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We’re bringing TURTLE POWER to Birmingham Pride this weekend!

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Friday 22nd May 2015 – 12.15pm – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service will be flying the flag and bringing along its turtle mascot to celebrate Birmingham Pride this weekend.

It will be the second year members of the Trust’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Network will take part in the parade to support the region’s LGBT communities.

John Renshaw, a Birmingham-based Paramedic Clinical Team Mentor and member of the working group, said: “Last year was the first time the Trust was represented at any Pride event so we’re pleased to be supporting Birmingham Pride once again this year.

“Not only will there be members of staff from the Trust’s LGBT Network, we’ve also got a very special guest attending this year. Our mascot, Lloyd the paramedic turtle, will be celebrating throughout the weekend.

“We’ll be joining forces again with colleagues from West Midlands Police’s LGBT network and will be sharing a stand. Not only will be handing out freebies and providing useful advice about using 999, we’ll have an ambulance parked up so people can jump on board and explore it.

“If you’re coming to Pride, don’t forget to come and say hello to show your support!”

To keep up-to-date with the team’s progress at Pride this weekend, follow @wmasLGBT or @wmaslloyd on Twitter. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #imetlloyd on Twitter if you get to meet our mascot!

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Notes to Editors:

Photo one – preparing for last years’ Pride (left to right): LGBT Network members Adam Layland, John Renshaw and Adam Aston.

Photo two – WMAS’ Mascot Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle


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Birmingham paramedic set to teach first aid to children in India this summer

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Friday 22nd May 2015 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A Birmingham paramedic will be heading to India in September to teach vital life- saving skills to school children.

Erdington based Paramedic Sam Grimson, 24 from Birmingham, has worked for the Trust for two years. He will be joining a group of paramedics from other ambulance services to visit some of the most deprived areas of India to teach Basic First Aid skills and CPR in schools.

Sam said: “Education like this isn’t provided in India due to a lack of clinical staff and money. With no ambulance service or National Health Service, basic medical treatment in hospitals is expensive and, for some, they simply cannot afford it.

“We’ll be teaching children and teachers some of the basics like how to treat burns, minor injuries, deal with choking as well as how to do CPR when someone’s in cardiac arrest. It’s hoped that by teaching youngsters and teachers they’ll then be able to pass on their new skills to their local community.

“We want to stop people being affected by preventable injuries and illnesses and allow children to focus on their education. The more money we raise, the more schools we can visit and the greater the difference we can make.”

Sam embarks on his journey on Tuesday 29th September with the team’s first destinations planned to be Delhi and then Jamshedpur.

You can watch a video of Sam explaining why he’s taking part via https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/3uls1 where you can also donate to support the project. Sam will also be uploading regular updates from India via this website so keep your eyes peeled!

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The scale of destruction was incredible. Humanitarian work will have to continue for months – even years

Although it is almost a month since a devastating earthquake struck Nepal, the humanitarian work continues 24 hours a day.

Two West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics are just about to return from the country after doing their part to help the people of that country

They were the fourth and fifth members of staff to fly out. One of the first on scene was Dr Malcolm Russell, one of the Trust’s Medical Incident Officers and a BASICS Doctor in the Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) scheme from Herefordshire.  This is his account of his time in Nepal:

“On arrival, we established a base of operations in the grounds of the British Embassy, living in tented accommodation. Being experienced in working in post-earthquake areas, the team always prefers tents in open areas which are generally safer than moving straight into un-surveyed buildings with the inevitable aftershocks which follow.

“Our operations began in Kathmandu, with the UK ISAR team being given a specific sector in which to work. The team found that most live rescues had been completed already and that most dead bodies had already been recovered. It soon became apparent that the main area of need was in the more remote mountainous areas which had only been visited briefly by military helicopters, dropping in aid and removing the more serious casualties. Otherwise many of these areas had remain completely isolated and out of touch with very little information coming out about the extent of the damage suffered.

“We spent most of the next week, on request of the Nepalese government, re-focussing on an area outlying the town of Chautara about 50km to the north-east of Kathmandu. Whereas Kathmandu had pockets of destruction with many buildings remaining intact, the team found villages in the countryside where 95% of all buildings had been completely flattened.

“The scale of destruction was incredible. It was certainly fortunate that the earthquake struck in the daytime on a Saturday, when many people would have been outside, or at least able to run outside quickly. Few were in the larger public buildings and there is no doubt that the death toll would have been far worse in the earthquake had struck at night. Even so, there had been large numbers of dead and injured and it was very saddening to see whole villages completely destroyed.

“We initially walked into some very remote areas and later had helicopter flights to gain access to the area. The team gathered information about immediate needs – which were mainly shelter, food and water – provided structural assessment of surviving buildings, gathered important data about remaining village populations, casualty numbers and on-going health needs. This vital information was then fed back to the humanitarian organisations and the Nepalese government.

“During our work we found an elderly man with a fractured ankle with open wounds and a woman with a broken arm. Neither had been reached previously by any rescue or medical organisation and this was a week after the earthquake had struck. We were able to get them evacuated to hospital almost immediately.

“Working on information provided by local villagers, we also discovered a four year old girl who had been lying on a wooden bed for eight days unable to move, being nursed by her anxious family who did not have access to any medical care.

“When we examined her, it was clear that she had a fractured femur (thigh) so a helicopter evacuation was immediately organised to a large Israeli field hospital in Kathmandu where she was successfully treated. It was surprising to find such major trauma over a week after the earthquake and the poor girl had suffered an awful amount of distress. We were very pleased to have been able to help her and her family.”

Back in Kathmandu a specialist rope access team of UK ISAR was working to stabilise a precarious piece of concrete hanging dangerously over the main entrance to a teaching hospital. By making the building safe, the hospital was able to increase from 50 hospital beds in use to almost 400 beds overnight, a dramatically positive impact for the local area.

Back in the UK, Dr Russell said: “There is still a huge amount of humanitarian work which will have to continue for many months – even years – but it is pleasing to have been able to contribute during the first most difficult days following the earthquake.

“Nepal is an amazing country with remarkably resilient and friendly people, but there has been such horrendous devastation that this small country will need all the help it can get. It will take a long time for Nepal to get back on its feet, and I hope people will continue to support the relief work in the months to come.”

Note to Editors:

The 46 year-old was deployed as part of the UK International Search and Rescue (ISAR) team, which included 67 personnel and 4 search dogs, that flew out the day after the earthquake hit.

UK ISAR is self-sufficient for 10 days of continuous operations, taking 12 tonnes of equipment, food and water when it deploys. The deployment of UK ISAR is initiated and supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and is therefore seen as the UK’s official response

 

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Motorcyclist trapped underneath car following Bedworth collision

Thursday 21st May 2015 – 5.45pm – Claire Brown.

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 MOTORCYCLIST TRAPPED UNDER CAR FOLLOWING BEDWORTH COLLISION

A man has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car which left him trapped beneath the vehicle in Bedworth.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Bowling Green Lane near to a primary school shortly before 4.00pm this afternoon (Thursday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a critical care paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found an off duty nurse administering excellent first aid to the motorcyclist who, in the impact, had ended up trapped beneath the car along with his motorbike.

“The man was very pale and had a reduced level of consciousness upon first assessment by ambulance staff. Working closely with the fire service, who used airbags to lift up the car and stabilise the vehicle, ambulance staff extricated him from beneath the car to carry out a full assessment and start emergency treatment.

“The man had sustained a suspected head injury and multiple fractures to his limbs. He was given advanced drug therapy, including a specialist clotting drug to reduce blood loss, to help stabilise his condition and make him more comfortable. Ambulance staff used a scoop stretcher, neck collar and pelvic splint to immobilise the man before he was transferred to the awaiting helicopter for transport to nearby University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; a flight time of approximately two minutes.”

Steve Hargreaves, Paramedic Area Support Officer, said: “Parents and passers-by were really helpful by ensuring the scene was cleared quickly of children to avoid any upset. A big thank you to the off duty nurse who had stopped to help and was giving excellent first aid to the gentleman. It is always a welcomed sight to see a patient being cared for when we arrive on scene.”

The road remains closed by the police.

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Woman is rescued from canal by family after falling from lock

Thursday 21st May 2015 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been rescued from an Oswestry canal by her family after falling from a lock and subsequently airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres.

The incident happened at Frankton Locks on the Shropshire Union Canal shortly after 2pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman, believed to be in her 50s, who was at the canal-side after being rescued from the water by her family. It is believed she had fallen approximately ten feet from the side of the lock and knocked herself unconscious before rolling into the water.

“She had regained consciousness by the time crews arrived and was carefully moved away from the edge of the canal with the use of a scoop stretcher in order for a thorough and safe assessment to take place.

“She was then treated for a fractured right wrist, cuts to her head and abdominal pain. Pain relief was given and she was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and wrist splint before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The rescue of the patient was made easier by the generosity of a home-owner who allowed the air ambulance to land in his garden, alongside where crews were treating the woman.”

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Two airlifted and four others hospitalised as six vehicles collide

Thursday 21st May 2015 – 11.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two people have been airlifted to hospital and a further four taken by land ambulances following a six vehicle collision in Warwickshire this morning.

The incident saw three cars, an articulated lorry, a van and a motorbike collide which unfortunately left four of the patients seriously injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Bishopton, outside Cophams Hill Farm, shortly before 8.20am and sent four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a paramedic officer, a doctor, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found six vehicles that had been in collision, two of which still had patients trapped inside.

“One of the cars had a 66-year-old female and a 62-year-old male driver still inside. It is believed the woman initially lost consciousness in the incident.

“Crews worked closely with the fire service to free them both, a process which took approximately 40 minutes. The woman was treated for a serious abdominal injury and given pain relief before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The man had suffered a head injury and was also suffering from neck and back pain. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, had been thrown from his bike in the incident. He was treated for a fractured leg as well as abdominal and pelvic injuries. After having pain relief administered he was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The van driver, a man in his 50s, had managed to free himself from his vehicle and was lying by the side of it. Crews treated him for a fractured right arm before transporting him to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by land ambulance.

“Additionally, a woman in her 60s had to be freed from her car and treated for cuts to her head before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch whilst the lorry driver, a man in his 50s was taken to Warwick Hospital as a precaution.

“A further patient, a woman in her 50s, was assessed and treated for neck pain before being discharged on scene.

“Due to the significant nature of the collision, the road was closed and is expected to remain so for some time.”

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Man rescued through boot after car lands on roof

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 5.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man, who has been extremely fortunate to escape serious injury, had to be freed from his car via the boot after it came to rest on its roof on the M40 this afternoon.

The incident took place on the southbound carriageway between junctions 12 and 11 shortly after 1.50pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent one ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. The police and fire services were also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to discover a car that had come to rest on its roof. According to bystanders, it had left the road and gone up an embankment, before rolling back down and landing on its roof.

“The driver and sole occupant of the car, a man in his 40s, was trapped in the vehicle and crews worked carefully with the fire service to free him through the boot.

“He was assessed and treated for minor injuries to his neck and back. He was immobilised as a precaution with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to Horton General Hospital in Oxfordshire.

“Considering how his car came to rest, the man is extremely lucky not to have suffered more significant injuries in the incident.”

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When stroke strikes – Act FAST

Wednesday 20th May 2015 – 9.30am – Steve Parry

The highly acclaimed stroke awareness campaigns have already saved over 4,000 people from long term disability according to Public Health England.

The Act Fast campaign highlighted the fact that problems with speech and weakness in the face and arms should prompt a 999 call for an ambulance. But what happens after that call has been made?

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has released two videos to explain how an emergency ambulance response and immediate treatment by clinicians is vital for patients suffering a stroke.

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of the brain is cut off because of a blockage in a blood vessel or a bleed in the brain. The time lost in getting treatment results in brain lost, meaning that getting immediate medical attention is absolutely vital, often a life-saver.

WMAS paramedic and clinical team mentor James Brogan speaks about the treatment given to his mother when she suffered a stroke and also explains why it is so important that a 999 call is made for anyone suffering stroke symptoms: “The key aspect is that we get called as quickly as possible and we can transfer that patient as quickly as possible to give them the best chance of a positive outcome.”

Watch the videos and help reduce the debilitating effects of a stroke.

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Editor Notes:

  • ACT FAST Campaign
  • Facial weakness – has the person’s face drooped, usually down one side
  • Arm weakness – is the person able to lift both arms above their head
  • Speech problems – does the person’s speech sound slurred
  • Time to call 999 – if one or more of these symptoms are present call 999 immediately


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Man revived by ambulance staff in Wombourne

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Tuesday 19th May 2015 – 12.10pm – Claire Brown.

A man was given advanced life support by ambulance staff after suffering a medical episode at the wheel of his car in Wombourne this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Millfields Way, Wombourne shortly before 9.00am (Tuesday) to reports of a man in cardiac arrest in his car. An ambulance, a community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a car which had collided with a tree. Passers-by were helping the driver, a man in his 60s, who had gone into cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff immediately commenced advanced life support at the scene.

“The man was given CPR and was shocked four times using a defibrillator by medics. Thankfully, the man successfully regained a pulse and started to breathe once more but was still in a serious condition. Ambulance staff conveyed him to Russells Hall Hospital by land ambulance on blue lights for further emergency treatment.”

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Quick action of stewards gives Baggies fan, the best possible chance of celebrating

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Monday 18th May 2015 – 11.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A football fan who had just seen his side win 3-0 has the quick actions of stewards and ambulance staff for giving him the chance to celebrate the win.

The middle aged West Bromwich Albion fan had just seen his side beat Premiership Champions Chelsea at home when he suffered a cardiac arrest in the Upper East Stand.

Thankfully for him, the staff at the Hawthorns were with him within seconds of his collapse at around 9.25pm, with staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service just minutes later.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The stewards started cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) which was then backed up by the advanced life support from the ambulance crew.

“The man was shocked no fewer than seven times, before being taken on blue lights to Sandwell Hospital. He arrived just 20 minutes after his collapse and was conscious and breathing for himself.

“There is no doubt that the quick actions of stewards and ambulance staff has given the fan the best possible chance of survival.

“Whilst it is very early days, the fact that he had early CPR and early defibrillation will have increased his chances of surviving considerably.

“This is one of the reasons we recommend everyone to learn basic life support skills – you never know when they might be needed.”

 

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Car collides with wall and lamppost leaving driver trapped

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Monday 18th May 2015 – 11.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenage driver has suffered potentially serious injuries after the car she was driving collided with a wall and lamppost.

The crash happened at the junction of Enoch Street and Woodbank Road in the Burslem area of Stoke at about 9.15pm.

An ambulance and a rapid response vehicle were on scene within five minutes and were backed up by a paramedic area support officer and an emergency doctor from the North Staffordshire BASICS scheme.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a car that had collided with a wall and lamppost causing significant front end damage. The roads were wet.

The driver, an 18 year old girl, was trapped by her feet. While ambulance staff treated her, firefighters removed the doors from the vehicle to allow access.

“She was immobilised before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital with a suspected broken hip, and fractured left wrist.”
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Car crashes through wall, hits a tree and loses a wheel before coming to rest on the road

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Monday 18th May 2015 – 6.25pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three people have been injured after a car left the road, went through a wall and collided with a tree.

The crash happened at about 11.00am on Comberton Road near the junction with Chester Road in Kidderminster.

A rapid response vehicle was on scene within four minutes of the call and was backed up by three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a white Ford Fiesta that had suffered significant damage to the driver’s side; a wheel had come off and the wall and tree were badly affected.

“It was not clear exactly what had happened. The front seat passenger, a man in his 40s had to be cut free from the wreckage of the vehicle. Ambulance staff worked on him while firefighters removed the roof.

“He was complaining of lower back pain and was immobilised before being taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The driver, a man in his 60s had managed to get out of the vehicle himself. He was complaining of chest pain, but was otherwise unhurt. He was taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch for further assessment.

“The rear seat passenger, a 10 year old boy, was also able to get out of the vehicle himself. He too was complaining of chest pain, but after assessment at the scene, he was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital as a precaution.

“Given the level of damage to the car, wall and tree, it is fortunate that there were not more serious injuries.”
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Overturned car on A449 in Worcestershire

Monday 18th May 2015 – 5.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

The woman driver of this car (pictured) has been taken to hospital, having apparently escaped serious injury.

Overturned car on A449 in Worcestershire

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A449 at Ombersley in Worcestershire at 4pm today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car was upside down. Passersby got the driver, a woman in her forties, out of the car before crews arrived.

“She was immobilised on a scoop stretcher and was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.”

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Paramedic goes to school

A West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic spent Saturday showing children at a Worcestershire Primary school around an ambulance.

Alison Vinson was at Pitmaston Primary School in Worcester where last year with the help of the Redditch Heartsafe charity she delivered a defibrillator and taught staff how to use it.

On Saturday the school held its fete and Alison was there, along with police and the fire service.

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Alison said: “The kids loved it! We had some of them immobilised on a scoop stretcher and I let some of the children help put the straps on.”

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Overturned car on A46 in Warwickshire

Monday 18th May 2015 – 4.05pm – Chris Kowalik.

A main road in Warwickshire has been closed after a car overturned.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 between Stoneleigh and the Leamington/Kenilworth turning shortly after 2.15pm today.

Two ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were three people in the car, all of whom were taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire in land ambulances.

“A woman who had cuts, bumps and bruises was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar before being conveyed. A man was also immobilised before being taken to hospital for further assessment.

“The woman driver of the car was a ‘walking wounded’ casualty who went to hospital by ambulance for further checks.”

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Reasons why you should have a go at CPR

Monday 18th May2015 – 9.30am – Chris Kowalik.

Two cardiac arrest sufferers were given a greater chance of survival over the weekend by members of the public who immediately started performing CPR.

Yesterday morning, a woman in her fifties who was out running with a group in Abbey Hulton in Staffordshire collapsed. Two nurses were running with her at the time and started giving chest compressions. They continued with CPR until the ambulance crew arrived. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 10.05am. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended. The woman was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

Yesterday afternoon, a woman in her 80s collapsed in the Why Not Inn pub in Halesowen. There at the time was an off-duty midwife. CPR was immediately performed. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 1.20pm. An ambulance and a community paramedic attended. Having been resuscitated, the woman was taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Although we don’t know of their current conditions at hospitals, we know their resuscitations at the scene were thanks to the immediate help of people who were nearby when these cardiac arrests happened. Their actions prior to the arrival of ambulances greatly increased the victims’ chances of survival.

“This is why we would encourage everyone to learn how to perform CPR.”

Learn how to push hard and fast from Vinnie Jones (video: British Heart Foundation)

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Two car collision in Shirley

Monday 18th May 2015 – 8.45am – Chris Kowalik.

Three people have been injured in a collision in Stratford Road, Shirley

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 10.20pm last night.

The MERIT trauma team, a paramedic area support officer and two ambulance crews attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene of a two-car collision.

“In one car was a woman who had to be cut free with the help of the fire service. She had an abdominal injury and a cut to her head. She was immobilised and, accompanied by the MERIT trauma team, was taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“Two men who were both in the other car involved had chest injuries were also taken to the same hospital for precautionary checks.”

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Motorcyclist death in Bilston

Monday 18th May 2015 – 8am – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was yesterday called to reports of a road traffic collision in Bilston.

The call, to the junction of the Black Country Route and Vulcan Road, was shortly before 6.45pm

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It’s not known what had happened, but when crews arrived, they found a male motorcyclist with numerous, serious injuries. Sadly, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Two car crash in Bilston

Sunday 17th May 2015 – 7pm – Chris Kowalik.

A Community Paramedic used his advanced skills to glue a cut to a man’s head at the scene of his car crash.

It meant this casualty of the incident in Wellington Road, Bilston, to which West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly before 1.25pm today, didn’t have to go to hospital.

The advanced Community Paramedic was one of the resources to attend, the others were a paramedic area support officer and two ambulance crews.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “By using these additional skills, we were able to avoid one hospital admission.

“Three others did go to hospital though. They were a man with a cut eyelid, a woman with a head injury and another woman complaining of neck pain.

“All three were taken to New Cross Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist injured in road traffic collision in High Ercall

Sunday 17th May 2015 – 6.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist has been flown to hospital following a collision with a car in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cotwall Lane, High Ercall, shortly before 2.35pm today.

An ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist, a man in his sixties, had a fractured pelvis, a fractured wrist and back pain. A pelvic binder was applied, he was immobilised, given pain relief including advanced pain relief to allow the air ambulance crew to remanipulate the fractured wrist and ensure he was comfortably immobilised. He was flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“A woman who was driving the car involved was experiencing some pains. She and her husband passenger were both assessed and discharged at the scene.”

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Partial ejection through windscreen for car passenger in Birmingham

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Sunday 17th May 2015 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A man has suffered serious injuries following a collision involving a car and a van in Bordesley Green in the early hours.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Landor Street in Bordesley Green shortly before 1.00am this morning (Sunday). An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found the passenger of the car, a man, half through the smashed windscreen of the car lying on the bonnet.

“Upon assessment, he was found to have sustained serious facial injuries and multiple serious fractures to his legs. Ambulance staff quickly worked to stabilise the man by administering pain relief before rapidly extricating him from the car.

“The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being alerted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a major trauma centre, for emergency treatment.”

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A51 Rush Hour Crash Leaves Three People Injured

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Friday 15th May 2015 – 10.45am – Steve Parry.

Three people have been treated by ambulance crews following a rush hour road traffic collision near Rugeley.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the collision on the A51 near Colwich at just after 8.15am.

Three ambulances, a paramedic support officer in a rapid response car together with a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were dispatched to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a two car collision on the A51 at Colwich this morning.

“A female driver, believed to be in her forties, was treated for chest, knee and back pain.

“In the second car involved, Crews treated a female driver in her thirties for abdominal injuries. She was initially trapped in her vehicle before being released and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and orthopedic stretcher.

“A front seat passenger in his thirties was also trapped in the vehicle and was treated for arm and leg injuries.

“All the patients were conveyed by land ambulance to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”
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Fatal road traffic collision in West Bromwich

Thursday 14th May 2015 – 9.20pm – Chris Kowalik.

A woman has died after the car she was in collided with a minibus in the Black Country.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Park Lane, West Bromwich shortly before 4.35pm today.

Two ambulances, two Midlands Air Ambulances, and two rapid response vehicles, one staffed by a paramedic, the other by a paramedic area support officer attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman was a passenger in the car. She had serious injuries and all attempts to resuscitate her were unsuccessful. Sadly she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man who was the car’s driver, was a ‘walking wounded’ casualty who was taken to Sandwell Hospital.

“There were no injuries to anyone in the minibus.”

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West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics plead with Nepal PM to lend helicopter to woman badly hurt in earthquake

A Nepali woman seriously injured by falling debris in Tuesday’s earthquake was airlifted to a Kathmandu hospital on Thursday in the prime minister’s helicopter, after two West Midlands Ambulance Service paramedics pleaded with officials to help save her life.

Phil Llewellyn and Ed Hullah are spending their annual leave in Nepal helping with the humanitarian rescue.

Read the full story here from Reuters:

http://uk.mobile.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKKBN0NZ0US20150514

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Car on roof on M40

Thursday 14th May 2015 – 12.55pm – Chris Kowalik.

One lane was blocked on the M40 in Warwickshire this morning after a two-car collision with in one car ending up on its roof.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was at the scene to help, on the northbound carriageway between junctions 14 and 15.

The service was called shortly before 9.45am today. A community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and an ambulance crew attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Both drivers, both men,  were checked over at the scene. Both had minor injuries and were discharged.”

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Motorcyclist Airlifted

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Wednesday 13th May – 7.30pm – Steve Parry

A Midlands Air Ambulance has flown an injured motorcyclist to a major trauma centre after a road traffic collision in Wolverhampton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Spring Road, Ettinghsall shortly after 2.20pm today.

In addition to the helicopter, a land ambulance, a community paramedic and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended an incident involving a car and motorcycle at about 2.20pm.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his twenties, had bruising to his chest and had suffered a seizure. The patient was immobilised and a SAM splint was applied.

“The man was anaesthetised and his breathing maintained by the doctor on board the air ambulance. He was flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.”

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Response to car crash in Severn Stoke is praised

Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 5.45pm – Chris Kowalik.

A passerby who witnessed West Midlands Ambulance Service’s handling of a car crash in Worcestershire today, approached the incident officer to tell him how reassured he was by what he saw.

The ambulance service had been called shortly before 3.45pm today to the A38 in Severn Stoke where a car containing three people had collided with two buildings. Three land ambulances attended, overseen by a paramedic area support officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “No-one in either building was injured, but there were three casualties in the car.

“A woman front-seat passenger who is in her eighties had a fractured ankle and a fractured wrist. She was given pain relief at the scene, was immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher and neck collar and was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“A man in his fifties who was a rear seat passenger had a chest injury. He was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The driver, a man in his 80s, had tenderness in his back. With the help of the fire service, he was cut free from the car. He was immobilised on a scoop stretcher and a neck collar was applied. He was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“After the three ambulances had left, the paramedic area support officer who remained at the scene for a little while longer was approached by a man who watched our crews’ handling of the situation and said he was reassured.”

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Man trampled by herd of cows

Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 12.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man walking his dog has been flown to hospital after being trampled by a herd of cows.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the disused Kenilworth railway line in Balsall Common at 8.10am today.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford in Shropshire and Strensham in Worcestershire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man who is in his fifties, had a chest injury, numerous rib fractures and bruising to his abdomen. A pelvic binder was applied, he was given pain relief and was immobilised on a scoop stretcher before being flown to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Man injured in Westwood Business Park, Coventry

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Wednesday 13th May 2015 – 11am – Chris Kowalik.

A teenager has been injured after a collision with a car in Coventry that left the windscreen shattered.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Westwood Business Park shortly before 8.50am today. The control room received numerous calls reporting a collision involving a car and a pedestrian.

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham in Worcestershire attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man in his late teens had a dislocated fractured shoulder and back pain. He was immobilised on a scoop stretcher and a neck collar was applied. He was taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Life-saving link up with West Midlands Fire Service

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Three fire stations in Birmingham now have life-saving devices thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service. Sheldon, Erdington and Bournbrook stations have received the devices from West Midlands Ambulance Service. An Automated External Defibrillator (AED) can be used to help restart someone’s heart following a cardiac arrest.

Station Commander Andy Smith, of West Midlands Fire Service, said: “The AEDs are outside the fire stations in locked boxes. When they’re needed, people can get the code to unlock them by calling the ambulance service via 999.”

Andy Jeynes, West Midlands Ambulance Services’ Community Response Manager for Birmingham, said: “With every fire engine already carrying a defibrillator, these new deployments mean that a firefighter is never too far from a life-saving device which can only be a good thing for a patient in cardiac arrest.”

To read the full press release please visit http://www.wmfs.net/content/life-saving-link

Pictured: Andy Jeynes and Ali Vinson of WMAS hand over one of the AEDs at Sheldon fire station to Station Commander Andy Smith and Watch Commander Nathan Highfield.


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Fatality in Shrewsbury

Tuesday 12th May 2015 – 3.05pm – Steve Parry.

A man has died in a single vehicle road traffic collision in Shrewsbury this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Telford Way at just after 11.15am.

An ambulance together with a paramedic support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended a road traffic collision on Telford Way.  When they arrived, they found an off duty paramedic and nurse performing CPR on the elderly driver.  They were told the car had left the road and collided with a hedge at low speed.

“Despite resuscitation attempts from bystanders and the advanced life support from the ambulance staff, it sadly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the patient who was confirmed dead at the scene.”
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500 new lifesavers in place

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Tuesday 12th May 2015 – 6.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A project designed to save dozens of lives across the West Midlands is already showing positive progress with a near 10% increase in the number of times a machine has attended an incident.

Towards the end of last year, West Midlands Ambulance Service embarked on a project to install no fewer than 500 automatic external defibrillators (AEDs)across the region at locations with high footfall such as shopping centres or places that see regular call outs on the 999 service, for example, nursing homes.

The plan was simple; if there are more AEDs out there, there is a higher chance of someone unlucky enough to suffer a cardiac arrest being saved.

The two things that will make the biggest differences in saving a life in such situations are starting CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) as soon as possible and early defibrillation. After a patient has collapsed following a cardiac arrest the chances of survival reduces by 10% per minute if nothing is done to help them. Every second really does count.

Community Response Manager, Matt Heward, said: “By installing the machines, which can be used by anyone, we have increased the chances of saving lives right across the region.

“At the start of the project we were seeing an AED deployed about 2700 times a month. That figure has now hit almost 3050 a month; that is about ten times a day more.

“This whole project was about getting defibrillators out into the community where they are going to benefit the public. We’ve seen them installed in golf clubs, leisure centres, town centres, local village communities. The 500th was placed with our colleagues in Central Motorway Police Group.

“We will continue to work with communities and organisations to increase the number of AEDs out there as they can only help save lives.”
If you would like to work with West Midlands Ambulance Service to place a defibrillator in your community, please contact:

Tel:        01384 215 855
Email:   CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk

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Man cut free from wreckage after three car collision

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Monday 11th May 2015 – 11.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance staff have assessed and treated six patients from a three vehicle crash that resulted in the roof being removed from one of the vehicles.

The crash in Torcross Avenue in Coventry happened at about 6.45pm on Monday evening.

Two ambulances and a senior paramedic officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found two cars with significant front end damage. The man driving the Ford Ka was trapped with a reduced level of consciousness.

“Working with firefighters, the man was extricated after the roof had been removed. He was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with potential head and back injuries.

“There were four people in the second car; two men and two women. All four had managed to get out of the vehicle themselves.

“The two men were complaining of back pain. They along with one of the women were taken to the same hospital as a precaution. The second woman was uninjured.

“The man driving the third vehicle that had stopped nearby was checked over but was uninjured and was discharged at the scene.”

 

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Passers-by in Smethwick push overturned car back onto wheels to help driver

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Monday 11th May 2015 – 3.50pm – Claire Brown.

A woman whose car ended up on its side in Smethwick following a collision this morning was helped back onto four wheels by passers-by.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Manor Road and Victoria Road in Smethwick, Birmingham at around 11.30am earlier today to reports of a two car collision which had left one car on its side. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When emergency services staff arrived they found a car with damage to its side. The driver and single occupant, a woman in her 20s, had managed to climb out of the car and had sustained an arm injury and back pain.

“Ambulance staff were told by passers-by at the scene that the woman’s car had ended up on its side following the collision. Thinking that they could smell fuel leaking from the car, the passers-by quickly pushed the car back onto its wheels enabling the woman to climb out.

“The woman was given pain relief by the ambulance crew before being taken to Sandwell Hospital for further checks.

“The occupants of the second car left the scene without being checked over by ambulance staff.

“In potentially life threatening situations such as this case, the passers-by acted with good intentions. Members of the public are, however, asked to be careful when at the scene of road traffic collisions. Whilst it is always a welcomed sight for ambulance staff to see people helping patients, we advise against moving vehicles and patients to avoid further injury unless it’s a life threatening situation.”

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Would you like to play an important part in ensuring lifesaving care is provided to the people of the West Midlands?

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Would you like to play an important part in ensuring lifesaving care is provided to the people of the West Midlands?

We’re looking to recruit 15 Apprentice Ambulance Fleet Assistants who play a vital role in preparing our emergency vehicles.

The job includes preparing, re-stocking and cleaning the ambulance vehicles so that the patient environment in the back of a vehicle, wherever it has been, is still like a clinical area that you would find in a hospital or another healthcare facility.  This vital role also means that our crews can concentrate on their primary focus; treating patients.

Vacancies are available at the following hubs:
• Stoke
• Willenhall
• Coventry
• Warwick
• Hollymoor
• Erdington
• Shrewsbury
• Worcester

As an apprentice you will also complete an NVQ Level 2 in Health Care Support Services.  During the apprenticeship West Midlands Ambulance Service will support you to obtain a full C1 category driving licence which in turn will open up a whole range of job opportunities within the Ambulance Service on completion of the training programme.

In order to apply for this exciting new role you must have a full driving licence (showing no more than 3 points) and the willingness to complete the necessary training for the post.

No prior qualifications or experience are required and focus is on giving people the opportunity to secure permanent roles after the completion of the 12 month fixed term training contract.

The closing date for applications is Thursday 14th May and the anticipated start date is Monday 8th June 2015.

For more information on the roles or to apply, please go to NHS Jobs by clicking here and then search for ‘Ambulance Fleet Assistant‘ in the keyword section and ‘West Midlands‘ in the location section.

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Five Patients Treated from Aston Crash

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Sunday 10th May – 10.30pm – Steve Parry

Five people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Aston, Birmingham this evening.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lichfield Road at just after 9.05pm.

Three ambulances and a paramedic support officer attended the scene.

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

“A man in his thirties was treated for facial and arm injuries.

“Three women and a child travelling in the second car were also treated at the scene.

“A female child was treated for abdominal pain. A woman believed to be in her fifties was treated for chest pain. A third female suffered leg and facial injuries and a woman in her thirties was treated for back and arm injuries.

“All five patients were transferred to the City Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“One patient was assessed at the scene and later discharged.”
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Motorcyclists injured in Worcestershire

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Sunday 10th May 2015 – 3.30pm – Steve Parry.

Two female motorcyclists has been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision in Stone near Chaddersley Corbett in Worcestershire, this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at approximately 11.15am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic support officer; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to a collision between a car and motorbike near the Stone Manor Hotel.

“A motorcycle rider and pillion passenger, believed to be in their sixties, were treated for a lower leg injuries. The patients was immobilised with the use of splints, neck collar and spinal board before being conveyed to Worcester Hospital by land ambulance.

“The male car driver was assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment and was later discharged.”
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Horse Rider Airlifted from Cannock Wood

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Saturday 9th May 2015 – 7.30pm – Steve Parry.

A horse rider has been airlifted to hospital after falling from her horse in Cannock Wood this afternoon.

The incident occurred at a location near Holly Hill Road at just before 3.20pm.

An ambulance, together with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance crews had to negotiate difficult terrain to reach a woman who had fallen from a horse.

“The patient, believed to be in her forties, was treated for lower back injuries. She had to be carried for some distance through dense woodland to a field where the air ambulance had landed.

“The woman was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and placed on a spinal board as a precaution.

“She was also given pain relief before being airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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Canoeists in River Drama

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Friday 8th May 2015 – 2pm – Steve Parry.

Two canoeists have been pulled from the River Severn near Hampton Loade after getting into difficulty earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was called to reports of an incident on the river at just before 11.30am.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent two ambulances together with a paramedic support officer; the specialist Hazardous Area Responder Team (HART); two community first responders and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene after reports of a capsized canoe near Hampton Loade.

“One canoeist had already made his way to safety when crews arrived. A second man was initially tangled in branches. He was later rescued from the water by emergency crews after a dramatic twenty minute search to locate him.

“A man in his sixties escaped the fast flowing water and was treated for hypothermia before being taken by land ambulance to Princess Royal Hospital.

“A second man was recovered from the water by a fire rescue boat. He was found to be in cardiac arrest and ambulance crews treated him with advance life support procedures before he was airlifted to the regional trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.

“The hospital was pre-alerted to the serious condition of the patient.”
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Three cars, a caravan and a minibus in M5 crash

Friday 8th May 2015 – 12.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was on hand today to deal with a crash that closed the hard shoulder and one lane of the M5 southbound in Worcestershire.

The service was called at 10.05am today to the collision between junctions 6 and 7. An ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A total of thirteen people were in the vehicles involved. Two of them required assessment at the scene. A girl who was in the minibus was distressed but not injured. A man who was in one of the cars had discomfort to his chest. Both were discharged at the scene.”

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Patients who crash on a motorway in the West Midlands and suffer a cardiac arrest now have a better chance of survival

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Friday 8th May 2015 – 6.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A pioneering project between West Midlands Ambulance Service and Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) means millions of drivers are a little bit safer.

As part of a project to install 500 automatic external defibrillators (AED) across the West Midlands, the Trust has installed one of the lifesaving machines in each of the 27 police vehicles that the police unit operates across the motorway network.

CMPG is made up of staff from West Midlands, West Mercia and Staffordshire Police Forces. The area covered stretches from the Welsh borders to the northern border with Cheshire. This patch covers approximately 400 miles of motorway including eight motorway service areas.

WMAS Community Response Manager, Matt Heward, said: “Tens of thousands of motorists use our motorways every single day. Some parts of the motorway network are very remote, so by having more AEDs out there, we are increasing the chances of saving a life if a very serious accident happens.

“We installed the first three machines a couple of years ago, but the current project has allowed us to finish off the programme. This move now means that every fire engine, ambulance and police car that attends an incident on the motorway will carry an AED.”

Inspector Paul Bennett, from the Collision Investigation Unit, said: “CMPG attends more than 300 fatal and life changing injury incidents every year.

“We have already had cause to use one of the AEDs, so by increasing the number we have can only increase the chances of saving a life.”

Jed White, Chief Inspector (Operations) with CMPG, added: We try and make the road network as safe as possible. We want everyone home safe every day, so if we can respond as police officers to an incident where a defibrillator is required then that will be of great benefit to the public. This is a really positive project that will undoubtedly benefit for the public.”
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Herefordshire Heartstart has a new Patron: The Countess of Darnley JP, Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Herefordshire.

Herefordshire Heartstart is supported by West Midlands Ambulance Service.

See their full story here: http://herefordshireheartstart.org/news/press-release-new-patron-for-herefordshire-heartstart-the-countess-of-darnley-jp-her-majestys-lord-lieutenant-of-Herefordshire/

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It’s shockingly easy to vote! Help Redditch Community First Responders win £10,000 for new defibrillators

Thursday 7th May 2015 – 10am – Chris Kowalik.

Volunteer lifesavers in Redditch are appealing for your vote to help them buy new defibrillators.

The town’s Community First Responders (CFRs) have been shortlisted for the Aviva Community Fund and they need your votes to win £10,000

Community First Responders are members of the public trained by West Midlands Ambulance in a variety of assessments and treatments. They all carry a defibrillator, a device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest. They may be called to attend a medical emergency while a blue-light ambulance service vehicle is en-route.

If they win the £10,000 they will spend it on replacing their defibrillators for newer models.

To vote for Redditch Community First Responders, visit https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/1793 . You can vote up to ten times. Voting closes at the end of May.

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Two Crashes in South Shropshire Overnight

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Thursday 7th May 2015 – 8am – Steve Parry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to two road traffic collisions in south Shropshire overnight.

Emergency services responded to an incident a mile from Morville on the A458 near Bridgnorth at just before 10pm last night.

Two ambulances, a paramedic in a rapid response car and an ambulance support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended to an incident involving a car and van just outside Morville last night.

“A woman in her thirties had managed to free herself from her car before crews arrived. She suffered minor injuries and was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital as a precaution.

“The male van driver was assessed on scene but later released. A woman passenger in her fifties was treated for chest injuries and taken to Princess Royal Hospital.”

In a separate incident at 12.15am, a car was reported to have rolled over on the A49 at Overton near Ludlow. Two patients were treated at the scene for minor injuries before being taken to Hereford Hospital for further assessment and treatment. A third patient was assessed at the scene before being discharged.”

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Man Airlifted from North Shropshire Crash

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Wednesday 6th May 2015 – 7.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A man has been airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres after being trapped for an hour following a collision between a car and a heavy goods vehicle in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A41 in Grindley Brook, Whitchurch, shortly after 3.25pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with a doctor and a critical care paramedic on board, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car and a heavy goods vehicle, both with front end damage.

“The car had suffered significant damage in the incident and the driver of which, a man in his 70s, was trapped for approximately one hour as a result.

“The man, who was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness, was assessed by ambulance crews before carefully being freed from the vehicle with the help of the fire service.

“He was treated for a head injury as well as suspected fractures to his leg and hip. He was sedated in order to stabilise his condition and immobilised with the use of a scoop stretcher before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the lorry, a man, was assessed and discharged on scene.”

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Man trapped for 45 minutes as car overturns

Wednesday 6th May 2015 – 1.25pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man was trapped in his vehicle for approximately 45 minutes this morning after it overturned in a single car collision in Herefordshire.

The incident happened shortly before 11.05am on the A449 in Ledbury and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, which landed on a nearby field, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car on its side with a man trapped inside.

“Crews acted quickly to assess the 18-year-old man and thankfully were able to determine that his condition was not thought to be life threatening.

“They then worked closely with the fire service to carefully free the man, a sole occupant, from the vehicle. A procedure which involved cutting the roof off the car and lasted about 45 minutes.

“He was treated for a broken collar bone and a number of cuts and grazes, including to his head.

“He was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and taken to Hereford County Hospital by land ambulance for further assessment.

“It is not thought any other vehicles were involved in the incident which did cause the road to be closed.”

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Despite the best efforts of staff, sadly nothing could be done to save a cyclist injured in an RTC

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Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 8.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has died after he was in collision with a van on a busy dual carriageway.

The crash happened on the westbound A5, just before the slip road to Glascote Island (Marlborough Way) under the pedestrian bridge.

Two rapid response vehicles, an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, which was carrying two doctors were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a middle aged man who had been riding a bicycle who had suffered massive multiple injuries.

“Tragically, it very quickly became apparent that there was nothing that could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The man driving the van was uninjured and did not need any treatment.”

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13 proves unlucky – no fewer than 13 vehicles involved in two smashes

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Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 7.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

Thirteen certainly proved to be unlucky for drivers using the M42 after two separate crashes on the westbound carriageway this afternoon.

The incidents happened between junctions 2 and 1 at about 5.10pm on Tuesday.

Three ambulances, a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic officers were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The two collisions were close to one another.

“The first involved no fewer than nine vehicles. Some had suffered fairly significant damage, but thankfully there were no injuries.

“The second collision involved a van, a lorry and two cars. Two middle aged men had suffered neck and side pain. They were immobilised using neck collars and spinal boards and were taken by ambulance to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“Two women in their 20s also went to the same hospital; one, who was pregnant and was taken as a precaution, while the other was complaining of muscular neck pain.

“Due to the number of vehicles involved and for the safety of emergency services personnel, the motorway was closed for a period which resulted in extensive congestion in the area.

“However, considering the situation and number of vehicles involved, it is indeed fortunate that there weren’t more serious injuries.”

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A collision at a country crossroads has resulted in the tragic death of an elderly woman

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Tuesday 5th May 2015 – 7.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly woman has died after a car and a small skip lorry were in collision at a crossroads.

The crash happened just after 3.30pm (Tuesday) on the A529 Market Drayton to Hinstock road at the crossroads for Lightwoods in Shropshire.

Two ambulances, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor on the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found the elderly woman, who was a front seat passenger in the car, in cardiac arrest.

“They immediately started life support, but despite their best efforts it was not possible to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“An elderly man who was driving the car suffered serious chest injuries with suspected multiple fractures.

“Due to his condition, he was taken by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at the Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The car had suffered significant front and rear damage. The skip lorry had front end damage.

“The driver of the lorry, a man estimated to be in his 50s was out of the vehicle when crews arrived. He had a minor head laceration but did not want to go to hospital.”
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