Woman taken to Major Trauma Centre after crash

Wednesday 26th April 2017 – 11.00am – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been alerted into a major trauma centre after a car left a road and struck a tree.

The incident happened at about 7.15pm on Tuesday evening on Burton Hills Road, Burton Dassett, near to The White House.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived they found a car that had left the road, struck a tree and come to rest back on the carriageway; it had suffered significant front end damage with debris across the road.

“The driver, a man estimated to be in his 30s, was out of the vehicle and uninjured; he was left helping police with their enquiries.

“The front seat passenger, a 33-year-old woman was complaining of back and abdominal pain.  She was immobilised using a neck collar and spinal board before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.”

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Two injured as bus and car collide

 

Tuesday 25th April 2017 – 5pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A car driver has been taken to hospital following a collision between a car and a double decker bus this afternoon.

A Patient Transport Service vehicle came across the incident on Robin Hood Road in Willenhall, Coventry at 2.50pm. One ambulance and a paramedic officer were then sent to the scene.

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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a car that had suffered severe damage in collision with a bus.

“The car driver, a man believed to be in his 40s, managed to free himself from his vehicle.

“He was treated for suspected broken ribs and a hand injury and transported to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“There was one patient from the bus, a man believed to be in his 60s who had suffered a hand injury. He was treated in a nearby medical centre and did not require onward transport to hospital.

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

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

Three to hospital after two cars collide

 

Monday 24th April 2017 – 10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been treated at the scene of a collision between a car and a stationary car before being transported to hospital last night (Sunday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A5 in Fazeley, Tamworth just before 11.10pm and sent three ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a rapid response paramedic to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived at the scene to discover three patients who had been injured in the collision.

“There were two patients in the stationary vehicle, both men in their 20s.

“The passenger got himself out of the car by climbing out of the window. He was treated for chest and arm pain.

“The driver, who managed to get himself out of the car, was treated for back pain and leg pain.

“The driver of the second car, a woman believed to be in her 20s, was out of the car on arrival of ambulance staff. She was treated for minor back injuries and a hand injury.

“All three patients were then transported to Good Hope Hospital for further treatment.”

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Woman rescued from burning car

 

Friday 21st April 2017 – 10.30am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has been treated for serious injuries after her car caught fire following a collision with a bridge last night (Thursday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of the A5 and Horsebrook Hall Lane between Gailey and Weston-Under-Lizard in South Staffordshire, shortly after 8pm. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, crews discovered a car that was well ablaze and a woman believed to be in her 30s who was out of the vehicle.

“She was suffering from a slightly reduced level of consciousness and treated for a fractured leg. She had also suffered burns to her legs, which ambulance staff treated her for at the scene.

“The woman was given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham for further treatment.

“West Midlands Ambulance Service would like to praise the actions of a lorry driver and another motorist who stopped at the scene to pull the woman from the burning car. It is highly likely that without their actions, the woman would have suffered extremely serious injuries.”

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An elderly man has been badly hurt after a collision with a car

Wednesday 19th April 2017 – 1.35pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man has suffered very serious injuries after a collision with a car.

It happened at about 11.00am on Lichfield Road in the Rushall area of Walsall.

An ambulance was initially sent, but the crew quickly requested a doctor so the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with the MERIT trauma doctor on board was dispatched along with a paramedic area support officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival ambulance staff were told that the man had been in collision with a car though there was no car at the scene.

“The man, had suffered very serious injuries to his head, chest and left ankle.

“Due to his condition, he was anaesthetised at the roadside by the doctor before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham where medics were put on standby for the aircraft’s arrival.”

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Van driver airlifted from Sutton Coldfield collision

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Tuesday 18th April 2017 – 3.40pm – Claire Brown.

A van driver needed advanced trauma care at the scene of a collision before being airlifted to hospital this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A446 Lichfield Road near to The Belfry Hotel at 1.22pm earlier today (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, medics from the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When the emergency service arrived on scene they found an unconscious man trapped in the wreckage of a van which had collided with a flatbed lorry.

“Whilst the fire service worked quickly to cut away the wreckage, ambulance staff and medics worked as a team to help administer trauma care to the seriously injured man. Once freed from the van, the man in his 40s received further advanced treatment by ambulance staff at the roadside to help stabilise his serious condition. The man was then transferred to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed in a field next to the road, and airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; a major trauma centre, for further care.

“The lorry driver was uninjured in the collision.”

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25 residents rescued after blaze at care home

Sunday 16th April 2017 – 8.20am – Murray MacGregor.

Twenty five residents have been rescued after a large fire at a care home.

All three emergency services were called Standon House Care Home in Ashby Road, Tamworth at 11.00pm last night Saturday.

A rapid response vehicle was first on scene and quickly asked for multiple other resources to be sent. In addition, 5 ambulances were sent along with the MERIT Trauma Doctor, The Air Ambulance Service Critical Care Car, the Hazardous Area Response Team, two paramedic officers and an emergency preparedness manager to act as a national interagency liaison officer.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The property has suffered very considerable damage, but fortunately, firefighters and staff were able to bring all of the residents out of the building.

“After assessment at the scene by ambulance staff and the doctors, six patients were taken to Good Hope Hospital with a further patient taken to Queens Hospital in Burton. Two of the patients taken to Good Hope were in a serious condition.

“A total of 16 other residents were rehoused within adjacent flats, but two residents were taken by ambulance to other care homes.

“There was excellent teamwork between the emergency services and the local authority.”

Fall at beauty spot

Thursday 13th April 2017 – 4.45pm – Murray MacGregor.

A trip in an air ambulance to hospital with a nasty ankle injury was hardly what one woman imagined when she went out for a walk with her family this lunchtime.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the top of the path at Kinver Edge at about 1.30pm today (Thursday).

A 40-year-old woman had tripped and gone over on her right ankle resulting in a suspected fracture dislocation.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance, the Hazardous Area Response Team and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were all dispatched to the scene.

“Given the location, the air ambulance arrived first and after quickly assessing the patient, stood the other resources down.

“The woman received treatment from the aircrew including a trauma doctor, before having her leg splinted.  A member of the public in a 4×4 then assisted by helping to move the woman to the aircraft before the short flight to New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton.

“We’d like to thank the members of the public and the woman’s family at the scene for their assistance.”

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A man’s been airlifted to a major trauma centre after falling from a ladder

Thursday 13th April 2017 – 3.20pm – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly man has been airlifted to hospital with a potential fracture to his hip after he fell from a ladder.

The incident happened in the Henwick Grove area of Worcester on the west side of the River Severn at about 11.40am this morning.

An ambulance was initially sent but the crew requested a helicopter and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was sent, landing at the Hallow Recycling Centre.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The man, who was in his mid 70s had been up a ladder when it fell leaving him hanging onto a window ledge on the first floor.

“He dropped to the ground landing on his feet but falling over.

“He was assessed at the scene for hip and back pain.  The man was immobilised, had a pelvic binder put in place and was given pain relief before being taken to the waiting aircraft for a flight to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

Note to Editors

We will not be giving details of the exact location of where the man fell in order to protect the patient’s identity.

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Teenage boys injured in motorbike RTC in Birmingham

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Wednesday 12th April 2017 – 3.40pm – Claire Brown.

Two teenagers have received trauma care by ambulance staff this lunchtime after the motorcycle they were riding collided with a car in Birmingham.

The incident happened on Horton Square, just off Belgrave Middleway near to Birmingham Central Mosque shortly after 1.00pm this afternoon (Wednesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a community paramedic and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulances responded to reports of two teenagers who had come off a motorbike following a collision with a car. When ambulance staff arrived on scene neither had a helmet on.

“The 15 and 16-year-olds both sustained head injuries. Ambulance staff and the doctor administered pain relief to help stabilise their conditions before both teens were immobilised with neck collars and spinal boards. The 15-year-old was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital whilst the older teen went to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; both travelled on blue lights by land ambulance.

“The car driver was assessed but uninjured in the collision.”

 

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Woman found in road with head injury

 

Tuesday 11th April 2017 – 1.20pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman who was found lying in the road, unconscious, has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres following treatment from the ambulance service.

The 999 call to West Midlands Ambulance Service, made at 10.50am, reported that a woman had fallen from a moving car on Churchill Avenue, Coventry. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival at the scene, crews discovered a woman, believed to be in her 20s, lying unconscious in the road.

“She was assessed, carefully moved on to the back of the ambulance and treated for a head injury which is not thought to be serious.

“As a precaution, the air ambulance crew travelled on the back of the ambulance as the woman was transferred to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. Thankfully, by the time of arrival she had regained consciousness.”

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Fatal house fire in Newcastle

 

Tuesday 11th April 2017 – 9am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died following a house fire in the early hours of this morning (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Turin Road in Newcastle shortly after 1.30am. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When ambulance crews arrived at the scene the house was well ablaze.

“Firefighters entered the property and managed to get the woman out, taking her outside to waiting ambulance staff.

“The woman was in cardiac arrest and crews immediately began CPR.

“However, unfortunately it soon became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other patients from the fire.”

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Tamworth collision leaves van on roof & two men in hospital

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Monday 10th April 2017 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

A collision involving a car and a van has left two men requiring hospital treatment this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Elford Road in Tamworth at 12.50pm (Monday). Two ambulances and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Ambulance staff arrived to find a van on it’s roof and a car with significant damage. The driver of the car, a man in his 30s, was trapped in the wreckage and had sustained multiple serious injuries to his limbs together with chest pain. Ambulance staff administered treatment to the man whilst the fire service worked to release him from the car.

“The man was fully immobilised and given pain relief before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“The occupants of the van, two men, were described as walking wounded. The driver, a man in his 50s, was discharged on scene whilst his passenger, a man in his 40s, required further hospital treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham due to an existing medical condition.”

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 Notes to Editor

Photos – please credit ‘West Midlands Ambulance Service’

 

A man’s died after crash in Walsall

Monday 10th April 2017 – 8.58am – Murray MacGregor.

One man has died and two others have suffered serious injuries after a crash between a car and a lorry.

It happened in Leamore Lane, Walsall at about 11.10pm last night, Sunday.

Three 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, ambulance staff found a car that had suffered extensive damage.

“Unfortunately, one of those in the car was found to be in cardiac arrest.  He was pulled from the vehicle with the help of other road users who had stopped and advanced life support was carried out by ambulance staff but sadly it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“A second man in the car had suffered multiple injuries.  He was sedated at the scene by the doctor and had splints attached before being taken on blue light to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham; the doctor travelled with the crew.

“A third occupant had also suffered multiple injuries.  He was also taken to the major trauma centre on blue lights.

“No-one in the other vehicle was hurt.”

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Car ends up 50ft down Malvern hillside

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Friday 7th April 2017 – 11.45am – Claire Brown.

A woman, whose car went off the road and ended up more than 50ft down a hillside, has miraculously escaped serious injury.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the B4232 Jubilee Driver in Upper Colwall, Malvern, at 8.30am this morning. An ambulance and a paramedic area support officer attended along with police and fire colleagues.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car on its side more than 50ft down a steep hillside being secured by the fire service. The car’s fall had been broken by a tree which prevented it going any further down the hillside.

“The driver, a woman, managed to self-extricate from the car through the sunroof with help from the fire service. The woman was given a full assessment by ambulance staff and, other than some pain in her side, found she had escaped serious injury. She was given treatment on scene before she was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital for further checks.”

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Two crashes on the same stretch of road at the same time

Thursday 6th April 2017 – 11.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Two motorcyclists have been injured, one potentially seriously after two separate crashes within moments of each other on the same stretch of road.

The collision happened on the A5 at Watling Street in Cannock at about 4.45pm on Wednesday afternoon.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The two collisions happened close by at approximately the same time and both involved a car and motorbike.

“The first incident was much more serious.  The motorbike collided with the front offside corner of the white car.  The rider was found about 15 metres away in a dazed condition.

“The 46-year-old man was complaining of pain in left foot and elbow but had no other obvious injuries.  However, the crew took no chances and treated him for a head injury as well.  He was immobilised and taken on blue lights to New Cross Hospital for further assessment and treatment.

“In the other collision, a car suffered front offside damage and the bike left sided damage.  The rider, a 56-year-old man was complaining of left hip, leg and knee pain, but after assessment chose not to go to hospital.

“There were no other patients.”

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A motorcyclist has suffered critical injuries after a crash with a car

Thursday 6th April 2017 – 8.25am – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted to a major trauma centre with critical injuries after a crash with a car.

It happened near the junction of School Road and Chilton Road in the Yardley Wood area of Birmingham at about 6.10pm on Wednesday evening.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a motorcyclist who had suffered multiple serious injuries.  He was being cared for by a nurse form a nearby care home.

“The man was treated at the scene by ambulance staff, but as his condition worsened he was anaesthetised by the doctor from the helicopter before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.

“No-one else was injured in the crash.”

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Car goes through trees and into a bush after leaving motorway

Wednesday 5th April 2017 – 4.31pm – Murray MacGregor.

A woman has been injured after her car left the motorway and went through small trees and ended up in a holly bush following a collision with a lorry.

It happened on the northbound carriageway of the M6 Toll between junction T1 and T2 at about 12.15pm today (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The Ford Mondeo had collided with a large goods vehicle.  The rear tail lift of the lorry was badly damaged.

“The car then left the motorway and went up the embankment going through a number of small trees and ending up embedded in a holly bush.

“The 41 year old woman driving was briefly knocked unconscious.  She was trapped and was complaining of neck and back pain as well as suffering facial injuries.

“After being assessed by ambulance staff while still in the vehicle, they worked with firefighters to extricate her.  The rear seats were removed and after being placed onto a spinal board, was brought out through the rear hatchback door.

“After further assessment and treatment, she was taken to Good Hope Hospital.

“The lorry driver was unhurt.”

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She climbed into crashed car to support patient

Wednesday 5th April 2017 – 3.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

Ambulance bosses are praising a member of the public who climbed into an overturned car and supported an elderly woman who was hanging by a seatbelt.

The incident happened on the southbound M5 between junction 6 and 7 at about 10.15am this morning (Wednesday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “People at the scene described the car hitting the central reservation and leaving the road to the nearside, going down an embankment and rolling onto the passenger side into a hedge.

“When the first ambulance arrived, the crew found the driver, a 72-year-old woman, trapped and hanging by her seatbelt in the overturned car.  However, her weight was being supported by a woman who had climbed into the crashed car.

“Ambulance staff took over, and with the help of the fire service brought the woman out safely on a scoop stretcher.

“She had suffered facial injuries.  After treatment at the scene, she was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

“We would like to pay tribute to the woman who was prepared to stop and assist a fellow driver in her hour of need.”

Note to Editors

Unfortunately, we do not have details of the good Samaritan.

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Cyclist seriously injured in RTC

 

Wednesday 5th April 2017 – 8.55am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A cyclist has been taken to one of the region’s major trauma centres after suffering serious injuries when in collision with a car last night (Tuesday).

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A49 in Shropshire, between Woofferton and Ashford Bowdler, just after 7.10pm. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “A man, believed to be in his 40s, was found with a slightly reduced level of consciousness when ambulance staff arrived at the scene.

“The cyclist, who had been involved in a collision with a car, was treated for a head injury and suspected pelvic injury as well as minor leg and shoulder injuries.

“Having received trauma care at the scene, the man was immobilised and given pain relief before being transported to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.

“The air ambulance crew travelled with the patient to continue treatment en-route with the hospital having been made aware of the patient’s condition prior to his arrival.

“Nobody else was injured in the incident.”

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Community heroes celebrated at awards ceremony

 Tuesday 4th April 2017 – 4.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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An awards ceremony to honour members of the public from across the West Midlands who have gone beyond the call of duty to help save lives and support the work of West Midlands Ambulance Service’s 4,500 staff has taken place.

The event, sponsored by Excelerate, Mills and Reeve, Higgs and Son, Zoll, University of Worcester, Coventry University and Imprint took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill on Thursday (March 30th), recognising the efforts of Community First Responders, St John Ambulance, other emergency services and other voluntary organisations, businesses and individuals.

Addressing the audience, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive Anthony Marsh said: “The role of our volunteers is incredibly important to the success of West Midlands Ambulance Service and that is something which I am acutely aware of.

“You all do a fantastic job, I know many of you put in a tremendous amount of hours, and you have all played a part in making our ambulance service the best in the country and for that you should be very proud, as I am.

“I personally would like to thank you all for everything that you do, you are a fantastic inspiration to all of us and to our communities.”

Deputy-Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Viv Astling OBE, who helped present some of the awards on the evening, said: “Funnily enough I’ve never felt safer than I do here tonight.

“We are surrounded by some incredible people who work very hard on behalf of others and it really is a great testament to yourselves.

“My belief is that people do not get enough recognition for the good work they do in this country and I only wish that could be addressed. We are surrounded by award winners tonight and that is fantastic, you, along with all of your colleagues deserve great credit for the time you give to support the ambulance service, you should be very proud.”

WMAS Chairman, Sir Graham Meldrum, added: “We are gathered here tonight to celebrate good samartians. This is an evening to celebrate those who do not pass by when someone is in need – members of the public, young children and those who work as volunteers supporting the ambulance service.

“I thank you very much on behalf of West Midlands Ambulance Service for your loyalty, dedication and hard work.”

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Award Citations:

Air Ambulance Award:

Sheelagh Withers, Victoria Jones, Charlotte Morgan, David Pollock, Jenny Conway, Dr Ali Hussain

On 7th March at Baker Butts Rugby Club in Coventry, a 41-year-old gentleman went into cardiac arrest. The police were sent initially as they had the closest resource and started CPR. David Pollock, a community first responder was dispatched and was quickly on scene doing very good basic life support. The ambulance crew arrived next and commenced advanced life support. Victoria Jones and Charlotte Morgan arrived a couple of minutes later in the Air Ambulance rapid response vehicle and worked with those already on scene. The police officers continued to help after the clinical team had taken over the patient treatment. The team managed to restart the patient’s heart and breathing en-route to hospital with advanced care from Dr Ali Hussain and medic Jenny Conway. This patient has subsequently made an amazing recovery.

The dispatcher Sheelagh Withers co-ordinated the multiple responses and recognised the job as a good potential for where the extra clinical skills of a doctor may be helpful. She will also have been co-ordinating with the local dispatch at Tollgate in Staffordshire so the Trust’s control rooms also played a key part in this success story.

St John Ambulance:

Philip Saunders

Whilst on duty at the Armistice Day Parade in Bedworth Philip Saunders was first on scene when a veteran collapsed. On arrival Philip found that the patient was not breathing and commenced CPR.  This was successful and the patient did not require defibrillation. Philip then monitored the patient until he was passed the care of the patient to a WMAS Crew.

Public and Other Emergency Services:

PC Simon Lawton

One evening in February 2016, PC Simon Lawton responded to reports of a man being stabbed outside the Arcadian in Birmingham. PC Lawton arrived and provided excellent first aid with limited equipment. He bandaged the patient’s wound in a difficult situation, causing him to be covered in the victim’s blood. He carried on providing vital assistance on the arrival of a solo responder and continued to help on the way to hospital.  Only once the call had been completed did PC Lawton ask for assistance for himself.

Public and Other Emergency Services:

Sarah Cooper

In February 2017 ,Sarah Cooper was sitting down for a family meal at the Royal Forrester Inn, Bewdley when a lady on an adjacent table began to choke.

The family was clearly in distress and Sarah left her own family and performed back blows and abdominal thrusts until the foreign object was expelled prior to the arrival of the ambulance. Without her quick action, the patient may have become unresponsive and stopped breathing.

Community Initiative:

Anne and Peter Turner, Wem

Anne and Peter Turner have been pivotal in placing the two Community Public Access Defibrillators for Wem Rural AED Group and Wem Town – the latter of which is now Shropshire’s most activated CPAD, having 43 call outs since its placement. Their tireless commitment and dedication have made them both unsung heroes within their community.

Community First Responders:

Russell Inman, Ettington CFR

Russell Inman has served over eight years as a CFR and also worked as a co-ordinator for the Ettington CFR group. Russell has also been instrumental in developing a shared IT system for the group as well as working on callout records and asset registers. He retires from CFR duties this year due to work commitments. ‘Being a CFR has been a way of life for me for nearly nine years’ He will be sorely missed by all in his local community.

Community First Responders

Rob Nichols, Worcester CFR

Rob Nichols has been an active CFR in Worcester for ten years. Whilst Rob was working at the Environment Agency in Bristol he was involved in the resuscitation of a lady in cardiac arrest.

Rob noted at the time it was unusual for him not to have his trusty CFR kit bag with him but was pleased he was still putting the training West Midlands Ambulance Service had given him to good use.

The lady was in her mid-thirties and was reported to have been brought round and was talking with her mother.

Chief Officers Commendation

Kelly McKeown, Penkridge

Community First Responder Kelly McKeown impressed the responding crew in Penkridge by her actions, they stated that if it wasn’t for her actions before they arrived then there would not have been a ROSC (Return of Spontaneous Circulation) and the patient would not have survived.

CFR Volunteer of the Year

Terry Flower, Solihull CFR

Terry is a CFR who operates in the Solihull area. Terry is a fantastic member of Fast Aid, not only does he often complete over 100 hours a month on call, but he actively takes part in the training of new and existing CFRs in Fast Aid by giving up a lot of time to take new staff out on buddy shifts.

He is the largest fund raiser within his charity, enabling it to better support WMAS with up to date equipment. He also assists WMAS Community Response Manager Andy Jeynes in defibrillator training and leads many Heart Start training sessions where members of the general public are trained to not only provide lifesaving skills, but to reduce unnecessary pressure on the ambulance service and receiving hospitals by educating the general public on when to call an ambulance. His passion and dedication is infectious to those he trains and inspires.

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Man dies on Aston Expressway

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Tuesday 4th April 2017 – 9.30am – Claire Brown.

A man has died after falling from a bridge in Birmingham this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A38M Aston Expressway shortly before 4.50am (Tuesday). Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene along with the police.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “A man was found on the side of the road with significant injuries. Sadly, despite the best efforts of the ambulance team, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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A motorcyclist has been airlifted after a crash with a campervan

Monday 3rd April 2017 – 6.30pm – Murray MacGregor.

A motorcyclist has been airlifted with a serious leg injury after a crash with a campervan.

It happened at about 2.20pm on Monday afternoon on Astley Lane between Astley and Bedworth.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance and a senior paramedic officer were initially sent but the crew requested an air ambulance with a doctor due to the patient’s condition. The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was sent.

“Police officers who were first on scene provided excellent first aid until ambulance staff arrived.

“The 59 year old rider had suffered a serious leg injury.

“After receiving advanced pain relief, he had his leg splinted and was immobilised before being airlifted to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.

“No-one else was injured in the crash.”

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Long Service and Excellence is celebrated at ceremony

 

 

Monday 3rd April 2017 – 5.30pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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More than 100 awards were handed out when staff from West Midlands Ambulance Service, volunteers and members of the public attended a ceremony in Dudley for their outstanding actions in helping others and saving lives.

The Trust’s annual Long Service and Excellence Awards ceremony, sponsored by Excelerate, Mills & Reeve, Zoll, Higgs and Sons, the University of Worcester, Coventry University and Imprint, took place at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierely Hill on Thursday, 30th March and saw a range of awards handed out including the Queen’s Long Service Medal and Chief Officer Commendations.

This year, 12 operational members of staff became eligible for their 20 year Long Service and Good Conduct Medal which were presented by the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE.

In addition, 12 staff were commended for 25 years service; ten received certificates for 30 years service; one member of staff was honoured for 35 years in the Trust; whilst a further three were commended their 40 years service.

Trust Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said: “There is only one ambulance service that has achieved an outstanding rating from the CQC and that is our ambulance service.

“That is down to the hard work of every member of staff who shows incredible dedication to providing the very highest level of patient care, something for which I am truly grateful.

“I am immensely proud of the work that you all do, often in very difficult circumstances, and I want to thank you all for making us the best ambulance service in the country.”

Lord Lieutenant, John Crabtree OBE, added: “We are hugely fortunate in having such a high quality ambulance service in the West Midlands and I know how important the things are that lead to that, the training, the leadership, the teamwork and the ability to work together to put other people first. All of those skills are clearly evident here in the West Midlands.

“I offer a sincere thank you to all of you for the fantastic job that you do day in, day out and I know that your family and friends are hugely proud of you – thank you very much.”

Sir Graham Meldrum, Trust Chairman, added: “It truly is an outstanding achievement to have received the highest possible rating from the CQC and it is down to your dedication – the sort of dedication that is recognised by the awards being handed out today.

“Today is a celebration of a first class, dedicated and outstanding ambulance service. That is something that has been achieved by the work of all of our members of staff, our award winners today and everyone connected with the service who all have the same desire, providing the best level of patient care. Thank you all, for everything that you do.”

Awards:

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Police Constable Shaun Leroux; Derek Varden – Advanced Paramedic, Willenhall Hub; Stephen Gennoe – Technician; Willenhall Hub; Herpreet Lally – Student Paramedic

In October 2016, Stephen Gennoe, Derek Varden and Herpreet Lally were responding to a reported double stabbing. Whilst en-route the ambulance was rammed by the alleged offender’s car. The alleged offender then got out of his vehicle and started intimidating the crew, threatening them with a knife. It should be noted that Steven was injured in the altercation and that this was Herpreet’s first day at work.

PC Leroux made the scene quickly and engaged the offender, putting himself in harm’s way to protect the public and ambulance staff. Following the incident, the crew continued to provide emergency care to the victims on scene.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Claire Main – Paramedic, Evesham

Claire Main was tasked to a cardiac arrest in April 2016 with no further details known. On arrival at the address, Claire walked through the open front door and saw a male standing at the top of the stairs holding a large knife. Claire told him to put the knife down and step aside. She then walked past him out of concern for the patient who was in cardiac arrest and went into another room. Upon entering the room Claire found the person who had made the call and a deceased female. She then bravely proceeded to get herself and the caller out of the property to safety.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Shannon Lee – Paramedic, Worcester

Shannon Lee attended to a 45-year-old man initially complaining of chest pain. On arrival, the patient was threatening suicide, appeared agitated, anxious and under the influence of alcohol.  The patient walked into the kitchen and attempted to stab himself.   Shannon acted quickly to disarm the patient, ensuring he didn’t cause himself harm.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Paul Clarke – Advanced Paramedic, Coventry Hub; Courtney Hewison – Student Paramedic

Paul Clarke and Courtney Hewison witnessed a car weaving across the M6 motorway, colliding with a number of barriers. They initially managed to get the car to stop on the hard shoulder but as they approached the car and began speaking to the driver, he sped off. The crew followed and managed to run a rolling roadblock behind the car as it continued to glance off barriers for over two miles before it crashed for a final time.

The crew alerted the call centre, activated CCTV on the ambulance and gave a comprehensive commentary on what was happening. Once the car had come to a stop they rapidly assessed the patient who was having a diabetic hypoglycaemic attack and treated him accordingly whilst considering he may have other injuries from the crash.

Had it not been for their quick actions in setting up a rolling roadblock there may have been many other innocent motorists caught up in collision with the gentleman’s car as it careered around the carriageway.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Samantha Wilyman – Paramedic Area Support Officer, Dudley

Samantha Wilyman was tasked to a job where a male was threatening to jump from a bridge. Sam and a WPC made their way onto the bridge to speak to the patient who had self-discharged from a mental health hospital. He was polite and happy to speak to them. He was, however, the wrong side of the barrier. He allowed Sam and the WPC to attach a police “CAS strap” around him while they talked, in order to secure him to the railings.

He then, without warning, slid out of the strap in an attempt to jump. At this point, Sam and the WPC hung onto him until further police officers arrived. After a very fraught and anxious struggle they managed to pull the man to safety.  The actions carried out were simply above and beyond and if not carried out would have without doubt resulted in very serious injuries, if not death of the patient.

Chief Officer’s Commendation:

Michael Hipgrave – Clinical Team Mentor, Aston; Jennifer Hipgrave; Yasmin Bickerton.

Off duty paramedic Mike Hipgrave and his wife Jennifer Hipgrave were out shopping when they overheard shouting and calls for help.

An 18-month-old girl was found to be choking and in cardiac arrest. Mike and Jennifer immediately began performing CPR and ultimately were able to save the girl’s life. Thankfully, little Sophia continues to thrive after her ordeal whilst mum, Yasmin, has organised life support courses to pass on the lifesaving message to others. She has also raised £150 which has been donated to the Trust as a thank you for saving Sophia’s life.

Outstanding Achievement:

Jan Vann – Advanced Paramedic, Coventry

Jan Vann receives recognition for her part in the BAFTA Award winning Children’s TV show, Operation Ouch. The programme finished its fourth series (ten episodes in each series) with Jan being featured in every single episode, highlighting to children what paramedics do every single day as she is followed by a camera crew.

It is the most watched TV programme on children’s BBC and she has even featured in a ‘Puberty special’ aimed at older children. Maverick TV put together the programme in conjunction with the Trust’s press office. It is the only TV programme the Trust has been involved with that is aimed at children and is the only BAFTA award winning show the Trust has been involved with.

The Peter Murtagh Inspirational Award:

Tracy Oakley – Emergency Care Practitioner, Warwick

Tracy Oakley is a valued member of staff and a talented Emergency Care Practitioner. Nothing is ever negative with Tracy; she promotes a positive attitude to every part of the job and extends this in her role as a mentor for budding students.

For some time, Tracy has acted as an allocated mentor for students who may need extra help and guidance in clinical terms to achieve their full potential. She is an inspiration to people in this job and her history in emergency and urgent care builds a wealth of experience making her an absolute asset to anyone she works with, and the patients she serves.

Tracy regularly goes out of her way and works hard to fulfil her leadership and mentoring responsibilities whilst setting a critically high benchmark for students who carry her name forward as their mentor.

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Air ambulance lands on M6 after crash

Monday 3rd April 2017 – 2.43pm – Murray MacGregor.

Two people have been hurt, one potentially seriously, after a crash on the M6 motorway, which also saw an air ambulance land on the carriageway.

The incident happened on the northbound carriageway between junctions 6 and 7 at just after midday.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer, a BASICS Emergency Doctor and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a Citroen box van that had front end damage and a small car with rear end damage.  Both had ended up against the central reservation.  The van also had a ‘bullseye’ on the windscreen.

“There were two patients from the van; a 49 year old woman was initially unconscious but after being brought out of the vehicle started to come round.  She was treated for a potentially serious head injury.  After being immobilised, she was taken on blue lights by land ambulance to the major trauma centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.  The aircrew travelled in the ambulance given the state of the patient’s condition.

“A 46 year old man from Hayes in Middlesex had managed to get himself out of the vehicle himself.  He was treated for neck pain and was immobilised before being taken to Heartlands Hospital.

“A man estimated to be in his 20s from the car was checked over but was unhurt.”

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Car goes over bridge parapet and into trees

Monday 3rd April 2017 – 11.02am – Murray MacGregor.

Three women have escaped serious injury despite the car they were in crashing over a bridge and coming to rest in some trees.

The incident happened at about 6.35am on Sunday morning on Ravensbank Drive, in Redditch.

Three ambulances were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “When crews arrived, they found a car lying on its side against a tree off the side of a bridge.

“The three women inside had managed to get out of the vehicle themselves and were back up on the roadside.

“The driver, a 35 year old woman was treated for glass to the eyes, abrasions to both legs and possible back injuries.  She was immobilised before being taken to the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch.

“The 39 year old woman in the front seat had a head injury and pain in both legs.  She was also immobilised and taken to the same hospital.

“The rear seat passenger, a 29 year old woman, had back pain and a head injury.  She was also immobilised and taken to the Alexandra Hospital.

“Considering the position the car ended up in, the potential for much more serious injuries is clear.”

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Motorcyclist suffers serious head injury

 

Friday 31st March 2017 – 4pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A male teenage motorcyclist has suffered a serious head injury following a collision with a van this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Croxstalls Road in Bloxwich, shortly after 12.30pm and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance crews discovered the motorbike rider lying in the road.

“He was treated for a serious head injury which had resulted in him suffering a reduced level of consciousness.

“He also received treatment for a knee injury as well as numerous cuts across his body.

“Pain relief was administered and he was immobilised before being taken to hospital by land ambulance. The air ambulance crew also travelled to continue treatment en-route.

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

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MP throws his support behind a campaign to protect thousands of lives

 

Friday 31st March 2017 – 2pm – Murray MacGregor.

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An MP is throwing his support behind a lifesaving campaign by learning the skills that could make the difference between life and death.

On Friday, Hereford and South Herefordshire MP, Jesse Norman learnt the vital skills of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and just how simple it is to use an automated external defibrillator (AED) when he visited Hereford Ambulance Hub.

It follows a generous donation from the Four Acre Trust which donated £50,000 towards buying additional 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.  Together, it should ensure an additional 100 lifesaving defibrillators placed in communities across the two counties.

Since the scheme was launched in the middle of January, 58 new defibrillators have been installed across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.  Many have been bought by parish councils, but others have gone to rugby clubs, a golf club, community centres, village halls, three pubs, two churches, three schools and even Hereford Livestock Market.

Mr Norman said: “As a local MP I am already very aware of the vital services that our ambulance service provides.  But my training session with Herefordshire Area Manager Nick Montandon really drove home to me what an important role we can all play in saving a life.

“When someone has a cardiac arrest, the heart stops beating and it is vital that the patient gets help immediately.  For every minute after the heart stops, the patient’s chance of survival drops by 10%.  If someone starts CPR on them immediately and a defibrillator is quickly used, up to 90% of patients can be saved.

“Yet without CPR only about 8% of people survive a cardiac arrest. So it is obvious just how important it is that we get more defibrillators out into our rural communities, and that as many of us as possible learn how to do CPR.  I am very grateful to Nick for the lesson – frankly, all MPs should have one.”

WMAS Herefordshire Area Manager, Nick Montandon, said: “Whether you have had training or not, you can make a difference if you know how to perform CPR and know where your nearest defib is.  By increasing their number in the community we give many more people the best possible chance of survival; more lives can be saved.

“I have seen the value of early CPR and having a defib in the community.  There are people who are alive today because there was one nearby.  I would encourage any community that doesn’t already have a defib to take up this generous offer – it could save your life.”

Chair of Trustees for the Four Acre Trust, John Bothamley, said: “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 the extra 100 defibrillators installed as soon as possible.”

Communities, groups and organisations who want to take up the offer 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.”

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

Note to Editors

Please do not substitute ‘heart attack’ for ‘cardiac arrest’ as they are quite different.  A heart attack is a “circulation” problem and sudden cardiac arrest is an “electrical” problem.

A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked but the heart keeps beating, if only inefficiently.  A cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating completely.  In a cardiac arrest, brain damage starts at 6 minutes and at 10 minutes there is nothing that can be done to save a patient.

A defibrillator is used to reset the heart so that it can start beating normally again.

Pictured (l-r) – Hereford and Worcester Community First Responder Charity Trustee, Sue Watkins, Hereford and South Herefordshire MP Jesse Watkins and WMAS Area Manager for Herefordshire, Nick Montandon. If used, please credit the image to West Midlands Ambulance Service.

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Pedestrian airlifted from Hereford RTC

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Thursday 30th March 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian has been seriously injured after a collision with a lorry in Hereford Town Centre this afternoon.

A passing ambulance came across the incident near Wall Street in Hereford shortly after 3.00pm (Thursday) and immediately called the Trust’s control room to advise them of the collision.  A second ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham and a second Air Ambulance from Cosford with a MERIT trauma doctor on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The pedestrian, a man in his 50s, was fully conscious following the collision but was trapped underneath the lorry. Ambulance staff assessed the man and found he had suffered serious injuries to his abdomen, back and feet. Whilst ambulance staff administered treatment to the man, the fire service worked to release him.

“The man was stabilised before being taken by land ambulance to the awaiting helicopter, which had landed at nearby Hereford Football Club, before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham.”

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Two dead in stabbing incident in Stourbridge

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Thursday 30th March 2017 – 12.10pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

A woman and a teenage boy have died and a man has been seriously injured after all three received stab wounds this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Greyhound Lane in Norton, Stourbridge, at 8.01am today (Thursday).

The Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire were sent to the scene along with two land ambulances, two MERIT trauma doctors, two senior paramedic officers, a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Ambulance staff arrived on scene to find three seriously injured patients; a woman, a man and a boy.

“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of ambulance staff it became apparent at the scene that nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed deceased.

“The teenage boy was found to be in cardiac arrest and received specialist trauma care and advanced life support from our staff. He was taken on blue lights to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with treatment continuing en-route.

“Sadly, shortly after arrival in A&E and despite the best efforts of ambulance staff and hospital medics, nothing could not be saved and he was also confirmed dead.

“The man, who was conscious, was also in a serious condition as a result of his stab wounds and was alerted in to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham by land ambulance.”

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Three seriously injured in Stourbridge

 

Thursday 30th March 2017 – 10.45am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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Three people have been seriously injured after an incident in Stourbridge.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Greyhound Lane in Norton at 8.01am today (Thursday).

The Midlands Air Ambulances from Cosford and Staffordshire were sent to the scene along with two land ambulances, two senior paramedic officers, a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Three patients suffered serious stab wounds in the incident.

“A woman, a man and a boy all suffered very serious injuries in the incident and received advanced trauma care from ambulance staff at the scene.”

More details will follow when available.

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Fatality following fire in Cradley Heath flat

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Wednesday 29th March 2017 – 1.45pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has died following a flat fire this morning in the Black Country.

The ambulance service received a 999 call shortly before 9.30am to New Pool Road in Cradley Heath. An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a community paramedic attended the scene along with the fire service and police.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save the occupant of the flat, a woman, and she was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Woman dies in collision with tree in Birmingham

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Wednesday 29th March 2017 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has sadly died after the car she was in collided with a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Hill Lane in Wythall, Birmingham, at 9.20am today after a passer-by came across the collision and stopped to help. Two ambulances, a BASICS doctor, 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 member of the public performing CPR on the woman. Staff and medics took over resuscitation efforts and commenced advanced life support at the roadside. Despite the best efforts of the passer by and ambulance staff it was not possible to save the woman and she was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Fatality on M42 this afternoon

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Monday 27th March 2017 – 6.30pm – Claire Brown.

A man has died on the M42 in Coventry this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to reports of a car which had left the carriageway shortly after 2.30pm on the southbound carriageway of the M42 between Junctions 8 and 7a.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a medic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which was on its side on a grass verge. The driver, a man, was in cardiac arrest.  Sadly, despite the efforts of the team of ambulance staff it was not possible to save the man and he was confirmed dead on scene.”

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Man seriously injured in collision on M6 in Coventry

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Friday 24th March 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A collision involving two lorries and two cars on the M6 in Coventry this morning has left one man with serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting an RTC on the southbound carriageway of the M6 between junctions 3 and 2 just before 8.30am this morning (Friday). Four ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance with a medic on board attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a car which had collided with the rear of a lorry. The driver, a man in his 50s, was trapped in the wreckage. Ambulance staff and the medic administered treatment to the man whilst the fire service worked to extricate him from the car. The man had suffered serious injuries and required advanced trauma care on scene before being taken by land ambulance to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire; the doctor travelled on board to continue treatment en route.

“The occupants of the two lorries and car were all out of their vehicles. One lorry driver, a man in his 40s, was discharged on scene. The second lorry driver, a man in his 30s, suffered leg pain and was given pain relief on scene before being taken to University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire. The driver of the second car, a woman in her 30s, had back pain and was given analgesia by ambulance staff before she too was taken to the same hospital. Two young children and a man who were in the car with her were checked over by ambulance staff but were uninjured.”

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Strength of modern cars protects woman from what could have been very serious crash

Thursday 23rd March 2017 – 12.05pm – Murray MacGregor.

The strength of modern cars has once again saved a driver from serious injuries after the vehicle managed to get on the wrong side of a crash barrier and strike an overhead sign gantry

The incident happened on the M6 Toll just before junction T1 at Coleshill at about 9.05am this morning (Thursday).

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a silver car that had very significant front end damage.  The car had left the motorway to the nearside, gone down the grass verge and collided with the gantry leaving an almost perfect square indent into the bonnet.

“Despite significant intrusion within the passenger compartment, the woman was able to get out and was sitting in a car that had stopped at the scene.

“Astonishingly, the 39 year old was only complaining of seatbelt pain and had a number of small lacerations but essentially escaped with minor injuries.  She was taken to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire as a precaution.

“Once again the design of modern cars, use of a seat belt and airbags have saved the woman from what could have been extremely serious injuries or worse, not so many years ago.”

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Two critical after serious crash on Cannock Chase

Thursday 23rd March 2017 – 10.51am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have suffered critical injuries after a serious crash on Cannock Chase.

The three car crash happened at junction of Birches Valley and Marquis Drive at about 5.20pm on Wednesday afternoon.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford, with two doctors and a critical care paramedic on board, were sent to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found two cars that had suffered very considerable damage – one had left the road and was on the verge.

“A man of approximately 30 years was airlifted to the major trauma centre at Royal Stoke University Hospital with multiple injuries.

“A 52 year old man in the second car also suffered multiple injuries and was taken by land ambulance to the same major trauma centre with the second doctor travelling with the crew.

“The third driver, a 43 year old man was assessed for back pain at the scene but chose not to go to hospital so was discharged with advice.”

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Pedestrian dies in Rubery

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 12.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has died after a collision with a car in Birmingham this morning.

The incident happened near to the Co-op supermarket on New Road in Rubery shortly after 10.30am (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a BASICS medic attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian, a woman, who had been involved in a collision with a car. Sadly, it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead on scene.

“The occupants of the car, a woman and two young boys, were understandably shaken but after assessment were found to be uninjured and didn’t require hospital treatment.”

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Motorcyclist dies in Kidderminster

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Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 9.20am – Claire Brown.

Despite the life-saving efforts of our staff on scene, a motorcyclist sadly couldn’t be revived in Kidderminster this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call reporting a collision involving a motorcyclist and a lorry on the Hartlebury Trading Estate in Hartlebury, Kidderminster shortly after 5.30am today (Wednesday). An ambulance, a paramedic area support officer and a MERIT trauma doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “The motorcyclist, a man, was in cardiac arrest and the team of ambulance staff and the doctor commenced advanced life support on scene. Sadly, nothing could be done to save the man and he was confirmed dead a short time later.”
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Honestly, he was so so lucky!

Wednesday 22nd March 2017 – 8.40am – Murray MacGregor.

“Honestly, he was so, so lucky!”

The words of one of the paramedics who was left amazed after seeing the teenage driver of a van get out of a crash with relatively minor injuries despite huge damage to the front of the vehicle he was in.

The crash happened at about 9.45pm on Tuesday evening on the southbound M6 just before junction 10a, the M54.

Two ambulances, a paramedic area support officer and the MERIT Trauma Doctor attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a blue van that was embedded under the rear of an articulated lorry.

“Due to the level of damage, it took firefighters an hour to cut away enough of the van to allow the two people inside the van to get out; throughout, the pair were receiving care from ambulance staff.

“The 18 year old driving, who comes from Warwickshire, escaped with only a broken left wrist. After being assessed by the doctor at the scene, he was taken to Walsall Manor Hospital.

“The man’s 8 year sister, who was in the front passenger seat, escaped uninjured.  After being assessed, she was discharged at the scene.

“The man driving the lorry was unhurt but a bit shaken.”

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Two men die in Whitchurch collision

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Tuesday 21st March 2017 – 5.00pm – Claire Brown.

A pedestrian and a motorcyclist have died following a collision in Shropshire this afternoon.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a call from North West Ambulance Service reporting a collision involving a pedestrian and a motorcyclist on the A525 Nantwich Road between Broughall and Whitchurch shortly before 3.30pm (Tuesday).

A community paramedic, a paramedic area support officer and the Midlands Air Ambulances from Strensham and Cosford were sent to the scene; one air ambulance had a MERIT trauma doctor on board.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they found a pedestrian and a motorcyclist who were both in cardiac arrest. Sadly, it quickly became apparent to ambulance staff that nothing could be done to save the pedestrian, a man, and he was confirmed dead on scene.

“Ambulance staff and the doctor administered advanced life support to the motorcyclist but despite their efforts he was unable to be saved.

“The road remains closed.”

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Bus crash in Coventry

Monday 20th March 2017 – 12.00pm – Murray MacGregor.

Four people have avoided serious injury despite a collision between a double decker bus, a 4×4 and a house.

The incident happened at about 6.45am this morning in Keresley Road, Coventry.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found a double decker bus that was up against a house; the house had sustained structural damage.  A Land Rover Discovery was near-by with front end damage.

“There were three people on the bus.  The driver, a 44 year old man had sustained a graze to his right knee but was otherwise unhurt.  A 27 year old man who had been on the rear seat had a minor laceration to his lower right leg and a man estimated to be in his 50s had a minor graze.  All three were discharged after treatment at the scene.

“The driver of the Discovery, a 54 year old man had managed to get out of the vehicle himself and was treated for shock, but again was discharged.

“Thankfully, despite the damage to the house, no-one inside had been hurt.”

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Pedestrian fatally injured in RTC

 

Friday 17th March 2017 – 9.10am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A woman has died following a collision with a car last night (Thursday).

The incident happened on Ashbourne Road in Leek shortly before 6.40pm and West Midlands Ambulance Service sent an ambulance and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “An ambulance crew was on scene in less than four minutes and found the woman lying in the road following the collision.

“Having suffered serious injuries, the woman was found to be in cardiac arrest. Ambulance staff immediately began administering CPR and advanced life support.

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

“The driver of the car, a man, was treated for the effects of shock and discharged at the scene.”

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Man fatally injured in RTC

 

Thursday 16th March 2017 – 1.45pm – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A man has died following a collision between a car and a tree this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the A422 Stratford Road, near to Upton Snodsbury in Worcestershire, shortly after 8.50am and sent two ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews discovered a car that had collided with a tree and a man trapped inside.

“Crews assessed the man in the car but unfortunately it quickly became apparent that nothing could be done to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.

“There were no other patients from the incident.”

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Lichfield darts league donates money to WMAS in player’s memory

LICHFIELD DARTS LEAGUE DONATE MONEY TO AMBULANCE HUB IN MEMORY OF PLAYER

Thursday 16th March 2017 – 10.30am – Claire Brown.

A darts league has hit the bullseye with local ambulance staff in Lichfield after a generous donation in memory of a former player.

Lichfield and District Ladies Darts League visited Lichfield Ambulance Hub this week to present £460 to thank their local ambulance staff. The donation comes after the league said goodbye to darts player Mandy Perks who sadly passed away in August last year. Despite the tragic outcome, her husband was so grateful to the ambulance service’s help that he and the darts team she played for wanted to do something in return in Mandy’s memory.

Marion Toon, chair of the darts league, visited the ambulance hub with Treasurer Alison Fisher and Secretary Jenny Sawyer to officially present the donation to Lichfield hub’s Assistant Area Manager Michelle Kelly on Tuesday 14th March.

Marion said: “Last year we tragically lost one of our ladies, Mandy Perks, who unfortunately died really young. Her husband asked us if we would donate money to West Midlands Ambulance Service’s Lichfield hub as they were so helpful when he dialled 999 in August. It’s been very nice to come and visit the Lichfield hub and we hope the money comes to some use to our local ambulance staff.”

Michelle, said: “It’s been really nice to meet the ladies from the local darts league and we thank them for their kind donation. This money is very much appreciated and will be put towards the social side of the hub for items such as tea, coffee and study books for our ambulance staff.”

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Pictured (l to r): Alison Fisher, Michelle Kelly, Jenny Sawyer and Marion Toon

 

 

Two men taken to a major trauma centre after a crash

Wednesday 15th March 2017 – 9.30am – Murray MacGregor.

Two men have been injured, one seriously after a crash that left two cars with substantial damage.

It happened at the junction of Leamington Road and Bullimore Grove in Kenilworth at about 6.25pm on Tuesday evening.

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

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival, ambulance staff found the driver of one of the cars trapped.  Working with firefighters, the man was cut free.

“The 55 year old had a head injury and a number of fractures.  He was immobilised, had a pelvic binder fitted and had his other fractures splinted before being taken on blue lights to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire.

“The driver of the other car, a 41 year old man had suffered relatively minor injuries, but due to the nature of the collision was also taken to the major trauma centre as a precaution.”

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Lucky escape for driver in Coventry

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Tuesday 14th March 2017 – 4.30pm – Claire Brown.

A woman has escaped with just minor injuries despite her car ending up sideways on a concrete barrier following a collision with a lorry.

The collision happened on Ringway Whitefriars near to Coventry University shortly before 3.00pm this afternoon (Tuesday). An ambulance and a senior paramedic officer attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “Upon arrival ambulance staff found a car which had ended up on its side and facing the wrong way, leaning against the central reservation barrier. Thankfully, the driver of the car, a woman in her late teens, escaped with just a minor leg injury. She was assessed and treated on scene but didn’t require hospital treatment. The lorry driver was uninjured.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in Redditch

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Tuesday 14th March 2017 – 3.45pm – Claire Brown.

A woman who came off her bicycle this morning has been rushed to a major trauma centre after suffering serious injuries.

West Midlands Ambulance Service received a 999 call to Bates Hill in Redditch shortly before midday this morning (Tuesday). An ambulance, a responder paramedic and two Midlands Air Ambulances, one with a MERIT trauma doctor on board, attended the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “When ambulance staff arrived they were told the woman, believed to be in her 20s, was thrown over the handlebars of her bicycle and had landed on the road.

“The woman suffered serious injuries and require advanced trauma care on scene by the team of ambulance staff. The woman was transferred to the land ambulance before being conveyed on blue lights to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham for further emergency care.”

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Who would do such a thing?

Monday 13th March 2017 – 10.40am – Murray MacGregor.

An elderly cardiac patient being taken to hospital had his treatment delayed and a crew was left shocked after a man threw a stone at an ambulance travelling on a dual carriageway, shattering the window.

The incident happened at just after midnight on Sunday morning on the southbound carriageway of the A449 near the Mitre Oak pub.

A second ambulance had to be sent to take the patient to hospital.  A paramedic area support officer and West Mercia Police attended the scene to try and find the attacker.

Emergency Medical Technician, Steve Hopkins, was driving the vehicle at the time: “We were taking an elderly patient with suspected cardiac related chest pains into Worcestershire Royal Hospital when we were coming down the A449.

“I remember seeing three lads, who were probably late teens, dressed in black who were walking towards Kidderminster.  At the last minute I caught sight of the one in the middle throwing something and the next second the passenger window in the cab exploded covering me in glass.

“It was a real shock but thankfully I wasn’t hurt. To be honest, I was more concerned about our patient.  It’s a stressful enough situation without something like this happening.

“I just can’t understand why anyone would do something like this to any vehicle, never mind an ambulance.  The potential for a crash and serious injuries is enormous.”

WMAS Security and Safety Manager, Steve Elliker, added: “Although police did attend and searched the area, there was no trace of the three youths.

“No-one can defend their actions.  We would appeal for anyone who knows anything about this incident to contact police.

“Thankfully, no-one was seriously hurt, but we could easily have ended up with the vehicle leaving the road and then who knows what could have happened.

“Someone knows who did this.  I would urge you to do the right thing and pass on your information to police or Crimestoppers.”

Anyone with information should call 101 and quote incident 2S of 12th March.  Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Motorcyclist suffers fatal injuries

 

Friday 10th March 2017 – 10.15am – Jamie Arrowsmith.

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A motorcyclist has died following a collision with a barrier in the early hours of this morning.

West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the junction of Dartmouth Middleway and Aston Circus at 4.15am and sent an ambulance, a paramedic area support officer, a MERIT trauma doctor and the Trust’s Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived to find a motorcyclist, a man, in cardiac arrest following a single vehicle collision.

“CPR was commenced immediately and advanced life support was also administered.

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

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