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Motorcyclist dies in collision with car

Wednesday 22nd February 2017 – 9.35am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A444 in Nuneaton, near to Griff Roundabout, shortly after 7.35pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find two patients, a man from the motorbike and a woman from the car.

“The man was found to be in cardiac arrest. Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The woman, believed to be in her 30s, was treated for a leg injury and a minor cut to the head. She was then transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.”

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Woman escapes serious injury as car catches fire on motorway

 

Tuesday 21st February 2017 – 5.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has escaped serious injury despite her car being destroyed in a fire on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a collision between a car and a lorry on the southbound carriageway of the M40, between junctions 13 and 12, at 11.35am. One ambulance and a paramedic area support officer were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene crews discovered a lorry and a car that had been in collision, the latter of which was ablaze.

“Thankfully, the driver, a woman believed to be in her 20s, had already got out of the vehicle prior to it setting on fire.

“She was treated by ambulance crews for back pain suffered in the collision and given pain relief before being transported to Warwick Hospital for further assessment.

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

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Specialist stretcher used to rescue woman

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Monday 20th February 2017 – 5.10pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman who was out enjoying the countryside has ended up in hospital after suffering a nasty leg injury and having to be rescued by specialist paramedics and Lickey Hills Country Park staff.

The 39 year old was on the Woodpecker Trail, about a mile from the visitor centre just after midday, when she slipped and suffered a suspected fractured ankle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance crew was initially dispatched but they couldn’t get their vehicle anywhere near the patient.

“The Warden took them in a LandRover to about 200m of the woman’s position which was in a densely wooded area.

“After assessing her condition it was clear that they would need assistance so requested the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) be sent.

“While HART were en-route, the ambulance crew provided pain relief and splinted the woman’s ankle.

“On arrival, HART used their Fairtech stretcher to get the patient across rough ground to the LandRover.  The stretcher has two large wheels that enables it to be used where normal stretchers cant.

“She was then driven down to the waiting ambulance before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.”

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Trust increases HART teams to a magnificent seven

 

Friday 17th February 2017 – 3.40pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is investing over £400,000 to strengthen its Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) beyond the standard national requirements.

The Trust has to have 42 HART paramedics, which breaks down into seven teams of six. However, in order to add extra resilience, WMAS has employed an extra seven HART paramedics to ensure an operational capability of seven teams of seven.

HART provides paramedic care to patients within a hazardous environment that would otherwise be beyond the reach of NHS care. This can include working at height, collapsed structures or within contaminated environments. HART staff can also operate within the Warm Zone of a firearms incidents to triage, treat and extricate patients.

Having an additional seventh member of the team also allows them to provide a more robust response to HART incidents but also the seventh member of the team can work with Trust staff at bariatric incidents using specialist equipment that has been issued to HART. All ambulances are able to carry a bariatric stretcher. They are held at each hub as well as specialist bariatric vehicles across the Trust.

HART and Special Operations Manager for WMAS, James Price, said: “The significance of the Trust’s decision to extend our HART teams cannot be underestimated.

“Not only does it give us increased resilience in terms of a job HART are required to attend, it also further develops the skillset of an additional seven members of staff into the diverse operating environment of Hazardous Area Response Teams.

“By increasing the number of HART paramedics within the West Midlands, we are further enhancing the service patients receive throughout the region when calling 999 in their hour of need.”

WMAS trialled the Urban Search and Rescue element of HART in 2008, before going fully live with the incident response unit and its associated specialist vehicles in 2009. During the next two years WMAS HART was at the forefront of implementing both the inland water capability and firearms element that can now be seen in HART teams across the country.

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A teenage pedestrian’s been left in a critical condition after a crash with a car

Thursday 16th February 2017 – 4.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has suffered critical injuries after a collision with a car.

The collision happened at the junction of Church Road and Horrell Road in the Sheldon area of Birmingham at around 7.35am this morning (Thursday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a trauma doctor on board were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, they found a 14 year old girl who had suffered a serious head injury along with a nasty wound to her leg.

“She was immobilised and had a pelvic binder applied.  The doctor from the aircraft anaesthetised her at the scene before she was taken on blue lights to the region’s paediatric major trauma centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.”

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Lucky escape after RTC on motorway

Thursday 16th February 2017 – 3.37pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman, whose car hit the central reservation of a busy motorway after a collision with an HGV, has escaped with almost no injury.

The incident, which left her car with significant damage, happened at about 8.30am this morning (Thursday) on the M40 northbound just after Junction 12.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.  In addition two off duty staff from East Midlands and South Central Ambulance Services stopped to offer assistance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered very significant damage down the nearside, but the driver’s side had escaped the worst of it.  This allowed the 30 year old woman from Slough to get out of the vehicle unaided.

“In addition, the crash damaged the central reservation and left debris on both the southbound and northbound carriageways.

“Considering the damage to the car, the woman escaped with remarkably minor injuries.  She  had a minor injury to her shoulder, face and a hand.

“Due to the nature of the crash, she was taken by land ambulance to Warwick Hospital for further assessment.”

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Motorcyclist dies after collision with car

Thursday 16th February 2017 – 10.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has died after a collision with a car.

The crash happened on Cannock Road in the Chase Terrace area of Burntwood at about 5.45pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Two community first responders from the Burntwood scheme were sent along with an ambulance.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The rider was initially conscious and talking to staff as they assessed his condition.

“He was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place and was en-route to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by ambulance when his condition deteriorated rapidly and he suffered a cardiac arrest.

“The crew diverted to the nearest emergency department at Walsall Manor Hospital whilst resuscitating the patient.

“The MERIT Trauma doctor was sent to the hospital in preparation to transfer the patient to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, but sadly, his condition did not improve and he passed away at hospital yesterday evening.”

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Car goes up ‘off’ ramp at Spaghetti Junction

Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 6.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

Three drivers have been very fortunate to escape serious injury after a car went up the ‘off’ ramp at the Gravelly Hill Interchange, better known as Spaghetti Junction.

Two ambulances were sent to the scene after the incident at about 3.30pm this afternoon, Wednesday.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found three cars, two badly damaged both with front end damage, and a third at right angles to the road.

“The driver of the dark coloured Vauxhall was an 80 year old.  He was suffering from abdominal pains but no other obvious injury.  After treatment at the scene, he was taken by ambulance to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“The driver of the silver car that had been coming down the off ramp was a man in his 40s.  He had a head injury and appeared slightly concussed.  After assessment, he too was taken to Heartlands Hospital for further treatment.

“The man driving the third car, a Lexus, was uninjured and didn’t want assessed by ambulance staff.

“Considering the location, this had the potential to be a very serious incident and it is more than fortunate that the injuries were not more serious.”

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Child comes out of pushchair after collision with car

Wednesday 15th February 2017 – 4.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A young child has suffered serious injuries after a collision between a car and the pushchair that the youngster was in.

It happened in Pinfold Street, Darlaston outside the Darlaston Health Centre at about 10.10am this morning, Wednesday.

An ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 4 month old girl came out of the pushchair as a result of the collision.

“She had suffered injuries to both arms and her head.  After treatment at the scene, she was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment with her mother travelling with her.

“There were no other patients.”

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Teenage pedestrian hurt after crash with car

Tuesday 14th February 2017 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A teenager has suffered serious injuries after a collision with a car.

The incident happened in Mytton Lane, Shawbury in Shropshire at about 3.55pm on Monday afternoon.

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The 16 year old ended up on the pavement after the collision.

“He had suffered a head injury as well as a badly broken right leg.

“Ambulance staff splinted his leg and immobilised him berfore he was taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on blue lights.”

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Driver suffers serious injuries

Monday 13th February 2017 – 4.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has suffered multiple serious injuries after a collision between the car she was driving with a lorry.

The crash happened at about 1.50pm on the island under the junction of the A53 and A500 in Stoke on Trent.

Two ambulances and two emergency doctors from the North Staffordshire BASICS scheme were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car had suffered very considerable damage.

“Ambulance staff and the doctors worked with firefighters to extricate the woman.

“She had suffered multiple serious injuries.  After treatment at the scene, the woman, who is believed to be about 30, was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre with one of the doctors travelling with the ambulance crew.”

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Fatal house fire

Friday 10th February 2017 – 8.34am – Murray MacGregor.

One person has died after a severe fire at a house in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Servce was called to City Road in the Edgbaston area at around 4.40am this morning, Friday.

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found firefighters tackling a fire that had affected two properties.

“The building was very badly damaged and sadly, the body of one person was found inside.

“The Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team has now also been dispatched to the scene to assist firefighters.”

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Man in serious condition after fall from scooter

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Thursday 9th February 2017 – 5.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man needed trauma care from ambulance staff after falling from a scooter in Halesowen this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from the police reporting a road traffic collision on Manor Lane in Halesowen at 2.15pm (Thursday). An ambulance, 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: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a man in his 20s who had reportedly fallen from a scooter. The man was unconscious and, upon assessment, was found to have sustained a serious head injury. Ambulance staff and the doctor worked as a team to help stabilise his condition ready for immediate transfer to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham by land ambulance; the doctor travelled in the ambulance to continue treatment en route.”

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Motorcyclist airlifted with serious injuries

 

Thursday 9th February 2017 – 10.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has been airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after falling from his motorbike this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Eastern Avenue in Lichfield shortly before 7.30am and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a motorcyclist lying in the road with his motorbike nearby. No other vehicles are believed to have been involved in the incident.

“The man, believed to be in his 50s, was assessed and treated for serious injuries including to his chest, abdomen, pelvis and ankle.

“He remained fully conscious throughout, was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board and also had pain relief administered before being flown to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

“Whilst in a serious condition, it is clear his injuries could have been much worse had he not been wearing full leathers and a helmet.”

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Fatal incident at Barnt Green Railway Station

 

Thursday 9th February 2017 – 9.20am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has sadly died following a collision with a train this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Barnt Green Railway Station on Fiery Hill Road shortly before 6.55am this morning and sent one ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a woman who had been seriously injured following a collision with a train.

“Unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Early indications suggest the incident was a tragic accident.

“As normal in an incident of this nature, a full investigation will be carried out by British Transport Police to determine exactly what happened.”

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A pleasant shock – as man escapes serious injury after car hits electricity pylon

 

Wednesday 8th February 2017 – 11.55am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver had a lucky escape last night when walking away without serious injury after a collision with an electricity pylon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Warwick Road in Norton Lindsey, near to the junction with Brittons Lane, shortly before 6.20pm and sent one ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Arriving at the scene, ambulance crews discovered a car that had been significantly damaged and an electricity pylon suspended low to the ground with cables lying on the road.

“The car driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, had freed himself from the vehicle and was fully conscious.

“He was assessed by ambulance staff and treated for an arm injury and minor neck pain. He was immobilised as a precaution and transported to Warwick Hospital for further assessment.

“Given the damage visible to ambulance crews on arrival at the scene, both to the car and the electricity pylon, it is a lucky escape for the driver that he has not suffered more serious injuries in the collision.”

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Two injured after three-vehicle motorway collision

 

Wednesday 8th February 2017 – 9.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two people required treatment from ambulance staff before being taken to hospital following a collision between two cars and a lorry on the M42 last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident between junctions five and six on the northbound carriageway at 7.30pm and sent two ambulances to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to find two cars and a lorry that had collided, leaving two injured patients.

“From one of the cars, the driver, a man believed to be in his 20s, had managed to free himself from his vehicle, which ambulance staff were told had spun as a result of the incident.

“He was treated for a suspected wrist fracture and hand injury, given pain relief and taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

“A passenger from the second car, a woman thought to be in her 80s, was treated for abdominal and back pain, also given pain relief and taken to the same hospital.”

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Teen cyclist seriously injured in RTC

 

Wednesday 8th February 2017 – 8.40am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A teenage boy is in an extremely serious condition following a road traffic collision with a car last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Bandywood Road and Wandsworth Road in Birmingham at 7.20pm 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 found a 15-year-old boy who had suffered numerous serious injuries and was in cardiac arrest.

“Bystanders, including the police, had already started CPR which ambulance staff took over as well as administering advanced life support.

“Thankfully they were able to restart the boy’s heart before quickly transferring him to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment.

“Unfortunately, on arrival at hospital, the boy’s condition was still described as very serious.”

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Incredibly fortunate to walk away unhurt

 

Tuesday 7th February 2017 – 3.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has incredibly escaped injury despite her car leaving the road and overturning this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Billesley Road in Billesley, Warwickshire, shortly after 12.45pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a woman, believed to be in her 40s, who was suspended in the air by the seat belt after her car had left the road and overturned, eventually coming to rest against a tree.

“Ambulance staff worked closely with the fire service to safely lower the woman and help her get out of the car.

“She was then assessed by crews but incredibly found to have avoided any injuries which given the damage suffered to the car and the position it has come to rest in, is extremely lucky. The woman was discharged at the scene.”

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CFR group gets in gear to respond with brand new vehicle

 Tuesday 7th February 2017 – 1.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith

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Thanks to the generosity of the community within which they work, Alveley Community First Responders (CFRs) have proudly unveiled their brand new and improved response car.

As well as offering increased reliability, it’s 4×4 capabilities will bring obvious benefits in the rural area in which the group responds. It also boasts the new high visibility West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) CFR livery which will make it safer for the team when mobilising to incidents.

The new car features two-way radio with the Emergency Operations Centres at WMAS, which will allow faster response to 999 emergencies and more frequent updates about the job they are attending.

The car has been purchased thanks to kind donations received from members of the general public and charity organisations based in and around the village of Alveley and the Severn Valley.

A substantial proportion of the money was received when Alveley CFRs joined forces with other CFR schemes within the Bridgnorth and District CFR group after being nominated as Bridgnorth Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year for 2015-16.

Scheme member Martin Hill, said: “We are extremely grateful and humbled for the donations and kind comments we regularly receive from all over our community and would like to thank all those who support us.

“The scheme has been running for 12 years now and has provided immediate and lifesaving care for many residents and visitors throughout our community in that time.

“Our scheme relies solely on voluntary donations from both the public and charity organisations. We have annual rising costs that have to be met along with updating or replacing key equipment such as defibrillators, all of which are there to save lives and assist our community during times of medical emergency.

“The village residents regularly support events that are organised by the community to raise funds which is truly fantastic. It would be great also to secure sponsorship from local businesses. We now have a high visibility car that would provide any corporate sponsor with a great advertising opportunity.

“We are also looking for others to join the scheme to help fundraise, we want to keep this scheme going into the future.”

There are currently three members of the Alveley CFRs, who between them provide voluntary cover seven days a week as well as maintaining full time jobs. They are trained by and support WMAS on 999 calls, providing immediate medical assistance for people in their community whilst waiting for a WMAS resource to arrive at the scene.

The scheme covers a rural area in a four mile radius around Alveley, but also support WMAS on calls when required anywhere between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth including areas such as Arley, Six Ashes, Bobbington, Kinver and Wolverley.

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Pedestrian in fatal collision with a lorry

Tuesday 7th February 2017 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has died despite all attempts to save him after he was involved in a collision with a lorry.

The crash happened on Lichfield Road near Salford Circus in the Stockland Green area of Birmingham at about 3.00pm on Monday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a man who had suffered very significant injuries.

“Ambulance staff and the doctor carried out advanced life support and trauma care at the scene.

“He was anaesthetised before being taken on blue lights and with a police escort to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham with the doctor continuing to treat the man en-route.

“Medics at the hospital were awaiting his arrival and continued his care.  Sadly, despite all of the efforts, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.”

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A serious crash led to a woman being anaesthetised at the scene

Monday 6th February 2017 – 2.08pm – Murray MacGregor.

One woman has been anaesthetised at the scene of a serious crash.

The crash happened on the A49 at Dinmore Hill at around 8.00am this morning, Monday.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two cars that had both sustained significant damage.

“The driver of an Audi, a 19 year old woman, was in a semi-conscious state.  She was extricated from the wreckage with the assistance of the fire service and was immobilised.  On assessment she was found to have serious injuries.

“The doctor anaesthetised her before she was taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The driver of the other car, a 43 year old woman, was said to have been unconscious briefly but had come round.  She was pulled from the wreckage by passers-by who were concerned that the car might be about to go on fire.  Fortunately it didn’t.

“She was also immobilised and was treated for hand, hip and back pain.  She was taken to Hereford County Hospital for further assessment.”

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Tragedy: a pedestrian has died after a collision with a car

Monday 6th February 2017 – 11.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has died after a collision with a car.

It happened on New Street in the Hill Top area of West Bromwich late last night (Sunday)

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor were sent to the scene after a call at about 11.25pm.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived it was clear that the pedestrian had suffered very serious injuries.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent that it would not be possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The man driving the car was upset but unhurt.”

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Fatal RTC in Birmingham

 

Monday 6th February 2017 – 9.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A cyclist has died following a collision with a car in Birmingham yesterday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Alum Rock Road at 12.21pm and sent two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a man who had fallen from his bike following a collision with a car.

“Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and administered advanced life support as the man was found to be in cardiac arrest.

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

“A man from the car was assessed for the effects of shock but did not require taking to hospital.”

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Woman seriously injured in Dudley RTC

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Friday 3rd February 2017 – 4.40pm – Claire Brown.

A collision between two cars left one woman needing life-saving care this afternoon in Dudley.

An ambulance came across the collision at the junction of Pedmore Road and Peartree Lane in Dudley at 2.00pm this afternoon (Friday). The ambulance crew immediately began treatment on scene whilst two more ambulances and a responder paramedic were responded.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The ambulance crew arrived on scene to find two cars which had been involved in a collision; one woman thought to be from one of the cars involved was found underneath one vehicle and was in a serious condition.

“The ambulance crew quickly administered trauma care to the woman before she was conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Medics in A&E were pre-alerted to her arrival.

“The driver of one car, an elderly man, was given treatment on scene for chest pain before being taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

“The driver of the second car refused assessment and was left in the care of the police.”

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Whitchurch paramedic’s charity Welsh coastal cycle

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Friday 3rd February 2017 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

A paramedic from Whitchurch is swapping his ambulance for two wheels in April to take on a tour of Wales for charity.

Keen cyclist Richard Bebbington, 50, sets off on his solo cycle journey from his home in Whitchurch on Monday 17th April and will cover 450-miles around the coast of Wales to raise £1250 for Hope House Childrens Hospice; a charity close to his heart.

The gruelling journey is set to take Richard down the border between England and Wales to Cardiff before continuing along the south coast, up the west side of Caernarfon before following the north coast and heading home.

Richard, who has worked for the ambulance service for 21 years, said: “I aim to travel 80-100 miles per day and hope to complete the journey in five days. The route I’ve chosen will follow a challenging landscape with some long tough inclines.

“I hope to raise £1,250 for Hope House which provides care and support to life-limited children, young people and their families from Shropshire, Cheshire, North and Mid Wales. My friend’s son has spent many weeks at Hope House so know, first hand, how the charity not only provides professional and loving care for the child but also support to families too. Without donations, all the services they provide would be reduced so any support people can give me would be much appreciated.”

To donate, please visit Richard’s Just Giving Page “Richards Tour of Wales” via https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/RC-Bebbington.

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From firefighter, retail worker and prison officer to 999 call assessors

 

Thursday 2nd February 2017 – 3.20pm – Claire Brown.

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New call assessors from a wide range of backgrounds have joined West Midlands Ambulance Service for a new career saving lives behind the 999s.

In October and December 2016, the Trust further bolstered its call assessor numbers by employing 28 new staff to answer 999 calls in its two Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) in Brierley Hill and Stafford.

With more than 3,000 emergency 999 calls received a day, the service is the third busiest in the country. During a 12-hour shift, a call assessor will answer a staggering 70 999 calls, everything from coughs, twisted ankles and cut fingers through to life threatening calls about chest pain, strokes and serious blood loss.

From a retained firefighter, prison officer, retail assistant and mental health worker, the new call assessors bring a wide range of skills and backgrounds which can only benefit the Trust.

As our control room staff will tell you, it’s one of the most rewarding jobs they’ve ever done. Annie-Rose Blackwell applied for the role of call assessor in October last year, three months later she was answering 999 calls. Annie said: “I was already working for the Trust as a call taker for patient transport but when the job in EOC came up I wanted to experience more of an emergency environment. The training proved intense and at times difficult but the support given by the trainers made the process enjoyable.”

As Annie explains, it’s not just ambulance crews out on the road that help to save lives: “My proudest moment in my new role so far is helping a patient in cardiac arrest and hearing them breathe again.”

Jamie Dubczyk, left his role at Dudley Council to become a call assessor in August. Jamie said: “I wanted a change of career and to work for an organisation where there’s progression. There are challenging days and then days which go smoother than others. It’s an incredibly rewarding job; I’ve helped to save three lives since I joined!”

Becoming a call assessor means completing an intense three-month in-house training programme. Not only do our call assessors receive comprehensive training to use the Trust’s computer systems, they complete an accreditation to use the national telephone triage system, a nationally recognised first aid qualification and learn about health and physiology. Once the classroom training is complete, it’s time for mentoring in the Emergency Operations Centre where they take live 999 calls with an experienced call assessor before undertaking a final assessment where they are signed off as ready to take 999 calls alone.

Liz Parker, the Trust’s Head of EOC Development and Training, said: “You don’t need a university degree or healthcare background to apply for the role as a 999 Call Assessor with us. You’ll receive in-depth training and be supported by the Trust’s EOC training team who specialise in delivering the necessary skills to answer a 999 call.

“If you need to make a 999 call you can be confident that the person answering your call will help you through what can be an emotional and sometimes traumatic experience. If necessary they will arrange for an ambulance to attend, on other occasions they may suggest an alternative route for the patient to the GP or another local healthcare service. Whatever the outcome they will provide the best care for the patient throughout the call.”

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Pictured left to right (back row) Lucy Fitton, Josh Wright, Gemma Ingham, Annie Rose Blackwell, Jamie Dubczyk. (front row) Jessica Preston, Elizabeth Williams, Kelly Roadway.


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Car passenger trapped for 50 minutes as four injured in RTC

 Wednesday 1st February 2017 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith

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A seriously injured passenger was trapped for 50 minutes following a two-car collision last night that resulted in four people being taken to hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Hospital Street and Stafford Street in Walsall at 9.35pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The two car collision resulted in four patients, one of whom was still trapped when ambulance staff arrived.

“The man, believed to be in his 30s, was cut free with the help of the fire service and treated for suspected wrist and leg fractures and a head injury.

“He was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham with the hospital having been alerted to the man’s condition prior to his arrival.

“The driver of that car, a man thought to be in his 30s, suffered minor bruising and was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness.

“He was also immobilised and then taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“The two occupants of the second car, a man and a woman, were both treated at the scene for minor injuries before being taken to Walsall Manor Hospital for further assessment.”

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Car driver badly injured after tractor crash

Tuesday 31st January 2017 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A car driver has suffered potentially serious injuries after a collision between a tractor and a car.

It happened at about 4.30pm on the B4116, Coleshill Road near the village of  Bentley in Warwickshire, close to Dudley Wood Farm.

An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a car that has suffered very significant front end damage and a tractor that was missing it’s front offside wheel.

“The car driver, a man in his 20s, was initially unconscious but came round as he was being treated.

“Working with firefighters, it took almost 45 minutes to safely extricate him from the wreckage of the car.

“He had suffered a suspected broken pelvis and was also complaining of head and back pain.  He was given pain relief, was immobilised and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire; the doctor from the critical care car travelled with the crew.

“The man driving the tractor was shaken but otherwise unhurt.”

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Two extraordinarily lucky not to have been more seriously hurt after car rollover

Monday 30th January 2017 – 5.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have had an extraordinarily lucky escape after the car they were in rolled over multiple times coming to rest in a field.

The incident happened on Swynnerton Road close to Baden Hall between Sturbridge and Cold Meece in Staffordshire at around 12.35pm today, Monday.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a community first responder from the Eccleshall scheme attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Honda Civic had left the road, gone through a hedge and ended up a considerable distance into a field.  Thankfully, it came to rest back on its wheels, though it was clear it had rolled over several times.

“Despite the crash, the two men inside, who are aged 25 years, escaped serious injury.

“The front seat passenger was trapped for about an hour.  He has suffered a right leg fracture as well as back and neck pain.  His leg was splinted and he was immobilised before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“The driver had suffered a possible dislocation of his shoulder and was complaining of neck pain.  He too was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital.

“Given the level of damage to the vehicle and where it came to rest, both men have been extremely lucky not to have suffered far more serious injuries.”

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Six have been taken to hospital after a two car crash

Monday 30th January 2017 – 1.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

Six people have been taken to hospital, one in a serious condition, after a two car crash.

The incident happened at about 7.35pm on Sunday evening on the southbound A46 at Warwick just before the Birmingham Road junction.

Three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a rapid response vehicle were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found two cars that had suffered significant damage and had come to rest on the verge next to trees and bushes.

“A 29 year old woman from one of the cars had been helped from the vehicle and was lying on the grass nearby.  She had potentially serious injuries and was immobilised before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at Univeristy Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“Five others received less serious injuries and were taken to Warwick Hospital.

  • A 36 year old man with neck pain and an injury to his forehead;
  • A 32 year old man who had a laceration to his chin and right elbow, neck and chest pain;
  • A 13 year old girl who was complaining of a head injury; and
  • A 15 year old girl with a sprained left ankle, a head injury and right shoulder pain.
  • An 18 year old man with lacerations to his leg and a burn to his arm

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Trust rated ‘Outstanding’ by Care Quality Commission

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Wednesday 25th January 2017 – 8.00am – Claire Brown.

West Midlands Ambulance Service is delighted to receive an ‘outstanding’ rating which is the highest possible rating from health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

The CQC report, published today, follows the regulators inspections to the Trust during the Summer of 2016.

The report specifically highlighted “staff were outstanding in the way that they supported patients.” It also outlined the “hard work of staff is exemplary and making a real difference to patients.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “West Midlands Ambulance Service is the only ambulance trust to be rated outstanding by the CQC. I am incredibly proud of my staff and the volunteers who support us, for providing the best possible care to patients across the West Midlands.

“Helping others is at the heart of everything we do and I am hugely pleased that the CQC saw a positive, patient centred culture within the Trust with hard working staff proud to work here and making a real difference to patients’ lives. Compassion is a large part of our role and I am equally proud that the report highlighted staff were outstanding in the way they support people who are distressed or overwhelmed in stressful situations.

“Quality and safety are key priorities for us; they are essential for running an effective ambulance service and I’m pleased that this was highlighted by the CQC as was our strong and stable leadership team.

“I am delighted that they also recognised that we are at the forefront of making improvements in dealing with the ever-increasing number of emergency calls we receive by recruiting hundreds of paramedics, the introduction of new vehicles and trialling innovative ways to minimise the time patients must wait.

“I accept the comments in the report relating to improvements required in patient transport services. We have already implemented a number of improvements since the inspection and will continue to make further improvements so that we can improve their rating.

“One of the great strengths of this organisation are the staff and the way they work so hard to do what is right for our patients and their colleagues. As well as those highlighted we also see this in other areas such as our clinical performance and financial objectives.

“We will continue to do everything possible to raise our standards further.  I would like to thank all of our staff and volunteers for their outstanding professionalism, continued dedication and hard work.”

West Midlands Ambulance Service Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “This is an excellent start to 2017 not only for our staff and volunteers but for the people of the West Midlands. It is an inevitable fact that, every single day, people will call 999 for help in their hour of need. The CQC report shows that patients are receiving the highest standard of care and compassion from our staff as well as providing appropriate care in the right place and at the right time.

“Despite the challenges faced by the NHS and the heavy demands placed upon the ambulance service, the Trust will continue to focus on patient care. I am very proud of all of you who provide such an excellent standard of service. Please accept my sincere thanks for all that you do.”

The CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said: “I am extremely pleased to announce that West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust is the first ambulance service in England to receive an outstanding rating. As demand for emergency care grows year by year, our ambulance services have never been busier. I know the trust is at the forefront of national improvements in the ambulance service, exploring better ways to deal with emergency calls so that people get appropriate care in the right place at the right time.”
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The inspections looked at all aspects of how the Trust operated, paying particular attention to Emergency and Urgent Care, Emergency Operations Centre, Patient Transport Services and Resilience. The five key areas the CQC look at are whether a service is safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. The Trust received a rating of ‘outstanding’ for providing caring and effective services and ‘good’ for being safe, responsive and well-led.  Resilience was rated ‘outstanding’ overall.

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Man in serious condition after car leaves road in Staffordshire

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Tuesday 24th January 2017 – 12.00noon – Claire Brown.

A car which left a road and ended up in a field last night in Staffordshire has left a man in a serious condition.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call from the police reporting a single vehicle collision on the A50 near to Draycott-in-the-Moors just before 11.00pm (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which had left the carriageway, travelled up an embankment and ended up in a field. The driver of the car, a man believed to be in his 40s, sustained serious injuries which required advanced treatment by ambulance staff on scene before being rushed to Royal Stoke University Hospital on blue lights. Treatment continued en route to A&E.

“The passenger of the car, a man in his 20s, had self-extricated from the vehicle and was described as ‘walking wounded’. However, due to the nature of the collision and the damage cause, the man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before being taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.”

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Motorcyclist and car driver seriously injured in Water Orton

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Tuesday 24th January 2017 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

Two men needed trauma care by ambulance staff and two doctors last night after they were involved in a collision on the Birmingham and Warwickshire border.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the Minworth Road and Water Orton Lane in Water Orton shortly after 10.00pm last night (Monday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and a Critical Care Car from The Air Ambulance Service attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which had collided with a tree. On the same stretch of road, a motorcyclist had also come off his bike.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 20s, sustained multiple serious injuries in the collision with the tree and required advanced trauma care at the roadside to help stabilise his condition. The man was taken by land ambulance, on blue lights, to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further trauma care. The critical care doctor travelled with the ambulance crew to continue treatment en route.

“The motorcyclist, a man in his 30s, suffered a serious leg injury. He was given pain relief before he was fully immobilised and taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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We want to inspire communities to save lives

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Left to right – Michelle Brotherton (General Manager, West Mercia), John Bottamley (Chair Four ACre Trust), Sue Watkins (Trustee, Hereford and Worcester CFRs), Cliff Medlicott (Community Response Manager, West Mercia)

Monday 23rd January 2017 – 8.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A generous donation from a charitable trust could turn dozens of rural communities into lifesavers.

The Four Acre Trust is donating £50,000 towards buying additional automated external defibrillators (AEDs) for rural areas of Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  To qualify, local communities need to raise half the money and the Four Acre Trust will pay the other half.

The funding should mean up to 100 extra AEDs being available to members of the public to use in the event of someone suffering a cardiac arrest. A defibrillator is used to reset the heart so that it can start beating normally again.

A cardiac arrest is where the heart stops beating and should not be confused with a heart attack.  Every year there are over 130,000 out of hospital cardiac arrests in England.  With early cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation, over 90% of those patients could be saved.  Sadly, only about 8% will be saved because it takes too long to get help.  By increasing the number of AEDs in the community, more lives can be saved.

Chair of Trustees for the Four Acre Trust, John Bothamley, said: “We generally support charities that give individuals – mainly children and young people – help in making the most of their lives.

“What better way can we help those children, their parents and friends than by helping them to save a life.  We want to get as many children and young people involved in this scheme as possible as well as their parents.

“We are here to inspire local communities who have been thinking about getting a defibrillator, to get on and do it.  It’s a straight forward process and we’ll provide half of the £1,000 funding needed.  We hope as many communities will take up the offer and we can get an extra 100 defibrillators installed as soon as possible.”

When a community comes up with the funding, they should apply to the Hereford and Worcester Community First Responder (HWCFR) Charity who will arrange for the defib to be placed in a box on the likes of a church wall, school, shop or even pub; anywhere that it can be accessed 24 hours a day.

HWCFR Charity Trustee, Sue Watkins, said: “Not only will we help the community to install the defib, we will work with West Midlands Ambulance Service to train local people in its use.  However, people should remember that you do not need to have had any training to use one.

“There are so many examples of where having a defib in a rural community has made the difference between life and death.  Even in a small village like Peterchurch, their defib has been used three times in the last 18 months.  Whatever the size of the village or town you live in, you can always benefit from having a defib available 24/7.”

West Mercia Community Response Manager, Cliff Medlicott, added: “For every minute after the heart stop beatings, your chance of survival drops by 10% so you can see how important it is that we get more defibs out into the rural communities.

“Whether you have had training or not, you can make a difference if you know where your nearest defib is.  We’d urge every local community to come together to take up this fantastically generous offer from the Four Acre Trust.”

General Manager for West Mercia with West Midlands Ambulance Service, Michelle Brotherton, said: “As someone who lives in a rural area, I have seen the value of having a defib in the community.  There are people who are alive today because there was one nearby.

“If you don’t already know how to do CPR or where your nearest defib is, what better way to start 2017 than by taking up this offer and achieving both?”

Any community or group that would like to take up the offer should contact Sue Watkins via email at sue.watkins2016@gmail.com

Mr Bothamley says the Trustees want to see communities become safer places:

he says he wants to inspire communities so that up to 100 extra defibrillators will be available in an emergency:

Mr Bothamley says that as a Charity that has helping children at the heart of its work, they want to see youngsters getting involved:

Sue says, just because it is a rural community doesn’t mean that it’s not just as vital that a defib is available:

Sue says there is always somewhere available to place a defib, however big or small a community is:

Cliff says in a cardiac arrest, time is the biggest factor so responding quickly to a cardiac arrest will save lives:

He says that whether you have been trained or not, you can make a difference and save a life:

Michelle says there is no doubt that taking up the offer could well save a life:

Michelle says the reality is that in rural areas, defibs are probably more important than in an urban area:

She says it’s not often that you get the chance to make such a big difference to your community:

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Lorry driver dies on M42

 

Friday 20th January 2017 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A lorry driver has died after their vehicle overturned and caught fire on the motorway this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M42, near to the link with the M5, shortly before 11.50am and sent an ambulance and a senior paramedic officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff arrived at the scene to find the lorry overturned and on fire.

“Once the fire had been brought under control, crews were able to access the patient.

“Unfortunately, it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save them and they were confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Man suffers fatal injuries in RTC

 

Friday 20th January 2017 – 12.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital following a two-car collision this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A51 Tamworth Road, between Tamworth and Lichfield, shortly before 8am. Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire in a rapid response vehicle and the Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Rutland Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered two cars that had been significantly damaged in the collision.

“The driver of the one of the cars, a man, was trapped inside his vehicle which had overturned in the incident.

“He was found to be in cardiac arrest and quickly freed from the car. Ambulance staff immediately began CPR and administered advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the second car, a woman believed to be in her 50s, managed to get herself out and was fully conscious when ambulance staff arrived.

“She was treated for a shoulder injury and taken to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.”

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Car drivers seriously injured in two-car RTC

 

Friday 20th January 2017 – 8.55am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been treated for multiple injuries at the scene of a two car collision, two of whom were seriously injured.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Coventry Road, near to The Griffin Inn, in Nuneaton shortly after 9.50pm last night and sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance Critical Care Car to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews discovered two cars with significant front end damage when they arrived at the scene.

“One of the cars still had the driver trapped inside, a man believed to be in his 30s.

“Crews assessed him whilst still inside the vehicle before working closely with the fire service in order to free him.

“He was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness and treated for serious head, leg and pelvic injuries. He was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The doctor and critical care paramedic from the Critical Care Car travelled on the ambulance to continue treating the patient enroute.

“The driver of the second car, a man thought to be in his 20s, managed to free himself from the vehicle.

“He was fully conscious but received treatment from ambulance staff for head, face, back, abdominal and shoulder injuries.

“Pain relief was administered and the man was immobilised before being taken to the same hospital.

“The passenger from the second vehicle, another man believed to be in his 20s, was treated for less serious back, chest, arm and knee injuries and also taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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A man has died after a serious crash

Friday 20th January 2017 – 7.45am – Murray MacGregor.

A man has died after a collision between a van and a car.

The crash happened just after 5.15pm on Thursday afternoon on the A429 just to the south of Ettington in Warwickshire.

A South Western Ambulance Service ambulance transporting a patient to Warwick Hospital was just behind the crash and the crew stopped to provide aid.

West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car.  The Wiltshire Air Ambulance was also dispatched and arrived overhead but was not needed.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Both vehicles had suffered very severe damage.

“The man in the car was very badly injured.  Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to try and free him from the vehicle but sadly his condition worsened.

“Ambulance staff and the doctor performed advanced life support but sadly it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“The van driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, had suffered a suspected broken pelvis, chest pain and had a right leg injury.

“He was immobilised, given pain relief and had a pelvic binder put in place before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.  The doctor from the Critical Care Car travelled with crew.

“The third WMAS crew took the patient that SWAS had originally been transporting onto Warwick Hospital to allow their crew to stand down after the incident.”

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Car leaves road and goes up embankment into tree

Thursday 19th January 2017 – 3.58pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man and a woman have escaped serious injury after the car they were in left the road and hit a tree, ending up on its side.

The incident happened near Bexfield Close, Rye Hill in the Allesley area of Coventry at just before 1.10pm today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The incident happened on a long left hand bend as the car was heading up the hill.

“When we arrived, we found the car on its side, but fortunately the two people inside had managed to get out through the rear.

“The driver, a 29 year old woman was shaken but otherwise unhurt and after assessment was discharged on scene.

“The front seat passenger, a 40 year old man had some aches and pains but after assessment and some pain relief was also discharged.”

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Van leaves motorway, goes up embankment and rolls onto side

Thursday 18th January 2017 – 3.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A driver has escaped with remarkably minor injuries despite the van he was in leaving a motorway, going up an embankment and ending up on its side in thick undergrowth.

The incident happened on the M54 in Shropshire between junction 4 and 3 at Shifnall at about 12.20pm today (Thursday).

An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Hazardous Area Response team were sent to the scene.  The MERIT Trauma doctor from the Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford also attended in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There were two vehicles involved; the van and another good vehicle.  After the initial collision, the van went up the embankment and came to rest on the driver’s side while the second vehicle stayed on the motorway.

“A lorry driver stopped and went up to check on the driver of the van.  The 44-year old was trapped by the steering column, on his side.

“The doctor and a paramedic crawled into the vehicle to start treating him while firefighters removed the windscreen.  The man was immobilised and brought out on a long board.

“Astonishingly his only injury appeared to be a knee injury.  Due to the nature of the incident, he was taken by ambulance to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

“The two men in the other vehicle were checked over but both were discharged on scene.  One had neck pain, the other a head injury but both were minor.

“This was an excellent example of joint working between fire and ambulance staff to ensure the man was rescued as quickly as possible.”

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More paramedics means better patient care with more patients left at home

Thursday 19th January 2017 – 1.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

At a time when demand on the NHS is unprecedented, a decision five years ago to increase the number of paramedics on frontline ambulances is paying huge dividends for patients and other healthcare providers alike.

New figures released by West Midlands Ambulance Service show that as the number of paramedics on vehicles has increased the percentage of patients being taken to A&E Departments has fallen.

Five years ago in 2012, 81.8% of ambulances had a paramedic on board. Last year, 2016, that figure had risen to an average of 86.8% for the 12 month period, though in November it was 90.1%.

At the same time the percentage of emergency patients being taken to hospital had dropped from 61.3% in 2012 to an average of 59.6% in 2016, though in December it was down to just 58.7% with some days below 50%.

What is more impressive is that these changes have been achieved despite huge increases in demand over the period.  During the five year period, the total number of incidents attended has risen from 767,050 to 933,400 – a 21.7% rise.

WMAS Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “We remain on course to become the first Trust in the country to have a paramedic on every vehicle, every shift.  We already achieve this in the more rural counties we serve and are getting steadily closer to that goal in all areas.

“What is absolutely clear is that doing so will allow us to further reduce our conveyance rate to less than 50% which can only be good for patients, but also other health providers.

“I am immensely proud of my staff for all they are doing to use their skills to provide the very highest standards of care.  They are treating many more patients themselves, but where they need support, they are making excellent use of the range of alternative pathways that are available to them.

“For example, we get tremendous support from a GP scheme in Worcestershire where crews can request a visit from a GP after they have assessed the patient.  This keeps hundreds of patients a month away from busy A&E Departments.

“In many other parts of the region we work with local authorities who provide hugely successful ‘falls teams’ who can provide, mainly elderly patients, with the support they need to be able to stay at home.

“As a service we are continuing to maximise the number of paramedics we employ through attracting an increasing number of graduate paramedics from the universities we work with: Staffordshire, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Worcester.

“We have also recruited hundreds of staff through our innovative student paramedic programme.  Over the three years 2015-16 to 2017-18 we will have taken on over 900 staff in this 30 month programme.  This ensures that a steady flow of qualified paramedics come into the service at the end of their studies.

“By doing so, we are able to increase the skill mix which improves patient care and makes us more efficient, which in turn reduces the number of patients going to A&E.”

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Heroic actions of crew prevents serious motorway crash

 

 

Wednesday 18th January 2017 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Quick thinking ambulance staff have helped avoid a potentially extremely serious crash on the M6 by setting up a rolling road block to protect a car that was weaving all over the road.

The move became necessary after they spotted a car continually crashing into roadside barriers near to junction two on the northbound side of the M6 at 1.19pm this afternoon. A senior paramedic officer also attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Having initially managed to slow the vehicle down to a stop, the crew approached the driver, a man in his 50s, and it immediately became apparent that he was suffering a medical episode that as a result meant he was not aware of what was happening.

“Whilst the crew were talking to the man, he began driving again, once again colliding with barriers on the near and off side of the carriageway.

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“In order to prevent a collision with other vehicles on the motorway, which would have had the potential to cause multiple serious injuries, the crew used their ambulance to set up a rolling road block, successfully managing to bring the traffic behind them to a stop.

“They followed the car for a further two miles before it finally came to rest after a significant collision with the barrier. The crew, then again approached the car.

“They treated the man for his condition whilst still inside the car, stabilising and immobilising him before moving him on to the back of the ambulance.

“He was also treated for chest, abdominal and shoulder pain before being taken on alert to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The crew deserve great praise for their quick thinking and brave actions as they have helped to avoid a situation which could have resulted in a lot more patients, potentially with significant injuries.”

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A collision between a car and a pedestrian has left a man with multiple injuries

Wednesday 18th January 2017 – 9.50am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has suffered multiple injuries after a collision with a car.

The incident happened at about 6.20am this morning (Wednesday) on the A491 Hagley Road, near the junction with Cranbourne Road in the, Old Swinford area of Stourbridge.

An ambulance was fist on scene and 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 an off duty nurse providing care to the 51 year old man.  The car had damage to the bonnet and windscreen.

“The man had suffered a number of fractures and dislocations.  He also had head injuries and it was thought that he had been knocked unconscious briefly.

“He was given pain relief, was immobilised and had his right leg splinted before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“The car driver was uninjured.”

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A pedestrian has died after a collision with a car

Wednesday 18th January 2017 – 8.07am – Murray MacGregor.

A pedestrian has died after a collision with a car.

The tragic incident happened in Croftdown Road in the Harborne area of Birmingham at around 10.45pm last night (Tuesday).

An ambulance was on scene five minutes after the 999 call and was backed up by a second ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews found members of the public carrying out CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on the middle aged man.

“They immediately started advanced life support but despite all of the efforts, it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other injuries.”

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Head to toe treatment for pedestrian

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Tuesday 17th January 2017 – 4.55pm – Claire Brown.

A man needed head to toe treatment by ambulance staff this afternoon after a collision in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a collision involving a pedestrian and a car on the Leicester Road in Wolvey, near Hinkley shortly after 2.00pm (Tuesday). An ambulance and a responder paramedic attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man believed to be in his 50s, sustained multiple serious injuries in the collision which needed trauma care at the scene by ambulance staff. Once stabilised, the man was taken by land ambulance on blue lights to specialist major trauma centre, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire, for further treatment.”

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Six to hospital with carbon monoxide poisoning

 

Monday 16th January 2017 – 5.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A total of 33 patients have been assessed for possible carbon monoxide poisoning with six having been taken to hospital for further treatment following an incident at an industrial premises this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kuehne and Nagel in Stubby Lane, Draycott In The Clay, Ashbourne, at 12.55pm and sent four ambulances, three paramedic officers, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance crew from Staffordshire, in a rapid response vehicle, to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews initially attended reports of a woman who was feeling unwell.

“It quickly became apparent that she was suffering from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning and immediately began receiving treatment from ambulance staff.

“A number of other patients then began coming forward. Ambulance staff worked quickly to assess them all in order to establish the severity of their conditions.

“In total, six were taken to hospital and 27 discharged at the scene. Two women and two men, including the original patient, were taken to Queens Hospital Burton, whilst another woman and man were taken to Royal Derby Hospital.”

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Woman seriously injured as car and van collide

Monday 16th January 2017 – 4.15pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been treated for a serious abdominal injury and taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire on blue lights and sirens following a collision between a car and a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A46 in Drayton, near to Wildmoor Spa, at 12.30pm and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car and van that had both suffered front end damage in the collision.

“The most seriously injured patient was the passenger in the van, a woman believed to be in her 40s.

“She was treated at the scene for a serious abdominal injury and shoulder pain. She was immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to hospital on alert.

“The driver of the van, a man also thought to be in his 40s, was treated for arm, neck and shoulder pain and taken to the same hospital.

“The car driver, a woman in her 40s, was uninjured in the incident. She was treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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Thankfully the air ambulance wasn’t required on M6

Friday 13th January 2017 – 2.30pm – Claire Brown.

Despite how it looked to drivers on the M6, a multi-vehicle collision on the motorway in Stoke-on-Trent earlier thankfully didn’t result in any serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a number of 999 calls to reports of a four vehicle RTC on the northbound carriageway of the M6, a mile before junction 16 at 11.45am (Friday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a senior paramedic officer and a BASICS emergency doctor attended the scene. The Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill was assigned to the case but was stood down en route.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found several vehicles which had been involved in a collision.

“One car, which had sustained significant damage, had come to rest straddling the hard shoulder and lane one and was facing in the wrong direction. The two occupants of the car, two women in their 40s, had managed to get out of the vehicle and had suffered relatively minor injuries.

“The driver sustained a cut to her head and an arm injury. Ambulance staff administered pain relief and immobilised her with a neck collar and spinal board as a precaution before she was taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital. The passenger suffered no apparent injuries but had reportedly been knocked unconscious for a short time. She too was immobilised as a precaution and was taken to the same hospital for further checks.

“Four other people from other vehicles involved were assessed by ambulance staff but were discharged on scene and didn’t require further care.”

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Fatal RTC in Solihull

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Friday 13th January 2017 – 12.00 noon – Claire Brown.

One man has died and a woman has been taken to hospital after a collision during this morning’s rush hour in Solihull.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call at 8.45am reporting a road traffic collision involving two cars on Eastcote Lane in Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull earlier today (Friday). A community paramedic, an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find one car which had left the road. Sadly nothing could be done to save the driver, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“The driver of the second car, a woman in her 50s, sustained a chest injury. Ambulance staff administered pain relief to help ease her discomfort before she was taken to Heartlands Hospital for further checks.”

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