Early diagnosis and teamwork has ensured that a man who had a heart attack at the wheel of his car in the Black Country has received specialist care in double quick time.

 The incident took place at the junction of Cartland Road and Walker Avenue, in the Pedmore area of Stourbridge at around 4.40pm on Monday afternoon.

A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle was on scene within six minutes of the initial call and was backed up by an ambulance.

When crews arrived, they found a car that had suffered extensive damage after crashing into some shrubs.

The patient said that he had no recollection of the crash but was up and out of the vehicle. 

By taking a careful history, the paramedic had an inkling that the man might be suffering a heart attack and an ECG quickly confirmed that.

Student paramedic Grant Salsby said: "After a discussion we all agreed that calling in an air ambulance and doctor would give the man the best care possible so we requested one.

While the ambulance staff continued to treat the man, who was in his 60s, at the scene, the Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford was dispatched.

Grant continued: "We got the man ready and he was then airlifted to the specialist Heart and Lung Centre at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton where he was due to undergo specialist treatment for his condition.

This really was a case where everything went like clockwork.  It was a really good spot by my colleague on the response vehicle.  The early diagnosis means the patient has been able to receive the very best care much more quickly than he might have done.

The staff in our Emergency Operations Centre in Brierley Hill were also excellent, ensuring the co-ordination of all of the resources at the scene.


Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.