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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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Marathon Man Matt

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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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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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Fatal RTC in Brierley Hill

Friday 26th April 2013 – 11.55am – Claire Brown.

A man has died in a road traffic collision in the Black Country this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to reports of a collision between a pedestrian and a car near to the Merry Hill Shopping Centre on Pedmore Road, Brierley Hill at 6.45am (Friday).

An ambulance, a responder paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found an unconscious man with a significant head injury being cared for by passers-by including two off duty nurses and a police officer.

“Crews and the doctor began treating the man to stabilise him but his condition quickly deteriorated and he went into cardiac arrest. The team of medics started advanced life support, administering CPR in an attempt to restart his heart.

“Sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Coventry

Friday 26th April 2013 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to outside the church on Baginton Road shortly after 8.30am earlier today (Friday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, an emergency care practitioner and an advanced paramedic 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: “When crews arrived they found a pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 60s, lying on the floor.

“Crews and the doctors assessed the man and found he had suffered a serious head injury together with chest and suspected pelvic injuries. Due to the nature of his injuries, the doctors decided to sedate him at the scene to stabilise his condition.

“The man was fully immobilised before being conveyed by land ambulance on blue lights and sirens to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Medics were pre-alerted to the arrival of the man who, upon arrival, was said to be in a critical condition.”

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Charity car wash in Leamington this Saturday

ImageThursday 25th April 2013 – 4.30pm – John Hawker.

A charity car wash is taking place at Leamington Rugby Club this Saturday to raise money for new kit for the local Warwick District Community First Responders. 

The event will take place between 12pm and 5pm with 10 volunteers ready willing and able to give your vehicle a good scrub. 

All funds will go towards new uniforms and equipment for the group so pop along and make a donation to a great cause and get a clean car thrown in as well.

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.

The groups twitter feed is @CFRsWarwick  

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One down, one to go!

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Thursday 25th April – 12.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A paramedic from West Midlands Ambulance Service has completed the first half of his double marathon challenge in a bid to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Matt Turvey, who is based at Stoke Ambulance Station, completed the London Marathon on Sunday in 5 hours and 36 minutes and is now gearing up for his second marathon, which will take place in Manchester this Sunday, just one week later!

Matt decided to raise money for diabetes UK on discovering a former colleague’s son, Harry, had been diagnosed with type one diabetes.

Matt said: “Harry, who is only five years of age, is in the same class as my daughter at St. Luke’s Primary School in Endon. 

“For Harry, having type one diabetes means his immune system attacks and destroys the cells that produce insulin. Insulin helps our bodies use glucose which gives us energy. Unfortunately at present the cause of this condition is unknown and as yet there is still no cure. This means that Harry is now insulin dependent for the rest of his life.

“Harry can have six or more insulin injections and finger pricks, to check his glucose level, each day. Even though Harry is subjected to such invasive procedures he does not cry or moan he simply accepts that this is a part of his life and continues to live it to the full. He is truly an inspiration and I am proud to be supporting such a worthwhile charity.”

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.

Matt, who also held a fundraising entertainment evening in February, has so far managed to raise a massive £1,283 towards his target of £2,000.

If you would like to support Matt in his challenge and help raise funds to allow Diabetes UK continue with their research and provide help to children like Harry please visit his just giving page via www.justgiving.com/MrTurvey.

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Picture 1: Matt Turvey

Picture 2: Matt running past Big Ben at mile 25 of the London Marathon

Picture 3: Matt pictured with his daughter Molly following the event.

Fatal road traffic collision in Walsall

Thursday 25th April 2013 – 7.40am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died and three people have been taken to hospital following a collision involving two cars in Walsall.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lichfield Road at 10.20pm last night (Wednesday).

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, the MERIT trauma team of a doctor and a critical care practitioner, the Hazardous Area Response Team and three ambulance crews attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were two people in each car.

“A man was confirmed dead at the scene. A woman who was in the same car had leg injuries. She was immobilised and was taken to New Cross Hospital.

“A mother and daughter from the other vehicle both had internal injuries. They were both immobilised and were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”

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Cardiac arrest on golf course

Wednesday 24th April 2013 – 7pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been taken to hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at Sutton Coldfield Golf Club.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the 16th hole at 3.50pm today.

Two rapid response vehicles, one driven by a paramedic area support officer, attended along with an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “CPR was already being done on the man when crews arrived.
“Crews took over and got him into the land ambulance which had managed to be driven onto the 16th fairway.
“The man, who is in his seventies, was then taken to Good Hope Hospital. At the time of arrival at hospital, he had been resuscitated.

“This is why 999 and the ambulance service is here; for those genuine emergencies where every minute counts.”

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Call for care at ‘home time’ after two incidents in half an hour

Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – 9.22pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are calling on children and drivers to remember each other after two young children were taken to hospital after separate incidents within half an hour of each other.

The collisions in Sutton Coldfield and Worcestershire saw the youngsters taken to hospital after collisions with cars.

The first incident took place near the Asda in Walmley Ash Road, Minworth at 3.25pm on Tuesday afternoon.

A girl of about 11 years was in collision with a car. An off duty paramedic came across the incident very soon after it happened and stayed with the girl until an ambulance and a rapid response vehicle arrived.

She had suffered a head injury and possible broken leg and was taken to Good Hope Hospital.

The second incident happened at the junction of Shrubbery Road and Stonebow Road in the village of Drakes Broughton at 3.50pm on Tuesday afternoon.

This time a young boy of about the same age suffered ankle and leg injuries. The ambulance that attended took him to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

WMAS Director of Nursing and Quality, Sandy Brown, said: “Sadly, these two incidents and the very serious incident in Wednesbury today (Tuesday), show just how important it is that we all take responsibility for the safety of each other.

“If you are a parent, please take the time to talk to your children about making sure they go to school safely and area aware of vehicles when they are playing outside.

“There are some excellent materials available to assist you from the likes of the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) and the ‘Think!’ campaign from the Government.

“Equally, if you are a driver, please be especially mindful of children being about at the beginning and end of the school day. The reality is that some youngsters do walk out from between parked cars without a care in the world which can have tragic consequences.

“If everyone looks out for each other, then there is a better chance that we as an ambulance service will have fewer incidents such as those above to deal with.”

For more information have a look at the following websites:

http://think.direct.gov.uk/
http://www.rospa.com

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Delays on M6 after crash at Great Barr

Tuesday 23rd April 2013 – 8.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Evening commuters faced long delays after the southbound M6 at Great Barr was shut on Tuesday evening after a crash involving a car and a motorcycle.

The collision happened at about 5.55pm between junctions 8 and 7.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was also dispatched after initial concerns that the motorcyclist had suffered serious injuries.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a car that had suffered a significant rear end impact and a motorcycle that was badly damaged.

“The rider, a 44 year old man, had suffered facial injuries but thankfully, these turned out not to be as bad as the level of damage might have suggested.

“He was taken by land ambulance to Sandwell Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the car initially felt ill and was going to be taken to hospital but then recovered enough to be discharged.

“Due to overhead power lines at the scene, the Midlands Air Ambulance was not able to land at the scene and initially set down at the Holiday Inn at Junction 7 but was in the end not required.”

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Trapped for almost an hour after crash

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

A man has been airlifted to a Major Trauma Centre after being trapped inside the wreckage of a car for almost an hour.

The crash happened in Illey Lane in Frankley at around 5.30pm on Tuesday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle was first on scene and was backed up by an ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Both cars involved had suffered very significant front end damage.

“There were two men in one car and one in the other. One of the men from the first car and the driver of the second car had suffered on cuts bumps and bruising. They were taken by land ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further assessment.

“A 29 year old man from the first car was trapped for about 50 minutes. A critical care paramedic from the air ambulance gave the man sedation so that he could be extracted from the wreckage. He had suffered two broken legs, possible fractures to his pelvis and right arm and had potential back injuries.

“He was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board, and splints before being airlifted to the same hospital.”

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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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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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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.