left the carriageway of the M6 and collided with a concrete post. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with fire service colleagues to carefully extricate the two occupants, a man and a woman, who were trapped.

“The man suffered serious injuries and received advanced trauma care from the doctor and ambulance team on scene. He was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment; the doctor travelled with the patient.

“The woman, who also sustained injuries, was given treatment on scene by the ambulance service before she was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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Fatalities in Stafford house fire – update

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Nathan Hudson, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer from West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “After receiving a 999 call this morning from the fire service at 2.40am, the Trust’s control room quickly responded three double crewed ambulances, two paramedic officers, two doctors and the Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene of the fire.

“Two adults and a child were already out of the property when crews arrived. They each received treatment by the ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to the major trauma centre in Stoke. Tragically, four children were confirmed deceased a short time after by our staff.

“This was an immensely difficult incident for all three services to respond to and my thanks go to my staff and all emergency personnel on scene.

“My thoughts, and the thoughts of everyone at West Midlands Ambulance Service, remain with the family and friends at this difficult time.”

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