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B4176 Crash – Wombourne

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Friday 17th May 2013 – 4.45pm – Steve Parry

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the B4175 near Wombourne this afternoon.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene just after 3.15pm.

One ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer, together with the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car and landrover towing a trailer.  

“A woman in her forties travelling as a passenger was trapped in the car. She was released and treated for abdominal pain. The patient was given pain relief treatment and immobilised with a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital by land ambulance.

“The male in his fifties and the driver of the car was treated for minor injuries and also taken to Russells Hall Hospital

“The driver of the landrover was treated for minor injuries and later released at the scene.”

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Are you ‘Blue Light’ aware?

West Midlands Ambulance Service is busier than it has ever been which means more of our vehicles are on the region’s roads getting to patients.

When you add the number of vehicles that our colleagues from the police and fire services use on emergency incidents, there’s a fair chance that you’ll see a blue light vehicle most times that you are on our roads.

Although there is advice in the Highway Code about what to do in such situations, many drivers panic when they hear a siren or see blue lights coming.

If you want some simple advice on what to do if you come across a blue light vehicle en route to an emergency then why not view ‘Blue Light Aware’? It is a short video, produced on behalf of the emergency services.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Daren Fradgley, said: “Our crews rely on the help of other road users to get to emergency calls where every second could make a difference. When our crews are on a ‘blue light’ journey, the actions you take could literally be life saving.

“The emergency service have jointly produced a video which outlines what drivers should do in just these situations. The advice is clear and can help make sure that you know what to do if you find yourself with flashing blue lights in your mirrors. We would urge everyone to make sure that they know what to – your actions could save a life.”

Please log onto: http://www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/BlueLightAware.aspx

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Couple injured in Wolverhampton crash

Thursday 16th May 2013 – 3.15pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have been seriously injured after being in collision with a car in Wolverhampton this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car which had collided with two pedestrians on Stubbs Road at 11.40am today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT Trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a man and a woman, both believed to be in their 20s, who had been seriously injured. The couple were reportedly loading items into the boot of their car when another car collided with them.

“The woman sustained fractures to her leg and pelvis together with suspected internal injuries. The doctor and crews administered fluid and pain relief to the woman to stabilise her condition before she was fully immobilised with the use of a splint, neck collar and spinal board. Due to the nature of her injuries, the woman was airlifted to the regional trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for specialist treatment.

“The man sustained a fractured leg and was given pain relief by crews before they carefully immobilised him with a leg splint, neck collar and spinal board. Crews conveyed the man by land ambulance on blue lights to New Cross Hospital.

“No one else was injured in the crash.”

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Embracing diversity

Thursday 16th May 2013 – 12.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

As one of the country’s most ethnically diverse regions, it is only right that West Midlands Ambulance Service embraces that diversity and celebrates the rich cultures that abound.

As part of that, the Trust is participating in the NHS Equality, Diversity & Human Rights week, (Monday 13th – Friday 17th May) which is coordinated by NHS Employers.

After consulting with local communities and staff, the Trust wanted to ensure that staff are equipped with the knowledge and know how about local cultures and religions within the West Midlands.

A series of snap shot articles on Buddhism, Human Rights, Hinduism, Christianity, African Caribbean communities have been distributed and displayed at every Ambulance Station to build awareness about local diverse communities. The articles are based on key facts, such as some of the religions and cultures, dietary requirements, cultural differences in dress, how to communicate with respect and dignity and key information on dealing with incidents of death.

A series of other articles have also been written to raise awareness about patients with autism and learning disabilities, as well as bespoke training delivered to staff on deaf awareness. The final article on Homophobia, which will be distributed on Friday 17th ties in with International Day Against Homophobia.

Trust Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, and Chief Executive Anthony Marsh recently signed up as a champion of the NHS employers ‘Personal Fair and Diverse campaign’. The aim of the campaign is to take action and drive forward the commitment to, building a personal, fair and diverse NHS.

Sir Graham said: “We know that the needs of the different communities in the West Midlands differ considerably so it is vital that we ensure that we are able to meet those needs.

“It is vital that we provide our staff with information about our local community needs and how as individuals we can play a part in delivering a service which values dignity, respect and fairness for all.

“As part of our commitment to learning, the Trust will also receive a presentation from a local charity organisation based in Wolverhampton called ‘Gender Matters’, who will be sharing their knowledge of experiences faced by Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender communities using NHS services.

“It is only by talking and, more importantly, listening to these communities that we will be able to learn more about how often very simple changes can make a massive difference to the patients we treat.”

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Birmingham Prison Praises Paramedics

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Thursday 16th May 2013 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.

Prison officers from two of the largest prisons in the country swapped the prison wing for the football pitch this week to show their support for West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS).

In November 2012, ambulance crews were responded to HMP Birmingham after four prison officers were attacked by a prisoner. Two had sustained serious injuries and after being given emergency treatment by ambulance staff, they were taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham whilst the two less seriously injured prison officers went to City Hospital for further treatment.

On Monday evening (13th May) Hednesford Town Football Club at Keys Park hosted a charity football match between prison officers from the G4S-managed prisons, HMP Birmingham and HMP Oakwood. The match, which ended in a 3:0 win to HMP Birmingham, raised an impressive £2,000 which has been donated to WMAS to say thank you for the care they gave to the four prison officers.

G4S Director for HMP Birmingham, Pete Small, said: “Prison officers are responsible for looking after some extremely difficult and dangerous offenders. While three of the four employees hurt are back at work, one of our colleagues is still recovering and we look forward to him re-joining us soon.

“This match is our way of showing gratitude to the superb professionalism and care that the crew of West Midlands Ambulance Service showed to our officers that day. Without their quick thinking, the outcome could have been much different for our colleagues with potentially even more serious consequences.”

Nathan Hudson, WMAS’s General Manager for Birmingham, said: “On behalf of the Trust I would like to thank G4S and the Prison Officers Association for their praise and support. Our staff attend 999 calls, often not knowing what they’ll be faced with, to provide emergency life-saving care to patients. When ambulance crews responded to the prison in November, it was their quick thinking, pre-hospital treatment and use of the Regional Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham which ensured that the prison officers received the best possible care in their time of need.

“It is very humbling that the prison service has taken the time to raise such a generous donation, the money of which will be going towards the purchase of training equipment for our staff in Birmingham in order to further improve the care we give to patients.”

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Pictured (left to right) Pete Small (Director, HMP Birmingham) and Jerry Petherick (Managing Director G4S Custodial and Detention Services) handing over a cheque for £2,000 to Brendan O’Sullivan (Paramedic Area Support Officer) who was part of the ambulance response that attended the incident.

Appeal for volunteers in Bewdley

Thursday 16th May 2013 – 8.55am – Chris Kowalik.

An appeal has been launched for Community First Responders (CFRs) in and around the north Worcestershire town of Bewdley.

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest.

CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en-route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, stroke and trauma when every minute counts.

Bewdley is within the catchment area of Kidderminster & District Community First Responders, part of Herefordshire and Worcestershire Community First Responder Scheme; a registered charity (number 1124035).

Anyone wanting to become a CFR must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and will be subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check.

Applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course; covering Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’.

If you would like to become a Community First Responder, contact Phil Bowden (Co-ordinator of Kidderminster & District Community First responders) on 07980 871165 or phil@washhousedirect.co.uk, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Noel Orbell on 07980 094808, or the CFR Admin office on 01384 215855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk .

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Appeal for volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire

Thursday 16th May 2013 – 8.55am – Chris Kowalik.

An appeal has been launched for Community First Responders (CFRs) in Shropshire.

Volunteers are particularly needed in Stiperstones, Pontesbury, Minsterley, Wem, Ellesmere, Alveley and Claverley.

CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. Their availability, close proximity and local knowledge of the area are among their many assets.

CFRs will be called by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is en route. They are vital in life-threatening situations, particularly in the case of a cardiac arrest, stroke and trauma when every minute counts.

Community Response Manager Noel Orbell said: “Volunteers come from all walks of life. When they make themselves available to respond they can continue to go about their daily lives, but if an emergency call is received by the ambulance service within a five or six mile radius, they are sent and always backed-up by an emergency ambulance service vehicle.

“To volunteer, you must be aged 18 or over, have a full driving licence and lots of enthusiasm.

“Help will be provided in obtaining the necessary equipment and no previous experience is necessary as West Midlands Ambulance Service will provide the training.

“Applicants will attend a nationally recognised training course covering Basic Life Support and Defibrillation, Medical Emergencies, Traumatic Emergencies and Preparing for Active Duty. They will then train alongside ambulance crews before going ‘live’”.

Michelle Brotherton, West Midlands Ambulance Service General Manager for the West Mercia area said: “We really support Community First Responders and call upon them to help their local community. Community First Responders are an integral part of the ambulance service. The work they do is outstanding and is greatly valued. It’s about giving something back to their local community. In a life-threatening case every minute makes a difference.”

For more information about the work of Community First Responders or to become one yourself, contact West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager Noel Orbell on 07980 094808, or the CFR Admin office on 01384 215855 or CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk

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Crews cycle 940 miles for Fin

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Wednesday 15th May 2013 – 5.10pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Nine members of West Midlands Ambulance Service staff will be gearing up for a 940 mile cycle challenge in a bid to raise £8,000 to help 6-year-old Fin.

The team which is made up of paramedics and technicians predominately based at Lichfield Ambulance Station will be cycling a massive 90-115 miles each day, for 11 days, to try and raise vital funds in order to buy a special physio vest for friend and colleague Steve Roberts’ son, Fin, who has cystic fibrosis.

Steve Roberts, WMAS Clinical Team Mentor said: “We’re over the moon with the support that we have received to try and raise the funds to enable us to get a physio vest for Fin, who has recently been quite unwell with his cystic fibrosis.

“As well as the support from the cycle team, we have had received a great deal of help from the Little Treasures Children’s Trust who have helped us to provide a fantastic standard of treatment for Fin. Little Treasures have also offered to obtain the physio vest* for Fin, which will help to remove the mucus off his lungs.

“£8,000 is a massive sum of money to raise but we are hopeful that we can do it. If we manage to exceed our target, any additional funds will be donated to Little Treasures who do a fantastic job!”

The team will begin their cycle challenge in John O’Groats on the 9th September and hope to cross the finish line 11 days later in Lands End.

Technician, Katie Maughan, who will be driving the support vehicle during the challenge, has been working closely with Steve to organise the event. Katie said: “We’d like to express our thanks to everyone who has supported us so far.

“Special thanks go to WMAS who have helped assist the team to take part in the challenge. A big thanks to Tempest Ford Lichfield, Energy Excel and Charles Design and Marketing who have all generously helped us with sponsorship, which will enable us to carry out the ride.

“I’d also like to say thank you to G4S, Moor Hall Hotel, Burton Albion FC, Fairlawns Hotel, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Landrover and Rock 34 who are supporting us by providing cycle shirts and raffle prizes for additional forthcoming events.

“Alongside this challenge many members of the team are participating in a number of other cycle events to help boast these vital funds.

“A fundraising entertainment evening has also been organised to take place in August. Members of the public are welcome to join some of the team at the special event at Moor Hall Hotel on 31st August, where there will be live bands, dancing, a hog roast and raffle prizes.”

Sponsor, Brian Carruthers, Managing Director at Tempest Ford in Lichfield said: “On behalf of all my colleagues at Tempest Ford, I would like to wish the team success in their amazing challenge of cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End. Katie Maughan has done a great job of persuading everyone to support this appeal to raise funding for Fin. Tempest Ford are delighted to have the opportunity to be supporting the WMAS team.”

Tickets for the event at Moor Hall Hotel cost £20 per person. For more information or to purchase a ticket please contact Katie via kmtherapy@hotmail.co.uk

Anyone wishing to support the team on their journey can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/joglefin/

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Notes to editors

*The vest is made out of soft, flexible material and is connected to a small air compressor machine. The machine delivers burst of air into the vest rapidly inflating and deflating, which created gentle pressure and vibration on the chest helping to break up mucus and bring it up the upper air ways where it can be removed.

Pictured: Left to Right in Line: Katie Maughan (technician), Callum Grove (technician), Mark Beardshaw (technician), Keith Ennis (Clinical Team Mentor/Paramedic), Stuart Golby (Paramedic), Dave Mycock (Paramedic), Ben Popple (Paramedic), Stephen Roberts (Clinical Team Mentor/Paramedic) and Brian Carruthers- Managing Director Tempest Ford Lichfield. Paramedic Conan Hoult will also be joining the team on the cycle ride but is not pictured.

Herefordshire Heartstart – 200 mile coast-to-coast fundraising walk

Tuesday 14th May 2013 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.

A volunteer for a charity that is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in Herefordshire has been walking for over a week to raise much needed funds.

Nicola Stock, who is a volunteer instructor for Herefordshire Heartstart, started out on the Wainwright Coast-to-Coast walk on Friday 3rd May.

Her trek began at St. Bees in Cumbria and she plans to cover a distance of 200 miles across to Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire in just twelve days.

Nicola hopes to raise at least £1,000 for Herefordshire Heartstart. The money will be used to enable the charity to continue teaching free lifesaving skills to people in the county. More sponsorship is needed for Nicola’s fundraiser to help her to reach her target.

Nicola said: “Every £1 really does count, as it helps to pay for new manikin lungs and wipes, sterilising fluid and course paperwork/hand-outs which are essential for every course we run. Manikin sterilising wipes are used on the Resuscitation Anne manikins for every person attending a course. We also have to replace manikin lungs and sterilise the mouth pieces of each manikin at the end of every course. We rely on donations to buy these items, as they are not currently funded by grants.”

If you would like to sponsor Nicola, please visit http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/NicolaStock

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309) which is teaching lifesaving skills to thousands of people in the county with the support of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

It offers free two-hour courses to anyone aged 10 or over in techniques including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

For more information on Herefordshire Heartstart or to book onto a public course or to arrange a course for your group, visit http://www.herefordshireheartstart.org or email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or contact the Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654. twitter: @Heartstart_hfd.

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Three vehicle RTC

Monday 13th May 2013 – 3.45pm – John Hawker.

Two people have been injured after a three vehicle RTC in Shrewsbury this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Smithfield Road, near a Premier Inn, just after 2.00pm.  Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

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

“The driver of one of the cars, a man believed to be 34 years old, suffered neck and back injuries in the crash and was trapped in the vehicle.  He received emergency treatment whilst still in the car and was then extricated with the help of the fire service, who removed the roof and doors.

“The man had been immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar and transferred to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further emergency treatment. 

“A woman travelling in the second car, believed to be in her 40’s, suffered chest injuries and also received treatment at the scene.  She was transferred by ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.  A man travelling in the same car was checked over at the scene but declined further hospital treatment.

“The man travelling in the van was checked over at the scene and treated for the effects of shock, but did not require further treatment.

“Considering the damage to the vehicles, the occupants were fortunate not to have suffered more serious injuries.”

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Woman injured in crash

Monday 13th May 2013 – 11.55am – John Hawker.

A woman has been injured following an RTC near Bewdley this morning.

The crash occurred on the A442, Shatterford at around 8.00am.  An ambulance, two paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to a single car that had overturned and was on its roof.

“The woman driving the car and its only occupant, suffered shoulder and chest injuries in the crash.  She was trapped for around 50 minutes.

“The woman, believed to be in her 20’s, received emergency treatment at the scene and her condition was stabilised.  She was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

“The air ambulance landed in a field near where the crash occurred.”

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We have no further details on this incident.

Serious RTC

Sunday 12th May 2013 – 10.30am – Suzie Fothergill.   

Two people have been taken to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in Staffordshire yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B5013 in Willslock, Uttoxeter shortly before 4.40pm yesterday afternoon.

 An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles; one carrying a paramedic area support officer, a community first responder and two Midlands Air Ambulances; one from Staffordshire and one from Cosford were dispatched to the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find two vehicles that had been in a significant collision.

 “The driver of the first car, a woman, was treated for serious multiple injuries. Due to the nature of her injuries the woman was given an anaesthetic by the doctor from the air ambulance at the scene.

“The woman was fully immobilised and conveyed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of North Staffordshire where medics had been alerted and were on standby awaiting her arrival.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was treated at the scene for a minor neck injury before being conveyed to Queens Hospital in Burton for further assessment and treatment.”

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Cyclist injured

Sunday 12th May 2013 – 10.25am – Suzie Fothergill.   

A cyclist has been taken to hospital following an incident in Worcestershire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Vernon Road in Stourport on Severn shortly before 10.30pm yesterday evening.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a senior ambulance officer and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a car and a cyclist that had been in collision.

“On arrival at the scene crews found the cyclist, a man, lying on the pavement. The man was treated for a significant head injury. Due to the nature of the injury the doctor gave the man an anaesthetic at the scene.

“The cyclist was fully immobilised and conveyed to the specialist trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment. The doctor travelled on board the ambulance continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital.”

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Woman rescued from house fire

Saturday 11th May 2013 – 10.40pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A woman has been taken to hospital following an incident in Coventry today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a fire in a residential property on Terry Road shortly before 8.15pm today.

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene. The fire service and the police were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find the upstairs of the property on fire.

“Firefighters who entered the building found a woman in a collapsed unconscious state in one of the bedrooms and rescued her from the property.

“Once outside, ambulance personnel immediately assessed the unconscious woman who was found be having difficulty breathing. The woman was treated with oxygen therapy and became responsive on scene.

“The woman was conveyed to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire further assessment and treatment. The hospital had been pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting the woman’s arrival.

“Fortunately, smoke alarms that had been fitted in the property were activated alerting the neighbours to the incident and enabled them to contact the emergency services as quickly as possible.”

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RTC in Uttoxeter

Saturday 11th May 2013 – 5.45pm – Suzie Fothergill.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hockley Road in Uttoxeter at approximately 3.00am this morning.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a senior ambulance officer and a BASICS doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a single car that had been in collision with a metal barrier. One of the railings from the barrier had gone through the windscreen.

“Both occupants from the vehicle were out of the car on the arrival of the crews.

“The driver, a man, was treated for a serious head injury. Due to the nature of the injury the doctor gave the man an anaesthetic at the scene. The casualty was fully immobilised and conveyed to University Hospital of Noth Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“A second man who had suffered minor injuries was also treated the scene before being conveyed to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Exercise Amber 2

Friday 10th May 2013 – 4.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has today taken part in “the most significant” training exercise ever to test the emergency services’ response to a major mass casualty incident.

Ambulance crews, senior officers, emergency preparedness managers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a number of major incident vehicles attended the incident called Exercise Amber 2 at Swynnerton Training Camp in Staffordshire today.

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They were joined in the live-play exercise by teams and resources from England’s nine other ambulance services, several police forces, fire and rescue services, air ambulances, the military and voluntary groups.

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There were around 130 ‘casualties’ acted mostly by paramedic and nursing students from the University of Worcester, Coventry University and Staffordshire University.

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Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “It is the most significant exercise that NHS ambulance services have ever conducted with our partner agencies in this country.

“This event is about assessing and demonstrating our joint working procedures, in making sure that in the event of a highly challenging, large scale untoward incident, the ambulance services can integrate quickly to respond effectively to treat the casualties and save as many lives as possible under the most extreme circumstances.

“Of course, we all hope that situations such as the scenario we exercised today will not happen in real life, however the reality is that as part of the emergency services we are mandated to deal with a wide variety of incidents so it is vital we are prepared.”

Exercise Amber 2 was organised by the National Ambulance Resilience Unit (NARU). Exercise Director David Bull, the NARU Head of Education, said: “The Ambulance Service response capabilities for mass casualty incidents have developed significantly over the past ten years, in terms of equipment, infrastructure and staff, and it is the same for our partners in fire and police.

“It is therefore vital that we run exercises like Amber 2 with our colleagues across the emergency services spectrum, helping us really emphasise the patient as the primary focus for emergency services staff who find themselves on-scene at particularly challenging incidents.

“There is no doubt that these exercises help us to learn more about working with each other to save lives in a dynamic and highly realistic environment and therefore help us to be better prepared if the real thing happens.”

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Note to Editors

The NARU Communications & Stakeholder Engagement Lead Carl Rees will be the first point of call for any queries for any communications issues, including logos and photos related to Exercise Amber 2. Carl can be contacted via Email: carl.rees@reesps.com or Telephone or text message: 07958 547727.

Two Injured A49 Crash

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Friday 10th May 2013 – 2.30pm – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the A49 near Onibury, this afternoon.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident just after 12.05pm.

 An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving a car towing a caravan, a car towing a trailer and another car.  

 “Two people travelling in the car towing a trailer were taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.  

 “A woman believed to be in her fifties, received chest pain and head lacerations. She was trapped in her vehicle for a short time and later taken by land ambulance to hospital.  

 “A male travelling in the same vehicle received minor injuries and was airlifted to hospital. Both patients were immobilised with use of a neck collar and spinal board.

 “Ambulance crews assessed the occupants of the other vehicles involved and they were discharged at the scene and did not require further hospital treatment.”

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Putts, swings and shocks

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Thursday 9th May 2013 – 10.45am – Claire Brown.

A leading hotel resort and golf club on the Staffordshire and Shropshire border has taken delivery of a life-saving piece of kit thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Pattingham, Shropshire is now the proud owner of an automated external defibrillator (AED); a device used to restart someone’s heart when they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest.

The leisure facility has over 900 golf, leisure and fishing members, 60 staff, 49 hotel rooms and regularly caters for large events such as weddings, conferences and golf days.

With such a busy venue tucked away in the countryside, it’s an ideal place for a defibrillator as it can help someone in cardiac arrest in the vital first few minutes whilst an ambulance is en route.

Senior managers together with staff from the various hotel departments were given training in basic life support and how to use their new piece of kit during a hands-on training session delivered by the Trust last week.

Emma Wilkins, Black Country Community Response Manager, delivered the training to 19 staff on Tuesday 30th April and said: “Its common sense for such a busy leisure facility to have a defibrillator and people trained in first aid as, with so many people on the greens, in the hotel and using the leisure complex, it’s inevitable that someone will need vital first aid. They’re a very proactive team who are keen on looking after their visitors and staff alike.

“By increasing the amount of defibrillators in the public domain and by increasing appropriately trained personnel in the use of a defibrillator and basic life support, the percentages of survival from a cardiac arrest can only increase.”

Stephen Kimbell, General Manager at Patshull Park Hotel, Golf and Country Park, was one of the staff who took part in the training and said: “I’m very impressed with the technology and intelligence of the defibrillator. By having this device on site at the golf club and people trained in how to save a life, it improves our ability to care for our customers and that is something I’m very proud of. I would also like to thank the Patshull Park golf club committee for instigating this essential piece of equipment. We hope that some of these members will also want to be trained on the AED to assist our staff”.

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Notes to Editors:

Eighty-five percent of those people who suffer cardiac arrests (850,000 adults suffer cardiac arrests each year) have the ability to be corrected by defibrillation. The quicker someone is defibrillated, not only improves the chance of their survival but it can also help to improve the chances of a patient’s full recovery and reduce the time to do so. For every minute a patient is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival decreases by 10 percent.

Pictured (left to right): Assistant Food and Beverage Manager Ayhan Tunc, HR Manager Sue Mitton, Golf Starter Keith Williams, General Manager Stephen Kimbell and WMAS Community Response Manager Emma Wilkins.

Please help to keep all bikers safe this year

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Thursday 9th May 2013 – 9.30am – John Hawker.

The beginning of Spring means many things to many people. For some, it means the start of the cricket season; for others it’s time to set up the BBQ or the chance to take country walks in good weather or going away in their caravan for long weekends. For motorcycle riders, it means finally being able to get back out on the roads and enjoy what is, for many more of a lifestyle than a hobby.

The return of motorcycle friendly weather brings with it a renewed emphasis on keeping all riders safe and healthy; whether that is bikers riding sports bikes, cruisers, mopeds, scooters, or quad bikes. A number of people, including our own motorcycle paramedics, use motorcycles as a part of their job and their daily life is on two wheels as opposed to the usual four.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is reminding motorcycle riders of the importance of using proper safety equipment and clothing. These along with common sense, can make the difference between a pleasant riding season and a serious accident with life changing consequences.

In 2011, 362 people were killed in motorcycle crashes in the UK, with a further 5200 suffering serious injuries. One in five people killed on our roads is a motorcyclist and on average, in the West Midlands between March and October every year, around 240 motorcycle accidents occur every month, that’s around eight every single day.

Motorcycle Paramedic, Mark Hayes, said: “A significant number of motorcycle crashes result in fatalities or serious injuries. It is important for motorcyclists as well as other motorists to understand their role in the safety of all road users.

“For motorcyclists, a good set of leathers and safety helmet go a long way to minimising injury. Secondly, it is really important for people to concentrate on arriving at their destination safely, rather than as quickly as possible. Preventing the accident is the ideal as opposed to relying on safety equipment to save lives.

“I think I speak for all riders by saying that the thing we want most from our ride is to return safely, in one piece. The last thing your family wants is a policeman delivering devastating news of a fatal accident. Unfortunately, statistics show that on average, one family a day in the UK receives such terrible news.

“As an experienced rider and having dealt with many accidents involving riders, one of the causes of accidents is drivers failing to see the biker because they are more difficult to spot than a car. The common comment from car drivers involved in accidents with motorcyclists is that they never saw the motorcycle until they collided. Contrary to popular belief, motorcycle accidents are not always caused by errors on the part of the motorcyclist. However, motorcyclists have a responsibility to do their part and practice safe driving habits whether they are riding for pleasure or part of their job. All motorists, whether on two, three or four wheels are responsible for respecting the rights of all other drivers no matter the size or type of their vehicle.

“As well as good quality clothing and a helmet, the Trust would ask riders to consider using high visibility clothing, and ensure that the equipment they use is in good condition.

“A significant percentage of motorcycle accidents, particularly fatal motorcycle crashes, occur at relatively high speeds. Unfortunately, even a relatively low speed crash can lead to serious injury, especially if the rider is not wearing appropriate safety clothing. Traumatic brain injuries lead to serious, lifelong consequences for riders and their loved ones. Riding at high speeds only heightens the risk that a crash will lead to serious injury or death.

“Proper motorcycle gear includes more than just a helmet that meets the high protection standard. In addition, motorcyclists are encouraged to wear closed-toe footwear, preferably over-the-ankle motorcycle boots. Riders should wear leather or Kevlar clothing, as well as leather or a Kevlar long sleeve jacket. Also full leather gloves help reduce injuries.

Mark, who has been riding for 20 years, added “By getting good training in road craft and safety, as well as using quality safety equipment you will improve your chances of avoiding an accident or at least surviving one. You can help make this riding season a success and look forward to many more to come.”

Notes to editors
With this press release there are a number of sound clips of interviews with motorcycle paramedic Mark Hayes, photographs of motorcycle crashes the Trust has attended and also a picture of Mark with his work motorcycle and personal bike.

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Superheroes run to help volunteer lifesavers

Wednesday 8th May 2013 – 1.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

A couple from north Shropshire are to run a 10km marathon this weekend dressed as superheroes, in aid of local volunteer lifesavers.

Holly Mayer and Nick Cooper will appear as Superwoman and Spiderman respectively at the event in Market Drayton on Sunday 12th May.

They will be raising money for North Shropshire Community First Responders, a group of everyday members of the public trained to a nationally recognised standard by West Midlands Ambulance Service in a variety of lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator. They could be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance is on its way.

North Shropshire Community First Responders is a registered charity (number 1136523) funded by voluntary donation.

Holly and Nick, who run Festour Ltd. in Market Drayton, said on their facebook page: “We have both had friends and family who have been looked after by these much needed First Responders, so this charity is very close to our hearts.”

Tony Hobbs, Chairman of North Shropshire Community First Responders, said: “It’s great of Holly and Nick to raise money for us this way. It’s through their generosity that we are able to carry on saving local lives.”

To sponsor Holly and Nick, collect a sponsor form from their shop at 9, Shropshire Street, Market Drayton, or contact them via facebook (search for ‘festour festivals’)
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Wednesday 8th May – 11.00am – Suzie Fothergill.

A paramedic from West Midlands Ambulance Service has successfully completed his challenge of running two marathons in eight days.

Matt Turvey’s 52 mile challenge began in London on 21st April and ended when he crossed the finish line of the Manchester Marathon on Sunday 28th April.

Matt, who is based at Stoke Ambulance Station, was inspired to raise money for Diabetes UK on discovering a former colleague’s son and his daughter’s (Molly) five-year-old classmate, Harry, had been diagnosed with type one diabetes. Despite being insulin dependent and having to undergo numerous invasive injections and finger pricks each day, Harry has taken it all in his stride.

As a paramedic, Matt is often called to emergencies that are diabetic related and he repeatedly sees the effects that the condition can have on patients.

Talking about his challenge Matt said: “I’d like to say a massive thank you to everybody who has supported me on this journey; for all the words of encouragement and more importantly the donations to Diabetes UK.

“We have raised approximately £2628, with more money to still come in. I really am overwhelmed with all the support I have received, which has helped me to exceed my original target of £2,000.  Special thanks go to my wife, Jenny, who orchestrated much of the fundraising and allowed me the opportunity to train and complete these runs!”

On the run up to Matt’s gruelling challenge, Hary too had been undertaking a number of trials of his own and has now successfully been fitted with an insulin pump, which means less injections and a more stable balance of his diabetes.

Mat continued: “It was brilliant news to discover that Harry was suitable for an insulin pump. He truly is an inspiration and I am proud to have raised this money for such a worthwhile charity.”

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Pictured: Matt with his wife, Jenny and daughter, Molly.

Man trapped under mower

Wednesday 8th May 2013 – 9.15am – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been taken to hospital following an incident in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called at 4.25am this morning to Stanton Upon Hine Heath following reports of a man who had become trapped underneath a sit on lawn mower on a grass embankment.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a man who had become trapped underneath a sit on lawn mower. It is believed that the man had been trapped for a long period of time.

“Once released the man was treated for multiple injuries. The casualty was given pain relief and immobilised at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured

Monday 6th May 2013 – 6.35pm – John Hawker.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured in an RTC in Birmingham this afternoon.

The crash occurred on Coventry Road, Yardley at around 3.15pm. Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

“A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian that had been in a collision with a car.

“The man suffered serious head and chest injuries and received emergency treatment at the scene. The man was anaesthetised by the Doctor and was then airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the man’s arrival and his serious injuries.

“Unfortunately, the man’s injuries were considered life threatening.”

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Motorcycle crashes

Monday 6th May 2013 – 6.00pm – John Hawker.

Two men have been injured in two separate motorcycle crashes today, one in Worcestershire and one in Shropshire.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first crash occurred at 7.35am this morning on Worcester Road, Grafton Flyford.  Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 50’s, suffered serious leg and foot injuries in the crash.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital major trauma unit for further emergency treatment.

“The second crash occurred on Northgate Road, Bridgnorth at around 2.10pm this afternoon. A motorcycle was believed to have been in collision with a car.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the same air ambulance attended.

“The man riding the bike, believed to be in his 40s, suffered multiple minor injuries, including a chest injury.  He received treatment at the scene and he was taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”

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Four Injured in Tamworth Crash

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Sunday 5th May 2013 – 4pm – Steve Parry.

Four patients have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Tamworth this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stonydelph near Tamworth just before 2pm.

Two ambulances; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle; a paramedic officer and two Midlands Air Ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving two cars.  

“A male driver, believed to be in his sixties, was treated for chest and minor injuries. He was immobilised with use of a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A family travelling in the second car were treated for minor injuries resulting from seat belts and air bag deployment. A male and female in their forties together with a 6-year old female were conveyed to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment and treatment. “

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Man Trapped in Weoley Crash

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Saturday 4th May 2013 – 5pm – Steve Parry.

An elderly man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Weoley Castle this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Black Hayes Road at approximately 11.40am.

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

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews found a car on its side in the garden of a property after it had collided with a garage wall.  

 “A man in his eighties was trapped in the vehicle for over an hour before being extricated by the emergency services.

 “The driver was treated for chest and pelvic injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.”

 

 

Pedestrian Injured in Nuneaton

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Saturday 4th May – 2pm – Steve Parry.

A teenager has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton.

The incident occurred in Coton Road just before 12.20pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car.

“A female, believed to be 16-years old, was treated for head and neck injuries.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board. Pain relief was also administered to stabilised the patient before she was airlifted to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Pedestrian Injured in West Bromwich

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Friday 3rd May 2013 – 11pm – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in West Bromwich this evening.

The incident occurred in Black Lake near the new Talbot Public House, just before 10pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, members of the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) including a doctor, attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car.

 “A man, believed to be in his forties, was treated for head and pelvic injuries.

 “The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, pelvic splint and placed on a spinal board. He was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

 “A doctor travelled with the patient and the hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the casualty.”

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Car Crash Man in Cardiac Arrest

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Friday 3rd May 2013 – 3pm – Steve Parry.

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Blurton, Stoke on Trent this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident on Oakwood Road at approximately 2.05pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to reports of a car colliding with a lamppost.

“Two bystanders were already undertaking effective CPR on the patient when ambulance crews arrived on scene.

“Crews took over the treatment of a man, believed to be in his seventies, who was found to be in cardiac arrest.

“The patient was given immediate advanced life support by medics. The man responded well to treatment and his condition was stabilised.  He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre alerted to the condition of the patient.” 

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Bromsgrove RTC

ImageFriday 3rd May 2013 – Steve Parry – 1.20pm

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Bromsgrove this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident on Stourbridge Road, Catshill at approximately 11.56am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene. 

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to a report of a car colliding with a tree.

 “Crews treated a man in his fifties who was found to be in cardiac arrest at the scene.

 “The patient was given immediate advanced life support by medics. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

 “An air ambulance doctor travelled with the patient and the hospital was pre alerted to the serious condition of the patient.”

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Handsworth RTC

Friday 3rd May 2013 – Steve Parry – 1pm

A 3-year-old child has died following a road traffic collision in Handsworth this morning.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Rookery Road at approximately 10.15am.

 An ambulance; a paramedic officer; a rapid response motorcycle paramedic, together with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a child had been seriously injured following a collision with a car.  

 “The child was given immediate life support treatment and taken by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he later died.”

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Pedestrian and car in collision

Thursday 2nd May 2013 – 3.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Birmingham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on West Heath Road in Northfield shortly before 8.50am this morning.

Two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle were dispatched to the scene. A number of local nurses were also in attendance prior to the arrival of the ambulance crews.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a car and a pedestrian that had been in collision.

“On arrival at the scene crews found an elderly man lying in the road. He was treated for serious multiple injuries to his head, shoulder and leg. The man was fully immobilised and taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”

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Ambulance and police team up to share best practice

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Wednesday 1st May 2013 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

With 999 calls increasing year-on-year, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is working with West Midlands Police to educate ambulance crews and police about their own calls to each other.

WMAS and West Midlands Police, through a Working Group, have joined forces to share best practice, educate staff and streamline the working arrangements between the two services in a bid to reduce the demand placed upon each other by each other.

The services are sharing and updating vital details on warning markers and information on ‘at risk’ addresses to enable crews and police to undertake effective risk assessments prior to requesting help from each other.

The education drive, through posters, internal newsletters and aide memoires, will also highlight to police officers and ambulance crews the common misconceptions they may have and the instances where help should be sought from each other.

Every day in the West Midlands, the police and ambulance service answer in excess of 4,000 999 calls. Some of the calls result in both emergency services attending, however sometimes the police and ambulance service call each other for help when they don’t need to.

One common reason for ambulance crews to call West Midlands Police is to help gain access to a property to reach a patient. In reality, ambulance crews can force entry to a property if they believe there is a risk to the patient. Similarly, the police often call for an ambulance when a victim, offender or a member of the public they encounter has minor injuries. Minor injuries do not warrant an emergency ambulance and, instead, the police should be advising the injured to self-refer to a minor injury unit, NHS Walk in Centre or A&E as a last resort to get those injuries checked.

Jeremy Brown, the Trust’s Head of Emergency Operations Centres, is involved in the Working Group and said: “We rely on each other every single day for help but, in reality, with increasing demand on both services it’s crucial we look at how we can work more efficiently to ensure we’re delivering the right patient care, in the right place and at the right time.

“Working in partnership means we can establish clear guidelines for both ambulance staff and police staff and learn from each other in the process through exploring the calls historically made and received. It is hoped that these simple measures will ensure that both of our precious resources will be used much more effectively and will only be called upon when it’s really necessary.”

Superintendent Chris Johnson from Force Contact at West Midlands Police said: “We urge members of the public to think before they call 999 so that they do not place unnecessary demand on the emergency services and the same applies to our own staff.

“As a starting point we are going back to basics by asking our staff to really think about their own reasons for calling 999 and outlining in what instances either service will attend.  Ultimately our resources are finite and we want to reduce unnecessary demand so that we can ensure that help is given where it is most needed.”

 

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Notes to Editors:

Pictured: Paramedic Samantha Wilyman and Inspector Jack Hadley

For enquiries relating to West Midlands Police, please contact Pete Edney, WMP Corporate Communications, on 0121 626 5858.

 

 

 

 

 

Woman horse rider airlifted

Monday 29th April 2013 – 6.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman horse rider has been airlifted to hospital after coming off her mount and being stood on by the horse.

The incident happened just before 4.30pm on Monday afternoon just outside the village of Drayton in Worcestershire. The location was on a bridleway opposite Drayton Pool near the Robin Hood Pub.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle was shown to the scene by passers by. She was backed up by an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance staff were told that the woman had been thrown from the horse which then stood on the 47 year old a couple of times.

“She was complaining of neck and back pain but was fully conscious. She was given pain relief and was immobilised using a neck collar and scoop stretcher.

“The woman was then airlifted to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham as a precaution.”

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Fatal crash on M42 motorway

Monday 29th April 2013 – 6.05pm – John Hawker.

A woman has died and a man has been injured following an RTC on the M42 motorway this afternoon.

The crash occurred on the west bound carriageway, near junction 3a, at around 2.40pm. An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a 4×4 vehicle that had left the motorway, been in collision with a fence and come to rest in a field some distance away.

“Unfortunately, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save a woman passenger in the vehicle, and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The man driving the vehicle was treated at the scene for multiple minor injuries and the effects of shock. He was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency treatment.”

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Thousands of schoolchildren taught in HeartStart course

Monday 29th April 12.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

More than 15,000 schoolpupils have been taught essential lifesaving skills as part of an educational campaign by Herefordshire HeartStart supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The charity, in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation, was officially launched in 1996 and set out to teach thousands of people a variety of techniques including CPR. In 2004 it began a scheme to target schools.

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Since 2004, the charity has trained 455 teachers to become Heartstart instructors for them to pass on their knowledge to their pupils. A high percentage of schools in Herefordshire now deliver the HeartStart course with more than 3,000 pupils receiving training in 2011.

Loraine Coleman, Herefordshire HeartStart Co-ordinator/Project Manager, said: “I would like to see all schools in Herefordshire involved in this incredible scheme. The British Heart Foundation are currently still funding the schools project in Herefordshire, they provide the Free Training for Schools staff, they fund the venue and training (i.e. at no cost to the school). For new schools joining the scheme, the British Heart Foundation will pay for replacement cover for those staff attending training. Once a school affiliates to the scheme, they are provided with all of the equipment and training resources, i.e. Resusci-Anne manikins, training manual, DVD and hand-outs for the pupils, all at no cost to the school.

“It really is a win-win for the schools. They get to deliver the Heartstart skills at no cost to themselves, the pupils benefit by learning these vital lifesaving skills and can then potentially save a life in their community.”

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The instructor training course runs for a full day and enables teachers to teach HeartStart to their pupils. Refresher courses for school staff are also offered to ensure they teach to the national standards and implement any new guidelines.

Anyone who doesn’t want to become an instructor but who still wants to be taught basic lifesaving skills is welcome to sign up for Herefordshire HeartStart’s free two-hour course. Anyone aged 10 or over is welcome. You’ll learn the skills of detecting the symptoms of a heart attack, delivering CPR and dealing with choking, loss of consciousness or serious blood loss.

Loraine added: “If you have children at a school in Herefordshire, why not check to see if they are part of the HeartStart scheme. If they’re not, then please encourage them to join.”

For more information or to book a course, visit http://www.herefordshireheartstart.org or email info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or contact the Co-ordinator/Project Manager Loraine Coleman on 0845 60 60 654.

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Note to Editors: Pictured – HeartStart course delivered at Broadlands Primary School, February 2013

Chesterton school fundraise for a lifesaver

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Monday 29th April 2013 – 11.00am – Suzie Fothergill.

On Tuesday evening (23rd April) Chesterton Community Sports College held a fun filled evening consisting of a charity auction, raffle, quiz, live entertainment and refreshments all in a bid to raise vital funds to purchase a life-saving defibrillator for the school.

Chris Helm, Head of Science has been at the forefront of the defibrillator fundraising campaign after he saw the importance of such a piece of equipment first hand. Unfortunately, last year Chris’ four year old daughter, Leilah became critically ill at their family home in Northwich, Cheshire. Thanks to the family’s quick actions in undertaking CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and the fast arrival of an ambulance crew with a defib, Leilah, whose heart had gone into an abnormal rhythm, was saved! 

The school that Chris works at recognised the importance of installing such a piece of equipment on site and the staff and pupils have all rallied round to help raise the funds. The fundraising event proved to be a massive success and managed to raise £2,100; more than enough to buy a defibrillator!

Alongside the fundraising, Chris Helm and five other staff members at the sports college have undertaken HeartStart instructor training and have since taught basic life support techniques, including CPR, to more than 400 pupils at the school.

Talking about the fundraising, Chris Helm said: “We are really pleased with the final amount raised.  I would like to thank everyone who donated prizes and a massive thanks to all the staff who got involved and helped make the night such a great success.  It was great to have the ambulance and fire engine here it really helped to raise the profile of the event.   

“We will deliver the HeartStart course to every pupil again next year, hopefully with the added benefit of defibrillator training too.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedic, Victoria Tufail who trained the staff in the HeartStart course attended the event in support. She said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service strongly believes that by having defibrillators installed in public places, such as schools and business premises, and having people trained in their use, helps to ensure that the best care possible can be provided quickly and effectively, should anyone ever unfortunately suffer a cardiac arrest.

“Getting schools involved in such projects is vital and provides the opportunity for all children to learn essential vital life-saving skills at a young age. West Midlands Ambulance Service has now helped to train over 4,000 school pupils in the BHF’s HeartStart course which is excellent news. 

“Chris and all the team at the school have done an amazing job raising awareness of the importance of basic life support and defibrillators and have had fun at the same time. The evening event was thoroughly enjoyed by all.”

Staff, pupils, parents, West Midlands Ambulance Service, Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and the British Heart Foundation representatives all turned out in force to help support the event.

For more information about HeartStart or to  book on to a free HeartStart course please visit http://www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/HeartStart.aspx or contact the team via heartstartstaffordshire@wmas.nhs.uk or call 01785 23734.

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Picture one: WMAs Paramedics with pupils Trudie Montford (left) and Megan Barber (right).

Picture two: Chris (holding the defib) pictured with school staff and representatives from West Midlands Ambulance Service, the British Heart Foundation and Staffordshire fire and Rescue Service.

Road traffic collision in Wombourne

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Sunday 28th April 2013 – 5.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been taken to hospital after the car he was driving collided with a single decker bus in south Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Billy Burns Lane, Wombourne shortly before 2.10pm today.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and two ambulance crews attended. Staffordshire Fire and Rescue service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Fire crews assisted ambulance crews in releasing the trapped driver, a man in his fifties, from his car. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. His wife, who was a passenger in the car, suffered minor injuries and travelled to hospital with him.

“Two people on the bus were assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Road traffic collision in West Bromwich

Saturday 27th April 2013 – 9.35am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in West Bromwich.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 9.40pm last night (Friday) to reports of a collision involving a car and a pedestrian in Black Lake.

A paramedic from the Hazardous Area Response Team attended along with a paramedic area support officer, the MERIT (Medical Emergency Response Incident Team) trauma team, the West Midlands CARE Team and an ambulance crew.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man in his twenties had suffered head injuries and numerous limb injuries.

“His injured limbs were splinted and he was fully immobilised before being transferred to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Note to Editors:
The West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation & Emergency (CARE) team is a group of approx. 60 volunteer Doctors and Nurses who provide a medical team in support of the West Midlands Ambulance Service. Each team consists of a Doctor, Nurse, WMAS Incident Officer and a Trainee. The team is able to offer advanced surgical intervention, airway and equipment support. The CARE Team was formed in 1990 and is affiliated with the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS). The Scheme is funded entirely by charitable donations and is a registered charity number 1129027.

Man suffers cardiac arrest on road

Friday 26th April 2013 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

A man is in a critical condition in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest in Coventry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a man who had collapsed whilst crossing Kirby Corner Road near Tesco, Canley, shortly before midday today (Friday). An ambulance, an advanced paramedic, a paramedic area support officer attended together with two doctors and a paramedic from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s airbase who responded by car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The advanced paramedic arrived first on scene within three minutes of the 999 call and found a man, believed to be in his 50s, in cardiac arrest on a pedestrian refuge in the middle of the road.

“The paramedic immediately commenced CPR and was quickly joined by colleagues to continue advanced life support. After several minutes of resuscitation efforts, the man’s heart began to beat and he started breathing again. The crews and medics continued emergency treatment to stabilise his condition before he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. A doctor travelled in the ambulance with the man to continue treatment en route.

“Medics were pre alerted to the arrival of the man who was said to be in a critical condition.”

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