West Midlands Ambulance Service

  1. First electric ambulance launched by Bradford firm

    The country's first electric ambulance has been launched by a conversion firm in Bradford.

    The ambulance on the road

    Vehicle Conversion Specialists, which converts ambulances for a range of NHS trusts, is behind the zero-emission project.

    The electric ambulance is being designed, developed and produced in Bradford.

    The company says it's the first electric ambulance to enter front-line service in Europe.

    It's being trialled by West Midlands Ambulance Service throughout this month, it added.

    The ambulance has a top speed of 75mph and can travel more than 100 miles between charges.

    The ambulance
  2. 'UK's first' electric ambulance launched

    An electric ambulance has gone into service for West Midlands Ambulance Service for the first time.

    It said it would be the UK's first all-electric emergency ambulance and would be used to test the technology, with the aim of eventually introducing an emission-free fleet.

    Ambulance

    WMAS Chief Executive Anthony Marsh, said: “Given Birmingham is introducing a clean air zone, this is a sensible and advantageous step forward for so many reasons.”

    The ambulance can travel at 75 mph and go up to 110 miles before needing to recharge.

  3. Guard of honour at funeral of special constable

    A funeral has been held today for a special constable who died months after he was hit by a car.

    Special Constable Resham Singh Nahal pictured in 2017 at Pride with Chief Constable Dave Thompson

    Resham Singh Nahal (left) was hit by a car while attending the scene of a separate collision in Oldbury, on 8 November.

    Last month, West Midlands Chief Constable Dave Thompson confirmed his death and the force said tests would determine if his death related to the injuries he suffered on duty.

    West Midlands Ambulance Service said Mr Nahal was also part of its Patient Transport Service and colleagues formed a guard of honour at Perry Barr Crematorium.

    Colleagues at the funeral
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    Video caption: Paramedic on struggle to recover mentally from stabbing

    Deena Evans and her colleague Michael Hipgrave were stabbed while attending a patient in Wolverhampton.

  5. 'Don't drink three months worth of alcohol'

    A paramedic for West Midlands Ambulance Service has warned people as the pubs reopen, not to "drink three months' worth of alcohol in one night".

    He told his Twitter followers: "You don't want to end up in an ambulance like this one".

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  6. Asymptomatic ambulance staff test positive for Covid-19

    A pilot scheme to test ambulance service staff for Covid-19 has shown about 3% of workers with no symptoms tested positive.

    Figures released by West Midlands Ambulance Service show 16 of 543 asymptomatic workers tested positive during a two-day trial.

    Ambulance

    A spokesman said: "West Midlands Ambulance Service can confirm that it has been taking part in a national project to understand better whether Covid-19 is prevalent among NHS staff and patients who do not have symptoms.

    "While the number of positive results is very small -16 in total - it does show the importance of us all continuing to practise social distancing."

  7. Biscuit thank you 'brightens paramedic's day'

    Allen Cook

    BBC News

    People are still saying thank you to the emergency services in the West Midlands during the lockdown and today that includes paramedic-theme biscuits.

    One of the biscuits

    The ambulance service said the partner of one of its call handlers just started working as a paramedic and a young boy stopped him to give them the biscuits.

    The call assessor, Amy, added: "He's just text me to say this has brightened his day!"

  8. Concerns people dying at home due to hospital fears

    Bob Hockenhull

    BBC Midlands Today

    Paramedics in the West Midlands say they fear people are dying at home unnecessarily because they’re too scared to go to hospital.

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    Video caption: Ambulance staff fear people dying at home as too too scared to go to hospital

    In one of the worst cases, a 50-year-old woman with Covid-19 symptoms was found dead in her house in Birmingham at the weekend.

    One of the paramedics called to the case, Corrie Martin, says the lady was self-isolating and her family couldn't get in contact with her.

    She added: "If you would call 999 normally for chest pains, shortness of breath, difficulty in breathing, diabetic emergencies, if you’ve fallen, if you’ve got bones that don’t look like they should look, call 999."