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Fatalities in Stafford house fire

Tuesday 5th February 2019 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

Four children have tragically died in a house fire in Stafford in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the fire service at 2.40am this morning (Tuesday) to reports of a house fire in Sycamore Lane, Stafford. Two paramedic officers, three ambulances, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team, the MERIT trauma team and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an ongoing serious house fire. Three occupants, two adults and a child, had managed to get out of the property. All three patients were assessed and treated on scene by ambulance staff for non-life-threatening injuries before being taken to hospital for further care.

“Tragically, four children from the property were confirmed dead on scene.

“Our thoughts are with the family at this exceptionally difficult time.”

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Trust wins non-emergency ambulance contract

A new non-emergency ambulance contract for Cheshire, Warrington and Wirral, will see additional staff based locally providing ever higher standards of care.

NHS commissioners have awarded a five-year contract to West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS). The service will provide around 180,000 journeys a year, taking eligible patients from their homes to hospitals and treatment centres for consultations, treatments and procedures including services relating to cancer, renal failure and bariatric surgery. The contract will start from 6 April 2019.

WMAS will use an additional 30 vehicles to the previous contract, most of which are wheelchair accessible. This will allow patients to stay in their chair while they are helped into the vehicle at the start of their journey and out at the end making their journey easier.

The number of operating bases will increase from three to five, with sites in Macclesfield and on the Wirral complementing those in Crewe, Ellesmere Port and Warrington. Therefore, staff will not have to travel as far to work and will be able to operate more regularly in areas with which they are familiar.

The new contract will allow WMAS to recruit around 40 additional staff.  They, together with the existing staff, will use additional equipment bought to enhance care in various specialties including bariatrics – the branch of medicine that deals with obesity.

Dr Julia Huddart, clinical lead for urgent and emergency care at NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) – one of the commissioners, said: “We and our partners recognised that this is an essential service for eligible patients. For that reason, we required potential providers to bid against a robust operating model that would ensure a high-quality, reliable and accessible service.

“The service specification was shaped by users of the existing service, with whom we worked closely throughout the tendering process.”

Michelle Brotherton, WMAS non-emergency services operational delivery director, said: “Putting patient care first has always been our number one priority and we feel this new contract will allow us to provide the level of patient care we feel is appropriate. Our bid was the perfect balance of value for money and quality.”

Unison staff side chair Stuart Gardner and GMB organiser Michael Buoey said: “All trade unions are pleased that WMAS has retained the contract, and we look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our members, staff and patients in Cheshire and the Wirral.”

The contract was awarded by NHS Wirral CCG for itself and on behalf of NHS Eastern Cheshire CCG, NHS South Cheshire CCG, NHS Vale Royal CCG, NHS Warrington CCG, NHS West Cheshire CCG and NHS Wirral CCG.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Worcester

Tuesday 29th January 2019 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition after a collision with a vehicle in Worcester this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a road traffic collision involving a pedestrian and a vehicle on the A449 between Claines Lane and Ombersley Park junctions at 5.55am this morning (Tuesday). Two ambulances and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries following a collision with a vehicle.

“The team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the man before he was taken by ambulance on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Great Barr RTC

Tuesday 29th January 2019 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff this morning following a collision involving a car in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Queslett Road in Great Barr at 7.40am (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he was in a serious condition and required advanced trauma care at the roadside before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care; the doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.”

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Bus and car in serious collision

Monday 28th January 2019 – 6.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

One man has suffered multiple injuries after a collision between a car and a double decker bus.

It happened at the junction of Friary Road and Handsworth Wood Road in the Handsworth area of Birmingham at around 2.30pm today, Monday.

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the West Midlands Care Team were sent to the scene.

AWest Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff found a car that had suffered significant front end damage leaving the driver trapped.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the man from the car.  He was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with serious injuries.

“The teenage front seat passenger had suffered less serious injuries.  He was taken to Sandwell Hospital by ambulance.

Thankfully none of the passengers from the bus was hurt.  The man driving the double decker was checked over by ambulance staff.  He had minor injuries and was shaken up but was discharged after assessment.

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Driver hurt after rollover RTC

Monday 28th January 2019 – 9.35am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered potentially serious injuries after a rollover RTC.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Haselor Lane in Hinton on the Green near Evesham at around 9.30pm on Sunday.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and The Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.  On arrival they found a car on its roof and the patient around 20 metres away.

A WMAS spokesman said: “The man was assessed at the scene for multiple injuries.  He was treated at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The doctor from the critical care car travelled with the crew.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 2.15pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Coventry Road in Nuneaton shortly after midday (Wednesday). 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: “The pedestrian, a woman, was already receiving first aid by police officers when ambulance crews arrived. The woman had sustained serious injuries and the team of ambulance staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Bearwood

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 11.20am – Claire Brown.

A woman has died and a man has been injured following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a two vehicle RTC at the junction of the Hagley Road and Lordswood Road in Bearwood at around 11.50pm last night (Tuesday). Three ambulances, a MERIT trauma doctor and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, police officers were already performing CPR on a woman, the driver of one of the cars involved. Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts but sadly nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to hospital for further checks.”

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Man dies in Burton-upon-Trent

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 11.15am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has died following a reported road traffic collision in Staffordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a seriously injured pedestrian on Horninglow Road in Burton-upon-Trent shortly after 10.30pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a car with a doctor on board from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found police administering CPR to a male pedestrian who had reportedly been in collision with a vehicle. Ambulance staff continued advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Child seriously injured in Stafford

Wednesday 23rd January 2019 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A child has been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Stafford last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in a car park off Newport Road, Stafford at around 5.50pm yesterday evening (Tuesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base at Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found the pedestrian, a boy, in a serious condition already receiving first aid by emergency service colleagues and bystanders. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care to the boy before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Bournville RTC

Friday 18th January 2019 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man has died following a road traffic collision on Bournville last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from police to reports of an RTC on Bristol Road South near to Witherford Way shortly after 10.30pm yesterday (Thursday). The mental health triage car, based at Bournville Lane police station with a paramedic, police officer and mental health nurse on board, was on scene within two minutes of the 999 call being made. An ambulance, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor were also responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the car, a man, was in a serious condition following a collision with a tree. Ambulance staff immediately began to administer trauma care to the man. Despite the best efforts of ambulance staff, police and fire colleagues nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Erdington collision

Wednesday 16th January 2019 – 8.20pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on Chester Road in Erdington at around 8.45pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find an off-duty nurse and bystanders administering first aid to a pedestrian, a man. Upon assessment ambulance staff found he was in a serious condition and quickly worked as a team to administer advanced trauma care on scene before he was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Two men airlifted following Lichfield RTC

Tuesday 15th January 2019 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision involving a lorry and a van in Lichfield this afternoon has left two men in a serious condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wood End Lane in Fradley, Lichfield shortly before 12.30pm today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, three paramedic officers, the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance 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 a serious RTC involving two patients.

“The driver of the van, a man, sustained serious injuries. The team of ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to release him from the vehicle whilst he received advanced trauma care on scene. Once stabilised, the man was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.

“The lorry driver, a man, also suffered serious injuries which required emergency treatment by ambulance crews on scene before he was conveyed by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Friday 11th January 2019 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has died following a two-car collision this morning, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Lanchester Way and the A452 in Castle Bromwich at 8.15am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, both men, following the collision.

“One of the men was still inside his car and after ambulance staff quickly discovered he had suffered serious injuries in the incident, he was rapidly freed from his vehicle and treatment began immediately.

“Specialist trauma care was administered, however, sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second man, who was from the other car, was assessed and treated for minor injuries at the scene before being transported to Heartlands Hospital.”

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Man seriously injured after car collides with tree

Friday 11th January 2019 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been treated for serious injuries following a two-car collision night which resulted in one of them hitting a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Churchover, Rugby – near to the junction with Newton Lane – at 11.24pm and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene. Two critical care teams from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Service also attended in rapid response cars, together with an ambulance from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man lying near a bush and a car that had suffered significant damage.

“He was treated for multiple serious injuries suffered in the incident before being taken to hospital on blue lights and sirens. Medics from one of the critical care teams travelled with the patient on the back of the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“A further three patients were assessed at the scene but were all discharged on scene with minor injuries.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Winson Green

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian received trauma care by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC involving a pedestrian at the junction of Bacchus Road and Nineveh Road, Winson Green shortly after 6.00pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a BASICS emergency doctor responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car which had collided with several vehicles and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required trauma care from the doctor and ambulance crews. The woman was stabilised on scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further care.

“The car driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for his injuries on scene before being conveyed to the same hospital.”

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Fatal house fire in Stoke-on-Trent

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

One man has sadly died, and 10 other people required assessment by ambulance staff following a property fire in Stoke-on-Trent last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property off the B5041 London Road, Stoke-on-Trent at around 11.50pm yesterday (Wednesday). Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“A total of 10 other patients were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene. Two women and a man sustained minor injuries which required further treatment at Royal Stoke University Hospital.  All other patients were discharged on scene.”

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Incident on M6

Thursday 10th January 2019 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that Staffordshire Police requested our assistance at a police operation on the M6 between junctions 15 and 16 in Staffordshire yesterday evening (Wednesday). Three paramedic officers, a BASICS emergency doctor and two ambulance crews were responded.

A total of 27 occupants from a vehicle which was stopped by the police received medical assessments on scene by ambulance staff. All were in a stable condition and didn’t require hospital treatment. All 27 patients were discharged on scene and left in the care of the police.

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Motorcyclist dies in Warwickshire

Wednesday 9th January 2019 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

Despite the best efforts of bystanders and ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the life of a motorcyclist following a collision with a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A423 Banbury Road in Wormleighton shortly before 5.15pm yesterday (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a community first responder and the critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist and a car which had left the road and were in a ditch. The motorcyclist, a man, was being given CPR by a nurse who was passing the scene and stopped to help. Ambulance crews took over resuscitation efforts and worked as a team to administer advanced life support to the man. Sadly, he couldn’t be saved and was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.

“The car driver, a woman, was out of the vehicle and was given treatment on scene for minor injuries. She didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Man dies in Warwick collision

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 9.15am – Claire Brown.

A man has sadly died after the car he was in collided with a tree in Warwick last night.

The incident happened on Primrose Hill, Warwick and West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police requesting our attendance just after 10.00pm (Monday). An ambulance and a paramedic officer responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree. The occupant, a man, sustained serious injuries. Sadly, nothing could be done by ambulance staff to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Car collides with tree in Evesham

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 8.55am – Claire Brown.

A car which collided with a tree yesterday evening in Evesham left two people injured, one seriously.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Broadway Road, Evesham at 7.15pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance air based in Strensham and a second critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived the driver of the car, a man, had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle. He had suffered minor injuries and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital for further checks. The passenger, a woman, sustained serious injuries which required ambulance crews and the air ambulance medics to administer advanced trauma care on scene. They worked closely with the fire service to carefully extricate her from the car before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist trauma care.”

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Woman and child injured in Stafford RTC

Tuesday 8th January 2019 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews responded to a serious RTC involving two pedestrians and a car in Stafford yesterday rush hour.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 Mosspit and The Pippins at around 5.45pm last night (Monday). Three ambulance, a paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Midlands Air Ambulance base in Tatenhill responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two pedestrians, a woman and a girl, who had been involved in a collision with a car. The woman sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care. The girl sustained minor injuries and received treatment at the roadside before being taken to the same hospital as a precaution. The car driver, a woman, was checked over on scene and was conveyed to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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A potentially lifesaving New Year’s resolution

Monday 7th January 2018 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

It may be a bit late to make a New Year’s resolution, but make this one anyway; know what the signs of a heart attack are.

We’ve all seen TV programmes where someone collapses with chest pain and it’s therefore definitely a heart attack, but is that what the reality is like?

What is a heart attack?

First things first; a heart attack is where there’s a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of your heart usually caused by a blood clot.

This can seriously damage the heart muscle and be life-threatening.  As such you should dial 999 immediately.  The sooner you get help the better your chances of survival and rapid assistance could also reduce the level of damage meaning you’ll have a better quality of life going forward.

What signs and symptoms should I look out for?

Jason Wiles, Lead Paramedic for Emergency Care, said: “As with most medical conditions, the signs depend on the individual.  Pain in your chest that suddenly occurs and doesn’t go away is the classic symptom.  The pain may spread to your arm, neck, jaw, back or stomach.  For some, the pain or tightness is severe, while others just feel uncomfortable.  You may also feel sick, sweaty, light headed or short of breath.

“However, the elderly, women, or those with diabetes may not get classic symptoms as the condition can cause nerve damage which affects how you feel pain.  Some people also confuse their stomach for their chest and all they have is indigestion!

If I’m concerned, what should I so

Jason says: “Even if you aren’t sure, it’s important to seek medical attention to be on the safe side so phone for an ambulance immediately.

“Try to remain calm, answer the questions you’ll be asked as best you can as that will ensure you get the right help.  They call handler will also be able to provide advice while you await the ambulance.

“You should sit and rest; getting up and walking around may put unnecessary strain on your heart. If possible, get someone else to open the door for the ambulance crew as this saves time.”

A heart attack is life-threatening. If you think you or anyone else is having a heart attack, call 999 for an ambulance immediately.

You can get more information here

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Trust welcomes news that school children are to be taught CPR

Thursday 3rd January 2018 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service says thousands of lives could be saved in years to come with news that all secondary school children are to be taught CPR and basic first aid skills.

Each year, West Midlands Ambulance Service attends about 4,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests.  Sadly, only about 7% of those people will survive!  It’s a shocking figure, especially when in some countries like Denmark, the figure is around 25%.

The Government has announced that it is planning to make health education compulsory in all state-funded schools.  Under the proposed new guidance, by the end of secondary school pupils will be taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, said: “There is no doubt that coming across a cardiac arrest is scary.  It’s different to a heart attack.  In a cardiac arrest, the patient will be unconscious and their heart won’t be beating – they are clinically dead – unless someone is prepared to do something.

“Giving CPR buys the patient time, so the ambulance service can get there.  You can’t hurt the person; doing something can only help.

“For every minute without life-saving treatment the chance of surviving a cardiac arrest drops by about 10% – meaning that the time before an ambulance arrives is crucial

“I can speak from personal experience – saving a life is the most incredible feeling; knowing that your actions mean someone will get to spend time with their loved ones when they wouldn’t otherwise have had that chance.

“A cardiac can strike anyone at any time: it could be a loved one, a friend, a complete stranger.  If you know what to do, you could help save their life.  Why would you not want to learn how to do CPR?  It doesn’t take long to learn and there are courses all over the place.”

Here’s Cliff Medlicott demonstrating how to do CPR

 

 

 

 

Would we be able to get to you in an emergency?

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

It’s a conundrum that many of our crews come across on a not irregular basis – which key safe is yours?

There is no doubt that Key Safes are great, especially for family members and carers who are visiting people who are unsteady on their feet or for a number of other reasons can’t easily come to the door.

However, as you can see in the picture, we sometimes get called to apartment complexes where our staff are faced with multiple Key Safes at the front door of the building.

  1. If you have to call us and this is what it looks like outside your front door, please let us know which one is yours!

We understand that you probably don’t want to put a number on it, but perhaps put some other distinguishing mark on the safe so that we can quickly identify the correct one.

In a real emergency, those few seconds saved could make the difference between life and death.

Woman suffers critical injuries

Thursday 3rd January 2019 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman suffered critical injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened outside the GP Surgery on Bunbury Road in the Northfield area of Birmingham at about 4.50pm on Wednesday afternoon.

A nurse was quickly on scene and provided care until the ambulance resources arrived four minutes after the 999 call.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the West Midlands Care Team car with two doctors on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews took over care of the woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“Staff used advanced life support techniques at the scene before she was taken by ambulance on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctors travelled with the ambulance crew.

“There were a man and a woman in the car; neither was injured.”

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Trust responds quicker than ever before

Wednesday 2nd January 2019 – 2.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

Despite it traditionally being the busiest night of the year, 999 calls were answered and cases responded to more quickly than ever before in the West Midlands. On New Year’s Eve night, across the region calls were answered in just one second on average.

The Trust’s two control rooms, based in Brierley Hill and Stafford, saw a 3.5% increase in the number of calls received between 7pm on New Year’s Eve and 6am on New Year’s Day but thanks to months of planning and preparation, calls were answered incredibly quickly.

In total, the Trust received 2,140 calls during that timeframe, compared to 2,068 the year before. Though there was a fall in the number of calls received on New Year’s Day, down to 4,152 in 2019 compared to 4,442 12-months earlier.

With planning for the festive period having started in the summer, staffing levels were maximised for New Year’s Eve and there were more staff and ambulances out on the roads of the West Midlands than ever before in order to ensure patients continued to receive the very highest standards of care possible.

WMAS Head of Emergency Operations Centres, Jeremy Brown, said: “It is testament to my staff that calls were answered incredibly quickly despite this traditionally being our busy night of the year.

“Our staff, both in control and out on the road, have to give up a lot of time with their families at this time of year and I thank them for all of their efforts and dedication.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “I am incredibly proud of the way that our control room staff were able to answer calls incredibly quickly on such a busy night, just as they do throughout the rest of the year.

“That, together with the hard work of ambulance staff who were out responding to the calls helped to ensure patients received care as quickly as possible. I would like to thank everyone involved for putting the public before themselves and their families.”

Calls received by hour on NYE 7pm-8pm 8pm-9pm 9pm-10pm 10pm-11pm 11pm-12am 12am-1am 1am-2am 2am-3am 3am-4am 4am-5am 5am-6am
2018/19 145 148 153 192 217 268 278 249 204 161 125
2017/18 210 172 167 183 168 272 237 212 202 124 121
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Total calls received by area Birmingham Black County Arden Staffordshire Herefordshire Shropshire Worcestershire
Jan 1st 2019 1001 957 534 836 113 297 388
Jan 1st 2018 1007 1016 633 865 144 305 439
Difference (-6) (-59) (-99) (-29) (-31) (-8) (-51)

 

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Car leaves carriageway of M5 in Worcestershire

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews joined police and fire colleagues on the M5 earlier today after a car ended up in a ditch leaving a man with serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M5 between junctions 8 and 7, Whittington, shortly after 11.00am this morning (Monday). A paramedic officer together with two ambulances and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a second from Stresham, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found a car which had left the carriageway and had ended up overturned in a ditch.

“One man had managed to self-extricate from the vehicle and, upon assessment, was found to have sustained minor injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“A second man was trapped in the vehicle and had sustained serious injuries. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service who worked to carefully extricate him from the car. Once released, the man received trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man seriously injured in Bewdley RTC

Monday 24th December 2018 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man received trauma care by ambulance staff this morning after a two-car collision in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456 Bewdley Bypass shortly after 10.00am this morning (Monday). Three 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 man who had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Ambulance staff worked with the fire service at the scene to extricate him from the vehicle while he received trauma care.

“The man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Two other patients, who suffered minor injuries, were treated by ambulance crews before they were taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.”

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Two women and child injured in Stoke-on-Trent collision

Monday 24th December 2018 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

Two women and a child received trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of an RTC yesterday in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC on Blackbank Road in Stoke-on-Trent at 5.50pm last night (Sunday). Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a North Staffordshire BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been in a collision. The drivers of both cars, two women, sustained serious injuries and received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene. They were extricated from their car with help from the fire service before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A child from one of the cars suffered minor injuries and was treated on scene before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Cyclist and pedestrian die in separate RTCs on Saturday

Monday 24th December 2018 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance crews responded to two separate road traffic collisions in Birmingham on Saturday where two people sadly died.

At around 11.50am on Saturday (22nd December), the Trust’s control room received a 999 call to reports of an RTC involving a car and a cyclist on Eastcote Lane, Solihull. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a BASICS emergency doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find the cyclist, a man, who was in a serious condition. Sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The two occupants of the car, a woman and a teenager, were assessed on scene by ambulance staff before being taken to hospital for further checks.”

Later the same day, just before 3.30pm, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an RTC involving a pedestrian on the A38 Bristol Road near to Pebble Mill Road in Birmingham. The Trust’s control room quickly responded two ambulances, two paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT doctor on board and a critical care car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had sustained serious injuries. The team of medics administered advanced life support at the roadside but sadly the woman couldn’t be saved and was confirmed dead a short time later at the scene.”

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Two fatal RTCs in Shropshire at the weekend

Monday 24th December 2018 – 8.30am – Claire Brown.

Ambulance staff were sadly unable to save the lives of two people who died in two separate road traffic collisions in Shropshire at the weekend.

On Saturday (22nd December) West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two car RTC at the junction of the A5 and the B5009, near to The Queens Head between Shrewsbury and Oswestry, shortly after 9.00am. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma team on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found four patients who required assessment. One woman suffered serious injuries and her condition quickly deteriorated. Ambulance staff worked as a team to administer advanced life support on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.

“The three other patients were given treatment on scene for minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

On Sunday (23rd December), a 999 call was received by the Trust’s control room to reports of a serious RTC involving a lorry and a car on the A518 Wellington Road, near the Red House pub, in Telford at 11.10am. An ambulance and a paramedic officer responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “An off-duty nurse, who came across the RTC, was providing first aid to a man who was in the car. Ambulance crews found he was in a serious condition and quickly administered emergency treatment. Sadly the man couldn’t be saved and he was confirmed dead on scene. The lorry driver suffered minor injuries but didn’t require hospital treatment.”

 

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Over 13,000 show interest in Student Paramedic role

Monday 17th December 2018 – 5.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

After the success of TV programmes like ‘Ambulance’ (BBC One), ‘999 On the Frontline’ (More 4) and ‘Inside the Ambulance’ (W Channel), a recruitment campaign to find paramedics of the future is attracting hundreds of applicants.

Since the application opened on NHS Jobs, just over 13,000 people have viewed the job description and person specification.  Not only that, over 1,000 people have started their application.  But you don’t have long to complete the process, applications close on Christmas Eve.

Recruitment Manager, Louise Harris, said: “There is no doubt that we have seen a huge level of interest in the role of student paramedic.  Our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (@officialWMAS) have seen loads of people asking for more information.  We’re also providing daily hints and tips.

“It is great news that so many people have taken the time to look at the role.  As an ‘earn as you learn’ scheme, it opens up possibilities to a wide range of people in the region.

“We have seen people apply from all different communities and backgrounds but also a wide range of ages from teens to their 50s; many who are looking at a complete career change or even a third career.

“From our perspective, this is excellent news 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.”

Applications close at 11.59pm on Monday 24th December.  To date, 342 people have submitted their application with hundreds more midway through.

To apply you need to have at least five GCSEs (A – C grade) including English, Maths and Science, and a single A Level in any subject.  Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.  In addition, you must at least have applied for you C1 driving licence.

If you have tried to apply and not said that you have the correct qualifications or applied for your C1, your application will be stopped automatically.  If you have filled this in error and need to get the system reset, you can contact the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 896 or email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk

Please go to www.jobs.nhs.uk and search for Job Ref: 217-VN235-18-19

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Ambulance crew chased and vehicle damaged

Thursday 29th November 2018 – 12.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

Officers from West Midlands Police have arrested a man after he assaulted one of our crews as they tried to treat him.

The incident happened in Handsworth after a 999 call at just before 7am this morning (Thursday).

The crew was chased into their ambulance, where the perpetrator subsequently smashed one of the windows.

The Force Response Unit from West Midlands Police tweeted to say that one of their officers was assaulted during the arrest, but the perpetrator is now in custody.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Although physically unhurt, this must have been a terrifying ordeal for our staff.  We will provide support for them going forwards, but this is something that simply should not happen.

“No one deserves to be assaulted, but our staff are there to help people in their hour of need; they are there to protect and save the lives of the public.”

Staffside Chair, Stuart Gardner added: “We will work with the Trust to push for charges to be brought against this individual and should he be convicted, we hope that the courts will use the full powers now in place through the new Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018 to hand down a punishment that will not leave ambulance staff feeling let down.

“The public have made their feelings known about such cases and we hope the courts will take that on board.”

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Forging an alliance to improve patient care

Thursday 22nd November 2018 – 3.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three ambulance services have announced plans to form an alliance that could have a real impact on patient care.

Between them, South East Coast, South Western and West Midlands Ambulance Services take over 2.5 million 999 calls every year.  The three Trusts plan to form an alliance that will see them working even more closely to deliver efficiency savings to invest in front line services.

The alliance expects to deliver savings through initiatives such as the joint procurement of supplies, including equipment and fuel.  In addition, the three will work collaboratively to share best practice across the area for the benefit of patients and staff.  They will also work on improving resilience between the organisations for planned events and major incidents.

The work will draw upon existing benchmarking and evidence from the National Audit Office investigation into ambulance services, and more recently, the report from Lord Carter into efficiency and productivity.

There are no plans to merge services or restructure existing operations, but the changes mean that the three Trusts can make every pound of taxpayers’ money work as efficiently as possible.

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service added: “I can see real improvements in the way we work coming from the development of our relationships between organisations.  In particular I can see how we will improve the resilience of our Services which can only benefit staff and patients alike.”

Ken Wenman, Chief Executive of South Western Ambulance Service, said: “I am really excited by this new alliance.  There are significant benefits for both our people and our patients from the three services working more closely together.  It will allow us to reduce duplication and learn from best practice which will save money and ultimately improve the care we provide for our patients.”

Daren Mochrie Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “This is the right thing to do for our patients and our staff.  By forming this partnership, we will be able to bring together the knowledge and experience of three Trusts to explore ways to reduce variation in some areas and develop new joint initiatives that will untimely enhance the quality of the care for our patients.”

The decision to move towards an alliance was agreed on Tuesday (20th November) by the Chief Executives and Chairs of the three Trusts follows the recommendations of the Carter report, which described ambulance services working in an alliance to deliver efficiency savings and improved productivity.

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, said: “There are clear advantages of the three organisations working together which can only benefit staff and the public we serve.  This alliance will allow us to improve the care we provide to patients whilst supporting our staff who work incredibly hard every day.”

SWAST Chairman, Tony Fox, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to capitalise on the best the three ambulance services has to offer, use the significant purchasing power we collectively have and learn from the experience and share best practice between alliance partners to improve the quality of the service to our patients here in the South West.”

SEACAMB Chairman, David Astley, said: “I am confident that, by working closely in partnership with our colleagues from SWAST and WMAS, we will all be able to benefit from sharing best practice and making efficiencies through joint procurement to drive real improvements for our staff and our patients.”

Note to Editors

  • SECAMB: Covers 3,600 square miles and a population of 4.8 million. On average they receive 2,500 per day.
  • SWAST: Covers 10,000 square miles (20% of mainland England) with a population of 5.5m. The Trust receives, on average 3,200 calls per day.
  • WMAS: Covers 5,000 square miles with a population of 5.6 million. The Trust receives on average 4,000 calls per day.

The three services have a joint income of over £700 million, which means greater economies of scale for procurement.

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New partnership ‘blue lights’ the way for University and Ambulance Service

Wednesday 14th November 2018 – 2.45pm – Murray MacGregor

The University of Wolverhampton and West Midlands Ambulance Service have joined forces to create the UK’s first university-ambulance trust.

The two organisations have forged the new partnership which will see them both working together even closer on collaborative projects, research, sharing clinical expertise, joint curriculum development and staff exchanges.

It will also involve the University helping the service to develop and accredit the continuous professional development available to its staff.  Already, the University’s Paramedic Science students are guaranteed a job with the service if they pass their course and all necessary professional tests.

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The move means the service has changed its name to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust, becoming the first university ambulance service in the country.

Another key part in the partnership will be the joint development of courses and research in the area of emergency management.

The University has recently set up its Emergency Management and Resilience Centre at its Telford Innovation Campus which looks at issues around emergency planning, disaster management, resilience and response at a local, regional, national and international level.

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Speaking at a formal launch event at the University of Wolverhampton, Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to further strengthen the relationship and work between the two organisations.

“We are training more and more paramedics and the partnership will see this level increasing further. We feel it also recognises the role of Paramedic as being at graduate level and a specialist position within the health service.

“As well as the graduate level opportunities it will create, we are also excited about the collaborative work we will carry out with the service to help train and upskill their existing staff and working together on research around Emergency Management and Resilience.”

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Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “This link up with the University of Wolverhampton formally recognises the role we play both in the education of paramedics and research activities to advance paramedic science.  More and more of our staff are receiving a university education.”

WMAS Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, said: “We have been the leading ambulance service in the development of paramedics through a university process.  Our close partnerships and collaborations mean that over the last decade, literally thousands of students have undertaken placements with the Trust as they learn their profession.  Currently over 700 student paramedics are being trained with a more than 400 more entering full-time study.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service works with four universities to train paramedics: the University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester, Staffordshire University and University of Coventry.

WMAS also has an extensive research portfolio, participating in work that is of international significance, which will be developed further over time.  This has included studies into the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests; the use of pre-hospital blood products for traumatic haemorrhage; the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in a prehospital setting for patients with acute respiratory failure; and the use of GTN in patients with hyperacute stroke.

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Urgent referral team goes live helping patients and hospitals alike

Monday 5th November 2018 – 7.04pm – Murray MacGregor.

Today saw the return of a service that will help some of the sickest patients we see get to hospital on time while helping the 999 service get to patients even more quickly.

After weeks of planning, hard work from numerous departments within WMAS, today saw the PTS Urgent Referral Tier return for the winter months.

Tactical Commander, James Williams, said: “Last winter was one of the most challenging we have ever faced.  One of the ways we helped ensure ambulance crews got to 999 calls quickly was to launch the Urgent Referral Tier.

“The crews are made up on one member of our non-emergency patient transport service and a clinician, usually a paramedic.

“Together they transport patients who have already been assessed by a clinician, often a GP, who has decided they require attendance at hospital and are sufficiently poorly that they need to be taken by ambulance.   Equally, they will help the hospitals by taking patients home once they have been discharged.

By getting these crews to do the transfer, it means our frontline ambulances can concentrate on the 999 calls.

“Over the winter we will have 12 crews operating from Coventry, Dudley, Frankley, Gravelly Hill and Wolverhampton, solely attending urgent removal cases.

“These staff will play a vital role in helping to reduce the pressure on A&E Departments  and our frontline ambulances.”

Pictured: Some of the staff at our Gravelly Hill base just before they set off earlier today.

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Knowing what to do when someone had a cardiac arrest saved Glenn Hoddle’s life. Would you know what to do?

Over the weekend, the life of Glenn Hoddle was saved by the quick actions of a sound engineer who started CPR and used a defibrillator  when the former England international footballer suffered a cardiac arrest.

Each year, West Midlands Ambulance Service attends about 4,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests.  Sadly, only about 7% of those people will survive!  It’s a shocking figure, especially when in some countries like Denmark, the figure is around 25%.  Why? Simple, the number of people who know CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and are prepared to act is too small.  It’s even more tragic when you consider how easy it is to do.

When someone has a cardiac arrest, every second counts.  The patient will be unconscious and their heart won’t be beating – they are clinically dead and will stay that way unless someone is prepared to do something.

Giving CPR buys the patient time, so the ambulance service can get there.  You can’t hurt the person; doing something can only help.  For every minute after the patient’s heart has stopped, their chance of survival drops by 10%, so you can see why time is of the essence.

Community Response Manager Cliff Medlicott says: “While yes, it might be scary,  easy it is easy to be a #lifesaver:

While CPR can buy you time, it is the use of a defibrillator that will get save the patient.  There are now thousands of AEDS – automatic external defibrillators  – in the community.  You’ve probably seen them at airports, railway stations, but increasingly on the walls of village shops, supermarkets and even old telephone boxes.

The question is; do you know where your nearest #defib is?  If not, make sure you find out as your life, or the life of a loved one could depend on it.

Senior paramedic Nick Henry says: “I can only speak personally, but saving a life is the most incredible experience; knowing that your actions mean someone will get to spend time with their loved ones when they wouldn’t otherwise have had that chance.

“You don’t need any training to use an AED; they actually tell you what to do, so please take the time to find the closest device to your home and work at least and you could save a life:

A cardiac can strike anyone at any time: it could be a loved one, a friend, a complete stranger.  If you know what to do, you could help save their life.  Why would you not want to learn how to do CPR?  It doesn’t take long to learn and there are courses all over the place.

Ambulance broken into – can you help to solve a crime?

Tuesday 30th October 2018 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

We’re appealing for help to identify an individual who broke into an ambulance and stole personal belongings on Sunday night whilst the crew were inside a property treating a patient.

The incident happened on Frankley Beeches Road at the junction of Egghill Lane in Northfield, Birmingham at around 9.00pm on Sunday 28th October. The ambulance crew were treating a patient inside a nearby property and returned to their locked ambulance to find the driver’s side window had been smashed and a variety of personal items stolen including an iPhone.

Nathan Hudson, the Trust’s Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, said: “I cannot begin to understand why someone would do this to an emergency blue lighted vehicle which has the sole responsibility of helping people. It 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; money which would’ve been better spent elsewhere in the service to help respond to patients.

“It is 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. I am just thankful that, on this occasion, my staff weren’t hurt. If you are able to help to solve this crime, please come forward.”

The Trust has released CCTV footage, captured by the ambulance’s external cameras, in the hope that it helps to identify the individual. If you have any information about this incident, witnessed anything suspicious at the time or recognise this individual, please contact West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 quoting crime number 20BW-249810Q/18.

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One cyclist has died and another has been injured after a collision with an HGV

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 2.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

One cyclist has died and another has been injured after an incident involving an HGV.

It happened close to the junction of the A449 and Manor Lane, Waresley to the south of Kidderminster at about 11.00am this morning (Monday).

Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor and critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A police vehicle was only seconds away after the collision had happened.  In addition, an off-duty paramedic and the crew of a WMAS non-emergency patient transport vehicle all stopped to provide assistance.

“Sadly, despite all of the efforts, it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The second cyclist was treated at the scene before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and continued treatment.

“The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 11.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has suffered potentially life-threatening injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened on Chester Road in the Castle Vale area of Birmingham at just before 9.10am this morning.

An ambulance came across the incident four minutes after the call and was backed up by a second ambulance, the Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a woman who had suffered very serious injuries.

“She was treated on scene by ambulance staff and the doctor before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance; the doctor travelled with the ambulance.

“The woman driving the car was shaken but wasn’t injured.”

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A man has died and another has been seriously injured

Monday 22nd October 2018 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff and a doctor provided advanced clinical skills at the scene of a crash that left one man dead and another with potentially serious injuries.

The crash happened at about 10.35pm on Sunday evening on Newbold Rd in Newbold Pacey, Warwickshire.

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 collided with a tree.

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

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to extricate the front seat passenger who had suffered potentially serious injuries.

“He was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor and critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance.

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One person has died and another been seriously hurt after a crash

Friday 19th October 2018 – 7.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

One woman has died and another has been seriously hurt after a two car collision.

It happened on the A3400 London Road, just to the south of Shipston on Stour near the cemetery at about 3.30pm on Friday afternoon.

An ambulance, two paramedic officers from West Midlands Ambulance Service, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and a rapid response vehicle from South Western Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, members of the public were performing resuscitation on one of the drivers.

“Ambulance staff immediately took over and provided advanced clinical care, but sadly it was not possible to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene

“The other driver, also a woman, suffered serious injuries. After being assessed and treated at the scene, she was airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.”

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Bus driver praised for making sure passengers safe

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 10.38am – Murray MacGregor.

A bus driver is being praised for ensuring all of his passengers were off the vehicle after the double decker caught fire.

The incident happened at just after 9.00am this morning near the junction of Gibbet Hill Road and Kenilworth Road in Coventry, beside the University of Warwick Campus.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When the driver noticed the smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment of his bus, he stopped immediately and then made sure that all the passengers were off before leaving the vehicle himself.

“Due to his swift action, he was the only casualty, suffering from smoke inhalation.

“After treatment at the scene, he was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for further monitoring.

“There seems little doubt that his actions ensured the situation was not considerably more serious.”

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Bus Fire, Coventry (17-10-18)

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Mobility scooter rider injured

Wednesday 17th October 2018 – 9.55am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man on a mobility scooter has suffered serious injuries after a collision involving two vehicles.

The incident happened on West Way in Stafford at just after 7.10pm on Tuesday evening.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, the MERIT Trauma Doctor and Critical Care Paramedic and a BASICS Emergency Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found an elderly man who had suffered serious injuries.

“He received advanced clinical care at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital; both doctors and the critical care paramedic travelled with the ambulance to provide advanced clinical care en-route.

“There were no other patients.”

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Two injured in HGV RTC in Coventry

Friday 12th October 2018 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

Two men have been taken to hospital after a collision involving two HGVs in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A45 Birmingham Road, Coventry at 1.20pm (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The emergency services arrived on scene to find a collision involving two HGVs. The driver of one vehicle, a man, was seriously injured and received trauma care by the team of ambulance staff on scene before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to a major trauma centre.

“The second driver, a man, sustained minor injuries and was taken to the same hospital for further checks.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Smethwick

Friday 12th October 2018 – 8.20am – Claire Brown.

A man was given vital trauma care by ambulance staff at the scene of a road traffic collision last night in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian at around 7.20pm yesterday (Thursday) at the junction of Woodland Drive and Forest Close, Smethwick. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived at the location they found a pedestrian, a man, who had sustained serious injuries in the collision and was being cared for by members of the public. The team worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the man was conveyed on blue lights to a major trauma centre for onward care.”

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Rider injured after motorbike collides with car and bus shelter

Thursday 11th October 2018 – 11.28am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist received advanced clinical care at the scene of a crash.

The incident happened on Hanley Road in the Sneyd Green area of Stoke on Trent at just before 8.00pm on Wednesday evening.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor from the North Staffordshire Scheme were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the rider of a motorbike in the road.

“There was damage to the offside of the car and the bike had come to rest against a bus shelter which had shattered.

“The man was assessed and treated at the scene by the ambulance staff and doctor before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

The car driver was unhurt.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted after serious crash

Thursday 11th October 2018 – 9.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a collision with a car.

The incident happened at just after 6.00pm last night (Wednesday), close to the junction of the A4169 and B4379 at Kemberton, south east of Telford.

A rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, an ambulance and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.

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

“The rider of the motorbike had suffered potentially serious injuries.  He was being tended to by an off-duty nurse.

“The rider was assessed and treated on scene before being airlifted by the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car driver was uninjured.”

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Trust set to become first university ambulance service

Tuesday 9th October 2018 – 9.45am – Murray MacGregor.

For over a decade, all paramedics in the West Midlands have been educated and trained at university; the Trust also undertakes world leading research with a number of universities; so it is perhaps fitting that West Midlands Ambulance Service is set to become the first ambulance University NHS Foundation Trust in the country.

In a ground breaking move, the Trust is working with the University of Wolverhampton to become the first university ambulance service.  As a result, the Trust is engaging with stakeholders, patients and the public on changing the organisation’s name to West Midlands Ambulance Service University NHS Foundation Trust.

Currently the Trust works closely with four universities in the education of paramedics: University of Wolverhampton, University of Worcester; Staffordshire University and Coventry University.

The Trust also undertakes a great deal of research with a range of institutions including the University of Warwick, University of Birmingham; University of Sheffield; University of Nottingham; and Swansea University as well as other health organisations.

Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, said: “Our work with the universities is producing tangible benefits for the Trust, our staff and ultimately benefits our patients.  We are therefore planning to introduce the title of “University” into the organisation’s name.

“The Trust works in partnership with universities to further develop education, training and research opportunities that take the ambulance sector into the future.  This is an exciting development and one that allows us to articulate our position in the ambulance sector going forward.

“We have a significant role to play in the education and training of our current and future workforce, contribute to the research and evidence base to develop the paramedic profession, and extend our understanding of the urgent and emergency care needs in the pre-hospital environment.”

The cost of implementation is minimal.  The Trust will not be rebranding its fleet or buildings except when they would have been replaced in any case.  For example, to maintain our commitment to having no vehicle over five years old, about 20% of our ambulances are replaced each year.  Only as new vehicles are brought in would the name be changed.  In addition, we don’t use pre-printed headed paper, so there’s no cost for stationery.

If the outcome of the consultation is positive, the Trust will initially sign an agreement with the University of Wolverhampton which would include the permission to use the title university in the Trust name.

Geoff Layer, Vice Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton, said: “We are delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to strengthen their links with our University and the wider university network.

“Our own work will see us significantly increase the number of graduate paramedics we are training and together we plan to establish a Research & Development Hub, clinical research, major incident planning and response research and other associated training, accreditation and development.

“In the view of our Board of Governors, this memorandum is an excellent development that recognises our close working relationship with WMAS but also the very significant work that the Trust undertakes within the university field for the benefit of staff and patients alike.”

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We now have an opportunity to formally recognise the role we play both in the education of paramedics and research activities to advance paramedic science.

“In addition, we think that the term University in our name will convey the fact that paramedics have become a graduate profession and make it more attractive as a career to a wider range of the community.

“Most importantly, it will help our patients, our local population and stakeholders to see the vital links between health, education and research which lead to better outcomes for us all.”

Trust Interim Medical Director, Dr Alison Walker added: “We already have an extensive research portfolio, participating in work that is of international significance, and we see that work developing further over time.  This has included studies into the use of adrenaline in cardiac arrests; the use of pre-hospital blood products for traumatic haemorrhage; the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in a prehospital setting for patients with acute respiratory failure; and the use of GTN in patients with hyperacute stroke.

“The move to become a University Foundation Trust articulates, emphasises and recognises the work that we undertake with universities in this region and across the country and shows the ever greater focus on training and research.”

WMAS Director of Workforce and Organisational Development, Kim Nurse, said: “We have been the leading ambulance service in the development of paramedics through a university process.  Our close partnerships and collaborations mean that over the last decade, literally thousands of students have undertaken placements with the Trust as they learn their profession.  Currently over 700 student paramedics are being trained with more than 400 more entering full time study.”

The Trust will also look to increase its ties with each of the other West Midlands based universities that it already works with.

Under NHS England guidance, the Trust is required to check with stakeholders that the proposed new name will not conflict or be confused with the names of neighbouring NHS organisations or services, and that the proposed new name is clear and understandable.  Please consider the above information and let us know your thoughts by Friday 26 October 2018.

If you are content with the proposed name change, you may wish to respond using this form of words:

I have considered the plans for renaming the West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and confirm that the proposed new name is clear and understandable.

However you wish to respond, please send your comments to:

Email: haveyoursay@wmas.nhs.uk

Post: Have Your Say, West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Millennium Point, Waterfront Way, Brierley Hill, Dudley, DY5 1LX

 

FAQs

Are we trying to become a university?

No, we will continue to be an NHS Foundation Trust.  This move just enforces the close working relationship we have with a range of universities across the region.

Will you be taken over by the University of Wolverhampton?

No, we will continue to operate in exactly the same way as we do.  This is a simple name change which is aimed to show the importance we give to the education of our staff.

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