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TWO CHILDREN AIRLIFTED

Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – 7.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two children have been airlifted to hospital, one in a critical condition after they were in collision with a van in the Black Country.

The crash happened on High Bullen, Wednesbury, about 200 yards from the roundabout near the bus station on the road towards the M6 at just before 5.15pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Three ambulances a paramedic officer and two air ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found two boys who were approximately 10 years old who had been in collision with a van.

“One had suffered a severe head injury. He was anaesthetised at the scene by the trauma doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

“The second child had suffered multiple abrasions. Given the nature of the collision, the doctor on the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance elected to airlift him to the same hospital.

“The driver of the van was uninjured.

“Both children received high levels of care and treatment at the scene from ambulance staff and doctors to stabilise their conditions before they were flown to the regions specialist paediatric trauma centre.”

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Woman seriously injured

Monday 22nd April 2013 – 4.50pm – John Hawker.

A woman has been seriously injured after being in collision with a bus in Birmingham this morning.

The incident occurred near the Junction of Church Road and Bristol Road, Northfield, at around 10.30am. 

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman being treated by an off duty member of WMAS Patient Transport Services staff who had come across the incident and stopped to help.

“The woman, believed to be in her 60’s, suffered a serious head injury.  She received emergency treatment at the scene and was transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“Whilst at the scene, a passer-by was taken ill and also needed to be treated by ambulance crews.  The woman, believed to be in her 30’s, and not involved in the RTC, was transferred by a land ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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We have no further details on this incident. 

Ambulance station for sale – Warwickshire

Monday 22nd April 2013 – 10.25am – Chris Kowalik.

An ambulance station in Warwickshire is about to be put up for sale as part of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Make Ready’ plans.

The Make Ready programme will see the creation of two 24/7 fleet maintenance hubs where dedicated teams of Ambulance Fleet Assistants prepare, service and maintain the fleet of ambulances. The hubs are currently being built in Ibstock Road, Coventry and in Tournament Fields, Warwick.

Most of Warwickshire’s remaining traditionally owned ambulance stations are due to be sold and replaced by a new network of Community Ambulance Stations which will be leased rather than owned. The new stations will be lower maintenance with resultant lower running costs and will be greater in number.

The following station is due to be advertised as for sale:

Dordon ambulance station, Watling Street, Dordon B78 1TE – offers invited in the region of £475,000. Alternative provision is being planned; details of which will be announced in due course. The current station will not be vacated until new premises have been established.

‘Make Ready’ was implemented by the former Staffordshire Ambulance Service fifteen years ago, making it one of the most successful ambulance services with some of the fastest response times in England.

The aim of the hubs is to cut down on ambulance crew ‘downtime’; time when the crew are dealing with issues such as cleaning their vehicle or restocking – time when they are not able to respond to medical emergencies.

‘Make Ready’ is also proven to significantly reduce the waste of out-of-date drugs and supplies.  It also reduces spending on aged and expensive ambulance station buildings. The money saved is channelled into frontline ambulance provision.

The ‘Make Ready’ system will be fully in place later this year.

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Ambulance station for sale – Shropshire

Monday 22nd April 2013 – 10.25am – Chris Kowalik.

An ambulance station in Shropshire is about to be put up for sale as part of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Make Ready’ plans.

The Make Ready programme has seen the creation of two 24/7 fleet maintenance hubs where dedicated teams of Ambulance Fleet Assistants prepare, service and maintain the fleet of ambulances. The hubs are based at Abella Business Park, Shrewsbury and in Wrekin Drive, Donnington.

The hubs serve a new network of Community Ambulance Stations. The new Community Ambulance Stations have replaced the traditionally owned ambulance stations in the county, are lower maintenance and therefore have lower running costs.

Consequently, Craven Arms ambulance station is due to be advertised as for sale:

Craven Arms ambulance station, Ludlow Road, Craven Arms – offers invited in the region of £200,000.

As part of a sale of Craven Arms ambulance station, West Midlands Ambulance Service would wish to retain a small part of the site for use as a small Community Ambulance Station.

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Ambulance stations for sale – Birmingham

Monday 22nd April 2013 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.

Five ambulance stations in Birmingham (incorporating the borough of Solihull) are to be put up for sale as part of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Make Ready’ plans.

The Make Ready programme involves the creation of 24/7 fleet maintenance hubs where dedicated teams of Ambulance Fleet Assistants prepare, service and maintain the fleet of ambulances. Oncoming ambulance crews collect their ‘made-ready’ vehicle and go to any of a new network of more than thirty Community Ambulance Stations from where they respond to 999 calls.

The hubs will be based at:

Opus Aspect, Chester Road, Erdington,

Hollymoor Point, Hollymoor Way, Northfield

and in West Bromwich.

Hubs in Erdington and Northfield are currently being constructed. A hub is already in operation in West Bromwich following the refurbishment of the town’s ambulance station in Hargate Lane.

The hubs serve a new network of Community Ambulance Stations which are leased rather than owned. The new Community Ambulance Stations are replacing some of the traditionally owned ambulance stations, are lower maintenance and therefore have lower running costs. When completed, the number of Community Ambulance Stations will be more than three-times that of traditionally owned stations to ensure a faster response to 999 calls.

Consequently, five traditionally owned ambulance stations in Birmingham (incorporating the borough of Solihull) are due to be advertised as for sale:

Chelmsley Wood ambulance station, Waterloo Avenue, Chelmsley Wood B39 6RE – offers invited in the region of £380,000

Hobmoor Road ambulance station, Hobmoor Road, Small Heath, Birmingham B10 9BU – offers invited in the region of £375,000

Monyhull ambulance station, Monyhull Hall Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham B30 3QJ – offers invited in the region of £330,000

Solihull ambulance station, Hermitage Road, Solihull B91 2LL – offers invited in the region of £450,000

Sutton Coldfield ambulance station, Shooters Hill, Sutton Coldfield B72 1HX – offers invited in the region of £350,000.

‘Make Ready’ was implemented by the former Staffordshire Ambulance Service fifteen years ago, making it one of the most successful ambulance services with some of the fastest response times in England.

The aim of the hubs is to cut down on ambulance crew ‘downtime’; time when the crew are dealing with issues such as cleaning their vehicle or restocking – time when they are not able to respond to medical emergencies.

‘Make Ready’ is also proven to significantly reduce the waste of out-of-date drugs and supplies.  It also reduces spending on aged and expensive ambulance station buildings. The money saved is channelled into frontline ambulance provision.

The ‘Make Ready’ system will be fully in place in Birmingham later this year.

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Two dead in Shrewsbury crash

Sunday 21st April 2013 – 7.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have died in a road traffic collision in Shrewsbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A458 Welshpool Road near to the Windmill Inn, Halfway House at around 12.20pm earlier today (Sunday). Three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a motorcycle and car which had been involved in a significant collision.

“Sadly it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the two riders of the motorcycle, a man and a woman, and they were confirmed dead on scene.

“The three occupants of the car, two women and a man, sustained minor injuries. All three were assessed on scene, one woman was immobilised as a precaution, before they were taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Walkers injured on the Wrekin

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Sunday 21st April 2013 – 7.00pm – Claire Brown.

Two women have been taken to hospital after they were injured whilst walking in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an area of The Wrekin, off Spout Lane, Little Wenlock, shortly before midday today (Sunday). An off duty community first responder came across the two injured women and administered first aid until two ambulances, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) paramedics and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two women, believed to be in their 50s, had been out walking with a group of people when both reportedly fell.

“Due to the location of the women on the hill, the air ambulance had to land ½ a mile away and walk the rest of the way on foot. Land crews, unable to drive to the location, also made their way up the steep hill on foot.

“One woman suffered a fractured lower leg whilst the other had a suspected fractured ankle. Crews administered pain relief to the women before they were fully immobilised in a specialist fabric integrated body stretcher, designed to be easy to carry across difficult terrain.

“The crews then carried the women part way down the hill to HART’s six-wheeled all-terrain POLARIS vehicle which conveyed the woman, in turn, the rest of the way down a steep track to the awaiting ambulances.

“Both women were then taken by land ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital for further treatment almost four hours after the initial 999 call.

“The steep and inaccessible location meant this was a difficult and protracted case for crews however, their team work ensured the women received the best pre-hospital treatment and were rescued safely.”

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Pictured: HART paramedic treating one woman on The Wrekin.

 

 

 

 

Girl injured in swing fall

Saturday 20th April 2013 – 7.20pm – Claire Brown.

A girl has been airlifted to hospital after falling from a rope swing in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a property in Stoke on Tern, Market Drayton, shortly before 12.30pm this afternoon (Saturday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The 12 year old girl had reportedly fallen from a rope swing onto grass and had sustained a fractured leg in the fall.

“Crews and the medic quickly administered pain relief to stabilise her condition and make her more comfortable before fully immobilising her with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint.

“Due to the location of the incident and the distance from road access, the air ambulance attended to convey the girl to Princess Royal Hospital for further treatment.”

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Motorcyclist injured in Shifnal

Saturday 20th April 2013 – 7.00pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital following a collision between a motorcycle and a van in Shifnal today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Aston Road at 11.20am this morning (Saturday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist and van which had been in collision. The motorcyclist, a woman in her 20s, suffered a serious leg injury.

“Crews and the doctor gave the woman pain relief before immobilising her with a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint before she was airlifted to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“No one else was injured in the crash.”

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Fatal RTC in Barford

Thursday 18th April 2013 – 8.30pm – Claire Brown.

One man has died and five others have been injured in a two car road traffic collision in Warwick.

The incident happened on the A429 in Barford shortly before 5.00pm this afternoon (Thursday). Four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, two senior paramedic officers, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars which had been involved in a significant collision.

“One car had left the road and was down an embankment. Sadly it quickly became apparent to ambulance crews that nothing could be done to save the single occupant of the car, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“Five occupants from the second car involved suffered varying injuries and all needed treatment. The most seriously injured, a man in his 40s, sustained injuries to his face, neck, back, abdomen and legs. He was given pain relief and fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.

“A 38 year old man sustained a head injury and a suspected abdominal injury and a 52 year old man suffered back, neck, shoulder and knee injuries. Crews immobilised both men and stabilised their conditions on scene before they were taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A 42 year old man was treated on scene by crews for cuts, bruises and knee and back injuries. The fifth occupant, a 32 year old man had reportedly been knocked unconscious prior to crews arriving and had neck pain and a leg injury. Both were immobilised before being conveyed by land ambulance to Warwick Hospital.”

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Notes to Editors: I have no more details regarding this incident and am unable to provide condition checks.

 

Box of life for the neighbours

 

Thursday 18th April 2013 – 2.00pm – Claire Brown.

Life-saving boxes to help patients in cardiac arrest have been installed on ambulance hubs in the Black Country in case of an emergency in the neighbourhood.

Dudley Ambulance Hub on Burton Road and Willenhall Ambulance Hub on Ashmore Lake Way are now home to a community defibrillator; a device used to restart someone’s heart when they’ve suffered a cardiac arrest. The defibrillators located in yellow boxes are secure but publicly accessible in the event of an emergency.

Emma Wilkins, the Trust’s Black Country Community Response Manager, said: “By living near to an ambulance hub you might expect there to always be a paramedic around on site. However, with the ambulance service busier than ever, there is always the possibility of all of our operational crews being out on 999 calls.

“In order to give peace of mind to locals, we’ve installed a defibrillator at both sites which are accessible to members of the community to help start life-saving treatment to someone in cardiac arrest whilst an ambulance is en route. Non-operational staff based at both hubs, who are on site 24/7, have also been given basic life support training to lend a hand in the event of an emergency.

“If someone suffers a cardiac arrest nearby either hub, our neighbours should call 999 immediately and head to the hub for a defibrillator to give the patient the best chance of survival.”

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Notes to Editors:

To find out more about community defibrillators in the Black Country, please contact Emma Wilkins (Black Country Community Response Manager) via emma.wilkins@wmas.nhs.uk.

Tractor run to raise vital funds for volunteer lifesavers

Thursday 18st April 2013 – 1.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Vintage tractors are due to take to the woods and countryside of Shropshire and Herefordshire to raise funds for a group of volunteer lifesavers.

The tractor run on Sunday 23rd June will be the second such event in aid of Leintwardine and Bucknell Community First Responders following last year’s successful inaugural run. It will begin at 10am from Daffodil Lane Recreational Ground in Bucknell.

Community First Responders are everyday members of the public trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level 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 local knowledge and proximity are among their many assets, particularly in rural areas. They can be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an emergency ambulance vehicle is en-route.

There are four CFRs in Leintwardine and Bucknell including a man who first used a defibrillator for real on his own sister who subsequently survived the cardiac arrest she had suffered.

This year’s fundraising tractor run will raise funds for the CFR scheme in the two villages and for Bucknell Memorial Hall.

Anyone wishing to take part or to sponsor the event is invited to contact Community First Responder Nicola Edwards on 07973 563 829.

It is one of two fundraising events for the group in the same month; on Sunday 9th June the CFRs with the assistance of local firefighters will carry a stretchered “patient” 5.3 miles from Bucknell to Leintwardine. Anyone wishing to sponsor them is again asked to contact Nicola.

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Woman seriously injured in Stourbridge fire

Thursday 18th April 2013 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A woman has been seriously injured in a flat fire in Stourbridge.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Rutland Place in Wollaston, Stourbridge shortly after 9.15pm yesterday evening (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival crews found a woman who had suffered approximately 80% burns to her body in the fire.

“Crews administered pain relief and began applying cooling burns dressings to her extensive wounds. Given the serious nature of the woman’s injuries, the doctor quickly took the decision to anaesthetise her at the scene to stabilise her condition.

“The woman was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the region’s specialist burns unit, for further emergency treatment. The doctor travelled in the ambulance to hospital to continue vital pre hospital care en route. Medics were pre alerted to the arrival of the woman who, at the time of transfer, was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Notes to Editor: I have no more details regarding the incident or the age of the patient. I am unable to provide a condition check. Please contact West Midlands Fire Service with further enquiries relating to this case.

Fatal house fire in Birmingham

Wednesday 17th April 2013 – 7.45am – Claire Brown.

One woman has died and five other people have been injured, two seriously, in a house fire in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at around 5.00am to reports of a house fire on Cateswell Road in Springfield. Four ambulances, a responder paramedic, two paramedic area support officers, the Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found the fire service tackling a large house fire. Sadly it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save one occupant, a woman, and she was confirmed deceased on scene.

“Five other people were out of the property and needed medical help.

“A teenage girl sustained approximately 70% burns to her body. Due to her critical injuries, the doctor sedated the girl on scene in order to stabilise her condition and to enable crews to fully assess and begin treating her burns. The girl was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the girl to hospital.

“A 26 year old woman sustained around 50% burns to her back, legs and arms. She was given pain relief and fluids by ambulance crews and cooling burns dressings were applied to her wounds before she was alerted to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.

“A woman believed to be in her 20s, who had reportedly jumped from a window, had leg, pelvis, shoulder and neck injuries. She was given pain relief, immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and stabilised by crews before being taken to the same hospital.

“A fourth woman, believed to be in her 20s, sustained minor leg and shoulder injuries and a 55 year old man had minor burns to his face and hands. Both were treated by crews before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Notes to Editors:
I have no more details regarding this incident and am unable to provide condition checks.

Motorcyclist dies in Wolverhampton

Tuesday 16th April 2013 – 10.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died in a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a motorcyclist and a car on the Birmingham New Road in Coseley, near to Silver Jubilee Park shortly before 6.30pm earlier this evening (Tuesday). Two ambulance crews, two responder paramedics, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist and a car which had been in collision. The motorcyclist, a man, suffered multiple serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest. An off duty nurse and other bystanders were doing CPR. Crews immediately took over resuscitation efforts at the roadside to administer advanced life support.

“The man was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor and paramedic continuing vital treatment en route. Sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on arrival at hospital.

“The driver of the car suffered cuts and bruises and was taken to Russells Hall Hospital as a precaution.”

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Notes to Editors: I have no more details regarding this incident.

Appeal for Community First Responders in Worcestershire

Tuesday 16th April 2013 – 10.35am – Chris Kowalik.

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

Volunteers are particularly needed in Droitwich, Pershore, Tenbury Wells, Malvern and Evesham.

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.

Jenny Sears-Brown, Community Response Manager Support Officer for Worcestershire, 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 and a 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 Jenny Sears-Brown on 07795 497 937 or via jenny.sbrown@wmas.nhs.uk . Alternatively contact the CFR admin office on (01384 215 855) or via CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk

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Lucky escape for motorist

 

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Monday 15th April 2013 – 4.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

A motorist has had a lucky escape following a road traffic collision on the motorway today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a lorry near to Junction T3 on the M6 Toll shortly before 10.30am this morning.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a car and a lorry that had been in collision. The car had suffered significant front end damage.

“The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 30’s, was out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival. The man was assessed and treated for minor injuries to his wrists and ankles before being discharged at the scene.

“Considering the nature of the incident the man was extremely fortunate to not have suffered more serious injuries. 

“No one else was injured in the incident.”

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Notes to Editors

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Man airlifted from RTC

Monday 15th April 2013 – 3.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been airlifted to hospital following a road traffic collision in Herefordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to Whitestone Business Park in Whitestone, Hereford shortly after 8.35am this morning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were dispatched to the scene. An off duty paramedic was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two cars that had been in collision.

“The driver of one of the cars was found to be trapped in the vehicle. The patient was released, with the assistance of the fire service, and treated for potential internal injuries and neck pain.

“The casualty, a man believed to be in his 60’s, was given pain relief at the scene and fully immobilised before being conveyed to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“A second patient was assessed at the scene but did not require further hospital treatment.”

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Fatal RTC in Staffordshire

Sunday 14h April 2013 – 9.30pm – John Hawker.

A woman has died following an RTC in Staffordshire this afternoon.

The crash occurred on the A500, between Talke and Audley, towards Junction 16 of the M6 at around 3.40pm.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, two BASICS Doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a further BASICS Doctors on board attended the scene.

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

“The driver of the car had suffered series injuries and then went into cardiac arrest.

“Advanced life support was immediately carried out and the woman was transferred by land ambulance to University Hospital North Staffordshire with resuscitation attempts continuing en route.  

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medics, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead shortly after arriving at hospital.”

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We have no further details on this incident. 

Lucky escape for motorcyclist

Sunday 14th April 2013 – 5.40pm – John Hawker.

The rider of a motorcycle had a lucky escape following an RTC on the M40 between Junctions 16 and 15 Southbound this afternoon.

The crash occurred at around 2.40pm with an off duty paramedic being first on scene.  An ambulance and a paramedic officer also attended the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An off duty WMAS paramedic was first on the scene and found a motorcyclist that had fallen from his motorcycle in the outside lane of the motorway.

“The man, believed to be 32 years old, received emergency treatment at the scene by the paramedic, who was then joined by colleagues who continued with treatment.

 “The man suffered back and hand injuries and was immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar.  He also received pain relief as he was transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

 “The hospital had been alerted to the patient’s arrival and his injuries.

“Considering where the man had fallen off his machine, he man was extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious or even fatal injuries.  Thankfully the motorcyclist was wearing full safety clothing which undoubtedly helped minimise his injuries.”

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We have no further details on this incident. 

Fatal RTC on M42

Sunday 14h April 2013 – 5.00pm – John Hawker.

A man has died following an RTC on the M42 this morning.

The crash occurred between junctions 10 and 9, Southbound at around 8am.  An ambulance, 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 car that rolled over and was up the embankment of the motorway.

“The driver of the car had suffered multiple serious injuries and was in traumatic cardiac arrest.  Advanced life support was carried, but unfortunately despite the best efforts of ambulance crews, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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We have no further details on this incident

Three injured in house fire

Saturday 13th April 2013 – 9.45am – John Hawker. 

Three people have been injured, one seriously in a house fire in Staffordshire in the early hours of this morning.

The fire occurred at a house in Ellams Place, Knutton, at around 12.40am.  Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and a BASICS Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 30’s, with serious burn injuries to his back, arms and feet following a house fire.

“The man received emergency treatment at the scene using specialist burn packs and also received pain relief.  He was transferred by ambulance to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.

“A woman and young baby also in the property at the time of the fire were treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation.  Both were transferred by ambulance to the same hospital for further treatment.”

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We have no further details on this incident. 

Driver trapped in car

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Friday 12th April 2013 – 11.15pm – John Hawker.

A driver has been trapped in her car for around 40 minutes after it left the road and hit a tree in Warwickshire this evening.

The crash occurred on Lighthorne Road, Kineton, at around 6.55pm.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and been in collision with a tree.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her early 20’s, suffered serious leg injuries and also suspected neck and back injuries.

“The woman received emergency treatment and stabilised before being extricated from the vehicle with the help of the fire service.  She was trapped for around 40 minutes.

“The woman was then transferred by ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.”

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We have no further details on this incident. 

 

Crash on M6 Toll

Friday 12th April 2013 – 10.30pm – John Hawker.

Three people have been injured, one seriously following an RTC on the M6 Toll Road this afternoon.

 The crash occurred between junctions T7 and T6, Southbound at around 3.50pm.  Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to reports of three vehicles that had been in a crash.

“A woman driving one car, believed to be in her mid 20’s, suffered serious leg injuries and was trapped the vehicle.  She received emergency treatment at the scene and her condition was stabilised.  The woman was extricated from the vehicle and was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.

“A man and a woman who were travelling in the other vehicles both suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene.  Both were transferred by land ambulance to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.”

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We have no further details on this incident and we are unable to do condition checks. 

Life saving lorry drivers

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Thursday 11th April 2013 – 4.30pm – Claire Thomas.

Lorry drivers are to be trained in life saving first aid with help from West Midlands Ambulance Service as part of a national road safety initiative.

Driver First Assist (DFA), launched at the Commercial Vehicles Show in Birmingham this week, is an initiative to provide professional drivers with first aid training to help at the scene of road traffic collisions whilst emergency services are en route.

Supported by all three emergency services through the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE), the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Chief Fire Officers Association, The training programme for DFA has been developed by the Central Motorways Police Group with input from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The one day course covers life-saving first aid and scene management enabling lorry drivers to give vital aid if they come across a road traffic collision. Drivers from the logistics industry are to be the first to receive training in the coming months. The training also counts towards the profession’s Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

The Trust will be running ‘Train the Trainer’ courses to fellow ambulance services through the NHS Ambulance Service First Aid training consortium (NASFA) over the next few months to provide local trainers across the country to support the DFA initiative.

AACE Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of West Midlands Ambulance Service, Dr Anthony Marsh said: “The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives is delighted to endorse this important programme.

“We look forward to working in partnership with DFA to ensure the highest standard of first aid training is provided to all who participate. Sadly, road traffic collisions sometimes result in people suffering life threatening injuries where every minute counts to their chances of survival.

“By providing professional driver, who are often first to witness or come across such incidents, with basic life support training and the knowledge to know what to do will ultimately mean patients get the care they need whilst emergency help is en route.”

David Higginbottom from Driver First Assist said: “We believe we have an effective strategy to train a significant number of drivers, starting with HGV drivers. Our vision is for thousands of trained personnel equipped to take action in the first critical moments after an RTC.”

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Pictured (left to right): Malcolm Price (WMAS Commercial Services Development Manager), David Higginbottom (Driver First Assist) and PC Steve Rounds (Central Motorways Police Group) pictured at the Commercial Vehicles Show at the NEC.

For more information about Driver First Assist please contact Automotive PR Ltd on 0207 952 1070 or email mhayes@automotivepr.com.

 

Lorry overturns

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Wednesday 10th April 2013 – 3.45pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision on the A446 Pool Island in Coleshill at approximately 7.20am this morning.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a senior paramedic ambulance officer and a community first responder were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a lorry that had overturned on to its side.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, had sustained a head injury. The man was treated at the scene and was fully immobilised before being conveyed to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Notes to Editors

If the image is used please credit West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Lorry Crashes onto M6 Toll From Flyover

ImageMonday 8th Aprtil 2013 – 8pm – Steve Parry.

A lorry driver and road users on the M6 Toll had an ‘amazing’ escape according to ambulance crews after a lorry left a flyover on the M42 and crashed onto the M6 Toll near Coleshill.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near T1 on M6 Toll just before 6.30pm.

An ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle 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 following reports of a lorry coming off a flyover on the M42 and landing on the northbound M6 Toll road.   

 “Crews treated the lorry driver, a man in his 50s, for serious lower leg fractures, neck and back pain and facial lacerations.

The driver crawled out of his badly damaged cab and was treated at the scene by paramedics before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham for further assessment.

“The M6 Toll northbound was closed as a result of the incident.”

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RTC in Stoke on Trent

Sunday 7th April 2013 – 8.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following an incident in Staffordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision at the junction of the A500 and Shelton New Road in Stoke on Trent shortly after 11.10am this morning.

An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Services spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a motorcyclist that had been in collision with a lamp-post.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 40’s, was treated for significant leg and arm injuries. The man was given pain relief at the scene and fully immobilised before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The doctor from the aircraft travelled on board the land ambulance continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst on en-route to hospital.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured

Sunday 7th April 2013 – 10.00am – Suzie Fothergill.  

A man has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision involving two cars and a motorcyclist in Staffordshire last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to the junction of King Street and Clarence Road in Fenton, Stoke on Trent shortly before 9.40pm yesterday.

Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a motorcyclist who had suffered serious multiple injuries.

“The man was treated for a serious chest injury and multiple fractures to his leg, pelvis and collarbone. He was fully immobilised and conveyed to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and specialist treatment.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the man and of his injuries.

“Two other people from the cars were assessed and treated for minor injuries at the scene.”

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Motorcyclist and pedestrian in collision

Saturday 6th April 2013 – 11.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

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

A passing West Midlands Ambulance Service crew came across the incident at the junction of Cannock Road and Stafford Street in Wolverhampton at approximately 8.45pm this evening.

A further ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support 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 found a motorcyclist and a pedestrian that had been in collision.

“The pedestrian, a man in his mid-20’s, was treated for a head injury and injuries to his lower limbs. The man was fully immobilised and conveyed to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. A medic from MERIT travelled on board the ambulance continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to the hospital.

“The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 30’s, was treated for a back injury before being conveyed to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Six taken to hospital following motorcycle incidents

Saturday 6th April 2013 – 9.00pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service has attended to a spate of motorcycle incidents throughout the region today.

  • Shortly after 12.55pm this afternoon West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call to the junction of Atherstone Street and Brook End in Fazeley, Tamworth. An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were dispatched to the scene.

On arrival at the scene crews found a car and a motorcycle that had been in collision. The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 40’s, was treated for a leg and a potential pelvic injury. The man was immobilised and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

  • At approximately 1.25pm this afternoon the Trust was called to reports of a pushbike and a scooter that had been in collision at Wrekin View in Madeley, Telford. An ambulance, a senior ambulance officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A nine year old boy was treated by crews for a head injury and multiple abrasions to his body before being airlifted to University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

  • Just after 1.30pm crews were again called to an incident involving a motorcyclist and a pushbike on Coton Road in Nuneaton. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, two BASICS doctors and the Trust MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor were in attendance at the scene.

The cyclist was treated for multiple injuries. Due to the serious nature of his injuries the man was given at anaesthetic at the scene before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire. A medic travelled on board the ambulance continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst on route to hospital.

The motorcyclist, a man, was also treated for multiple injuries before being immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board. The motorcyclist was also conveyed via land ambulance to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment. 

  • At approximately 3.35pm the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire, an ambulance and a community first responder attended to an incident involving a car and a motorcyclist near to Whitacre Garden Centre on Tamworth Road in Coleshill, Birmingham.

The motorcyclist, a man, was treated for serious multiple injuries. The man was fully immobilised and airlifted to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

  • Shortly after 5.15pm crews were called Holyhead Road, Priorslee, Telford to reports of a motorcyclist that had been in collision with a bollard. An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were dispatched to the scene.

The motorcyclist, a man, was treated for a potential pelvic fracture. The man was given pain relief at the scene and fully immobilised before being airlifted to University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

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Teenager airlifted following RTC

Friday 5th April 2013 – 8.40pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

A teenage boy has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Wolverhampton today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road traffic collision at the junction of Lawnswood Avenue and Birmingham New Road in Ettingshall shortly after 5pm this evening.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and the West Midlands Care Team, consisting of a doctor, an immediate care nurse and a paramedic ambulance officer were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a pedestrian and a car that had been in collision.

“The pedestrian, a boy believed to be approximately 14 years of age, was treated for a head injury, a significant left leg injury, a potential right leg injury and a fractured arm.

“The teenager was given pain relief at the scene and fully immobilised before being airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Two Car RTC in Tipton

Friday 5th April 2013 – 8.30am – Suzie Fothergill.  

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in the Black Country last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident which took place on a roundabout at the junction of Shrubbery Avenue, Bell Street and Dudley Road in Tipton shortly after 7.10pm last night.

One ambulance, a paramedic area support 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: “On arrival at the scene crews found two cars that had been in collision.

“The driver and front seat passenger from one of the vehicles were reported to have been ejected from the car. The driver, a 20-year-old man, was found lying on the floor in the middle of the roundabout. The man was treated for a head injury and fully immobilised before being conveyed to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The front seat passenger, a 19-year-old woman was treated for minor injuries and was conveyed to the same hospital for further assessment.

“No one else was injured in this incident.”

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Fatal incident in Rugby

Thursday 4th April 2013 – 8.30am – Suzie Fothergill.  

A boy has died and another has been injured following an incident in Warwickshire yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a road traffic collision in Parkfield Road in Rugby shortly before 4.35pm yesterday.

An ambulance, two rapid response vehicles, a paramedic area support officer, a senior ambulance officer, the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and a BASICS Doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a boy lying in the road. The boy who had suffered serious injuries was immediately assessed and was found to be in traumatic cardiac arrest. Full resuscitation techniques were carried out at the scene but unfortunately despite best efforts of ambulance crews nothing could be done to save the boy and he was confirmed deceased at the scene.

“A second boy found in a van was treated for facial injuries. The boy was fully immobilised before being conveyed to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire, via land ambulance, for further assessment and treatment.”

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Notes to editors

I have no more details on this incident for more information please contact Warwickshire Police.

Two Car RTC

Tuesday 2nd April 2013 – 6.30am – Suzie Fothergill.  

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Tamworth last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on Coventry Road in Kingsbury at approximately 8.35pm yesterday.

Three ambulances, a rapid response car, a paramedic area support officer, a BASICS Doctor and the West Midlands CARE Team were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found two cars that had been in collision.

“The driver of the first car, a man in his 20’s, was treated for minor injuries and discharged at the scene.

“Two men in their 30’s were found to be trapped in the second vehicle. The men were extricated from the vehicle with the assistance of the fire service. The driver was treated for multiple fractures to his pelvis and leg whilst the passenger was treated for leg fractures. Both men were fully immobilised and conveyed to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of the men and of their injuries.”

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Road traffic collision in Shrewsbury

Sunday 31st March 2013 – 2.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

A woman has been flown to hospital following a collision with a car in Shrewsbury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Cathedral Town Walls shortly before 10.30am today.

Two ambulance crews, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman, who is in her eighties had abrasions to her head, a suspected fractured pelvis, a suspected broken leg and a suspected abdominal injury.

“Drugs and pain relief were administered. She was sedated, anaesthetised at the scene and her airway maintained.

“She was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Fatal road traffic collision – Montford Bridge

Saturday 30th March 2013 – 9pm – Chris Kowalik.

A woman has died and four other people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 at Montford Bridge shortly after 5pm today.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, the MERIT team of a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner in a rapid response vehicle, four ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two vehicles had been involved in a collision.

“In one of the vehicles was a woman who was confirmed dead at the scene. A man in his seventies had been trapped for approximately 40 minutes. He had a chest injury and numerous fractures. He was given oxygen at the scene and was fully immobilised before being flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire. A 9 year old girl who was in the same vehicle, was flown to the same hospital with an abdominal injury.

“In the second vehicle was a pregnant woman who was taken by land ambulance to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital. A six year old boy was taken by land ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital with facial injuries.”

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Road traffic collision – Knightwick

Saturday 30th March 2013 – 12.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

A pedestrian has been airlifted to a major trauma centre following a collision with a lorry in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bromyard Road, Knightwick shortly after 10.50am today.

A community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, the MERIT team of a trauma doctor and a critical care practitioner, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended. A GP who was in the area at the time had already stopped to help.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man who is in his late teens had a head injury. He was anaesthetised at the scene and his airway maintained. Drugs were administered and he was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher. A neck collar and SAM splint were applied and, accompanied in the helicopter by the trauma doctor, he was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Fatal road traffic collision, Tenbury

Saturday 30th March 2013 – 12.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Boraston Drive, Tenbury shortly after 10.05pm last night (Friday)

A community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, the West Midlands CARE team and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist had numerous injuries. Crews administered advanced life support techniques at the scene and en-route to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Despite the best efforts of ambulance and hospital staff, he was later confirmed dead at hospital.”

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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.

Rescue at Symonds Yat

Friday 29th March 2013 – 7.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been airlifted to hospital after falling approx.. 25 metres from the top of a rockface in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Symonds Yat shortly after 2.45pm today.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended.

Emergency services from Gloucestershire also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who is in his twenties was out rockclimbing with friends. It was fortunate that his fall had been broken by some bracken. He was found half-way up the rock face. Then followed a rescue lasting approximately three hours.

“All emergency and rescue services worked together to get him to the bottom of the rockface. He was then carried to the waiting land ambulance which transported him to the air ambulance to be flown to Hereford County Hospital.

“He had a broken leg and lower back pain. The hospital was put on alert for his arrival.”

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999 service gears up for Easter

Thursday 28th March 2013 – 5.00pm – Steve Parry

With the wintry weather conditions likely to persist over the Easter bank holiday, there are fears that demand on the emergency ambulance service could exceed predictions with calls rising to between 10 and 15 per cent above normal.

Ambulance crews will deal with a range of emergency incidents over the four days and the Trust has mobilised additional staff to staff ambulances and response cars so that the anticipated rise in 999 calls can be dealt with safely.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “The Easter holiday always proves to be a busy time for the ambulance service with the public taking the opportunity to enjoy the first holiday break of the year.

“We anticipate 999 calls to rise and therefore we would ask the public to continue to take extra care in the wintry conditions.

“We would also ask the public to think carefully before calling 999 for an emergency ambulance, thereby allowing us to attend to patients’ suffering life threatening illness and injury.”

During the bank holiday period, the ambulance service will be working alongside other agencies to ensure patients receive the appropriate care and treatment. In cases where illness and injury is not life threatening, it may be appropriate to consider alternatives to calling 999 such as NHS Direct, Walk-in Centres or local pharmacists.

Notes to Editor
1. Examples of 999 calls that could have been dealt with elsewhere: ear pain, toothache, stubbed toe, broken finger nail, sore throat and hangover.

2. Other healthcare services available include:
• Self care – A range of common illnesses and injuries can be treated at home by combining a well-stocked medicine cabinet with plenty of rest.
• NHS Direct – NHS Direct provides confidential health advice and information by phone (0845 46 47), through digital TV and online (www.nhs.uk), 24 hours a day.
• Pharmacist – Your local pharmacist can give you advice on illnesses and the medicines you need to treat them. Visit a pharmacist when you are suffering from a common health problem which does not require being seen by a nurse or doctor.
• GP – GP surgeries provide a range of services by appointment, including medical advice, examinations, and prescriptions. In an emergency, a GP can also visit your home outside of opening hours by contacting your local surgery and following the recorded instructions.
• NHS walk-in centre, urgent care centre, or minor injuries unit – You do not need an appointment and you will be seen by an experienced nurse or GP. These services give healthcare and advice and most are open from early in the morning until late at night. Visit one of these centres if you need medical treatment or advice which does not need a visit to A&E or a medical appointment.

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