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2012-03-27 20:32:15

Elderly falls: A national survey of UK ambulance services The ambulance service response to emergency calls for elderly falls patients varies widely across the UK, reveals research published online in Emergency Medicine Journal. Falls are the principal cause of injury among those aged over 65, with around one in three in this age group sustaining a fall every year, say the authors. And in London alone one in 12 emergency calls for ambulance services are made for older people who have...

2008-10-07 00:00:34

A Teenager was airlifted to hospital after fracturing his ankle falling down a bank. The boy, believed to be 15 years old, was found injured at the bottom of a bank, off Federation Road, Burslem, at 12.15pm yesterday. Ambulances struggled to reach him and an air ambulance landed in a nearby field. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The location access to the field was difficult so an air ambulance airlifted the boy to hospital." (c) 2008 Sentinel, The...

2008-09-30 00:00:31

By Phil Skelton A pounds5 million fleet of high-tech ambulances will soon be helping emergency patients in Gloucestershire. Great Western Ambulance Service has invested in 31 ambulances which will filter into the urgent care system across Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Avon. All ambulances are fitted with CCTV and panic buttons for staff. Floors are lined with non-slip material and the whole ambulance, from stretchers to equipment, is designed to be easier to clean. The vehicles are...

2008-09-10 18:00:15

By Rhona Ganguly West Midlands homeowners recovering from the effects of the weekend's floods have been warned to brace themselves for an "awesome storm" tonight . Despite some respite today with expected drier conditions, MeteoGroup UK predicted a heavy storm tonight and heavy showers for Friday. A spokesman described the recent weather as "fairly typical" for autumn. He said: "We are at that time of year where we are between seasons and the weather is very changeable. "It is...

2008-09-09 18:00:32

HEALTH bosses have flown to the West Midlands from Brazil to learn how to manage emergency calls. West Midlands Ambulance Service has some of the best results in the UK for treating patients quickly. Senior health officials from Brazil dropped into the headquarters at Brierley Hill to see how the service operates the urban search and rescue team and co-ordinates emergency planning. Sergio Luiz Cortes da Silveira, health chief in Rio de Janeiro, described the operation as...

2008-09-04 03:00:25

THREE women were taken to hospital following a fivevehicle crash on the M6 in Warwickshire. West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to the northbound carriageway between junctions 3 and 4 near Fillongley shortly after 6pm on Tuesday. Three ambulances and a rapid response vehicle attended the scene. A spokesman for the West Midlands Ambulance Service said: "Three women were taken to hospital. One was immobilised with the use of a spinal board and neck collar as a precaution and was...

2008-08-30 12:00:41

By Sian Powell and Warren Manger HEART attack victims across north Warwickshire will have their chances of survival dramatically boosted by the latest life-saving treatment. A pioneering new technique to clear blocked blood vessels in the heart - a major cause of heart attacks - is being launched at University Hospital, Coventry. The primary angioplasty service is expected to halve the numbers of deaths from heart attacks. It is the first of its kind in the West Midlands region to...

2008-08-28 18:00:51

A PASSER-by pulled a six-year old boy from a car containing his mother and grandmother after it overturned in an accident with another vehicle in West Bromwich. All three were taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries. The crash, which left the car on its side, happened in High Street, West Bromwich, near its junction with George Street about 3.25 pm yesterday. A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, three ambulance crews and an incident support officer attended along with...

2008-08-21 09:01:14

A WOMAN was taken to hospital with major facial injuries following an incident in Coventry yesterday. The woman, believed to be in her 50s, was found under a bridge at Phoenix Way, near the Ricoh Arena at 12.45pm. She was taken by land ambulance to the University Hospital, Walsgrave. The incident caused major disruption in the surrounding roads. The A444 was closed between the Hen Lane junction and the B4118 Holbrook Way junction. A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance Service said:...

2008-08-10 00:00:24

A Team of staff from East Midlands Ambulance Service have been shortlisted for a national award. The Alfreton-based Make Ready team were runners-up in the Safety in Care category of the NHS Health and Social Care Awards 2008, after making it through to the finals. The team's duties include cleaning and servicing the ambulance fleet, checking the equipment in the vehicles, testing medical appliances, replacing any vehicles that become unusable during a shift and making sure drugs are...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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