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Motorcyclist dies after crash

Friday 28th September 2018 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

One motorcyclist has died and another has suffered serious injuries after a crash involving two motorcycles and a car.

It happened outside Summerhill School, in Lodge Lane, Kingswinford at about 7.10pm last night (Thursday).

Three ambulances, a senior paramedic officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor and critical care paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two motorcyclists who had been involved in a crash with a car.

“The first motorcyclist had suffered serious injuries.  He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor travelling with the crew.  Sadly, he died later at hospital.

“The other rider, a man in his 30s had suffered multiple injuries.  He was treated at the scene before also being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A woman in her 40s from the car was treated for less serious injuries and was taken to Russells Hall Hospital.  A man and a woman from the same car were uninjured.”

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Two men die after incident on dual carriageway

Friday 28th September 2018 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have died after an incident on a dual carriageway.

It happened at about 8.10pm on Thursday evening on the southbound A40 to the south of Whitchurch in Herefordshire, near the petrol station.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a motorcyclist who had suffered very serious injuries.  Unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A short distance away a second man was found, and again, sadly, northing could be done to help him and he was also confirmed dead at the scene.”

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A woman had died after a crash

Friday 28th September 2018 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has died after the car she was in crashed.

The incident happened on the A452 Chester Road, at Stonnall near Walsall, close to the Stonnall Service Station, at about 10.20pm last night (Thursday)

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands CARE team were sent to the scene.

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

“The woman driving the vehicle had suffered very serious injuries and unfortunately, there was nothing that could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Trust welcomes Lord Carter report which shows WMAS as the most efficient in the country

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A new report shows West Midlands Ambulance Service is the most efficient in the country.

This remarkable success was achieved by being the only ambulance service in the country with a paramedic on every vehicle; having the most modern fleet with all vehicles standardised and none over five years old; and by using some of the most technologically advanced equipment.  Together this means the Trust is able to discharge more patients at the scene than any other service, which brings real benefits to patients and hospitals as fewer patients are taken to A&E.

The report by Lord Carter of Coles examines the differences between ambulance services in England.  West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We welcome the report as it recognises the extraordinary lengths that ambulance service staff go to, to help patients but also backs up many of the decisions this Trust has taken over several years.

“Despite being one of the worst funded ambulance services in the country, our unique operating model means we are the only Trust in the country to consistently surpass all of the response targets.

“We have invested heavily in our staff with update training every year.  This helps us to achieve the second lowest conveyance rate in the country: only about half of patients are taken to hospital but we are confident that we can reduce that still further.

“We have invested heavily in technology which is recognised nationally and internationally as a Global Digital Exemplar.  We have one of the most technologically advanced control centres and over the last few years have rolled out our electronic patient record (EPR) to every vehicle.

“The system automatically takes information from our diagnostic devices such as blood pressure cuff and ECGs and updates the electronic record.  Via our clinical support desk, paramedics can also access previous records which can help in diagnosis.  The information being recorded can also be seen in real time by the hospital staff as a patient is being conveyed so that the A&E Department can be better prepared for when the ambulance arrives.  In addition, a copy of the record is sent electronically to the patient’s GP for their local records.

“We have worked very hard over recent years to improve the support we provide to staff.  As well as regular update training, all operational staff get mentored on the job, and we have also provided 24-hour management support on every ambulance station.

“We also support them pastorally: we now have two physiotherapists helping staff who do get injured back to work. We have expanded our peer support networks for staff should they need any help after serious incidents.  Together these allow us to have the lowest sickness rate in the country.

“Lord Carter recognises the huge cost and frustration experienced by ambulance services dealing with the unacceptable hospital handover delays.  It put a huge extra pressure on my staff, provides poor care for patients and means some patients wait far longer than they should have to, before they receive hospital care.

“We were delighted to have a visit from Lord Carter earlier this year to see the progress we have made over the last five years.  It was clear how impressed he was with what we do here in the West Midlands.

“Lord Carter does highlight that there is further work still to be done, which we fully support.  There is no doubt that further improvements in technology would benefit our staff and patients alike.  We also recognise and welcome his comments about a lack of clinically suitable alternatives to A&E inhibits our ability to keep patients out of hospital.  We will study the report closely so that we can make further improvements for the benefit of patients.”

Picture shows (L-R) Student Paramedic Mohammed Azim, Lord Carter of Coles, WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, Clinical team mentor Leigh Watts.

Man dies on M6 in Staffordshire

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 10.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died following a road traffic collision on the M6 in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry on the northbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 at 6.19am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor were responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a male pedestrian, the driver of a stationary vehicle, who was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest. The team worked together to commence advanced life support at the roadside. Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“Police are appealing for any witnesses to contact 101, quoting incident number 83 of 27 September.”

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Tractor and car collides in Kidderminster

Thursday 27th September 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman needed hospital treatment after their car was involved in a collision with a tractor in Kidderminster yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456, near Rock Sports Youth Football Club in Callow Hill, Kidderminster, at 5.15pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a BASICS doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car and a tractor which had been involved in a serious collision.

“A man, the passenger from the car, sustained multiple serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked with the fire service on scene to carefully extricate him from the car. The man was given pain relief, his wounds were dressed and he was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further trauma care.

“The driver of the car, a woman, had managed to get out of the car unaided and was described as ‘walking wounded’ on scene. Ambulance staff assessed the woman and found she had sustained a head and hand injury. She was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The tractor driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff but was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Who would deliberately target ambulances in brick attack?

Wednesday 26th September 2018 – 9.40am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing for the public’s help in apprehending the individual(s) who attacked not one, but two ambulances with bricks.

The two incidents took place as the ambulance went through the underpass on Birchfield Road at the junction of Aston Lane in Birmingham at about 2.30pm on Tuesday afternoon; the second incident took place at the same location at around 3.00pm.

In the first case, the vehicle was travelling on blue lights to a patient with breathing difficulties.  The ambulance crew had to stop as the windscreen was damaged and meant that a second ambulance had to be sent to the 999 call, resulting in a delay of around 10 minutes in getting help to the patient.

In a bizarre twist, it was that second ambulance that was also targeted as it took the same patient to hospital.  On this occasion, the crew heard a loud bang as they drove along, but it was only once they arrived at hospital that they discovered a dent in the ‘A Post’ just above the windscreen and driver’s door.

Both vehicles are now off the road and it will cost hundreds of pounds to repair.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is hard to put into words how angry and disappointing these incidents are.

“Throwing a brick at any vehicle is dangerous and idiotic, but when it is an ambulance responding to an emergency, it’s beggar’s belief.

“Never mind that two vehicles are off the road which could be out helping to save lives, this was a horrendous incident for the staff involved.  They do a difficult job at the best of times, but to have this sort of incident happen has understandably left them shocked and upset.  I am just thankful that no-one was hurt.

“The potential for this to have turned into an incident which resulted in serious injury or worse is plain to see.  I am therefore asking anyone who was in the area who saw anything or who has CCTV of that area to contact West Midlands Police as soon as possible so that those responsible are brought to justice.”

Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, call 101 anytime or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Quote log number 1364 of 25th September.

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Fatal RTC on motorway

Thursday 20th September 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a single vehicle road traffic collision on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M45, heading towards Rugby near to the junction for Dunchurch, at 11.33am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew also responded in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had been severely damaged after leaving the carriageway and colliding with a tree.

“There was one patient, a man, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

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

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Man seriously injured as lorry overturns

Wednesday 19th September 2018 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been seriously injured after his lorry overturned on the motorway this morning in a single vehicle collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions 3 and 3A on the M42, near Redditch, at 11.44am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer, a senior paramedic, a BASICS doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two patients. The driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, was trapped in his cab as a result of the incident.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and then worked closely with fire service colleagues to help him out of the vehicle.

“He received specialist trauma care for a serious arm injury before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance. The doctor travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route.

“A second patient, who was also in the lorry, avoided injury in the incident and was discharged at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Nuneaton

Friday 14th September 2018 – 4.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man his died and a second has been seriously injured following a collision between a car and two pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ansley Road in Stockingford, Nuneaton at 10.34am and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover three patients in total, two pedestrians and the driver of the car.

“Unfortunately, one of the pedestrians, a man, had suffered extremely serious injuries in the collision. It quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second pedestrian, also a man, received specialist trauma care for multiple serious injuries. He was anaesthetised in order to stabilise his condition before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance in a serious condition.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 50s, appeared to have avoided serious injury in the incident but was taken to the same hospital for further assessment.”

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A teenager has died after an RTC despite work of ambulance and hospital staff

Monday 10th September 2018 – 2.32pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has died after an RTC despite the efforts of ambulance and hospital staff.

The incident happened on Wolverhampton Road in Quinton last night (Sunday 9th September) at about 11.45pm.

An ambulance was on scene less than 3 minutes after the first 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer the the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found an 18-year-old was whose motorbike had hit a tree.

“Ambulance staff carried out life support and advanced trauma care at the scene before taking the man to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Sadly, he died later at hospital.”

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Anyone with information can call the West Midlands Police Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101; quoting log number 2845 of 09/09/18.

A man has been rescued after being found at the bottom of a cliff

Monday 10th September 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to treat a man who was found at the bottom of a cliff near Bridgnorth before he was lowered to safety using ropes.

Emergency services were called to High Rock, off Telford Road at 10.15pm lat night, Sunday.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who was in his 20s, was found at the bottom of a 25 metre cliff, thought it wasn’t clear how he had come to be there.

“The man was complaining of back and shoulder pain.  He was immobilised, had his injuries splinted and was given pain relief.  The HART team then clipped the stretcher onto a rope system put in place by Shropshire Fire; the man was then lowered down a steep embankment before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

Ambulance staff also joined police and fire colleagues in a search of the area after reports that there could have been a second patient.

Nothing was found and ambulance staff were stood down at about 2.50am (Monday).

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Man injured in RTC outside Bullring

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 3.50pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for a serious leg injury by ambulance staff following a collision with a car outside the Bullring in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident, outside Debenhams, at 2.18pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands Care Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 50s, who they were told had briefly been pinned against a wall following the collision.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff the man was treated for a serious leg injury. He appeared to have avoided any other significant injuries in the collision.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 50s, was treated for minor injuries and the effects of shock before being discharged at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Sutton Coldfield

Wednesday 5th September 2018 – 3.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian needed advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this afternoon following a road traffic collision in Sutton Coldfield.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had collided with a pedestrian and a shop window on Mere Green Road in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, shortly before 1.00pm today (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a pedestrian, a woman, who was being cared for by passers-by after being involved in a collision with a car.

“Upon assessment ambulance staff quickly established the woman had sustained multiple serious injuries which required advanced trauma care on scene. The team of ambulance staff worked to administer pain relief whilst stabilising her injuries before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the car, a man, was assessed on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Good Hope Hospital for further checks.”

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An elderly cyclist has died after an incident with a car

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – 3.34pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly cyclist has died after reports of an incident involving a car.

It happened at about noon on Fen End Road West in Knowle

An off-duty paramedic started resuscitation at the scene while two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were en-route.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The exact circumstances of what happened were not clear.

“Unfortunately, the elderly man suffered a cardiac arrest and despite CPR being started shortly after the incident, sadly it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Six people have been treated by ambulance staff after a crash

Tuesday 4th September 2018 – 1:43pm – Murray MacGregor.

A total of six people have been assessed and treated by ambulance staff after a crash.

It happened at the junction of Wednesbury Road and Corporation Street West in Walsall, shortly before 11.00am this morning (Tuesday).

A total of three ambulances, two paramedic officers and the aircrews of two Midlands Air Ambulances, who responded in cars, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, there were a number of damaged vehicles.  One had collided with a lamppost and a wall.  There were three patients:

  • A 20-year-old man had suffered a head injury. He didn’t wish to be immobilised and was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital by ambulance.
  • A 16-year-old girl had suffered multiple injuries. After treatment at the scene, she too was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.
  • A second man had suffered minor injuries and was left with police.

“A second car had suffered significant damage that resulted in the driver being trapped for around an hour.  The woman in her 40s was extricated with the help of firefighters.  She had suffered multiple injuries and was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A 3-year-old girl who was in a car set, escaped serious injury.  She was assessed at the scene and was discharged.

“The final patient was a middle-aged man who was a pedestrian.  He suffered a minor leg injury and was also taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”

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Lorry driver seriously injured following collision with van

Friday 31st August 2018 – 11.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A lorry driver has been seriously injured following a collision involving a van this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Pershore Road South in Birmingham at 6.37am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered the lorry driver, a man in his 40s, receiving excellent first aid from bystanders. The patient was outside of his lorry at the time of the collision.

“He received specialist trauma care for multiple injuries he had suffered, including a serious leg injury.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens. The doctor travelled on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“The van driver, a man, was treated for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene.”

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Woman airlifted after car and tractor collide

Friday 31st August 2018 – 9.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a car and a tractor last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B5063 and B4397 near to Wem in Shrewsbury at 6.04pm and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had suffered significant damage in collision with a tractor.

“There were two patients from the car. The driver, a woman in her 30s, was still inside the vehicle and had to be assisted out by the fire service.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, she was treated for an arm injury and cuts to the face. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further treatment.

“The passenger in the car, a teenage male, had managed to get himself out of the vehicle prior to the arrival of ambulance staff. He was treated for hip pain and cuts to his arm but was able to be discharge on scene.

“The tractor driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Midlands Air Ambulance landing at Royal Stoke University Hospital

Woman cut free and airlifted to hospital after cars and lorry collide

Friday 24th August 2018 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman who was trapped in her car for about 50 minutes before being cut free has been airlifted to hospital following treatment from ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Higher Heath, near Whitchurch, following the collision between two cars and a lorry. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a rapid response paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover two patients who needed treatment.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman in her 40s, was trapped inside her vehicle and had to be cut free by the fire service.

“She was carefully assessed by ambulance staff throughout the process and once freed treated for arm and pelvic injuries. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor back injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man injured as car leaves M5 and catches fire

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 9.10am – Claire Brown.

A man has been taken to hospital after the car he was in left a motorway carriageway and ended up down an embankment before catching fire in Worcestershire in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7 near Severn Stoke, Worcester shortly before 4.00am this morning (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended. A second paramedic officer, who was passing the scene, stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the car was well alight, and one occupant was out of the vehicle. The man in his 50s was fully assessed and found to have sustained multiple cuts and swelling to his arm. He was given pain relief and his wounds were cleaned and dressed on scene before he was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“A thorough search of the area was conducted by all three emergency services for a possible second occupant, but no other patients were found on scene.”

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Cyclist suffers head injury following collision with car

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A cyclist has been treated for a head injury and transported to hospital by ambulance staff following a collision with a car last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Rea Street and Moseley Street in Birmingham at 6.28pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man in his 20s, lying in the road, approximately 30 feet away from his bicycle.

“The man, who was wearing a helmet, was treated for a head injury, a reduced level of consciousness and cuts to the shoulder before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The driver of the car was uninjured in the incident.”

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Man fatally injured and second airlifted following two-car RTC

Thursday 23rd August 2018 – 8.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

One man has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a two-car RTC which resulted in a total of seven patients last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the B4161 and York Avenue in Wolverhampton at 6.51pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene. An off-duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

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

“Despite ambulance staff performing CPR and administering advanced life support, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man in his 20s, who had been helped from one of the cars by bystanders, was treated for a leg injury and a suspected pelvic injury. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A further four patients from the cars, two adults and two children were taken to New Cross Hospital with less serious injuries.

“A seventh patient, who was a bystander, was treated for the effects of shock and also taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist suffers multiple injuries after collision with car

Wednesday 22nd August 2018 – 11:15am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff after suffering serious injuries following a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just before 7.10pm on Tuesday evening near the junction of Uttoxeter Road and the B5013, just outside Abbots Bromley in Staffordshire.

An ambulance arrived on scene in under five minutes and was backed up by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire which had a doctor and critical care paramedic on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a motorcycle that had suffered serious damage.  The car also had severe damage to the bonnet and windscreen.

“The rider, a 46-year-old man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was immobilised and received treatment from the ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car

Tuesday 21st August 2018 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

One person has died after a collision between a lorry and a car in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

It happened at about 12.55am on the A46 Evesham Bypass, near to where the road crosses the River Avon.

An ambulance arrived 8 minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT trauma doctor and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car.

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

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save the driver of the car and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver, a 61-year-old man, was trapped for around 50 minutes.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate him.

“The man had suffered multiple injuries.  He was given pain relief and had a leg splinted and wounds dressed before he was taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.  The doctor from the critical care car travelled with the ambulance crew.”

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Teen airlifted to hospital after bus RTC in Worcester

Monday 20th August 2018 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.

A teenager has been seriously injured after being involved in a collision with a bus in Worcester this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Deansway, near the college, in Worcester at 2.33pm (Monday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer attended the scene and were joined by two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and the other staffed by critical care paramedics, which landed at nearby Worcester Racecourse.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian, a 14-year-old girl, who was unconscious after being involved in a road traffic collision with a bus.

“Ambulance staff worked to quickly assess the girl and found she had sustained serious injuries. Whilst administering initial treatment, crews swiftly transferred the girl by land ambulance on blue lights to meet up with the awaiting air ambulance teams at the racecourse. The girl received further advanced trauma care from the doctor and critical care paramedics who stabilised her condition before she was airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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Boy dies & three people injured in Staffordshire RTC

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

One boy has died and a second has been airlifted to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in North Staffordshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a collision involving a car and a van with one patient reported to be in cardiac arrest on the Uttoxeter Road in Draycott in the Clay, near Uttoxeter at around 12.45pm today (Thursday). Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two paramedic officers, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board and a second BASICS doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a serious road traffic collision involving a car and a van with a total of four patients involved; a driver and two passengers from the car and the van driver.

“A young boy from the car was in cardiac arrest and was already being given bystander CPR. Ambulance staff and the doctors worked as a team to deliver advanced trauma care to him at the scene. He was quickly transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to nearby Royal Stoke University Hospital; a doctor travelled in the ambulance with the crew to continue resuscitation en route.  Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene and in A&E, nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed dead a short time later.

“Crews assessed the second car passenger, a young boy, and due to his condition and the severity of the collision he was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder before being airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital for further specialist care.

“The car driver, a woman in her 20s, sustained multiple injuries and received pain relief to help stabilise her condition before being fully immobilised and taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A man in his 40s, the driver of the van, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and was found to have suffered leg, hip and arm pain. He was given pain relief before being fully immobilised as a precaution and conveyed by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Ambulance broken into & kit stolen – can you help?

Thursday 16th August 2018 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

An ambulance crew, which was parked up on a 999 call, had its window smashed, medical equipment and personal belongings stolen in the early hours of this morning in Stoke-on-Trent.

The incident happened on St Ann Walk in Hanley at around 1.30am this morning. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the side window had been smashed and a variety of items stolen.

Steve Rust, Operations Manager at Stoke ambulance hub, said: “It just gets worse! I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people.

“The equipment stolen included oxygen and entonox cylinders, a basic life support response bag and various personal protective clothing used by ambulance staff. A stethoscope and a number of personal belongings were also taken.

“I am just thankful that my staff weren’t hurt in the attack, but the ambulance crew were understandably upset and angry to find their vehicle had been targeted by thieves. The case was immediately reported to Staffordshire Police and we are working closely with them to help identify the culprits.”

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “This is a truly appalling incident which really does make you question the morals of some people. This despicable crime has meant an ambulance is off the road and unable to respond to 999 calls whilst it’s being repaired, tax-payers money will now have to be spent to replenish the stolen items and I have two members of staff who have lost a number of personal items.

“It is completely unacceptable that ambulance staff, who are there to help people in their hour of need, are made to suffer by members of the public. Any type of attack against our staff and our vehicles will not be tolerated.”

The Trust is appealing for anyone who witnessed anything suspicious at the time to please contact Staffordshire Police on 101?

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Four escape serious injury after car leaves M6 carriageway

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Four occupants of a car escaped serious injury after their car ended up down an embankment following a collision on the M6 in Staffordshire earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 14 and 13 near Seighford at 10.13am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency services arrived on scene they found a car which had ended up down an embankment at the side of the carriageway after reportedly being involved in a collision with a lorry.

“The driver and two of the passengers, all women, had managed to get out of the vehicle unaided. All three were assessed and treated by crews for a range of minor bumps and bruises before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital as a precaution.

“A fourth occupant, an elderly man, was still in the vehicle and was quickly assessed by ambulance staff who ruled out any serious injuries but found he had sustained a shoulder injury. The man was given pain relief on scene and his injury was stabilised before he was taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Pedestrian injured in Coventry RTC

Tuesday 14th August 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian involved in a collision with a car this morning received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff before being alerted to hospital.

The incident happened on Harnall Lane East in Coventry shortly before 8.30am today (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car and was initially knocked unconscious. When ambulance staff arrived he had a reduced level of consciousness and the team worked to carry out a top to toe assessment of the man. They found he had sustained a number of serious injuries which required immediate treatment on scene. Once in a stable condition, the man was immobilised with a spinal board and pelvic splint and taken on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.”
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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a lorry

Monday 13th August 2018 – 4.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been taken to a major trauma centre in a critical condition after a collision with a light goods vehicle.

The incident happened at about 1.40pm on Hagley Road in the Harborne area of Birmingham

An ambulance that was transporting a patient to hospital came across the incident shortly after it had happened.  A second ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board were also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found a middle-aged man who had suffered very significant injuries.

“The man was treated at the scene by ambulance staff.  He was immobilised before being anaesthetised by the doctor and was then taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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Lorry crash on M6

Thursday 9th August 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been taken to hospital after a crash on the M6 that saw a lorry leave the motorway and crash into trees on the embankment.

The crash happened at about 2.30am this morning within junction 13.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an articulated lorry that had left the motorway to the nearside and was against the trees on the embankment.

“The driver was unable to get out until firefighters had stabilised the vehicle. He was then helped out of the cab by ambulance staff.

“The 63 year old was assessed at the scene and treated for a head injury and was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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A pilot has been airlifted to hospital after a microlight crash

Wednesday 8th August 2018 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

A pilot has suffered multiple injuries after the microlight he was in crash landed.

It happened at Charity Farm off Main Road in Baxterley near Atherstone in Warwickshire at just after 6.30pm on Tuesday evening.

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was first on scene and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they were told that the microlight had hit the ground before crashing into a metal fence.

“The pilot, a middle-aged man was initially trapped in the wreckage.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to free him.

“He had suffered serious injuries.  He was treated with advanced trauma care, had splints put in place, was immobilised and was given pain relief before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire to a waiting trauma team.  His injuries are not thought to be life threatening.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Warwickshire

Tuesday 7th August 2018 – 10.40am – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff after coming off his motorcycle in the early hours of today in Bedworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bedworth Road in Bulkington, Bedworth, shortly after 1.30am this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, in a ditch at the side of the road after reportedly colliding with a lamppost. Ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained a serious neck injury. He was given pain relief before the team carefully worked to immobilise him before lifting him out of the ditch. Once stabilised the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Teenager injured in Handsworth RTC

Tuesday 7th August 2018 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A teenage boy was involved in a road traffic collision with a car in Handsworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Benson Road and Willes Road in Handsworth shortly before 6.30pm yesterday (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene and arrived within five minutes of the 999 call being made.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a 13-year-old boy, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained a suspected head injury and a serious leg injury in the collision. The boy was given pain relief to ease his discomfort and his leg was carefully immobilised with a vacuum splint before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Bystander CPR may have saved a driver’s life

Monday 6th August 2018 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

The life of a driver whose car crashed into the stone wall of a barn may have been saved by the swift action of passers-by who went to her aid and started CPR.

The crash happened just before 12.30am this morning near The Old Post Office in Bucknell, near the Shropshire / Herefordshire / Welsh border.

Two ambulances, one from Wales and the other from West Midlands attended the scene along with a West Midlands paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a woman in her 50s who had been pulled from the wreckage of the car she was in with excellent CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) being carried out.

“Ambulance staff took over and managed to get the woman breathing again for herself.  She was immobilised before the crew set off towards the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“However, due to the serious nature of her multiple injuries, the Emergency Operations Centre got the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to rendezvous with the crew near Ludlow.

“Once on board they anaesthetised the woman and provided advanced clinical care while the journey on blue lights continued.

“Once again, the actions of those at the scene have given a patient a chance at survival that they otherwise might not have had.  We would urge everyone to learn how to carry out CPR – you never know when you could be called upon to use the skill to save a life of a friend, loved one or total stranger.”

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Man dies in tractor RTC in Shrewsbury

Tuesday 3rd August 2018 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died in a road traffic collision involving a tractor in Shrewsbury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 1.30pm this afternoon to near the B4371 in Hughley, Shrewsbury. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find a tractor driver, a man, in cardiac arrest following a road traffic collision on a narrow lane. Passers-by and colleagues from the fire service were already performing CPR on the man when crews arrived. Ambulance staff took over resuscitation efforts however, sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.”

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Two children airlifted and three adults taken to hospital after car and van collide

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Two children have been airlifted to hospital and three adults have been taken by land ambulance following a collision between a car and a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4169 in Dawley Hamlets, Telford, at 12.29pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Welsh Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered five patients and the two vehicles which had both suffered significant front-end damage in the collision.

“There were two children amongst the injured, a young boy and a young girl.

“The girl was treated for abdominal and shoulder injuries, immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“The boy had suffered chest and shoulder injuries, was also immobilised and given pain relief before being flown to the same hospital.

“From the same car, a man in his 40s, was treated for head, chest and leg injuries, whilst a woman in her 30s suffered facial, arm and leg injuries. They were both given pain relief and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“The driver of the van, a man in his 40s, was treated for minor hand and abdominal injuries and taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.”

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Incredibly lucky escape following helicopter crash

Wednesday 1st August 2018 – 4.05pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Ambulance crews have described two patients as ‘incredibly lucky’ after they walked away from a helicopter crash without serious injury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a helicopter that had crash landed in a field next to Naunton Road in Naunton Beauchamp, Upper Snodsbury, Worcestershire, at 1.54pm. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On our arrival, the two occupants, a man and a woman, had managed to get themselves out and were sitting away from the helicopter.

“The woman was treated for back and abdominal pain, given pain relief and transported to Worcester Royal Hospital by land ambulance.

“The man suffered minor bumps and bruises in the incident and was discharged at the scene.

“Given the incident had the potential for a far more serious outcome, it is pleasing that both patients have been incredibly lucky to walk away relatively unhurt.”

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Man dies and seven taken to hospital after two cars collide

Tuesday 31st July 2018 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died and seven others required transporting to hospital after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a two-car RTC yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A454 in Worfield, Bridgnorth, at 4.44pm and sent five ambulances, four paramedic officers, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire, as well as the Welsh Air Ambulance, to the scene. An off-duty student paramedic stopped to offer assistance at the scene as did an off-duty doctor and an off-duty nurse.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered eight patients.

“One of whom, a man, was found to be in cardiac arrest with CPR already being performed.

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

“A man in his 20s was treated for leg injuries and facial injuries. He was immobilised and given pain relief and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“A 19-year-old-man was treated for leg injuries. He was also immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to New Cross Hospital.

“A third patient was airlifted, a man in his 40s, who was treated for a back injury before being flown to Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Crews treated a man in his 30s for arm and leg injuries before transporting him to Russells Hall Hospital whilst a man in his 20s was taken to the same hospital with leg and facial injuries.

“Two further patients were taken to New Cross Hospital. A man in his 40s who was treated for shoulder, chest and back pain as well as a man in his 30s who had suffered arm, leg injuries and facial injuries.”

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Fatal crash on motorway

Monday 30th July 2018 – 8:15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a crash on a motorway involving two lorries and a van.

It happened ono the northbound M5 at junction 5 at around 3.15pm on Monday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a van that had suffered severe damage after getting caught between the two lorries.

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

“The driver of the front lorry, a man in his 50s was assessed at the scene for knee pain and shock but was discharged.

“The 60-year-old driver in the rear lorry was assessed at the scene and taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital by ambulance with minor cuts and abrasions.”

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Crash leaves one dead and two seriously injured

Monday 30th July 2018 – 9.20am – Murray MacGregor.

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

The incident happened at about 8.25pm on Kingsland Road in the Kingstanding area of Birmingham.

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, crews found two cars that had suffered significant damage.

“A woman and a man were in the first vehicle.  The woman was rapidly extracted from the vehicle and resuscitation carried out along with advanced life support, but sadly it was not possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver in the car initially had a reduced level of consciousness and was trapped for a short period.  Firefighters removed the roof to allow ambulance staff to extricate him.

“He had suffered multiple injuries, though he regained full consciousness while being treated.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A man in his 20s from the Audi involved in the crash suffered multiple injuries.  He was anaesthetised at the scene and was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the same hospital; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance crew.

“A woman who was at the location but was not from either of the cars was also treated at the scene after becoming unwell.  She was discharged at scene.

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Five to hospital after M6 collision

Friday 27th July – 9.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Five people have been injured and taken to hospital following a motorway collision involving two lorries and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M6, between junctions 15 and 14, at 4.35am and sent four ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find five patients requiring treatment following the collision.

“A teenage boy, who had been travelling in the car, received treatment at the scene for serious injuries before being transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights and sirens.

“Two further children, a boy and a girl, were taken to the same hospital with less serious injuries.

“A woman was treated for cuts to her face and hip pain and also taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, as was a man, with minor injuries.”

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Missing teenager at Bishops Bowl Lakes

Friday 27th July – 8.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to Bishops Bowl Lakes on Station Road, Southam, at 6.12pm last night (Thursday) following reports of a patient in the water.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews were told a teenage male had got into difficulty in the water.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with Warwickshire Fire Service and Warwickshire Police to begin searching for the teenager.

“Sadly, all of our resources were stood down for the night without the patient having been found.

“Specialist police water rescue teams have returned to the site this morning to continue the search.

“The family of the missing teenager continue to be supported by specialist officers from Warwickshire Police.

“Anyone with any information is asked to call Warwickshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 396 of 26th July.”

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Almost 20,000 show interest in student paramedic role

Wednesday 25th July 2018 –9.45am – Claire Brown.

The Trust’s latest recruitment drive to find the life savers of the future, which closed at midnight, has captured the interest of almost 20,000 people.

Since the job opportunity opened on NHS Jobs on Tuesday last week, 19,766 people viewed the vacancy. At the stroke of midnight last night, the vacancy officially closed and, the Trust’s recruitment team are now starting the task of processing an incredible 655 applications. Sadly, a further 714 applications were rejected due to people not meeting the criteria.

The Trust’s Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “After the success of our social media presence and TV programmes like Ambulance, 999 On The Frontline and Inside the Ambulance all featuring our staff here in the West Midlands, the profession has never been so high profile and well respected.

“Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@officialWMAS) have seen loads of people asking for more information about the vacancy and it’s quite unbelievable how many people have taken the time to look at the role of student paramedic.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region and beyond.

“We have seen people apply from all different communities and ages which is really positive news for us because it means we get a really good variety of people from all walks of life, area, ethnic group and community which can only be good for the service. The next step for my team is to process the applications and shortlist candidates for the assessment day which will take place on Saturday 4th August. Thank you to everyone for your interest in the role and good luck to the applicants!”

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Woman suffers serious facial burns in Birmingham following attack

Tuesday 24th July 2018 – 1.00pm – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called to Astbury Avenue, Smethwick shortly before 10.30am today (Tuesday).

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and a Critical Care Car from Midlands Air Ambulance responded to the scene.

Crews arrived to find a woman, in her 40s, who had suffered serious chemical burns to her face following an attack which is believed to have taken place in the vicinity of Northbrook Street in Ladywood. The woman was given pain relief to help ease her discomfort whilst her face was fully irrigated with water to help remove the unknown substance. She was then transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to hospital for further specialist burns treatment.

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Pedestrian and motorcyclist seriously injured in non-stop collision in Kidderminster

Tuesday 24th July 2018 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist and a pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff after being involving in a collision with a car which fled the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a road traffic collision on Broad Street in Kidderminster shortly before 4.00pm yesterday (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian and a motorcyclist who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car which had failed to stop. Upon assessment by ambulance staff, the pedestrian, a man in his 60s, was found to have sustained significant and potentially life-changing injuries which required advanced trauma care at the scene. The emergency team worked to administer pain relief before treating and stabilising his serious injuries. The man was then fully immobilised before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 20s, suffered a number of abrasions to his body. He was given pain relief to ease his discomfort before ambulance staff dressed his wounds. The man was then taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.

“West Mercia Police are appealing for witnesses who saw what happened to come forward by calling 101, quoting 518S of 23rd July.”

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Two hurt after crash that left one vehicle in a hedge

Thursday 19th July 2018 – 5.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have been taken to a major trauma centre after a crash that left one patient trapped for over an hour.

The incident happened at about 10.50am this morning on the A3400 Shipston on Stour to Tredington road.

The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, two ambulance crews and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews found two cars that had both suffered front end damage.  One of the cars was off the road in a hedge and both drivers were trapped.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighter to extricate the patients.

“The first, a middle aged woman was able to get out of the vehicle after firefighters removed the door.  She was treated for potentially serious injuries and was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“It took over an hour to get the driver of the second car out.  The man, who was in his 60s had less serious injuries.  He was given pain relief and was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.”

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A walker has been airlifted from a hillside after a fall

Thursday 19th July 2018 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly walker who was injured after a fall has been airlifted to hospital.

The incident happened at just after 9.00am on The Wrekin, near Telford between Halfway House and Devils Gate.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer in a 4×4 were initially sent to the scene.  An off duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The walker, who was in his 80s, had fallen and landed awkwardly.  The crew and paramedic officer were able to make up to the walker in the 4×4 but after assessing the patient requested an air ambulance be sent and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was dispatched to the scene and landed on the path.

“The walker was assessed at the scene for arm, leg and head injuries before being flown to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”

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Warning after three hurt in barbecue incident

Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 9.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are once again warning about the dangers of using accelerants on barbecues after three people were injured in an incident.

It happened in the village of Hopton Wafers in Worcestershire at about 6.40pm on Tuesday evening.

An ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the West Midlands CARE Team doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The injuries were caused when accelerant was put onto the barbecue resulting in a flash back.

An elderly man suffered very serious burns.  He had active cooling before burns dressings were put in place.  He was given pain relief and fluid therapy before being airlifted to the burns centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

A middle-aged man had also suffered burns.  He was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance with the doctor travelling with the crew.  He had also had active cooling and was given pain relief.

An elderly woman was treated at the scene for less serious burns who had gone to aid the other two patients.  She was discharged at the scene after assessment.

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A man has died after a motorcycle crash

Wednesday 18th July 2018 – 9.05am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcycle rider has died after a crash last night (Tuesday).

The incident happened at about 9.00pm at the roundabout where The Ringway and Comberton Hill meet in Kidderminster.

A senior paramedic officer, a paramedic officer and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the rider in the subway in the middle of the roundabout.

“The man had suffered multiple injuries and sadly, it was immediately obvious that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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