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Biker seriously injured in Netherton

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Thursday 25th August 2016 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist, whose helmet ended up 50 metres down the road following a collision with a car, has been taken to a major trauma centre this morning.

The incident happened on Saltwells Road, Netherton shortly after 7.30am (Thursday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene together with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived they found a motorcyclist who had come off his bike after a collision with a car; the biker’s helmet had come off in the collision and was found 50 metres down the road.

“The biker, a 21-year-old man, was assessed by ambulance staff who found he had sustained multiple serious injuries with several fractures as well as numerous abrasions. He was given pain relief and oxygen to help stabilise his condition whilst his injuries were carefully immobilised. The man was then taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a major trauma centre, for further specialist treatment.

“The driver of the car, a man, sustained minor injuries but did not require hospital treatment.”

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Biker seriously injured in collision with road sweeper

 

Wednesday 24th August 2016 – 2.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has been treated for multiple fractures and alerted in to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision with a road sweeper this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cateswell Road in Sparkhill, Birmingham shortly after 11.50am and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, with a doctor on board, was also in attendance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man on the floor after falling from his bike when in collision with the road sweeper.

“The man, who is believed to be 30-years-old, was suffering from a reduced level of consciousness and had suffered a number of serious injuries.

“Once staff had stabilised his condition he was treated for leg and arm fractures as well as head and shoulder injuries.

“He was then transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham on blue lights and sirens with the doctor from the air ambulance also travelling to continue treatment en-route.

“The driver of the road sweeper was uninjured in the incident.”

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Vans and car collide ahead of M6 rush hour

 

Wednesday 24th August 2016 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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For those heading southbound on the M6 this morning, a collision involving two vans and a car may well be the reason you found yourself sitting in traffic near to junction 3A.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 7.09am to reports of a three-vehicle collision and sent one ambulance and a paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two vans and a car that had been involved in a collision.

“Thankfully there was only patient, a man driving the car, and despite the significant damage he had luckily escaped serious injury.

“The man, believed to be in his 40s, was treated for minor back and neck pain by ambulance staff before being transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.

“The van drivers were uninjured in the incident.”

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Two airlifted from Tamworth collision

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Tuesday 23rd August 2016 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

Two air ambulances were sent to the scene of a RTC this morning which left a man and a woman seriously injured in Tamworth.

The incident happened on Bonehill Road in Tamworth at around 11.15am (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two car RTC had left the driver and passenger in one car trapped. The driver, a man in his 60s, had sustained multiple serious injuries. Ambulance staff and the doctor administered advanced pain relief and provided trauma care to the man whilst the fire service carefully worked to release him from the wreckage.

“Once out of the vehicle, the man was fully immobilised before being carried to the awaiting air ambulance, which had landed in a nearby field, which flew him to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The woman passenger, also in her 60s, had numerous fractures and also required advanced pain relief from ambulance staff whilst they tended to her injuries. Once the fire service had extricated her from the car, she too was fully immobilised and airlifted to the same hospital.

“The driver of the second car, a man, had managed to get out of the vehicle and was walking wounded with less serious injuries. He was taken to Good Hope Hospital by land ambulance as a precaution due to the damage caused in the collision.”

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Two air ambulances attend serious RTC in Stratford-upon-Avon

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Monday 22nd August 2016 – 4.00pm – Claire Brown.

An elderly man is fighting for his life following a two car collision in Warwickshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Greenhill Street in Stratford-upon-Avon shortly after 1.30pm (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham with a doctor on board and a second helicopter from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The paramedic area support officer was first on scene and arrived to find a man, the driver of one car, in cardiac arrest. A police officer and GPs from a nearby surgery were already performing excellent CPR on the man and were using a public access defibrillator.

“The paramedic took over resuscitation efforts and was assisted by a passing off duty paramedic who stopped to help. Once joined by ambulance colleagues, the team continued advanced life support at the roadside and managed to gain some cardiac output. Despite this, the man was still critical and was quickly airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire by WNAA with a doctor on board. Upon arrival in A&E the man was said to be in a critical condition.

“A woman from the same car sustained chest pain and was treated on scene before being taken to Warwick Hospital. In the second car were two women; a mother and daughter. The driver suffered a suspected fractured wrist whilst the passenger had cuts and bruises. Both were treated by ambulance staff before both were taken to hospital in the same ambulance.

“It is always a welcomed sight for ambulance staff to see a patient in cardiac arrest receiving CPR. A special thanks to the GPs from Rotherhouse surgery, the police officer and our off duty staff member for their assistance on scene.

“The road remains closed in Stratford-upon-Avon.”

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A man’s been airlifted after the car he was driving hit a tree side on

Monday 22nd August 2016 – 11.07am – Murray MacGregor.

A man’s been airlifted to a major trauma centre after his car hit a tree side on causing significant damage.

It happened on the A429 about a mile south of Wellesbourne towards Ettington in South Warwickshire.

An ambulance was on scene within seven minutes and was backed up by a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance after four 999 calls at 7.23am this morning (Monday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found the blue Mitsubishi side on against a tree.  There was significant damage on the driver’s side.

“Due to his injuries, ambulance staff removed the man from the vehicle rapidly and stabilised his condition.

“He was suffering from fractured ribs, chest and possibly pelvic injuries.

“The 63 year old was airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire where medics were on standby to receive the man.  He was described as being in a stable but serious condition upon arrival.”

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V Festival update 3

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Monday 22nd August 2016 – 9.45am – Claire Brown.

As festival goers start to pack up their tents at Weston Park this morning, our on-site medical provision begins to wind down from another busy V Festival.

Since the gates opened on Friday, West Midlands Ambulance Service has been on-site to provide medical cover in partnership with St. John Ambulance. The provision included a medical centre staffed by doctors and nurses, as well as a command and control centre which co-ordinated the responses of ambulances and other medical staff stationed across the site to patients in need of medical assistance.

A total of 1,218 patients have been treated, a slight increase from last year, with 40 patients requiring onward transportation by ambulance to hospital.

The wet weather didn’t let up much throughout the weekend for revellers and consequently played a part with many injuring themselves after slips, trips and falls. A number of patients were also treated for the effects of too much alcohol and people with a flare up of pre-existing medical conditions were also seen.

Steve Wheaton, Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer, said: “With tens of thousands of people all in one place, we’re always prepared for the unexpected as it’s inevitable that people will fall ill and require our help. The team of staff and volunteers have worked extremely hard to ensure every patient received the very best care. A special thank you to the day staff that remained onsite after their shift had ended last night to lend an extra pair of hands during a particularly busy period in the medical centre.

“As a Trust, we’ve provided medical cover at V Festival for several years now and are proud when months of planning culminate into a smooth and successful operation. Thank you to St. John Ambulance and all of our staff for their hard work throughout the weekend which ensured it was another safe festival. We’ll remain on site all day today, until the last of the campers have left.”

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V Festival – Update 2

Sunday 21st August 2016 – 7.13am – Murray MacGregor.

Despite the weather, the numbers requiring medical attention at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park have risen only slightly and those needing hospital treatment has actually fallen.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is providing medical cover in partnership with St. John Ambulance.  As in previous year there is a medical centre at the festival.

Since the gates opened, 681 patients have been treated, yet only 11 have required onward transportation to hospital.

As you would expect, injuries from slips trips and falls have featured heavily, but other reasons for accessing medical help have been on-going conditions, and injuries sustained as a result of having drunk too much alcohol.

With the weather looking set to be sunny for much of the day before the chance of more rain this evening, we would urge those heading to Weston Park today to be prepared for all conditions.

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V Festival – Update 1

Saturday 20th August 2015 – 6.55am – Murray MacGregor.

West Midlands Ambulance Service in partnership with St. John Ambulance is providing medical cover at this year’s V Festival at Weston Park.

The organisations’ staff and volunteers, of which there are more than 300, are operating a medical centre on site, along with a command and control centre which is co-ordinating ambulances and other medical staff who are stationed within the main arena and in the campsite areas.

They will be on hand to assess and treat anyone who should become ill or injured during the weekend, providing first-class medical services onsite for the thousands of festival goers, making it one of the safest festivals in the country.

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

“So far, 230 people have been treated at the on-site medical centre collectively by St. John Ambulance volunteers and West Midlands Ambulance Service staff after self-presenting to the facility. On-site ambulance crews around Weston Park tended to a further 40 patients with 11 patients requiring hospital treatment. These were mainly people with existing medical conditions, though a couple had sustained fractures after falls.

“The vast majority of cases were minor injuries as a result of people being intoxicated.

“With the weather forecast looking potentially quite stormy, we would ask people to be prepared. If you’re heading to the festival it’s really important that you don’t forget some waterproofs and some wellies as it is likely to become muddy and slippery underfoot.

“As always, we would advise festival goers to keep themselves hydrated by drinking lots of non-alcoholic drinks, and finally we always ask people to make sure they enjoy themselves, have fun and enjoy the music!”

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Civic awards after amazing careers for two paramedics with almost 90 years experience

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Thursday 18th August 2016 – 3.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

One half of a duo of paramedics who have almost 90 years of service has retired.

It comes only a fortnight after the pair were given a civic award by the Chair of Wychavon District Council.

Paramedics Dave Hankins and Phil Crowther were presented with certificates by Councillor Frances Smith at a meeting of the full council.

The pair worked on a rapid response vehicle based at Evesham.  Dave started with Worcester City and District Voluntary Ambulance Service in July 1969 while Phil is a comparative spring chick having started in London in 1975 before moving to Worcestershire in 1979.

But now Phil has hung his radio up for the very last time after 41 years of work with the ambulance service.

The pair were honoured by the Council after Councillor Smith saw them receive long service awards at the Trusts Annual Awards Ceremony.

As well as being a dedicated paramedic, Phil was a stalwart of the Staff Advice and Liaison Scheme (SALS), which supports ambulance staff who have had to deal with particularly traumatic cases.

A large group of staff, past and present joined him last night in Evesham for an appropriate send off.

Phil said: “I have had a fantastic career.  In particular, I am immensely proud that I helped to train no fewer than 120 paramedics when I worked in the Training Department.

“Thank you to all who came to say farewell – a definite throat-lump moment.”

While Phil will be taking life a little easier from now on, it seemed appropriate that he handed over the keys of the response car to Dave last night.

Dave says he has no plans to take life a little easier any time soon.  He said: “I am immensely proud to work for West Midlands Ambulance Service.  The way we treat patients has moved forward so much since I started.

“I know some people don’t enjoy their job, but I can honestly say that I have enjoyed every single day helping people; helping my community.”

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WMAS tuning up for a safe V Festival

 

Wednesday, 17th August – 2.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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The annual pilgrimage of music lovers heading to Weston Park for V Festival will soon be underway again and as such, final medical preparations are being made.

Huge numbers are expected to attend the popular annual festival with a large number of day visitors swelling the crowd this year.

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will work with St. John Ambulance Service to ensure first-class medical services are available in order to make it one of the safest festivals in the country.

Last year, just over 1,000 patients were treated for a variety of injuries, 36 of whom required transporting to hospital.

In total there will be approximately 200 staff and volunteers working throughout the weekend. A command and control centre will be set up on site, staffed by call takers and dispatchers who will co-ordinate ambulances and medical staff who will be stationed within the park. Self-contained medical centres staffed by doctors, nurses and staff from St. John Ambulance will also be present on site and are fully equipped to deal with all types of injuries, helping festival goers to avoid any unnecessary trips to A&E and continue on with their fun at the festival.

Early indications suggest the weather will be incredibly mixed and as a result the ambulance service will be taking its own advice and will be prepared for all conditions.

Alongside our ambulances, we will be deploying a number of 4×4 vehicles which will help staff gain access to people who may become injured in any difficult locations during the event.

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As well as the weather, there are a number of other factors WMAS is urging all festival-goers to take into account, as Assistant Chief Ambulance Officer Steve Wheaton explained.

“First and foremost we want everyone to have a great time and enjoy the music safely.

“In order to do so, it is important to look after each other, make sure you stick together and that you know where your friends are at all times.

“Also, if you are just attending for the day, make sure you have planned your journey home beforehand and only use licensed taxis if that is the option you go for.

“It is also important to pace yourself to make sure you can remember what a good time you had when you wake up in the morning. Too often we see examples of people overdoing it on the first night and sadly having to go home early.

“Have a drink by all means, but make sure you keep yourself hydrated, and whilst doing so, why not keep an eye on your friends as well?

“It is also really important to bring any medication with you that need, and enough of it. After all, we want you to spend your weekend in the music tent, not in the medical tent.”

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

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

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

For the very latest weather forecast, please visit http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/events/v-festival-weston-park

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Ten patients in separate M54 collisions

Wednesday 17th August 2016 – 12.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been airlifted to hospital following a three-car collision on the M54 this morning in one of two incidents to happen in a short space of time on the motorway.

At 10am, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to junction six on the Westbound carriageway. Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find three cars that had been in collision and eight patients.

“Two of the patients were trapped in one of the cars and had to be cut free through the roof with the help of the fire service.

“From that car, a man believed to be in his 70s was suffering a slightly reduced level of consciousness and was treated for a head injury.

“He was immobilised and transported to the air ambulance, which had landed on the carriageway, before being flown to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“A woman, also thought to be in her 70s, was treated for a suspected fractured wrist and chest pain, given pain relief and immobilised before being taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“There were another five patients in a second car, two adults and three children.

“Thankfully none of them suffered serious injuries and they were all discharged on scene.

“A woman from the third car did not require attention from ambulance staff.”

The incident followed on from another call to a single vehicle collision involving a motorbike on the Eastbound carriageway which came in at 9.45am.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a paramedic officer and a doctor attended the scene between junctions three and two on the eastbound carriageway. An off duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a man and woman, both thought to be in their 50s, lying in the road with their motorbike next to them.

“The man was treated for lower back pain and chest pain whilst the woman had suffered an arm injury. She was given pain relief before they were both taken to New Cross Hospital for further assessment.”

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Biker airlifted with serious leg injury

 

Wednesday 17th August 2016 – 10.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been airlifted to one of the region’s major trauma centres following a collision between a motorbike and a car this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Baneberry Drive in Featherstone at 7.55am and 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: “Crews arrived to find a woman lying next to her motorbike on a grass verge and a car with significant damage to its side.

“The woman, who is believed to be in her 30s, remained fully conscious throughout and was treated for a serious leg injury and cuts to her arm.

“She was given pain relief at the scene and carefully moved on to the awaiting air ambulance, which had landed in a nearby field, before being airlifted to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man, and a male bus driver who witnessed the incident were both treated for the effects of shock before being discharged at the scene.”

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Elderly man injured in lorry collision in Wolverhampton

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Tuesday 16th August 2016 – 3.40pm – Claire Brown.

A collision involving a pedestrian and a lorry in Bilston this afternoon left an elderly man injured.

The incident happened at the junction of Tunnel Street and Avenue Road in Bilston shortly before 1.00pm (Wednesday). An ambulance, two paramedic area support officers 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 ambulance staff arrived the man was still lying underneath the lorry but thankfully wasn’t trapped and was fully conscious and breathing. Upon assessment it was clear to them that the man, believed to be in his 70s, had sustained a nasty injury to one foot, cuts and bruises to his other foot and a cut to his ear after reportedly being clipped by the lorry.

“The man was moved from the road and into the ambulance by stretcher to be given a further thorough assessment. The man’s injuries were stabilised and dressed and he was fully immobilised before being taken to New Cross Hospital for further care.”
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A busy route has been closed after crash caused a major lorry fire

Tuesday 16th August 2016 – 2.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A crash that led to a dramatic fire has closed a busy dual carriageway and left one man needing hospital treatment.

The A449 from Blackpole to the M5 around the east side of Worcester was closed after a collision between two HGVs shortly before 11.30am this morning (Tuesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The collision caused a fire that has totally consumed one of the lorries, which was carrying wood chips.

“The driver of that lorry, a man, suffered chest injuries from the seatbelt and steering wheel and was conveyed to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.  The other driver was uninjured and was able to decouple the cab from the trailer before the fire took hold.

“The A449 remains completely closed in both directions could remain so for several hours – an estimated re-opening time is 5.00pm.

“Motorists are advised to be aware that surrounding roads are likely to be extremely busy.”

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Man injured in microlight incident

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Tuesday 16th August 2016 – 10.15am – Claire Brown.

The pilot of a microlight which came down in Worcestershire last night received trauma care by ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received multiple 999 calls to reports of a microlight which had crash landed in a field off Holy Cross Lane between Clent and Belbroughton, Worcestershire at around 7.45pm last night (Monday).

The Trust mobilised the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham, an ambulance, a MERIT trauma doctor, a paramedic area support officer and Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene. The fire service were also responded to the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a microlight which had made an emergency landing in a field. The pilot and solo occupant, a man in his 40s, was out of the aircraft. Ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had sustained a serious leg injury and chest pain. He was given trauma care by medics including pain relief before being fully immobilised.

“Once stable, the man was carried by ambulance staff to the awaiting land ambulance before being conveyed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, a specialist trauma centre, for further emergency care. The MERIT doctor travelled with the man to hospital along with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.”

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A young boy has suffered life threatening injuries after a collision with a bus

Monday 15th August 2016 – 5.42pm – Murray MacGregor.

A young boy has suffered critical injuries after a collision with a bus.

It happened outside the Police Station on Wilton Road in the Erdington area of Birmingham at just before 3.10pm on Monday afternoon.

An ambulance was on scene in six minutes and was backed up by a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT Trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, the child had been pulled from under the bus.

“The youngster had suffered very serious injuries.

“He was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the doctor and ambulance crew treating him en-route.

“He arrived at hospital just 36 minutes after the call where medics were on standby to receive him.  He was said to be in a critical condition upon arrival.”

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Leading dance organisation adds life-saving skills to repertoire

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Friday 12th August 2016 – 12.15pm – Claire Brown.

A world class touring classical ballet company in Birmingham is dancing for joy after receiving not one but two defibrillators thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

The Trust recently donated two automated external defibrillators to Birmingham Royal Ballet to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, said: “Birmingham Royal Ballet is a huge organisation and, as well as its main building in Thorp Street, it has a separate storage facility and when the company is on tour there are naturally a lot of people involved. Last year I helped the company purchase its first defibrillator following some life-saving training we delivered to staff. Thanks to Birmingham International Airport, who recently returned two defibrillators to the ambulance service, I decided to donate the re-commissioned devices to Birmingham Royal Ballet, so that it now have a device at each of its locations as well an additional device to take on tour.

“As well as providing peace of mind to the ballet dancers and staff, the devices are on hand to help audience members in an emergency. We’re very pleased to be supporting such a prestigious company.”

Sam Howe, Human Resources Assistant from Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “We’ve worked in partnership with West Midlands Ambulance Service for many years to promote first-aid training and awareness in the workplace. Last year, they provided advanced first aid training to our staff where it was identified that the company would benefit from additional defibrillator units for the safety of its staff and dancers. The training we received was fantastic. The ongoing support we’ve had from the ambulance service has been second to none and we’re very grateful to them for our two new defibrillators.

“The safety of our technical and administrative staff alongside our dancers is paramount, and now with these extra units we are increasing the safety for everyone in our offices and on tour; for staff and visitors, too.”

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A young girl has suffered dozens of wasp stings

Friday 12th August 2016 – 8.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A young girl has been taken to hospital with dozens of wasps stings after slipping on leaves and disturbing a nest.

The unfortunate incident happened in woods near Upper Cotton in the Staffordshire Moorlands at a little before 4.00pm on Thursday afternoon.

An ambulance was initially sent along with the Derbyshire Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance with a doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 6 year old girl was extremely brave considering she pretty distressed having suffered between 30 and 40 stings.

“She had pain and swelling over much of her body, but thankfully there had been no allergic reaction that had caused any issues with her airway.

“The girl was given pain relief and antihistamine by the doctor before being taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for observation.”

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A collision with a bicycle has left a woman with multiple injuries

Thursday 11th August 2016 – 10.20am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman pedestrian suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a bicycle.

It happened in Hill Street, Birmingham at about 5.05pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene.  An off duty doctor who was passing also stopped and assisted ambulance staff.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The woman, who was in her 50s had suffered a serious head injury along with possible back and pelvic injuries.

“She was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The cyclist was unhurt.”

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A man was trapped for half an hour after a car left the road and collided with trees

Thursday 11th August 2016 – 9.10am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has been taken to a major trauma centre after the car he was in crashed into trees.

It happened at about 5.30am on Thursday morning on Stream Road in Kingswinford, between the junctions of Bromley Lane and Lesley Drive.

A rapid response vehicle was on scene within six minutes of the 999 call and was backed up by two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT team.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a blue car on its roof with considerable damage.

There was a single occupant in the car.  The man was trapped for about 30 minutes while firefighters worked with ambulance staff to free him.

“After being immobilised, he was given a full trauma assessment before being taken to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with chest and back pain.”

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Ambulance crew stop to help after coming across collision in Stafford

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Wednesday 10th August 2016 – 10.20am – Claire Brown.

A motorcyclist involved in a collision with a car received speedy trauma care after the incident was spotted by a passing ambulance crew.

An ambulance crew came across the collision at the junction of the A51 and Tolldish Lane, Great Haywood in Stafford at around 4.15pm yesterday (Tuesday). The crew called the Trust’s control room and requested assistance from a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Thankfully for the motorcyclist, the ambulance crew were quickly on hand. The man in his 20s had suffered a nasty lower leg and foot injury in the collision. He was given pain relief before his wounds were dressed and stabilised on scene.

“The man was then taken by air ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further specialist trauma care.

“A special thanks to Staffordshire firefighters and members of the public who, whilst ambulance staff treated the patient, kept a herd of cows away from the aircraft which had landed in a nearby field!”

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Car v HGV leaves three injured in Birmingham

Tuesday 9th August 2016 – 4.40pm – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision involving a car and a HGV this afternoon saw one man airlifted and two others requiring hospital treatment.

The incident happened on the A38 heading towards Birmingham near Bassetts Pole at around 1.30pm (Tuesday). Two ambulances, three senior paramedic officers and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a HGV and a car which had been involved in a collision. The car, which had ended up further down the carriageway against the central reservation barrier, sustained serious damage. An off duty doctor was on scene providing initial medical care to the patients. The rear seat passenger of the car, a man in his 20s, had managed to crawl out of the rear window before emergency services arrived and was found on the grass verge. Upon assessment, ambulance staff found the man with abdominal pain. He was given trauma care before being immobilised and carried to the awaiting air ambulance, which had landed on the carriageway, before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, sustained a suspected fractured arm and neck tenderness. Ambulance staff administered treatment to the man whilst the fire service worked to extricate him from the wreckage. Once freed, the man was immobilised before being taken to Heartlands Hospital by land ambulance.

“The front seat passenger, a 32-year-old man, suffered chest injuries. He was administered pain relief whilst the fire service worked around the team of ambulance staff to release him from the car. The man was then taken by land ambulance to Good Hope Hospital.

“The driver of the HGV was uninjured.”

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A motorcyclist was anaesthetised at the scene of a serious RTC

Tuesday 9th August 2016 – 10.10am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist who suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a car has been taken to a major trauma centre.

The crash happened on Mellowdew Road in Coventry at about 4.40pm on Monday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a doctor from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance responding in a car, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found the motorbike rider in a semi-conscious state.

“He had suffered multiple injuries.  He was assessed and treated by ambulance staff and the doctor.  The man was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire with the doctor travelling on the ambulance.

“The driver of the car, a 33 year old woman was also assessed at the scene but had no obvious injuries and was discharged.”

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A woman has died after an RTC involving a private ambulance and a car

Tuesday 9th August 2016 – 9.50am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly woman has died after a crash between a private non-emergency ambulance and a car.

It happened on the A49 in Shropshire at the turn for Strefford at just after 7.00pm on Monday evening.

Three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a non-emergency ambulance operated by MSL had been involved in a collision with a Ford Fiesta.  Both had suffered considerable damage.

“The private ambulance was carrying an elderly lady at the time of the crash.  She suffered serious injuries. After initial assessment and treatment, she was taken on blue lights to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital but sadly died shortly after arrival.

“The driver of the ambulance a man estimated to be in his 50s suffered chest pain. The attendant in the back of the ambulance, who was also estimated to be in her 50s, had leg and shoulder injuries.  Both were taken to the same hospital.

“There were three people in the Fiesta, all in their late teens or early 20s.  The 19 year old driver had a slightly reduced level of consciousness and back pain.  He was immobilised before also being taken to hospital in Shrewsbury.

“The woman in the front passenger seat also went to the same hospital with minor injuries, but the man in the back of the car was uninjured and was discharged at scene.”

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Man airlifted after ride on mower goes down embankment

Monday 8th August 2016 – 5.27pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man cutting the grass has been airlifted to hospital after being trapped for about half an hour underneath a ride on mower that had rolled down an embankment.

The alarm was raised at about 2.35pm after the man was found at Titley Station, to the south of the village of Titley in Herefordshire.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were initially sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It’s believed that the mower had rolled over at least once as it went down the embankment, where it ended up on top of the man’s legs.

“Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to free himself and was trapped for about 30 minutes at the bottom of the 15 foot embankment.

“After assessing the man, who was in his 50s, the crews requested a doctor and so the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was also despatched to the scene.  Ambulance staff feared that being trapped for so long could have led to complications.

“Thankfully once the man was freed, his injuries were found not to be as serious as they could have been but he was still airlifted to Hereford County Hospital by the Strensham aircraft with injuries to his legs and back.”

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Motorcyclist dies despite best efforts of passersby and ambualnce staff

Monday 8th August 2016 – 4.21pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a crash on a rural road.

It happened at about 6.50pm on Sunday evening on the A423 between Southam and Ladbroke in south Warwickshire.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a doctor from Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance responding in a car and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a man who had suffered multiple serious injuries.  A number of members of the public were at the scene providing support.

“Ambulance staff immediately started assessing and treating the man, but sadly his condition worsened and despite all of the efforts made, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Car driver given emergency treatment at road side

 

Thursday 4th August 2016 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been taken to hospital after receiving advanced life support at the side of a road this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Money Lane in Chadwich, Bromsgrove, shortly before 12.45pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that had come to rest against a tree and the driver, a man, in cardiac arrest.

“The man, who had been taken out of the car by bystanders, received CPR and advanced life support from ambulance staff before being moved on to a land ambulance.

“The air crew travelled with the patient to help continue treatment en-route to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, during which time they managed to successfully restart his heart.

“On arrival at the hospital, the man’s condition is still thought to be serious.”

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Woman cut free through the roof of her car

 

Thursday 4th August 2016 – 1.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman who had to be cut free through the roof of her car was one of two patients in a two car RTC this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Stafford Road in Lawnhead, near to Lawnhead Farm, shortly after 7.20am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a BASICS doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two cars with front end damage, one of which had come to rest in a ditch.

“The driver of that car, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was assessed by ambulance staff for a back injury.

“Due to the nature of her injuries she had to be cut free from the car, eventually being freed through the roof.

“She was immobilised and given pain relief by crews before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“The driver of the second car, a man thought to be in his 50s, was treated for a chest and knee injury and taken to the same hospital.

“Thankfully neither of the patients are believed to be seriously injured.”

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Biker airlifted after collision with lorry

Thursday 4th August 2016 – 12.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has been airlifted to hospital following a collision with a lorry this morning.

However, her decision to wear the correct protective equipment has almost certainly saved her from more serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A41 and A529 in Hinstock, shortly before 8.35am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman lying on a grass verge next to her motorbike following a collision with a lorry.

“She had come to rest approximately 100 feet from the lorry and undoubtedly received significant protection from the protective equipment she was wearing.

“The woman, believed to be in her 20s, was treated for a left leg fracture, immobilised and given pain relief on scene before being moved on to the air ambulance and flown to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the incident.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service urges all motorcyclists to wear full leathers and a helmet every time you go out on your bike, whether you are just popping to the shops or heading out on a longer journey.

“Unfortunately, accidents can happen at any time and wearing the correct equipment can potentially, as in this case, save you from much more serious injuries.”

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Seven patients from Safari Park RTC

 

Thursday 4th August 2016 – 9.00am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A two-car collision outside the entrance to West Midlands Safari Park last night (Wednesday) resulted in seven patients needing assistance from ambulance staff.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A456 Kidderminster Road in Bewdley, shortly before 7.55pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a medical first responder and a community first responder to the scene. An off duty paramedic also stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered seven patients, but thankfully none of them appeared to be seriously injured.

“All of the patients were breathing and conscious and ambulance staff quickly began assessing them for their injuries.

“One man was treated for arm and chest injuries and given pain relief at the scene whilst a woman had suffered minor leg injuries.

“They were both transported to Worcester Royal Hospital on the same ambulance.

“Two further patients suffered minor seat belt injuries and were taken to Kidderminster Minor Injuries Unit on the same ambulance.

“An elderly woman was treated for back pain but, together with the two remaining patients, was discharged at the scene.”

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Car in hedge and van on side in Stafford

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Wednesday 3rd August 2016 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A collision involving a car and a van has left an elderly man seriously injured in Stafford this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A51 in Pasturefields shortly after 1.30pm (Wednesday). Two ambulances and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with two trauma doctors and a critical care paramedic on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a van on its side and a car in a hedge. The passenger of the car, a man believed to be in his 70s, sustained multiple serious injuries and required advanced trauma care by ambulance staff and the doctors. They worked closely with the fire service who carefully extricated him from the wreckage which took 45 minutes. Once released, the man was fully immobilised before being taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital; the doctors travelled in the ambulance to provide further treatment en route. His condition was said to be serious.

“The driver of the car, an elderly woman, sustained relatively minor injuries. She was treated on scene before being taken to the same hospital for further checks.

“The van driver had managed to get himself out of the van and, after being assessed by ambulance staff, was discharged on scene.”

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Injured cyclist rescued from Malvern Hills

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Wednesday 3rd August 2016 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

It was a joint rescue effort between the ambulance and fire service last night after a cyclist injured himself whilst out riding with his friends on the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call just before 7.30pm to reports of a cyclist who had fallen off his bike and sustained a leg injury. Due to the difficult location of the patient, ambulance staff were directed to meet a friend of the cyclist on Jubilee Drive near to Malvern Hills Hotel. An ambulance, a responder paramedic, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) were sent. Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service were also requested to attend.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived and were met by the injured man’s friend who then directed them to the patient located on the hillside, approximately 15 minutes’ walk away from the road.  The air ambulance landed as close to the patient as possible on the hillside but, due to a lack of a suitable clearing to safely land, the air crew also ended up walking a distance to reach the patient.

“Once with the cyclist, a man in his 30s, it was obvious to ambulance staff that he had sustained a fractured ankle. He was given pain relief to help ease his discomfort before his leg was immobilised. Once stable, the cyclist was safely bought down from the hillside along narrow steep paths using the fire service’s all-terrain vehicle. The awaiting land ambulance then took the man to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further trauma care.

“The quick thinking of his friends ensured we were able to reach the patient as quickly as possible. This was an excellent example of joint working between emergency services which ensured the patient received the best possible care despite the difficult location.”

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Man trapped for 50 minutes after car and lorry collide

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 – 3pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver was trapped in his vehicle for almost 50 minutes this afternoon following a collision with a lorry.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Cole Hall Lane in Shard End, Birmingham, shortly after 1.05pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford in rapid response vehicle to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, believed to be in his 60s, was receiving care from an off duty nurse when crews arrived at the scene.

“Ambulance staff assessed him and worked alongside the fire service to help rescue the man from the car, which resulted in the driver’s door having to be cut away.

“He was treated for chest and pelvic injuries and a significant leg injury. He was immobilised with the use of a pelvic binder, leg splint and scoop stretcher as well as having pain relief administered.

“Crews then transported the man to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further assessment.

“The lorry driver, a man, was uninjured in the incident.”

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Car driver suffers fatal injuries

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 – 11.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver has suffered fatal injuries after his car collided with a tree and overturned last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Rugby Road in Lutterworth, near to Lutterworth Golf Club, at 7.15pm and sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene alongside colleagues from East Midlands Ambulance Service.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car which had overturned following a collision with a tree.

“The driver of the car, a man, was out of the vehicle and found to be in cardiac arrest.

“Bystanders including an off duty nurse had already started CPR which ambulance crews took over.

“However, unfortunately it became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Two trapped and seriously injured in RTC

 

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 – 11am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two people suffered serious injuries and were left trapped in their car following a collision with a lamppost last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Dudley Port in Tipton shortly after 11.35pm and sent two ambulances and a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle to the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Cosford also attended in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Two patients were left trapped in the car following the collision, having to be cut free by the fire service.

“Crews were told the car also collided with a post box after crashing into the lamppost.

“The driver, a woman teenager, was treated for a suspected fractured jaw at the scene before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“The passenger, a man believed to be in his 20s, was treated for a serious head injury and back pain before being taken to the same hospital.”

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It could have been so much worse – elderly woman in collison with HGV

Thursday 28th July 2016 – 12.40pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly woman has been taken to hospital with relatively minor injuries after a collision with an HGV that had the potential to be extremely serious, or worse.

It happened at about 10.45am on Worcester Road in Malvern outside the Francis of Malvern shop.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The initial 999 call suggested the woman was unconscious and potentially in cardiac arrest.  Thankfully, as further details were taken from the caller, the woman started to move and was clearly conscious.

“She was placed on the back of the ambulance so that she could be assessed by ambulance staff.  She had a bump to the back of her head and a small laceration but otherwise appeared unhurt.  The staff were concerned that she might have concussion so, as a precaution, she was taken by land ambulance to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“The lorry driver was unhurt but he was understandably shaken by what had happened.

“There is no doubt that this could have ended up very differently, so it is good news that no-one appears to have been badly hurt.”

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More M6 misery as pedestrian injured

 

Wednesday 27th July 2016 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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It was a day to forget for motorists on the M6 yesterday as the motorway was closed for a second time last night (Tuesday) following a collision between a lorry and a pedestrian.

Following the early morning lorry fire which caused disruption near to junction 7 on the northbound carriageway, West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to junction 9, again on the northbound carriageway, just after 10.30pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews were told that the collision happened at low speed, leaving a male pedestrian injured.

“Ambulance crews assessed the man and treated him for a minor head injury, back and chest pain. He was then transported to Walsall Manor Hospital for further treatment.

“The driver of the lorry was uninjured in the incident.”

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GP surgeries in Birmingham and Sandwell set to get defib savvy

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Wednesday 27th July 2016 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

A GP organisation with practices across Birmingham and Sandwell have taken delivery of their first two pieces of kit which can help patients in life and death situations.

Modality Partnership runs 19 GP practices across Birmingham and Sandwell delivering primary and specialist care. Earlier this month, West Midlands Ambulance Service donated defibrillators to their Smethwick and Hollybush medical centres; devices used to help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest.

In a bid to further support the Trust’s initiative to increase the number of defibrillators in community settings, Modality plan to install defibrillators at each of their remaining sites.

Dr Mina Gupta, Lead Managerial Partner at Smethwick Medical Centre and The Hollybush Medical Practice, said: “We’re proud to receive two automated external defibrillators from West Midlands Ambulance Service.  This allows us to enhance our partnership with WMAS in providing the best care for our patients in the Smethwick & Hollybush localities.”

Andy Jeynes, Community Response Manager for Birmingham and the Black Country, said: “It’s common sense that a doctors’ surgery has a defibrillator as it’s a place where almost 200 people a day who are already feeling unwell visit each day. The defibrillator is an easy piece of equipment to use and even tells you what to do which means it’s not just a device that doctors can operate, anyone can use a defibrillator to help save the life of a person in cardiac arrest.

“The quicker CPR and a defibrillator can be used when someone’s heart has stopped beating, the better the chances are of survival.”

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A trauma doctor anaesthetised a pedestrian at the scene of a collison with a car

Tuesday 26th July 2016 – 8.51am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has been anaesthetised at the scene of collision with a car after he suffered very serious injuries.

It happened outside Kwik-fit in Washwood Heath Road in the Ward End area of Birmingham at just after 7.00pm last night (Monday).

An ambulance was on scene within six minutes of the first of several 999 calls.  It was backed up by a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found a man who had suffered multiple injuries.  The front of the car was badly damaged.

“Ambulance staff worked with the doctor to stabilise the man’s condition before he was anaesthetised at the scene.  He was then taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham where medics were on standby to receive him.

“The car driver was uninjured.”

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Three people are lucky to be alive after a branch went through the windscreen of their car

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Monday 25th July 2016 – 5.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

“It could have been so much worse.”

That’s the view of the ambulance staff who attended a crash which saw a large branch fall off a tree and go straight through the windscreen of a passing car.

The extraordinary incident happened on Rugeley Road on Cannock Chase close to the Beau Desert Golf Club at about 2.30pm this afternoon, Monday.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Staffordshire were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It appears this was a case of dreadful timing.  A large branch has sheered off a tree just as a car was passing.

“Part of the branch has gone straight through the windscreen of the car narrowly missing the two front seat occupants and struck an 8 year old girl in the back.

“Other road users were quickly on the scene and pulled the branch off the car which has suffered considerable damage.

“The little girl had suffered a nasty puncture wound to her cheek and a broken arm.  She was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff before being airlifted to the paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The man and woman in the front of the car were largely unscathed by the incident but were understandably very shaken by what happened.

“In one respect, they were incredibly unlucky, but in others they were incredibly fortunate not to have suffered far more serious injuries.”

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A man has died after a narrowboat sank while negotiating a lock

Monday 25th July 2016 – 3.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A narrowboat that sank as it went through a canal lock has left one man dead.

The incident happened at Lock 5 on the Droitwich Junction Canal, off the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The alarm was raised shortly after 11.20am this morning (Monday).

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a doctor on board and the Hazardous Area Response Team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The lock was drained and firefighters went on board the narrowboat.  They brought the man out and advanced life support was carried out by ambulance staff, but sadly it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“An elderly woman who had managed to get off the narrow boat was assessed by ambulance staff but was found to be uninjured and was left with police officers.”

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A man has died after a two car collision

Monday 25th July 2016 – 10.05am – Murray MacGregor.

One man’s died and another has suffered critical injuries after a two car collision.

It happened on the A53 at Baldwin’s Gate, to the west of Newcastle Under Lyme at about 9.50pm on Sunday night.

Three ambulances, two BASICS Emergency doctors and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found two cars that had suffered considerable damage.  Police officers were already there.

“There were three men in one car and a single man in the other car.

“Sadly, one man from the first car was confirmed dead at the scene.  A second had suffered multiple injuries and was anaesthetised at the scene before being taken to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital.  He was in a critical condition on arrival.  The third man had facial injuries. They were taken to the same hospital.

“The man in the second car had a minor knee injury.  He was also taken to Royal Stoke but was released after further treatment.”

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Meriden library has novel way to keep hearts pumping

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Monday 25th July 2016 – 9.00am – Claire Brown.

Residents in a Solihull village can head to the local library for a good read and life-saving care thanks to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

Last month, the Trust donated a community public access defibrillator to Meriden Library after identifying a suitable location with Solihull Council to further increase the number of life-saving devices in public places in the borough.

The defibrillator, which can help restart the heart of someone in cardiac arrest, isn’t just there for the benefit of the library, it’s available for anyone in the local community in the event of such a medical emergency. This is the first community defibrillator in Meriden to be publicly accessible round-the-clock and is housed in a cabinet kindly donated by a local resident.

Community First Responders from Fastaid Solihull trained locals in basic first aid and how to use the defibrillator which was officially handed over to the library on the 22nd June.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager for Birmingham and Solihull, said: “Having a defibrillator in the village is a big thing for locals in Meriden and whilst the library isn’t necessarily an obvious place to come to for medical help, it’s in the heart of the community and easily accessible.

“It’s great to know that Solihull Council supports our initiative and understands the importance of having defibrillators in public places. This new addition to the library means that residents in Meriden have a life-saving piece of kit at their fingertips to help someone in cardiac arrest whilst an ambulance is on its way.”

Councillor Tony Dicicco, Cabinet Member for Stronger Communities and Partnerships, said: “This is the first time that a defibrillator has been installed on a Council owned building and we are delighted to support this life changing initiative.”

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Serious injuries to passenger in Burton-upon-Trent RTC

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Friday 22nd July 2016 – 11.30am – Claire Brown.

A road traffic collision in Staffordshire in the early hours has left a woman with a serious chest injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to the junction of the A515 and B5324 in Newborough shortly before 1.30am (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had been involved in a collision; both the driver and passenger had managed to get out of the car prior to their arrival.

“The passenger, a woman believed to be 17-years-old, had sustained a serious chest injury.  She was given pain relief and her wound was dressed before she was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital for further trauma care. The driver, a man, suffered less serious injuries and was taken to Queens Hospital in Burton as a precaution.”

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Cosmetic clinic in Solihull offers new lease of life

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Friday 22nd July 2016 – 8.15am – Claire Brown.

A health clinic in Solihull is the latest location to house a defibrillator to help save lives.

Brandwood Clinic in Monkspath is a European centre for scalp micropigmentation and health checks and has recently installed a defibrillator to provide life-saving care to customers and their local community in an emergency.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager for Birmingham and the Black Country, trained several staff in the use of the defibrillator and basic first aid and officially handed over the device in June. On Monday 25th July, Andy is holding a further training session for members of the local community. Andy said: “I’m happy to support this initiative as the more defibrillators we have in local communities like Monkspath the better as, in turn, there’s more chance of lives being saved.”

Brandwood Clinic’s co-owner David Andrews said: “It has become widely known that there was a requirement for a publicly accessible defibrillator and since we’re open six-days-a-week we’re happy to be able to meet that need with the assistance of West Midlands Ambulance Service.

“We play a fundamental role in promoting good health in Solihull and it seems appropriate that we would be a focal point for this valuable, life-saving asset. Naturally we hope never to have to use it as our focus is on diagnosis and prevention, but we’re delighted to be able to offer this service to the local community.”

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Alex’s Journey encounters a close shave

 

Thursday 21st July 2016 – 4.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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There was a hair-raising experience for two members of West Midlands Ambulance Service staff on Wednesday night as they braved the shave for Alex’s Journey.

Paramedic Area Support Officer Ian Inglesant and Ambulance Fleet Assistant Paul Rowlands were joined by Rich Prior from Warwickshire Police’s OPU to have their hair shaved off at Warwick Hub, all in aid of a very worthy cause.

Nine-year-old Alexander Goodwin was diagnosed with Ewing Sarcoma last month and a fund-raising drive is well underway in order to send him on a dream holiday to Disney World.

The efforts of Ian, Paul and Rich have already put Alex one step closer having raised £1200 so far, with the money still rolling in.

Speaking about his new look, Ian said: “It is a fantastic cause to raise money for and if we can help send Alex to Disney World then it will be worth losing every lock of hair.

“I’m actually quite surprised that it doesn’t look too bad to be honest.

“We’ve raised a superb amount already which we are really pleased with. If we can push it any higher, then all the better!”

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Paul added: “We were more than happy to do this for Alex to try and help raise some money for him.

“I’d urge everyone throughout the ambulance service and beyond to do their bit now and help raise some more money for an extremely brave young boy.”

If you would like to donate, or find out more about Alex’s Journey, please visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/AlexandersJourney?utm_id=62.

You can also follow Alex’s journey by visiting www.alexsjourney.co.uk or following him on twitter @alexs_journey.

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Top picture (l-r) – Rich Prior, Ian Inglesant and Paul Rowlands.

Bottom picture (l-r) – Paul Rowlands, Ian Inglesant and Rich Prior.

If used, please credit the images to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

 

 


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Two people have been hurt after a car crossed a motorway central reservation

Wednesday 20th July 2016 – 3.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after the car she was in crossed the central reservation of the M6 motorway.

The crash happened between junction 1 for Rugby and junction 2 for Coventry around 11.35am this morning (Wednesday).

An ambulance that was transporting a patient to hospital came across the crash shortly after it happened and stopped to provide almost immediate aid.  An off duty student paramedic also stopped to assist.  In addition, two further ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a blue car that had crossed the central reservation onto the southbound carriageway, suffering significant damage.

“A woman in the car had suffered multiple serious injuries.  She was anaesthetised at the scene before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“A man in the car suffered shoulder and arm injuries.  He was taken to the same hospital by land ambulance.

“Thankfully, no cars travelling south were involved in the crash, otherwise the scene could have been considerably more complex.”

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A man’s suffered a very serious arm injury after a crash between a car and a lorry

Wednesday 20th July 2016 – 11.30am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered a very serious arm injury after a collision between a car and a lorry on a busy Midlands motorway.

The crash happened on the southbound M6 between junction 2 at Coventry and junction 1 at Rugby.

Two ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after a 999 call at 7.30am this morning (Wednesday).

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 46 year old was sitting in the front passenger seat when the collision occurred.

“The crash caused damage to the front nearside of the car.  The man’s left arm suffered multiple injuries.  It was assessed and treated at the scene before he was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The car driver and a rear seat passenger, both men in their 20s, were treated for shock but were discharged at the scene.  The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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A man has died after a two vehicle crash

Wednesday 20th July 2016 – 9.10am – Murray MacGregor.

One man has died and another has been taken to a major trauma centre after a two vehicle crash.

It happened on the B4176 between Upper Ludstone and Upper Aston in Shropshire at just after 10.00pm on Tuesday night.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT trauma, doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The middle aged man from one vehicle was rapidly extricated, but sadly despite advanced life support, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at  the scene.

“The 27 year old driver of the other vehicle had suffered a pelvic injury along with knee, ankle and seat belt injuries.  He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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