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Five to hospital from two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 31st October 2022 – 8.30am.

Five patients required hospital treatment after receiving treatment from ambulance staff at the scene of a two-car RTC last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Birmingham New Road in Coseley at 7.09pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been in collision with a total of seven occupants.

“One of the patients was trapped in their car and had to be cut free with assistance from the fire service.

“In total, ambulance staff assessed and treated five patients, all of whom were treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to New Cross Hospital.

“The remaining two occupants of the cars, did not wish to be assessed.”

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Fifteen patients taken to hospital following RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 31st October 2022 – 8.00am.

A total of 15 patients were treated at the scene and taken to hospital following a multi-vehicle RTC on the M42 yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 11 and 10, at 5.27pm and sent multiple resources to the scene, including four ambulances, two paramedic officers, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene. East Midlands Ambulance Service (EMAS) also sent resources to the scene, including three ambulances.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered multiple vehicles that had been in collision, with a large number of patients. The incident caused the motorway to be closed on both sides of the carriageway.

“In total, 15 patients were assessed and taken to hospital between WMAS and EMAS resources. Thankfully, it is not thought that any serious injuries were suffered.

“Three patients were transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, six to George Elliot Hospital, three to Nottingham University Hospital and three to Burton Queens Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 27th October 2022 – 8.05am.

A man has suffered serious injuries after his motorbike crashed into a lamppost last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A520 and Sandon Street in Leek at 11.53pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man in his late teens, who had crashed into a lamppost.

“He was treated for serious injuries, not believed to be life-threatening, before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.”

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Car Driver Seriously Injured in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Monday 24th October 2022 – 08.50am.

A man has serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car that had collided with a tree on Alcester Road South in Billesley at 10.25pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the car who was extricated from the vehicle by the fire service.

“Once extricated, he was assessed by ambulance staff and had sustained life threatening injuries.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Trust celebrates 999 day

Claire Brown – Wednesday 19th October 2022 – 1.00pm.

“No-one can be under any illusion about the scale of the challenge the NHS and our ambulance service staff, and volunteers have faced over the last two and half years, as we fought the appalling impact of COVID-19.  Never before have we faced such danger in carrying out our duty to serve and protect the people of the West Midlands.” – Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Marsh.

People across the region are coming together today to honour those who serve in the NHS and emergency services.

Emergency Services Day, also known as 999 Day, usually takes place annually on the 9th September but was postponed as a mark of respect following the sad passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Today’s rearranged Emergency Services Day is a Royal and Government backed national day and an opportunity for the country to pay tribute to the almost two million people who work and volunteer across the NHS and emergency services.

The event formally begins with 999 Day flags being raised across the UK at 9am to mark the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month, followed by two minutes’ silence to remember the more than 7,500 members of the emergency services killed in the line of duty and the many more killed as a result of their service.

Lichfield Operations Manager, Mark Hayes, attended Staffordshire Police HQ earlier this morning to observe the flag raising on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service. He said: “While we are fortunate that we are the only ambulance service not to have lost staff to this cruel virus, many of my colleagues have suffered personal loss through the death of a loved one, making their journey to work, that little bit harder.

“There can be no doubt about the dedication of the staff of all three of our blue light services who day in day out, go about their jobs, often in very difficult circumstances; dedicating their professional lives to helping others – there can be no higher calling.”

 Anthony Marsh Chief Executive Officer, continued: “Like my colleagues in Police and Fire Services, I want to thank each and every one of my staff and volunteers, no matter where you work, what role you play, for doing so much to help your colleagues, your patients and our community every single day.”

Tom Scholes-Fogg, Founder and Chief Executive of the 999 Day, said: “We all take the NHS and emergency services for granted. We know that when we really need help, it is there. Emergency Services Day is an opportunity for the country to say a huge heartfelt thank you to the 2 million people who put others before themselves. I encourage everybody to support our emergency services personnel all year round, not just on 999 Day.”

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Notes to Editor: Featured picture WMAS with West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service colleagues in Birmingham.

Lichfield Operations Manager, Mark Hayes (green uniform) joins Staffordshire Police and Fire colleagues on Emergency Services Day.

Motorcyclist seriously injured in Stourbridge

Claire Brown – Wednesday 19th October 2022 – 10.25am.

A teenager has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Stourbridge last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dudley Road, Lye shortly before 8.00pm (Tuesday) following reports of a collision involving a car and a motorcyclist. An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene they found a motorcyclist, a teenage boy, in a serious condition. The team worked together to administer trauma care to the teenager to stabilise his serious injuries before he was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.”

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Motorcyclist Seriously Injured in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 18th October 2022 – 09.15am.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a motorbike on Yardley Wood Road in Moseley at 8.31pm and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and two critical care paramedics to the scene.

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

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

“One occupant of the car was found at an address near to the scene and was treated for serious injuries before being conveyed to hospital”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Hereford

Claire Brown – Thursday 13th October 2022 – 10.00am.

A woman received advanced trauma care by ambulance staff after sustaining serious injuries in a road traffic collision in Herefordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls at around 6.20pm (Wednesday) reporting a collision involving a cyclist and a vehicle on Bath Street, Hereford. An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car with a doctor and paramedic on board and two Mercia Accident Rescue Service BASICS doctors responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a cyclist, a woman, in a serious condition after a vehicle reportedly collided with her.

“The team of ambulance staff worked together to administer advanced trauma care on scene before the patient was conveyed to nearby Hereford County Hospital to stabilise her condition. Following which, the woman was transferred by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist trauma care.”

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Fatal RTC in Rowley Regis

Claire Brown – Thursday 13th October 2022 – 9.30am.

One man has sadly died, and four others have been injured in a road traffic collision in Rowley Regis in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police at 1.03am (Thursday) reporting a collision involving a car and a wall at the junction of Powke Lane and Cox’s Lane, Rowley Regis. Three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a Midlands Air Ambulance critical care car with two paramedics on board, HART paramedics, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the first ambulance resources arrived on scene within three minutes of the 999 call being made, they found a car which had collided with a wall. Three occupants were out of the vehicle and two were still inside.

“The driver, a man, was in a critical condition and receiving CPR by police colleagues. The team of ambulance staff quickly commenced advanced life support on the man. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.

“One passenger, a man, sustained serious injuries and was given advanced trauma care by the team to stabilise his condition. He was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further specialist trauma care.

“The three occupants who were out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived were each assessed. One man sustained potentially serious injuries and received trauma care on scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Two other men were given treatment on scene for less serious injuries before being conveyed to Sandwell Hospital for further checks.”

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Lifesaving Bleed Control Kits Installed in Stoke-On-Trent

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 12th October 2022 – 2pm.

Six lifesaving Bleed Control Kits have been installed in Stoke-on-Trent to provide vital aid to patients suffering with catastrophic bleeding before an ambulance crew arrives.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) joined community group ‘Chit Chat 4 U’ last night (Tuesday) at Floral Hall in Tunstall Park to launch six Bleed Control Kits within the local area.

The Trust have provided six kits, funded by NHS Charities Together, which will go inside designated Bleed Control Kit cabinets which have been installed by Chit Chat 4 U who have fundraised for the provision of Bleed Control Kits in Stoke.

The kits have been placed at – Floral Hall, Victoria Park, Tunstall; Face of Stoke on Trent, the electrical substation building on Lichfield Street; Stoke Library, Church Street; Longton Town Hall, Times Square; Victoria Road, Fenton and Moorland Road, Burslem

A number of kits can already be found in parts of the region thanks to the hard work of The Daniel Baird Foundation, which was set up after the son of Lynne Baird was fatally stabbed in Birmingham in 2017. Working closely with the Foundation, WMAS helped develop the kits and now thanks to NHS Charities Together, more are being placed around the region.

Community Response Manager, Tim Cronin, who attended the launch event and demonstrated how the kits are used said: “Bleed Control Kits can be used by anyone, to stem major bleeding which can’t be stemmed by normal first aid measures. This can buy vital minutes until the ambulance arrives.

“Having these available in the community and accessible to the public will hopefully mean more lives can be saved. They can be accessed by calling 999 where the call assessor will direct you to the nearest bleed kit location and provide you with the access details.

“It’s great to support Chit Chat 4 U who do a fantastic job volunteering their time carrying out knife sweeps in the parks and fundraising for the provision of kits to try and help make Stoke a safer place.”

Larissa Cooke from Chit Chat 4 U said: ‘’Our group has worked incredibly hard to get the Bleed Control Kits into Stoke-on-Trent. Knowing we have succeeded and knowing we could potentially save someone’s life is just amazing.”

Cllr Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City council said: “These kits will help to save lives across the city, whether as a result of knife crime or accidental injury. I’d like to thank Chit Chat 4 U for working to bring these kits to Stoke-on-Trent as well as West Midlands Ambulance Service and NHS Charities Together for funding their purchase and installation.”

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams said: “These kits are a simple but clever idea which equips users with the equipment and instructions to potentially save a life.

“Chit Chat 4 U and West Midlands Ambulance Service have worked tirelessly to purchase these kits for the local community and I’m sure, if needed they will save lives.”

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

AED and Bleed Control Kit

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Notes to Editors:

Main image:  Stoke on Trent and Staffordshire Violence Reduction Alliance Sandra Stevenson, Larissa Cooke from Chit Chat 4 U, WMAS Community Response Manager Tim Cronin and Police Fire and Crime Commissioner Ben Adams.

Cyclist Seriously Injured in Bilston RTC

Shaunna Farley – Monday 10th October 2022 – 8.40am.

A cyclist has serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Bilston last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident involving a car and a pushbike on the Black Country Route at 7.35pm and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the Midland Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the cyclist, a teenage boy. He was assessed and had sustained life-threatening injuries.

“Crews administered advanced trauma care at the scene before conveying him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Nuneaton

Claire Brown – Friday 7th October 2022 – 9.30am.

A woman has been seriously injured following a collision with a car in Nuneaton last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Oldbury Road, Hartshill, Nuneaton at 7.18pm (Thursday). An ambulance, community first responder, paramedic officer and a critical care car from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a pedestrian, a woman, who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car. Upon assessment, the woman was found with serious injuries. She was given trauma care by the team of ambulance staff before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

Shaunna Farley – Thursday 6th October – 12pm.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Hunstanton Avenue, Beech Lane at 8.20am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered the driver of the car, an elderly man who is believed to have suffered a medical incident at the wheel in a critical condition.

“Crews administered advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

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Ambulance Lifesavers Meet Baby Girl who Defied the Odds

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 4th October 2022 – 10.30am.

A mother and daughter who beat all of the odds of survival have been reunited with the ambulance crews who helped save their lives.

Natasha Lyndon, her partner Chris and their 16-week old daughter, Adelaide from Solihull had an emotional reunion with the ambulance crews who came to their aid in June when Natasha started bleeding heavily at home.

Paramedic Richard Brennan and Technician Francesca Pinder from Erdington Hub together with paramedic Adil-Islam Choudhury and Technician Chloe Cooper from Hollymoor Hub attended the category 1 emergency, which is the highest priority call.

Chris said: “I was trying my best to remain calm for Tash and rang 999 immediately.  It was a huge relief when the ambulance arrived so quickly. They were so calm and reassuring at a critical time.”

Natasha said: “When the crews arrived in the middle of the night, I was losing blood profusely and didn’t know what was happening.”

Richard said: “When we arrived, we knew how serious Tash’s condition was and how quickly we would have to work. Our training instantly took over. We hoped for the best for Tash and Adelaide but we usually don’t find out any further information about patients once we hand them over at hospital.”

Francesca said: “At serious incidents like this, you really do go into autopilot and instantly act on your training to deliver the best possible care to the patient and ultimately, save the patient’s life.”

Natasha was conveyed to Heartlands Hospital due to a placental abruption where Adelaide was delivered by an emergency caesarean section 10-weeks premature and stayed on the neonatal ward for 61 days. Adelaide has since defied the odds set against her and is now breathing without oxygen support and is making progress each day.

Upon recovering in hospital, Natasha made it her mission to get in touch with West Midlands Ambulance Service to pass her thanks to the crews who helped her, which led to them being reunited at Warwickshire Ambulance Hub on Friday.

Speaking at the reunion with the family on Friday, Adil-Islam said: “It was wonderful and rewarding to see both mother and daughter doing so well after attending to Tash, who was in a terrible condition, big thumbs up to everyone that was involved in getting mother and daughter to the right place of care at the right time.”

Chloe said: “Adelaide is a miracle baby, we could have never imagined being able to see and hold her and see how much progress she has made.”

Francesca added: “With a job like this one, we really didn’t think the chances of a positive outcome were high. Even less did we think we’d be able to see Tash, Chris and Adelaide like this today. It’s so rewarding and such an honour.”

Natasha added: “If the crews had not been so quick thinking and efficient at getting us safely to hospital, Adelaide and myself would not be alive today. There are not enough words to say how grateful Chris and I are for their actions on that night.”


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Fatal RTC on M42

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 4th October 2022 – 8.45am

One man has died and another two have been injured following a two-car road traffic collision on the M42 overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the M42 junction 9 north in Sutton Coldfield at 3.36am and sent three ambulances, three paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews discovered a passenger from the first car in a critical condition. Crews administered advanced life support at the scene. Sadly, despite their best efforts it became apparent nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the first car had sustained serious injuries. He received treatment from ambulance staff before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital under blue light conditions.

“The driver of the second car had sustained non-life threatening injuries. He received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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Cyclist seriously hurt

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 21st September 2022 – 8.30am.

A cyclist has suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened at just after 4.00pm on Tuesday afternoon at the junction of Dunstall Road and Huntingtree Road in the Hayley Green area of Halesowen.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene and were backed up by a paramedic officer and MERIT Trauma Doctor and critical care paramedic.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a middle aged man who had suffered serious injuries.

“The rear window of the car was smashed.

“The man received advanced trauma care at the scene before he was taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, where medic were on standby to receive him.”

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It was the greatest honour of my life

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 20th September 2022 – 11.30am.

Like so many people across our nation, staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service bowed their heads at 11.55am yesterday morning to remember Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Staff at Bromsgrove, Dudley and Shrewsbury were among those who marked the moment.

For four though, it was a particularly special day as they represented the NHS ambulance services taking part in the parade ahead of Her Majesty’s coffin as it was taken from Westminster Abbey to Wellington Gate as part of the Civilian Services Contingent.

Mark Hayes (Lichfield), Jo Withington (Shrewsbury), Nikki Albutt (HQ) and Adam Aston (Sandwell) are all members of the Trust’s Ceremonial Unit and spent five days in London in preparation practicing their ceremonial drill in the middle of the night before taking their place as part of the State Funeral yesterday.

In addition to the four in the parade, Operations Manager Angela Hand (Bromsgrove) and Tactical Incident Commander Tim Atherton (HQ) were part of the large contingent of ambulance staff from across the country assisting London Ambulance Service given the millions of people who were in the capital for the funeral.

Angela and Tim centre with Nick and Kerry from London Ambulance Service

Earlier in the week, two members of the Hazardous Area Response Team, Ben Pallante and Anthony Kelham also went to London as part of the mutual aid being provided to the capital’s ambulance service.

Speaking about his time in the parade, Adam Aston, said: “It has been an incredible honour to represent the entire NHS Ambulance workforce as part of the at the State funeral.”

Jo Withington added: “I have been to the Festival of Remembrance before and am a Reservist as well, but these last few days and yesterday in particular, are without question, the greatest honour of my life.”

Mark Hayes said: “It was an absolute honour and privilege to represent not only WMAS but the NHS and pay our resects to Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II.  I know I speak for all four of us when I say we did the absolute best we could to provide a truly British send off to Her Royal Highness.”

Nikki Albutt added: “It was a phenomenal experience, so spectacular, yet so sombre; it is something I will treasure for the rest of my life.  We practiced for up to eight hours a day for six days, but nothing will beat the memories we all have.”

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Lichfield paramedic to climb high for charity

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 5th September 2022 – 9:15am.

The only way is up for West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic Claire Jones as she prepares to climb the highest single free-standing mountain above sea level in the world, Kilimanjaro.

As well as her paramedic role, Claire, who is based in Lichfield, volunteers for the Trust’s Staff Advice and Liaison Service, a peer support network within WMAS that provides signposting, advice and a listening ear to all members of staff. It is because of that role that Claire has decided to raise funds for The Ambulance Service Charity (TASC) when completing her trek up Kilimanjaro, for which she flies out on Friday.

TASC provides a range of services to support the mental health, physical rehabilitation and financial wellbeing of the UK’s ambulance staff, and is a charity close to Claire’s heart.

“I am hugely passionate about supporting ambulance staff with their health and wellbeing and if I can complete what will be the most challenging event I have ever done in my whole life for my colleagues, I will be very happy!”

Ahead of the 5,895m climb, Claire has been training hard, bracing herself for altitude sickness and temperatures ranging from 30 degrees at the bottom to -27 degrees during the night as she nears the mountain’s ecological zones to the summit.

Claire added: “This will be the hardest trek I have ever attempted, and I am extremely motivated to raise as much money as I can to fund as many counselling support sessions as I can for TASC.”

To help raise as much money as possible, Claire is fully funding the trek herself, so all sponsorship money raised will go directly towards the fund-raising pot and towards supporting her colleagues. If you would like to sponsor Claire or read more about her charity challenge, please click here.

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Serious RTC in West Bromwich

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 1st September 2022 – 10.00am.

A man has been taken to hospital in a critical condition after a road traffic collision in West Bromwich last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called just after 6pm to reports of an RTC involving an HGV and broken-down vehicle on the Black Country New Road. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and two critical care paramedics and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the occupant of the car, a man, in a critical condition with serious injuries.

“Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care to the man at the scene, with treatment continuing onboard a land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

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New dad has bike stolen while saving lives

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 30th August 2022 – 4.50pm.

A student paramedic who has just become a father for the third time has had the bike that he gets to work on, and which holds great sentimental value, stolen from Stoke Ambulance Hub.

The thieves entered the Hub, broke the lock on the bike and then rode off as an ambulance left the hub.

The incident happened at around 4.50pm on Bank Holiday Monday as Liam Ticehurst was out responding to patients on an emergency ambulance.

Looking at the CCTV, the thieves had clearly planned the theft as they went straight for the bike, a Merida Reacto 5000, which has an Ultegra group set, disk breaks and Fulcrum wheels with 25mm tyres and is worth around £2,500.

Senior Operations Manager, Nic Gunn, said: “The thieves were clearly targeting the bike as they went straight to it.  They were spotted by a member of staff who gave chase, but they cycled down Forge Lane, down onto the canal and were last seen near the Royal Mail depot.  They were wearing hoodies and had surgical masks on to cover their identity.

“I’d appeal for anyone who was driving in the area at the time and might have dash cam footage that would be useful to please contact Staffordshire Police.

“It does beggar belief that someone would stoop so low.  Stoke Hub is clearly an ambulance station, and everyone knows what our staff do and how hard they work to try and save lives, yet these people repay that hard work by stealing Liam’s bike.  It couldn’t have come at a worse time for him and his partner too.”

Liam added: “I use the bike to ride in from Leek for each shift to save a bit of cash given the rising cost of living and the arrival of my new baby daughter, who was born at the end of July. 

“The bike also holds real sentimental value to me as I bought it from money left to me by my grandmother, who passed away suddenly a couple of years ago.  As a keen cyclist, I think my nan would have liked the idea of me getting the bike and especially how I was using it to get to work.  It really is devastating that both the bike and the link to my nan have gone.”

Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of the bike or knows who might have been involved in its theft is asked to contact Staffordshire Police on 101 stating Log 540 of the 29thAugust.  The bike serial number is WC8201099R.

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Two fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 30th August 2022 – 8.30am.

Two men have died and four other patients were taken to hospital following a two-car road traffic collision in Wolverhampton yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the B4176 Long Common, Claverley, at 3.58pm and sent three ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two men in a critical condition, both from the same car. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two adults and two children, from the second car, were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Russell’s Hall Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital respectively. All four patients were taken to hospital by land ambulance.

“A further adult was assessed at the scene but able to be discharged.”

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Man fatally injured in light aircraft crash

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th August 2022 – 2.05pm.

A man has died after the fixed wing light aircraft he was flying in came down at Shobdon Airfield this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at 10.07am and sent one ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered a fixed wing light aircraft that had come down at the airfield.

“There was one male patient still within the aircraft. Sadly, it quickly became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Pershore

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 26th August 2022 – 1.45pm.

A man has died after his car became submerged in water following a two-car collision in Pershore this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Eckington Bridge, Pershore, at 4.43am and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, our Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a car submerged in the water following a two-car collision and a total of three patients.

“The driver of the car in the water, a man, was rescued from his vehicle by colleagues from the fire service. Ambulance staff found the man in a critical condition and immediately began administering advanced life support. However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save him, and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The front seat passenger from the same car, also a man, managed to get himself out of the vehicle and to safety. Following assessment at the scene he was taken to Worcester Royal Hospital as a precaution.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Hereford County Hospital.”

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Woman injured in Coventry RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 24th August 2022 – 8.50am.

A woman has been injured following a road traffic collision in Coventry last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received numerous 999 calls at around 7.40pm (Tuesday) reporting a collision involving a pedestrian and a car on Barras Green, Coventry. An ambulance, paramedic officer and a critical care car from the Air Ambulance Service attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had reportedly been involved in a collision with a car. The woman was being cared for by the public and upon assessment, ambulance staff found she had sustained potentially serious injuries. She was treated on scene before being conveyed on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Walsall

Claire Brown – Tuesday 23rd August 2022 – 9.45am.

A man received trauma care from the ambulance service following a collision with a car in Walsall yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.04pm last night (Monday) to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorcycle at the junction of Wednesbury Road and Glebe Street, Walsall. An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a man who had come off his motorbike following a collision with a car. Upon assessment, the man was found with serious injuries and was given trauma care by the team of medics on scene. Once stabilised, the man was conveyed on blue lights to Walsall Manor Hospital for further care.”

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Cyclist Seriously Injured in Erdington RTC

Shaunna Farley – Monday 22nd August 2022 – 11.30am.

A man has sustained serious injuries following a road traffic collision involving a pushbike and a car in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.32pm to reports of a road traffic collision on Chester Road in Erdington. One ambulance, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a cyclist, a man, with serious injuries following a collision with a car.

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

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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Man dies in Church Lawford RTC

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th August 2022 – 11.05am.

A man has sadly died following a single vehicle RTC in Rugby in the early hours of today.

The incident happened on the A428 Rugby Road, Church Lawford, Rugby at 3.29am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a critical care car with medics on board from the Air Ambulance Service and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services arrived, they found an overturned car. The driver, a man, was trapped inside. Upon rapid assessment by medics, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Fatal RTC in Craven Arms

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th August 2022 – 10.15am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died in a road traffic collision in Shropshire overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting a collision involving a motorcyclist and a lamppost on the A49 Shrewsbury Road in Craven Arms at 11.34pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived on scene, they found an off-duty police officer and two off duty nurses performing CPR and using a defibrillator on a man who had come off his motorcycle.

“Crews quickly took over treatment but sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone at the scene, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Coventry collision

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th August 2022 – 9.40am.

A man has died following a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a car in Coventry overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 11.27pm (Wednesday) by an off-duty paramedic reporting a serious RTC near St Thomas Church on Longford Road, Coventry. A paramedic officer, two ambulances and a critical care car with a team of medics on board from The Air Ambulance Service attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition following a collision with a car being cared for by an off-duty paramedic and bystanders.

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

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Two injured, one seriously in Ludlow RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 4.00pm.

A road traffic collision involving a van and a lorry has left two men injured, one seriously in Ludlow this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 1.13pm earlier today to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the A49, Woofferton, Ludlow. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The driver of the van, a man, was out of the vehicle when crews arrived and was found to have sustained serious injuries.  He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further trauma care.

“The lorry driver, a man, was treated on scene for less serious injuries and was taken to Hereford Hospital for further checks.”

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Man seriously injured in Bromsgrove RTC

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 11.00am.

A collision involving a car and a motorcyclist has left a man seriously injured in Bromsgrove this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of School Lane and Birmingham Road, Licky End, Bromsgrove at 8.06am earlier today (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist who had been involved in a collision with a car and was being cared for by an off duty nurse and bystanders.

“Upon assessment by ambulance staff the motorcyclist, a man, was found to have sustained serious injuries. He was given trauma care on scene to stabilise his condition before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Monmouth

Claire Brown – Friday 12th August 2022 – 8.45am.

A motorcyclist has sadly died following a road traffic collision near to the English and Welsh border in Monmouth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police to reports of a single motorcycle RTC on the A40 in Monmouth, near to the Welsh border, at 10.09pm yesterday (Thursday). A local community first responder, a paramedic officer, an ambulance, two critical care paramedics together with Wales Air Ambulance from Cardiff were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived they found a motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition. Police officers were already on scene providing CPR to the man. When ambulance crews commenced emergency treatment, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased a short time later.”

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Motorcyclist Fatally Injured Following RTC in Telford

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 10th August – 08.45am.

One person has died and another has sustained life threatening injuries following a road traffic collision in Telford yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.24pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and a car that had collided at the junction of Dawley Green Way and Old Park Roundabout in Telford. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

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

“The first was a man who was the driver of the motorbike. He had sustained life threatening injuries and was in a critical condition.

“He received advanced life support at the scene but unfortunately, despite the best efforts it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“The second, a woman who was a passenger on the motorbike. She had sustained life threatening injuries.

She received treatment at the scene before being conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital via air ambulance.”

“The driver of the car did not require treatment.”

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What an amazing 11 days!

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 9th August 2022 – 12.10pm.

And with one final roar from Birmingham’s Raging Bull, it was all over, but what an amazing 11 days it has been.

A spectacular closing ceremony at the Alexander Stadium brought the curtain down on Birmingham 2022, the 22nd Commonwealth Games.  It was the biggest ever with around 1.5 million spectators, getting to see some spectacular sport.

For West Midlands Ambulance Service, it was the biggest sporting event that we have ever had to provide medical cover for, working with the medical teams put in place by the Organising Committee. 

In total, we scheduled over 23,000 hours of ambulance time including 1,766 shifts made up of 770 on ambulances and 226 commander shifts. They were supported by 160 shifts in our control room, 60 vehicle preparation operative shifts preparing up to 60 ambulances and 27 cars each day and 40 shifts in the National Ambulance Resilience Unit.

For the ambulance service, we were only called on to help 166 patients of which just 83 were taken to hospital.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “This has been a hugely successful event that has placed Birmingham and the wider West Midlands in the spotlight for all of the right reasons.  My congratulations to the Organising Committee for putting on such a well run event.

“I want to pay tribute to the hundreds of staff who gave up their time off with their families to come and work during the Games.  You have done an amazing job helping to keep the huge crowds safe.

“I am immensely proud of everything you have done to show what a wonderful city Birmingham is and indeed the wider West Midlands and what it has to offer. 

“You have interacted with the public and the Games family on a daily basis and shown what a fantastic career the ambulance service has to offer and for that I am immensely grateful.”

A gallery of pictures taken by staff at the Games can be found at https://wmas.nhs.uk/birmingham-2022/

Head of Emergency Planning and Commonwealth Games Lead for the Trust, James Williams, added: “What an incredible couple of weeks it’s been for the region. I want to say a huge ‘thank you’, to everyone in the Trust who has been involved for making the Games as successful as it has been.  It’s been wonderful to see the whole Trust getting behind the event and helping colleagues out wherever they can.

“It’s been a real morale booster for staff, not just the crews out at venues but all the backroom staff as well.  Can I also say thank you to the planning team – we started this journey as soon as Birmingham was awarded the Games in December 2017 and that really stepped up a gear in early 2021.  It has been quite a journey but so worth it.  All that effort has delivered a magnificent event, one which we can all be proud of.”

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Fatal crash in Leek

Murray MacGregor – Tuesday 9th August 2022 – 9.00am.

Two people have died and five others have been injured after a two car crash just to the north of Leek in Staffordshire.

The collision happened at about 4.30pm on Monday afternoon, just to the north of Leek on the A53 Buxton Road.

Four ambulances, a paramedic officers, a BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a very serious crash.  Sadly, the two drivers, both men, were confirmed dead at the scene.

“A woman had to be extricated from one car.  She had suffered potentially serious injuries and was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A boy from the same car was also taken Royal Stoke to the same hospital, again with potentially serious injuries.

“A man was airlifted to the same hospital with serious injuries after receiving advanced trauma care at the scene.

“A man and a woman, who had both suffered less serious injuries, were also taken to Royal Stoke by ambulance for further assessment.”

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RTC on Birmingham New Road

Murray MacGregor – Monday 8th August 2022 – 10.35am.

Four men have been taken to hospital after a two car crash on Birmingham New Road in the Ettingshall area of Wolverhampton.

It happened at about 9.00pm on Sunday night at the junction of Crabtree Close.

Three ambulances, two paramedic officers and a Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars, one of which was badly damaged with debris spread over a wide area.

“There were five men in the car that was badly damaged. Four of them were treated by ambulance crews at the scene, with two taken to Walsall Manor Hospital and two to Sandwell.  The fifth travelled with one of the patients to Walsall.

“The driver of the other car had minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted

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

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

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

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

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

“There were no other patients.”

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Emergency services come together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One fatally injured in M5 collisions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Three further patients were discharged at the scene.”

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

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Man seriously injured in Newport RTC

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

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

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

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

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

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Alvechurch

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

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

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

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

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

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WMAS is ready, set, go for the Commonwealth Games

Jamie Arrowsmith – 28th July 2022 – 9.30am.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Notes to Editors:

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

Sophie is sew ready for Opening Ceremony role

Jamie Arrowsmith – 26th July 2022 – 2.30pm.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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RTC between cyclist and refuse lorry in Nuneaton

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

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Cedar Road and Lime Grove, Nuneaton at 8.51am today (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board attended the scene.

“A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The cyclist, a man, had reportedly collided with the refuse lorry. Ambulance crews assessed the man and found he had sustained potentially serious injuries. He was given treatment on scene before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care; the air ambulance medics travelled with the ambulance crew to provide further treatment and monitoring to the patient.”

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Trust joins national week of action to help callers with what3words

Shaunna Farley – Monday 25th July – 09.00am.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#KnowExactlyWhere

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

For more information visit www.knowexactlywhere.com

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Man seriously injured in Walsall collision

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

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

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

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

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

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WMAS to step back from 111 contract

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to Editors

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Fatal collision in Herefordshire

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

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

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived, they found the motorcyclist, a man, being given CPR by an off duty doctor and police colleagues. The man was in a critical condition and ambulance staff commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, despite the best efforts of everyone, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene a short time later.”

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Man seriously injured in M6 RTC

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

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls reporting an overturned car on the M6, Junctions 3a – 3, Corley, Coventry at 9.06am today (Tuesday). Two paramedic officers, an ambulance crew and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor and paramedic on board responded to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find bystanders and an off-duty paramedic caring for the driver of a car which had overturned on the carriageway. The driver, a man, was assessed by ambulance staff and found to have sustained serious injuries. He was extricated from the car with help from fire colleagues and received trauma care on scene by the team of medics. Once stabilised, the man was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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