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A four-car collision has left people needing treatment

A four-car collision left four people needing treatment. Credit: West Midlands Police

A four-car collision left four people needing treatment in Worcestershire, yesterday afternoon.

The incident happened at about 3.35pm outside the Travelodge Hotel on Rashwood Hill in Droitwich. West Midlands Ambulance Service sent three ambulances and a paramedic area support officer to the scene.

Crews arrived to find four cars with significant damage and four patients, all of whom were conscious throughout and had managed to free themselves from their vehicles.

“Given the high speed nature of the road all involved are lucky not to have suffered more serious injuries in the incident.”

– A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

The accident involved a man and woman in their 80s who received treatment for chest injuries, a 30-year-old woman who was treated for cuts to her face and a woman in her 60s who also received chest injuries.


Two young children and two adults injured in crash

A baby and a toddler were badly injured in the crash Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

A baby, a toddler and two adults have been injured in a car crash in Worcestershire in the early hours of this morning.

It happened at 1.15am between junctions 7 and 6 of the M5 northbound.

The accident involved a car and two lorries.

A four-month-old boy and a two-year-old girl were both seriously injured in the crash. The two-year-old was trapped in the car for almost an hour.

“Both children received emergency treatment at the scene from medics and both were transferred by ambulance to Birmingham Children’s Hospital for further emergency treatment.

“The hospital had been pre alerted to the children’s arrival and their serious injuries.”

“The woman travelling in the car - believed to be in her 20s - suffered serious neck and pelvic injuries. The man - also believed to be in his 20s - suffered multiple minor injuries.

“Both received treatment at the scene by medics and were transferred by ambulance to Worcester Royal Hospital for further treatment.

“The two lorry drivers were checked over by ambulance crews but did not require further treatment and were discharged at the scene.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesperson


Chief Inspector of Hospitals takes action after inspection at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals issued a warning following an inspection Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals have been issued a warning by England's Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, following an inspection.

CQC visited the trust, unannounced, on 24 March, following concerns regarding the emergency departments at the trust’s Alexandra Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital, and today, a report has been published of publishes of the inspection.

Areas focused on by the CQC included the safety of patients, particularly in the emergency department, as well as delays in handovers and a shortage of staff.

CQC’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals, Professor Sir Mike Richards, said:

“Our inspectors were concerned at what they found in the emergency departments at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. We found there were delays in handovers from ambulance crews, there was a shortage of nursing and senior medical staff and we had concerns about safeguarding procedures concerning children and the management of medicines.

“This is why we took immediate action. Our team gave feedback on their findings to the trust as soon as they had finished their inspection and this was quickly followed by CQC issuing warning notices and placing a condition on the trust’s registration. We have been closely monitoring the trust since our inspection, working with the Trust Development Authority and other stakeholders, such as the local Clinical Commissioning Groups and NHS England, and we will continue to do so.

“Our inspectors will return to the trust unannounced at a future date to check on whether improvements have been made. If improvements are not made we will consider what further action we need to take.

“Significant work is needed to improve services at the trust so that it meets the standards people have a right to expect.

“The trust knows what it now needs to do to ensure change takes place.”

A condition was placed on the trust’s registration with regard to the service at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

The trust has been given instructions to improve care and pay special attention to staffing levels and the maintenance of equipment at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals to become smoke free

Worcestershire hospitals are marking the start of their 99 countdown to becoming completely smoke free Credit: Chris Radburn/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Worcestershire hospitals are marking the start of their 99 countdown to becoming completely smoke free with No Smoking Day 2015.

Last year, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal Hospitals, placed a ban on hospital staff smoking on site. The hospitals will now become smoke free to all patients and visitors on 17 June 2015.

Smokers will no longer be able to light up in any of the acute hospital grounds, including car parks.

It takes 12 weeks to overcome dependency on nicotine, so we want to offer support to people now. With the help of an NHS stop smoking advisor, you are four times more likely to quit.”

– Mary Cornford-Hill, stop smoking advisor at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch

Following the introduction of the smokefree rules, the trust will be removing smoking shelters from the Alexandra, Kidderminster and Worcestershire Royal hospitals and actively asking people to ‘stub it out’ if they are seen smoking.

Becoming a completely smokefree trust is something we have wanted to do for a while."

“Our patients are already in hospital because they are acutely ill and smoking is known to make a lot of these conditions even worse. "

“Being faced with a crowd of smokers on your way into hospital isn’t a nice way to start your experience of the great care and services we provide. By banning smoking from our sites, patients and visitors will get to experience a more pleasant start to their treatment and recovery.”

– Denise Harnin, Director of Human Resources
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