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Couple Run Down By their Own Car

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Sunday 29th March 2015 – 6pm – Steve Parry.

Two people have been taken to hospital following a road traffic incident in which they appear to have been run down by their own car.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Lid Lane, Cheadle at just after 1.50pm.

Two ambulances, a paramedic support officer, a community paramedic; two BASICS doctors and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews responded to an incident following reports that two people had been injured by their own car.

“The couple appear to have got out of their vehicle as it rolled forward causing injury to both of them.

“A man in his twenties was treated for a fractured leg at the scene. He was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, splint and spinal board. Pain relief was administered before he was conveyed to the Royal Stoke University Hospital by land ambulance.

“A woman also in her twenties received leg injuries and she was taken to the University hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Fatality on M54

Sunday 29th March 2015 – 12.30pm – Steve Parry.

A man has died following a road traffic collision on the M54 this morning..

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to junction 2/3 westbound at 8.20am.

An ambulance together with a paramedic support officer, paramedic in a rapid response car; and the Midlands Air Ambulance team travelling in a response car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended to a single vehicle incident on the M54 near Coven.

“Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the person involved. He was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Three Injured as Bus and Car collide

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Saturday 28th March 2015 – 4.30pm – Steve Parry

Three patients have been taken to hospital following a road traffic collision between a car and bus on London Road in Worcester.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident at just before 1.30pm.

Two ambulances; a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and two paramedic officers attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car in collision with a double-decker bus carrying 45 students and teachers.

“Two people from the car were taken to Worcester Hospital. One patient received minor injuries and the second was immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to hospital

“A teenager travelling on the bus was treated for shoulder pain and she was taken to Worcester Hospital as a precautionary measure.

“In total five further passengers were assessed on the bus. They were all later released to continue their journey. “

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Walker Rescued from Malvern Hills

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Saturday 28th March 2015 – 3.30pm – Steve Parry.

A walker has been rescued from a Malvern beauty spot after fracturing his leg near the Worcester Beacon this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Malvern Hills at just after 11.30am.

An ambulance together with a paramedic officer in a rapid response car and the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the Beacon following reports of a walker injuring himself near the summit.

“A man in his sixties was located at the top of the Beacon. He was treated for a fractured leg.

“The patient was assessed at the scene by ambulance staff before fire service colleagues used specialist equipment to bring the man to safety.

“The patient was eventually taken by ambulance to Worcester Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Teenagers Injured in Alcester Crash

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Saturday 28th March 2015-  8.15am – Steve Parry

Three teenagers has been taken to hospital after their car overturned in a road traffic collision near Alcester.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of an incident near Haselor, Alcester, just before 10.50pm last night.

Three ambulances, a paramedic support officer in a rapid response car; a community paramedic and the MERIT team were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews found a car had overturned in Wilmcote Lane between Aston Cantlow and Haselor.

“The driver had extricated himself from the vehicle and was treated for minor injuries before being taken to Warwick Hospital.

“Crews also treated two further patients for serious head injuries.

“A 17 year old was trapped for approximately thirty minutes. She was treated for a serious head injury a fractured right arm and suspected back and pelvic injuries. The patient was immobilised with the use of a neck collar, spinal board and pelvic splint. The MERIT Doctor anaesthetised the patient before she was pre-alerted to the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“A man was also trapped and treated for serious head and facial injuries as well as chest and suspected back and pelvic injuries. The patient was also immobilised and anesthetised before being conveyed to the University hospital. “

 

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Contract award for patient transport service

Friday 27th March 2015 – 4.30pm – Chris Kowalik in conjunction with NHS Redditch and Bromsgrove Clinical Commissioning Group, NHS South Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group and NHS Wyre Forest Clinical Commissioning Group

The contract to transport thousands of clinically eligible patients to and from routine hospital appointments in Worcestershire has now been awarded.

The existing provider of PTS services, West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) will begin to provide the enhanced, 7 day service which transports over 82,000 people per year from Wednesday 1st April 2015.

The Patient Transport Service is in place for patients with a medical need requiring transport to and from premises providing NHS healthcare and between NHS healthcare providers. For example an individual may need to be transported lying down or to have oxygen while travelling.

Before the procurement process began, patients and stakeholders were asked through a survey and at public meetings to provide their experiences of using the service and what improvements they wanted to see from the service.

Following the feedback, the three Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in Worcestershire have been able to develop a contract to offer a more timely and joined up service, to provide the best possible service across the county.

Chris Emerson, Head of Commissioning and Service Redesign for the three Worcestershire CCGs said: “This is a very important service for many people across Worcestershire who because of clinical circumstance require transport assistance to and from healthcare facilities. The enhanced service will provide a more responsive and cohesive service both to patients and healthcare professionals who book transport for their patients.

“We very much look forward to working with WMAS to ensure that the thousands of patients who use the Patient Transport Service every year have access to a high quality dynamic service.”

WMAS Trust Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It is very encouraging to have won a contract in what is a tough market place. I am delighted for all our staff and I am sure we will continue to provide an excellence service to the people of the county.”

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Fatality in Wednesbury

Friday 27th March 2015 – 5.30am – Steve Parry

A cyclist has died following a road traffic collision in Wednesbury last night.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Walsall Road, Friars Park at just after 7.30pm.

An ambulance together with a paramedic Area Support Officer and a paramedic in a rapid response car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews attended a road traffic collision involving a car and cyclist.

“Sadly, despite the efforts of ambulance crews nothing could be done to save the cyclist involved. He was confirmed dead at the scene.”

 

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Man Falls Into Pub Cellar

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Thursday 26th March 2015 – 4.30pm – Steve Parry.

An elderly man has been injured after falling into a pub cellar in the High Street, Chasetown, Burntwood this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a public house located in the High Street in Chasetown at just before 11.15am.

An ambulance together with the Midlands Air Ambulance from Tatenhill in Staffordshire attended the incident.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a man had fallen over 2 metres into a pub cellar in the High Street.

“A man in his eighties was assessed at the scene and found to be conscious. He was treated for a head injury. The patient was immobilised with use of a neck collar and orthopaedic stretcher before being airlifted to the Royal Stoke University Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The air ambulance landed on a nearby bowling green.”

 

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Driver Escapes from Overturned Car

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Thursday 26th March 2015 – 9.30am – Steve Parry.

A man is lucky to have walked away from his crashed car without serious injury after it collided with a tree and overturned in Frankley Hill Lane, Frankley this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of the incident at just before 8am.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Emergency services attended a single vehicle incident in Frankley Lane this morning. On arrival, crews discovered a car had collided with a tree and overturned.

“The male driver, believed to be in his twenties, was assisted out of the vehicle by ambulance staff. Fortunately he was found to be uninjured as a result of the incident.”

 

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Lucky Escape in Dudley

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Wednesday 25th March 2015 – 9pm – Steve Parry.

Two people were fortunate to escape serious injury after their car went through two brick walls and overturned in Dudley this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the incident in Warrens Hall Road, Dudley at just after 4.30pm.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews discovered a car had overturned after colliding with two brick walls.

“Two males believed to be in their twenties miraculously escaped serious injury. They extricated themselves from their vehicle before the emergency services arrived.

“After being fully immobilised as a precaution, with the use of a neck collar and spinal board, they were conveyed to Russells Hall Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

 

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A cyclist has been anaesthetised at the side of the road after an early morning crash

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Wednesday 25th March 2015 – 4.15pm – Murray MacGregor.

A cyclist has been anaesthetised at the scene of a crash in Sheldon this morning, Wednesday.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction Coventry Road and Horseshoes Lane at just after 5.40am.

Two ambulances; a paramedic area support officer together with the MERIT Trauma Doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff were called to reports of a collision between a car and cyclist in Sheldon.

“The man cycling had suffered a serious head injury. The patient was sedated by the doctor at the scene due to the nature of the injury he had sustained.

“He was also immobilised using a neck collar and placed on an orthopaedic stretcher before being taken to the Major Trauma Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further assessment and treatment.

“The car driver was assessed at the scene and later released.

“The road remained closed for some time following the incident.”
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Car Hits Wall in City Crash

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Wednesday 25th March 2015 – 8am – Steve Parry

Two people has been taken to hospital after a car collided with a wall in Birmingham city centre earlier today.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Great Coleman Street at just before 3.30am.

Two ambulances together with a paramedic support officer in a rapid response car attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews assessed four patients after a car collided with a wall.

“A female passenger in her twenties was treated for a head laceration and a man was treated for minor facial injuries.

“The patients were taken by ambulance to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Two further patients were assessed at scene and later released.”

 

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Ambulance get a man trapped under wheels of HGV tanker into a major Trauma Centre within 34 minutes of call

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Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 9.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A man has suffered potentially life changing leg injuries after becoming trapped under the wheels of an HGV tanker.

The man was injured on one of the main routes into Birmingham city centre this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Bristol Road at just before 4.10pm.

An ambulance together with a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and a BASICS doctor were sent to the scene. A further response vehicle came across the incident as it was ongoing.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance crews arrived, the man, who was estimated to be in his sixties was trapped under the first set of wheels of the trailer unit.

“Ambulance staff worked with firefighters to rescue the man. He received treatment for his injuries as the fire crew used lifting air bags to raise the trailer about six inches for the man to be pulled clear.

“His legs had suffered serious crush injuries. He was immediately loaded onto the ambulance and taken on blue lights the mile and a half to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital with the doctor travelling with the ambulance crew. A trauma team was on standby for their arrival.

“Due to the rapid action of both fire and ambulance staff the man was able to receive the best care possible in a major trauma centre within only 34 minutes of the incident happening.”

 
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Three injured as car and tractor collide

Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 4.30pm – John Hawker.

The occupants of a car have been injured following a crash in Shropshire this morning.

The incident occurred on the B4387 between Westbury and Yockleton at around 8.30am.  Two ambulances, a paramedic Officer and the Welsh Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a large tractor that had been in a collision.

“Three people who had been travelling in the car were all out of the vehicle being looked after by an off duty nurse.

“Ambulance crews started treating the patients; a boy believed to be ten years old and the front seat passenger suffered potentially serious leg injuries, the woman in her 30’s who was the driver was treated for multiple minor injuries and the rear seat passenger, a boy believed to be in his early teens, was treated for a shoulder injury.

“Following treatment all three were transferred by ambulances to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital for further emergency treatment.  The Hospital had been pre alerted to the patients and their injuries.

“The driver of the tractor was uninjured in the crash.”

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Wolverhampton train maintenance trio commended for saving a life

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Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 3.30pm – Claire Brown.

Staff from a train maintenance company in Wolverhampton have been praised by the ambulance service for helping to save the life of a colleague.

On the 3rd November last year, a member of staff collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest at Alstom in Wolverhampton. The quick thinking of three members of staff ultimately helped to save their colleagues life.

Andy Wall, a Senior Production Manager, is 49 and has worked for Alstom for 27 years. He recalled what happened that morning: “We were sitting in the office when one of our staff members ran in to tell us that a colleague had collapsed. I went round and saw him on the floor gasping for breath. Russell and Barry quickly joined me and as they assessed him, I went to call 999.”

Barry Parkes, 49, is one of the members of the Train Maintenance teams and has worked for Alstom for 14 years. Like many other staff, Barry is a trained First Aider.

Russell Rowley, 42 and a Health and Safety Manager, had only worked at the Traincare Centre for a week and said: “Being my first week at the company I didn’t really know many people and didn’t know Barry, Andy or the gentleman who had collapsed very well. But nevertheless, whilst Barry stayed with him, I ran to get the defibrillator from the office.

“When I came back, he had stopped breathing. As he’d collapsed in an awkward position by a table and some chairs, Barry and I had to quickly pull him clear so that I could start CPR. Whilst I did CPR Barry opened up the defibrillator to get it ready. No sooner had we started CPR than we were joined by a paramedic who told us to keep doing resuscitation whilst he got his medical equipment out.”

The paramedic shocked the man’s heart on scene and, thanks to the efforts of the trio, the man started to breathe for himself. He was taken to New Cross Hospital for emergency treatment and has since made a full recovery.

Andy Jeynes, the Trust’s Community Response Manager, visited Alstom on Wednesday 18th March to present commendations to recognise their fantastic achievement. Andy said: “The actions of Andy, Russell and Barry are extremely commendable as saving a life is the best gift you can give. This case just shows how important early CPR is when someone is in cardiac arrest. If it hadn’t been for their decisive actions, the outcome would’ve almost certainly been less positive.

“The quicker you start CPR and shock a patient in cardiac arrest with a defibrillator, the better the chances they have of surviving.”

Richard Woodroofe, Operations Director for Alstom said: “Thankfully situations like these are few and far between in the business but the training and the speed of response of our staff in conjunction with the paramedics made the difference.  It’s an amazing achievement and we’re extremely grateful for Andy, Barry and Russell’s prompt actions.”

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Picture of two – Barry Parkes being presented with commendation by colleague.

Picture of three (kneeling down) – Andy Wall, Andy Jeynes and Russell Rowley


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Pedestrian suffers serious injuries in Solihull

Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 2.20pm – John Hawker.

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A pedestrian has suffered serious injuries after being in collision with a vehicle this lunchtime.

The incident occurred on Stratford Road, Shirley at around 11.45am.  An ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a woman lying in the road being cared for by an off duty nurse and Patient Transport Service member of staff.

“The woman, believed to be in her 90’s, had suffered serious head, ankle, and knee injuries.  The woman received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and her condition was stabilised.

“The woman was then transferred by land ambulance to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Major Trauma Unit for further emergency treatment.  The hospital had been pre alerted to the woman’s arrival and her serious condition.

“Unfortunately, the woman injuries were described as life threatening.”

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Teenage cyclist unconscious following RTC

Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 10.45am – John Hawker.

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A teenage cyclist was unconscious following an RTC in Walsall this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched an ambulance, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene of the incident on the A34 Upper Green Lane, near the Birchills Junction at around 7.45am.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find a boy believed to be 13 years old who had been in collision with a car whilst riding his bike.  The teenager was initially unconscious but after treatment from medics regained consciousness.  He had also suffered suspected hip injuries.

“The boy continued to receive emergency treatment at the scene by ambulance crews and his condition was stabilised.  He was then transferred by land ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further treatment with the Air Ambulance Doctor accompanying him to hospital.

“The driver of the car, a woman believed to be in her 30’s, was uninjured in the crash but was checked over for the effects of shock.  She was discharged at scene.”

The air ambulance landed in the car park of a nearby Harvester restaurant.

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Mamble phone box to house lifesaving equipment

Tuesday 24th March 2015 – 10.10am – Chris Kowalik.

A red telephone box in a village in Worcestershire is to become the latest place in the county to house a defibrillator.

19 members of Mamble Village Community were trained by West Midlands Ambulance Service in CPR and in the use of the device that could restart the heart of someone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Advanced Community Paramedic Dave Rowley who provided the training said: “For every minute someone is in cardiac arrest, their chance of survival diminishes by ten per cent. The more defibrillators we have in the community, the greater the chance of saving a life. I would appeal to all communities, groups and organisations to embrace this opportunity and technology that can really make a difference.”

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Dave is pictured presenting the village defibrillator to John Pepper, Mamble Parish Council Chairman. The machine will be housed in a renovated red telephone box next to the village hall.

Listen to Dave speaking to BBC Hereford & Worcester’s Andrew Easton:

For more information about learning to do CPR and getting a defibrillator, contact Noel Orbell, West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Community Response Manager for Worcestershire via noel.orbell@wmas.nhs.uk or 07980 094808 or the CFR Admin Office via CFRAdmin@wmas.nhs.uk or 01384 215 855

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What do you know about breast and ovarian cancer? Angelina Jolie’s talking about it; shouldn’t you?

Angelina_Jolie_Global_Summit_2014When one of the most beautiful women in the world talks about cancer, people tend to listen. Hollywood A-Lister, Angelina Jolie has just announced that she has had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed, just two years after having a double mastectomy over fears about developing breast cancer.

If you would like more information about either condition, then please click on this link which will take you to the NHS Choices website which has a wide range of information about the symptoms to look for, a range of videos about people who have developed the conditions, advice on the care and support that is available and links to support groups.


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Other motorists started CPR after collision on A38M

Hospital - QEHB (New)               Monday 23rd March 2015 – 7.00pm – Suzie Wheaton. A man was taken to hospital with critical injuries while three others suffered non life threatening injuries after a significant road traffic collision on one of the busiest roads in Birmingham today. West Midlands Ambulance Service dispatched three ambulances, a motorcycle paramedic, a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, carrying a critical care paramedic and a trauma doctor, to the A38M at the junction of the M6 shortly after 12.30pm this afternoon. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Crews arrived on scene to find three cars that had been involved in a serious collision. One car was believed to have been travelling the wrong way along the Expressway. “The first car, had sustained significant damage. The driver, a man, was found in cardiac arrest with bystanders carrying out resuscitation. Ambulance crews immediately commenced advanced life support and conveyed him, via land ambulance, to the Major Trauma Centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. “The crew from the air ambulance travelled on board the ambulance continuing to provide advanced medical treatment whilst en-route to hospital. “The driver of the second car, a man, was out of the vehicle on the crew’s arrival. He was treated for a fractured collar bone and finger before being conveyed to City Hospital for further assessment and treatment. “The third car had also been carrying a single occupant. The man driving was treated for minor injuries and was discharged at the scene. “A fourth patient, who had not been directly involved in the collision, was also treated at the scene after becoming unwell. The man was taken to City Hospital for further assessment and treatment.” Ends


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Driver’s lucky escape from smashed car

Monday 23rd March 2015 – 6am – Chris Kowalik.

The picture shows a badly damaged car that had collided with a HGV on the M42.

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An off-duty paramedic saw the wreckage on the northbound carriageway at junction 4 just before 8pm on Sunday 22nd March and stopped to help.

West Midlands Ambulance Service also sent a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance crew to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The car driver, a man in his forties, only had a shoulder injury. As a precaution, he was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar and he was taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“Given the level of damage to his car, he was considered very lucky not to have been more seriously injured.”

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Three people injured in two-car collision in Warwickshire

Monday 23rd March 2015 – 6am – Chris Kowalik.

Three people have been taken to hospital, two of them on alert, following a collision involving two cars in Warwickshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Campden Road, Lower Quinton, south of Stratford Upon Avon shortly after 7.20pm on Sunday 22nd March.

Two ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and critical care practitioner attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man in his thirties who was a lone driver of one of the cars was initially unconscious and was trapped. With the help of the fire service, he was rapidly cut free from his car. He had serious leg injuries and was taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire which had been put on alert in anticipation of his arrival.

“In the other car were a three year old girl and her mother who is in her thirties. The girl had facial injuries and neck and back pain. An assessment from the MERIT trauma doctor also raised concerns about her condition and, having been immobilised, she was taken to the same hospital under alert.

“Her mother had abdominal pains and travelled in the same ambulance as her daughter to the same hospital.”

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Woman injured in fall from narrowboat

Sunday 22nd March 2015 – 3.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

When a woman slipped from her narrowboat at a marina in Warwickshire inuring her arm, the owner of another narrowboat stepped in to help the ambulance service with the rescue.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Wigrams Turn Marina at Napton-on-the-Hill at 10am today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The husband of the woman who is in her fifties managed to get her out of the water before crews arrived. On our arrival, she was back on her own boat, cold and in pain. It appears she dislocated and possibly fractured her arm as she fell. She was given pain relief at the scene.

“With no immediate road access to the marina, it would have been very uncomfortable for the woman to have been carried along the towpath to the ambulance that was parked some distance away.

“The kind owner of another narrowboat brought his vessel alongside that of the patient and offered to take her and the crews to the ambulance which then took her to Warwick Hospital for further assessment and treatment.”

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Quad bike rider seriously injured in Worcester

Sunday 22nd March 2015 – 3.30pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has suffered a serious head injury in a collision involving the quad bike he was riding and a car in Worcester.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the Rainbow Hill area of the city shortly after 10am today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The rider of the quad bike, a man in his twenties, had a serious head injury. He was anaesthetised at the scene and his airway maintained and he was flown for a CT scan and surgery at the major trauma centre at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Golfer suffers cardiac arrest

Saturday 21st March 2015 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died after suffering a cardiac arrest on a golf course in Herefordshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to a golf club in Wormsley at 10.10am where a golfer had taken ill on the tenth hole.

Two ambulance crews, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “There was a defibrillator in the clubhouse which someone went to get and club members performed CPR while ambulance crews were en-route.

“When crews arrived, they continued attempts to try to resuscitate him but despite all those best efforts of everyone involved, he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“Although on this occasion the man couldn’t be saved, members of the club should be commended for giving CPR and for having a defibrillator on site. We would encourage all clubs and groups to consider getting a defibrillator to give a cardiac arrest sufferer the best chance of survival.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Herefordshire

Saturday 21st March 2015 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died after the car he was driving ended up on its roof on the outskirts of Ledbury

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4216 shortly before 9.45am today.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews at the scene administered advanced life support to try to resuscitate the man.

“Despite prolonged efforts, nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Leathers saved this motorcyclist’s skin

Saturday 21st March 2015 – 4pm – Chris Kowalik.

A motorcyclist who came off his bike and skidded approx. 60 yards averted serious injury thanks to his leathers and helmet.

The biker, a man in his twenties, was thrown from his machine and came to rest on a grass verge off the B4176 near Claverley. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called shortly after 11.10am today. An advanced community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic medical first responder, an ambulance crew and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The motorcyclist was involved in a collision which resulted in him coming off his bike and skidding along the road for approx. 60 yards.

“Fortunately he had only a minor leg injury which was treated at the scene and he was taken to Princess Royal Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“Had he not been wearing his leathers, his injuries would have been far more serious.”

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A collision between a car and a van left two people trapped this morning

Friday 20th March 2015 – 1pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Two people were left trapped in their vehicles and requiring treatment from ambulance staff following a collision between a van and a car in Coventry this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Smorral Lane, near to Corley Services, shortly after 8.30am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance crew, which included a doctor, also attended the scene in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car and a van that had been involved in a serious collision, both of which had suffered significant front end damage.

“There were two patients, the drivers of both vehicles, and both were mechanically trapped as a result of the incident. Ambulance crews worked carefully with the fire service to cut them free.

“The van driver, a man in his 50s, was treated for leg injuries and chest pain. He was given pain relief and immobilised with the use of a neck collar and spinal board before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“The driver of the car, a woman, was immobilised as a precaution and also taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment.”

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Car leaves M40 and ends up in field

Thursday 19th March 2015 – 10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Working in the dark in the middle of a field, West Midlands Ambulance Service was helped by lighting from its own Hazardous Area Response Team vehicles and from the fire service to free a woman from her car

Ambulance crews were called to a field off the M40 southbound carriageway between junctions 16 and 15 shortly before 6.30pm today. It was after a car left the motorway and went through some fencing coming to rest in the field.

The Hazardous Area Response Team, an ambulance crew and a paramedic area support officer attended. Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The emergency services worked together under their own illumination to cut the roof off the car and free its driver, a woman in her thirties.

“She had pains to her neck, back and chest and a number of minor cuts. She also had pains to her shoulder which may have been fractured.

“She was given pain relief at the scene and was immobilised before being taken to Warwick Hospital.”

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Pedestrian injured in Worcestershire

Thursday 19th March – 4.20pm – John Hawker.

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A pedestrian has been injured following an RTC in Worcestershire this afternoon.

The incident occurred on Martley Road, Lower Broadheath at around 2.15pm. A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a pedestrian that had been in a serious collision.

“The pedestrian, a woman believed to be in her 20’s, suffered facial, shoulder and leg injuries. She received emergency treatment at the scene by medics and her condition was stabilised.

“The woman was then transferred by ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for further emergency treatment.”

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‘People who help others’

Thursday 19th March 2015 – 4.10pm – Chris Kowalik.

Mike Belcher is a paramedic in Worcester and a Clinical Team Mentor to the current influx of student paramedics joining West Midlands Ambulance Service.

But recently, he was teaching much younger pupils about the work of the ambulance service when he visited a junior school at the foot of the Malvern Hills.

Mike was at Welland Junior School to show the children there a frontline ambulance and the equipment used by staff. His visit was part of the school’s “people who help others” curriculum.

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Mike, pictured with Class 2 Maple Class, said: “For most of the children it was the first time they had set foot in an ambulance and they clearly enjoyed the experience – especially the lights and siren!

“The children have clearly done a lot of work this term and their knowledge of how the body works and the role of the ambulance service is a credit to both the children and their teachers.”

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Have you got a health condition and being affected by the #smog?

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You’ve probably seen the news reports about the smog that is affecting the UK today. The map below shows you where the highest rates are expected, though rural areas will have lower levels than towns and cities.

Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors. If you have any concerns, please ring 111 in the first instance which will provide help and advice for your condition. If it is more serious this option will not delay an ambulance being dispatched.

For more specific advice from the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) Air Quality Service click here.

 


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Ambulance staff play a key role in raising awareness of Child Sexual Exploitation

Child Sexual Exploitation 1Ambulance staff are playing a key role in identifying cases of child sexual exploitation or CSE.

Because of the access staff get to homes because of the unique nature of the 999 emergency service, ambulance staff are perfectly placed to spot cases.

Wednesday 18th March is National CSE Awareness Day. You can get more information here.

The Trust’s Head of Safeguarding, Andy Proctor, said: “All of our staff, both 999 and non-emergency patient transport services, are trained to recognise a range of Safeguarding issues such as child sexual exploitation.

“We have a very effective way of reporting concerns which are then passed to the relevant authority for further investigation where appropriate.

“Our staff are very skilled at assessing situations, but we always recommend them to report concerns if they have any as we know previous referrals have resulted in lives being saved.

“I would recommend everyone to take the time to look at what the signs of CSE are so that each and every one of us can help to give victims a voice.”

CSE is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, regardless of their social or ethnic background. Why not get involved – write a personal pledge on your hand and then post a photo of it on social media using the hashtag #HelpingHands


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Child Sexual Exploitation – What are you doing about it?

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No-one can have missed the horrific reports of child abuse that have been in the media recently. Child sexual exploitation or CSE is a form of sexual abuse.

Children or young people may be tricked into believing they’re in a loving, consensual relationship. The perpetrators groom their victims in a variety of ways: sometimes it is face to face but it can also involve the use of mobile phones and online so that the victim trusts the perpetrator.

CSE can take place in many forms, whether through a seemingly consensual relationship, or a young person being forced to have sex in return for some kind of payment, such as drugs, money, gifts or even protection and affection.

Other children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. It can also happen to young people in gangs.

CSE is a crime that can affect any child, anytime, regardless of their social or ethnic background.

Wednesday 18th March is National CSE Awareness Day. You can get more information here.

Why not get involved – write a personal pledge on your hand and then post a photo of it on social media using the hashtag #HelpingHands. The pledge can be anything, from speaking out, to educating others.

You can help to give victims a voice. Pledge your support and help raise awareness of this despicable crime.

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Three lorries involved in fatal collision on M6

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 7.20am – Chris Kowalik.

A man has died and another has been taken to hospital following a collision involving three lorries on the M6.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway between Catthorpe Interchange and junction 1 shortly after 11.35pm on Tuesday 17th March.

An ambulance crew, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and the MERIT trauma team consisting of a trauma doctor and a critical care practitioner attended from West Midlands Ambulance Service. A paramedic and a paramedic officer from East Midlands Ambulance Service also attended.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “One of the lorry drivers was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second lorry driver had leg and back pain and bruising to his abdomen. He was given pain relief and was immobilised before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.

“The third lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Fatal road traffic collision in Shropshire

Wednesday 18th March 2015 – 7.15am – Chris Kowalik.

A pedestrian has died following a collision with a Range Rover in Shropshire.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A442 near Sutton Maddock shortly after 11pm on Tuesday 17th March.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The male pedestrian was sadly confirmed dead at the scene.

“A man who had a pre-existing medical condition and who witnessed the incident was taken to Princess Royal Hospital for a precautionary check-up. The driver of the car involved was checked-over and discharged at the scene.”

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M5 slip road crash

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the M5 northbound entry slip road at junction 3 shortly after 6.20pm on Tuesday 17th March to a crash involving two cars, pictured here:

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Two ambulance crews, an advanced community paramedic officer in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

Two men were taken to City Hospital with minor injuries,

 

 

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“How did he walk away from this?”

Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 10.25pm – Chris Kowalik.

The picture shows a car, badly damaged after colliding with a van on the A38.

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Attending crews to the crash on the southbound carriageway between Bassetts Pole and Minworth were left wondering how he emerged from it relatively unscathed.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the scene at 7.45pm today. Two ambulance crews, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle attended.

James Williams, paramedic area support officer, said: “The car driver had got out. How did he walk away from this? How he escaped that, pretty much unscathed, is an absolute miracle.”

The driver had leg and back injuries, was immobilised and taken to Heartlands Hospital.

Two men who were in the van had superficial injuries and were taken to Good Hope Hospital as a precaution.

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Fatality in Redditch

Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 8.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died following a single car road traffic collision in Redditch this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A441 Alcester Highway at 2.30pm (Tuesday). An ambulance, a senior paramedic officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A second ambulance and a patient transport services vehicle came across the incident and both stopped to administer basic life support at the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A car had gone across the central reservation and collided with a lamppost before coming to rest on the opposite side of the road.

“The driver and single occupant of the car, a man, was unconscious. His condition quickly deteriorated on scene as ambulance staff began to assess him and he went into cardiac arrest.

“The passing ambulance staff pulled him clear from the car to commence CPR. They were quickly joined by a second ambulance crew and the trauma doctor.

“Advanced life support continued on the man at the roadside but sadly, despite the teams’ best efforts, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

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Two trapped in Coventry RTC

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A two car road traffic collision left two drivers mechanically trapped in the wreckage requiring trauma care in Coventry this morning.

The incident happened on Brinklow Road, near to the Coombe Abbey Hotel in Binley, at 9.20am (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a doctor from the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance base attended the scene by car.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The two car collision resulted in both drivers being trapped in the wreckage.

“The driver of one car, a man believed to be in his 40s, suffered a head and pelvic injury. The driver of the second car, a 72-year-old man, had sustained an injury to his chest.

“Both drivers required extrication from the vehicles with the help of the fire service whilst ambulance staff and the doctor worked to stabilise their conditions.

“Once released from the cars, the men were immobilised with neck collars and spinal boards. The younger driver of the two was also immobilised with a pelvic splint.

“Both patients were taken by land ambulance on blue lights to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire for further assessment and treatment.”

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Driver unconscious and passer-by injured following RTC in Oldbury

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 11.00am – Claire Brown.

An unconscious man and a passer-by needed treatment by the ambulance service this morning following a road traffic collision in Birmingham.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car versus wall in Vicarage Road in Oldbury at 8.30am (Tuesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, paramedics from the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A car had left the road and collided with the garden wall of a property. When ambulance staff arrived a passer-by was administering excellent first aid to the driver of the car.

“The driver, a man in his 30s, was unconscious but had sustained no apparent injuries.

“Ambulance staff administered treatment to the man, who regained consciousness at the scene, and removed him from the car before immobilising him with a neck collar and spinal board. The man was taken to Sandwell Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“The helpful passer-by, who reportedly smashed a window to gain access to the car in order to help the man, sustained a hand injury. Ambulance staff cleaned and dressed his wound on scene and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Man has lucky escape from car v building in Stoke-on-Trent

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Tuesday 17th March 2015 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man has escaped with minor injuries after his car ended up through the front of a building in Fenton.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to The Musician on City Road, Fenton shortly before 8.00am this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a car which had left the road and collided with a building causing substantial damage.

“The driver, a 63-year-old man, sustained neck pain and had to be extricated from the wreckage with the help of the fire service.

“The man was immobilised with a neck collar and spinal board before being taken by land ambulance to Royal Stoke University Hospital.

“Had there been pedestrians on the pavement at the time of the incident, the outcome could’ve been much more serious.”

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Toddler dies in wall collapse involving recovery truck

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Monday 16th March 2015 – 6.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A toddler has died after a reports that a recovery truck hit a wall which collapsed onto the child.

Despite desperate efforts by ambulance staff and a BASICS emergency doctor, it was not possible to save the one-year-old boy.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Queens Road in Stechford at just after 4.55pm.

A WMAS spokesman said: “A rapid response vehicle was on scene within four minutes of the call and was backed up by an ambulance, a paramedic officer, a BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

“The boy suffered a serious head injury. Ambulance staff carried out advanced life support but sadly nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene by the doctor.”
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Lucky escape for car driver

Monday 16th March 2015 – 6.10pm – John Hawker.

A car driver had a lucky escape today following a serious RTC on a bridge in Warwickshire.

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The crash occurred on the A452 Leamington Road, Chesford Bridge, Kenilworth at around 2.30pm.  An ambulance and a paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car and a van that had been in a serious collision.  During the crash the car had spun round and demolished the wall of the bridge over the River Avon.

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“The man driving the car, believed to be in his late 60’s received treatment at the scene for facial injuries.  Following treatment the man was transferred to Warwick Hospital for further treatment.

“The man driving the van, believed to be in his 20’s, received treatment for a hand injury.  He did not require hospital treatment.

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“Considering the damage to the wall the driver of the car is fortunate not to have gone through it into the river below down a drop of around 25 feet.”

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Couple extremely fortunate not to be seriously injured

Monday 16th March 2015 – 4.15pm – John Hawker.

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A couple travelling in a 4×4 vehicle towing their caravan were extremely fortunate not to have been seriously injured in a crash on the M5 this afternoon.

The crash occurred on the M5 southbound between junctions 6 and 7 at around 1.55pm.  Two ambulances, a paramedic officer, the Trusts HART team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had been in collision with the central reservation and also a Land Rover defender towing a caravan that had overturned and travelled down an embankment.  The vehicle came to rest on its roof in extremely thick brambles around 25ft below the motorway.

“The occupants of the Land Rover were trapped for around 30 minutes but had suffered only minor injuries.  With the assistance of the fire service the man and woman were both extricated from the vehicle.

“The couple, believed to be in their 60’s, both received treatment for minor cuts and bruises at the scene by medics.  Following treatment both were discharged and didn’t require treatment at hospital.

“The driver of the car, a man in his 30’s, also suffered minor injuries and after treatment from paramedics was discharged.

“Considering the mechanics of the accident and the distance the vehicle has travelled, the couple are extremely fortunate not to have been more seriously injured.”

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Lions donate lifesaving equipment to Kidderminster cricket club

West Midlands Ambulance Service advanced paramedic Dave Rowley has trained 23 people at Kidderminster Cricket Club in CPR and defibrillation.

See the full story from the Kidderminster Shuttle here:

http://www.kidderminstershuttle.co.uk/news/11851379.Lions_donate_lifesaving_equipment_to_cricket_club/

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Long Service and Excellence Awards

Monday 16th March 2015 – 9.15am – Chris Kowalik.

Staff of West Midlands Ambulance Service, volunteers and members of the public have been honoured at a ceremony in Staffordshire for their help in saving lives.

Chief Officer Commendations were awarded at the Long Service and Excellence Awards, sponsored by Celesio UK and Zoll UK Ltd. at the National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull on Thursday 12th March during which members of ambulance service staff received awards for long service and good conduct and retirement certificates.

This year, more than 60 operational members of staff became eligible for their 20 year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The combined years of service of all those eligible for 20, 25 and 30 year Long Service Awards totalled 1,500 years.

Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “It is right that we take time out of our busy schedules to pause for a moment to reflect on all the great things that our staff, volunteers and colleagues from the other emergency services and our partners do to support the ambulance service in providing a really good service for the public and saving lives.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Chairman of West Midlands Ambulance Service said: “The awards we are giving today are all about the value that we place upon the people who are receiving those awards. Not only should the awards be given, it is like justice – they should also be seen to be given. We are here today to see awards given to people who will greatly value those awards. But also we, the public, also value what you do for us and the service that you give. And we are here today to witness that value being recognised publicly in the community. I thank you very much indeed for what you have done.”

Paul Sabapathy CBE, the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands who made presentations on behalf of the Queen, said: “We are so fortunate in having you. We call the ambulance service when we are absolutely desperate. People are distressed and stressed out of their minds when they call you and you come there and deal with it and assure them and make sure that they are looked after.

On behalf of Her Majesty, The Queen, on behalf of all the citizens here in the West Midlands, thank-you from the bottom of our hearts for what you do because you do a fantastic job.”

 

Awards:

Chief Officer Commendation:

Mollie Winkler and Maureen Austin – members of the public from Stourport

Mollie was just 7-years-old when she helped to raise the alarm after her grandmother fell on a step and received a head injury. Maureen Austin was looking after Mollie when she fell over a step at their house. Mollie showed great calmness by letting herself out through the front door and going to a neighbour to raise the alarm. Mollie then waited for ambulance staff to arrive before directing them to her grandmother.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Andy Parker – Chief Constable of Warwickshire Police

Councillor ‘Bob’ Prabhjit Dhillon from Warwick

In April last year, Councillor Richard Davies was just two minutes into an after-dinner speech at a mayoral event at the Court House in Warwick, when he was suddenly taken poorly, staggering backwards into a wall and collapsed in cardiac arrest . Fortunately, Councillor Davies was in good hands because Councillor Bob Prabhjit Dhillon the Mayor of Warwick at the time and Warwickshire’s Chief Constable, Andy Parker went to his aid and immediately started CPR. Their resuscitation attempts were successful, almost certainly saving Richard’s life before ambulance crews arrived.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Elizabeth Dean – member of the public from Birmingham

Donna Boyle – Emergency Medical Technician based in Birmingham

David Wheeler – Paramedic based in Birmingham

Last November, off-duty nurse Elizabeth Dean went to aid a car driver who had collapsed at the wheel and collided with another car. Elizabeth started immediate resuscitation of the patient, giving CPR and basic life support until the arrival of ambulance staff, responder Donna Boyle, her crewmate who was unable to attend the ceremony and responder David Wheeler. They arrived to continue with resuscitation and advanced life support until the patient reached hospital. According to the crew, nurse Elizabeth Dean did an ‘amazing’ job at the scene. The others didn’t do so badly either(!)

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

PC Lucy Diment – British Transport Police, Birmingham

It was late in the evening when a man in his seventies suddenly collapsed at Birmingham New Street railway station in December. Two British Transport Police officers responded to the incident. They were first to reach a man in cardiac arrest, immediately becoming involved in the resuscitation of the patient. PC Lucy Diment had only been an operational officer for seven months and together with her colleague who was unable to attend the ceremony provided excellent CPR and used their AED defibrillator to shock the patient. Arriving ambulance crews highly praised the two officers for their lifesaving attempts.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Kathryn Corlett Emergency Care Practitioner based in Hereford

Patricia Johnson, Advanced Paramedic based in Craven Arms.

Kathryn Corlett and another member of staff who was unable to attend the ceremony were commuting off duty when they came across a motorcyclist who had collided with a lorry. They immediately went to assist the seriously injured motorcyclist. At the same time, Patricia Johnson and her ambulance crewmate who was also unable to attend the ceremony were en-route to an emergency case when they actually witnessed the accident. They also assisted at the scene and treated the patient for serious injuries before the air ambulance arrived. They were all commended for their intervention at a serious incident and the immediate treatment given.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Tom Rose – Paramedic based in Birmingham

Tragedy unfolded on the streets of Birmingham in June last year when a car careered off the road and collided with a bus shelter fatally injuring a young girl and seriously injuring a second woman who sadly died a couple of days later. It was a scene of total carnage when paramedic Tom Rose arrived in his rapid response vehicle as first officer on scene. Tom showed composure and the highest degree of professionalism as he dealt with the scene in the moments before ambulance back-up arrived.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Stuart Grennan, Paramedic based in Bromsgrove

Dementia is a cruel medical condition not just affecting the patient but is often extremely distressing for family and friends. This award was presented to two staff based in Worcester whose quick reactions and sensitivity to the situation helped to reunite a missing dementia patient with his family on New Year’s Eve. Stuart Grennan and a colleague who was unable to attend the ceremony were called to reports of a road traffic collision near Droitwich. When they arrived they found not a road accident but a 70 year old man whose car had run out of petrol. The man appeared confused and displaying behaviours typical of dementia. Sensitive questioning by the crew resulted in the man explaining he was going to London. The crew even managed to get his name and address and assumed he may have gone missing from his home in Cornwall. They called the control room’s Clinical Hub who contacted Devon and Cornwall Police. It was quickly confirmed the man had indeed been reported as missing. They took the man to Worcestershire Royal Hospital where his grateful family were reunited with him a few hours later.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Mike Kelsall – Paramedic Area Support Officer based at Stoke

Matt Thompson – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based at Willenhall

Duncan Morrison – Paramedic based in Staffordshire

Jonathan Whitehouse – former Community First Responder from Wolverhampton

Mark Colwell had the misfortune to be knocked off his push bike in South Staffordshire in March last year. The positive thing about this case was that Mark was wearing a cycle helmet. The bad news was he sustained injuries to his ribs, ruptured lung, shoulder, wrist and hand fractures together with a back injury. He ended up in New Cross Hospital after being treated at the roadside by members of staff whose highly-skilled intervention ensured Mark was in safe hands throughout. Mark and his family were present at the ceremony to help present the awards.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Robert Wilde, Advanced Paramedic, Peter Savage, Emergency Medical Technician and Mel Bird, Paramedic based at Leominster

In June last year ambulance crews were called to a serious dog attack in Leominster. Arriving first on scene were Robert Wilde and Peter Savage. As they approached the scene they could see two dogs viciously attacking several people including three women. Also on scene was Mel Bird who was off duty at the time but heard the commotion and went straight to the scene. One patient suffered ‘significant’ injuries and two others sustained dog bites as they went to her assistance. Robert, Peter and Mel were highly praised by by-standers for their bravery at the scene, and their treatment of all the patients at the same time as they held off two dangerous dogs until further assistance arrived.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Kerry Hemus – Critical Care Paramedic based at Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford

Dr. David Balthazor – based at Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford

Thomas Waters – Critical Care Paramedic based at Midlands Air Ambulance at Cosford

Two Midlands Air Ambulances were part of a full medical team which saved a Shropshire farmer after metal spikes fitted to his tractor pierced his body. The tractor apparently suddenly moved forward and pinned the farmer to bales of hay. Fortunately, a neighbour heard his calls for help and alerted the emergency services.   The farmer remained conscious remembering every detail of his ordeal as ambulance crews arrived on scene to start initial treatment. Midlands Air Ambulance crews on Helimed 03 based at Cosford and Helimed 09 from Tatenhill in Staffordshire were also called to the farm near Ellesmere in north Shropshire. Crews spent over an hour removing the machinery in order to free the farmer. More blood supplies were airlifted to the scene and eventually the farmer was released and taken by air ambulance to a nearby Trauma centre. The farmer made a rapid recovery and has since returned to work on his farm. The land-based ambulances crews who attended the incident were unable to attend the ceremony.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Stuart Punter – Emergency Medical Technician based at Dudley

Stuart Punter was driving home after a busy night shift when he came across an incident in Dudley in August. He stopped to assist police officers who were talking to a young woman who was hanging precariously from a bridge 80 feet above the roadway. The situation was getting very tense as the woman, by now hanging onto the bridge by her finger tips, was becoming exhausted. Stuart and a police officer took a split second decision that she was about to fall to her death and made a grab for the woman as she started to loosen her grip. The young woman was pulled to safety just in time. The actions of Stuart have been described as ‘heroic’.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Sarah Lawrence – Emergency Medical Technician based in Dudley

In August, Sarah Lawrence and a colleague who was unable to attend the ceremony responded to a serious building fire in Tipton. They were first on scene and were immediately faced with a second floor flat well ablaze. The fire started in a bedroom and the two patients involved had both leapt from a second floor window moments before the crew arrived. The man received leg injuries and a woman suffered smoke inhalation. With the fire still well alight above their heads, Sarah and her colleague treated the patients at great risk to themselves. It was only when the windows blew out of the building that the crew were forced to carry the patients to an area of safety before continuing to treat their injuries. They were joined by ambulance crews at the scene and the patients were eventually taken to a local hospital for treatment. Neil Ashmore and Sarah Lawrence were praised for acting above and beyond the call of duty at great personal risk to treat the two patients.

 

Chief Officer Commendation:

Jacqueline Chase – Call Assessor based at the Emergency Operations Centre in Brierley Hill

Emergency Operations Centre call assessors are often asked to provide life saving instructions to members of the public over the phone. This task is always a stressful and demanding business but providing instructions to a member of the public who was at the scene of a 9-year-old child in cardiac arrest is exceptionally challenging. Jacqueline Chase provided clear and precise instructions to a member of the public that led to CPR and basic life support being carried out and thankfully a positive outcome for the patient.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Edd Davis – Paramedic based in Shrewsbury

Edd has made his name promoting West Midlands Ambulance Service. Edd Davis based at Shrewsbury Hub has made it a very important aspect of his role to promote the work of the ambulance service to a wider audience. We are indebted to a growing number of our staff who regularly ‘go that extra mile’ to publicise the Trust in a positive manner through school visits and public displays. Edd is one of a group of enthusiastic individuals who regularly undertakes public relations in his own time. Edd was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award in appreciation of his efforts to promote the ambulance service in Shropshire.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Peter Shipman – Paramedic based in Birmingham

Sally Powell – Paramedic based in Birmingham

Dean Graham – Paramedic based in Birmingham

Three members of our staff have been recognised for their work which drew high praise from Birmingham City Council. Safeguarding vulnerable adults is an increasingly important part of the work carried out by our staff. Ambulance crews often work with other agencies, such as the police and local authorities, to ensure patients are protected at all times. Although we are unable to identify the particular case in question, Peter Shipman, Sally Powell and Dean Graham have been praised by the Chair of Birmingham City Council Adults Board for the actions they took to highlight a safeguarding case, proving that the initiative is an important factor in patient care and protecting vulnerable people in the community.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Sally Sherry – Administrator based at the Courier Transport Service in Stafford

Sally Sherry has been singled out for her significant contribution to the work of the Courier Transport Service, making sure contracts are signed for and the department is operating to its usual high standards. Sally has been nominated by her colleagues for her excellent contribution to this often unsung and invaluable Service.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Leroy Rogerson – Intra-Hospital Liaison Officer based in Stoke On Trent

Leroy Rogerson has made quite a name for himself in recent years especially in the Staffordshire area. Leroy works as Intra-Hospital Liaison Officer for WMAS at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. His close working relationship with the hospital service and the community has already brought him a Signal Radio ‘Pride in the Community’ Award to his ever increasing collection. Praise has been forthcoming from all quarters for Leroy’s dedication to patient care and service to the community.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Steve Harris – ‘Emergency Biker’ Paramedic based in Birmingham

One of Birmingham’s much loved ‘Emergency Bikers’ is taking it a little slower these days after stepping down from his full time role after more than 36 years’ service. Motorcycle Paramedic Steve Harris, affectionately known as ‘Forrest’ by colleagues as well as fans of Channel 5’s Emergency Bikers, officially retired from full time working last Summer. However, Steve continues to be part of the Birmingham scene as a part-time biker. He joined the service in 1978 and has worked an impressive 18 years as a motorcycle paramedic. Over the years Steve has provided patient care to many thousands of people in Birmingham City Centre and beyond. Steve continues to be a well-known face patrolling the street of Birmingham and he will now receive an Outstanding Achievement award for his long and distinguished service to WMAS, the motorbike unit and the people of Birmingham.

 

Outstanding Achievement Award:

Tom Waters – Paramedic based at Midlands Air Ambulance in Cosford

Gerard Kelly – Paramedic based in Lichfield

Mark Smith – Paramedic officer based in Hereford

The Ebola outbreak in Africa has become the World’s most feared viral outbreak. A group of NHS medical staff volunteered to make the journey to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against Ebola with GOAL which is an international humanitarian organisation. They were part of a group of GPs, nurses and paramedics who have been through intensive training in the UK and travelled to West Africa to help treat people who have contracted the virus.   Three paramedics initially stepped forward to join the first group to Africa at the end of 2014. We cannot underestimate the huge task they faced. They all deserve our fulsome praise and we therefore present them with Outstanding Achievement Awards for their part in fighting the Ebola outbreak.

 

Partnership Award:

Julie Heathcote – from ‘Performance Through People’

Each year West Midlands Ambulance Service recognises a close working relationship it has forged with an organisation over the past twelve months. This year the Trust is delighted to recognise ‘Performance Through People Training Limited’. The company is a regional training provider for Support Services, apprenticeships and Health and Social care across the region.

Since PTP’s partnership with WMAS started in 2009, almost 500 Trust employees have enrolled on a programme of learning. Since 2012 there have been a total of 86 people recruited into Patient Transport Service apprenticeship roles, with many progressing into permanent roles in the Trust. 383 WMAS employees have previously enrolled on a programme of learning with 273 of these working towards an apprenticeship programme.

 

Mentor Award:

John Renshaw – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based in Birmingham

Richard Malin – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based in Bromsgrove

Paul Cope – Paramedic and Clinical Team Mentor based in Coventry

Nick Henry – Paramedic and General Manager for the Black Country

With the success of our huge student paramedic recruitment campaigns, the Trust has literally hundreds of new faces out on the frontline. To support our student paramedics in their chosen career the Trust has put in place a mentoring programme in each of our operating areas. Earlier this year we asked for nominations for Mentor of the Year and Ambulance Hub of the Year:

  • John Renshaw, Birmingham Mentor of the Year.
  • Richard Malin, West Mercia Mentor of the Year.
  • Paul Cope, Coventry & Warwickshire Mentor of the Year.
  • Willenhall was voted Ambulance Hub of the Year – the award was collected by Nick Henry.

Staffordshire’s Mentor of the Year and the Black Country Mentor of the Year were unable to attend the ceremony.

 

Team Achievement in Excellence Award: The Mental Health Response Unit: Rob Cole, Head of Clinical Practice – Mental Health based in Brierley Hill.

What started as a trial scheme has gone on to make national headlines. A scheme which has led to a dramatic reduction in the number of people suffering mental ill health issues ending up in police custody in Birmingham, the Black Country, Solihull and Coventry. Since January 2014, the ‘Mental Health Triage Unit’ has seen police officers crewed with mental health nurses and paramedics in a responder vehicle, seven days a week. The team attend emergencies across Birmingham, the Black Country and Coventry to carry out mental health assessments, often reducing the need for further police intervention. The team has attended almost 3,000 callouts to conduct assessments. This scheme has resulted in a much better collaborative approach, sharing information and working closely together. So successful has the Mental Health response become, the unit is now active across the main centres of population in the West Midlands.

 

Team Achievement in Excellence Award:

Mark Gough, Assistance Chief Ambulance Officer Responsible for NHS 111 and Liz Parker, NHS 111 General Manager based in Brierley Hill.

It’s over twelve months ago since West Midlands Ambulance Service stepped in to save the NHS 111 service in the region. Since then, NHS 111 has taken more than a million calls and it has consistently exceeded its performance targets and is ranked as one the best NHS 111 providers in the UK. The award is presented to all NHS 111 staff for their excellent delivery of service since stepping in in November 2013.

 

Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

Mike Duggan – paramedic based in Birmingham for his work in the City Centre Treatment Unit.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award is presented in memory of a distinguished former Director of the Trust who sadly died just over a year ago. Nominations for this award were received from a large number of staff and volunteers, all fulfilling the criteria of leadership and inspiration.

The winner, Mike Duggan has been an inspirational individual since joining the service in 2011.

Mike Duggan1

Responsible for co-ordinating the Birmingham City Centre Treatment Unit (CCTU) – a largely volunteer group responsible for dealing with minor injuries in Birmingham city centre every Friday and Saturday night throughout the year. Not only does this person organise the cover which includes advanced nurse practitioners, voluntary ambulance services, police officers, WMAS staff and Street Pastors, he also gives up almost every weekend to organise and run the unit. Most of the time, the hard work behind the scenes is done whilst he is off duty from his front room at home. Our winner actually lives in South Wales and travels to the West Midlands for every shift, a journey of nearly two hours each way. He has represented the service on television and radio many times and is a first port of call for the press office when they need a reliable professional to front TV or radio interviews or play a leading part in service campaigns. He is also a regular official “tweeter” for the service.

Mike said: “I am very honoured to be awarded the first ever Peter Murtagh Award. Sadly I never had the privilege to meet Peter but I’ve only ever heard good things about the gentleman. It’s obviously a great honour to have an award named after you and similarly a great honour to be awarded the first ever one. It’s a great honour.”

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Notes to Editors:

Pictures credited to “West Midlands Ambulance Service” can be downloaded from www.flickr.com/photos/officialwmas/sets

 

 

 


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‘Lloyd’ the Paramedic Turtle

West Midlands Ambulance Service has unveiled its first ever mascot.

Lloyd the Paramedic Turtle came out of his shell for the first time at the Trust’s Long Service and Excellence Awards Ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum on Thursday 12th March.

Lloyd

It followed a year-long competition run by West Midlands Ambulance Service in which schools throughout the region were asked to help design a mascot. The winner was ten year old Lawrence Emery from Chancel Primary School in Rugeley who was presented with the prize of a Kindle Fire and got to meet his creation.

Seven year old Gracie May Smith from Ryder Hayes School in Walsall was highly commended for her design and was presented with a Kindle.

Steve Howard - Celesio UK, Lawrence Emery, Katie Emery, Philip Emery, Janet Aston, Gracie May Smith, Amanda Smith, Darren Smith, Natalie Purohit

Look out for Lloyd. He faces a busy summer ahead promoting the ambulance service at fetes, open days and events across the region.

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Acknowledgements:

Lloyd was created with the help of Rainbow Productions.

West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Long Service and Excellence Awards were sponsored by Celesio UK and Zoll UK Ltd.

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