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Car overturns on M6

Monday 22nd December 2014 – 8.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people had a lucky escape on the M6 last night following a two-car road traffic collision which left one of the vehicles on its roof.

The incident happened on the southbound carriageway between junctions two and one, shortly before 6.55pm. West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midland Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars that had been in collision, one of which had landed on its roof after reportedly spinning and hitting the barrier that splits the two carriageways.

“There were two patients in the car that had overturned, both of whom who had to be carefully freed from the vehicle with the help of the fire service.

“The driver of the car, a 22-year-old woman, was treated for chest and pelvic injuries. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on alert.

“The passenger, a man believed to be 19-years-old, suffered a head injury and was also given pain relief after treatment, before being taken to the same hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, suffered minor injuries in the incident and was also taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire as a precaution.

“Considering the nature of the incident, it is fortunate that none of the injuries are considered life-threatening.”

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A cycling helmet may prove to be more than a gift for someone this Christmas, it could be a lifesaver

Sunday 21st December 2014 – 7.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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For anyone still undecided on what to buy as a last minute Christmas present, a cycling helmet may turn out to be much more than a gift, it could be a lifesaver.

That proved to be the case for a man in Bomere Heath this morning after he collided with a gate post after being thrown over the front of his handlebars whilst cycling with a group of friends.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near to The Hayes Farm Junction, at 11.15am this morning. Two ambulances were sent to the scene. A surgeon who lived nearby was also on hand and had already starting treating the patient when crews arrived.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man, believed to be in his 50s, who had collided head first with a stone gate post after being thrown over the handlebars of his bike. His helmet, which had split into two as a result of the impact, was nearby.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff he was treated for a cut to the head and a back injury, but medics on scene were left in no doubt that his decision to wear a helmet saved his life due to the severe nature of the impact.

“He was then transferred to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment.

“Thankfully, the man was conscious and able to talk to ambulance staff about the incident. Reflecting on the damage caused to his helmet, he said he was going to use it to demonstrate to other cyclists in his group the importance of wearing one every time they get on a bike.”

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Specialist equipment used to rescue man from hillside

Saturday 20th December 2014 – 6.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Specialist equipment was required for ambulance staff to rescue a man from a hillside in Stourbridge this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a wooded location at Kinver Edge, Kinver, shortly after 2pm. A Community First Responder (CFR) and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were called to reports of a man, believed to be in his 60s, who had collapsed on a hillside after suffering a medical incident.

“It is unknown how long the man had been on the hillside for but the CFR in attendance quickly began assessing the man and started the rewarming process as he was suffering from hypothermia.

“Due to the man’s difficult location, the HART team decided to utilise their six-wheel drive Polaris vehicle to get near the patient.

“Once his condition had been stabilised, they were able to use the same vehicle to transport the man off the hillside and to the awaiting ambulance, in which he was taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment.”

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Five to hospital from four-car RTC

Friday 19th December 2014 – 11pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been seriously injured and four other patients have also been taken to hospital following a four-car road traffic collision in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A489 near to Bishops Castle shortly after 5.15pm and sent four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire was also used to help transport a patient to hospital.

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

“One of the cars contained a man in his 40s who was trapped in his vehicle as a result of the collision.

“The man, who was cut free from the car with the help of the fire service, had suffered head, abdominal and pelvic injuries as well as a fractured arm.

“Due to the serious nature of his condition, the man was anaesthetised and taken by land ambulance to Cosford airbase where the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire had landed to collect the patient and fly him to Royal Stoke University Hospital. The doctor travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route.

“The remaining four patients came from the three remaining vehicles and had all suffered minor injuries.

“A man was treated for a back injury and was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution. A woman was treated for neck and back pain whilst two further patients were treated for nose and shoulder injuries.

“All four were then taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Car ends up 150m into a field after crashing through two fences

 

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Friday 19th December 2014 – 3.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after the car she was driving left the road and ended up about 150m into a field.

The incident happened at about 9.35am on Friday morning on Lighthorne Road, at southern end of the Gaydon proving ground near Kineton in Warwickshire

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crew arrived they found a small car approximately 150 metres across a field.

“The car had left the road, gone through a fence, continued across the field, gone through a second fence before coming to stop.

“Given the distance and route travelled, the car had suffered remarkably little damage.

“Due to the location and the state of the field, the crews had to walk across to the car and so requested the air ambulance attend as it could land relatively nearby.

“The driver, a 40 year old woman was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution and treated for a suspected head injury, a laceration to her right ear and abdominal pain.

“She was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Heartstart courses in Herefordshire

Friday 19th December 2014 – 3.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

Would you know what to do if your loved one suddenly suffered a life-threatening condition such as a cardiac arrest or choking?

If you don’t, then book a place now on a FREE two-hour course run by Herefordshire Heartstart, a charity supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

You will learn how to help someone who is unconscious, deal with choking or serious bleeding, recognise the warning signs of a heart attack and perform CPR. They are all simple skills that save lives.

Courses will take place at:

  • Lady Hawkins’ School, Kington on Tuesday 13th January 2015, 7pm-9pm
  • St Peters Primary School, Bromyard, Thursday 22nd January 2015, 1pm-3pm
  • Whitecross High School & Specialist Sports College, Hereford on Wednesday 28th January 2015, 7pm-9pm
  • Kidwells Law, 4 Coldnose Road, Rotherwas, Hereford on Tuesday 24th February 2015, 10am-midday
  • Ledbury Community Health & Care Centre, Thursday 26th February 2015, 7pm-9pm

To book your place, email herefordshireheartstart@btconnect.com or call 0845 60 60 654 after January 6th 2015.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service prepares for Black Friday …

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Area Manager for Worcestershire, paramedic Dug Holloway has been speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester’s James Pearson at Worcester’s ambulance hub, where the ambulances are being prepared and re-stocked.

How can hear Dug here:

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Pedestrian Injured in Brownhills

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Friday 19th December 2014 – 2.30pm – Steve Parry.

A pedestrian has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Brownhills this morning.

The incident occurred on the High Street at just after 11.20am.

An ambulance together with a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford attended the scene.

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

“A man believed to be in his eighties was treated for serious multiple leg injuries together with pelvic and head injuries.

“The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board. He was also anaesthetised before being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The hospital was alerted to the serious condition of the patient.”

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Want the best job in the world? 130 people have applied so far!

West Midlands Ambulance Service is looking to recruit and train 300 people to become paramedics.

Since the advertisement first appeared on Wednesday 17th December, the website has had more than 3,900 views and received 130 applications.

You can find the advertisements here:

http://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/search_vacancy/1df49014e81fd50ab86611b85e40e7b4/?action=search&master_id=122792

And listen to our HR Manager Mark Ratley talking about the vacancies to BBC WM’s Pete Morgan:

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Fatal RTC in Lichfield

Thursday 18th December 2014 – 10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died following a collision with a car in Lichfield this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision involving a pedestrian and a car on Birmingham Road, Shenstone Wood End shortly before 4.50pm today (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support office, a paramedic officer and a MERIT trauma doctor in a response car from the Cosford Air Ambulance base attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find an elderly woman who had been involved in a collision with a car. The woman was in traumatic cardiac arrest. They immediately took over resuscitation efforts from bystanders who had stopped to help, working as a team to provide advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the car was uninjured but was treated by ambulance staff for the effects of shock.”

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Fatality in Oswestry

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A woman has died after the car she was driving collided with a garden wall in Oswestry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a road in Woolston, near Maesbury Marsh shortly before 4.00pm (Thursday). An ambulance was sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the ambulance staff arrived, they found a car which had been involved in a significant collision with a garden wall. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the single occupant of the car, a woman, and she was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Two injured in house fire

Thursday 18th December 2014 – 8.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two people have been rescued from a house fire and treated for smoke inhalation in Stoke on Trent in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the fire at a private property in Bond Street, Tunstall, shortly before 4.20am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and two BASICS doctors attended the scene.

A West Midland Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find the house well ablaze. Firefighters entered the house and retrieved two people from the property.

“A man in his 40s and a woman in her 30s were assessed at scene by ambulance staff, given oxygen and treated for severe smoke inhalation.

“They were then transported to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment. Thankfully, their injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.”

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Lucky escape for driver following serious RTC

Thursday 18th December 2014 – 8.25am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorist has had an incredibly lucky escape after his car overturned following a collision with a lamppost in Brierley Hill last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of Farndale Close and Hillfields Road at 10.05pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midland Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a 17-year-old man sitting at the roadside who had managed to free himself from his vehicle following a significant collision with a lamppost. The vehicle had suffered a large amount of damage, particularly to the passenger side.

“Crews were told that the seriousness of the impact caused the car to overturn, coming to rest on the driver’s side.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, the man was treated for a head injury and minor arm injuries.

“He was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and neck collar before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Thankfully his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening and he has undoubtedly had a lucky escape. Had there been a passenger in the car with him, the outcome could have been very different.”

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Will you be one of the 300 people to get ‘the best job in the world’?

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Wednesday 17th December 2014 – 2.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

With the new year only weeks away, what better time than to look forward to getting what is arguably, the best job in the world.

For 300 people, West Midlands Ambulance Service is looking to give them the chance to become a paramedic with the service and pay them while they train.

The Trust is once again opening up opportunities to train in the life saving role right across the region.

The new roles are being created to increase the paramedic workforce of the Trust still further; we already have one of the highest skill mixes in the country. It will also help the Trust to meet the increased demand that we have been experiencing throughout the year.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “As a paramedic you will have one of the most amazing careers; saving lives and helping people in their hour of need.

“As someone who has worked in the ambulance service for over 25 years, I know just how rewarding the job can be.

“As an organisation that provides health services to one of the most diverse communities in the country, we want to be sure that our staff represent all sections of society, young and older.

“The last time we offered this opportunity we were delighted with the response and I am confident that we will have a similar level of interest this time.”

Recruitment Advisor, Louise Harris added: “All of these positions are for 2015-16 with the first cohort starting their training in March; we expect all 300 new staff to be working on the road by September. There are vacancies in all areas of the region.

“One of the things that makes this course so popular is that we will not only train you to become a life saver, we’ll pay you to do it too. The 30 month training course will lead to you becoming a state registered paramedic.”

To apply, you need to hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs (inc. English, Maths and Science) plus an A – Level qualification or equivalent. In addition, successful applicants must demonstrate a passion to deliver excellent patient care and hold a full UK driving licence with no more than 3 points. You must also have a Category C1 licence, a provisional C1 or have applied to gain one with DVLA.

Candidates must fully complete the application form via NHS Jobs. There are two adverts: one for those who hold a C1 licence; and one for those who have either a provisional licence or have applied for one.

Applications can be made between 5.00pm on Wednesday 17th December 2014 and 11.59pm on Tuesday 6th January 2015.

You can request a paper application by calling the Recruitment Team on 01384 215 896.

Appointments will be subject to a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check, references and medical clearance (you will be advised of the process by WMAS).

 

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Motorcyclist injured in tractor collision

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Wednesday 17th December 2014 – 2.45pm – Suzie Wheaton.

A motorcyclist has been injured following an incident involving a tractor on the A5 in Shropshire today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the incident on the A5, Montford Bridge in Shrewsbury at approximately 11.55am this morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a motorcyclist and a tractor that had been in collision. The motorcyclist, who had come off his bike, was found on the ground approximately 40 feet away from the tractor.

“The man was treated at the scene for an injury to his collarbone. He was given pain relief and fully immobilised before being conveyed, via land ambulance, to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.”

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Fatality on A5 – Shropshire

Wednesbury 17th December 2014 – 12.30pm – Steve Parry.

A van driver has died in a road traffic collision on the Shropshire / Welsh border this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the A5 between Gobowen and Gledrid at just after 9.35am.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle together with a paramedic officer and resources from the Welsh Ambulance Service including the Welsh Air Ambulance attended the scene.

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

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

 

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Women injured as car collides with tree

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Wednesday 17th December 2014 – 11.45am – Suzie Wheaton.

Three women have received emergency medical treatment after the car they were travelling in collided with a tree in Sutton Coldfield today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle to the incident on Kingsbury Road in Minworth at approximately 7.20am this morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find a single car that had left the carriageway and had been in collision with a tree.

“Five people had been travelling in the vehicle at the time of the incident. Four of the occupants were out of the car on the crew’s arrival with one occupant trapped inside.

“The trapped woman, who was a rear seat passenger in the car, was treated for leg and shoulder injuries and a suspected pelvic injury. She was fully immobilised and safely extricated from the car before being conveyed to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“Two further passengers were also treated at the scene for injuries. One woman was treated for facial injuries and a second woman was treated for an arm injury. Both patients were conveyed to Good Hope Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“No one else was injured in this incident.”

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Are you ready for Christmas?

Wednesday 17th December 2014 – 10.05am – Chris Kowalik.

Have you stocked up your medicine cabinet in time for Christmas?

Having a few essential first aid and medical supplies could spare you a 999 call or a trip to A&E.

Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Steve Wheaton said: “While you’re out shopping, don’t forget to pick up the essentials to help you get through the Christmas period. Make sure you have some plasters and bandages, tissues, painkillers such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, cold and flu remedies and a thermometer.

“If you have any supplies currently, check the use-by dates. Throw them away if they are out-of-date.

“Now is also the time to sort out any repeat prescriptions. Don’t leave it too late to check. There is still time to make an appointment with your doctor.”

“At what is already an extremely busy time for the ambulance service you can help avert further calls with some simple pre-planning and, in turn, help us get to the genuine life-threatening cases faster.”

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Temporary minor injuries unit returns to Birmingham for festive period

Tuesday 16th December – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

With the Christmas party period in full swing, paramedics and volunteer medics will be on hand to pick up the pieces in Birmingham.

Returning for its eighth year, the Temporary Minor Injuries Unit (TMIU) will be based near Broad Street in the City Centre to help treat worse for wear revellers to avoid A&E attendances.

This year the TMIU will take up residence in Cambridge Street, in space provided by the Library of Birmingham and will operate on three evenings after the library has closed. It will provide treatment to the walking wounded, patients suffering with minor illness and minor medical conditions and revellers who have had a bit too much to drink on the busiest festive party nights.

The space will be transformed into a makeshift treatment unit to provide patients who arrive at the unit by ambulance or by foot with fast and efficient treatment.

As in previous years, this successful partnership venture will be running with WMAS paramedics, technicians, Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team nurses and doctors, Fastaid Community First Responders and volunteers from the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance. As well as medical staff, the unit is supported each night it operates by special constables from West Midlands Police and Birmingham’s City Pastors.

Paramedic Mike Duggan is in charge of running the Trust’s smaller-scale City Centre Treatment Unit which operates each Friday and Saturday night on Broad Street and sees around 60-80 patients each weekend. Mike said: “The weekend before Christmas and New Year’s Eve will see the return of the traditional TMIU to help us deal with the increase in 999 calls we historically experience during the festive party season.

“Typical patients who are treated at the unit include those who have had too much alcohol, suffered cuts, bruises, sprained ankles or have a medical condition which has flared up and needs treatment. These patients often don’t need a trip to A&E but need some form of medical intervention and the TMIU is the perfect place.

“Just over 100 revellers were seen at the unit during the weekend before Christmas last year and medics treated more than 125 patients on New Years’ Eve. It’s always unpredictable in terms of what the TMIU staff will see but, what’s always certain is a steady stream of patients to keep the multi-agency team of medics busy to avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.”

Sue Roberts, Regional Director for St John Ambulance, said: “St John Ambulance is always pleased to work in partnership with WMAS and other organisations so the public can have fun safely. We have a team of highly trained volunteers who will be on hand to support party goers or anyone who requires first aid support in the city centre during the busy festive period.

“Having this unit means people can get treatment quickly, which could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in an emergency. It also alleviates pressure on ambulance and hospital services.”

Alex Hayward, British Red Cross Ambulance Support Co-ordinator in the West Midlands, said: “We work closely with WMAS in the city centre on Broad Street every weekend, but we’ll be increasing our support for the TMIU over Christmas and New Year. Festive spirit will be flowing, but our team of volunteers are highly trained to treat a range of injuries and conditions, helping to keep revellers safe and reduce pressure on A&E, which is often busier at this time of year.”

The TMIU will be located on Cambridge Street and will be accessible via the Library of Birmingham services reception, on Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Wednesday 31st December. The TMIU will be operational each of these nights between 8.00pm and 4.00am.

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For interviews, please contact WMAS press office on 01384 246 496 or pressoffice@wmas.nhs.uk and we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

For media enquiries and interviews relating to St John Ambulance please contact Jo Cunningham, Regional PR Officer (West Midlands) on 07815 913887 or email jocunningham@sja.org.uk. For urgent out-of-hours SJA media enquiries please contact the SJA on call press officer on 07860 711679.

For media enquiries and interviews relating to the British Red Cross please contact 0161 8888913 or 07834 527 105, alternatively please email emmapollock@redcross.org.uk or cbates@redcross.org.uk. For urgent out-of-hours British Red Cross media enquiries please contact the duty press officer on 07710 391 703. Follow them on Twitter via @RedCrossMidland.

 


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A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Birmingham

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Monday 8th December 2014 – 11.55pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a crash in Birmingham.

The tragic incident happened close to the Deers Leap Pub in Queslett Road East in Great Barr.

An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic were sent after a number of 999 calls at 8.10pm on Monday evening.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a motorcyclist who had suffered very significant injuries. It is not believed that any other vehicles were involved.

“He was taken onto the ambulance so that staff could work on him, but unfortunately, his condition deteriorated and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”
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A man is in a critical condition at a major trauma centre after a three vehicle RTC

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Monday 15th December 2014 – 8.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been taken to a major trauma centre in a critical condition after a three car crash in Shropshire.

The collision happened on a straight piece of road at about 5.35pm on Monday evening on the A49 between the Sundorne and Battlefield Islands in Shrewsbury.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. They were joined by the MERIT trauma doctor and critical care paramedic from the Midlands Air Ambulance at RAF Cosford who were in a response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The first car had suffered very significant damage. The driver, a man estimated to be about 30 years old, had suffered serious multiple injuries and was trapped.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to rapidly extricate him from the wreckage. The doctor from the air ambulance anaesthetised him at scene before travelling with him on a land ambulance to the major trauma centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. On arrival, his condition was described as critical.

“There were a man and a woman in the second car, which had front end damage. The woman had a fractured wrist, while the man had back pain. Both were treated at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Two women in the third car, which had suffered rear end damage, were assessed at the scene before being discharged.”
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‘Lean on Me’

Monday 15th December 2014 – 2.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A new unit opens in Hereford this month to help people on a night-out recover from the excesses of alcohol and help reduce the pressure on the ambulance service, A&E and police.

Run by the city’s volunteer Street Pastors, the former youth court in Gaol Street will be an alternative to going to hospital or a police cell when all someone needs is to be able to sober-up safely.

Called “Emelia’s” after Emelia Venn, sister of the Rev. John Venn both of whom devoted themselves to helping the city’s poor, it features an assessment area, recovery space and supervised sleep-off room.

‘Emelia’s’ is part of a wider project called ‘Lean on Me’ which involves Street Pastors patrolling the city to help anyone they find to be in difficulty.

Cliff Medlicott, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager said: “This unit will be the first of its kind. The pastors have developed an excellent facility for a maximum of 12 people who just need to get some rest or sleep it off before going home. It will be a great help to the ambulance service, freeing us up to get to genuine life-threatening emergencies quicker.”

Jason Borlase, Project Leader from Hereford Street Pastors said: “’Teams drawn from 30 trained volunteers will run ‘Emelia’s’ from 10pm until 4am on Saturday nights. Anyone who ends up in difficulty through excessive drinking will be referred to the unit for the special care we will offer. The unit will have direct links with our patrols, the door staff of bars and clubs as well as the ambulance service and police. In addition to providing better care for people in Hereford’s night time economy, the project will allow the ambulance service, A&E teams and police to focus on those who really need their help and get to them quicker. Improving response times will make a real difference for people in serious and sometimes life-threatening situations.”

Barrie Sheldon, the Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for West Mercia, said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner is delighted to support this groundbreaking initiative in Hereford city centre. It will certainly ease some of the pressures on both police and health services on busy Friday and Saturday nights, but just as important, it will provide the right care and assistance for anyone who misuses alcohol, for whatever reason. In addition to providing that care there is also a real opportunity to help some people who may need it to address any drink related problems. The street pastors are providing a real contribution to community safety in Herefordshire and should be commended for their work.”

The unit is due to open on the night of Saturday 20th December.
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Woman seriously injured after being trampled by horse in Shropshire

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Sunday 14th December 2014 – 8.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has been seriously injured after being trodden on by the horse she had fallen off in Whitchurch this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Black Park Road in Whitchurch at 12.15pm (Sunday). An ambulance, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The woman had fallen off the horse before being trodden on.

“Upon assessment ambulance staff and the medic found she had sustained a suspected fractured leg and a back injury. The woman was given pain relief before being carefully immobilised to prevent further injury.

“Once stabilised, ambulance staff conveyed the woman to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land for further emergency treatment.”

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Cycle helmet split in half in Lichfield collision

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Sunday 14th December 2014 – 5.20pm – Claire Brown.

A woman cyclist has been airlifted to hospital after a collision with a vehicle left her seriously injured and her cycle helmet split in half.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 in Fradley, Lichfield at 8.45am this morning (Sunday). Paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance’s Tatenhill base attended the scene by car along with an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The cyclist, a 21-year-old woman, was found by motorists at the side of the road after a reported collision with a vehicle.

“The collision, which had caused her helmet to crack into two, had thrown the woman some distance further down the road to where her mangled bike was found.

“An off duty firefighter was amongst several bystanders who were helping the woman when ambulance staff arrived. Upon assessment ambulance staff and the trauma medic found she had sustained a significant fracture to her leg, a fractured arm and a serious head injury.

“The woman received analgesia from ambulance staff before they carefully immobilised her with a neck collar and scoop stretcher. Once stable, the woman was airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

 

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Fourth busiest day for the ambulance service – is your call really an emergency?

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Sunday 14th December 2014 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

The Trust is appealing for the public to support its local ambulance service by thinking carefully before dialling 999, after staff responded to more than 3,500 calls on Saturday making it the fourth busiest day for the Service on record.

Traditionally, our busiest day is New Years’ Eve and into New Years’ Day but yesterday saw call numbers rise to levels only normally seen after midnight on 31st December.

Date Calls
1st January 2011 3,822
1st January 2013 3,754
1st January 2014 3,726
13th December 2014 3,550
17th December 2010 3,490
1st January 2010 3,466
1st January 2012 3,460

This increase not only puts pressure on our front-line staff responding to patients in ambulance vehicles, but it also sees our Emergency Operations Centre staff equally as busy answering calls and managing the high demand to ensure patient who need our help the most come first.

In addition to the huge pressure that the ambulance service us under, our colleagues in A&E departments around the region are equally as busy too.

Craig Cooke, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “Our staff are working around the clock to respond to patients but we need the public’s help to ensure we’re preserving our ambulances and highly skilled staff for the people who need us the most.

“Many people who dial 999 could treat themselves at home or access advice from NHS 111 either online or over the phone.  Equally, people should consider taking themselves to an NHS walk-in centre, pharmacist or a minor injuries unit.  This would leave the ambulance service to deal with life threatening illness or injury such as chest pain, strokes, breathing difficulties, unconsciousness and severe blood loss.

“It’s continuing to be a busy weekend for the ambulance service, not only in the West Midlands but nationally too. I would like to thank all of our staff and many volunteers for their continued efforts.”

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Fatality in Stoke-on-Trent

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Sunday 14th December 2014 – 7.00am – Claire Brown.

One man has died and two other people have been seriously injured following a two car road traffic collision in Stoke-on-Trent.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A500 at the junction of Etruria Road in Hanley at 11.50pm last night (Saturday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and three BASICS emergency doctors were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “One of the cars had ended up on the opposite side of the carriageway. The damage caused in the collision left the engine of the car several metres further down the road.

“The driver from this car, a man believed to be in his 20s, sustained a head injury, a fractured leg and a significant traumatic injury to his arm. Ambulance staff and medics worked to stabilise the man’s condition, administering pain relief and fluids, whilst the fire service worked around them to release the man from the wreckage.

“Once released, the man was fully immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A doctor travelled in the back of the ambulance with the man to continue treatment en route.

“The two occupants of the second car, were significantly trapped due to the damage caused in the collision. Sadly, the driver, a man, was declared deceased at the scene.

“The passenger, a woman believed to be in her 30s, was unconscious and seriously injured. Working quickly with the fire service, the woman was rapidly extricated from the wreckage before ambulance staff and medics fully immobilised her. She was given oxygen, fluids and drugs to help manage her serious condition. The woman had suffered crush injuries to her abdomen and suspected lower limb fractures and she was alerted to Royal Stoke University Hospital. A second doctor travelled with her to continue treatment en route.

“The road remained closed for several hours.”

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Woman dies in house fire in Birmingham

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Sunday 14th December 2014 – 6.30am – Claire Brown.

A woman died in a house fire in Birmingham last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service were called to a building fire in Britford Close, Kings Heath at 10.50pm yesterday evening (Saturday). An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a woman who had been found inside the property by fire fighters tackling the blaze.

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

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Elderly couple rescued from smoke-filled house in Stafford

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Saturday 13th December 2014 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

An elderly couple have been rescued from their smoke-filled house by fire fighters and paramedics in Stafford this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a house fire in Park Crescent in Stafford at 7.50am (Saturday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff and fire fighters arrived they found the property filled with smoke. The fire service and paramedics entered the property to rescue the two occupants inside, an elderly man and woman.

“The couple were carried out of the property before being assessed by ambulance staff. Both had suffered smoke inhalation but were conscious and breathing. The couple were taken to County Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Herefordshire

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Friday 12th December 2014 – 7pm – Chris Kowalik.

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

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49 near Moreton Business Park, Moreton-on-Lugg, shortly before 3.45pm today.

An off-duty anaesthetist who was passing at the time stopped to help and immediately began giving CPR.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a BASICS Emergency Doctor from Mercia Accident Rescue Service, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews administered Advanced Life Support to the male motorcyclist but, despite their best efforts, he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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How many is too many?

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Thursday 11th December 2014 – 1.00pm.

Feeling a little bit merry? Ringing your friends at 2am to tell them you love them? Falling over a curb and twisting your ankle? Vomiting all over yourself and a paramedic? Trading blows with your best friend over a girl neither of you know? Or being found the next morning by an early commuter in a hedge . . . . . . dead.

So we ask again – how many is too many?

General Manager for West Midlands Ambulance Service, Nathan Hudson, said: “Every year over the festive period the ambulance service gets called to a large number of cases where people of all ages have had far too much to drink.

“Drinking causes people to do things they definitely wouldn’t do if they were more sober. The knock on effect of this is that our highly trained medical staff are having to baby sit fully grown adults who don’t know when they have had enough alcohol. These staff should be available to treat people who have suffered a life threatening emergencies such as a cardiac arrest, stroke or serious trauma, instead they are having to deal with often abusive drunk people.

“Whilst we do not wish to spoil people’s fun, we would just ask people to be sensible and take responsibility for themselves and their own actions when they are out celebrating this year. What if an ambulance crew that was dealing with you vomiting on yourself lying in the street, wasn’t then available to treat your family member who needed lifesaving treatment? We are quite sure you would be devastated that your irresponsible actions have directly had a negative impact on your loved ones chance of survival; your Christmas probably wouldn’t be quite so merry.”

So, we ask again, how many is too many?

To help you have a safe fun festive Christmas party night out please following the top tips below:

• Eating isn’t cheating
Food helps slow the absorption of alcohol, stopping it going to your head too quickly.

• Pace your drinks,
Drink at your own speed and don’t drink too much before you go out – the likelihood is you wont last to the end of the evening. Why not break your alcoholic drinks up with water or soft drinks.

• Never leave drinks unattended and then return and drink them
Never leave drinks unattended or with strangers. There are some unsavoury people around who are more than willing to take advantage of the situation.

• Stick together
Look after your work colleagues and friends whilst out and where possible make sure friends get home safely – get them to text you when returning home. We have seen a number of people that have had too much to drink suffer from hypothermia after falling asleep outside.

• Going home in a cab?
Make sure it’s a license black cab from an official taxi rank or call for a private taxi, you could even organise a cab before you go out for your return journey home. Never get in a taxi you haven’t called for, you aren’t insured and don’t know if the driver or vehicle is safe.

• Violence related injuries
Christmas is the season to be jolly – don’t fight!

• Hungry at the end of the night?
Why not get something from a reputable food outlet – often we see people attempting to cook at home and falling asleep. Fires can spread quickly and the smoke can also kill people very rapidly!

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The Big Lottery Funds defibrillators for Shrewsbury

Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 12.20pm – Chris Kowalik

Ten community defibrillators are coming to Shrewsbury.

The town’s Community First Responders have been given more than £8,000 from The Big Lottery Fund. This will enable them to place the devices which can restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest in the local community.

The CFRs are now appealing to businesses, other organisations or owners of premises to help them find suitable locations in which to house them.

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Nick Freeman, Shrewsbury Community First Responders’ Honorary Treasurer (pictured with the rest of the group of volunteers), said: “We have the machines, now we need the secure cabinets to keep them in and some suitable premises around the County Town.

“We appeal to anyone who can help sponsor a cabinet which would keep a defibrillator secure yet publicly accessible. Their location would be recorded with the ambulance service’s control room so, in the event of a cardiac arrest nearby, the caller to 999 would be directed to the machine while a blue-light vehicle is en-route.”

If you can help sponsor a cabinet, or have premises that may be suitable to house a publicly accessible community defibrillator,

contact Cliff Medlicott, West Midlands Ambulance Service Community Response Manager on 07884 050 877 or cliff.medlicott@wmas.nhs.uk

or Terry Foster from West Midlands Ambulance Service on 07827 311 090 or Terence.foster@wmas.nhs.uk

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Pie tasting for Community First Responders

Wednesday 10th December 2014 – 9am – Chris Kowalik.

Last year it was a sloe gin competition, this year the Temeside public house in Little Hereford hosted a pie-tasting contest to raise money for volunteer lifesavers.

Locals baked sweet and savoury pies for the event on Friday 5th December. People paid a fee and then had to taste and score each pie.

£100 was raised for Tenbury Community First Responders, a group of volunteers trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in basic assessments and lifesaving techniques and who respond to medical emergencies nearby while a blue-light ambulance service vehicle is en-route.

Community First Responder Martin Bennett said: “The pies were exquisite! A brilliant evening was had by everyone. Many thanks to local retired businessman Mark Williams for organising the event.”

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Pictured: organiser Mark Williams.

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Residents urged to think twice before calling emergency services

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – 3pm – Chris Kowalik in conjunction with Wye Valley NHS Trust

In the build up to Christmas, people in Herefordshire and the surrounding areas are being reminded to only call 999 or visit A&E in a life-threatening emergency.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) and Wye Valley NHS Trust are calling on people to think twice before ringing 999 or going to their local accident and emergency department this winter, unless it’s a life threatening emergency. The plea comes as emergency and hospital services prepare for a busy winter and festive period.

In the last year alone, WMAS received more than 28,500 calls in Herefordshire, which is more than 15 per cent of the county’s population. 90 per cent of these calls were non-urgent for minor ailments and injuries.

Debbie Small, West Midlands Ambulance Service Area Manager for Herefordshire, said: “Our staff are working extremely hard to make sure that patients receive a speedy and safe response, throughout the winter period.

“999 is specifically designed for people with serious and critical illnesses or those who need advanced medical treatment en-route to hospital, such as choking, chest pain, stroke, serious blood loss or if someone is in a state of unconsciousness.”

These are some of the non-urgent Herefordshire 999 calls received last year.

  • Wart on a finger
  • Headache after a night out
  • Stubbed toe

Paramedics and A&E staff are usually the first point of contact for people requiring urgent medical attention.

Chris Hughes, Paramedic at West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “When people misuse the service it means our precious time is being taken away from someone who really does need our help. Every non-essential call has the potential to delay a response to a serious emergency, so please think twice before calling 999”.

Jenny Weaver, one of the A&E Sisters at Hereford County Hospital, added: “Whilst we don’t turn patients away who attend with non-urgent conditions or illnesses, A&E really isn’t the right place if you have a minor illness or injury.

“If you have a cold, flu, sore throat, stomach upset or hangover, please see your pharmacist. For minor cuts, slips, trips and falls, contact your GP, GP out-of-hours service, or visit the walk-in centre in Hereford. If urgent advice is needed, and it’s not an emergency, call NHS 111”.

A 999 emergency ambulance should be called if a person is:

  • having a suspected heart attack
  • complaining of chest pains
  • unconscious
  • losing a lot of blood
  • having a suspected stroke
  • suffering from a deep wound or head injury
  • struggling to breathe

For details of local health services visit www.nhs.uk

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Pictured left to right: David Horner – paramedic WMAS, Jenny Weaver – A&E Sister, and Chris Hughes – paramedic WMAS


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Paramedics’ latest video blogs from Ebola mission in Sierra Leone

Tuesday 9th December 2014 – 1.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

Two paramedics who are among 30 NHS staff in Sierra Leone as part of Britain’s fight against Ebola have filed their second in a series of weekly video blogs in which they speak of their experiences.

Gerard Kelly who is based in Lichfield and Tom Waters, a critical care practitioner with Midlands Air Ambulance are working with GPs, nurses, psychiatrists and consultants in emergency medicine.

Their videos are provided by international humanitarian agency ‘GOAL’:

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Woman left at bottom of water filled ditch after collision with bus

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Monday 8th December 2014 – 7.50pm – Murray MacGregor.

A husband and wife from Cheshire have been badly injured after they were in collision with a bus on a country road in rural Warwickshire.

The crash happened at about 4.45pm on Monday on Stratford Road which runs from Ilmington towards Wimpstone. The incident happened about 1/2 mile from Lower Quinton turning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the critical care paramedics from the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, who responded on a rapid response vehicle, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The couple who are both 65 and from The Wirral were walking along a country road when they were in collision with a single decker bus, which resulted in the windscreen being broken.

“The woman was thrown into a ditch that was 4-5 feet deep and had water at the bottom of it. When crews arrived she was barely conscious; she was rescued with the help of firefighters and taken onto an ambulance where she started to come round.

“She had a serious head injury, pain in her back and a potential fracture to her pelvis. It took around 20 minutes to get her out of the water given the level of injury. As a result she had become very cold.

“She was immobilised using a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic binder. The woman was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with the critical care paramedics travelling with her.

“Her husband was found on the road with a badly broken right arm and shoulder. He too was immobilised and taken on blue lights to the same hospital.

“The man driving the bus, who was estimated to be in his 30s, was shaken but otherwise uninjured. There were a couple of passengers on board but they too were unhurt.”
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What does a Cathedral, a YMCA and an activity centre all have in common?

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Monday 8th December 2014 – 2.45pm – Suzie Wheaton.

All of the above facilities within Staffordshire have been working closely with the ambulance service and now have the ability to save a life!

Beuadesert Park (campsite and activity centre) in Rugeley, North Staffordshire YMCA in Stoke-on-Trent and Lichfield Cathedral have all been working in conjunction with West Midlands Ambulance Service to ensure that staff and visitors to their facilities have the best chance of survival should they become critically ill.

Eighty-five percent of those people who suffer a cardiac arrest have the ability to be corrected by defibrillation. The quicker CPR is carried out and a defibrillator is applied, 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.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Matt Heward said: “The ambulance service strongly believes that by having defibrillators installed in public places, such as sporting clubs, schools and business premises, and having people trained in their use alongside basic first aid techniques really can help to save lives.

“These machines are extremely easy to use, meaning people of all ages and walks of life can provide emergency care to those who need it quickly and effectively prior to the arrival of an ambulance.”

Nigel Theaker, Beuadesert Park Estate Manager said: “As a busy activity centre providing over 50,000 activity days each year and residential facilities to a variety of groups we have been talking about the advantage of having a defibrillator on site for several months. The installation of the device has made us feel much happier that we can offer the correct response in an emergency and by providing an accessible storage cabinet the defibrillator will be accessible 24 hours a day both to our own clients and to the wider community.”

Bruce Petitt, from The North Staffordshire YMCA said: “We are very happy that West Midlands Ambulance Service has chosen North Staffordshire YMCA as one of the locations where a defibrillator will be stationed. The staff here are very enthusiastic about the defibrillator. The training we have had from the Ambulance Service has helped us to appreciate what a fantastic piece of life saving equipment the defibrillator is, and it is so easy to operate.”

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Notes to editors

*Defibrillators are devices that are used to restart someone’s heart.

Pictured one: Left to right Nigel (Estate Manager), Lee (Assistant Estate Manager), Rikki (Deputy Activities Coordinator), Emma (Administration Coordinator), and Debs (Activities Coordinator).

Picture Two: Bruce Petitt and Sue Lunt, Members of staff at North Staffordshire YMCA.


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Two women and a man injured in three car collision

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Monday 8th December 2014 – 12.15pm – Suzie Wheaton.

Three people have been injured after being involved in a serious road traffic collision in Staffordshire today.

Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire and two BASICS doctors were sent to the incident at the junction of the B5027 and the B5066 in Dayhills, Stone shortly before 9.50am this morning.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews arrived on scene to find three vehicles that had been in collision. One of the cars was found in two pieces, with part of the car found in a hedge and another section found further down the road.

“Each of the vehicles had been carrying a single occupant at the time of the incident.

“A woman driver from one of the cars was trapped in her vehicle and had suffered serious head injuries and a suspected fractured leg. The woman was treated at the scene as emergency service crews worked together to safely free her.

“The woman was immobilised and conveyed to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital, via land ambulance, for further assessment and treatment. One of the doctors travelled on board the ambulance with the crew continuing to provide emergency medical treatment whilst en route to hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a woman, was treated for chest and leg injuries before being conveyed to County Hospital in Stafford for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the third vehicle, which had sustained significant damage and was found in two pieces, was out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival. He was treated at the scene for a head injury before being conveyed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“All three patients travelled via land ambulance to hospital.”

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Woman airlifted from M6 RTC

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Monday 8th December 2014 – 11.00am – Suzie Wheaton.

Three people have received emergency medical treatment following a road traffic collision on the M6 today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the southbound carriageway near to junction one shortly before 8.15am this morning.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars and a lorry that had been in collision.

“Each vehicle had been carrying a single occupant at the time of the incident. The driver of the first car, a woman, was trapped in her vehicle for a period of time. The woman was immobilised as emergency services worked closely together to safely remove her from the car. The casualty was treated for a serious arm injury and given pain relief at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver of the second car, a woman and the driver of the lorry, a man, were treated at the scene for minor injuries before they were both conveyed to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Woman injured in crash

Monday 8th December 2014 – 7.00am – John Hawker.

A woman has been injured following a two car RTC in Worcestershire yesterday afternoon.

The crash occurred on The Rhydd, near Hanley Castle, at around 4.15pm. An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and an off duty paramedic attended the scene.

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

“The driver of one car, a woman believed to be 80 years old, suffered serious lower leg and sternum injuries. The woman received emergency treatment by paramedics whilst she was released from the car as the doors were jammed shut due to crash damage.

“The woman’s condition was stabilised and she was transferred by ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“No other person was injured in the crash.”

 

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Six injured in crash

Sunday 7th December 2014 – 9.00am – John Hawker.

Six people have been injured, two seriously following a crash between a bus and a car last night in Oldbury.

The crash occurred at the junction of Langley Green Road and Causeway Green Road around 7.50pm. Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Trusts HART and MERIT teams attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a single decker bus that had been in a serious collision.

“A woman in her 30’s, and two boys both believed to be 11 years old were travelling in the car. The woman suffered serious head, chest and pelvic injuries. The one boy suffered serious leg injuries with the second boy suffering pelvic injuries.

“All three received emergency treatment at the scene and the woman was then transferred to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major trauma unit, with the two boys being transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital, all in separate ambulances.

“Three people travelling on the bus suffered minor injuries. A woman and a seven year old girl received treatment and were transferred by response car to Sandwell Hospital. A man in his 20’s also received treatment for minor injuries and decided to make his own way to hospital with a friend.

“The bus driver was uninjured in the crash.”

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A poorly dog or a six-year-old in cardiac arrest, which one warrants 999?

Video: Two clips from real 999 calls which highlight the difference between an appropriate and inappropriate call.


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Opening ceremony for new ambulance hub in Lichfield

Friday 5th December 2014 – 2pm – Chris Kowalik.

An opening ceremony has been held for a new ambulance hub in Lichfield.

The hub in Eastern Avenue replaces the city’s previous ambulance station which was based on the site of the fire station in Birmingham Road. The move took place on October 15th.

The new premises accommodates 85 staff, 15 ambulances and four rapid response vehicles serving a number of smaller Community Ambulance Stations. It also has a fleet maintenance area where dedicated staff prepare the blue-light vehicles in time for the start of crews’ shifts. This process is known as ‘Make Ready’, originally implemented by the former Staffordshire Ambulance Service and more recently adopted by the rest of the West Midlands region.

Addressing a number of guests, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chairman Sir Graham Meldrum referred to ‘Make Ready’, saying: “It’s really nice to be here in Staffordshire because this is where the whole concept and idea of providing a community-based ambulance station service that was geared to the needs of the patient was conceived.”

Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It’s not by accident that West Midlands Ambulance Service is consistently the best performing ambulance service in our country. And it is the infrastructure investment such as this hub that allows us to provide really good-quality care for our patients and to support our staff to deliver the best possible care and save as many lives as possible in Staffordshire.

Cutting the ribbon Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire Ian Dudson said : “I think it is a real privilege to be given the opportunity to open this new hub today. It is the first time I have seen one of these ‘Make Ready’ hubs and I have found it fascinating.”

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Pictured left to right: Anthony Marsh (Chief Executive, West Midlands Ambulance Service), Ian Dudson (Lord-Lieutenant of Staffordshire), Sir Graham Meldrum (Chairman, West Midlands Ambulance Service), Cllr. David Smith (Chairman, Lichfield District Council).

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