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Women fall in woodland – Church Stretton and Ledbury

Thursday 14th March 2013 – 5.20pm – Claire Thomas.

Two women have been taken to hospital after falling over in woodland in Herefordshire and Shropshire this afternoon.  

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Old Rectory Wood near Church Street in Church Stretton shortly before 11.45am (Thursday) and two ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The woman, believed to be in her 60s, was walking on a hill when she slipped a fell on a steep bank. Crews assessed the woman and found she had suffered an ankle injury in the fall. The woman was treated on scene before being carried to the awaiting ambulance with help from the National Trust. The woman was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further treatment.”

The second incident happened at around 3.30pm in woods near the Police Station on Worcester Road in Ledbury. An ambulance, a responder paramedic and paramedics from the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The 58 year old woman had fallen whilst walking and had landed in a small gully. She had suffered an ankle injury. Crews gave the woman pain relief whilst they stabilised her ankle and secured her into a specialised carry stretcher. The crews then carried the woman to the awaiting ambulance before she was taken to Hereford Hospital.”

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Woman injured in house fire

Thursday 14th March 2013 – 9.30am – Claire Thomas.

A woman has been taken to hospital after being rescued from a house fire in Dudley this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Edenbridge View, Lower Gornal, shortly after 2.30am (Thursday). An ambulance crew, a responder paramedic and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a woman in her 50s who had been rescued from a house fire by the fire service.

 “The woman was suffering from the effects of inhaling smoke. She was given oxygen therapy and further treatment by crews at the scene before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Man injured in Walsall RTC

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Thursday 14th March 2013 – 8.55am – Claire Thomas.

A man has been taken to hospital in a serious condition after being involved in a road traffic collision in Walsall in the early hours.

 West Midlands Ambulance Service received several 999 calls to reports of a car which had left the road and collided with a lamppost on West Bromwich Road near to Walstead Road in Walsall at around 2.15am (Thursday). An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer, a Hazardous Area Response Team paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find an unconscious man out of the car.

 “The man, believed to be in his 20s, suffered a serious head injury in the collision. After a full assessment, the doctor decided to anaesthetise the man at the scene due to his condition.

 “Once stabilised, the man was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, one of the region’s major trauma centres, for further assessment and treatment.”

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RTC in Longton

Wednesday 13th March 2013 – 5.15pm – Suzie Fothergill.

 A motorcyclist has been injured following a road traffic collision in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Weston Coyney Road and Farnworth Road in Longton at approximately 3.50pm this afternoon.

An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene.

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

“The motorcyclist, a 70-year-old man, was treated at the scene for a fractured leg. The man was given pain relief and his leg was immobilised at the scene before being conveyed to University Hospital of North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.

“No one else was injured in this incident.”

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Road traffic collision in Bishops Itchington

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Monday 11th March 2013 – 1.35pm – Chris Kowalik. 

A woman and a baby boy have been taken to hospital after the car they were in ended up on its roof in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Gaydon Road, near Brookside Farm, Bishops Itchington shortly before 11.45am today.

A senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman driver who is in her twenties had neck, back and pelvic pain. She was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar.

“The four month old baby was securely strapped to a child seat in the car and appeared to be uninjured.

“The attending ambulance took the woman to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The baby was taken to the same hospital in the same ambulance for a check-up.”

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Four injured in crash

Saturday 9th March 2013 – 8.45pm – John Hawker.

Four people have been injured in a crash in Worcestershire this evening.

The crash occurred on Lower Howsell Road, Leigh Sinton at around 4.20pm. Four ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) Basics Doctor attended the scene.

 A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a van that had been in a significant collision.  Both vehicles had suffered substantial damage.

 “Four people were travelling in the car; a 20 year old man suffered two suspected broken wrists, a 20 year old man suffered a suspected fractured jaw and a 15 year old boy suffered neck pain.  All there were treated at the scene for their injuries and transferred to Worcester Royal Hospital by ambulances for further treatment.

 “A 21 year old girl travelling in the car suffered multiple serious leg injuries and was trapped in the vehicle.  She received emergency treatment at the scene whilst being removed from the car.

 “The girl was transferred by ambulance to the same hospital for further emergency treatment.

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

 “The occupant of the van was uninjured in the crash.

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

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Question about applying to be one of our student paramedics

A number of people have asked questions about whether you can apply to become one of our student paramedics if you have had a criminal conviction.

Jennifer Zandbeek, who is one of the team doing the recruiting has this answer:

“Thank you for your questions. These posts are exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act, therefore you must declare all criminal convictions on the application form, Criminal Declaration Convictions Form and during your interview, including “spent” convictions, driving offences. The post is subject to an Enhanced DBS check and ultimately HCPC registration may not be possible to achieve with some convictions. We would want to establish this early, if you wish to discuss confidentially with a Recruitment Advisor please call on 01902 886460. A further Enhanced DBS check will be required if you qualify, just prior to registration and on application for a Registered Paramedic post.”

For information about the position can be found on NHS Jobs at http://www.jobs.nhs.uk and then search for West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Car & Coach in RTC

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Saturday 9th March 2013 – 1.45pm – John Hawker.

A woman was trapped in the car she was driving following a serious RTC in Walsall this morning.

The crash occurred on the A454 Black Country Route, near the Keyway Junction at around 8.45am.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT Team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a coach that are believed to have been in a collision.  Both vehicles had also been in collision with the central reservation barrier.

“The woman driving the car, believed to be 23 years old, suffered multiple minor injuries including back pain.  She received emergency treatment at the scene in the car, and was immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar.  The woman was then removed from the car with the help of the fire service.

“She was transferred by land ambulance to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

“The coach was full at the time of the crash but fortunately no one was injured.”

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RTC in Telford

Saturday 9th March 2013 – 8.00am – John Hawker.

A man has been seriously injured following an RTC in Telford last night.

The crash occurred just before midnight at Burford, Brookside.  An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT Team with a Trauma Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man trapped in a car with serious head and leg injuries.

“He received emergency treatment at the scene and was extricated from the vehicle.

“The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was transferred by ambulance to University Hospital North Staffordshire Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the mans arrival and his serious injuries.”

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House Fire in Yardley

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Friday 8th March 2013 – 4pm – Steve Parry.

A mother and two young children have been taken to hospital following a fire at a residential property in Yardley this afternoon. 

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to premises in Kathleen Road at approximately 2.30pm.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer and the Medical Response Incident Team (MERIT) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman in her thirties and her two young children were apparently rescued from a window by a neighbour as the emergency services attended the scene.    

“The woman and the two female children (3 years and 2 months of age) were treated for smoke inhalation and conveyed to Hartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Do you have a question about becoming a West Midlands Ambulance Service student paramedic

Ask your Student Paramedic Support Team

You can submit a question to Jennifer and Louise via our Facebook and Twitter pages. Search for @officialwmas

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Jennifer Zandbeek (pictured above) is the Trust’s Learning & Development Manager and provides the link between our partner Universities and our Trust. Jennifer has played an integral role in designing the training programme so can assist you with any queries regarding this.

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Louise Harris (pictured above) is a Recruitment Advisor specialising in the employment of our operational workforce. Louise can assist you with advice on the recruitment process including completing your application form, the entry criteria for the post and also answer any questions regarding the Student Paramedic Fixed Term Contract.

 

Two injured in crash

Thursday 7th March 2013 – 10.30pm – John Hawker.

Two people have been injured following an RTC in Shropshire this evening.

The crash occurred on the A442, near Dudmaston Hall, Bridgnorth at around 5.15pm.  Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Trusts MERIT Team attended the scene.

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

“One man travelling in one vehicle, believed to be in his 60’s, suffered serious arm, chest and suspected abdominal injuries.  He received emergency treatment at the scene and was extricated from the vehicle.

“A man believed to be in his 40’s, travelling in the second vehicle, suffered serious leg and facial injuries.  He also received emergency treatment at the scene whilst being freed from the vehicle.

“Both men were transferred by land ambulances to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.

 “The hospital had been pre alerted to the mens arrival and their serious injuries.”

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Road traffic collision – Old Gore

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Thursday 7th March 2013 – 5.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Two men have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision involving a car and a van in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A449 and the B4224 at Old Gore, between Ross-on-Wye and Much Marcle.

A community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and two ambulance crews attended. The crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham also attended, arriving in a rapid response vehicle because the helicopter was unable to fly due to poor visibility.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a van overturned having collided with a BMW. The driver of the car was uninjured, but its male passenger had head and neck pain and was taken to Hereford County Hospital.
“Ambulance and fire personnel worked together to free a man in his forties who was the driver of the overturned van. He had abdominal pain and spinal tenderness. He was immobilised and taken to the same hospital.”

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WMAS now using ‘wordpress’

Thursday 7th March 2013 – 3.25pm – John Hawker.

Due to the imminent closure of the posterous.com service, West Midlands Ambulance Service will continue to provide all of its latest news to the media and public by switching to the ‘wordpress’ service.

Log on to www.officialwmas.wordpress.com to access all the latest Trust news and information.  All Trust press releases will be uploaded onto the site, with the ability to subscribe to automatic updates via email, and also share news via social media.

The Trusts twitter feed @officialwmas, and facebook page officialwmas will also continue to be updated and a source of information.  You can also access our press releases via the news section of our website www.wmas.nhs.uk

We hope the change goes smoothly and does not affect the accessibility of the information and news that we send out.

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A thousand thanks

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Thursday 7th March 2013 – 9.20am – Chris Kowalik.

One thousand pounds has been donated to a group of volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire.

Telford & Wrekin Community First Responder (CFR) scheme, a registered charity (charity number 1131479) was presented with a cheque from the Ironbridge Lodge in Broseley on Monday 4th March.

There are 23 active members of the Telford & Wrekin scheme, all trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised standard in a variety of skills and techniques including basic life support, CPR and defibrillation. They can be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance resource is en-route.

Scheme co-ordinator Steve Brown said: “We were delighted they raised so much money for us. It was a nice surprise. It was good to see the community helping us. The money will go towards a new response vehicle.”

For more information about the work of Community First Responders, visit www.wmas.nhs.uk and enter “Community First Responder” in the search field.

For more information about Telford & Wrekin Community First Responders, visit www.telfordcfrs.org

To become a Community First Responder, call the CFR Admin office on 01743 273 677

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Pictured left to right: Arthur Jones, John Griffiths, Rowland Appleby, Steve Brown Stewart Hayllar, Wayne Appleby, Paul Hughes, Austin Cannon

A thousand thanks

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Thursday 7th March 2013 – 9.20am – Chris Kowalik.

One thousand pounds has been donated to a group of volunteer lifesavers in Shropshire.

Telford & Wrekin Community First Responder (CFR) scheme, a registered charity (charity number 1131479) was presented with a cheque from the Ironbridge Lodge in Broseley on Monday 4th March.

There are 23 active members of the Telford & Wrekin scheme, all trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised standard in a variety of skills and techniques including basic life support, CPR and defibrillation. They can be sent by the ambulance service’s control room to medical emergencies in their area while an ambulance resource is en-route.

Scheme co-ordinator Steve Brown said: “We were delighted they raised so much money for us. It was a nice surprise. It was good to see the community helping us. The money will go towards a new response vehicle.”

For more information about the work of Community First Responders, visit www.wmas.nhs.uk and enter “Community First Responder” in the search field.

For more information about Telford & Wrekin Community First Responders, visit www.telfordcfrs.org

To become a Community First Responder, call the CFR Admin office on 01743 273 677

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Pictured left to right: Arthur Jones, John Griffiths, Rowland Appleby, Steve Brown

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Incident on A456 Birmingham

Thursday 7th March 2013 – 9.10am – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called this morning to a medical emergency on board a bus in Hagley Road, Edgbaston shortly after 7.35am.

A senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, two BASICS Emergency medics and two ambulance crews attended.

One person was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Note to Editors: For any further information, please contact West Midlands Police.