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More than 1,300 ambulance staff become ‘flu fighters’

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Friday 28th November 2014 – 10.00am – Claire Brown.

More than 1,300 ambulance staff have become ‘flu fighters’ by getting their free flu jab to protect themselves, their patients and their families this winter.

The Trust’s flu vaccination programme is well underway to protect our staff. Flu doesn’t care who it infects and we’re urging the public to protect themselves with a simple flu jab to prevent missing out on the fun during the festive season.

For most healthy people there’s no question it’s unpleasant but with good self-care you can start to feel better after about a week. For older people, the very young, pregnant women and those with chronic respiratory or cardiovascular health problems, it can sometimes be a lot worse.

Dr Andy Carson, the Trust’s Medical Director, said: “People with underlying health conditions in particular are 11 times more likely to end up in hospital if they catch the flu. I would urge anyone at risk of flu to speak with their GP about protecting themselves and their families this season.”

If I get the flu, what can I expect?

Expect a high temperature (more than 38 degrees Celsius) and a sudden cough. Other symptoms can include headache, feeling cold and shivery, aching muscles, limb or joint pain, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, loss of appetite and diarrhoea or an upset stomach.

What can I do to get better at home?

If you’re otherwise fit and healthy, there is no need to visit your GP with flu-like symptoms. The best thing you can do is rest, drink plenty of fluids and help ease a sore throat with cough lozenges, mixtures or sprays. If you are buying over the counter remedies, make sure you check with the pharmacist first to ensure they don’t affect medication you’re already taking.

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Kidderminster Fire

Friday 28th November 2014 – 8.30am – Steve Parry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it attended a fire in an apartment above a shop in The Horsefair, Kidderminster at just after 9.50pm (Thursday).

Three ambulances together with two paramedic officers, the MERIT team and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

Robert Marsh, Area Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “A woman and a boy, believed to be mother and child, were treated at the scene before being transferred to hospital.

“The woman was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the boy taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Their condition is described as critical.”

Two others patients were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation and taken to Worcester Hospital. Their condition is not described as serious

 

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Arm trapped between car roof and road as vehicle overturns

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Friday 28th November – 7.00am – Suzie Wheaton.

A woman has received emergency medical treatment when her arm became trapped between her car roof and the road after her vehicle overturned.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS Doctor to the incident on Solihull Road in Hampton in Arden at approximately 10.45pm last night.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a car that had overturned on to its roof. The driver, who was the single occupant of the vehicle, was found to be trapped upside down with her right arm trapped between the roof of the car and the road surface.

“Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to safely extricate the woman from the vehicle, which was also found to be leaking fuel.

“Once freed, the woman believed to be approximately 22 years of age, was treated for an isolated arm injury. Due to the nature if the incident, she was fully immobilised and given pain relief at the scene.

“Ambulance crews alerted Heartlands Hospital and medics were on standby awaiting the arrival of the casualty.”

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School children treated following M40 coach incident

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Wednesday 26th November – 6.45pm – Suzie Wheaton.

Almost 40 people, including 34 school children, were involved in an incident on the M40 this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway of the M40 between junctions 16 – 15, shortly after 4.40pm today.

Two ambulances, five ambulance officers in rapid response vehicles, the Hazardous Area Response Team, a BASICS doctor, and the Trust’s MERIT rapid response vehicle, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor, were dispatched to the scene.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We were called to reports of a large number of patients who had potentially suffered the effects of smoke inhalation after smoke from the vehicle was believed to have entered the passenger cabin.

“A total of 34 school children, 4 members of staff and the coach driver were all off the vehicle on the crew’s arrival and were safely on the embankment away from the carriageway.

“Fourteen children, believed to be between 11 and 12 years of age, were assessed for the effects of smoke inhalation, two of which required oxygen therapy at the scene.

“All 14 children had their carbon monoxide (co2) levels assessed by ambulance crews before being discharged at the scene with no one requiring any further hospital treatment.

“A second coach was sent to the scene to provide the school children with onward travel.”

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Lucky escape for trio following collision with car

Wednesday 26th November – 12.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three girls have had an incredibly lucky escape after they were in collision with a car in Edgbaston.

The incident happened at the junction of Somerset Road and Edgbaston Park Road shortly before 10.20am and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent one ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The three Birmingham University students were walking to class when the car lost control, spun and collided with railings twice before coming to rest 50-yards further up the road.

“In the process, the car clipped the three students.

“Amazingly none of them suffered serious injuries. The 18, 20 and 21-year-olds all suffered minor leg injuries.  They were assessed by the crew but were discharged at scene.

“The driver, a 20-year-old man, was uninjured.

“The crew commented that all three girls were incredibly lucky.  Had the timing been only slightly different, the result would have been much more serious.”

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Race marshal Mark provides a swift response

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Wednesday 26th November 2014 – 10.15am – Suzie Wheaton.

When Stoke-on-Trent Ambulance Technician, Mark Mitchell, hangs up his uniform at the end of his shift he is often found reaching for his Marshalling overalls.

Forty-eight year old Mark from Stoke-on-Trent can regularly be found at the side of the race track, with one of his most recent experiences being in America, marshalling at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Mark has been a volunteer motor-racing marshal for over 20 years and is a qualified Examining Post Chief. The Post Chief role encompasses a whole range of duties including mentoring less experienced marshals, firefighting skills, first aid, communications, enforcing regulations and actioning emergency responses to incidents.

Over the years Mark has marshalled at around 16 Formula One events. This year alone, he has headed up crews comprising of marshals from the USA, Canada, Monaco, Brazil and India, as well as carrying out at least 30 more days marshalling at most UK circuits.

Talking about his marshalling, Mark said: “Motor racing is an extremely expensive sport and therefore it’s difficult to compete myself. Marshalling allows me to still be very close to the action and be part of a sport that I love.

“Over the years I’ve met some wonderful people including some drivers, a number of which have gone on to be quite successful, including two ex, and one current Formula One World Champion.

“My first F1 experience was at Silverstone in the 90’s whilst working for my local radio station, and I suddenly found myself in a melee of other journalists posing questions to Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert.

“The skills learned from marshalling gave me good grounding when I decided to apply for the position of Ambulance Technician with WMAS, and now, the two roles complement each other very well.”

This year, Mark has also had the privilege of being been involved in a charity project to raise funds for skin cancer charity, Melanoma UK. The project saw him being photographed alongside the likes of Damon Hill, Bruno Senna and Martin Brundle for a charity calendar*.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the project can visit http://www.charitymarshal.org. Calendars can be ordered via http://www.andrea-pennington.com at a price of £10 including postage and packing.

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Picture: Mark pictured in orange, second from left. If used, the picture must be credited to Andrea Pennington.

* The Marshals Charity Calendar 2015 is the brain child of Oulton Park based marshal and BRSCC North region race secretary, Paul Sutcliffe. Paul has been a lover of all motorsport since he was a small boy and a marshal for the last 8 years. In 2008 he was diagnosed with stage 3 Malignant Melanoma which has been removed and since returned twice, following major operations to remove it. Malignant melanoma is prevalent amongst groups who spend a lot of working time outdoors, like motorsport Marshals.

Since having the disease, Paul has been involved in a charity called Melanoma UK and has wanted to create a marshal based charity calendar. Now alongside Motorsport PR photographer Andrea Pennington and Photographer Gaynor Stocker it has all become possible.

Designed by Faye Neo, the calendar will be A4 and open up in to A3 size. All monies raised will go to the Melanoma UK charity (www.melanomaUK.org.uk).

Social media links:
Twitter @CM_2015 @suttie50 @andreap_tog
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Marshal-Charity-Calendar/
ORDERS http://www.andrea-pennington.com/#!marshal-charity-calendar-2015/c98f


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Three to hospital from M40 RTC

Wednesday 26th November – 10.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been taken to hospital, one of whom had to be cut free from her vehicle, following a four-car collision on the M40 this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the southbound carriageway, between junctions 14 and 13, shortly before 6.55am and sent three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find four cars that had been in collision, one of which had suffered significant damage to the windscreen.

“There was one patient from that vehicle, a female in her 20s, who was assessed by crews and treated for neck, back and chest injuries.

“She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and had to be carefully cut free from the vehicle with the help of the fire service.

“Once free, she was transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on alert.

“She remained fully conscious throughout and her injuries are not thought to be life threatening. The driver of the car was uninjured.

“Two other drivers, both male patients thought to be in their 30s, were immobilised as a precaution and taken to Warwick Hospital for further assessment.

“A further two male patients were assessed and treated for minor neck and shoulder injuries before being discharged at scene.”

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Pedestrian Injured in Wolverhampton

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Tuesday 25th November 2014 – 2.30pm – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Snow Hill in the city centre at just before 1pm.

An ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew travelling in a response car attended the scene.

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

“A man in his twenties was treated for head injuries and a fractured leg.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of splints, a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before he was conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham further assessment and treatment.

“The male driver of the car was assessed by ambulance staff but did not require hospital treatment.”

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It’s not really for me to say, but yes, I think my family are proud

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Tuesday 25th November 2014 – 9.15am – Murray MacGregor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic, who has just flown out to Sierra Leone says that although he’s nervous, being able to work in such circumstance is some of the most rewarding type of care you can give.

Tom Waters is one of two members of staff who are now making final preparations before starting to treat patients in the West African country. Tom, along with Lichfield based paramedic, Gerard Kelly are among 30 NHS staff who flew out over the weekend.

About 1,000 NHS staff volunteered and have been through the selection and training programme in Yorkshire. They will work in treatment centres being built by the UK military and run by charities.

Speaking before he went, Tom said: “I’ve done some volunteering in Cambodia in the past and I found it to be the most rewarding type of care. This opportunity has arisen where I really think I can make a difference.

“I’ve got enough support from my family and my girlfriend, even though I’ll miss her birthday, and they’ve encouraged me to do this; I’d really like to make a difference and help people.

“We will get a lot of support from the military and NHS but one of the challenges will be the sheer volume of patients that we’ll actively have to treat. This includes lots of children who are getting badly dehydrated and struggling with this.

“The other big challenges will be the temperature and climate; the workload will also be very intense and stressful and wearing the PPE all the time in a hot climate can be quite demanding.”

Tom is currently a critical care paramedic who works on the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford flying with doctors to trauma patients across the whole of the West Midlands.

The 27 years old has been a paramedic for seven years after graduating from Coventry University. He has also been based in Telford, and Birmingham.

Before he left, Tom talked about why he’s going and what he is expecting out there:

Note to Editors
Ebola pictures courtesy of UK Department for International Development. Pictures of the pre-deployment training available here: https://www.flickr.com/gp/dfid/738484/
Pictures of the Kerry Town treatment facility here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/sets/72157647563403647/
The Department for International Development Press Office is on 020 7023 0600.

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Despite every effort, sadly, it wasn’t possible to save him

Monday 24th November 2014 – 6.55pm – John Hawker.

One man has died after a car left the road and collided with a wall in Leek Road, Cheadle at around 3.20pm this afternoon (Monday).

One ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer, two Midland Air Ambulances and two BASICS Doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman, said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had been in collision with a wall. A second car that had been parked nearby had also been damaged, though no-one was in it at the time.

“It is believed the man driving the first car had suffered a medical event at the wheel and was in cardiac arrest when crews arrived.

“Resuscitation attempts were carried out at the scene with ambulance staff using advanced life support techniques.

“Unfortunately, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.”
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Thank you to emergency services staff

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Monday 24th November 2014 – 11.10am – Murray MacGregor.

Staff are being praised for maintaining a safe 999 service despite over two thirds taking some form of industrial action.

Of the staff on duty, 41% took full strike action while another 26% worked to a number of exemptions meaning they only responded to the most serious calls where life was at risk.

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “Taking strike action is a very difficult decision for our staff. However, through a combination of pre-planning and agreements with union representatives, we have been able to maintain an emergency service for the most seriously ill and injured patients.

“Our staff work extremely hard in often very difficult circumstances and we have sympathy for their position.

“Although the strike action is over, action short of a strike will continue throughout the week. This means it continues to be vital that the public recognise the increased pressure that the service is under.

“Please consider dialling 111 in the first instance or use other services such as your GP, a pharmacy or a walk-in centre.”
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Two suffer burns injuries in Northfield

Sunday 23rd November 2014 – 11.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two men have suffered serious burns injuries following an explosion at a property in Birmingham tonight (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Aldersmead Road, Northfield, just after 8.10pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a senior ambulance officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene. The police and fire services were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two men who had reportedly been inside the property at the time of the explosion, both of whom had suffered serious burns injuries.

“The first patient, a man in his 30s, was treated for burns to his arm, head and back.

“The second patient, a man in his 20s, was treated for burns to his back, neck, hands and arms.

“Both patients were given pain relief on scene before being transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A third patient from a nearby property was assessed on scene but did not require hospital treatment.

“The cause of the explosion is unknown.”

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We have no further details on this incident.


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Fatal road traffic collision in Warley

Sunday 23rd November 2014 – 2pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died and two people have been injured in a road traffic collision.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a two-car collision at the junction of the A4123 and Bleakhouse Road, Warley, shortly after 9.20am today.

An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and two ambulance crews attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the drivers was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man who was driving the other car had knee pain. He was treated at the scene and taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“His female passenger had back pain, cuts to her head and a suspected abdominal injury. Treatments were given by crews at the scene before taking her to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

 

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Car and bus collide in Tipton

Saturday 22nd November 2014 – 4.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

 

Five people have been taken to hospital, two with serious injuries, following a collision involving a car and a bus in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Toll End Road, Tipton shortly after 1.20pm today.

Five ambulance crews attended along with the crew of Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance who came by rapid response vehicle, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Hazardous Area Response Team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man and a woman who were in the car were cut free with the help of the fire service. The male driver had a head injury. A woman passenger had head, facial, back and chest injuries. Both were anaesthetised at the scene and their airways maintained. The woman was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The man was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“Three bus passengers had back and neck pain. All three were immobilised. A man and a woman were taken to Sandwell Hospital. A second woman was taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”

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Car splits in two in Coventry

Saturday 22nd November 2014 – 3.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man and two children appear to have escaped serious injury after the car they were in left a main road and split in two.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Fletchamstead Highway in Coventry shortly before 11.40am today.

Two ambulance crews and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man and both children got out of the vehicle and, other than a couple of minor scratches, were uninjured.

“Because of the level of damage to the car, all three were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further checks, just as a precaution.”

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NHS 111 national telecommunications fault

Saturday 22nd November 2014 – 11.50am – Chris Kowalik.

A national telecommunications fault has resulted in most calls to NHS 111 call centres in England, including that run by West Midlands Ambulance Service, not being connected.

The telecoms provider is aware of the problem and is working to fix it.

The call centres continue to be fully staffed, however, only a few calls are making it through to them. Callers to 111 will hear a recorded message giving the alternative number of 0300 0200 155, which is an interim attempt by the telecommunications company to temporarily by-pass the problem and forward the call to any of the call-centres.

A spokesman from West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “This problem, which arose this morning, is beyond our control. Our health advisers and clinicians are in the call centre to answer any calls that can get through.

“Please, in the first instance, try calling 0300 0200 155.

“If your call is unable to be connected to us, please try using a walk-in centre, minor injury unit or urgent care centre for advice or assistance if available. Or visit your local pharmacy.

“If you believe your problem to be life-threatening, please contact 999.”

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More expected to walk-out during Monday’s industrial action

Friday 21st November 2014 – 11am

Ambulance bosses are warning that a second day of national strike action, which will affect all ambulance services, could have a much bigger affect than the first with long delays.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is expecting a large number of staff to walk-out between 7.00am and 11.00am on Monday 24th November as part of a national dispute with the Government over pay. The concern is that the level of disruption will be considerably bigger than that experienced on Monday 13th October. This will result in significant delays of up to four hours in an ambulance arriving at less serious cases, or to cases such as elderly people who have fallen with a broken hip, abdominal pain or headaches. In some cases which are not genuinely life-threatening, the difficult decision will have to be made not to send an ambulance at all.

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The Trust has agreed with local unions measures to preserve a service to the patients most in need but is appealing to the public not to call 999 unless it is absolutely necessary. If you call 999 during the strike, unless it is genuinely life-threatening, you could put the lives of those in greatest need at risk.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Mark Gough said: “There will be significant delays, people may have to wait up to four hours or there may not be an ambulance response at all for the minor and non-life-threatening calls that we receive. For example, people who dial 999 and are unsure of what the problem is, people who dial 999 with a minor fracture such as a broken wrist or a sprain, non-severe blood loss, abdominal pain or generally feeling unwell. These are the types of 999 calls that may not receive a response immediately or at all.”

A ballot of Unison, Unite and GMB members voted to take industrial action as a result of the government’s decision to not apply a 1% pay award in full to all NHS staff in accordance with the national public sector pay review body’s recommendations.

In addition to the four hours of strike action on Monday 24th November, members of Unison and GMB will also take action short of a strike for the rest of the week. Members of Unite will work to rule until January 18th.This additional action will reduce the number of ambulances and rapid response vehicles available to respond to 999 emergencies across the West Midlands. This will mean slower responses during this time.

West Midlands Ambulance Service staff who are members of any of those three unions have the right to take part in industrial action, including strike action.

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Solihull community ambulance station

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Thursday 20th November 2014 – 5.15pm – Claire Brown.

A dedicated community ambulance station, home to 20 ambulance staff, opened its doors in Solihull last week.

Based on the Solihull Hospital site, the community ambulance station officially became operational at 6.45am on Wednesday 12th November. It has modern facilities for 20 staff and dedicated parking spaces for two ambulances which will be operational 24 hours a day, seven days a week to serve the local area.

The opening of this new station follows the Trust’s Make Ready project to overhaul and modernise the ambulance service in the West Midlands.

The Make Ready project involved the creation of new hubs and the sale of traditional ambulance stations including that in Hermitage Way in Solihull, which have been replaced by various smaller, lower maintenance and lower cost community ambulance stations such as that at Solihull Hospital. Ambulances are prepared at Erdington Hub, which opened in September 2013, and then dispersed to these community ambulance stations from where they respond to 999 calls.

Dean Jenkins, the Trust’s Area Manager for the North of Birmingham, said: “When we introduced make ready we always said that we would monitor the situation to ensure patients got a better service than the previous arrangements. In line with that commitment, we have opened this new facility to further enhance and refine Make Ready and the service we provide to patients.

“The new community ambulance station is a far cry from the old facilities at Hermitage Way just around the corner, and brings the Service into the 21st Century. Thank you to Solihull Hospital for their hospitality and providing us with the facility. Whilst it has been disappointing to experience delays in completion of this project, our staff who are now based there have been very patient and we now look forward to further improving our cover in Solihull.”

Andrew Clements, Head of Operations at Solihull Hospital and Community Services said: “I’m delighted to be working with West Midlands Ambulance Service to provide this dedicated community ambulance station on site. We as a hospital were very keen to make this happen to support WMAS to improve outcomes for patients needing to use the service. Having the ambulance service presence on site will be a further boost in our commitment to provide safe care for residents of Solihull and the surrounding area.”

On Thursday last week, local MP Lorely Burt visited the new facility and said: “It’s especially good news for local residents that we have the ambulances in time for the coldest months. Icy roads and winter bugs will mean their services are really appreciated. I hope local residents will have reassurance now that an ambulance will be nearby if they need help.”

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Pictured (left to right) – Dean Jenkins, Lorely Burt and Andrew Clements.


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Lifesaving community collaboration in Balsall Common

Lifesaving Community Collaboration in Balsall Common

Thursday 20th November 2014 – 10.50am – Claire Brown.

Residents in Balsall Common are never too far away from a piece of life saving kit thanks to four local organisations.

A new community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) has taken up residence in the village to help save lives. Located in a metal yellow box on the wall outside Unity Carstins showroom in Station Road, the defibrillator was purchased by Balsall Common Lions, the heated box was installed free of charge by John Sleath from a local business called ‘The Job Squad’ and the installation was facilitated by FastAid Community First Responder Jeff Way.

This is the second CPAD site in Balsall Common and others are planned for the future.  Staff at Carstins will be trained by FastAid in Life Support, CPR and the use of the Defibrillator by FastAid to join more than 100 Balsall Common residents who have already been taught lifesaving skills.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Birmingham Community Response Manager, said: “This is what you call real community spirit. This new installation gives peace of mind to locals. The quicker you start CPR and shock a patient in cardiac arrest with a defibrillator, the better the chances they have of surviving.”

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Pictured (left to right): John Sleath (The Job Squad), Jeff Way (FastAid) Simon Gould (Unity Carstins) and Mark Whitfield (Balsall Common Lions)


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Teenagers Injured in Evesham Crash

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Thursday 20th November 2014 – 7.30am – Steve Parry.

Three teenagers have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Evesham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Harvington Lane, Norton, near Evesham at just after 1.05am.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer, a paramedic in a rapid response car and the Merit team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to an incident involving a single car which apparently left the road and cleared a fence before ending up in a field.

“It is though all three occupants were ejected from the vehicle. Crew treated a female passenger, believed to be 19 years old, for pelvic and wrist injuries. She was immobilised with the use of a splint, neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“A second female, believed to be 18 years old, received back injuries. She was also conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“A 16 year old male was also treated for a minor head injury and was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.”

 

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Local store supports local volunteer lifesavers

Wednesday 19th November 2014 – 5.15pm – Chris Kowalik.

Community First Responders in St. Martins in Shropshire would like to thank a local business for their continued, longstanding support following their latest donation.

Stans Superstore which had earlier helped the volunteer group buy their first response vehicle, has now donated £500.

Rob Faulks, joint owner of the store, is pictured presenting the cheque to Community First Responder John Roberts MBE, joined by CFR Effie Cadwallader.

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Two injured in Burton RTC

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Wednesday 19th November– 5.00pm – Suzie Wheaton.

Two women have been treated for injuries following a collision in Staffordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Horninglow Road North in Burton on Trent shortly before 1.45pm this afternoon.
Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in collision. One of the vehicles had also collided with traffic lights at the scene.

“The driver of one of the cars, a woman believed to be in her 40’s, was found to have a reduced level on consciousness. The woman was treated at the scene before being airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the second car, a woman believed to be in her 80’s, was treated a suspected fractured wrist and leg injuries. The woman was fully immobilised and given pain relief at the scene before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to the Royal Derby Hospital.”

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School has defibrillator installed following death of teacher

The machine at Thomas Adams School in Wem was paid for with money raised at a charity football match in memory of Gareth Utting. West Midlands Ambulance Service provided the free training.

See the full story from http://www.shropshirelive.com here:

http://www.shropshirelive.com/2014/11/14/school-has-defibrillator-installed-following-death-of-teacher/


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Four treated as cars overturn in perry barr

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Wednesday 19th November – 1.30pm – Suzie Wheaton.

Four people have received emergency medical treatment after being involved in a road traffic incident this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A34, near to the One Stop shopping centre in Perry Barr shortly before 11am.

Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, two senior paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to an incident involving two cars. On arrival at the scene one of the vehicles was found on its side and a second had sustained significant damage.

“The occupants from the car that was found on its side, a man and a child believed to be approximately 10 years of age, were out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival.

“The man and girl were assessed by ambulance crews at the scene and fortunately were found to have not sustained any serious injuries. Due to the nature of the incident both casualties were conveyed within the same ambulance to City Hospital.

“The occupants from the second car were trapped for a period of time. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to safely extricate the casualties from the vehicle.

“The driver, a man was treated for a fractured leg and a potential chest injury. He was fully immobilised and given pain relief at the scene before being conveyed to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. The trauma doctor and critical care paramedic from the air ambulance travelled on board the land ambulance with the crew, continuing to provide medical treatment whilst en route.

“The passenger, a woman, was fully immobilised and extricated as a precaution before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to City Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Fatality in Newcastle

Wednesday 19th November 2014  – 6.30am – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has died following a road traffic collision in Clayton yesterday evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Clayton Road, Clayton, Newcastle at approximately 10.15pm. (Tuesday)

An ambulance, paramedic officer and a paramedic in a rapid response car attended to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a car in collision with a pedestrian.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save a female who was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Pedestrian Injured in Cradley

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Tuesday 18th November 2014  – 10.20pm – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured following a road traffic collision in Cradley Heath this evening

The incident occurred in Cradley Road at just after 9pm

Two ambulances together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the MERIT team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian had been in collision with a car, which in turn had collided with the wall of a public house.

“A man believed to be in his forties was treated for serious pelvic and leg injuries.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of leg splints, a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before he was conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man thought to be in his thirties, was treated for a head injury and was also taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.”


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Cyclist Injured in Longton

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Tuesday 18th November 2014 – 10pm – Steve Parry

A cyclist has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Longton this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location just outside the Longton Cottage Hospital in Belgrave Road at 7.15pm.

An ambulance; a paramedic officer in a rapid response car together with two BASICS doctors attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a collision between a taxi and cyclist in Longton.

“Crews treated a man believed to be in his forties for serious head injuries.

“The patient was given pain relief and anaesthetised by a doctor at the scene.

“He was immobilised using a neck collar and placed on a spinal board before being conveyed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Motorcyclist escapes serious injury in road traffic collision

Tuesday 18th November 2014 – 9.50am – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist involved in a collision that badly damaged his bike has escaped serious injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4084 at Drakes Broughton at 7.35am today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A motorbike and a car had been involved in a collision that looked serious.

“The motorcyclist however, had only minor facial injuries and back pain. He was given pain relief at the scene and was immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.”

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Choosing the right remedy

18th November 2014 – 8am – Steve Parry/Chris Kowalik

Sore throat, high temperature, headache, a general feeling of being under the weather. With these symptoms do you really need to call 999 for an ambulance?

All this week West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is supporting ‘Self Care Week’ with the aim of helping people to take care of themselves and look after their own health.

WMAS receives up to 3,000 999 calls each day. A high percentage of these patients could have treated themselves for injury or illness or referred themselves to alternative health care providers.

WMAS Medical Director Dr Andrew Carson is also local GP with many years’ experience of dealing with trauma patients and providing help and advice for less serious cases of injury or illness.

Video: Andy Carson:

“As medical director for the Trust and a local GP, I am aware how confusing it may seem when seeking medical help or advice when you’re unwell.

“The first step is to prevent illness in the first place. I would therefore strongly recommend people get a flu jab before winter approaches.

“If you are suffering a minor injury or illness you should consider approaching your local pharmacist or call NHS 111 for advice. Where your symptoms persist you should visit a Walk-in Centre or contact your GP.

“In life threatening situations such as chest pain, strokes, breathing difficulties and severe bleeding, you should call 999 for an ambulance immediately.”

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This year’s campaign theme is “Self-Care for life – be healthy this winter” and aims to raise awareness of how many common ailments don’t require an ambulance, and that contacting alternative health providers for advice and treatment is often your best bet.

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‘Cut and shut’ literally disintegrates on impact with van

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Monday 17th November 2014 – 11.27pm – Murray MacGregor.

A car driver has had a lucky escape after the car he was in literally ‘disintegrated’ when it was in collision with a van in North Staffordshire.

The accident happened at just before 7.10pm on Monday evening near to the Lafarge Cauldon Cement Works, Earlsway near Waterhouses

The Churnet Valley community first responder was first on scene and was backed up by two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a ‘transit’ sized van and a black car that had been in a collision.

“The car is believed to have been a ‘cut and shut’ as it had split into two pieces, one on either side of the van.

“The driver’s seat had been broken by the collision. Amazingly, the driver had only suffered a laceration to his forehead. After receiving treatment at the scene he was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the van was uninjured, but the front seat passenger had suffered a broken nose and was taken to the same hospital.

“Ambulance staff at the scene remarked that had anyone been in the back of the car, the consequences could have been tragic.”
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Worker injured at roadworks

Monday 17th November 2014 – 4.30pm – John Hawker.

A man has been injured whilst working at Junction 4 of the M5 this lunchtime. The incident occurred at road works that are being carried out at Lydiate Ash.

An ambulance, an ambulance officer, and the Trusts Hazardous Area Response Team attended the scene. The crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham also attended the scene by rapid response vehicle due to poor weather conditions.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man who was trapped by his leg under soil that was being moved by a JCB. It is believed the side of the embankment had partially collapsed landing on the man causing serious leg injuries.

“The man, believed to be in his 20’s, was released from being trapped and received emergency treatment at the scene including pain relief.

“Following his release, the man was carried up a steep embankment and was transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.”

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Woman trapped upside down

Monday 17th November 2014 – 2.15pm – John Hawker.

A woman was trapped in the car she was driving after an RTC in Worcester this morning.

The crash occurred on the B4197, Hillside, just outside Martley at around 8.20am. An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had rolled over and come to rest on its roof. The woman driving was trapped in the vehicle.

“The woman, believed to be in her late 20’s, received emergency treatment at the scene for serious scalp and facial injuries. Her condition was stabilised whilst she was extricated from her car with the help of the fire service. She was trapped for around 45 minutes.

“Once the woman was released she was transferred by land ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Fatal RTC – Church Stretton

Monday 17th November 2014 – 10am – Steve Parry.

A female has died in a road traffic collision near Stretton this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on A49 near Sandford Avenue at just before 7am.

Two ambulances together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended a road traffic collision involving a lorry and pedestrian.

“Despite resuscitation attempts by medics the patient was later confirmed dead at the scene.”

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West Midlands Ambulance Service supports Self Care Week

17th November 2014 – 8am – Steve Parry/Chris Kowalik

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is supporting ‘Self Care Week’ which takes place from 17th – 23rd November with the aim of helping people take care of themselves and look after their own health.

WMAS receives up to 3,000 999 calls each day. A high percentage of these patients could have treated themselves for injury or illness or referred themselves to alternative health care providers.

Video: Mark Gough:

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, Mark Gough, said: “As we approach the festive period, traditionally our busiest time of the year, the pressure on our 999 service becomes immense.

“If patients are in need of an ambulance because they are suffering a life threatening injury or illness, then we need to get to them fast. Unfortunately, an increasing number of people call 999 for an ambulance for less serious reasons, which means we find it difficult to get to those vital cases.”

“There are many occasions when we refer callers to more appropriate health care providers such as NHS 111, a GP, Walk-in centres or pharmacists. In some situations self-care is possible with the use of a well-stocked first aid cabinet or medical cabinet.”

This year’s campaign theme is “Self-care for life – be healthy this winter” and aims to raise awareness of how many common ailments don’t require an ambulance, and that contacting alternative health providers for advice and treatment is often your best bet.

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Two City Incidents

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Sunday 16th November 2014 – 9am – Steve Parry

A man has been taken to hospital after his car collided with a milk lorry in the Hockley area of Birmingham earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Spring Hill, Hockley at just before 5am.

An ambulance, together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle, two paramedic responders and the MERIT team attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews treated a man believed to be in his thirties after his vehicle collided with a milk tanker.

“The patient was trapped in his vehicle which was significantly damaged.

“The patient was treated for serious ‘life changing injuries’ including leg fractures, chest and back injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, splints and spinal board and given analgesia before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

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

In a separate incident in the City, a pedestrian was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by ambulance after a collision with a car.

The incident took place in Paradise Place at 2.20am. A man in his twenties was treated by an ambulance crew and MERIT for a serious head injury.

 

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Man Rescued at Nature Reserve

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Saturday 15th November 2014 – 7pm – Steve Parry.

A man has been rescued from a cliff face at a Black Country beauty spot this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Wren’s Nest National Nature Reserve in Dudley at just before 1.30pm.

An ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man had fallen about 10 metres down a cliff face after apparently suffering a medical episode.

“A man in his twenties was treated for neck and back pain.

“The patient was assessed at the scene before being brought to safety in a basket stretcher lowered by rescue ropes. The HART team worked with fire service colleagues to rescue the man from a ledge in the vicinity of the Severn Sister caverns.”

“The patient was eventually taken by ambulance to Russell Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Car Plunges Down Embankment in Nuneaton

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Saturday 15th November 2014 – 1pm – Steve Parry.

A woman has been taken to hospital after her car left the road, went through a hedge and fence before careering down a 50 foot embankment.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Seeswood Close, Nuneaton at just after 10.50am.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle together with the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance team travelling in a rapid response car, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were on scene within minutes to treat a woman in her twenties for serious head and pelvic injuries.

“The car received significant damage and the patient was trapped before being released by emergency services.

“Local fishermen were first on scene after they left a nearby fishing pool to aid the patient.

“The patient was sedated by medics and immobilised with the use of a neck collar, pelvic splint and placed on an orthopaedic stretcher before being conveyed to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Shropshire villagers and Bristol company awarded for their innovation

Friday 14th November 2014 – 3.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Pioneering technology created by a Bristol-based company for a Shropshire village to help rural areas respond to cases of cardiac arrest has proven so successful, it has been adopted throughout the county and beyond.

It began north of Shrewsbury two years ago with the creation of ‘Myddle Heartbeat’, a community group set-up to save lives in the village and surrounding areas.

Having bought a defibrillator and been trained in its use by West Midlands Ambulance Service, the challenge for the group was to find an inexpensive and effective way of any one of the numerous volunteers being called quickly to a cardiac arrest in a rural area where mobile phone coverage is poor.

The group contacted Bristol-based ‘Numbers Plus’ who adapted a telephone ring-round system originally intended for homeworkers telesales and put it to the test.

The system works by giving the ambulance control room one telephone number to ring which in turn calls each of the trained volunteers in quick succession until someone answers and confirms they can go to the patient. Having proven successful in Myddle, it is now being used by more than a dozen community defibrillator schemes.

The system itself will be further developed to simultaneously call all trained volunteers within a community scheme.

Its success was recognised with a ‘Business Support Award’ at West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Excellence in the Community Awards’ ceremony at Walsall Football Club on Thursday 6th November.

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Pictured left to right: Ian Conway (Numbers Plus), Phil Keyse (Myddle Heartbeat), Sir Graham Meldrum (Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service).

Ian Conway, Managing Director of Numbers Plus said: “I was very humbled and very surprised to get the award tonight. It’s about getting the emergency control room in touch with the volunteers so they can go out and deal with it. We put something together that would work as a trial – and then it worked straight away. We have now 15 schemes in action and two in progress. I would like to see it go nationwide.”

For his part in receiving the award, Phil Keyse from Myddle Heartbeat said: “It was great to bring in a little bit of innovation. We spotted a gap in how the callout systems previously had been operating and I was acutely aware of the limitations of finances for volunteer groups in villages. I was delighted to make the contact with Ian and with his really positive response. It has been the missing link and it now has made a lot of community-based schemes possible. On our second call-out we had a volunteer on the road in fourteen seconds!”

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Hands on for Darwin and Pride Hill Shopping Centre Staff

Friday 14th November 2014 – 2pm – Chris Kowalik.

If you are going to suffer a cardiac arrest then one of the safest places is a busy shopping centre like the Darwin and Pride Hill Centres in Shrewsbury.

Security staff there have just completed their training in the use of defibrillators (a device that can restart the heart of someone who is in cardiac arrest) – and in giving CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation).

Community Defibrillator Facilitator Dawn Bush, from West Midlands Ambulance Service, spent a day at the shopping centres training new security staff and giving refresher courses to those already trained.

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Pictured above: Dawn Bush helps Patric (correct) Lowe watched by Emily Rogers, Phil Rowley, Kevin Pratt, Kevin Wilson

Security Officer Patric Lowe, from Shrewsbury, said: “This was a refresher course for me but it is very important that we’re up to date with our training.

“We have defibrillators in both the Darwin and Pride Hill Centres and thankfully I have never had to use them and I hope I don’t but if something happens then I’ll know what to do.

“We’re all first aid trained as well so if someone does have a problem we can be at their side in seconds and we’ve got the equipment here to make a difference.”

Dawn Bush said: “Specialist training in basic life support skills can and does save lives. It doesn’t, in any way, replace emergency services but is a valuable and important resource which can be vital in the first few minutes of a life-threatening situation.

“We teach people like the staff at the Darwin and Pride Hill Centres basic procedures. They are simple, effective – and they work.

“What we teach is how to manage a person who’s collapsed, how to do oxygen therapy and how to use a defibrillator.

“We can teach people to use a defibrillator safely in very short time. The technology has come on in leaps and bounds so you don’t require any specialist skills and knowledge – the machine will do the job for you.

“People normally don’t die of a cut finger or a broken leg but you will die if your heart stops and the patient left with no immediate intervention. It’s as simple as that.

“What we are aiming to achieve is to have people who will feel comfortable and confident to deliver what is a real life-saving skill.”

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Pictured above: Dawn Bush along with Emily Rogers, Kevin Wilson, Patric (correct) Lowe, Kevin Pratt and Phil Rowley

Emily Rogers, of Incentive Facilities Management, Head of Security and Cleaning at the Centres, said: “We place a very high priority on training and particularly on first aid and defibrillator training.

“All our security staff are trained to use the machines and these are important skills to have because the safety of the public within the shopping centres is our first responsibility.”

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More than 50 school children assessed by medics

Thursday 13th November – 12.55pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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More than 60 people, including 53 school children, have been assessed by ambulance crews for smoke inhalation.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M42 southbound, between junctions five and four, shortly after 10.10am this morning and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer, a senior ambulance officer, two doctors and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We were called to reports of a large number of patients who had suffered smoke inhalation after exhaust fumes from the coach they were travelling were believed to have started entering the passenger cabin.

“A total of 53 school children, eight members of staff and the coach driver were all safely taken off the vehicle and moved behind a barrier away from the roadside.

“Crews then began assessing the patients and once it was determined that no one was seriously injured, they were moved back on to the coach out of the cold. By this stage it had been determined that the coach was safe for them to return to.

“Once back on the coach, the patients had their carbon monoxide levels checked, after which it was determined that no one required hospital treatment and all 62 patients were discharged at scene.

“A second coach was sent to the scene to provide the school children with onward travel.”

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Motorcyclist seriously injured in road traffic collision in Stone

Thursday 13th November 2014 – 7.40am – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has been taken to a major trauma centre after falling from his bike in a road traffic collision in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Longton Road, Stone, shortly after 7.45pm on Wednesday 12th November.

A Community First Responder from the Stone scheme, a BASICS Emergency Doctor, a paramedic area support officer and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man who is in his sixties had a badly broken leg that was bleeding heavily. Blast bandages that are capable of dealing with such serious wounds were applied. Pain relief was administered and he was immobilised.

“He was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Mental health scheme launches in the Black Country

Wednesday 12th November 2014 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A multi-agency initiative to help mental health patients in crisis has been rolled out across the Black Country this week following the success of a pilot in Birmingham.

The triage scheme, which was launched in Birmingham in January, sees a police officer, paramedic and mental health nurse respond to 999 calls where people need mental health care. Over 2,000 patients have benefitted from the scheme in Birmingham resulting in fewer A&E attendances and detainments under the Mental Health Act by the police.

The Black Country scheme, which launched today (Wednesday 12th November) will operate out of Bilston Police Station every day and is jointly funded by Black Country NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Dudley, Sandwell and West Birmingham, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Nick Henry, Black Country General Manager, said: “This is a great initiative to improve the service response to this patient group, allowing us to work closely with our colleagues and most importantly improve the patients experience in their hour of need. The dedicated team helps to free up ambulance crews to respond to other 999 calls enabling the service to provide the right care, to the right patients at the right time. The scheme is a great success and is an excellent example of how partnership working can make a real difference to patients.

“The team of paramedics who will be working on the car have been very enthusiastic in getting the scheme started and bring a wealth of experience with them which will ultimately benefit patients.”

Chief Inspector Sean Russell, who’s overseen the trial, said: “Around 20 per cent of police demand is due to mental health issues. In the past we’ve not worked alongside the ambulance service or mental health providers…and it’s meant too many people ending up in police custody and essentially being criminalised for being unwell. It’s also meant many hours of police time have been wasted.  “This scheme is a cultural shift; we share more information and work closely together. It’s led to marked improvements in the treatment given to members of the public who need our help, a significant cut in the use of police stations as places of safety to almost zero, and a reduction in demand on the police and healthcare system. I’m confident the triage scheme will prove as successful in the Black Country as it’s been in Birmingham and Solihull.”

Dr Avi Suri, Mental Health Lead for Walsall CCG and Local GP, said: “Many mental health patients who call 999 or 111 are taken straight to A&E, which is often not the best place for them. The new crisis car means they will benefit from immediate treatment and support to reach the right service.”

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Saving Lives in the Shropshire Hills

Tuesday 11th November 2014 – 3.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

The Shropshire town of Church Stretton is about to get a vital piece of lifesaving equipment and an appeal is being made for volunteers to learn how to use it.

A defibrillator is due to be fitted next to the town’s Midcounties Co-operative’s cash machine, paid for through the fundraising efforts of Church Stretton and District Round Table.

Round Table President Ian Price said: “Volunteers will be trained in CPR and use of the defibrillator by West Midlands Ambulance Service on a Saturday morning. The training will last no more than four hours. Anyone who volunteers to learn how to use the defibrillator will have their contact telephone number registered with a call-out system that will alert them to a cardiac arrest in the town.

“The first volunteer to respond to the call saying they can attend will then get the defibrillator and tend to the patient while a blue-light emergency ambulance service vehicle is en-route.

“Using the defib is easy. It even talks to you and tells you what to do.”

If you like to learn how to save a life, contact Ian Price on 01694 722020. Training is due to take place in the New Year.

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Lifesaving Training for Telford Street Pastors

Tuesday 11th November 2014 – 1.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

Since July 2011, Telford Street Pastors have been ensuring the safety of people out at night in Telford.

Since last month they also have the ability to provide Basic Life Support to someone suffering a cardiac arrest after receiving training from West Midlands Ambulance Service and getting a defibrillator.

While out working at night, the pastors could be asked by the ambulance service control room to attend a confirmed case of cardiac arrest within a five mile radius.

Telford Street Pastors is one of the latest groups to have a defibrillator (a device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest) and be trained in its use.

The group’s initiative was recognised by West Midlands Ambulance Service’s ‘Excellence in the Community Awards’ ceremony at Walsall Football Club on Thursday 6th November. The Pastors were presented with a Community Initiative Award.

Speaking on the night of the awards, Reverend Keith Osmund-Smith, Lead Co-ordinator of Telford Street Pastors, explained why they decided to take the step of learning these lifesaving skills: “To make our skillset much more holistic. We are all qualified first-aiders, we can all do CPR, so it seemed to me to be a natural progression, in consultation with West Midlands Ambulance Service in Shropshire to move on to training with defibrillators – and that’s exactly what has happened. We had our first call on Sunday morning (at ten past one in the morning), so it works!”

Ian Painter (BHF), (street pastor), (street pastor), Keith Osmund-Smith

Pictured above at ‘Excellence in the Community Awards’: Rev. Keith Osmund-Smith and Telford Street Pastors with WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh (right) and Ian Painter from the British Heart Foundation (left).

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Trust celebrates a year of the 111 service with positive patient feedback

Tuesday 11th November – 11.50am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is celebrating 12-months of running the NHS111 (West Midlands) service today (Tuesday) and is doing so in fine style after receiving some excellent patient feedback.

The figures from patient surveys make for impressive reading with 91.3% saying they were satisfied with the service received, 77.1% of which were very satisfied. Just 3.4% claimed to dissatisfied.

Additionally, 88.8% said they were likely to recommend the service, 67.7 per cent of which were extremely likely. Just 1.9% said they were unlikely to recommend the service.

Since stepping in to replace NHS Direct on November 11, 2013, West Midlands Ambulance Service has put a lot of hard work into initially stabilising, and then enhancing the service, and the results suggest that patients are feeling the benefits.

During the previous 12 months, WMAS has received in the region of 850,000 calls into the service, with volumes continuing to gradually increase. Staffing levels have been increased and training extended, all of which has helped to ensure that performance levels and the quality provided for patients accessing the service, have remained impressively high.

Daren Fradgley, NHS 111 (West Midlands) Director, said: “A considerable amount of work has gone into stabilising and developing the service over the last 12 months. There is no doubt that the public of the West Midlands now have access to one of the best quality and performing NHS111 services in the country. This is also clear to see in the feedback we are getting from the patients.

“I would like to thank the entire team, whose work has not only made this possible but also had such a positive impact on the public we serve.

“We are proud of what we achieved during the last year but we will not be resting on our laurels. We will continue to improve the service we offer to ensure it is the best it possibly can be, and patients continue to receive the highest possible level of care.”

Rachael Ellis, 111 Lead Commissioner West Midlands, said: “Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is pleased to report that the service is stable and that call volumes are increasing as patients realise the benefits of the service which delivers quick, responsive advice and assistance.

“We are seeing month on month growth in the service and see it as a core part of the NHS for patients over the winter period.”

NHS 111 is a free service, available 24-hours-a-day and designed to offer medical help fast when the situation is not a 999 emergency.

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Man escapes almost uninjured despite his van going down embankment and through hedge and fence

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Monday 10th November 2014 – 9.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A driver has escaped serious injury despite his van rolling down an embankment off a motorway and going through a hedge and fence.

The incident happened at about 6.00pm on Monday evening on the northbound M6 motorway between junctions 3 and 4.

A rapid response vehicle, two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were three cars and a van involved in a collision. The ‘delivery’ type van had left the carriageway and gone 30-40 feet down the embankment and appeared to have rolled over at least once and gone through a hedge and fence ending up on its side.

“When crews arrived and saw the damage, they feared the worst, but found the driver had managed to get out of the wreckage and had climbed back up the embankment to await the emergency services.

“Crews were astonished to find the only obvious injury to the 53 year old was a small laceration to his forehead. He was immobilised as a precaution before being taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“A 23 year old woman in a car was treated for back pain, but subsequently discharged with advice. A man in his 30s in a second car was checked over for minor injuries but was also discharged. There were no patients from the third car.”

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A pedestrian is in a critical condition after a collision with a car on a country lane

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Monday 10th November 2014 – 8.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been taken to a major trauma unit by ambulance in a crtical condition after suffering significant head injuries after a collision with a car.

The collision happened at about 5.45pm near to the junction of Burnhill Green Road and Snowdon Road in Burnhill Green, South Staffordshire.

The MERIT Trauma Doctor from Cosford was first on scene in a response vehicle along with a community paramedic, an ambulance and a paramedic officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at what was described as a country lane, the ambulance staff found a middle aged man with serious head and facial injuries and a possible fractured pelvis.

“A bystander was doing an excellent job of administering basic first aid on the man.

“The car involved had suffered significant damage to the windscreen.

“The pedestrian was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board as well as having a pelvic splint put in place. The man was also anaesthetised by the doctor at the scene.

“He was then taken on blue lights to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The car driver was not seen by ambulance staff.”
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Lorry overturns in Herefordshire

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Monday 10th November– 5.30pm – Suzie Wheaton.

A lorry driver has received emergency medical treatment after the vehicle he was travelling in overturned in Herefordshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the incident on the A4103 in Storridge shortly before 4.10pm this afternoon.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a lorry that had overturned onto its side into a hedge row.

“Although the driver was moving about in the cab of the lorry he was unable to open the door. Ambulance crews worked closely with the fire service to safely free the man from the vehicle.

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

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