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Man Escapes from Hole

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Thursday 24th April – 7pm – Steve Parry

A man has been taken to hospital after falling down a twelve foot hole on waste ground in Darlaston this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to former industrial premises in Kendrick Road at just after 5.20pm.

An ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a man who had reportedly fallen down what appears to be a drain hole.

“The man, believed to be in his twenties, managed to get himself out of the hole before crews arrived. He was treated for facial and arm lacerations together with  a knee injury and a possible fractured leg.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, spinal board and leg splint before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Lorry driver helped out through windscreen

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Thursday 24th April 2014 – 8.45am – Murray MacGregor.

The driver of a lorry that overturned on the M42 early this morning was helped out through the windscreen of the cab by ambulance staff.

The articulated lorry ended up on its nearside next to the central reservation and across lane 3 and 2 between junction 4 and 5 on the northbound carriageway.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor were initially sent to the scene after a number of 999 calls at around 2.00am this morning (Thursday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver was trapped for a short time. Although he could stand up within the cab, he wasn’t able to get out until firefighters removed the windscreen.

“The driver was complaining of back pain and some discomfort in his left leg.

“As a precaution, he was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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6 Treated in Two Seperate Staffs RTCs

Thursday 24th April 2014 – 7.30pm – Steve Parry.

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A total of six people have been treated following two separate road traffic collisions in the county overnight.

Two men and two women in their late teens and early twenties were travelling in a car that left the road, went through a hedge and down an embankment in Yarnfield Lane, Stone at 8pm last night.

Three of the patients were treated at the scene and later released. One woman was taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire with a hand injury.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, paramedic in a rapid response car and a BASICS doctor attend the scene.

West Midlands Ambulance Service also attended an incident on the A38 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood at just after 11.30 pm..

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and BASICS doctor were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car had overturned sustaining significant damage.

“Two men believed to be in their twenties and thirties were treated at the scene. The driver received minor injuries and was taken to the Queen’s Hospital in Burton. The passenger was treated for a head laceration and taken to University Hospital of North Staffordshire.”

 

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Protecting Our Parents

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – 4.35pm – Murray MacGregor.

The challenges that face West Midlands Ambulance Service from ‘high volume service users’ who call 999 literally hundreds of times are laid bare on television tomorrow night, Thursday.

The Trust was one of a number of organisations that has been working on a series for BBC Two called ‘Protecting Our Parents’. Episode two on 24th April, ‘Who Decides?’, explores the dilemma faced by elderly care services when trying to keep people at home. It follows Kathleen and Leonard Price who have lived in the same house, in Birmingham, for 50 years. Kathleen is bed-bound and receives Social Services’ maximum support of four visits a day by carers.

But in just three months, she’s called 999 over 150 times. The couple want to stay at home but Kathleen’s care package isn’t meeting her needs. She would like 24-hour care at home, but can’t afford to pay for it.

WMAS Head of Clinical Practice, Rob Cole, said: “The programme makes uncomfortable viewing as we get a real insight into the difficulties that patients such as Kathleen and Leonard face. We have worked very hard with other agencies to try and ensure that the couple have alternatives to dialling 999.

“Unfortunately, their case is not such an unusual one. As an organisation we are increasingly trying to find innovative solutions for other people in similar situations.

“It is only by working together that we are able to find solutions that enable patients to stop ringing 999 so often.”

Series Producer, Alice Perman, said: “It was a very emotionally demanding project; you try and keep an emotional distance but it can be very hard. There is an inherent tension of the elderly trying to stay independent in their homes, with whether they are safe and getting the appropriate care.”

The programme airs on Thursdays at 9pm on BBC Two.

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MP praises Birmingham mental health scheme

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Photograph courtesy of MP James Morris

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

A local member of parliament joined a paramedic, police officer and mental health nurse earlier this month to see how a pilot mental health car is helping patients.

James Morris MP accompanied the Birmingham based team on Friday 11th April to attend an incident to see, first-hand, the types of cases they attend and how they help mental health patients. The scheme, launched in January, is a new pilot between West Midlands Ambulance Service, West Midlands Police and Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust.

Robert Cole, the ambulance service’s Head of Clinical Practice – Mental Health, said: “Since its launch on 10th January, the team have dealt with more than 700 incidents. That’s 700 patients that have been given dignified and appropriate mental health care which has significantly improved their patient experience and often avoided the need for the police to detain them in a police cell or for them to attend A&E. As well as being beneficial to mental health patients, the dedicated team means that ambulance crews are freed up from these often complex and protracted cases to respond to other 999 calls. The scheme is a great success and is an excellent example of how partnership working can help patients.”

Mr Morris, who is Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, said: “Last year over a third of people detained by police who appeared to be suffering from mental health disorders and to be in immediate need of care, ended up in police cells and nearly half of deaths in or following police custody were of people with mental health problems. In cases where people’s mental illness is putting themselves or others at risk, it is essential that they are taken to a place of safety but that place should usually be a hospital or somewhere else where they can receive the care that they need. This new street triage scheme is a fantastic initiative that is helping to make sure that people who are very ill are taken to the most appropriate place for their needs.”

 

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Photograph courtesy of MP James Morris office.

Pictured (left to right): MP James Morris, police officer, mental health nurse and Coventry Paramedic Emma Kitson.


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Farmer injured in Malvern

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Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – 3.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A farmer has been treated by ambulance crews following an incident in Worcestershire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at a farm near to Malvern Wells shortly after 11.35am this morning.

An ambulance, a critical care paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a community first responder were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews were called to reports of a man that had become injured when a ramp from an animal transporter lorry fell on to him.

“The man, believed to have been in his 30’s, was reportedly knocked to the ground but had managed to get out from underneath the ramp prior to the arrival of the crews.

“The farmer was treated at the scene for a back injury and potential chest injuries. He was given pain relief and was fully immobilised before being conveyed to Worcester Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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RTC during rush hour

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Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – 12.15pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A woman has had to be cut free from her car after being trapped for approximately an hour following a road traffic collision during rush hour this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the slip road at junction 15 of the M40 towards the Longbridge Roundabout shortly before 7.45am this morning.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews were called to a collision involving a van and two cars.

“The driver of the van, which was found towards the rear of the collision, was assessed at the scene. Fortunately, he hadn’t sustained any serious injuries and was discharged at the scene.

“The male driver of a car which was found towards the front of the three vehicles was also assessed and discharged by crews at the scene.

“The driver of the middle car, a woman, had sustained a back injury. The woman, was trapped in the vehicle for approximately an hour whilst the emergency services worked together to safely cut her free from the car. Due to the nature of her injuries the woman was fully immobilised before being extricated. Once freed, the woman was conveyed to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Transforming West Midlands Ambulance Service

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 – 12.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

For many, the ambulance service is a ‘big yellow bus’ which arrives in your hour of need and takes you to hospital. That may have been the case 10 years or more ago, but the service that is provided across the West Midlands is now so much more.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We take far more calls than you might think; almost 3000 ‘999’ calls come in every single day. It’s a figure that has been increasing by on average 5% every single year. What’s more, despite being an ‘emergency service’, the majority of them are not life-threatening

“Because our call numbers have effectively doubled in recent years, particularly the non-life threatening ones, we have had to become far more than a traditional ‘scoop and run’ service taking all of our patients to hospital. We have developed into a service that increasingly takes healthcare to the patient rather than the patient to healthcare.

“As an organisation we have undergone a massive change so that we can provide ever higher standards of clinical care with more complex treatments whilst continuing to keep up with the ever increasing demand.

“To do so, we have had to undertake a fundamental review of the way that we operate so that we put the maximum amount of our budget into frontline care. This has involved providing additional training to existing staff while recruiting hundreds of new paramedics. In addition we have been re-organising our estate so that we can get our vehicles closer to the people that need them.

“The publication of the Keogh Review into ‘Urgent and Emergency Care’ in the UK backed our views on the way that we can help the people of the West Midlands and provide an increasingly high quality service to patients in all sections of the NHS.

“We are working more closely than ever with partners in the other emergency services, different sections of the NHS and community groups. These include GPs, mental health workers, trade associations and local community groups. Together we can ensure patients remain at the forefront of everything that we do.

“We think we have a bright future going forward and this film tells you a little bit more about how we have been Transforming West Midlands Ambulance Service.”

Notes to Editors
The film has been produced in a number of additional languages as we recognise that we need to work with the many different communities within the West Midlands.

Copies of each version are available on our website: http://www.wmas.nhs.uk Follow the link from the front page.

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Triathlon Competitor in Lake Drama

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 -  8pm – Steve Parry.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it attended an incident at Mereside, Ellesmere Lake in North Shropshire this evening.

A 999 call was received at 6.30pm.

An ambulance; a paramedic officer; paramedic in a rapid response car; community first responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance based in Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended an incident involving a triathlon competitor reportedly in difficulty in the water.

“A man in his forties was rescued from the water and found to be in respiratory arrest. Ambulance crews treated to stabilise the patient before he was conveyed by air ambulance to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Demand like the weather; changeable

Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – 12.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

Demand on the ambulance service in the West Midlands over the Easter weekend was almost as changeable as the weather conditions.

Localised increases of demand that ranged from almost 12% up on last year (Staffordshire) to drops of over 12% in other areas (West Mercia) ensured crews had a busy weekend.

Over the four days of the Easter weekend (Good Friday – Easter Monday), demand across the West Midlands was up by 1.7% compared to last year (2013). Over the four days, the Trust answered 10,821 999 calls.

However, what was noticeable was the unpredictability of the demand. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We put a huge amount of planning into ensuring that we had the right number of resources on at the right times.

“In the main, we got it about right, but the swings in demand were really quite severe and were different across the area. The days with biggest variation compared to last year were:

Birmingham:
High on Monday (+7.3%), low on Saturday (-4.6%)

Black Country:
High on Saturday (+2.6%), low on Monday (-8.2%)

Coventry & Warwickshire:
High on Sunday (+8.6%), low on Saturday (-2.3%)

Staffordshire:
High on Friday (+11.6%), low on Saturday (+6.3%)

West Mercia:
High on Monday (+11.5%), low on Saturday (-12.5%)

The spokesman added: “We ensured we had additional staff working to meet the predicted demand. While many people were enjoying the four day break, our staff were working hard to ensure patients that needed our help got the highest standards of clinical care in often difficult situations.

“Having such swings in the demand does make it difficult for our crews, but once again, they pulled out all of the stops to make sure patients got a good level of service, even when it got really busy.”

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Stakeholder praises 111 service

Tuesday, 22nd April 2014 – 2.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midland Ambulance Service (WMAS) has received high praise for the improvements it has made to NHS 111 (West Midlands) from one of the service’s stakeholders.

Brendan Young, Patient Representative for West Midlands Clinical Senate, visited the 111 headquarters in Brierley Hill as part of a stakeholder’s event where visitors were briefed on how performance has been improved, given an overview of how the call centre works and had the chance to put questions to senior members of management.

Mr Young admitted that some of the negativity surrounding 111 in its early days, before WMAS stepped in, had left him somewhat sceptical ahead of his visit, but his view was quickly changed when seeing the service in operation under WMAS.

“I had reservations based on the bad experiences that had been reported when the service first launched and was concerned that people would not be trained well enough to provide a safe service,” he said.

“I was, however, exceptionally impressed with how the Health Advisors assessed the patients’ needs and guided them to the best possible outcome. Importantly it was not just impressive to see the correct outcomes being reached, but also the elegant ways in which the patients were dealt with. It was a fine example of customer service.”

WMAS stepped in to take over the running of the 111 service in November, 2013, when NHS Direct withdrew from the contract. Since then, staff training has been greatly revamped and performance levels have been impressive throughout.

Mr Young continued his praise by saying: “I was 100 per cent delighted with what I saw and I don’t think anyone would have left without being impressed.

“It is remarkable how quickly West Midlands Ambulance Service has managed to provide such an excellent service and get training to such an impressive standard.”

NHS 111 Director Daren Fradgley said: “It is pleasing to know that the efforts we are all putting in to making the service the best it can possibly be are being recognised.

“The training of staff was quickly highlighted as an area we wanted to improve on after stepping in to take over the contract and the hard work being put in by everyone is now being rewarded.”

The praise comes on the back of an extremely busy four-day Easter weekend when the Trust received 21,875 calls to the NHS 111 (West Midlands) service.

Staff worked hard to ensure all calls were answered quickly and callers received a good service, despite 111 receiving 227 calls an hour on average, equivalent to a call every 15 seconds for four days.

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Bravery award for hero Harry

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Tuesday 22nd April 2014 – 12.20pm – John Hawker.

A boy from Coventry, who dialled 999 when his mum collapsed at home in the middle of the night, has been presented with an ambulance service bravery award at the local ambulance hub.

Ten year old Harry Platts dialled 999 in December 2013 when his mum, Melissa, collapsed at their home in Longford.  Harry sprang into action when he heard his mum downstairs making strange noises at around 3.45am.  He quickly comforted his mum whilst calling 999, relaying all the details to the 999 ambulance calltaker about his mum, her condition and their address. Harry also unlocked the door so the paramedics could get in when they arrived.

When Coventry-based Paramedic Clare Cave and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Czes Mowinski arrived, they were greeted by Harry and were amazed when he gave a full rundown of his mum’s symptoms and past medical history.   Paramedic Clare said: “He was being very calm, telling us exactly what had happened to his mom and the previous times it had happened. He was an absolute star. He didn’t panic, he was just great”

Long service EMT, Czes, said: “Harry is very articulate.  He knew exactly what to do, knew exactly where to pick up the medicines, found everything about his mum that we needed to know, got it all sorted out for us. Harry had it all sorted for us. Within minutes we were away in the ambulance – gone.  We nominated him for everything he did, from phoning 999 to speaking to us, telling us what had happened to his mum to everything that started from one to ten. Every bit of the way Harry helped us, helped us speaking to his mum, reassuring his mum. For a ten-year-old, can’t better it, can you? What more can we ask for? He is a lovely little lad.”

Clare and Czes presented Harry with a bravery award at the Coventry Ambulance Hub on Wednesday 9th April. Harry was accompanied by his mum, other close family members and friends.

Of the calls, Harry said: “I had to grab my mum’s phone and call from that.  I was scared the first time but I the next time was a lot easier, I was more calm and relaxed.  I am getting used to it now and when I realise what I am dealing with I know exactly what to do.”

Mum Melissa, who is 36 and has been diagnosed with epilepsy, said: “I am extremely proud of Harry.  It’s great to know that someone so young can remain calm and call 999 when needed in difficult and scary circumstances.  I thought when I listened back to his 999 call I would be upset, but no, because how can you get upset when you’re listening to the operator? The operator has been just amazing with my son. They were unbelievable. Harry is so strong, he is an absolute rock and I am very proud of him.”

Harry has previously completed a British Red Cross first-aid course and is keen to carry on gaining knowledge about what to do.  He was called into action again late in March this year, when his mum collapsed at home and again he was calm and called 999.  Again he received praise from the call handler and ambulance crew who attended to treat Melissa.

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Photographs, audio highlights of the 999 call recording, and a short video of an interview with Harry are available to accompany this press release. Please visit our Twitter, WordPress or Facebook sites.  Picture Left to right; Melissa, Czes, Harry & Clare.



 


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Road traffic collision in Stockton Brook

Sunday 20th April 2014 – 3.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Three people have been injured in a road traffic collision in north Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Leek Road, Stockton Brook shortly before 10.55am today.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a BASICS emergency doctor in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended along with three ambulance crews.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the drivers, a man in his seventies, had neck and stomach pains. His passenger wife had pains to a shoulder, arm and wrist.

“The other driver, a pregnant woman in her thirties had chest and neck pain and was reporting soreness in the abdominal area.

“The fire service was on scene to cut off the roofs of both cars. All three people were immobilised and were taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

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Fall from rock on The Roaches

Sunday 20th April 2014 – 3.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been injured in a fall from a rock he was ‘free-climbing’ in North Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Roaches shortly before 12.20pm today.

A paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The paramedic area support officer was the first to arrive and was met by a representative of Staffordshire Wildlife Trust who helped identify the exact location of the rock and the conditions of the terrain.

“As the paramedic walked up the hill to the rock, the air ambulance arrived but due to the location, further help was needed and Buxton Mountain Rescue was also called in.

“Crews were told the man who is in his thirties had been ‘free-climbing’ and had fallen approx. 10 metres. He had a broken collar bone and shoulder injuries. He also had back pain.

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“He was given pain relief and was fully immobilised. Buxton Mountain Rescue helped carry him downhill to the waiting air ambulance and he was flown to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.”

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Jetski incident

Saturday 19th April 2014 – 6.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

Reports of injuries following a jet-ski incident in Staffordshire were not as serious as first feared.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Waterside Road in Stapenhill near the River Trent.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman in her twenties had come off her jet-ski and was out of the water when the crews arrived.

“Initial reports were of serious injury but on assessment at the scene, she had a bump to the head and was taken by land ambulance to Queen’s Hospital in Burton for further assessment and any necessary treatment.”

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Cyclist injured on Cannock Chase

Saturday 19th April 2014 – 6.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A cyclist has his helmet to thank for averting a head injury after he came off his bike on Cannock Chase.

Crews attending the scene, on the “Monkey Trail” said there was a significant crack to his helmet. Had he not been wearing it, the damage would have been to his head.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 9am today.

Two ambulance crews, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and the Hazardous Area Response Team attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The cyclist, a man in his thirties, had fallen from his bike whilst going downhill. He had shoulder and rib injuries but avoided a head injury because we was wearing a helmet which ended up badly damaged. Had it not been for the helmet, he would have sustained a head injury.

“Crews at the scene used a technical blanket keep him warm, gave him anti-sickness drugs for nausea and administered pain relief. He was immobilised and flown to Royal Derby Hospital.”

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Road traffic collision in Digbeth

Saturday 19th April 2014 – 10.30am – Chris Kowalik.

Two people have been injured in a collision involving two cars in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to High Street, Digbeth shortly before 3am today.

A paramedic who was working at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s City Centre Treatment Unit in Broad Street was sent to the scene, along with a paramedic area support officer, the MERIT trauma team and two ambulance crews.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the injured was trapped and was freed with the help of the fire service. He’s in his thirties and had a broken leg and a suspected fractured pelvis. The injuries were treated at the scene by ambulance personnel. He was then taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

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“A second person was taken to City Hospital.”

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Road traffic collision in Kingswinford

Saturday 19th April 2014 – 10.35am – Chris Kowalik.

A man and two women have been injured in a collision involving the car they were in and a bridge in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bromley Lane, Kingswinford shortly before 3.20am today.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and three ambulances attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A woman who was the car’s front seat passenger had cuts and bruises to her face. A woman in the back seat had bruising. They had to be freed from the vehicle first in order for ambulance staff to be able to reach the driver who was trapped by his legs.

“The driver is a man in his twenties and had a broken leg.

“All injuries were treated at the scene and all three were taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Canon Pyon

Friday 18th April 2014 – 8.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

A cyclist has died following a collision with a car in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4110 at Canon Pyon shortly before 11.40am today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Strensham and Cosford attended.

The cyclist, a man, was confirmed dead at the scene.

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Mountain biker injured in Clent

Friday 18th April 2014 – 11.35am – Chris Kowalik.

There was a climb up a hill on foot for ambulance crews last night to get to a fallen mountain biker.

The cyclist, a man in his forties was with a group riding on the Clent hills when he fell from his bike in woods and hit a tree.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 9.40pm on Thursday 17th April.

The call was made by an off-duty paramedic who was part of the cycling group and who immediately began giving basic treatment to the injured man.

He was then joined by an advanced community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer, the MERIT trauma team, the Hazardous Area Response Team and an ambulance crew.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The emergency vehicles could only get as far as Sunfield Children’s Home who had helpfully kept part of their car park clear for us and from where crews had to carry their equipment on foot uphill for about fifteen minutes to get to the cyclist.

“The man had banged his head. He had abrasions to his face and hands, and pain to his wrist and back. He was immobilised onto a rescue stretcher for carrying back downhill to the ambulance. He also felt nauseous for which he was given anti-sickness drugs.

“He was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”

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Road traffic collision in Tamworth

Thursday 17th April 2014 – 8am – Chris Kowalik.

Four people have been injured in a two car collision in Tamworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 10pm last night (Wednesday) to the collision which happened in Lichfield Road Industrial Estate near the “Gerard” road.

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A community first responder, a paramedic area support officer and four ambulances attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two elderly men were in one of the cars involved. They both had chest pains and were taken to Good Hope Hospital.

“There were three young men in the other car. The driver and front seat passenger had neck and back pains and were both immobilised as a precaution and taken to the same hospital. The rear seat passenger was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Man injured in skateboarding incident

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Wednesday 16th April 2014 – 5.30pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been rescued from a park after falling from a skateboard in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Skate Park at Hanley Forest Park in Birches Head shortly after 3.00pm today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who had become injured whilst skateboarding at the park.

“The man, who is believed to have been visiting the park with his family, had fallen approximately 15 feet into a tiered skateboarding bowl and had sustained a knee injury.

“Due to the difficult location of the incident the casualty was fully immobilised and brought down to safety, with the assistance of the fire service who used a variety of equipment including ropes and ladders.

“The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was treated at the scene before being conveyed to Leighton Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Search of Walsall Arboretum

Wednesday 16th April 2014 – 8.25am – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was involved in a search last night for a man reportedly seen to be in difficulty in the lake at Walsall Arboretum.

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The service was called shortly after 7.35pm on Tuesday 15th April to reports of a man in the water. An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, two ambulance crews, the MERIT trauma team consisting of a doctor and a critical care practitioner and the Hazardous Area Response Team attended.

West Midlands Fire Service with its water rescue team and West Midlands Police with its helicopter and thermal imaging camera also attended.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “All the emergency teams were involved in a search for the man.

“The ambulance service’s involvement in the search ended shortly after 11.35pm with no-one having been found at the time.”

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Road traffic collision – Birdingbury Wharf

Wednesday 16th April 2014 – 8.05am – Chris Kowalik.

Two cars have collided in Warwickshire and ended up down an embankment with one on its side and on top of the other.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A426 Rugby Road, near The Boat Inn public house, Birdingbury Wharf, Stockton shortly before 9.50pm last night (Tuesday).

Three ambulances, an advanced community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a doctor and a critical care practitioner attended. A local off-duty GP gave her assistance. Police and the fire service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Both cars left the road and went down an embankment. One ended up on its side, up against a tree and on top of the other. There were two men in their sixties in the car on its side, both of whom got out uninjured. They were both discharged following assessments at the scene.

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“A man in his sixties who was driving the other car was trapped in the vehicle. The fire service helped make the area safe for the ambulance crews to reach this driver and assess him. He had a head injury. He was immobilised and freed from the car. His condition was stabilised en-route to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire whose trauma team was on standby in readiness for his arrival.”

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Woman trapped in car

Tuesday 15th April 2014 – 4.45pm – John Hawker.

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A woman has suffered serious injuries following a serious RTC in Shropshire.

The crash occurred on the A41, near Market Drayton at just before 11.15am.  Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a Medic on board attended the scene.

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

“The driver of one car, a woman believed to be on her 50’s, suffered serious leg injuries and was trapped in the vehicle.  The woman received emergency treatment at the scene, including pain relief and her condition was stabilised.  She was then extricated from the car with the assistance of the fire service.  She was trapped for around 45 minutes.

“Once released the woman was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire Major Trauma unit for further assessment and emergency treatment.

“Thankfully, the woman’s injuries were not considered life threatening.

“The man driving the second vehicle was checked over at the scene but did not require further treatment.”

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Crash on Stourbridge Ring Road

Tuesday 15th April 2014 – 4.30pm – John Hawker.

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A woman and her daughter were lucky to escape serious injury following an RTC on Stourbridge ring road this lunchtime.

The crash occurred just before 1.00pm and two rapid response vehicles, a paramedic officer, and an ambulance attended the scene.  An off duty emergency medical technician came across the incident and treated the patients.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a 4×4 vehicle that had left the road and collided with a set of railings and also an estate agents.

“The woman driving the car had suffered serious arm injuries in the crash and was also in shock.  She received emergency treatment whilst still inside the vehicle including pain relief.

“With the assistance of the fire service the woman was freed from the vehicle, whilst immobilised using a spinal board and neck collar.

 “The woman, believed to be in her late 30’s, was transferred by ambulance to Russell’s Hall Hospital for further treatment.

 “The teenage girl travelling in the car was checked over at the scene but did not require further treatment.

 “Fortunately, no one in the estate agents suffered any injuries.”

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Motorcyclist in serious RTC

Tuesday 15th April 2014 – 12.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has suffered potentially very serious injuries after a collision with a lamppost in Tamworth

The crash happened at just before 10.00pm on Monday evening in Silver Link Road, Glascote.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and the MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man near a lamppost and a motorcycle nearby.

“The man, who was in his 20s, had a potentially very serious back injury along with possible internal injuries.

“The man was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital North Staffordshire.”

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Motorcyclist anaesthetised at scene of crash

Monday 14th April 2014 – 11.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been anaesthetised at the scene of a serious crash in Smethwick.

The collision between a car and the motorcycle happened at the junction of Crocketts Lane and Soho Way at around 6.50pm on Monday evening.

An off duty doctor and nurse were first on scene and provided support until the ambulance staff arrived. In total, three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, the MERIT Trauma doctor and two members of the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, staff found a bike that had suffered significant damage and a silver car that had suffered severe damage to the near side.

“The rider, had suffered multiple fractures and was anaesthetised by the doctor from the MERIT vehicle. He was taken to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor travelling with the crew.

“There were five people in the car. A woman estimated to be in her 20s who had been on the near side of the car had suffered back pain. She was immobilised as a precaution using a neck collar and spinal board.

“A man estimated to be in his 40s was complaining of shoulder pain, while a woman of about the same age had suspected glass in her eyes. A girl in the car was complaining of having a headache. All four were taken to City Hospital.

“The driver of the car was checked over at the scene but did not travel to hospital.”

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Three treated after RTC

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Monday 14th April 2014 – 5.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three people have been treated by ambulance staff in Birmingham after a two car crash that left both vehicles with significant damage.

The collision happened at about 4.15pm on Monday afternoon in Belchers Lane, Bordsley Green.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found there had been a collision between a small car and a silver 4×4 type vehicle.

“The driver of the small car, a man estimated to be in his 20’s, had suffered a head injury; there was damage to the inside of the windscreen.

“As a precaution, he was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“There were a couple estimated to be in their 60s in the other vehicle. The driver had suffered a hand injury. The woman in the passenger seat had to be extricated with help of firefighters. She was suffering from abdominal pain.

“She too was immobilised and both were also taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Gearing Up for Easter

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Monday 14th April 2014  -  11.30am – Steve Parry.

With schools starting their Easter Half Term this week, the ambulance service is urging people to keep safe and healthy to avoid meeting a paramedic.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is appealing to parents, guardians and children to keep safe whilst they are enjoying the Easter break. Statistics show that over bank holiday weekends in particular, demand upon the ambulance service rises by between 10 and 15%.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Diane Scott, 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 think carefully before calling 999 to allow us to attend to patients’ suffering life threatening illness and injury.

“The ambulance service is here to deal with life threatening cases such as chest pains, stroke, serious blood loss and unconscious patients. If it’s not life threatening, consider alternatives to calling 999 such as NHS 111, visiting a walk-in centre, a local pharmacists or self-care at home.”

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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 111 – Confidential health advice and information by phone 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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Have Your Say on Equality

Monday 14th April 2014 – 8am – Steve Parry.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service is offering members of the public the opportunity to have their say at its forthcoming Equality ‘Grading Event’ on Thursday 15th May.

The event will take place at the Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham from 9.30am – 4.30pm.

The purpose of the public event is to provide an opportunity for patients and community members to share honestly and openly their views and personal experiences of equality and diversity issues in their local ambulance service.

The event was very successful last year attracting a great deal of interest with all protected groups being represented.

WMAS Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Manager, Sofia Jabeen, said: “We would like to engage with the public in a proactive and meaningful way to ensure we design and improve our services to achieve better health outcomes for all communities across the West Midlands Region.”

The Trust will also invite local stakeholders and interested groups to be part of this important piece of work.

To reserve a place at the event, please contact:sofia.jabeen@wmas.nhs.uk by Tuesday 22nd April.

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Man airlifted from Kingsbury Water Park

Sunday 13th April 2014 – 6pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been airlifted to hospital after being involved in a jet ski accident this afternoon (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kingsbury Water Park, Sutton Coldfield, just before 12pm and sent an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his 50s, who had fallen off an inflatable whilst being pulled by a jet ski.

“After being assessed he was treated for central neck pain, given pain relief and fully immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“He was then taken by land ambulance to the awaiting air ambulance which had landed nearby before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Rock climber injured in Leek

Sunday 13th April 2014 – 6pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A rock climber had to be carried off a rock face and airlifted to hospital after falling approximately 10 meters this morning (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 11.20am to a rock face near to Bank Top Farm in Upper Hulme, Leek. Two community paramedics, both in rapid response vehicles, and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man, believed to be in his early 40s, who had reportedly fallen 10 metres backwards after reaching the top of the climb.

“After being assessed he was treated for a leg fracture and given pain relief. He was also immobilised with his leg being put in a splint.

“Due to the difficult location of the patient on the rock face, ambulance crews worked closely with Mountain Rescue to carry the patient to safety before he was flown to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further treatment.”

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Fatal RTC In Coventry

Sunday 13th April 2014 – 3.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning (Sunday).

The crash on Brinklow Road in Binley occurred shortly before 8.15am. Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

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

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

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Trio injured in Bewdley RTC

Saturday 12th April 2014 – 7am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people had to be taken to be hospital after the horse and cart they were travelling in was involved in a collision with a car in Bewdley last night (Friday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to The Running Horse public house on Long Bank just before 8.40pm. Three ambulances, a rapid response paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma team were despatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered three people who had been injured when the horse and cart they were travelling in had been in collision with a car.

“The first patient, a man in his 30s, was assessed and treated for leg and hip pain and was immobalised with the use of a spinal board.

“A woman in her 30s was treated for a fractured left arm whilst the third patient, a young girl, was assessed and treated for a fractured ankle and back pain.

“All three patients were conveyed by ambulances in convoy to Worcester Royal Hospital.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of all three patients and of their conditions.

“The horse was also hit in the collision but did not appear to be injured.

“The driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries.”

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Teenager airlifted from canalside

Friday 11th April 2014 – 7pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midlands Ambulance service worked closely in connection with the fire service to rescue a teenage boy from the side of the Trent and Mersey canal in Stoke on Trent earlier this afternoon.

After receiving a call at 3.55pm, West Midlands Ambulance service sent an ambulance, two paramedic support officers, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene, which was near to a canal bridge on the A50, close to Stoke City Football Club’s home ground.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a boy who had come to difficulty whilst trying to retrieve a ball from the side of the canal.

“Due to his location it was difficult to access the patient initially in order to be able to assess and treat him.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service in order to be able to access the patient who had suffered serious leg injuries and a suspected fractured ankle after reportedly colliding with a piece of metal.

“He was given pain relief and had a splint applied before being moved to a safer location from where he was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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WMAS has been shortlisted for a category at the Advancing Healthcare Award 2014 which is taking place in London today…..

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Representing West Midlands Ambulance Service at the Advancing Healthcare Awards 2014 today are (left to right) Staffordshire Area Manager Michelle Kelly and Learning and Development Manager Jennifer Zandbeek.  These Awards, now in their eighth year, recognise and reward projects and professionals that lead innovative healthcare practice and make a real difference to patients’ lives in the healthcare science and allied health professions. The awards are unique in that they are UK-wide and cover all the professional and specialists groups whose achievements so often go unnoticed. The Trust has been shortlisted within the category ‘NHS Employers Award for Inspiring the Workforce of the Future’ for our Engaging Leaders Programme. We’re competing with three other nominees within this category.


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Birmingham cardiac arrest survivor thanks ambulance staff

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Friday 11th April 2014 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A Birmingham man who suffered a cardiac arrest in January has, this week, said thank you in person to the ambulance staff who helped to save his life.

On Friday 31st January, self-employed electrician Jonathan Gilkes was rewiring in a loft when he started to feel pains in his chest. Thinking nothing of it and putting it down to over stretching, Jonathan carried on working. By 11pm the same day, Jonathan’s chest pain had worsened. Home alone and feeling decidedly unwell, he reluctantly dialled 999.

A paramedic officer attended and, after carrying out a full set of medical checks including an ECG, the paramedic was baffled to find signs that anything was wrong. It was then that Jonathan collapsed and went into cardiac arrest. The paramedic immediately commenced CPR and requested an ambulance back up which arrived within minutes.

The ambulance crew and paramedic continued resuscitation and delivered a shock to his heart with a defibrillator which, after half an hour of CPR, successfully restarted his heart. He was rushed to City Hospital where Jonathan spent five days in an induced coma and a further five days in hospital after having three stents fitted in his heart.

Jonathan, a 49-year-old father of three from Deritend in Birmingham City Centre, visited Erdington Ambulance Hub on Tuesday (8th April) with his mum, dad and son. Upon meeting the ambulance crew, he said: “I’ve never called 999 before and felt awkward doing it, but I definitely called for the right reason and at the right time because it was only for the fact that I suffered a cardiac arrest in front of a paramedic that I survived.

“Everybody’s told me how lucky I was, including the surgeons at hospital and my own doctor, as it took 31 minutes to restart my heart. The skills you’ve got meant that I’m here today and have got a second chance and for that I’ll be forever thankful. I’d also like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Critical Care Unit at City Hospital for keeping me alive.”

Jonathan’s son, Andrew Gilkes from Walsall, said: “It’s not a little thing saving someone’s life, it’s a big thing and something that you guys don’t get the recognition you deserve. The doctors at hospital told us to prepare for the worst to start with as when your heart has stopped for that long there’s a chance of brain damage. They couldn’t believe how well he recovered and said it was the quality of the CPR you did on my Dad that saved his life.

“We will never forget what you did for my Dad; you not only saved his life but saved our whole families happiness because he’s still here and healthier than ever before.”

Paramedic Rachael Grant was one half of the ambulance crew that attended Jonanthan and said: “It was one of those jobs where everything fell into place. We managed to restart his heart with just one defib shock and en route to hospital he was becoming more and more alert the closer we got which is always a good feeling.

“I’ve never had a personal thank you from a patient so it’s been really nice to see Jonathan and his family. There are so many jobs that ambulance staff attend where we often wonder what happened to a patient once we’ve left A&E so it was great to see that Jonathan has made a fantastic recovery from what was the most traumatic experience you could ever go through.”

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 Group photograph (left to right): Jonathan Gilkes, Fred Gilkes (Jonathan’s father), Andrew Gilkes (Jonathan’s son), Marion Gilkes (Jonathan’s mother), Rachael Grant (paramedic) and Gary Smith (technician).

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Cyclist critical following Worcestershire crash

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Friday 11th April 2014 – 11.45am – Claire Brown.

A cyclist had to be anaesthetised at the roadside by doctors before being airlifted to a major trauma centre following a collision with a lorry near Pershore this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4084 Worcester Road in Drakes Broughton shortly after 7.00am (Friday). Two ambulances, a Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a cyclist, a man believed to be in his 60s, who had been involved in a collision with a lorry.

“The medical team began a full assessment and quickly found he had sustained serious head, chest and pelvic injuries as well as fractures to his lower leg. Due to the nature of the man’s injuries, the doctors decided to anaesthetise him to help stabilise his condition. The man was then immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board, pelvic splint and limb splints before he was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a regional trauma centre, for further emergency treatment.

“Upon arrival at hospital, the man was said to be in a critical condition.

“The driver of the lorry was uninjured.”

 

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RTC – Brownhills

Thursday 10th April – 7pm – Jamie Arrowsmith

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West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that a 999 call was received following a road traffic collision in Chester Road, Brownhills this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at 3.20pm.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer in a rapid response car, a paramedic in a rapid response car, Community First Responder and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were alerted to a pedestrian in collision with a lorry.

“A teenager was found to be in cardiac arrest. Sadly, despite the effort of medics at the scene, a male was later confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Nursery children in the Black Country meet the ‘people who help’

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Thursday 10th April 2014 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

Nursery school children in the Black Country had a special treat this week when an ambulance came to visit.

Roberts Primary Nursery in Lower Gornal was visited by West Midlands Ambulance Service, along with the police and fire service, on Tuesday 8th April as part of the nursery’s ‘people who help’ themed day.

Paramedic Alison Gibson and Commercial Tutors Sian White and Ian Bryan took over the playground with an ambulance packed with all the usual life-saving equipment to show the children that there’s nothing to be afraid of.

During the day, 85 nursery children aged three and four jumped on board the ambulance in groups to discover what was in the back of the mysterious big yellow truck. Some even had the chance to sit in the driver’s seat and turn on the lights and sirens.

Sian White, a Commercial Tutor for the Trust, said: “The children seem to know a lot about the ambulance service and knew to dial 999 if they ever need our help which is fantastic.

“They were very inquisitive when it came to the equipment we carry, such as the heart monitor, and especially liked honking the horn and sounding the siren much to some of the parents’ dismay! It’s a really good way to familiarise children with who we are, what we do and shows them that we’re here to help.”

Zoe Tolley, Nursery Manager said: “We had an amazing day in Nursery and would like to thank everyone involved who made our day so special. As part of our Early Years Curriculum it is vital for children to have a good understanding about the wider world around them, different occupations and ways of life.

“It was a really useful opportunity to encourage the children not to feel scared or worried if they see or have to go in an ambulance. The paramedics completed our emergency service visitors so we are all clued up on 999!”

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Photograph 1: Paramedic Alison Gibson and Commercial Tutor Ian Bryan show the children how a heart monitor works.

Photograph 2 (in background left to right):   Paramedic Alison Gibson and Commercial Tutors Sian White and Ian Bryan with nursery children.

 

 


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Have your say on the quality of our service

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Wednesday 9th April 2014 – 2.45pm – Suzie Fothergill.

During February West Midlands Ambulance Service appealed to all service users for their feedback to help us shape the future of the ambulance service.

Every year, all NHS organisations are required to produce a Quality Account. These reports assess quality across an entire range of healthcare services and outline an organisation’s commitment to continuous evidence-based quality improvements.

The Quality Accounts provide patients, service users and members of the public with information about where improvements will and need to be taken.

This years draft 2014/15 Quality Account is now available to view and is open to feedback. Your feedback will enable the Trust to focus on our 2014/15 Account, which will also be set in line with our commissioner’s intentions and the NHS Outcomes Framework.

Please take this opportunity to give us your views on what a high quality service means to you. You can access the draft document by visiting http://www.wmas.nhs.uk/Pages/QualityAccounts.aspx. Any feedback should be emailed to quality@wmas.nhs.uk.

Please note the consultation ends on 1st May 2014.

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Man airlifted following fall

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Wednesday 9th April 2014 – 1.15pm – Suzie Fothergill.

A man has been airlifted to hospital following an incident in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lichfield Road in Tamworth shortly before 7.20am this morning.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were dispatched to the scene. The Police and Fire Service were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a man who had become injured after falling from a ladder whilst on top of a storage container.

“The man, who is believed to have been trying to access a higher stacked container had fallen from a lower rung of the ladder.

“The casualty was treated at the scene for a possible spinal injury. He was fully immobilised and given pain relief before being brought down to safety using a hydraulic platform.

“The man, believed to be in his 40’s, was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”

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Two airlifted from Leominster collision

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Wednesday 9th April 2014 – 11.45am – Suzie Fothergill.

Two people have been airlifted to a major trauma centre following a road traffic collision in Herefordshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49, Dinmore Hill in Leominster at approximately 9.10am today.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a MARS BASICS Doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Welsh Air Ambulance from Welshpool were in attendance.

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

“One of the vehicles had been carrying two occupants at the time of the incident. Due to the nature of his injuries, the driver of the car was extricated from the vehicle whilst being treated for abdominal and chest injuries. The man believed to be in his 60’s was given pain relief and fully immobilised before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The passenger of the car was out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival. The woman, also believed to be in her 60’s, was treated for chest and abdominal injuries. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being airlifted to the same hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the arrival of both of the patients and of their conditions.

“The driver of the second car, a man, was assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Cyclist airlifted from RTC

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Wednesday 9th April 2014 – 11.10am – Suzie Fothergill.

A cyclist has been airlifted to hospital following a serious road traffic collision in Hereford today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Church Road and Hampton Dene Road at approximately 7.30am this morning.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a MARS BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, carrying a trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic, were dispatched to the scene. An off duty paramedic was also in attendance.

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

“Emergency medical treatment was provided to the cyclist who had sustained a significant head injury. Due to the nature of the injury the man was fully immobilised and given an anaesthetic at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was pre-alerted and medics were on standby awaiting the arrival of the man.”

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Whitebridge Estates introduces lifesaving equipment

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Wednesday 9th April 2014 – 8.30am – Suzie Fothergill.

Whitebridge Estates have their finger on the pulse and have recently invested in two lifesaving defibrillators for their site in Stone.

The Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs) which were purchased by the Estate went live on the 1st April.

Twenty- seven members of staff from across the site have now been trained in the use of the defibrillator and first aid techniques.

Victoria Tufail, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager said: “As a service we strongly believe that by having defibrillators installed in public places and by having people trained in their use, helps to ensure that the best care possible can be provided quickly and effectively prior to the arrival of an ambulance.

“The quicker someone in cardiac arrest 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. So every second really does count!”

Should anyone suffer a cardiac arrest the first port of call should always be to dial 999 and commence CPR immediately. However, anyone dialing 999 to report a cardiac arrest within the Whitebridge Estates area of Stone will now be advised of the location of the defibrillator and given the code to open the secure cabinet in which it is housed. The ambulance call assessor has the ability to talk any caller, trained or untrained, through instructions in how to use the device. The defibrillator itself also provides voice guidance throughout and pictorial guides are also present.

Jamie Richards, Director of Midlands Safety Training and AED Sales UK said: “It’s really is great to be educating local people in the use of defibrillators and basic life support. We certainly hope that these units do not have to be used but it is vital that we start to promote and make people aware of the need of these lifesaving pieces of equipment”

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Pictured: Estates Manager, Phil Darby and Whitebridge Estates employees carrying out the defibrillator training.

For more information about community access defibrillators within Staffordshire please contact Victoria.tufail@wmas.nhs.uk

For more information about AED Sales please call 08458 622527 or visit http://www.aedsalesuk.co.uk

 

 


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Black Country CFRs receive prestigious award from Mayor

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Tuesday 8th April 2014 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

A group of volunteer life-savers in the Black Country were presented with a prestigious award from the Mayor of Dudley at a ceremony last week.

More than 150 people packed into the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Friday 4th April, for the civic ceremony where the Mayor of Dudley, Cllr Alan Finch, presented awards to ‘community heroes’ from across the borough.

Fastaid Black Country Community First Responders (CFRs), a group of volunteers who respond to 999 calls in their local community and provide care until the ambulance service arrives, won the prestigious Mayor’s Civic Award. The group were one of four nominees put forward for the award category and received the most online votes from the public.

Carol Waite, Fastaid Black Country Chair, said: “The charity was nominated by the Mayor and the public then voted for us to win which I think is something we should all be proud of and shows that we are highly valued by the public. It is only down to you guys out there in the community that makes it possible for us to be nominated and win the award and for that, thank you.”

Councillor Alan Finch, Mayor of Dudley, said: “It was a fantastic night and such an honour and a privilege to meet the people who make our communities tick. I would like to congratulate all our community heroes for the work they do across the borough, helping to make Dudley borough a great place to live.”

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Birmingham and the Black Country Community Response Manager, said: “People are always surprised to hear that CFRs are volunteers who give up their spare time, often when they’ve finished their normal day job, to respond to 999 calls to help the ambulance service. This award proves that their hard work and commitment to their local community is appreciated by the public in the Black Country. Fastaid Black Country CFRs should be very proud, this is an excellent achievement. Well done!”

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

Photographs courtesy of Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Pictured above: Carol Waite (Fastaid Black Country CFR Chair) with Cllr Alan Finch Mayor of Dudley.

Pictured below (left to right): Martin Dews (sponsor Cougar Monitoring), Carol Waite (Fastaid Black Country CFR Chair person), Richard Smith (CFR), Mayor of Dudley Cllr Alan Finch, Paul Grove (CFR), Dave Hubball (CFR) and Martin Griffiths (CFR).

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