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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!”

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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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Elderly couple airlifted from Shrewsbury collision

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Monday 10th November 2014 – 1.00pm – Claire Brown.

An elderly couple have been airlifted following a collision between two cars in Shropshire this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a collision involving two cars on the railway bridge in Baschurch Road, Bomere Heath, Shrewsbury, at 9.55am this morning (Monday).

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board and the Wales Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find two cars which had been involved in a significant collision.

“The driver and passenger from one car, an elderly couple believed to be in their 80s, were trapped in the wreckage.

“The front seat passenger, a woman, was in a serious condition. Ambulance staff and medics quickly worked to assess the woman and found she had sustained a significant chest injury. The team worked closely with the fire service to quickly extricate her from the wreckage whilst advanced medical treatment was delivered to help stabilise the woman. Due to the serious nature of the woman’s injuries, the doctor took the decision to anaesthetise her on scene. Once released from the car, the woman was fully immobilised before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver from the same car, a man, was mechanically trapped by his legs but was fully conscious and alert. Upon assessment, ambulance staff established that the man had sustained a serious chest injury and suspected abdominal and pelvic injuries. Whilst the man was given pain relief and fluids to stabilise his condition, the fire service worked around the medical team to extricate him from the wreckage. The man was immobilised with a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint before being airlifted to the same hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, sustained relatively minor injuries and was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital by land ambulance.”

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Monday 10th November– 11.30am – Suzie Wheaton.

Almost 50 people, mainly school children, have been assessed and treated by ambulance crews after the bus they were travelling in went down an embankment and overturned.

Seven ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, two senior paramedic officers and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were dispatched to the incident on Holme Lacy Road in Hereford shortly after 8.20am today. A MARS BASICS Doctor that was initially dispatched to the scene was diverted to Hereford County Hospital to assist with the further triage of casualties as they arrived at A&E.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a bus at the bottom of an embankment lying on its left-hand side. All of the passengers on board had managed to get out of the bus before the crew’s arrival.

“However, the woman driving was trapped for a period of time. With the assistance of the fire service, the woman was extricated and treated for chest and abdominal injuries. She was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to Hereford County Hospital.

“The passengers, all of whom are believed to be pupils of approximately 14 years of age, were triaged by ambulance staff at the scene. Six of them were also taken to Hereford County Hospital by ambulance.

“A second bus was sent to the scene to help transport approximately 20 uninjured pupils back to their school. A senior paramedic officer travelled on board the bus with the children.

“A further 19 patients, who had suffered a range of minor injuries such as cuts and bruising, were taken to the same Hospital for further triage by other means of transport.”

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Specialist equipment used to rescue mountain biker

Sunday 9th November 2014 – 8.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Specialist equipment was required for ambulance staff to get a mountain biker to hospital after he came off his bike near Pontesbury this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a wooded location at Eastridge Wood, Habberley at 2.50pm.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews were called to reports of a 46-year-old man who had come off his mountain bike on a steep downhill track. It is believed he was thrown over his handlebars before colliding with a tree stump.

“He had suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder and suspected fractured ribs.

“Due to his difficult location, crews had to walk half-a-mile from the ambulance before finding the patient, who remained conscious throughout. They had to climb approximately 30ft up a 60-degree slope before being able to begin treating the man.

“He was initially put onto a scoop stretcher before the Trust’s HART team liaised with the fire service in order to establish the safest way to get the man back to the ambulance.

“Using a rope system, and after the man was placed onto a MIBS stretcher, he was carefully lowered down the descent to where the HART team’s Polaris six-wheel drive vehicle was waiting.

“After reaching the ambulance, the patient was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Young boy seriously injured in RTC

Saturday 8th November– 11.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A pedestrian has suffered a number of serious injuries in a road traffic collision with a car in Cradley Heath tonight (Saturday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Parade, shortly after 8.20pm and sent an ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered an 11-year-old boy who had been in collision with a car.

“It quickly became apparent that the boy was seriously hurt and crews began treating him for pelvic, abdominal and leg injuries. He had also suffered minor injuries to his face.

“He was given pain relief, had both legs put into a splint and was immobilised before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital on alert.

“Although the boy’s injuries were considered serious, they are not thought to be life threatening.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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A man has suffered a serious eye injury when a firework exploded in his face

Friday 7th November – 11.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has suffered a serious eye injury when a firework exploded in his face in Willenhall tonight.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at Willenhall Rugby Football Club in Bognop Road, Essington, shortly before 8pm and sent an ambulance and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered one patient, a man in his 50s, who had suffered a significant eye injury after a firework exploded in his face.

“Crews worked quickly to begin treating the man’s eye before administering pain relief and covering it with a swab.

“He was then taken to New Cross Hospital who had been alerted to the man’s arrival to ensure an eye specialist was ready for the ambulance to arrive.”

Firework injuries are not uncommon to crews at this time of year. West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to take this opportunity to urge everyone to stay safe when using fireworks, enjoying them safely whilst following the Firework Code at all times.

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Excellence in the Community Awards 2014

Friday 7th November 2014 – 3.55pm – Chris Kowalik.

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An awards ceremony has been held to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands region who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,500 staff.

The event, sponsored by Cardiac Science and Ferno UK at Walsall Football Club on Thursday 6th November recognised the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “This is your night. It’s a night to celebrate everything that you do to support our organisation. It’s not by accident that the West Midlands Ambulance Service is the best performing ambulance service in our country. We are the only ambulance service that is achieving every single key national target. Not only that, we are the best performing in each one of those key national targets. That doesn’t happen by accident. It takes a huge amount of hard work from everybody whether you are volunteer, a member of staff in our service, control room staff, support services or indeed all of those individuals who support our organisation. I am personally really, really proud of everything that you do. You are a fantastic inspiration to all of us and to our communities.

Presenting some of the awards Dr. Tim Watts, the High Sheriff of the West Midlands said: “There are so many people that I meet, being High Sheriff, that give so much of their time, so much energy to our community and you are an outstanding example of that. I am very proud of you all. I have heard stories of how your CPR and your defibrillators have worked and saved lives, even those who have been here to attest to it. Those of you that man the 999 services that give your help in support of the ambulance service, you must be truly proud of what you do as, indeed, I am of you.”

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Volunteer of the Year                               Team of the Year

 

A list of the award recipients and their citations can be found here:
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Knowing what to do if someone has a cardiac arrest has given one driver the chance of survival

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Friday 7th November 2014 – 9.00am – Murray MacGregor.

The importance of knowing CPR and being prepared to use that knowledge has given a man the best possible chance of survival after he suffered a cardiac arrest at the wheel of his car.

The combined actions of an off duty nurse and ambulance staff resulted in the man breathing on his own when he arrived at the A&E Department at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Ashill Road in Rednal, Birmingham at 5.45pm on Thursday afternoon to reports of a two car collision.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found two cars that both had front end damage.

“They were told that one car had coasted across the road and that the collision was at slow speed.

“In one vehicle they found a man of approximately 60 years who was in cardiac arrest and an off duty nurse carrying out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). Ambulance staff took over and gave the man advanced life support.  Thankfully the combined actions resulted in the man starting to breathe for himself.

“They continued to care for him as he was taken on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby for his arrival.

“Whilst the man still has a long way to go, he has been given the chance of life by someone being prepared to carry out CPR.

“Once again, this demonstrates just how important it is that everyone learns how to do CPR and has a knowledge of basic first aid.

“If it had not been for the actions of the nurse in those first few seconds, the man would almost certainly have died; now he has been given the best possible chance of survival.

“Surely, everyone should have the knowledge and be willing to do the same?”

The man driving the other car was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff and was discharged.

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Trust to invest millions of pounds in Stoke

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Thursday 6th November 2014 – 4.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is set to invest millions of pounds into providing a bigger ambulance base in Stoke on Trent.

The Trust has operated from a site in Hilton Road, Penkhull for many years, but due to a rapid increase in demand, the current building is no longer big enough for the current requirements.

Staffordshire General Manager, Lee Washington, said: “Stoke is the busiest ambulance hub in the region. Although it has served us well, we simply can’t accommodate the number of emergency vehicles and staff that we now need to cover Stoke and the Moorlands.

“The current site is well placed, close to University Hospital North Staffordshire. However, after an extensive review of where our current demand comes from and also the potential for redeveloping our current site, we think that we can provide an even better service if we move to a new location in the A500 corridor, ideally as close to the Etruria flyover as possible.

“When we consider the changes in staff numbers from when the current hub opened in 1968 to now, the change is dramatic. We now have almost 230 staff based there and that number is only going to increase as demand continues to rise. This year, as a service, we have seen growth of almost 8%, which is unheard of.

“We are now looking for a site where we can build a brand new purpose built building so that it will meet the needs of our staff and patients in the years to come. The project is likely to cost in the region of £3 million.

“The Hub system, which was pioneered in Staffordshire and has now been rolled out across the West Midlands, provides crew facilities and a vehicle preparation system. This sees ambulances and response cars cleaned and stocked by ambulance fleet assistants (AFAs). As well as ensuring the highest standards of infection, prevention and control, it frees up considerable amounts of clinical time that means ambulance staff are available to respond to patients for more of their shift.

“From our experience both here in Staffordshire and across the region, we will certainly be involving staff as we move forward with the project and would hope that we should be able to move in, in the next couple of years.”

Any member of the public or developers who have potential sites should contact Head of Estates, Simon Lewis, on 01384 215 555.
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Two people required hospital treatment when the car they were travelling overturned this morning

Thursday 6th November – 4.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people were lucky to escape without more serious injuries when the car they were travelling in left the road and rolled over before coming to rest in a field in Rugby this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene near to the junction of Rugby Road and Cathiron Lane in Harborough Magna, shortly before 8.30am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car in a field that had completely rolled over and three patients who had all managed to free themselves from the vehicle.

“The driver of the car, a 43-year-old woman, was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and treated for neck and back injuries.

“A second patient, a 17-year-old woman, was also immobilised and treated for neck and back injuries before they were both taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The third patient, a woman, was assessed by ambulance crews but was uninjured in the incident.”

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Woman suffers serious head injury as car overturns in Nuneaton

Thursday 6th November – 8.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has suffered a serious head injury and been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres after a car left the road and overturned in Nuneaton last night (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Arley Lane, Ansley, shortly before 10.35pm and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and gone through a hedge before coming to rest on its roof.

“There was one patient, a woman believed to be in her 30s, who was lying unconscious on the ground having appeared to be thrown from the vehicle.

“Crews stabilised the woman’s condition and treated her for a serious head injury. The patient, who remained unconscious throughout, was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on alert.”

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One man taken to hospital from firework display

Wednesday 5th November – 23.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been treated for injuries, one of whom has been taken to hospital, after a firework went into the crowd at Brunswick Park Firework Display in Wednesbury tonight (Wednesday).

Shortly before 8.10pm, West Midlands Ambulance Service sent one ambulance to the scene. WMAS also had a senior ambulance officer liaising with on-site medical providers St John Ambulance throughout the event in their regional control room.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews treated a 23-year-old man for an ear injury after a firework went into the crowd. He was then taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for precautionary checks and his condition is not thought to be serious.

“Two further patients, a seven-year-old girl and a 47-year-old man, were treated by St John Ambulance staff for minor leg injuries but did not require hospital treatment.

“In total, nine patients required treatment throughout the course of the event, but only three were as a result of the firework going into the crowd.

“The remaining six patients were all treated by St John Ambulance staff for minor injuries sustained through slips and trips.”

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Sparklers can be great fun, but can also be very dangerous

West Midlands Ambulance Service Area Manager Martyn Scott explains the potential dangers of using sparklers.

 


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Fatal RTC in Wolverhampton

Wednesday 5th November 2014 – 6.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A pedestrian has died following a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton last night (Tuesday).

The incident occurred on the junction of Myatt Avenue and Parkfield Road, Ettinghsall, shortly before 7pm. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a pedestrian and a van that had been in collision.

“The man was in cardiac arrest and unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medics, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The driver of the van was checked over by crews but had not suffered any injuries in the incident.”

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A pedestrian has suffered a serious head injury following a collision with a van tonight

Tuesday 4th November– 7.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A pedestrian has suffered a significant head injury and been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision with a van in Birmingham this evening (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Genners Lane in Bartley Green shortly after 5.40pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a pedestrian and a small van that had been in collision. The van was found to have suffered minor damage to the front and driver’s side.

“The pedestrian, a 26-year-old woman, was treated at the scene for a serious head injury. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and once her condition had been stabilised, she was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The driver of the van was assessed by crews on scene, but had not suffered any injuries.”

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Driver has lucky escape as vehicle slides down 20 foot embankment

Ambulance at nightMonday 3rd November 2014 – 6.37pm – Murray MacGregor.

A car driver has had a fortunate escape after his car left the M6 and went down a 20 foot muddy embankment.

The incident happened on the southbound carriageway about a mile past Stafford Services at about 5.15pm on Monday.

An ambulance and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found the car at the foot of the embankment. Fortunately, the car hadn’t rolled over or hit anything on the way down or at the bottom of the embankment.

“The driver, a man in his 30s, was badly shaken and complaining of back pain.

“Initially, there was a concern that the patient would need to be brought up on a stretcher but he recovered sufficiently to be helped up the slope.

“After further assessment in the ambulance, he was taken to the County Hospital in Stafford as a precaution.”
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Woman cut free after car collides with tree

Monday 3rd November 2014 – 1.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

A driver has been cut free from her car after it collided with a tree in Warwick.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Haywood Road shortly before 8.35am today.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver, a woman in her forties, had a suspected broken wrist. She was also experiencing back and neck pain which meant she had to be cut free from her car.

“She was given pain relief and was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and was taken to Warwick Hospital.”

03-11-14 - WOMAN CUT FREE AFTER CAR COLLIDES WITH TREE

Picture: West Midlands Ambulance Service

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Halloween, firework displays and pay day partying meant a ‘frighteningly’ busy weekend for ambulance staff

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Monday 3rd November 2014 – 12.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

Weekend demand for West Midlands Ambulance Service mirrored the ghoulish nature of the weekend.

A frightening combination of Halloween, early firework displays and people enjoying pay day meant staff had a demand rocketed upwards on Saturday by almost 19% compared to the previous weekend.

When compared to the same weekend the previous year, the increase in demand was even higher at over 21% (606 additional calls). Across the whole weekend (Friday – Sunday), demand was up by over 12% (1,064 additional calls) compared to the same weekend in 2013.

Emergency Services Director, Craig Cooke, said: “Whilst many people were out enjoying themselves this weekend, our staff were working incredibly hard to deal with the busiest day since New Year’s Eve.

“We are not expecting much of a let up this week either. Sadly, we are fully expecting to see more firework injuries like the one in Birmingham on Friday night that left a young man with serious eye and hand injuries.

“We issued advice last week about the dangers of fireworks and bonfires along with information on what to do if you do suffer a burn. We would urge anyone planning to host their own bonfire party to view the videos before they start.

“It is also expected to get much colder this week which will affect many patients with long term conditions particularly badly.

“It is therefore more important than ever that people who are considering dialling 999 take a moment to consider whether that is the best place to seek help.

“If you are unsure, please dial 111 in the first instance where the staff there will be able to provide help and advice or transfer your call directly to the ambulance service if that is appropriate.

“Please also consider using self-care, seek advice from a pharmacist, speak to your GP, in or out of hours, or visit a minor injuries unit or walk in centre.

“By using these services correctly it means that the ambulance service is available to respond to those in a critical condition as quickly as possible, and ultimately save lives.”
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Saturday 1st November 2014
Coventry & Warwickshire – 566 calls – 48.6% increase on same day 2013
Birmingham – 833 calls – 19.2% increase on same day 2013
Black Country – 753 call – 20.3% increase on same day 2013
Herefordshire – 62 calls – 30% decrease on same day 2013
Shropshire – 210 calls – 14.8% increase on same day 2013
Staffordshire – 601 calls – 10.7% increase on same day 2013
Worcestershire – 286 calls – 20.2% increase on same day 2013

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