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Road traffic collision

Tuesday 22nd July 2014 – 12.00pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has been injured in a collision with a lorry in north Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Leek Road and Roughcote Lane between Caverswall and Cellarhead shortly before 6.40am today.

A paramedic, a senior paramedic officer, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS Emergency Doctor attended in rapid response vehicles. An ambulance crew also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, had leg fractures. His limbs were immobilised. Fluids and pain relief were intravenously administered at the scene and he was taken to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.”

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River Rescues

Our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) trains regularly in river rescues.

As part of our week-long water safety campaign, see what it involves.

We speak to John Woodhall from HART on the banks of the River Severn in Shropshire – he has this message to anyone thinking of taking the plunge this summer:

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Motorcycle in collision with tractor

Monday 21st July 2014 – 8.10pm – John Hawker.

A motorcyclist has suffered serious injuries following an RTC in Birmingham this evening.

The crash occurred on Church Hill, Frankley at around 5.30pm. 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 and found a motorcycle that had been in collision with the rear wheel of a tractor.

“The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 30’s, had suffered head, chest and leg injuries and had a reduced level of consciousness.

“He received emergency treatment at the scene and his condition was stabilised. The man was transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment. The Doctor travelled on board the ambulance continuing treatment with paramedics.

“The hospital were pre alerted to the patients arrival and his serious injuries.”

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Don’t take the plunge this summer

Monday 24th July 2014 – 10am – Steve Parry.

On average, more than 400 people drown in the UK each year. Nearly 60 of these are children and young people. Ambulance bosses are therefore urging adults and children not to think about swimming in unsupervised waters this summer.

Each year tragedy strikes when children and adults are seriously injured or killed as a result of cooling off in rivers, ponds, canals and abandoned quarries across the region.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is highlighting the inherent dangers with a public safety campaign geared to educating the public unfamiliar with the hazards that exist at disused water-filled sand and gravel quarries and other stretches of uncharted water.

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“As schools breaks-up for the summer holidays there are more opportunities to explore the great outdoors,” said John Woodhall, WMAS Hazardous Area Response Team Support Manager. “We want people to stay safe and be aware that rivers, pools, lakes and disused quarries are not recreation grounds and there are no lifeguards coming to the rescue if you get into difficulty.

 

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“Water-filled quarries claim lives every year through drowning accidents. They have slippery slopes and unstable rock ledges. The water, which looks inviting, may conceal old machinery and sharp objects left behind after a mining operation closes. Even expert swimmers will encounter trouble in the dangerous and deceptively cold waters.”

The message from WMAS is clear: ‘Stay Out of the Water’. If you want to cool off this summer, make sure you use a local amenity where lifeguard supervision is present at all times.

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Injury at grasstrack racing event

Sunday 20th July 2014 – 8.35pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been injured after the sidecar he was in overturned at a grasstrack racing event in Herefordshire.

It happened at the ACU British Masters Grass Track Challenge at Orlhams Farm, Leadington. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 2.45pm today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, believed to be in his fifties, had overturned his sidecar. Initially he was treated by the private ambulance that was on scene providing medical cover for the event.

“He had a broken leg, he was given pain relief and was taken by land ambulance to Hereford County Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist injured

Sunday 20th July 2014 – 8.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Staffordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38 southbound between Burton and Fradley at 2pm today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his forties, had come off his bike. He had numerous serious injuries. They include injuries to his chest and abdomen. He had fractured ribs and a fractured leg.

“His limbs were splinted and he was immobilised on a scoop stretcher. The doctor on board the Midlands Air Ambulance anaesthetised him at the scene and maintained his airway. He was flown under alert to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.”

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Road traffic collision – Brownhills

A man has escaped serious injury following a collision that badly damaged the car he was driving.

It happened in High Street, Brownhills. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 3.30pm yesterday (Saturday).

An ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer attended. The crew of the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford also attended by rapid response vehicle – the helicopter was unable to fly during yesterday’s stormy weather.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There was significant damage to the car. It’s driver, however, just had marks from his seatbelt. One of the crew at the scene remarked at how fortunate he was not to have been more seriously injured.

“Following assessment at the scene, he was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.”

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Chief Executive’s Salary

Following a recent newspaper report saying that Anthony Marsh has received a “£50k pay rise”, West Midlands Ambulance Service and East of England Ambulance Service wish to set the record straight.

Mr. Marsh’s substantive position is that of Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service. He is also Chief Executive of East of England Ambulance Service. For the combined work his salary has been increased by £50,000, saving the taxpayer approx. £130,000 on the cost of a having a substantive Chief Executive in each ambulance trust.

Mr. Marsh is now responsible for the running of both organisations, doing the job of two Chief Executives. He is not, however, earning the salaries of two Chief Executives. On average, Mr. Marsh works at least 70 hours a week to ensure both areas receive his full attention.

West Midlands and East of England Ambulance Services have a combined workforce of almost 9,000 staff, answer approximately 6,000 999 calls every day and cover a combined area of over 12,000 square miles.

East of England Ambulance Service was a failing trust. Since his appointment as interim Chief Executive, Mr. Marsh has brought in brand new frontline vehicles and almost 400 new staff. The organisation has turned a corner.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is meeting its performance targets this year in very difficult circumstances and despite massive increases in demand. The West Midlands Trust is regularly seeing demand at 10% above that commissioned, but the trust is still performing thanks to the hard work of staff.

For 2014-15, Anthony Marsh’s total salary for his work at West Midlands Ambulance Service and East of England Ambulance Service is £232.226. This includes the £50,000 uplift for his additional duties for the East of England trust.

By comparison, within the same two areas, there are 11 Chief Fire Officers and 10 Chief Constables.


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Man suffers multiple injuries after being thrown from quad bike

Friday 18th July 2014 – 4.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man suffered multiple injuries and had to be airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a fall from a quad bike in Leek this morning

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident in a field near to Mount Road shortly after 11.25am and sent an ambulance, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a 50-year-old man who had been thrown over the handlebars of the quad bike, reportedly after hitting a ditch. The quad bike then proceeded to land on the man where he had come to rest following his fall.

“He was treated on scene by paramedics for injuries to his chest, shoulder, pelvis and right leg. He was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar, scoop stretcher, pelvic binder and leg splint.

“He was then airlifted to University Hospital North Staffordshire who had been alerted to the man’s condition prior to his arrival.”

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Skip lorry collides with railway bridge

Friday 18th July 2014 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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There was disruption to both the road and rail networks in Wolverhampton earlier this morning when a skip lorry collided with a railway bridge.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident in Dixon Street at 10.15am and sent an ambulance, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic area support officers to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a skip lorry that had collided with a railway bridge and emptied its contents across the road as a result.

“The driver of the lorry, a man in his 30s, suffered a leg injury and minor injuries to his face. He was treated on scene by paramedics, given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a spinal board before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment.

“Naturally there was disruption to traffic on the road whilst trains suffered short delays whilst structural tests were carried out on the bridge.”

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Biker injured in Erdington

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Thursday 17th July 2013 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist has been seriously injured in a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a collision at the junction of the Tyburn Road and Kingsbury Road, Erdington, shortly before 2.15pm earlier today (Thursday). Two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance was requested but later stood down as it was not required.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a motorcyclist which had been involved in a collision.

“The motorcyclist, a man believed to be in his 40s, sustained a fractured leg and a suspected fractured pelvis. Ambulance staff worked as a team to stabilise the man’s condition by administering pain relief before immobilising him with a leg splint, pelvic splint, neck collar and spinal board to prevent further movement.

“The man was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Heartlands Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was assessed for chest pain and taken to the same hospital as a precaution.”

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Heat Wave Helpful Hints

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Thursday 17th July 2014 – 10.30am – Steve Parry.

High temperatures and long periods of sunshine are expected across the region tomorrow. West Midlands Ambulance Service is therefore urging the public to keep safe during this exceptional weather and use restraint in calling 999 for an ambulance.

The ambulance service is bracing itself for another challenging weekend with heat wave alerts issued for Friday and the potential for heavy rain and thunder storms on Saturday.

One of the concerns for WMAS is the number of calls to serious breathing problems. 999 calls to patients with breathing difficulties and chest pains generally increase with higher temperatures.

WMAS medical director, Dr Andrew Carson said: “A heat wave poses a real danger to those patients with emphysema, asthma and long term breathing problems.

“The hot weather makes breathing difficult even for healthy individuals. That’s why we suggest people with respiratory illnesses should remain indoors as much as possible.

“It is vital that we get to these patients as quickly as possible and would therefore ask the public to assist us by only calling 999 in life threatening situations.”

Helpful hints this weekend:

  • If you’re out in the sun make sure you apply plenty of sun cream, wear a hat and light, loose fitting cotton clothes. Avoid being out between 11am and 3pm, which is the hottest part of the day.
  • Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, to keep yourself hydrated. Remember, caffeine and alcohol can have the opposite effect and can actually dehydrate you.
  • Fancy a swim? Then please do so in a supervised swimming pool. No matter how tempting it is to cool off in rivers and lakes. The Trust has sadly dealt with a number of incidents in open water.
  • If a barbecue is on the cards, please ensure that it is lit safely and in the correct manner. Avoid burn injuries by using the correct utensils and don’t let children play too closely to the hot barbecue. Lastly, please make sure that all food is cooked through properly to avoid any food poisoning incidents.
  • If you’re taking advantage of the sunshine and are going out for a walk or hike in the countryside, please make sure you wear the appropriate footwear to avoid any slips or trips.
  • If you’re planning on hitting the road for a trip away, make sure you’re prepared for your journey, take food and drinks and remember to break the journey up. If driving in residential areas, please watch out for ice cream vans and any children that may be distracted around them.
  • We would also ask bikers to be careful and wear appropriate safety clothing. Equally we ask car drivers to look out for bikers, as the number of these on the road will be significantly higher when the weather is fine.

 

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Two Seriously Injured in Warwickshire

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Wednesday 17th July 2014 – 8.15pm – Steve Parry.

Two men have been taken to hospital with serious injuries following a road traffic collision between Marton and Southam in Warwickshire this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Sandy Lane near Marton at 6.45pm.

Two ambulances; a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle; a community paramedic and the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded following reports of a collision between a car and light van.

“A man in his sixties who was driving the car received multiple injuries. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being airlifted to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver of the light van, believed to be in his fifties, was treated for serious chest injuries. The patient was also immobilised before being taken by land ambulance to the University of Coventry and Warwickshire. “

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Two Vehicle RTC near Warwick

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Wednesday 16th July 2014 – 7.45pm – Steve Parry.

Three people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision near Warwick this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4439 at the junction with the A4177 at Hatton at just after 5.20pm.

Two ambulances; two paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Three men were taken to hospital after a two car collision resulted in significant damage to both vehicles.

“The driver of the first vehicle involved, believed to be in his twenties, was trapped for almost an hour. He received multiple injuries and was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire by air ambulance.

“A passenger in the car, also believed to be in his twenties was treated for a head injury and taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“A man in his forties driving the second car involved was treated for back pain and also taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.”

 

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Given the level of damage to the vehicle, the driver was very lucky to escape with such minor injuries

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Tuesday 15th July 2014 – 7.35pm – Murray MacGregor.

A driver has been exceptionally lucky to escape serious injuries after the ‘pick-up truck’ he was in, rolled over several times on the M40 motorway in Warwickshire.

The crash happened on the southbound carriageway just before junction 11 at just before 2.55pm on Tuesday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were told that there had been a collision between two vehicles which resulted in one rolling over several times coming to rest in the middle lane of the motorway.

“The driver, a 47 year old man managed to get himself out of the vehicle, despite the roof being pushed down.

“The man was complaining of neck and back pain but had no other apparent injuries. He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by ambulance to the Horton Hospital in Banbury for further assessment and treatment.

“Given the damage to the vehicle, there is no doubt that the level of injury could have been significantly more serious than it was.”

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How do things compare between Hong Kong and the West Midlands? Very favourably.

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Tuesday 15th July 2014 – 5.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two of the top officials from the ambulance service in Hong Kong have been visiting West Midlands Ambulance Service as part of a fact finding mission to the UK.

Shun Kwok-leung is the Deputy Chief Ambulance Officer for the Hong Kong Fire Service (HKFS) and together with Dawn Shui Ching Lee, who is the Superintendent of the Kowloon East Sector, they were given a tour of the new Coventry and Warwick hubs on Thursday last week.

The HKFS has a fleet of around 350 ambulances and deal with almost 2,000 calls a day. The pair were in the UK visiting the Ambulex exhibition and conference at the Ricoh Arena to look at the way ambulance services operate in the UK and to see if there are any ideas they can take back to Hong Kong.

Warwick Area Manager, Martyn Scott, who organised the visit to West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “It was really interesting to hear more about the way that the ambulance service is run in Hong Kong and exchange ideas.

“Our visitors were very interested to see the seamless approach within the hubs with regard to command structure, resourcing, training, operations and fleet.

“We were able to demonstrate the high quality of cleaning, preparation and staff support that they bring.

“It was a pleasure to meet our visitors and hear about how ambulance services are run in Hong Kong. There was a lot of interest amongst staff at the hubs in a trial they are about to run using an electric, one person use, ambulance stretcher.”

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Pictured L-R Richard Dodd (Area Support Officer), Shum Kwok-leung (Deputy Chief Ambulance Officer, Hong Kong Fire Services Department), Dawn Shui Ching Lee (Superintendent of the Kowloon East Sector) and Martyn Scott, (Area Manager, Warwick).

 

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Biker Injured at Bassetts Pole

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Tuesday 15th July – 4.30pm – Steve Parry.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries following a road traffic collision in Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called the junction of the A453 and Fox Hill Road at just after 2.35pm.

Two ambulances, a paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance based at Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a collision between a car and motorbike.

“A 17-year-old motorcyclist was treated for serious leg and pelvic injuries. The patient was immobilised with the use of splints, neck collar and spinal board. He was given pain relief before being conveyed to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

“The female driver of the car, believed to be in her sixties, was trapped in her vehicle before being released by emergency services. She was assessed by ambulance staff and taken to Good Hope Hospital as a precautionary measure.”

 

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Woman left suspended after car rolls in RTC

Tuesday 15th July 2014 – 12.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman passenger was left suspended when the car she was travelling in ended up on its side following a road traffic collision in Coventry this morning.

She was one of two patients who had to be cut free from the vehicle in a 45 minute rescue operation, both of whom required treatment from paramedics before being transported to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Humber Avenue shortly before 9.55am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service Spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had come to rest on its side following a collision with a stationary vehicle.

“Due to the way the car had landed, the woman, believed to be in her 70s, was suspended over the driver of the car, a man reported to be in his 70s, and as a result it proved difficult to free them from the car.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to get the patients out of the vehicle. They were immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and freed once the roof of the car had carefully been cut away.

“Both patients were treated for a number of cuts before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and were lucky to avoid further serious injury in the collision.”

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Teenage lifesavers presented with special achievement award certificates

Sixteen year olds in Herefordshire are commended for their actions when their 14 year old friend suffered a cardiac arrest.

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See more on this story here from Herefordshire Heartstart, a charity supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service:

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Specsavers show support for Bridgnorth Community First Responders

Tuesday 15th July 2014 – 8.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

Specsavers Opticians in High Street, Bridgnorth have been showing their support for the volunteers of Bridgnorth Community First Responder Scheme over the past 12 months.

Nearly £1,000 has been raised through requesting small donations from customers who have visited the store for repairs and adjustments.

Former Specsavers employee and Bridgnorth CFR Emma Stanton was instrumental in organising the fundraising efforts which also included baking days and fancy dress days for store staff. Emma is now training with West Midlands Ambulance Service as a Student Paramedic, but hopes to continue her role as a Community First Responder too.

Co-ordinator for the Bridgnorth District CFR scheme Ian Thompson said: “On behalf of our volunteers in Bridgnorth I would like to express our sincere appreciation to the management and staff of Specsavers for their kind co-operation, and for the generosity of the customers of the store. Every donation we receive goes towards ensuring we can train and equip more volunteers to support the ambulance service in our community”.

Community First Responders are volunteers who live and work in the local community and make themselves available to attend emergency calls, providing care and treatment until the arrival of an ambulance. They are committed individuals who are trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service to a nationally recognised standard and devote their spare time to the role. Bridgnorth CFR scheme has been operational since 2001.

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Bridgnorth CFRs Emma Stanton and Bill Groom with Bea Pope-Sadler of Specsavers

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Much Wenlock defibrillator campaign

Tuesday 15th July – 8.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

A town in Shropshire has its own public access defibrillator following a successful fundraising campaign.

Organised by Community First Responders Colin Marlow and Robin Bennett, they rattled collecting buckets in Much Wenlock. Pubs and businesses in the town added sponsorship to buy the device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest. There was even a donation from a pensioner of her winter fuel allowance.

On Monday 23rd June, fourteen volunteers were trained in its use by West Midlands Ambulance Service. Some of the fundraisers and sponsors visited the training session at the town’s Priory Hall.

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The machine will be housed in a secure yet accessible cabinet on the wall of Much Wenlock’s fire station. In the event of a cardiac arrest, a call to 999 will not only result in an emergency ambulance vehicle being sent, but instructions will be given on how to access the defibrillator.

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Cliff Medlicott, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Shropshire, said: “For every minute that someone is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival diminishes by ten per cent. CPR and defibrillation in the early stages of cardiac arrest could save their life and it is something that anyone can do. The defibrillator even speaks to you and tells you what to do.”

A further training session is being organised in Much Wenlock. Anyone interested in learning about CPR and defibrillation call Robin Bennett on (07971) 696157 for more details.

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Freemasons’ grant to Shrewsbury volunteer lifesavers

Tuesday 15th July2014 – 8.20am – Chris Kowalik.

Shropshire Freemasons have donated £500 to Shrewsbury’s Community First Responders (CFRs).

At a ceremony at Crewe Street, Shrewsbury in June, the Provincial Grand Lodge of Shropshire gave grants totalling more than £30,000 to over 30 local charities.

The cheque was presented to Shrewsbury CFRs’ Honourable Treasurer Nick Freeman and Chairman/Coordinator Rob Lambie by Provincial Grand Master Peter Taylor (all pictured below).

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Shropshire’s Provincial Communications Officer, Jeremy Lund, said: “The Freemasons of Shropshire give vital support each year to a range of local charities. These include the hospices, the Air Ambulance, SSAFA and Combat Stress, but also many charities with a lower profile which also do essential work in the local community.

“We are particularly pleased to assist the Community First Responders in Shrewsbury. Freemasonry encourages its members to support charities, to be community-minded and to give practical as well as financial help where it is required.”

Rob Lambie said: “We are delighted to have received this grant and are grateful for the generosity of the Freemasons. The money will go towards equipping our new recruits with essential items such as response kitbags, uniforms and more.”

For more information about Shropshire’s Freemasons visit www.shropshiremasons.org.uk.

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

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Family Treated After M6 Crash

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Monday 14th July 2014 – 8.30pm – Steve Parry.

Two adults and four children including a baby have been taken to hospital after a road traffic collision on the M6 this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a location near the M6 at junction 2 (north) at just after 6.10pm.

Three ambulances; a paramedic officer, a BASICS doctor and the Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a single vehicle incident involving a taxi.

“A woman in her thirties was treated for back pain. She was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board.

“Three children, a male (2 years); and two females (3 and 6 years of age) were treated for minor injuries. All four patients were taken to the University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A 2 month old baby boy was thrown clear of the vehicle. The baby was treated for serious head injuries and airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The father of the child, who was uninjured in the incident, travelled with the child to hospital.

 

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Double 0-Heaven for 111 couple

Monday 14th July 2014 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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An NHS 111 (West Midlands) health advisor is to see her dream of becoming a Bond Girl come true after getting engaged.

Hayley Simcox, from Gornal, had little hesitation in saying yes when fellow 111 health advisor Mitchell Bond popped the question at a family meal and she is now looking forward to taking on the famous surname.

“I have always liked James Bond films and always wanted to be a Bond Girl, now my dream is going to come true,” the 23-year-old said.

“I had a little idea that Mitchell might be about to propose, but I wasn’t expecting it in the way he did it. After our meal he arrived at the table with a specially planned dessert, strawberries with pancakes….and an engagement ring.”

Mitchell, who is also 23 and from Oldbury, admitted to being nervous before getting down on one knee, saying: “It was a bit nerve-wracking beforehand but when she said yes I was absolutely thrilled and we’re both looking forward to starting to make plans ahead of the big day.”

The couple, who jetted off to the Dominican Republic to celebrate their engagement, met whilst working in the 111 (West Midlands) call centre at Brierley Hill and Hayley said a colleague predicted from day one that they would end up together.

“A colleague said to us from the start that me and Mitchell would become a couple and that we were perfect for each other, I’m just really pleased they have been proved correct.

“Working for NHS 111 is really rewarding, especially helping patients to solve their problems and getting them the best care possible, but the biggest reward for me has been meeting Mitchell.”

Run by West Midlands Ambulance Service, NHS 111 (West Midlands) covers Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcester and Shropshire.

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Two dead in M42 crash

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Monday 14th July 2014 – 7.30am – Claire Brown.

A man and a woman have died in a three car road traffic collision on the M42 in Worcestershire in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway of the M42 between junctions 3 and 3a, near Beoley, shortly before 1.00am (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The occupants of one car, a man and a woman, were both seriously injured and were in cardiac arrests.

“Sadly, despite attempts at advanced life support by ambulance crews and the medic, nothing could be done to save them and both were confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a man in his 50s, sustained a chest injury. He was extricated from the car with help from the fire service. The man was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further treatment.

“The driver of the third car was uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

 

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Woman dies and eight others injured in Coventry crash

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Monday 14th July 2014 – 7.00am – Claire Brown.

A two car crash last night in Coventry has left one woman dead and eight other people in hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Sydnall Road, Longford Coventry shortly after 10.00pm (Sunday). Six ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a second BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival crews found two cars which had been involved in a significant collision on a canal bridge. By standers were administering aid to nine patients who had been involved in the collision.

“Sadly a passenger from one car, a woman, was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Three men and a second woman from the same car suffered a range of injuries. Two of the men, aged in their 20s, were treated on scene by ambulance staff and medics for multiple injuries before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further treatment.

“The third man and second woman sustained minor injuries but were taken to the same hospital as a precaution.

“A 56-year-old woman from the second car sustained abdominal, neck, back and pelvic injuries. She was given pain relief by ambulance staff before carefully immobilising her with a neck collar and spinal board. The driver, a 27-year-old man, suffered minor injuries together with an eight-year-old-girl. All three were given treatment at the roadside before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A 12-year-old girl from the same car sustained a suspected pelvic injury. She was given pain relief whilst a doctor worked to stabilise her injury at the scene before she was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.”

 

 

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Fatality in Hereford

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Saturday 12th July 2014 – 7.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died in a road traffic collision in Hereford this afternoon.

An ambulance came across a car which had left the road and was in a hedge in Green Lane, Wellington at 4.00pm (Saturday). They immediately called for back-up and a further ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The ambulance crew first on scene found the driver and single occupant of the car, a man, with significant injuries. He was also in cardiac arrest.

“They immediately commenced CPR at the roadside. Resuscitation efforts continued when ambulance colleagues arrived but sadly, despite their best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

 

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Fatal house fire in Moseley

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Friday 11th July 2014 – 5.30pm – Suzie Wheaton.

A man has died following a fire at a private property in Birmingham today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer to the incident on Coldbath Road in Moseley at approximately 2pm this afternoon. The fire service and the police were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance crews were called to reports of a house fire at a residential property.

“One man was retrieved from the property by firefighters. Ambulance crews immediately assessed the man but unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the man and sadly he was confirmed deceased at the scene.”

 

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Motorcyclist suffers facial injuries in collision

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Friday 11th July 2014 – 3.30am – Suzie Wheaton.

A motorcyclist has been given emergency medical treatment following a road traffic collision in Nuneaton today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coton Road at approximately 12.35pm this afternoon.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance were dispatched to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a motorcycle and a car that had been in collision. The car was found to have sustained damage to its rear windscreen.

“The motorcyclist, a man, was treated at the scene for facial injuries and concussion before being immobilised as a precaution and conveyed, via land ambulance, to University Hospital of Coventry and Warwickshire.

“No one else was injured in the incident.”

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Overturned car

Friday 11th July 2014 – 8.30am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has been taken to a major trauma centre after the car he was driving collided with a telegraph pole and overturned in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Craddock Street, Whitmore Reams, shortly after 10.40pm yesterday (Thursday).

Three rapid response vehicles staffed by an advanced community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma team attended. An ambulance also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver, a man in his forties, was drifting in and out of consciousness. He had a broken wrist and suspected head and abdominal injuries. “He was anaesthetised at the scene and his airway maintained and was taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Trucker praised

Thursday 10th July 2014 – 8.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

A lorry driver has been praised for his actions in preventing a serious, even possibly a fatal collision on the M5.

He spotted a car swerving on the southbound carriageway, got in front of it then, with the help of a Highways Agency patrol car, managed to slow him down and eventually stop.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 5.30pm to attend at junction one.

First on scene was an off-duty nurse with the West Midlands CARE (Central Accident Resuscitation & Emergency) Team who came across the incident and stopped to help.

Two rapid response vehicles were assigned to the case; one driven by a paramedic, the other by a paramedic area support officer. An ambulance was also sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car driver, a man in his sixties, had had a medical episode at the wheel for which he was treated at the scene and then taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“However, it was the opinion of all the emergency services at the scene that, had it not been for the actions of the lorry driver in forcing the car to stop, this could have been much more serious.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Warwickshire

Thursday 10th July 2014 – 8.40pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died after the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car in a Warwickshire village this afternoon.

The incident happened in Station Road in Shustoke shortly before 2.45pm (Thursday). An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Despite the best efforts of the ambulance crew and MERIT to resuscitate the motorcyclist, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 40s, sustained a minor shoulder injury but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Teen airlifted from cycle RTC

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Thursday 10th July 2014 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A teenage cyclist has suffered serious injuries after a collision involving a car in Lichfield this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Dimbles Lane and Francis Road, Lichfield at around 12.30pm earlier today (Thursday). An ambulance and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill in Staffordshire attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A 16-year-old boy had been riding his BMX when he was reportedly in collision with a car.

“Upon assessment, ambulance staff found he had sustained lacerations to his face and arm, and fractures to his arm and leg.

“The teenager was given pain relief to stabilise his injuries and his wounds were dressed before ambulance staff carefully immobilised him with a neck collar, scoop stretcher and leg splint. The teenager was taken by ambulance to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed in a nearby cricket field, before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“No one else was injured in the collision.”

 

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Traffic chaos on M6 in Coventry after multiple RTCs this morning

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Thursday 10th July 2014 – 11.15am – Claire Brown.

Commuters on the M6 in Coventry had a difficult rush hour this morning after six people ended up needing the ambulance service following two separate collisions on the northbound and southbound carriageways.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a four car road traffic collision on the northbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 3a shortly after 7.30am this morning. A senior paramedic officer and four ambulances attended the scene.

The second incident came into the ambulance service at 7.50am, this time on the southbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 2. A paramedic area support officer and an ambulance were sent.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived to find four cars, each with one occupant inside, on the northbound carriageway which had been involved in a collision.

“Ambulance staff worked to assess each patient carefully and whilst no one suffered serious injuries, all four patients sustained neck pain. One woman had to be extricated with help from the fire service due to the damage caused in the collision before being immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The three other patients, two women and a man, were immobilised by crews before one woman was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and the remaining two patients were taken to George Eliot.

“In a separate collision on the opposite carriageway, ambulance staff treated a man and a young girl. Upon assessment, the man was found to have sustained neck pain and once immobilised he was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The young girl didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Four rescued from flat fire by police officers

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Thursday 10th July 2014 – 6.42am – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have been treated for smoke inhalation after they were rescued by police officers from a fire in a flat in Walsall in the early hours of this morning.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer were sent to the fire in Rowley Street at around 2.20am this morning (Thursday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, the two woman and two men were already out of the flat after being rescued by police officers.

“The four, who were all in their 30s, were asleep when the fire broke out in the kitchen. Thankfully there was little fire damage, but the flat was badly smoke logged.

“The four were given oxygen at the scene by ambulance staff before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital suffering from smoke inhalation; they have since been discharged.”

“The brave actions of the police officers undoubtedly contributed to the extent of the smoke inhalation being reduced.”

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Wear a cycle helmet when you’re on your bike? For one cyclist, doing so may well have saved him from a fractured skull.

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Wednesday 9th July 2014 – 7.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

Do you wear a cycle helmet when you’re out on your bike? For one cyclist, doing so may well have saved him from a fractured skull.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Pendeford Mill Lane and Barnhurst Lane in Codsall near Wolverhampton at about 4.40pm on Wednesday afternoon.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene. Exactly what had happened was not clear.

Area Support Officer, Huw Jones, said: “When we arrived we found a man, who was about 50 years old with a badly damaged helmet. Witnesses said the man had landed on his head when he came off his bike.

“The plastic covering was cracked and the foam insert was broken from the force of the impact. Had he not have been wearing a helmet we could easily have been looking at a fractured skull.

“There was a suggestion that the man might have been knocked unconscious briefly, but although there was some swelling, he didn’t appear to have been badly hurt.

“The helmet undoubtedly took the brunt of the impact, possibly saving him from much more serious injury.

“This isn’t the first time I’ve seen cyclists helmets badly damaged yet the rider comes away with relatively minor injuries.

“With cycling very much in the news because of the Tour de France, I would urge anyone going out on a bike to wear a helmet – it could save your life.”

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Woman injured in collision with bus

Wednesday 9th July 2014 – 5.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman required treatment from paramedics before being taken to a major trauma centre following a collision with a bus in Wolverhampton this afternoon (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the A41 in Chapel Ash shortly before 4.20pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a female pedestrian, believed to be in her 30s, who had been in collision with a bus.

“She was treated for leg, back and pelvis injuries and given pain relief on scene. She was carefully immobilised with the use of a spinal board and also had a pelvic splint applied.

“The woman was then taken on alert, to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, for further assessment.”

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Pedestrian injured in Birmingham RTC

Wednesday 9th July 2014 – 3.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A pedestrian has been badly injured following a collision with a van in Birmingham this afternoon (Wednesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident on the junction of Belchers Lane and Cotterills Lane shortly after 12.50pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, with a doctor on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a male pedestrian, believed to be in his 30s, who had been in collision with a van.

“Ambulance staff assessed the man and treated him for head, pelvis and ankle injuries.

“He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and also had pelvic and ankle splints applied before being taken to the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, by land ambulance.

“The doctor from the air ambulance travelled with the man to continue treatment en-route to the hospital.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Herefordshire

Wednesday 9th July 2014 – 8am – Chris Kowalik.

Two men have died following a collision involving two cars in Herefordshire.

They were both in a car that collided with another on the A438 at Bridge Sollars.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 9.55pm last night (Tuesday).

Two ambulance crews, the MERIT trauma team, a BASICS emergency doctor, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a senior paramedic officer attended. A Welsh Ambulance Service crew that was passing also stopped to help.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Sadly one of the men was confirmed dead at the scene. Resuscitation attempts were carried out on the other man and he was taken to Hereford County Hospital where he was confirmed dead.

“There was an elderly couple in the other car involved. A man was taken on alert to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with pelvic and chest injuries having been immobilised and given pain relief at the scene. A woman who was with him had pain in her right side. She was placed on a spinal board as a precaution and taken to Hereford County Hospital.”

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Bonfire warning…again

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Tuesday 8th July 2014 – 11.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

People lighting bonfires are, once again, being warned about the dangers of using an accelerant after a man ended up in hospital with burns

The latest incident that has resulted in injury happened at a business in Hayes Lane in the Lye area of Stourbridge.

The initial 999 call at 3.25pm on Tuesday afternoon stated that a man had lit a fire and poured some liquid on to it, which promptly exploded. The caller said the patient was feeling faint and dizzy.

A rapid response vehicle was sent to the scene, but the Midlands Air Ambulance at RAF Cosford, which carries a trauma doctor was put on standby in case the injury was serious.

Advanced paramedic, Ste Hill, said: “The 26 year old from the Pedmore area said that he was concerned about the rain coming and wanted to get the fire going before it arrived.

“Fortunately for him, the burns to his neck, ear and side of his face had blistered but were not as serious as they could have been following an explosion.

“I put burns packs on the affected areas before taking him to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“There is no doubt that his injuries could have been very much worse. Once again, we can but re-iterate the dangers of putting an accelerant on a bonfire. Every year we see such cases where people have put petrol or other chemicals on fires with the same result.

“Please be careful – such injuries can leave you scarred for life or worse.”

 

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Inspirational schoolchildren raise money for Herefordshire Heartstart

Children from Peterchurch Primary School have raised an amazing £830.50 to help support Herefordshire Heartstart’s Schools Project, supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

For more details, see Herefordshire Heartstart’s press release here:

http://herefordshireheartstart.org/news/inspirational-schoolchildren-raise-money-for-heartstart/

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Injured cyclist

Tuesday 8th July 2014 – 7.45am – Chris Kowalik

A cyclist who hit a kerb and a bollard was found lying in the road by someone getting food from a takeaway.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Greyhound Way in Etruria shortly before 1.15am today.

A BASICS Emergency Doctor, a paramedic area support officer and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The cyclist, a man in his thirties who wasn’t wearing a helmet, had a head injury, chest injujry, fractures to his spine and suspected fractures to a wrist and leg.

“He was fully immobilised and was taken on alert to the major trauma centre at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Market Drayton

Monday 7th July 2014 – 5.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died and another had been injured following a collision between a van and a lorry in north Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Adderley Road, Market Drayton shortly after 2.05pm.

Two ambulances, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and two rapid response vehicles staffed by a paramedic area support officer and a senior paramedic officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The driver of the van was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

“The lorry driver was trapped and was cut free with the help of the fire service. He had a cut to his head and arm injuries which weren’t serious.

“Following an assessment from the doctor on board the Midlands Air Ambulance, he was taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

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111 staff go on the run for charity

Monday 7th July 2014 – 5.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A charitable team of staff from the NHS 111 (West Midlands) service are preparing to put their best foot forward in the name of charity when competing in Race for Life.

The 12-strong team will be made up of managers, health advisors and clinicians, all of whom are preparing to tackle the 5km course at Himley Hall on Sunday, July 13 (3pm) to raise money for Cancer Research UK.

Leading the team will be Clinical Manager and experienced runner Baljit Watson, for whom the event will carry extra meaning given that she was treated for cancer four years ago. She said: “Race for Life is a great event that raises money for a great cause and I’m so glad to have many of my 111 colleagues running with me.

“Cancer Research is a charity very close to my heart because I had a major operation four years ago after being diagnosed with cervical cancer and therefore I know the money raised will be going to be a very worthwhile cause.”

Baljit, who has completed the London and Dublin Marathons amongst many others, will be joined on the day by colleagues Hayley Morris, Jane Zambra, Sam Slater, Cynthia Clayton, Hayley Simcox, Andrea Reeves, Raji Sahota, Louise Brierley, Mar Bullows, Gillian Mawere and Katherine Bayliss.

“Doing the event together will be great fun and help to build team spirit whilst raising vital money,” Baljit added.

“I’m not sure if they’ll all be able to keep up with me, but if any of them drop back, I’ll make sure I get back to them as quickly as possible once I’ve finished to help them over the line.”

NHS 111 Director Daren Fradgley added: “Everybody in the call centre wishes them the best of luck and we look forward to cheering them across the line.

“We have held a number of events ahead of the race to boost the fund-raising total which has proved popular with staff whilst helping the fight against cancer at the same time, which is the most important thing.”

If you would like to support the runners, visit www.justgiving.com/wmas-runners/to donate.

Run by West Midlands Ambulance Service, NHS 111 (West Midlands) covers Birmingham and the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Herefordshire, Worcester and Shropshire.

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Man in River Avon

Monday 7th July 2014 – 3pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man who was spotted in the River Avon in Worcestershire has been taken by ambulance to hospital under alert.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the river near the Fish and Anchor Inn in Offenham shortly before midday today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “With the help of the fire service, the man was taken from the river to the waiting ambulance.

“Medics administered drugs, delivered CPR and continued resuscitation work en-route to Alexandra Hospital which had been put on alert in readiness for his arrival.”

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