West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

officialwmas


Leave a comment

Car badly damaged but driver gets away without serious injury

Thursday 21st August 2014 – 2.50pm – Chris Kowalik.

His car was wrecked but the driver of this Peugeot (pictured) wasn’t badly hurt.

Car Badly damaged but driver gets away without serious injury 1 21-08-14

Picture credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

 

He was trapped in his car that ended up between a Land Rover towing a trailer and a van towing a trailer following a collision in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hockley Road, Shrewley shortly before 8.45am today.

A paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew attended. Police and the fire service also attended.

Car Badly damaged but driver gets away without serious injury 2 21-08-14

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car driver who is believed to be in his thirties, appeared uninjured but had pains in his arm and neck.

“Because of the amount of damage done to the car, we played it safe and, with the help of the fire service, he was freed, immobilised and taken to Warwick Hospital for further checks.

“The other drivers were shaken but unhurt.”

Ends


Leave a comment

Darts League Donation to Volunteer Lifesavers

Thursday 21st August 2014 – 12.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

For the third year running, Shrewsbury’s volunteer Community First Responders have received a generous donation from the town’s darts league.

Throughout the year, the Shrewsbury & District Darts League fundraised at matches culminating in their finals night on Monday, 18th August at Harlescott Sports and Social Centre.

It was there that they presented the CFRs with a cheque for £1,360.

CFR co-ordinator Rob Lambie said: “This is the third year in which they have made a donation. The money is always put to good use. The darts league like how we always update them on our work, how the money is spent and give demonstrations of the equipment we use. This latest donation will go on new equipment for our responders.

“Once again, we thank them for their generosity.”

Darts League Donation to Volunteer Lifesavers 21-08-14

Pictured left to right: Nick Freeman (Shrewsbury CFRs Treasurer), Dave Evans (Shrewsbury & District Darts League General Secretary) and Rob Lambie (Shrewsbury CFR Co-ordinator).

Community First Responders are volunteers trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised standard. They could be called upon by the ambulance service’s control room to attend a medical emergency in their area while a blue-light emergency vehicle is en-route.

There are ten active Community First Responders within the Shrewsbury CFR scheme covering the county town and its surrounding villages.

For more information about becoming a Community First Responder, contact the Community Response Department on 01384 215855 or visit www.wmas.nhs.uk

Ends

 

 


Leave a comment

Woman trapped for over an hour

Thursday 21st August 2014 – 6.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

ambo4

A woman was trapped in her vehicle for approximately one hour and 20 minutes following a two-car collision that saw both vehicles leave the road in Bewdley last night (Wednesday).

The incident involved four patients in total, two of whom were discharged at scene with minor injuries, but the other two required further treatment at Russells Hall Hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the A442 Bridgnorth Road, shortly before 9.25pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered two cars that had left the road and suffered significant damage, one of which had come to rest on its roof and the other that had hit a bush.

“From the car that collided with a bush, paramedics treated the passenger, a woman in her 60s, for back, chest and abdominal injuries. She was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and given pain relief.

“Crews worked closely with the fire service to carefully cut her free from the car, a process which took over an hour due to the difficult location of the vehicle.

“She was then transported to hospital with the doctor travelling on the ambulance to continue treatment en-route. The driver of the car, a man in his 70s, was discharged at scene with minor chest and arm injuries.

“The second car came to rest on its roof but both patients had managed to free themselves from the vehicle.

“Paramedics treated a 25-year-old female for arm, knee and abdominal injuries before she was also conveyed to hospital.

“A second patient from the vehicle was discharged on scene with minor injuries.”

Ends


Leave a comment

Rider is thankful to protective equipment as horse lands on top of her

Wednesday 20th August 2014 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

HMED 03 (2)

A horse rider suffered a fall and ended up with her mount landing on top of her when competing in an equestrianism competition in Hereford this morning.

The woman suffered a number of injuries in the incident but thankfully she was wearing a helmet and protective clothing which undoubtedly saved her from further damage.

The unfortunate incident happened at Cockshutts Farm in Bromyard, shortly before 11.40am and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that the 25-year-old woman fell whilst attempting a jump and to make matters worse, the horse then landed on top of her.

“Event medical staff reported that she initially suffered a reduced level of consciousness and had immobilised her with the use of a scoop stretcher prior to our arrival.

“Following assessment from ambulance staff, she was treated for chest pain and suspected fractures to her ribs and right shoulder. Pain relief was administered on scene before she was airlifted to Hereford County Hospital.

“The fact she was wearing full protective clothing certainly saved her from more significant injuries and demonstrates the importance of doing so whenever out on horseback.”

Ends


Leave a comment

Man seriously injured in Hereford RTC

Ambulance Bonnet

Wednesday 20th August 2014 – 11.45am – Suzie Wheaton.

A man has been airlifted to hospital after sustaining serious multiple injuries in a road traffic collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A4110 in Canon Pyon at approximately 6.55am this morning.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, carrying a trauma doctor and a critical care paramedic, were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews found a car that was on fire after it had reportedly been in collision with a tree.

“The driver of the car, a man, was out of the vehicle. Crews immediately treated him for extensive burns to his body and multiple fractures to his arm and legs.

“Due to the serious nature of the man’s injuries, the doctor gave the man an anaesthetic at the scene before he was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and specialist treatment.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the critical condition of the patient and medics were on standby awaiting his arrival.”

Ends


Leave a comment

Man suffers head injury in fall from quad bike

Tuesday 19th August 2014 – 9.45pm. – Jamie Arrowsmith

Ambulance Bonnet

A man who reportedly knocked himself unconscious when falling from a quad bike in Burton this afternoon received emergency treatment from paramedics before having to be taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres.

The incident took place in Longcroft Lane, Yoxall, at 3.40pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a 61-year-old man who was in a confused and agitated state after falling from his quad bike that reportedly tipped over.

“It is believed he was initially knocked unconscious for approximately five minutes in the incident and following assessment from paramedics he was treated on scene for an isolated head injury.

“He was then transported by land ambulance to University Hospital North Staffordshire, with the air crew travelling with him to continue treatment en-route.

“The nature of the incident meant the man’s injuries could have been much more serious and it is somewhat fortunate that they did not prove to be so.”

Ends


Leave a comment

Man charged with assaulting ambulance staff and stealing an ambulance

West Midlands Police Logo

Please see a press release issued by West Midlands Police this morning, Tuesday 19 August 2014:

Man charged with assaulting paramedics and stealing ambulance

A Walsall man will appear in court next month accused of stealing an ambulance and assaulting medical staff in Bloxwich in May.

Simon Lewis was arrested after police received a report that a man was acting violently towards an ambulance crew who’d attended a call-out to a flat in Bloxwich High Street on 15 May.

The unemployed 37-year-old is alleged to have assaulted two ambulance staff before driving off in the emergency vehicle.

The ambulance was forced to stop near Green Lane Baptist Church by a police response vehicle.

Lewis, of High Street, was subsequently charged with aggravated vehicle taking, dangerous driving, common assault, assault by beating and using a motor vehicle without insurance.

He has been bailed to appear before Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court on 9 September.


Leave a comment

Investment in safety clothing pays dividends for biker

Tuesday 19th August 2014 – 11.40am – John Hawker.

A biker has seen his investment in full leathers with body armour pay dividends after a serious RTC in Warwickshire this morning.

“The crash occurred on the A429, near Charelcote at around 8.30am.  A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcycle and a pick-up style truck that had been in a significant collision.  It appears once the motorcyclist had become separated from his bike that he had travelled a considerable distance along the ground.

“The man, believed to be in his 40’s, was treated for a shoulder injury and a dislocated knee and also received pain relief.  The man’s knee was put back in place at the scene by medics and he was airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“Due to the safety equipment worn by the man it appears to have saved him from suffering any gravel rash injuries and also undoubtedly helped to minimise other injuries.  It was definitely money well spent.”

Ends

We have no further details on this incident.


Leave a comment

Woman trapped for over an hour

Tuesday 19th August 2014 – 10.20am – John Hawker.

RTC 3

The driver of a car has been trapped in her vehicle for over an hour after an RTC in Stoke on Trent this morning.

The crash occurred on Star Bank, Oakamoor at around 7.55am.  A community first responder, an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had left the road and been in collision with a telegraph pole.  The car had suffered significant damage and the driver was trapped in the vehicle.

“The woman, believed to be in her mid 20’s, received emergency treatment whilst still in the vehicle.  Ambulance crews worked with the fire service to ensure she was safely cut free from the wreckage of the crash.  She was trapped for around 75 minutes in total.

RTC 1

“The woman suffered multiple injuries in the crash, including leg, shoulder and facial injuries.  She received emergency treatment at the scene and was airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire for further emergency treatment.  Thankfully the woman injuries were not considered life threatening.

“Considering the damage to the car and the fact the telegraph pole had entered the vehicle, the woman was extremely fortunate not to have suffered more serious or even fatal injuries.”

RTC 2

Ends

We have no further details on this incident.

 

 

 


Leave a comment

Seven Assessed in Walsall Crash

Rapid Response Vehicle

Monday 18th August 2014  – 2.10pm – Steve Parry.

Seven people have been assessed by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Walsall this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at the junction of Lazy Hill and Chester Road at just before 12.15pm.

Three ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a road traffic incident involving three vehicles in Walsall.

“An elderly couple travelling in one of the cars involved was trapped in their vehicle. A woman passenger, believed to be in her eighties, was treated for chest injuries. She was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by land ambulance. A doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the patient.

“The driver of the car, a man in his eighties, was treated for chest and back pain and conveyed to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“Five further patients were assessed by ambulance staff at the scene and released.”

Ends


Leave a comment

V-Festival at Weston Park

IMG_1747

Monday 18th August 2014 – 8am – Steve Parry.

As of this morning, 850 people have been treated by on-site medical staff at V Festival at Weston Park during the weekend.

Since the gates opened, on-site ambulance crews have been called out 850 times and a total of 18 people have been taken to hospital. Two incidents of note were reported yesterday and overnight. A man in his twenties was airlifted to hospital after he suffered a back injury.  A man received minor injuries following a fire on site.

The medical cover for the festival has been provided by a team of almost 300 staff and volunteers from West Midlands Ambulance Service, Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance.  The team has been operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which has  co-ordinated ambulances and other medical staff who have been stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “This year, many of the patients were treated for medical issues and many already had pre-existing medical conditions.

“With thousands of people all in one place, it’s always expected that some people will fall ill and require medical help. At Weston Park, the team of almost 300 staff and volunteers were on hand and have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient is given the very best treatment. The staff and volunteers will continue to remain on site all day today, until the last of the campers have left.

“Thank you to all WMAS staff, Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance for their hard work ensuring a safe festival for all those attending.”

 

Ends

 


Leave a comment

Man Rescued from Nature Reserve

slope 6

Monday 18th August 2014 – 7.45am – Steve Parry.

A man in his thirties has been taken to hospital after falling down an embankment at a Black Country nature reserve yesterday afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to an incident at the Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve near Mayfield Road at 5.15pm.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer; a community paramedic and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Bystanders alerted  ambulance services to a man who had fallen down an embankment at the Wren’s Nest Nature Park.

“Crews located the man twenty foot down a steep slope and treated him for back and abdominal injuries.

“The patient was conveyed to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

End


Leave a comment

Fatality in Shirley

Sunday 17th August 2014 –  7pm – Steve Parry

A man has died and three other patients assessed by ambulance staff following a road traffic collision in Shirley this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident near the junction of Bills Lane and Langcombe Road at approximately 2.45pm.

Two ambulances together with a paramedic in a rapid response car; a community paramedic 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 car and small van.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the driver of one of the vehicles who was confirmed dead at the scene.”

“A child travelling in the same vehicle was treated for head and abdominal injuries. He was anaesthetised by a doctor before being taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“Two men in their twenties travelling in the second vehicle involved were treated for minor injuries. The passenger was taken to Hartlands Hospital as a precautionary measure.”

 

Ends

 


Leave a comment

Incident at Lee Hall Station

Sunday 17th August 2014 – 7pm – Steve Parry

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm it was called to railway lines near Lee Hall station, Kitts Green at 11am this morning.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle attended the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man who was confirmed dead at the scene.”

 

-End-

 

 


Leave a comment

BIker Injured in Lichfield

Midlands Air Ambulance

Sunday 17th August 2014  – 2pm – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Lichfield this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Birmingham Road, Shenstone at 11am.

Two air ambulances and three ambulances attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a collision between a car and motorbike. The biker was found to be trapped underneath the car and had to be extricated by emergency services. .

“Crews treated a male motorcyclist, believed to be in his fifties, for serious leg and wrist injuries. The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, splint and spinal board. He was also given pain relief before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The driver of the car involved was treated for chest pain and taken to Good Hope Hospital for further treatment and assessment.”
End

 

 

 

 


Leave a comment

V Festival Weston Park

IMG_1771

Sunday 17th August 2014  – 8am — Steve Parry

West Midlands Ambulance Service continues to provide medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance.

The organisations are operating a medical centre and stage side first aid posts, which since the gates of Weston Park opened, has treated 483 patients. A total of 10 people have been taken to hospital. They include people who have suffered minor injuries and also several with pre-existing medical conditions. One man in his sixties was treated for chest pain and was airlifted to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, managers, first aiders, control room staff and logistics staff are on hand to make sure that if you are unfortunate enough to fall ill, help won’t be far away. In most cases, a visit to hospital isn’t required and after treatment revellers are able to continue enjoying the event. So far, the majority of the patients have been treated for minor medical issues, many already had pre-existing medical conditions.

“With nearly 300 staff and volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes throughout the weekend, the team is providing a first-class medical service ensuring festival goers can enjoy themselves safely.”

 

Ends


Leave a comment

Two Cars Collide on M6

ambo1_edited-1

Saturday 16th August 2014   –  5.45 pm – Steve Parry.

Seven people have been assessed by ambulance staff at the scene of a two car collision on the M6 near Great Barr in Birmingham this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M6, junction 7 northbound, at just after 2pm.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews responded to a road traffic collision involving two vehicles. Three patients in one of the vehicles were assessed at the scene and later released.

“Four patients travelling in the second car were initially treated at the scene. A male driver received chest injuries. A female passenger, believed to be in her thirties received facial, arm, back and abdominal injuries.

“Two young children, a male and female, received minor injuries.

“All four patients were conveyed to Sandwell General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

Ends

 

 


Leave a comment

V-Festival Weston Park

IMG_1747

Saturday 16th August 2014 – 7am – Steve Parry

West Midlands Ambulance Service, in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance, is providing medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park.

The organisations’ staff and volunteers, of which there are almost 300, are operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which is co-ordinating ambulances and other medical staff who are stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas.  They are on hand to assess and treat anyone who should become ill or injured during the weekend.

The doctors, nurses, paramedics, technicians, first aiders, control room staff and logistics staff provide first-class medical services onsite for the thousands of festival goers, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It’s been a steady start for the staff and volunteers since the gates opened to campers on Friday.

“So far, 101 people have been treated at the on-site medical centre collectively by St. John Ambulance volunteers and West Midlands Ambulance Service staff.

“On-site ambulance crews around Weston Park tended to a further 20 patients with only 2 patients requiring further hospital treatment.

“If you’re heading there today, it’s really important that you don’t forget your wellies as it’s muddy underfoot on site. With the weather forecast predicting more showers today appropriate footwear is essential to reduce the risk of injury through a preventable trip or fall.

“As always, festival goers are asked to pace themselves with their alcohol intake and keep themselves topped up with plenty of non-alcoholic drinks to keep hydrated.  This will help to ensure they get to see their favourite bands and above all, have fun!”

 

Ends


Leave a comment

Four Injured in A41 Crash

Outside Sandwell Hospital

Friday 15th August 2014   – 7.45pm – Steve Parry.

Four people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Market Drayton this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 near Ashford at just after 4.30pm.

Three ambulances; a paramedic officer; a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars and a lorry had collided.

“A male car driver believed to be in his fifties was trapped in his vehicle. He was treated for a head injury and was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board. The patient was anesthetised by a doctor before being airlifted to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“A female passenger in the car received minor injuries and was taken by land ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital.

“Two passengers in the second car involved were also treated at the scene. A male in his thirties received neck, head and chest injuries. He was anesthetised and taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“A second male passenger received minor injuries and was taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The male lorry driver was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff and later released.”

End


1 Comment

Patient Removed From City Centre Building

Friday 15th August 2014 – 3.15pm – Steve Parry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm ambulance crews attended to a patient at a property in the Jewellery Quarter earlier this morning.

Due to safety issues at the property the patient, who had become unwell, was removed through an upstairs window.

Ambulance and fire crews worked together to bring the patient to the ground floor whilst police cordoned off nearby streets.

The patient was eventually transferred to a nearby hospital for further treatment.

 

image1 Jewel Quarter 1


Leave a comment

Man Rescued from Canal

20140610-064925.jpg

Thursday 14th August 2014 – 10.35pm – Steve Parry.

A man has been rescued from the Grand Union canal in the Acocks Green area of Birmingham this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Golden Hillocks Road, near the Acker Adventure Centre in Sparkbrook, at approximately 8.25pm.

One ambulance, together with a paramedic officer and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene. They joined other emergency service personnel, bystanders and staff from the nearby Ackers centre to locate the patient.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended an incident involving a man who had fallen into the canal. Apparently, he was unable to swim and quickly found himself in difficulty.

“Arriving ambulance and police officers immediately entered the canal to rescue the man and bring him to the water’s edge.

“The man, who was believed to be in his twenties, was found to be in cardiac arrest. Resuscitation efforts by ambulance staff on scene successfully restarted the man’s heart and he was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Hartlands Hospital.

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

 

End


Leave a comment

Couple Escape Tipton Fire

ambo 2

Thursday 14th August 2014 – 7.30pm – Steve Parry

A couple are ‘extremely fortunate’ to have escaped a serious fire at a flat in Tipton late last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Tissimore Drive, Tipton at just after 11.30pm (Wednesday).

Two ambulances together with a paramedic officer; the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and the Merit team, which included a doctor, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a property already well ablaze.

“Two people, believed to be in their thirties, had apparently jumped to safety from a third floor window.

“A woman was treated for smoke inhalation and conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Medics also treated a man for a fractured leg. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, leg splint and placed on an orthopaedic stretcher before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.”

  • End – .

 


Leave a comment

Cardiac arrest on golf course in Birmingham

Ambulance Bonnet

Wednesday 13th August 2014 – 4.50pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died after suffering a cardiac arrest whilst playing golf at a club in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Harborne Golf Club in Tennal Road, Harborne, shortly before 11.00am this morning (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a responder paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene. Officers from West Midlands Police also attended to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found bystanders administering CPR on man who had collapsed after suffering a cardiac arrest on the third hole.

“Ambulance staff quickly took over resuscitation efforts. They continued advanced life support on scene before conveying the man, under blue light conditions, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“Crews continued to deliver CPR en route to hospital. Sadly, despite best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later in hospital.”

ENDS

 


Leave a comment

Trust backs adrenaline trial with University of Warwick

merc amb

Wednesday 13th August 2014 – 4.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service has thrown weight behind a medical trial that could lead to many more patients surviving a cardiac arrest.

Whilst the numbers of people who suffer a cardiac arrest are relatively small, the survival rate for an out of hospital cardiac arrest is very low at around 8%.

While current guidelines used by all ambulance services in Britain recommends giving adrenalin during resuscitation, there are concerns that the drug may cause severe brain damage and may not help overall survival at all.

Trust medical Director, Dr Andy Carson, said: “Although adrenaline has been used for many years in cardiac arrest management, there is growing evidence that it may result in poorer outcomes for patients, hence the need for a trial.

“We know that a number of survivors of cardiac arrest suffer from brain damage due to a lack of oxygen. Developments in brain imaging are now suggesting that the use of adrenaline, whilst helping to restart the heart, may cause more harm than good, as it is known to cause brain damage in a number of cases.

“Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation will still be used as normal in the treatment of cardiac arrest.

“We have a history of close working with the Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, who are undertaking the study, and half of the ambulance services in the Country are taking part.

“Unfortunately, there have been a number of misunderstandings about the trial which have led to unnecessary concern for a number of patients.

“It is therefore important to note that patients with other conditions requiring adrenaline, such as anaphylaxis, will continue to receive the adrenaline that they need. To not do so would put these patients at high risk.

“Equally, this study won’t alter the care of patients with heart attacks, as adrenaline is not used in their treatment.

“Taking part in this trial is important as it could save the lives of literally hundreds of patients over the coming years.”

 

Ends


Leave a comment

‘Aisle’ look after you say ASDA staff in Merry Hill

‘AISLE’ LOOK AFTER YOU SAY ASDA STAFF IN MERRY HILL

Wednesday 13th August 2014 – 3.00pm – Claire Brown.

If you shop and sadly drop, you’re in safe hands in ASDA Merry Hill thanks to a life-saving addition to the store.

Defibrillators are being installed in all of ASDA’s stores throughout the country in conjunction with the British Heart Foundation. A defibrillator is a device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Anne Foley, the Trust’s Community Defibrillator Facilitator, has been training ASDA staff in all 14 stores in the Black Country. Tuesday (12th August) marked the final phase in the Black Country project when the defibrillator went live in ASDA in Merry Hill, Dudley.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “Anne has worked really hard to get all 14 stores up and running with their new defibrillators.

If a customer or staff member were to ever suffer a cardiac arrest, each store now has a number of staff trained to use the device and administer CPR. Early CPR increases the chances of surviving a cardiac arrest and by having a defibrillator in such a busy place like ASDA it can only be a good thing.”

Hayley Priest, Training Sector Teacher for ASDA Merry Hill, was trained by Anne this week and said: “I did a life training course years ago so this was a good recap on CPR. The machine is easy to use and actually talks to you, giving you instructions, so it’s fool proof.”

Emma James, People Services Manager for ASDA Merry Hill, said: “We’re delighted to be part of the project which will enable our staff to support our customers and local community. We hope we never have to put our skills to the test but it’s reassuring to know the defibrillator is in-store should anyone need it.”

 

ENDS

Notes to Editor: Pictured (FRONT left to right): Anne Foley, Emma James and Andy Jeynes. (BACK left to right): Sharon Smith, Nikki Smith, Javier Llodraz-Beldra, Lisa Dunn and Hayley Priest.

 


Leave a comment

Sporting clubs ready to swing into action

Darnford Golf Club Stone Tennis Club
Wednesday 13th August 2014 – 11.30am – Suzie Wheaton.

A number of sporting clubs within Staffordshire have recently scored defibrillators*.

Beau Desert Golf Club in Cannock, Darnford Moors Golf Club in Lichfield and Stone Tennis Club have all been working in conjunction with West Midlands Ambulance Service to ensure that staff, club members and visitors to their facilities have the best chance of survival should they become critically ill.

One of the most high profile cardiac arrests in recent years was sporting star, Fabrice Muamba, proving that cardiac arrests can happen to anyone at any time.

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 and 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.”

Stephen Coakley of Darnford Moors Golf Club said: “As a club we have a very active senior membership, and their safety and well-being, as well as guests and visitors of all ages, are of great importance to us. Our owner Tommy Coakley had numerous heart scares over the previous three years and it was something that we looked at previously. Our senior’s organiser James Neary accelerated this and we are proud to have this potentially life-saving equipment on site.”

John McCredie of Stone Tennis Club said: “Stone tennis club is a facility used by a number of clubs and organisations and after reading other press releases about defibrillators it was decided the club was an important location for such a device.”

Ends

Notes to editors

*Defibrillators are devices that are used to restart someones heart.

Pictured: Darnford Moor Gold Club: Martyn Rowley, Phil Yates, Stuart Armstrong, James Neary, Tommy Coakley, Noreen Bramley, Mick and Mary Godwin and Steve

Stone Tennis Club: Club members and representatives of organisations who use the club.


Leave a comment

Midlands Air Ambulance doctor condemns laser pointer

Wednesday 13th August 2014 – 9am – Chris Kowalik.

A trauma doctor has spoken of his anger after a laser beam was pointed at the air ambulance he was in as they flew an injured van driver to hospital.

Trauma Doctor and Clinical Lead for the Midlands Air Ambulance Nick Crombie, who was on a night shift with the MERIT trauma team with West Midlands Ambulance Service on the night of Monday 11th August, was accompanying the aircrew of the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire with the injured man after a road traffic collision on the A429 near Ettington (press release entitled “FIVE INJURED ON A429” issued at 10pm on Monday 11th August refers).

They were flying him to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire when they noticed the beam following their craft.

Nick Crombie 1

Nick said: “We had been to a car crash that left five people injured. Even though it was quite late and dark, we were still able to fly the most seriously injured to hospital.

“As we flew over Warwick at a height of more than 1,200ft, a laser was pointed at the aircraft.

“Fortunately for us, the pilot is highly experienced and dealt with it. But, had the laser caught anyone’s eye albeit briefly, it can lead to blindness for at least ten minutes and a loss of spatial awareness.

“Had we not taken action and avoided being been dazzled, it would have prevented us landing until the visual effects had settled, delaying treatment of the casualty. It has the same effect as deliberately slowing down an ambulance en-route to hospital.

“If we can find whoever is responsible, we will seek to have them prosecuted.”

Ends


Leave a comment

Women rescued from a 6ft wide ledge

Tuesday 12th August 2014 – 11.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been rescued from a narrow ledge after a two hour operation involving Buxton Mountain Rescue Team and staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The woman has been climbing on Hen Cloud in the Roaches area of the Staffordshire Moorlands when she slipped and fell landing on her left ankle badly.

An ambulance and a paramedic office were joined by 16 members of the mountain rescue team including a doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 44 year old, who comes from the Buxton area, reportedly fell about six feet landing on a narrow ledge with sheer sides above and below it.

“An initial assessment suggested that she might have either dislocated or broken her left ankle, which as a result meant that she couldn’t move without help.

“The ambulance crew went up to the area where she had fallen but needed the specialist capabilities of the Mountain rescue team to winch her off the ledge and down to a piece of ground where she could then be carried back to the waiting ambulance.”

Area Support Officer, Kevin Errington, added: “When we arrived it was dry and light. By the time the woman was in the ambulance, it was not only dark but had been raining hard in the area. The combination of fading light and rain certainly made the extrication more difficult for everyone.

“The woman was made as comfortable as possible and her leg splinted before she was brought down. She was subsequently taken to Macclesfield General Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“We’d like to thank the volunteers from Buxton Mountain Rescue Team, who were on their second call out of the day, who did a fantastic job helping us to get the patient off the mountain as quickly as possible in very difficult circumstances.

Ends

IMG_2686.JPG

IMG_2687.JPG

IMG_2685.JPG


Leave a comment

I wouldn’t go out on my bike without a helmet; ambulance crew praise teenager who was wearing one when he fell

Campaigns - Wear a Helmet - James Cracknell

Tuesday 12th August 2014 – 7.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenage mountain biker has his helmet to thank for not suffering more serious injuries according to the ambulance crew that treated him.

The 14 year old was riding down Cardingmill Valley near the car park in the Church Stretton area of Shropshire.

A community first responder and an ambulance were sent to the scene after a number of 999 calls at around 4.15pm on Tuesday afternoon.

Emergency Medical Technician, Nick Browne, said: “People at the scene said that the youngster had gone over the handlebars of his mountain bike after crossing over a cattle grid.

“They said that he had been unconscious for a period before we arrived and he was still a bit groggy when we were assessing him.

“The situation was made more complicated due to a torrential downpour at the time.

“Thankfully the teenager was wearing a helmet otherwise his head injury would almost have certainly been far more serious.

“As a mountain biker myself, I have cracked two helmets in falls while out in the countryside so know from first-hand experience the value of wearing one; I wouldn’t go out on my bike without a helmet.”

The lad was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where the trauma team was on standby to provide further assessment and treatment.

Ends


Leave a comment

Boy collided with car on Hagley Road West

Tuesday 12th August 2014 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

A teenage boy has been injured in a collision with a car on a dual carriageway on the outskirts of Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456 Hagley Road West at its junction with Stanley Road shortly before 12.40pm today.

An advanced community paramedic and two ambulance crews attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The boy had injuries to his neck and chin. His heart rate had increased and his speech was repetitive.

“Because of these symptoms he was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”

ambo10

Ends


Leave a comment

Motorbike and car collision in Uttoxeter

Tuesday 12th August 2014 – 3pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist was the most seriously injured of three people involved in a road traffic collision in Staffordshire.

The bike he was riding collided with a car in Stafford Road, Uttoxeter. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 10am today. An advanced Community Paramedic, two ambulance crews and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The biker, a man in his twenties, had a broken left arm and a suspected fractured pelvis. He was given pain relief at the scene, a splint was applied to his arm, a pelvic binder was also applied. He was fully immobilised and was flown under alert to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“A man who was driving the car was treated for burns to an arm as a result of the airbag going off. A young boy who was also in the car was treated for a bump to his forehead. Both were taken as a precaution to the same hospital for further assessment.”

Motorbike and car collision in Uttoxeter 12-08-14

Ends


Leave a comment

Medical teams are set for V

Tuesday 12th August – 2.30pm – Suzie Wheaton.

Final preparations are being made ahead of this week’s V Festival at Weston Park.

The annual festival is expecting to see tens of thousands of revellers attending the event each day, with the vast majority of them camping out throughout the weekend.

West Midlands Ambulance Service will once again be working in partnership with Venture Event Medical Management and St. John Ambulance, to ensure first-class medical services are available onsite for the thousands attending the festival, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.

In total there will be approximately 300 staff and volunteers working throughout the weekend. A command and control centre will be set up on site, staffed by call takers and dispatchers who will co-ordinate ambulances and medical staff who will be stationed within the park. Self-contained medical centres staffed by doctors, nurses and staff from St. John Ambulance will also be present on site and are fully equipped to deal with all types of injuries, helping festival goers to avoid any unnecessary trips to A&E and continue on with their fun at the festival.

The ambulance service will be taking its own advice and will be prepared for all weather conditions; alongside our ambulances, we will be deploying a number specialist vehicles, including a 6×6 all-terrain vehicle, fitted with specialist stretchers and medical equipment, and a number of 4×4 vehicles, which will help staff gain access to people who may become injured in any difficult locations during the event.

Talking about the festival Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer said: “We are urging festival goers to follow a few simple tips over the weekend’s event to ensure they get to spend their time in the music tent rather than the medical centre.

“Over the years I have encountered huge variations in the weather throughout festival events. Savvy festival goers will bring waterproof clothing, such as a rain coat, their wellies and sensible footwear to help avoid any unnecessary slips and falls, as well as some sun cream and a hat should the sun decide to shine over the park.

“The festival is a fun, good natured and overall has a history of being a very safe event. Every year we will see a handful of people over-doing it on the first night and sadly having to go home early, missing the entire festival. Therefore it is important that people are sensible with their intake of alcohol and I would advise people to drink plenty of water and soft drinks to avoid dehydration and please don’t forget to eat regularly.

“If you are on medication please remember to bring enough to last throughout the whole weekend and don’t forget to take it. It is helpful to keep friends informed of any medical conditions that you have or any medication you may be taking as they could help our medical teams should you become ill and aren’t in a position to tell us yourself.”

Jon Mannion, the event manager for St John Ambulance, said: “V Festival is one of the biggest first aid operations of the year for St John Ambulance in the West Midlands.

“We will be providing a team of 176 healthcare professionals, ambulance crews, first aiders and support staff as part of the medical provision on site.

“As well as manning numerous medical posts, St John Ambulance will also be providing forward intervention and cycle response teams who will carry specialist equipment enabling them to quickly treat and extricate patients from the crowds or difficult locations, should the need arise.

“Last year, the team gave medical attention to a very small percentage of the festival population and we look forward to providing a high quality and responsive service with our partners again this year.”

Ends

To view a video for our top festival tips please click on the image above.


Leave a comment

M54 driver escapes with minor injuries despite massive damage to vehicle

Tuesday 12th August 2014 – 9.08am – Steve Parry

The driver of a pick up escaped with minor injuries despite his vehicle suffereing massive damage after a collision with a lorry on the M54, (junction 2 west at Coven Heath) at just before midnight on Monday evening.

The patient was treated at the scene by ambulance staff for lacerations to his left arm but it was not serious and after a period of monitoring his condition he was discharged at the scene.

An ambulance and paramedic officer attended the incident.

The crew said the man was very lucky to only have minor injuries given the level of damage to hs vehicle.

The lorry driver was uninjured.

IMG_2684.JPG


Leave a comment

Car and Van in A429 Crash

Monday 11th August 2014 – 10.30pm – Steve Parry

Three adults and two children have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision on the A429 near Ettington in Warwickshire this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A429 between Ettington and Wellesbourne at just before 8.20pm.

Four ambulances; a paramedic officer, the MERIT team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car had collided with a van.

“Two men were found ejected from the van. The driver, a man in his thirties, received serious multiple pelvic and leg injuries and was anesthetised at the scene by a doctor before being taken to University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The passenger, a man in his thirties, received head, back and abdominal injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before also being conveyed to the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A woman in her thirties and two children travelling in the car were treated for minor injuries. They were assessed at the scene before being taken to the University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire.”

 

Ends

 


Leave a comment

Woman seriously injured following double decker collision

Ambulance Bonnet

Monday 11th August 2014 – 5.45pm – Suzie Wheaton.

A woman was has been treated for serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Birmingham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance, a senior paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and a community first responder to the incident which took place on Carrs Lane shortly before 4.25pm this afternoon.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews were called to reports of a pedestrian and a bus that had been in collision. On arrival at the scene crews found a woman lying in the road.

“The woman, believed to be in her 30’s, was treated for a potential pelvic injury and fractures to both of her legs. She was fully immobilised and given pain relief at the scene before being conveyed to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and specialist treatment.”

Ends

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 19,250 other followers