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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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Road traffic collision – A49 Ludford

Wednesday 27th March 2013 – 11.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been seriously injured in a collision with a lorry in south Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49 at Ludford shortly after 7.50pm today.

A community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew, a BASICS Emergency Doctor from MARS (Mercia Accident Rescue Service) and the MERIT team of a trauma doctor and a critical care practitioner attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A pedestrian had collided with a lorry. He had a head injury and a suspected pelvic injury.

“He was anaesthetised at the scene and his airway maintained. A pelvic splint was applied and he was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance, accompanied by the MERIT trauma team to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.”

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Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) is a group of highly trained and experienced pre-hospital practitioners who provide enhanced immediate medical care to the people of Herefordshire and Worcestershire on a voluntary basis in support of West Midlands Ambulance Service. It currently comprises 15 doctors and two advanced nurse practitioners. The scheme is a registered charity supported by local fundraising and affiliated with the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS). For more information go to http://www.marsbasics.org.uk.

Four new ‘Herefordshire Heartstart’ instructors trained

Tuesday 26th March 2013 – 4.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

Four new Heartstart instructors have recently completed their training to enable them to deliver two-hour courses in Herefordshire on lifesaving techniques.

Herefordshire Heartstart is a charity supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service that is training thousands of people aged 10 or over in the county lifesaving techniques including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

The new instructors joined the team last year and have been helping at courses to give them more experience of how they are delivered. The volunteers then attended an instructor training course and are now approved to deliver Heartstart training.

They will now be instructing as part of a team of volunteers, who regularly deliver courses all over Herefordshire on how to save a life.

Herefordshire Heartstart runs courses for the public, for groups and businesses. The courses are free, but the charity relies on financial donations to keep the service running. Herefordshire Heartstart is affiliated to the British Heart Foundation, but does not receive funding for the community scheme to deliver this locally.

For details of volunteering opportunities or booking a course email the Co-ordinator Loraine Coleman at info@herefordshireheartstart.co.uk or Tel 0845 60 60 654 (Mon to Thurs 9am to 12.45pm. Please note that the office will be closed from 29th March to 16th April) or visit www.herefordshireheartstart.org

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Doctors with West Midlands Ambulance Service in Shropshire

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A ‘999’ call for an ambulance in Shropshire could result in a visit from a Shropdoc General Practitioner.

Around 25 GPs from Shropdoc are providing support to West Midlands Ambulance Service 4 days a week (Monday to Friday) until July 2013.

The GPs will receive requests to assess patients who do not require a trip to A&E from paramedics in the community or in the Control Centre in Brierley Hill.

The aim of the scheme is to provide high quality care closer to the patient’s home. This will help reduce the number of inappropriate admissions to hospital and unnecessary visits to the A&E departments.

Shropshire County and Telford & Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Groups are supporting the scheme by providing funding for the next 4 months.

The scheme went live with its first shift on Monday 18th March. Dr. Edwin O’Bazee (pictured) was the duty GP on shift on Friday 22nd March. He said: “I was keen to practice in primary care, dealing with patients out in the community rather than in a surgery.”

Simon Taylor, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Clinical Practice and Governance Manager for Shropshire said: “Working together with Shropdoc will bring many great improvements to the speed and quality of the care and treatments we can bring to our patients. Our ambulance crews can call on the duty GP to administer antibiotics, muscle relaxants and analgesia for example. The GPs can also quickly refer patients to other areas of the health service to ensure more of them get the right care in the right place at the right time, first time.”

Dr. Gill Clements, Medical Director of Shropdoc, said: “We are delighted to be offered the opportunity to work more closely with West Midlands paramedics to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care in their homes or community wherever possible and safe to do so.”

Dr. Bill Gowans, Shropshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Vice Chairman, said: “As local GPs we know that some patients who call 999 do not need to be taken to hospital. We have worked closely with Shropdoc, who have led this pilot, to ensure patients who do not need A&E services can access GP clinical advice. Not only will this save patients an unnecessary journey but it will also hopefully reduce demand on A&E and free up ambulances. We know locally there have been concerns raised about the ambulance response times and this is one way we are working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to look at demand and ensure patients have access to the right treatment at the right time.”

Dr Mike Innes, Chair of Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Not all calls to 999 need to result in a visit to A&E, wherever possible we are committed to ensuring patients can be treated closer to home. However, we know that for some non life threatening conditions paramedics need access to GP advice and support. All NHS services need to work together, to help reduce demand on NHS services and this is a good example of clinicians working together to ensure patients get access to the best possible care.”

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Team Mambo Number 5 Tackles Exmoor 30:30

Four paramedics based in the Black Country are to take on an endurance challenge; hiking 30 miles across Exmoor carrying a 30lbs weight in under 12 hours.

Mark Gibbs, Michael Howe and Sarah Postles (all based in Willenhall), Rebecca Price (based in Dudley) and Mark Gibbs’ brother Mat will compete in the Exmoor 30:30 challenge on September 14th.

They are raising money for The Royal British Legion and aim to raise £2,500. To sponsor them, visit www.justgiving.com/mambonumber5

There’s snow stopping Flash and Longnor CFRs

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Monday 25th March 2013 – 5.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.  

As the snow fell heavily across Staffordshire and the West Midlands Region this weekend there was no stopping Flash and Longnor Community First Responders (CFRs*) from getting to members of the community that needed their help.

When the weather over Staffordshire Moorlands began to deteriorate and roads became virtually impassable the Flash and Longnor CFRs found themselves being unable to respond in their normal 4×4. Undeterred by the horrendous weather conditions the responders decided to utilise another resource that was available to them; Farmer and CFR Darren Barlow’s tractor!

Darren said: “Moorland villagers found themselves in a late grip of winter with the onslaught of snow and strong winds over the weekend making virtually all roads impassable even with some of the best 4X4 vehicles. Having a tractor at our disposal enabled us to reach a number of medical emergencies as quickly and safely as possible.”

Matt Heward, Community Response Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The wintry weather meant that emergency service vehicles faced some treacherous road conditions. In some remote rural areas that had been hit heavily with snow, ambulances were unable to reach patients as quickly as usually possible.

“Thanks to Flash and Longnor’s quick thinking they were able to reach a number of people suffering from medical emergencies as quickly as possible, whilst ambulance resources battled their way through to back them up.

“In many illnesses or injuries simple interventions can be performed in order to save lives or prevent disability so getting someone there as quickly as possible is critical.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the CFRs and voluntary organisations across the region who helped to support the ambulance service during this recent heavy snow fall.”

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*CFRs are groups of volunteers that respond to emergencies on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service, prior to the arrival of an ambulance. CFRs help reach those people, suffering from medical emergencies, in the remote rural communities fast.

CFR are trained by the Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised level and maybe requested to attend to medical emergencies such as cardiac arrest, chest pain, bleeds, diabetic emergencies, strokes and breathing problems.

Pictured: Adam Rowbottom and Darren Barlow Flash and Longnor Community First Responders.

Fatal RTC – Cookhill

Monday 24th March 2013 – 5.30am – Steve Parry.

A man has died in a road traffic collision in Alcester yesterday evening (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A441 Evesham Road, Cookhill at around 5.30pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response car; a paramedic officer together with the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and Midlands Air Ambulance aircrew in a rapid response car from Strensham, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a single vehicle involved in a collision with a tree.

“Despite the efforts of police officers and ambulance crews at the scene, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Serious RTC – Sheldon

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Sunday 24th March 2013 – 7am – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Sheldon, Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Coventry Road and Barrows Lane in Sheldon just after 2.30am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. 

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

“Two men travelling in the car were trapped in their vehicle.

“A front seat passenger, a man believed to be in his twenties, received serious head and chest injuries. The unconscious patient was rapidly extricated from the vehicle by ambulance staff and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man in his twenties, was treated for a minor back injury and taken to Heartlands Hospital.” 

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Five Injured in Taxi Crash

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Sunday 24th March 2013 – 6.45am – Steve Parry.   

Five people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Walsall overnight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ablewell Street, Walsall just after 2am.

Two ambulances; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle; a paramedic officer, and a doctor from the Medical Emergency Response Incident Team (MERIT) were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision following reports that a taxi had collided with a lamppost.  

“Five men, in their late teens and early twenties, travelling in the back of the taxi were treated at the scene by ambulance staff.

“Three men received minor cuts and abrasions. One patient suffered an arm injury and a further male was complaining of neck pain.

“All the patients were taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“The driver of the taxi was assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Fire in City Tower Block

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Saturday 23rd March 2013 – 6.30am – Steve Parry.

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital following a fire at a residential tower block in Birmingham yesterday evening (Friday).   

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Clydesdale Tower, Holloway Head at approximately 9.40pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrives to find smoke rising from the fourth to the tenth floor.

“Working with firefighters at the scene, Crews quickly determined that no occupants were in the residence where the fire originally started. However, a neighbour in her late seventies was treated for smoke inhalation.

“She was taken to the City Hospital for further treatment and assessment.”

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Woman Escapes House Fire

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Friday 22nd March 2013 – 6.15pm – Steve Parry.

A woman has been taken to hospital after reportedly jumping from a 1st floor window of a house to escape a fire in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bangham Pit Road in Northfield at around 3.30pm (Friday). An ambulance crew and a responder paramedic were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A woman, believed to be 25 years old, had reportedly jumped from a 1st floor window to escape the house fire and had landed on concrete.

“Crews immediately began to assess her. The woman had severe back pain and was suffering from smoke inhalation. Crews administered pain relief and oxygen therapy before she was immobilised fully with a neck collar and spinal board.

“Once stabilised, the woman was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Woman found dead in flat fire

Friday 22nd March 2013 – 1.30pm – Claire Thomas.

A woman has died following a flat fire in Stourbridge this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a block of flats on Green Street, shortly after 10.00am (Friday). A paramedic area support officer and a responder paramedic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When paramedics arrived they found the fire service tackling a blaze in a flat.

“Sadly, nothing could be done to save a woman found inside the property and she was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Bank your clothes for Herefordshire Heartstart

Herefordshire Heartstart

Friday 22nd March 2013 – 9.55am – Chris Kowalik.

There is a new and easy way to help raise funds for a charity that is teaching lifesavings skills to thousands of people in Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Heartstart is a registered charity (no. 1082309), supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service, offering free two-hour courses to anyone aged 10 or over in techniques including CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation), the management of severe bleeding, loss of consciousness, choking and chest pain.

The charity needs funds to run the courses and you can help raise money by donating spare clothes, shoes, belts and handbags. They must all be clean and in good quality. You can also donate books and damaged laptops.

Items can be delivered to clothesbank.co.uk at Unit 8 Aydon Industrial Estate, Holmer Road, Hereford HR4 9UN Mon-Fri 9am-5pm or Saturdays 9.30am-4pm. The company will weigh the items and pay a monetary sum dependant on their weight. If you ask for the money to be given to Herefordshire Heartstart and quote the charity’s number, the charity will get a cheque at the end of the month. The more items you donate, the more money you raise for Herefordshire Heartstart.

For more information on Herefordshire Heartstart or to book a course, visit 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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Winter weather returns

Thursday 21st March 2013 – 4.40pm – Steve Parry.

For some, Spring may have sprung but the wintry conditions are set to continue with more snow and ice on the way over the weekend.

Weather reports indicate disruptive snowfall is most likely across the northern half of the West Midlands region. In these areas the snow is expected to start falling during the early hours of Friday, resulting in some very difficult conditions during the morning rush hour, and is expected to continue through Friday into Friday night and Saturday morning.  During Saturday the snow will become lighter and gradually die out.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “With the weather conditions expected to deteriorate over the weekend, the public are being advised to take extra care on the roads.

“In those areas affected by snowfall we would urge people to allow additional time for their journey and make sure you have warm clothing, a mobile phone and warm drinks in your vehicle before you set off.”

The public is also being urged to make sure they ‘choose well’ when they access the NHS at this time. The 999 service is for life-threatening conditions and emergencies, such as chest pain, stroke, serious blood loss or a state of unconsciousness.  Other agencies, such as NHS Direct on 0845 46 47, are available to offer advice and assistance on less urgent cases.

 

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Road traffic collision in Great Haywood

Thursday 21st March 2013 – 6.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been flown to hospital after the car he was driving collided with an articulated lorry in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Tolldish Lane and the A51, Great Haywood, shortly before 3.50pm today.

Two rapid response vehicles driven by paramedics attended along with another rapid response vehicle driven by a paramedic area support officer, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford in Shropshire. A passerby also stopped to help.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car towing a caravan and a lorry that had been involved in a collision. The car driver, a man in his 60s, had a laceration to his head, facial injuries, a broken collarbone, a broken ankle and rib injuries.

“Splints were applied, pain relief was administered and he was fully immobilised before being flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“There was no injury to the lorry driver.”

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Landrover driver rescued

Thursday 21st March 2013 – 1.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

For ambulance and fire crews in Coventry, today’s cold and wet morning began with the lengthy and complex rescue of a driver from his crashed Landrover.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Coventry Road and Broad Lane in Berkswell shortly after 7.20am.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew of a Doctor and a Critical Care Practitioner from Cosford in Shropshire attended.

They arrived to find a badly damaged Landrover Defender that had left the road and ended up against a large tree. Trapped in the vehicle was its 18 year old male driver.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Landrover had an external rollcage which saved his life but also hindered crews’ ability to get to him.

“In the two-and-a-half-hour operation, the fire service with additional assistance from their technical services and ambulance crews worked together to right the vehicle and get to the driver to treat him before getting him out.

“To right the vehicle, winching cables were attached to the car then were wrapped around a tree on the opposite side of the road. Using this makeshift pulley system, the Landrover was brought back onto its wheels. The fire service then began to cut into the vehicle using their cutting equipment. The thickness of the rollcage meant it took longer than it otherwise would have.

“With the temperature at below freezing point, the driver was beginning to suffer the effects of hypothermia and was given warm fluids. He had a head injury, arm, leg and pelvic fractures and a back injury. He was administered drugs including pain relief.

“He was carefully removed from the Landrover, fully immobilised and wrapped in specialist warming blankets before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“It was a testing and difficult rescue, performed admirably by all involved in cold, wet and muddy conditions.”

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Van Overturns on M6

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Friday 22nd March 2013 – 7am – Steve Parry.

Four people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the M6 near Corley Services.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location near junction 3/3a shortly after 4am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Medical Emergency Incident Response Team (MERIT) were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews found a van overturned.

“A male driver in his thirties was treated for facial, shoulder and chest injuries.  A further male in his forties was also treated for facial injuries. Both patients were transferred to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“Two men, believed to be in their twenties and fifties, received minor injuries. They were treated at the scene before being conveyed to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. “

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Motorcyclist Injured in Stoke

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Thursday 21st March 2013 – 8am – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Hanley, Stoke on Trent, last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident at Hanley Road, Sneyd Green at approximately 10pm.

 An ambulance and two BASICS doctors attended the scene. 

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The ambulance service responded to a collision between a car and motorbike.

 “Crews treated a male (age unknown) for serious leg fractures, head and face injuries.

 “The patient was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint. He was conveyed to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Teenager Injured in Telford Crash

ImageWednesday 20th March 2013 – 8pm – Steve Parry.

A teenager has been airlifted to hospital following a road traffic collision in Madeley this afternoon.

The incident occurred on The Parkway at the junction with The Maddocks in Madeley just after 4pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford 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 teenage male, believe to be 14 years old, was treated for a serious head injury. The patient was anaesthetised by a doctor at the scene.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being airlifted to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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BILL CALLS IT A DAY AFTER 37 YEARS

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Wednesday 20th March 2013 – 10am – Steve Parry.

Friends and colleagues at West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will bid farewell to one of its longest serving members of staff this Thursday when Bill Cody retires after 37 years.

Bill Cody (60), who lives in Wall Heath, Kingswinford, has been the WMAS Police Liaison Officer based at the Trust’s headquarters on the Waterfront Business Park, Brierley Hill since 2006.   Previously, Bill was responsible for Community Relations at the former West Midland Ambulance Service. 

Mr Cody started his career in 1976 as an ambulanceman based at Dudley ambulance station.

During his time with the Trust, Bill was involved in local politics as a Labour Party Councillor in the Netherton and Woodside constituency.  He also had the honour to serve as Mayor of Dudley for the period 1996-97.

Speaking about his retirement from the Trust, Bill said: “It’s sad to say goodbye to all my friends and colleagues across the Trust.  It has been a varied and enjoyable career, but it is now time to spent more time with the family and enjoy other interests.”   

Bill will officially retire from the Trust at the end of March.  

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CHILD DIES IN CANAL TRAGEDY

Wednesday 20th March 2013  –  9.30pm – Steve Parry.

A child has died and two others have been taken to hospital after falling into a canal in Kidderminster yesterday evening. (Tuesday)

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it was called to a location near Springfield Park, Kidderminster shortly after 6.15pm.

Two ambulances, an officer in a rapid response vehicle, together with the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the CARE team, including a doctor, were alerted to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews joined other emergency services in searching a location near Springfield Park after reports of children in difficulty in the water.

“A female was recovered from the water and found to be in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation was immediately carried out on the child before the patient was later taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“It is understood that the child later died in hospital.

“Two further children were treated at the scene for hypothermia. A boy and girl, believed to be 6-years old were out of the water when ambulance crews arrived. They were conveyed to Worcester Hospital.”  

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Child Injured in Sparkhill

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Tuesday 19th March 2013 – 8.20pm – Steve Parry

A child has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Sparkhill this evening.

The incident occurred in Warwick Road just before 5pm. An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and a CARE team 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 female believed to be ten years old was treated for serious leg and pelvic injuries.

 “The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, splints and placed on a spinal board. She was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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

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Two seriously injured

Tuesday 18th March 2013 – 9.05pm – John Hawker.

Two men have been seriously injured following a crash near Rugby this afternoon.

The crash occurred near the junction of Montilo Lane and the B4027, Pailton at around 3.05pm.  An ambulance, a paramedic officer, and the Warwickshire & Northamptonshire, and the Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulances attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in a collision.  Both cars had suffered substantial damage.

“The drivers of both vehicles, two men, both suffered serious injuries.  One man, believed to be in his 20’s was ejected from the vehicle and suffered multiple serious injuries, including head, leg and arm injuries.  He received emergency treatment and was air lifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further emergency treatment.

“The second driver, a man believed to be in his 30’s, suffered serious leg injuries and was trapped in his vehicle for around one hour whilst he received emergency treatment. His condition was stabilised and he was extricated from the car.  The man was airlifted to the same hospital by the second air ambulance for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the patient’s arrival and their very serious injuries.”

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Long Service and Excellence Awards – photographs

Photographs for 20 years Long Service and Good Conduct can be found here:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/wmas-long-service-excellence-awards-20-years

 

Photographs for 25 years Long Service and Good Conduct can be found here:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-lond-service

 

Photographs for 30 years Long Service and Good Conduct can be found here:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service

 

Retirement photographs can be found here:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-66394

 

Outstanding Achievement photographs can be found here:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-74795

 

Photographs of Chief Officer Commendations can be found here:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-18666

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-57353

and http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-34064

 

 

West Midlands Ambulance Service Long Service & Excellence Awards

Monday 18th March 2013 – 2pm – Chris Kowalik.

Staff of West Midlands Ambulance Service, police, fire service personnel and members of the public have been honoured for their lifesaving help at a ceremony in Worcestershire.

Chief Officer Commendations were awarded at the Long Service and Excellence Awards at The Chateau Impney Hotel in Droitwich on Thursday 14th March during which members of ambulance service staff received awards for long service and good conduct and retirement certificates.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “A really big thank you to all of our staff, volunteers and other colleagues who have worked with the ambulance service on a very regular basis to do the best we can for the public and patients across the entire West Midlands.”

Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire, who, on behalf of the Queen, presented the Long Service and Good Conduct medals for twenty years’ service, said: “I would like to thank all of you in the ambulance service no matter what your role is for carrying out your duties on a daily basis as part of a team that is both dedicated professional and, in many cases, extremely patient. May I include in the thank-you the husbands, wives, partners and families who all share in the shift patterns, the stresses and strains, the highs and lows of life in the service and who together are so important in making the service the undoubted success that it enjoys.”

Kevin Anderson, Head of Marketing of G4S Technology Ltd. (sponsoring the event), said: “I am proud that we are associated with the fantastic work that West Midlands Ambulance Service do on a daily basis. This really has been a wonderful afternoon and I am honoured  to have presented these awards to such incredible people.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “Today we will hear and we have heard the justification of the pride that we should all take in West Midlands Ambulance Service and all the people that serve it and have served it so well in so many different ways over so many years. I am certainly justifiably proud to be Chairman of such an excellent organisation.”

 

Awards:

Outstanding Achievement Award – Midlands Air Ambulance Paramedic Ian Roberts, based at Strensham.

Ian started his career in Worcester in April 1983.  He soon started to progress his career, eventually becoming a Divisional Officer at the station. His stay at Worcester ambulance station was not without incident as he was one of the first on scene at the M42 multi-vehicle road accident which involved over 100 vehicles.  Opting for air rather than land, Ian became a member of the Midlands Air Ambulance air crew based at Strensham in 2003. He became a full time flight crew member in 2007.  From that day to this, he has inspired many ambulance staff, including those now taking their first steps as a flight paramedic. For his professionalism and dedication to duty, the work of Ian Roberts was recognised with an Outstanding Achievement Award.

 

Among the Chief Officer Commendations were the following: (citations included):

Paramedic Suzanne Bromley

Emergency Care Assistant Patrick Finnegan

based Coventry:

In April last year, three ambulance staff based in Coventry responded to a 999 call describing a woman in cardiac arrest. The patient, Joanna Henderson, not only survived her ordeal, but visited Coventry ambulance station after her release from hospital to say ‘thank you’ to the crew involved. Sadly the crew were not on duty that day. . . However, we’ve finally managed to track everyone down …

 

Molly O’Mahony

member of the public from Quinton, Birmingham

Molly called 999 call to report her young brother suffering a convulsion. When ambulance crews arrived, it became clear that the patient, Jack and his sister Molly, were playing in the back garden of their home when Jack fell on the concrete floor and suffer a head injury. Showing true presence of mind, Molly called her mum and then dialled 999. Molly continued to care for her brother by putting him in the recovery position and did everything she was asked by the ambulance call taker – put the dog away, collect Jack’s medication – and flagged down the arriving ambulance. According to ambulance staff, Molly displayed an incredible mature attitude towards her brother’s situation.

 

Jasveer Poonian and Jaskaran Mavi

members of the public from Birmingham.

In August, Rajan Chaudhry a medical student at the University of Birmingham was enjoying a night out when he suddenly collapsed on the dance floor.  His friends Jasveer Poonian and Jaskaran Mavi  promptly recognised that he was in cardiac arrest and quickly started resuscitation. Paramedics arriving on scene and continued advanced life support before Rajan was taken to hospital. Rajan was discharged from hospital.  The intervention of Jaskaran Mavi and Jasveer Poonian saved the life of Rajan who was at the awards ceremony to assist in the presentation of the commendations to his two friends. 

 

Philipa Stokes

member of the public from Hereford.

Philipa has been recognised by ambulance staff for her actions in going to the assistance of a man who collapsed in cardiac arrest in February last year. Terrified and in shock at witnessing the sudden collapse, Philipa went to aid the patient with CPR before the crew arrived.  It was her early intervention that almost certainly saved the life of the patient.

 

Liz Rowbotham

member of the public from Wombourne.

Liz, a nurse, answered her door to a woman with a five-week old baby in arms who had stopped breathing. Liz commenced CPR until ambulance staff arrived. The baby was later rushed to hospital. The baby’s recovery was the result of quick thinking and prompt life-saving skills performed by Liz on that day.

 

Paul Sheldon

member of the public from Solihull.

In situations where a person collapses suddenly it is vital that immediate lifesaving treatment is given before ambulance crews arrive. Paul Sheldon went to the aid of a person who had collapsed in cardiac arrest. As a bystander, he recognised something had to be done and he started to deliver CPR to the patient before medical assistance arrived. His early actions eventually led to the patient surviving and leaving hospital.  Paul was awarded a Chief Officer Commendation on the recommendation of ambulance staff at the scene.

 

Paramedic Danielle Prosser

based in Birmingham.

Danielle was sent to the scene of an incident in Kings Heath, Birmingham.  Arriving first on scene, the paramedic was surprised to see a house well alight and no other emergency service on scene. The paramedic could see a woman still inside the property and without hesitation she took the decision to enter the property and proceeded to drag the patient to safety. The patient suffered serious burns in the incident and was taken to Hospital. Danielle was commended for her outstanding bravery and selfless actions at the scene of a significant house fire.

 

Team Leader Scott Hawkins,

Advanced Paramedic Michael Donnelly,

Advanced Paramedic Claire Bowden,

Advanced Paramedic Andrew Gelsthorpe,

Advanced Paramedic David Dawson.

all members of the Hazardous Area Response Team based in the Black Country.

The Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) are regularly called upon to attend the most serious of incidents in the region. In August, West Midlands Police raided a house in Birmingham for drugs. The premises were barricaded and when entry was finally made, police officers came into contact with a chemical substance spread on the floor causing them to become unwell. The HART team were on hand to provide expert treatment at the scene. Afterwards the Regional Head of Police Investigations praised the professional support and partnership provided by HART.

 

Paramedic David Benion

based at Donnington Ambulance Station in Telford.

In September last year, the skills of three ambulance staff from Shropshire were tested to the full when they were called to a mother giving birth during her 23rd week of pregnancy. This is normally far below the time regarded as a ‘survivable birth’. Given the very difficult circumstances, the team set to work delivering and then ventilating the new born as well as treating the mother. Mum and baby were conveyed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where they spent many weeks before being discharged.  According to press reports at the time, the delivery was described as a ‘miracle outcome’. Two of the three members of staff were unable to attend the awards ceremony.

 

Steve Tarry

based at Coventry

Steve Tarry and a colleague who was unable to attend the awards ceremony were dealing with urgent patient transfers when a call was received for attendance at a  cardiac arrest only minutes away. They arrived and gave excellent CPR and medical treatment until and ambulance arrived. 

 

Paramedic Mark Iley – based in Worcester.

Mark and a colleague who was unable to attend the awards ceremony were sent to a property in Worcester where a patient riding a new mobility scooter had gone off a garden pathway and into a fish pond. The patient was lifted to safety and taken to hospital. They were commended for their efforts in this unusual case.

 

Tracey Morrell, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer based in Brierley Hill.

Tracey is commended for her considerable efforts during the festive season, working with the Temporary Minor Injury Unit based in central Birmingham. The unit is designed to provide medical assistance to party revellers to ease the demand on 999 services. This year saw the highest number treated at the centre in 6 years. Tracey was assaulted for her trouble, which sadly highlights the inherent dangers ambulance staff face as they go about their work.

 

University of Worcester Student Paramedic Jon Wood

Motorcycle Paramedic Steven Cooper based in Birmingham.

Jon was off-duty and shopping in Birmingham city centre when he suddenly noticed a young woman who looked in some distress. Jon decided to go and see if he could help.  It turned out that the woman was having contractions and was within minutes of going into labour. Motorcycle paramedic Steven Cooper arrived just in time and between Steve and John they successfully delivered a baby boy in the middle of a busy shopping street. Mum and baby were later transferred to Hospital and are doing fine.

 

Paramedic Robert Jennings – based in Dudley

Robert and a colleague who was unable to attend the awards ceremony were attending to a patient during the early hours of the morning at an apartment complex when they noticed smoke billowing from a neighbouring flat. With Police assistance, Robert Jennings and Philip Styles gained entry and three family members were woken from their beds and quickly evacuated from the premises. It turned out to be a chip pan fire with Robert removing it from the flat by throwing it outside as it burst into flames. He admits in hindsight that it may not have been the best idea, but he acted on impulse.  This was an act above and beyond the call of duty which undoubtedly saved a family and their property.

 

Paramedic Aimee Lihou

Emergency Care Assistant – Mike Slater

based in Stoke On Trent.

Aimee and Mike were first on scene of a fatal road traffic accident on the M6 on Christmas Day. Sadly there was loss of life in the accident, which was widely reported in the national media.  Aimee had only been practicing as a qualified paramedic for a matter of days and Mick, as an Emergency Care Assistant, was also relatively new to the role. Both Aimee and Mick did everything they could to manage the scene to the highest professional standards.

 

Midlands Air Ambulance Paramedic Fay Pollock

Midlands Air Ambulance Paramedic Ian Walley

Midlands Air Ambulance Doctor Nick Crombie

based Staffordshire

7-year old Ricky-Lee Poulton was seriously injured outside his home in Halesowen last August.  Ricky-Lee suffered serious internal and pelvic injuries in a collision with a van. Ambulance staff were quickly on the scene and treated Ricky-Lee for his injuries before he was taken to hospital. Ricky-Lee is now well on the way to recovery and back at school. Ricky-Lee and his family were present at the awards ceremony and assisted in the presentation of the three commendations.

 

Advanced Technician Phil Turton based in Dudley

Paramedic Area Support Officer Stephanie Whitehouse based in Dudley

Emergency Medical Technician Sean Bednall based in Sandwell.

Philip Clarke and Mark Haywood – West Bromwich Albion Stewards.

It was a massive team effort to revive Des Humphries the West Bromwich Albion fan who was just settling into his seat to watch the Baggies when he suffered a cardiac arrest.  Ground stewards, paramedics and supporters sprang into action to save Des after his heart stopped beating shortly before the derby game against Aston Villa at The Hawthorns in April last year.  Off duty ambulance technician, Phil Turton, was sitting next to Des and his son Neil. Phil immediately commenced CPR as ambulance crew Stephanie Whitehouse and Sean Bednall, together with stewards Philip Clarke and Mark Haywood joined forces to treat Des.  A defibrillator was used before he was taken to hospital where Des underwent heart surgery during an eight-week stay. Des and his son Neil attended the awards ceremony and assisted in the presentation of the commendations.

 

The following police and fire service personnel were nominated by ambulance staff for commendation for the role they played at incidents where a person’s life was in the balance:

 

PC Paul Bennett and PC Craig Spencer of West Midlands Police based in Walsall.

For providing excellent CPR to a patient who gained a pulse a pulse when ambulance staff arrived.

 

PC Tracey Robinson of West Mercia Police based in Hereford.

Tracey was out jogging and off-duty when a man suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car. Tracey pulled the gentleman from the car and started CPR until the arrival of the ambulance.

 

PC Philip Oldacres of West Mercia Police, Birmingham West & Central.

In recognition of his personal and professional conduct in treating a patient following an incident in Birmingham.

 

PC Laura Lawson, West Mercia Police, based in Redditch

Kevan Skidmore, Community First Responder.

PC Lawson was first on scene at an incident where a man was found ‘engulfed in flames’. PC Lawson managed to extinguish the flames and was joined by Community First Responder Kevan Skidmore who dressed the burns and provided a comprehensive handover to arriving ambulance staff.

 

Jason Boyd, West Midlands Fire Service Watch Commander based Oldbury

Graham Blunt, Firefighter, West Midlands Fire Service, based Oldbury

Mark Phillips, Firefighter, West Midlands Fire Service based Oldbury

Neil Stokes, Firefighter, West Midlands Fire Service based Hay Mills.

Firefighters worked with paramedics at the scene of a difficult and emotional incident in the Black Country. They have been nominated by ambulance staff who noted their professionalism and significant assistance at a difficult and demanding 999 call.

 

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Note to Editors:

Pictures to accompany the above release are available from:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-74795

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-18666

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-57353

and http://officialwmas.posterous.com/west-midlands-ambulance-service-long-service-34064

 

The following press release issued February 10th refers to Danielle Prosser’s commendation:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/woman-rescued-from-house-fire

 

The following press release issued December 25th 2012 refers to Aimee Lihou and Mike Slater’s commendation:

http://officialwmas.posterous.com/update-multiple-fatal-crash-on-m6

 

The following press release issued by the University of Worcester October 29th 2012 refers to Jon Wood and Steven Cooper’s commendation:

http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/off-duty-paramedic-student-ensures-safe-delivery.html

 

The following press release issued by West Bromwich Albion October 6th 2012 refers to Phil Turton, Stephanie Whitehouse, Sean Bednall, Phil Clarke and Mark Haywood’s commendation:

http://www.wba.co.uk/news/article/des-makes-heroic-comeback-411263.aspx

 

Note: A cardiac arrest is not a “heart attack” and should not be referred to as such.