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Trust welcomes introduction of ‘Harper’s Law’

Murray MacGregor – Wednesday 24th November 2021 – 9.55am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is welcoming the Government’s announcement that it intends to introduce Harper’s Law, which will see the introduction of mandatory life sentences for those who kill an emergency worker in the course of their duty.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Our ambulance crews go above and beyond every single day, often in very difficult circumstances, but the appalling reality is that on average, at least one member of our staff is physical assaulted every single day and last year, two were stabbed. 

“All too often our staff are left feeling let down by the justice system when people convicted of assaulting them receive disappointingly light sentences, so anything that provides our staff with more protection can only be a good thing.

“It is imperative that the wider judiciary be more consistent in applying tougher sentences to perpetrators who are convicted of any form of violence, aggression or abuse towards our staff, not just those that result in a death.

“Violence and aggression towards anyone is unacceptable, but emergency services workers need particular additional protection due to the nature of their work on the frontline” 

Thanks to funding from NHS England, the Trust started rolling out the use of body worn cameras for all frontline staff in October.  The cameras do not record all of the time but are switched on when staff become concerned for their safety.

The Trust is also undertaking a three-month trial to examine the viability of providing stab proof vests to staff.  The trial is taking place at Willenhall Hub with 22 volunteers taking part.

Willenhall-based paramedic Deena Evans was one of those stabbed last year and is taking part in the trial.  She said: “It’s a shame it’s come to this, but I couldn’t be more relieved!  I feel less anxious about working frontline shifts wearing it.” 

Note to Editors

The change in law extends mandatory life sentences to anyone who commits the manslaughter of an emergency worker on duty unless there are truly exceptional circumstances. Courts must already impose life sentences for murder.  The change in law follows the tireless campaigning of PC Andrew Harper’s family.  PC Harper, died in 2019 while investigating a robbery.  The Government says it hopes the change to the law will be made as soon as possible.

Each volunteer taking part in the stab vest trial will complete a questionnaire at the end of the period trial and the results will be evaluated and presented to the Trust Board. 

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Man seriously injured in Redditch RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 22nd November – 10.20am.

A man has been treated for serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Redditch last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an overturned car on Dagnall End Road, Redditch at 11.20pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two patients, one of whom, a man, was found outside of the car.

“He had suffered serious injuries in the incident and after receiving specialist trauma care at the scene, was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on alert.

“The second patient, also a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious, before being taken to the same hospital at normal road speed.”

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One Fatally Injured and Two to Hospital Following RTC in Walsall

Shaunna Farley – Monday 22nd November – 09.30am.

One person has died and another two have been taken to hospital following a collision in Walsall last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.24pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving two card at the junction of Broadway and Magdalene Road in Walsall. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered four patients.

The first, the driver of the first car, was freed from the vehicle by the fire service. Once freed, crews quickly commenced advanced life support, although, it became clear that, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff on scene, nothing more could be done to save her and she was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

The second, a passenger in the second car, had sustained injuries not considered to be life threatening, he received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

The third, a passenger in the second car, was assessed at the scene and had potentially serious injuries, he was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further treatment.

The fourth patient, the driver of the second car, did not wish to be assessed.

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Fatal RTC in Market Drayton

Claire Brown – Thursday 18th November 2021 – 11.35am.

One man has died, and another has been airlifted to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an RTC involving a van and a tree on the A41 near Hinstock, Market Drayton at 7.38am today (Thursday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a van which had left the road and collided with a tree. It quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the driver, a man, and he was sadly confirmed deceased on scene.

“The second occupant, a man, was in a critical condition. Ambulance staff worked quickly with the fire service to extricate him from the vehicle before administering advanced trauma care on scene. Once stabilised the patient was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

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Fatal RTC near Leominster

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 17th November 2021 – 2.25pm.

A man has died and two other people have been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.31am to the A4110 in Aymestrey and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered three patients. One of them, a man, who was the driver of one of the cars, was in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Two women, one of whom was a driver and one who was a passenger, were treated for serious injuries and both taken to Hereford County Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Serious two vehicle RTC in Shrewsbury

Claire Brown – Monday 15th November 2021 – 9.45am.

A man and a woman received trauma care at the scene of a two-vehicle road traffic collision in Shrewsbury yesterday afternoon.

The ambulance service received a 999 call at 1.23pm to reports of a two vehicle RTC on the B4386 between Shrewsbury and Cruckton yesterday (Sunday). Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a two vehicle RTC. Police and bystanders, including an off-duty nurse, had been providing first aid to two patients involved in the collision prior to the service arriving.

“One man was in a critical condition and crews commenced advanced life support on scene. They stabilised his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to help continue treatment on route.

“The second patient, a woman, had sustained serious injuries in the collision and received advanced trauma care from the team of ambulance staff before being conveyed on blue lights to the same hospital for further emergency care.”

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Man dies in Dudley RTC

Claire Brown – Monday 15th November 2021 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died after being involved in a single car road traffic collision in Dudley yesterday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a seriously injured patient involved in an RTC on Burton Road, Dudley at 0.33am on Sunday. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent and arrived within three minutes of the 999 call being made. An off-duty member of WMAS, who came across the RTC, also stopped to assist on scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a car which had collided with a tree. The driver, a man, was in a critical condition and was rapidly extricated from the vehicle with help from the fire service. Once released, ambulance crews commenced advanced life support. 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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Ambulance windscreen smashed whilst responding to emergency

Friday 12th November 2021 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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

The incident happened on Alcester Road, Moseley, at about 9.15pm last night (Thursday).

The crew, who thankfully were unhurt in the incident, were travelling on blue lights at the time, responding to a medical emergency at a private address. Another ambulance was immediately dispatched to the patient by the Trust’s Emergency Operations Centre.

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

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “I have to question what goes through the mind of someone to think is acceptable.

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

“I am thankful that the staff involved escaped injury, but the situation could have been entirely different had they been hit by the object.

“The service has never been under more pressure than it is right now, and we wake up this morning with one less ambulance available to respond with as it awaits repair, which will run into hundreds of pounds.

“We will be pulling the CCTV from the vehicle and passing it to the police but we would ask for anyone who has any information about this despicable incident to contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat on west-midlands.police.uk and quote investigation number 20/1875068/21.”

A spokesman for West Midlands Police, said: “Right now we’re investigating this as a case of criminal damage, but things could’ve been much worse.

“We need to make sure that the person who did this does not do it again. If we’re to succeed, we need people to tell us what they saw. If they don’t want to speak to us, they can contact the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”

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Notes to Editors:

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Our commitment to delivering a net zero service

Claire Brown – Thursday 11th November 2021 – 9.00am.

Behind the blue lights and sirens, the Trust is committed to continuing to make greener choices when it comes to its buildings and infrastructure.

Since 2012/13 the Trust has significantly reduced its estate portfolio from 149 sites across the Region to just 46 which has resulted in a 44% decrease in CO2 emissions. The implementation of the Make Ready model and also ensuring new build sites, such as Sandwell Hub (pictured) currently under construction, are compliant with BREEAM Excellent Standards is also helping the service to be greener and more sustainable.

The new site in Sandwell, which is a 7,000m2 purpose-built ambulance hub, is set to have the calculated emissions of 15.2kg co2 per m2 once fully operational next year. The Trust has already invested in a number of sustainable projects across its estate portfolio over the years which includes installing LED lighting, replacing old boilers, the installation of Air Source Heat Pumps at its two control rooms in Brierley Hill to reduce the amount of gas/electric that is used to heat water, introducing a Building Management System (BMS) to all primary sites and installing EV chargers for electric vehicles.

The Trust’s determination to become a paperless organisation is already a key priority by investing in and introducing more technology-based solutions. The Trust’s HR team is already successfully paper-free and the recent rollout of iPads for all patient facing staff not only improves patient care but also aids the paperless agenda too. The Trust is always looking to further utilise technology to become a fully paperless organisation and, in doing so, creates a more efficient and effective way of working. The Trust is also looking at plans to reduce its volume of waste going to landfill and incineration and increase the level of recycling.

An opportunity for further improvement under consideration is the installation of solar panels across the roof faces of four buildings to produce an annual yield of 170,620kWh (Navigation Point), 91,760kWh (Millennium Point), 132,950kWh (Tollgate Unit 2) and 37,640kWh (Tollgate Unit 4) which would provide a CO2-emissions saving over seven years the equivalent of planting 5,588 trees. 

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive Officer, said: “A significant amount of progress has been made in our carbon reduction journey over the past few years but there is more to be done. We have some challenging targets to meet over the coming decade which will require more innovative solutions, hard work and significant investment.

“As a service we are focussed on delivering outstanding patient care and the health of the communities that we serve so it is only right that we do everything in our power to help to improve the environment that we all share by continuing to take sustainable steps forward.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • BREEAM is the world’s leading sustainability assessment method for masterplanning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It recognises and reflects the value in higher performing assets across the built environment lifecycle, from new construction to in-use and refurbishment. BREEAM rated developments are more sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them, help protect natural resources and make for more attractive property investments.

Youngest and lightest diesel ambulance fleet in Country

Claire Brown – Wednesday 10th November 2021 – 9.00am.

With demand increasing year-on-year, so is the mileage of ambulances. The Trust is proud to have the youngest and lightest diesel ambulance fleet in the country to reduce emissions.

The Trust’s most recently added Value is that of ‘Environmental Sustainability’ and is committed to investing in its fleet to reduce emissions of carbon and harmful particulates, reducing them year-on-year to net reduction of 80% in 2028-2030 and net zero by 2040.

Tony Page, Head of Fleet and Facilities Management for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “As an ambulance service, our fleet-driven emissions account for a significant percentage of our total CO2 output – increasing mileage year-on-year because of demand further exasperates that issue. Meeting the targets set is one benefit, but it’s also the right thing to do for delivering cleaner operating vehicles for our staff to work in.”

Alongside the service’s work to produce the next generation of zero emission ambulances, it also continues to develop their diesel counterparts. Working with industry specialists VCS Vehicle Converters of Bradford, the Trust’s ambulances are based on the Fiat Ducato van and are designed and manufactured using VCS’s unique ‘Core Capture’ construction method to ensure they are the lightest and most technologically advanced in service anywhere in the world.

Tony added: “With a fleet of 480 frontline ambulances, we’re immensely proud that they’re all less than five-years-old and the lightest weight in the country. The latest generation frontline emergency ambulance delivered further weight savings with a 7% mpg improvement. Our fleet modernisation programme continually works to further reduce our impact on the environment by lowering our CO2 levels. The light-weighting programme over the last three years has reduced our CO2 emissions by 3500 tons. 

“Along with our staff, our emergency vehicles are our most important assets.  The five-year replacement policy means our staff are able to respond in a modern, high quality, ambulance fleet that is reliable and efficient and as comfortable as possible for patients and staff whilst also ensuring that patients, and our staff, receive the highest standards of safety.” 

The Trust’s five-year vehicle replacement programme for front line emergency ambulances has enable it to leverage the improvements from more modern emission control systems – one of the benefits being our fleet is fully compliant with the requirements of the Birmingham ULEZ.

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Notes to Editors:

  • The NHS has set several stretching targets, which are outlined in the ‘Delivery A Net Zero NHS’ document. Reducing CO2 by 80% (compared to the 1990 benchmark) by 2028-2032 is the first set of targets.
  • The Birmingham Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) launched on 1st June 2021 and operates 24 hours a day covering all the roads within the A4540 Middleway Ring Road, but not the Middleway itself.

Trust reflects on first year of growing electric fleet

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 9th November – 3.00pm.

With the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) continuing in Glasgow this week, it felt timely for the Trust to deliver its own update on where we are in our pledge to become greener.  

As a Trust, we are looking carefully at sustainability and ways to be more eco-friendly. Back in October 2020, the Trust took a major step forward in reducing its impact on the environment by launching the world’s first fully electric front line emergency ambulance. Call sign EN4871 is operating every day in the city of Birmingham delivering lifesaving patient care; it has the same medical equipment and capability as our diesel-powered fleet.

Head of Fleet and Facilities Management for West Midlands Ambulance Service, Tony Page, said: “The design of our fully electric ambulance has a low centre of gravity and is powered by a 96kW battery pack which provides a top speed of 75mph and can achieve a range of 105-110 miles with a charge time of under two hours. Now, over 12 months on, the feedback from crews using the ambulance is positive with an improved environment to deliver patient care compared to its diesel counterparts, due to the smoother ride and quieter nature.”

In March 2021, the Trust worked with partner VCS Bradford again to launch two all-electric zero emissions Jaguar I-Pace ambulance response cars, which are operational in Birmingham. Tony said: “Staff using the Jaguar I-Pace’s think they are the best thing since sliced bread! We have invested in the right charging infrastructure to support rapid charging, which I think has certainly helped with staff’s experience of operating the vehicles in the 999 emergency setting.”

The most recent addition to the Trust’s electric fleet this year is four London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) VN5 vans for its IT support team, whose journeys can vary according to demand.

Tony concluded: “We are continually looking at how we can further expand our ‘greener’ fleet in other areas of the service too. I’m very pleased to say we have four fully electric Patient Transport Service vehicles on order, for delivery in January and March 2022. This will mean the Trust has a set of fully electric vehicles in all operational categories. All future fleet procured for support functions are set to be fully electric and by 2028 we pledge that all of our fleet under 3.5tonne will be fully electric. We are now working with NHS England and Improvement and a number of manufacturers to deliver four prototype electric ambulances for national trials, with the ultimate aim to implement a zero-emission fleet nationally.”

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Trust recognises officers who saved two paramedics

Jordan Eggington – Tuesday 9th November – 9:30am.

The two police officers who arguably saved the lives of Deena Evans and Mick Hipgrave when they were stabbed in 2020 have received prestigious awards from the Trust. 

PC Victoria Gaunt and PC Michael Edge were given Blue Light Commendations by Chief Executive Anthony Marsh at a ceremony in Headquarters recently.  The pair were with Deena and Mick when Martyn Smith came at them with two knives stabbing the pair on 6th July last year.  PC’s Gaunt and Edge were accompanied by their partners and also met up with Mick and Deena at the ceremony. 

Deena said: “It was great to see them again.  We are both so grateful that they were with us on that day. If they hadn’t been, the outcome could have been a lot different.  As well as being there when we needed them most, they were both so good with us after the stabbing providing reassurance and helping us get through it.” 

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, added: “Although I met Victoria and Michael not long after the incident, it was a real privilege to be able to recognise them formally for their swift actions which helped to save Mick and Deena.  They undoubtedly put their own lives on the line to save their blue light colleagues, something I will forever be grateful for.  I am also grateful that the footage captured on their Body Worn Cameras played a key role in gaining an admission of guilt from Smith which spared everyone having to go through a trial.”

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Multiple casualties in Shropshire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 3rd November – 10:50am.

A woman and boy have sadly died, and two others have been taken to hospital after a serious RTC in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the police at 3:39pm yesterday (Tuesday) to the A458 between Much Wenlock and Cressage. Due to the nature of the collision, multiple resources were sent to the scene including four land ambulances, two Midlands Air Ambulances, four paramedic officers and a senior paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene of the RTC to find four patients who required treatment.

“A woman from one of the vehicles was found in a critical condition. Staff worked quickly to administer advanced trauma care at the scene, but sadly despite the best efforts, nothing could be done to save her, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“A boy, who was also found to be in a critical condition from the collision was given advanced trauma care at the scene and was conveyed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital via air ambulance, with treatment continuing enroute. However sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts nothing could be done to save the child and he was also confirmed deceased.

“The third patient, a man, was found in a serious condition and was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital via air ambulance also.

“The fourth patient, a man, was treated for serious injuries and was conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Wednesday 3rd November – 8:30am.

A woman has suffered serious injuries after being involved in an RTC with a car in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5:50pm on Tuesday to reports of a collision on Sutton New Road in the Erdington area of the city. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the West Midlands CARE Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the pedestrian, a woman, with serious injuries after coming into collision with a car.

“She was treated for her injuries on scene before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital on blue lights and sirens, with the CARE team traveling onboard and continuing with treatment enroute.”

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Fatal RTC in Bilston

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 2nd November – 9.20am.

One man has died and another has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Bilston last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.41pm to reports of a collision involving one car on Bessemer Close, Bilston and two ambulances, two paramedic officers and a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered two patients, both men.

“The first, a passenger in the car, was extricated from the car by fire service colleagues. However, upon assessment it sadly became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second man, the driver of the car, was assessed and had sustained serious injuries, he received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further treatment.”

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Two seriously injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 1st November – 8am.

Two men have been seriously injured after a car collided with street furniture in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.45am to the junction of Jobs Lane and Jardine Crescent and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a car that had collided with a lamppost and come to rest on its roof.

“There were two male occupants from the vehicle, both of whom had suffered serious injuries in the collision. Following specialist trauma care being applied at the scene they were both conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire under emergency conditions.”

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Man dies in Wolverhampton house fire

Claire Brown – Monday 25th October 2021 – 8.45am.

One man has died, and another is in a serious condition in hospital following a house fire in Wolverhampton in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called by the fire service at 2.02am this morning (Monday) to reports of a house fire on Bushbury Lane, Oxley. Three paramedic officers, three ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and a MERIT Trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find fire colleagues rescuing two occupants, two men, from the property. The two men were in a critical condition and ambulance crews immediately commenced advanced treatment on scene. One man was conveyed on blue lights to New Cross Hospital in a serious condition for further emergency care. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and fire colleagues, nothing could be done to save the second man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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WMAS Urge People to Register Defibrillators on The Circuit

Shaunna Farley – Friday 22nd October – 10.00am.

Bosses at West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) are urging defibrillator owners to register their devices on a new national database called The Circuit so that more lives can be saved.

Each year in the West Midlands, there are around 3,700 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests, yet just 7% of those patients will survive. However, if the patient gets immediate CPR and early defibrillation the chance of survival can more than double! Every minute that passes without CPR or the use of a defibrillator reduces the chances of survival by up to 10%.

Sadly, the UK’s low survival rate is in part because public access defibrillators are used in less than one in 10 out of hospital cardiac arrests. 

This is often because 999 call assessors aren’t always aware that a defibrillator is available nearby, because the ambulance service hasn’t been told about it. If they don’t know it is there, they can’t direct someone at the scene to retrieve it while waiting for the ambulance to arrive.

To help save more lives, WMAS is urging people who own and maintain defibrillators in places such as offices, communities, shopping centres and leisure centres, as well as in public places – to register them on a database called The Circuit: The national defibrillator network which is run by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) with the backing of NHS England.

The Circuit was introduced in the West Midlands last year and allows the Service to see defibrillators that are registered.

It is therefore vital that as many defibrillators as possible are registered on the database for it to work effectively. 

It is estimated that there are thousands of defibrillators across the West Midlands which are still to be registered on The Circuit. To make sure opportunities to save lives aren’t being missed, WMAS and the BHF are calling on everyone who has a defibrillator to make sure it is registered on The Circuit

The Circuit could help to save thousands of lives – but it is vital that as many defibrillators as possible are registered on the database for it to work effectively.  It is estimated that there are tens of thousands of defibrillators which are still to be registered on the new system in the UK. To make sure opportunities to save lives aren’t being missed, the organisations are aiming to see 70,000 additional defibrillators unknown to The Circuit registered by the end of the year. 

Anthony Marsh, Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), said: “We know from other countries like Denmark that where there are more defibrillators available, more lives can be saved.  We also know that there are potentially thousands of defibrillators in the West Midlands that we simply don’t know about.  

“By registering your defibrillator on The Circuit, we will be able to direct members of the public to them when there is a cardiac arrest nearby.  By registering your defib, you will become part of a lifesaving team.”

It’s free to register your defibrillator onto The Circuit, and you only have to do it once. You can also register multiple defibrillators if you are the guardian to more than one.

Visit TheCircuit.UK for more information or to register your defibrillator.  

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation, said: “Every second counts when someone has a cardiac arrest and, alongside CPR, prompt use of a defibrillator is critical in giving them the best chance of survival. To put it simply, knowing where the nearest defibrillator is could be the difference between life and death.

“The Circuit is pioneering technology which will help emergency services direct bystanders more quickly to a defibrillator when someone collapses with a cardiac arrest. But for The Circuit to save lives, it is vital that the tens of thousands of unregistered defibrillators across the UK are put on the system.

“If you, or somebody you know is a defibrillator guardian, then we urge you to register your device on The Circuit. You could help save a life.”

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For more information and to arrange interviews, contact pressoffice@wmas.nhs.uk  

Online careers event to give insight into the ambulance service

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 21st October 2021 – 2.15pm.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is teaming up with the The Prince’s Trust to host an online careers event for anyone aged 16-30 who is unemployed or currently working or studying less than 14 hours per week.

The event, which will take place online at 4pm on Thursday 4th November, is aimed at giving an introduction into careers available within the ambulance service.

As well as hearing about different options and career routes at West Midlands Ambulance Service, the session will also allow participants to learn more about The Prince’s Trust and the support it can offer, such as help with writing CVs, interview techniques and how to fill in an application form.

WMAS Recruitment Manager, Louise Jones, said: “This is a really good opportunity for people who are looking for employment to come and find out more about various roles we can offer and exactly what those jobs entail.

“We are really keen to tailor the event to those who wish to take part, so anyone who registers a place will be sent a form asking exactly what it is they want to get out of the event.

“It is important for us to make sure we are answering the questions potential employees want answering, allowing us to help young unemployed people within our community.”

Kay Bradley, Health and Social Care Youth Development Lead, added: “This is a great opportunity to see what roles West Midlands Ambulance Service has to offer.

“Additional to that, The Prince’s Trust will be there to support you on your journey, from application to interview and for six months post programme support, regardless of your interview outcome.

“One of our past participants of the programme told me ‘I greatly appreciate the assistance of The Prince’s Trust in the application stage, I have no doubt that your help made my application stand out from the rest.’

“We are really pleased to be working in partnership with WMAS and look forward to attending this event.”

The session will take place on Microsoft Teams and last for approximately 90 minutes. It will feature presentations from both WMAS and The Prince’s Trust whilst there will also be the chance to ask questions of representatives from both organisations.

To register for the event, please email recruitment@wmas.nhs.uk.

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Pedestrians injured in RTC

Jordan Eggington – Monday 18th October 2021 – 8.40am.

Two women have been conveyed to hospital after being involved in a road traffic collision in Stratford-Upon-Avon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7:27pm last night (Sunday) to reports a car had left the road and hit a wall, before coming into collision with two pedestrians on Bridge Foot in the town. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Midlands Air Ambulance critical care cars attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two women, both pedestrians, with potentially serious injuries from the incident.

“They were treated for their injuries at the scene before being conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“A third patient, a man who witnessed the crash, was assessed and discharged on scene.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Burton-on-Trent

Claire Brown – Friday 15th October 2021 – 9.30am.

A pedestrian is in a serious condition in hospital following a collision with a car in Burton-On-Trent in the early hours of today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Station Street, Burton-On-Trent at 3.17am this morning (Friday). An ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a pedestrian, a man, being given excellent first aid by police colleagues. The man had sustained serious injuries. Crews took over treatment to administer advanced trauma care to stabilise his condition before he was conveyed on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency care.”

Pedestrian seriously injured

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 14th October – 8:40am.

A pedestrian has been conveyed to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after being involved in a road traffic collision in Worcester yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4:11pm on Wednesday to reports of an RTC involving a car and pedestrian at the junction of Copenhagen Street and Deansway in the city. One ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the pedestrian, a woman, with serious injuries from the collision.

“She was given advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed by land ambulance to Birmingham’s QE on blue lights and sirens, with treatment continuing enroute.”

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Fatal RTC in Coventry

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 12th October – 09.00am.

One man has sadly died and another has sustained serious injuries after a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorbike last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 6.12pm to Exhall Green, Coventry to reports of a car and a motorbike that had collided. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Critical Care Car from the Air Ambulance Service with a BASICS doctor and a paramedic onboard attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered two patients, both men.

“The first, the motorcyclist, had sustained life-threatening injuries and unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff at the scene, it became clear that nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second man, a passenger on the motorbike, had sustained serious injuries, he received advanced trauma care on scene and was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment, with a BASICS doctor travelling throughout the journey to continue treatment.

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

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Lifesaving Butcher Awarded With Commendation in Brierley Hill

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 6th October – 10.15am. 

A butcher has been presented with a Public Commendation from West Midlands
Ambulance Service after he administered CPR to a member of the public who
suffered a cardiac arrest.

Gordon Tranter, Assistant Manager at Alan Warwick Butchers, performed CPR
when a member of the public collapsed outside of the butchers on the 17th
June.

Gordon recognised that the woman had suffered a cardiac arrest and was able
to call 999 and begin administering CPR, something that he had no previous
training or experience in doing.

When a cardiac arrest happens, every moment counts in the fight to save a
life. Every minute a person in cardiac arrest goes without CPR or
defibrillation, their survival chances reduce by 7-10% and in 2020, the Resus
Council reported that only one third of people in the UK would be confident
performing CPR on a stranger.

On Thursday, Gordon was presented with a Public Commendation Award for his
lifesaving actions. Gordon was presented the award by Andy Jeynes, Community
Response Manager, alongside Councillor Adam Davies from Dudley Council.

Andy said: “It was a great opportunity to meet Gordon, he represents a
number of people who have saved a life by performing Basic Life Support. It’s a
life skill similar to riding a bike, once you can do it you will never forget.

“It would be fantastic if more people were confident like Gordon to give it
and go as absolutely anything you do is better than nothing at all.

“The benefits of improving bystander CPR is evidenced around the world where
the highest bystander CPR rates are linked to the highest survival rates from
sudden cardiac arrest.

“At the moment, over 68,000 people suffer a sudden cardiac arrests in the UK
every year.

“If this happens in front of a bystander who starts CPR immediately
before the arrival of the ambulance, the patient’s chances of survival
doubles.”

Adam said: “Like so many people, I was genuinely inspired by what
Gordon did. The way he acted so instinctively and saved a life, I assumed he’d
had CPR training – so when he told me he’d only ever seen CPR given on TV I was
even more inspired. That’s why I reached out to Andy Jeynes from West Midlands
Ambulance Service to make sure this selfless act of bravery got the recognition
that it deserves.

“My bigger hope is that Gordon’s example will also encourage others to
step up when duty calls. That’s why I’ve also created the Best of Brierley Hill
Award to further raise awareness of these kind of acts of bravery here in the
Brierley Hill ward, and to recognise brilliant local people such as Gordon who
step up and act with no expectation of thanks or reward.”

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We’ve got a role for you

Claire Brown – Wednesday 29th September 2021 – 12.10pm.

Whether you’re looking for your very first job or are seeking a brand-new challenge, we’ve got a role for you.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has some exciting opportunities to join an outstanding organisation. With the COVID-19 pandemic still a serious health risk, demand on the service at record levels and the NHS set to face a difficult winter period, the Trust is looking to further bolster staffing across both the front-line and in support roles.

Louise Jones, the Trust’s Recruitment Manager, said: “We have some brilliant opportunities for job seekers right now, from our hugely popular student paramedic programme, opportunities to work behind the 999s in our control rooms as call assessors and clinicians to practical roles based in our ambulance hubs maintaining and preparing emergency vehicles ready for shift.

“Whether you’ve had a personal experience with us which has made you rethink your career, seen the ambulance service on the TV and thought ‘I want to do that’ or just fancy a truly rewarding job, we’d urge you to take a look at our current vacancies.

“All of our vacancies are available to view on NHS Jobs and each vacancy provides details about what the role entails, the qualification requirements and experience that you’ll need. A top tip from me is to please ensure you fully read all of the information provided on the vacancy before applying to ensure you are eligible.”

Student Paramedic Programme starting January 2022 onwards with courses planned throughout 2022:

The exceptionally popular and successful Student Paramedic training programme at West Midlands Ambulance Service provides an alternative route for you to gain your dream job. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/careers-staff-room/student-paramedics/

999/111 Call Assessor roles available in Brierley Hill and Stafford Control Rooms:

When you call 999 or 111 in the West Midlands, it’s our call assessors who are the voice on the other end of the phone. As a WMAS call assessor, when you receive a call, you are responsible for recording the right information, sometimes under difficult circumstances and offering advice or reassurance to the caller/patient. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/control-room-staff/

Dental Nurse, General Practitioner, Clinical Advisor roles available in Brierley Hill Control Room:

The NHS 111 service is our non-emergency telephone service which offers urgent health care assessment to callers; our 111 service answers in excess of 20,000 calls every week in the West Midlands alone. Based at our busy NHS 111 control room in Brierley Hill, our dedicated team of clinicians are on hand 24/7 to complete in-depth clinical assessments of patients via the telephone. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/111-clinicians/

Vehicle Preparation Operative roles based in Stoke and Worcester:

Vehicle Preparation Operatives are a staple of West Midlands Ambulance Service, without them, frontline staff would not be able to respond to 999 calls! As a Vehicle Preparation Operative (VPO), you will work on each of our operational hubs as part of the Make Ready team to ensure the emergency vehicles; ambulances and cars are checked and roadworthy, deep cleaned and are stocked with the correct clinical equipment. Find out more https://wmas.nhs.uk/vehicle-preparation-operative/

Vehicle Preparation Assistant roles across the Region through Kickstart Scheme:

We’re proud to be helping to ‘kickstart’ youngsters career prospects with a fantastic opportunity to join the service through the government initiative to create job placements for 16 to 24-year-olds on Universal Credit who are at risk of long-term unemployment. As a Vehicle Preparation Assistant you will work on ambulance hubs providing additional support to VPOs ensure our front-line ambulances are clean, in good working order and stocked ready to respond to the next 999 call. Interested? Speak to your job coach or mention the partnership with the Princes Trust to enrol on a pre-employment programme with Princes Trust by contacting Kay via Michaela.bradley@princes-trust.org.uk or 07814 294388.

All of our current vacancies are available on www.jobs.nhs.uk – search for WMAS.

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Serious RTC in Birmingham

Claire Brown – Wednesday 29th September 2021 – 8:45am.

A man was given life-saving care at the scene of a serious road traffic collision in Great Barr yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Beeches Road at 3.16pm (Tuesday) to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find the pedestrian, a man, in cardiac arrest following a collision with a car.

“Ambulance staff quickly commenced advanced life support on scene and managed to restart the man’s heart. The man was conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights and sirens to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham in a critical condition.

“The driver of car was assessed by crews but was uninjured.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Sutton Coldfield RTC

Claire Brown – Tuesday 28th September 2021 – 8.30am.

A man has died, and two women were injured at the scene of a road traffic collision in Sutton Coldfield last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and two cars at the junction of Monmouth Drive and Darnick Road, Sutton Coldfield shortly before 8.00pm last night (Monday). Four ambulances, a paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, they found several off-duty medics who had stopped to render aid and were administering CPR to the motorcyclist, a man, who was in cardiac arrest. Ambulance crews and MERIT quickly took over treatment to administer advanced life support but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene a short time later.

“The drivers of both cars, two women, were out of their vehicles and were assessed by ambulance staff after sustaining minor injuries in the collision. One woman was conveyed to Good Hope Hospital for further precautionary checks whilst the other woman was discharged on scene.”

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Two to hospital after M6 RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Monday 27th September 2021 – 3.45pm.

Two people have been treated and taken to hospital following a collision involving a HGV and two cars on the M6 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 12.16pm to junction 14 of the northbound carriageway of the M6. Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a HGV and two cars that had been in collision.

“There were two occupants in one of the cars, a man and a woman, who both had to be cut free from their vehicle due to damage caused in this incident. They were both treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, got himself out of his vehicle and was assessed and discharged at the scene.

“The HGV driver was uninjured in the collision.”

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Ambulance windscreen damaged by object thrown at it while on blue light journey

Murray MacGregor – Saturday 25th September – 7.00pm

An ambulance has been damaged and a patient forced to wait fo a response after an object was thrown at the emergency vehicle as it travelled on blue lights.

The ambulance, which is based at Erdington Hub, was travelling on World zends Road in Handsworth at around 8.20am this morning (Saturday) when the incident happened.

The crew made up of a paramedic and two student paramedics were forced to pull over due to the damage to the windscreen and an alternative ambulance sent to the patient, which delayed the response to a suspected stroke patient by around 10 minutes.

Fortunately, the incident was captured on the ambulance’s CCTV supystem which will be provided to West Midlands Police.

Emergency Services Operations Delivery Director, Nathan Hudson, said: “It is difficult to comprehend why someone would do something like this.

“There is only one thing that an ambulance travelling on blue lights is doing and that is trying to get to a patient in need.

“Given where the damage is, I am just so glad that none of the crew were hurt. It doesn’t bear thinking about, what could have happened.

“We will work with the police to do everything possible to find the individual concerned so that they can be out before the courts.”

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Boy Dies After Incident at Snow Dome

Murray MacGrgeor – Friday 24th September – 11.15pm

A 12 year old boy has died after an incident on the slope at the Snow Dome in Tamworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the centre in River Drive at 6.35pm on Friday evening.

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

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

“Staff worked on him providing advanced life support, but sadly, despite all of the efforts it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

A man who was also injured at the time was not seen by ambulance staff.

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One Fatally Injured Following RTC in Kingsley Moor

Shaunna Farley – Monday 20th September – 11.20am.

One man has died and two men have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision involving one car in the early hours of Sunday morning.

West Midlands Ambulance service was called at 00.37am on Sunday to Leek Road, Kingsley Moor and sent four ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance crew responded in a rapid response car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered three patients, all men.

“The first, was found in a critical condition, he received advanced life support from staff on scene but unfortunately, despite the best efforts of staff, nothing more could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“The second patient was assessed and had sustained non-life threatening injuries, he received treatment on scene and was conveyed to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment.

“The third man was assessed at the scene and had sustained injuries not considered to be life threatening, he was conveyed to Queens Medical Centre Nottingham for further assessment.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted to hospital

Jordan Eggington – Friday 17th September 2021 – 12.00pm.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to one of the region’s Major Trauma Centres after a collision with a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9:47am (Friday) to the island of the A460 and A5190 in Cannock. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the motorcyclist, a woman, with serious injuries.

“She was given specialist trauma care at the scene before being flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital, with treatment continuing on route.”

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Fatal single vehicle RTC in Worcestershire

Jordan Eggington – Thursday 16th September 2021 – 9.15am.

A man has sadly died after a road traffic collision in Worcestershire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8:01pm to reports of the single vehicle RTC at the junction of Hartlebury Road and the B4193 in Kidderminster. Several resources were dispatched to the scene, including ambulance crews, paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic, and a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find the driver of the car, a man, in a critical condition with bystander CPR already being administered by an off-duty paramedic.

“Crews took over treatment of the patient but sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Call assessors speak out about verbal abuse they receive

Claire Brown – Wednesday 15th September – 8.30am.

“At least once a shift, every one of us will be verbally abused at some point.”

Whilst stories of physical abuse towards frontline ambulance staff is all too familiar, the voices behind the 999s and 111s are speaking out about the levels of verbal abuse they receive on an all too regular basis.  

Call assessors have been sharing some shocking examples of the types of verbal abuse they’ve experienced whilst simply trying to do their job:

  • I’ve been sworn at a lot and been told that it’s my fault if a patient dies
  • Some people just call and shout abuse at you and swear at you
  • I’ve been called a b**** and told that if I don’t help, I’ll be a murderer
  • I’ve had a sexually motivated caller who has made quite explicit remarks
  • The caller started giving be abuse on the call and said he’d make my Dad watch him sexually assault me.
  •  The caller started being verbally abusive because we hadn’t arrived within 10 minutes of their original call.
  • Callers have sworn at me, threatened to physically assault me and my family
  • The caller said that if his family member died it would be my fault and called me horrific names

Below is a compilation video featuring examples of abusive callers our staff have experienced this year. The calls have been edited down and the voices distorted to protect the identities of those involved.

Jeremy Brown, Integrated Emergency and Urgent Care Director, has worked for the service for 30 years both on the frontline as a paramedic and in control and knows all too well the abuse staff can face at times. He said: “Call assessors are the first voice you hear when you call 999 for an ambulance. They are there to do the very best by each and every patient, being abusive difficult and offensive to them is not going to help a patient and does have an impact on call assessors personally.

“When people call 999 for help, call assessors often talk to people at their most vulnerable and often at a person’s low point in their lives. Having taken 999 calls myself, I know how difficult a job it can be at times. As a call assessor you’re trained to diffuse situations and calm down callers so that we can get the vital information we need to arrange the best help quickly. It’s understandable when callers are fraught and frightened but it’s not an excuse to be abusive.”

Thank you to the below control room staff for sharing their experiences of being abused by callers:

Jeremy continues: “Swearing, screaming, threats of violence and racial abuse are all too common and it’s not acceptable and not okay. Call Assessors routinely accept that this level of abuse is part of the job and hardly report abusive calls, but it doesn’t mean that they aren’t affected by the level of abuse they receive. If you ever need to call 999 or 111, all I ask is that you are courteous and treat my staff with respect.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • Call assessors complete an intense two-month in-house training programme where they receive comprehensive training to use the Trust’s computer systems, complete an accreditation to use the national telephone triage system as well as a nationally recognised first aid qualification and also learn about health and physiology. Once the classroom training is complete, they are mentored in the Integrated Urgent and Emergency Care (IEUC) control room whilst taking live 999/111 calls with an experienced call assessor before undertaking a final assessment before being signed off as ready to take calls alone.
  • If there is an abusive caller, control room supervisors will often intervene on the call. They will also provide support to the call assessor following a difficult or abusive call and offer downtime.
  • Whilst the level of abuse received hasn’t historically been routinely recorded by call assessors, anecdotally, they will receive at least one abusive call per shift.

Volunteer life-savers get charity boost from Coventry Lions

Claire Brown – Wednesday 14th September 2021 – 10.00am.

A volunteer community first responder group in Coventry has received a charity boost thanks to their local Lions Club.   

Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders, a group of six community first responders (CFRs) in Coventry, were presented with a cheque for £1,500 on Friday 10th September outside Coventry City Council House by The Lions Club of Coventry Godiva. The event was attended by City of Coventry Lord Mayor, Cllr. John McNicholas and Lady Mayoress Dr June McNicholas who spent time speaking with the CFRs about their role in supporting the ambulance service.

Carl Rose, Trustee of Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders Coventry, said: “This generous donation is already being used to directly fund new equipment, including the purchase of modern ‘suction units’ to assist in patients who might otherwise be unable to maintain a clear airway, for example, those who have suffered a cardiac arrest.

“Our charity is funded entirely by voluntary donations, like this, and every penny helps to fund our vehicle and equipment which directly helps patients in and around Coventry. Our responders give their time freely and tirelessly to be there for patients in their time of need. Support from the Lions Club really means a lot and I’d like to thank them for their kind donation.”

President of Lions Club of Coventry Godiva, Pranoti Jadhav, said: “As a charitable group we aim to provide support to local and international charities and we are delighted to do just that for our local Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders. We are supporting two main charities this year, Save the Children and Bowel Cancer Research, but when we heard about the CFRs we couldn’t pass the opportunity to help.”

Nitin Koria, Head of Fundraising for Lions, added: “I’m Coventry born and bred, but I’d not been aware of the fantastic work of CFRs until I spoke with Carl which was really eye opening to me and to the Lions group. We try to raise big to give back big to charities that we feel are a worthy cause. After learning about the fantastic role of CFRs supporting the NHS we felt that we wanted to say thank you to them by helping with the purchase of equipment.”

The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr John McNicholas, said: “I feel that it’s remarkable that we’ve got voluntary organisations working together for the benefit of the city and they’re doing a wonderful job. It’s very reassuring for the City that CFRs are there and long may it be so. I am looking forward to meeting ambulance staff and volunteers at Coventry hub in the near future to say a personal thank you on behalf of the City for their continued efforts.” 

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured (foreground): Pranoti Jadhav – President of Lions Club of Coventry Godiva presenting cheque to Carl Rose – Trustee of Godiva Voluntary Medical Responders, Coventry. (Background left to right): The Lord Mayor of Coventry, Cllr John McNicholas and his wife, Lady Mayoress Dr June McNicholas, CFRs Ian Jenner and Manjit Uppal, Lions Head of Fundraising Nitin Koria and Lions Head of PR Ruby Ghataurhae.

  • The Trust is currently recruiting CFRs across Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a month to provide support to West Midlands Ambulance Service. The closing date for applications is Monday 27th September.  To apply visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search ‘community first responder.’ You can find out more about the role of Community First Responders via https://wmas.nhs.uk/wmas-services/community-first-responders/

Telford CFR urges people to learn CPR after surviving cardiac arrest

Claire Brown – Monday 13th September 2021 – 8.00am.

A newly qualified Community First Responder knows all too well the importance of early CPR after surviving a cardiac arrest two years ago.

Peter Corr, a Telford Community First Responder, became a volunteer lifesaver earlier this year after his own experiences made him want to do more to help others. Whilst out running before work on the 12th September 2019, Peter collapsed. Bystanders quickly rushed to his side and found him in cardiac arrest. They performed CPR on Peter before ambulance crews from Donnington arrived on scene and, after several defibrillator shocks, managed to restart his heart before he was taken to hospital and later underwent surgery to have a stent fitted. 

Video of Peter explaining what happened to him the day he suffered a cardiac arrest

Peter, who is a Clinical Psychologist with children in his day job, said: “From my experience, I was aware that I made the recovery that I did from the cardiac arrest only because the bystanders got in so quickly and performed CPR.

“My family were really keen to find out more about what they could do and get involved in having some CPR training, so we attended an event hosted by Telford CFRs, on the Wrekin in March 2020. It was at that event that I learnt about the role of CFRs which seemed to fit really nicely with the role that the bystanders had performed on me. At that point, I was quite determined that I wanted to be involved in a scheme that would allow me not only to promote vital skills to other people and to raise awareness about early intervention, but also to be in a position where I could potentially help a member of the public myself.”

Peter applied as a volunteer community first responder after seeing a recruitment drive by the Trust in October 2020 and underwent his five week Level Three FROS (First Responder on Scene) training course in June 2021. As part of his training, Peter then shadowed an established CFR and on his very first call out they responded to a woman choking. When Peter and his CFR mentor, Nick, arrived at the scene the woman was being given CPR by bystanders. Peter said: “Whilst it was nerve-wracking as my first 999 call not knowing what to expect, I remember it being really positive to see people performing CPR. Nick and I continued resuscitation efforts on the lady and managed to stabilise her until the ambulance crew arrived and she was taken to hospital in a much better condition than she was in when we arrived.”

Video of Peter explaining why he became and CFR and what CFRs do

Peter was signed off as a fully-fledged CFR a few weeks ago and is now volunteering to respond to 999 calls in his local community. He continued: “My personal experience has made me realise how precious life is which is why I wanted to become a CFR. It’s also made me realise how important it is to know how to help someone in cardiac arrest. Learning CPR is easy and is a skill every single person should have as you never know when it will be needed. It could make a difference to someone surviving – I am living proof of that.”

Cliff Medlicott, Community Response Manager, said: “Peter is a living, breathing example of what early CPR can do when someone suffers a cardiac arrest and we’re pleased to welcome him into our WMAS family.

“Our volunteers come from all backgrounds; from slaughtermen, teachers and butchers to nurses and consultants, like Peter. CFRs play a vital role in getting to life-threatening calls in the community in those vital minutes, such as cardiac arrests, heart attacks, strokes and breathing difficulties, to provide definitive care and complement our front-line staff.

“For every minute your heart stops beating, and you stop breathing, your survival rate reduces by 10%. The definitive treatment is good and early CPR and defibrillation which is why it’s crucial that people learn these life-saving skills and know where their nearest public defibrillator is in their local community as, you never know when these skills will be needed.

“If you think you’ve got what it takes to be a CFR like Peter, we’re currently recruiting for volunteers across Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire. To find out more visit www.jobs.nhs.uk and search ‘community first responder’.”

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Notes to Editors:

  • The Trust is currently recruiting CFRs across Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours a month to provide support to West Midlands Ambulance Service. The closing date for applications is Monday 27th September. To apply visit http://www.jobs.nhs.uk and search ‘community first responder’.
  • To find out more about the work of Telford Community First Responders and how you can support them, visit via http://telfordcfrs.org/ or follow them on Facebook (@TelfordCFRs) and Twitter (@TelfordCFR).

Fatal RTC in Bridgnorth

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th September 2021 – 5.15pm.

A woman has died following a collision between a car and a pedestrian this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Whitburn Street in Bridgnorth at 11.05am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene. An off duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered one patient, a woman, who was the pedestrian.

“She was found to be in a critical condition and ambulance crews immediately began administering advanced life support.

“However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Woman fatally injured in two-car RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th September 2021 – 9am.

A woman has died and three other patients were taken to hospital following a two-car collision yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4632 Campden Road in Shipston on Stour at 1.38pm and sent two ambulances, three paramedic officers, a community first responder, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene. An off-duty nurse also stopped at the scene to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews discovered two cars that had been in collision on their arrival, with six patients in total.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the incident. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“From the second car, a man was airlifted to University Coventry Hospital and Warwickshire with serious injuries.

“A man and a woman were also taken to the same hospital by land ambulance after receiving treatment for potentially serious injuries.

“A further man and woman were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Serious RTC in Birmingham

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 10th September 2021 – 8am.

Two people suffered serious injuries in a road traffic collision in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A38m and A5127 at 7.50pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene. One of the Trust’s Patient Transport Service crews also stopped at the scene to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two patients, both of whom were from the same car.

“The driver, a man, was found in a critical condition. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham. The doctor travelled on the ambulance to help continue treatment en-route to hospital.

“A woman, who was the front seat passenger, was treated for serious injuries before being taken to the same hospital.”

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Car driver fatally injured following collision with coach

Jamie Arrowsmith – Thursday 9th September 2021 – 8am.

A man has died following a collision between a car and a coach near to Himley, yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Tom Lane, Bobbington, at 4.39pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival we discovered the car driver, a man, in a critical condition.

“Crews immediately began administering advanced life support but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There driver of the coach, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Man seriously injured in Redditch RTC

Claire Brown – Wednesday 8th September 2021 – 2.15pm.

A man has received trauma care by the ambulance service following a road traffic collision in Worcestershire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a single car RTC at the junction of the A448 Bromsgrove Highway and Hewell Lane, Redditch at 11.36am this morning (Wednesday). An ambulance, paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find the driver of a car, a man, being cared for by police and passers-by after his car reportedly overturned.

“The man sustained serious injuries and was given trauma care on scene by the team of ambulance staff before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Two pedestrians fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Tuesday 7th September 2021 – 5.30pm.

A man and a woman have died and a third patient has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a motorbike and pedestrians this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Newton Lane, Floodgates, Kington at 10.56am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find three patients, two pedestrians and a motorcyclist.

“The pedestrians, a man and a woman, were both found in critical conditions and ambulance staff immediately began administering advanced life support.

“However, despite their best efforts it sadly became apparent nothing could be done to save either patient and they were confirmed dead at the scene.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was treated for potentially serious injuries before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 31st August  – 9.45am.

A man has died after a collision involving a pedestrian and a bus this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 3.44am to reports of a man who had collided with a bus at the junction of Chester Road and Birmingham Road in Bickenhill. Two ambulances, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we discovered one patient, the pedestrian, who was in a critical condition. He was already receiving CPR from police colleagues on scene.

“Ambulance staff took over and quickly began administering advanced life support. However, sadly, depsite their best efforts it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Fatal Worcestershire RTC

Jordan Eggington – Friday 27th August 2021 – 9.10am.

A man has sadly died after a collision involving a car and road sweeper in Worcestershire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance was called at 5:50pm to the RTC on Broadway Road in the Hinton Cross area of Evesham. Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived at the scene of the collision to find the driver of the car, a man, in a critical condition with bystander CPR already being carried out by an off-duty paramedic who came across the incident, with assistance from police.

“Staff took over in the patient’s treatment and administered advanced trauma care at the scene. However sadly, despite everyone’s best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed deceased on scene.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in Birmingham collision

Shaunna Farley – Wednesday 25th August – 9:20am.

One person has died following a collision between a motorbike and a stationary car in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 9.15pm to reports that a motorbike and a stationary car had collided on Coventry Road, Sheldon and sent two ambulances, two paramedic officers, a MERIT trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we found one patient, the motorcyclist, in a critical condition.

“Ambulance staff administered advanced trauma care on scene but sadly, despite their best efforts, it became apparent nothing more could be done to save him and he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“The driver of the car was treated for minor injuries.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in Hagley collision

Two people have been taken to hospital following a collision involving a car and a motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 8.23am to reports of a road traffic collision involving a car and a motorbike at the junction of the A456 and Broome Lane in Hagley and sent two ambulances, one paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and a BASICS doctor to the scene.

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

“The motorcyclist, a man, was found to have suffered serious injuries. He received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance for further treatment. The air ambulance crew travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en route to hospital.

“The car driver, a woman, was assessed and had sustained minor injuries, she was conveyed to Alexandra Hospital via land ambulance.”

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One to hospital after van and lorry collide

Shaunna Farley – Tuesday 24th August – 09:30am

One man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision between a van and a stationary lorry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 5.10am to the A46, between Junction 2 and 3 in Leek Wootton, Warwick and sent one ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival, we found one patient, the driver of the van, he had sustained serious injuries.

“He was trapped in his vehicle for approximately 40 minutes and had to be cut free with assistance from fire service colleagues.

“He was assessed and received advanced trauma care at the scene and was conveyed to University Hospital Coventry for further treatment.”

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Woman seriously injured on M42

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 20th August 2021 – 4.30pm.

Five patients, including a seriously injured woman, have been treated and taken to hospital following a two-car collision on the M42 this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway, near to junction 7, at 1.53pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered two cars that had been in collision, and a total of five patients.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman, had suffered serious injuries in the incident. She received specialist trauma care at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“There were four patients from the second car, which had overturned in the collision.

“A man, a woman and two children were all treated for injuries not believed to be serious before all being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on the same land ambulance.”

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Man seriously injured as motorbike and taxi collide

Jamie Arrowsmith – Friday 20th August 2021 – 1pm.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured following a collision with a taxi this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Steward Street and Spring Hill in Hockley, Birmingham at 7am and sent three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover two patients, both men.

“The motorcyclist received treatment for serious injuries at the scene before being taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens.

“The driver of the taxi, a man, was treated for injuries not believed to be serious before being taken to Sandwell Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist fatally injured in RTC

Jamie Arrowsmith – Wednesday 18th August 2021 – 1.30pm.

A man has died following a road traffic collision involving a motorbike and several other vehicles this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 7.23am to the junction of Bromsgrove Highway and Birchfield Road in Redditch. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance Critical Care Car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered the motorcyclist, a man, in a critical condition. He was already receiving treatment from a Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance doctor who had stopped to assist whilst driving near to the incident.

“The man received advanced life support at the scene but sadly it became apparent nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed deceased.

“A second patient, a woman, was treated for the effects of shock and taken to the Alexandra Hospital for further assessment.”

West Mercia Police are appealing for anyone with dash-cam footage of the incident to contact them via their website, quoting reference number 00382i of 18th August 2021.

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