Ambulance

  •  Almost 5 million euro has been spent on ambulances to Mayo University Hospital over the past seven years, and according to Erris based Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway Walsh it’s too high a price to pay when the service is not under HSE control.

    The senator says the spending €4.8 million on private ambulances since 2011 does not constitute value for money and the money should instead have been spent purchasing and staffing new ambulances.

     She claims that the ambulance services in the HSE have suffered from years of cuts, under investment, and privatisation of ambulance services with over €31 million being spent on private ambulances by the HSE nationally since 2011.

    Mayo University Hospital and the State, she believes, need to ensure that we have a high quality, publicly owned stock of ambulances instead of putting money into the pockets of private companies which does not constitute fiscal prudence.

  • A Galway GP claims that an ambulance had to travel 131 km from north Mayo to attend a heart attack case in south Connemara last week.

    Dr Peter Sloane, who has a general practise in Carraroe, said it was an “utter disgrace” that there was no closer ambulance available.

    According to the Irish Times, the case last Friday involved a patient with a heart attack, and the ambulance sent from Ballina took 90 minutes to arrive in Carraroe, via Maam Cross.

    Dr Sloane needed to see an elderly patient who was very unwell, but could not leave the patient with the heart attack until the ambulance arrived.

    Carraroe has an ambulance base, and Galway city provides back-up cover, but  Dr Sloane said he understood there were insufficient ambulance crews available.

    Pressure on University Hospital Galway’s emergency department can also delay crews taking in patients.

    Dr Sloane said the round-trip by the ambulance to and from north Mayo was equivalent to an ambulance in Athlone being sent to an area of Dublin and back.

    He's highlighted the urgent need to provide more ambulances and more emergency medical technicians.

    The HSE says the call was triaged, using the internationally-recognised advanced medical priority dispatch system, and the closest emergency ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene.

     

  • A Fianna Fail Cllr. is calling on the Government to put in place a permanent ambulance team in Loughlynn in West Roscommon.

    At present the base has no permanent ambulance or staff.

    The base was opened in January 2016 and Paschal Fitzmaurice says it’s totally inadequate.

    Cllr. Fitzmaurice says the Base loans an Ambulance from Roscommon Town when one is free.

    He says it’s not an ambulance base it’s just a glorified place where the light is turned on.

  • Midwest News understands that a woman was left waiting for three hours for an ambulance after being injured when she fell off a bicycle in the Glenamoy area of north Mayo yesterday.

    The woman is believed to have suffered an injury after coming off her bike yesterday afternoon. When the call was made for an ambulance, if it understood the available ambulance was in Clifden at the time.

    A GP is understood to have assessed the woman at the scene and said she was fit to be moved, at which point she is understood to have been brought to the Garda Station to wait for the ambulance.

    Local Sinn Fein Senator Rose Conway-Walsh says while yesterday’s situation was shocking, it is not surprising to people in Erris.

    She says that situations like this have occurred before and it is something that will have to be dealt with in some way or another.

  • Ambulance personnel members of the Psychiatric Nurses Association (PNA) held a protest at Leinster House on Wednesday in their continuing campaign for their right to join, and be represented by the PNA as the union of their choice.

    Separately, PNA has announced that over 500 PNA ambulance branch members (including paramedics, advanced paramedics and emergency medical technicians) will hold two further days of strike on Tuesday 2nd April, and Wednesday 10th April from 7am to 5pm each day.

    The protest and the further strike action in April is a further stage in the campaign by PNA ambulance personnel members that has already involved four days of strike action on January 22nd, February 15th, 28th and March 1st.

    Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has voiced her support for NSARA in their continuing campaign. She has also spoken to Minister for Health Simon Harris about the issue.

    She says the staff members represented by NASRA have the right to be recognised by the HSE.

  • Minister Sean Kyne has confirmed the addition of a new ambulance crew on a 24-hour basis in Galway.

    The Minister for Community Development, Natural Resources and Digital Development and Fine Gael TD for Galway West and Mayo South says following discussions with Minister for Health, Simon Harris he can confirm that an additional ambulance crew has commenced operating from the Merlin Park base. 

    The new crew will bring to four the number of ambulance crews serving Galway from Merlin Park during the day and will bring to three new number of crews operating at night. 

    Minister Kyne says the additional ambulance services from Merlin Park will help ease pressure and in particular in areas such as Connemara as the need to call ambulances into the city will be reduced.

     

     

  • The Emergency Department at Mayo University Hospital continues to be extremely busy, is the explanation provided by Saolta Hospital group in response to a Midwest News query yesterday on  the line up on Thursday night last of seven ambulances with patients and crews at Mayo University Hospital in Castlebar .

     Independent councillor Michael Kilcoyne said it was simply not acceptable that ambulances and staff were all tied up at the hospital as sick patients waited in the ambulances for admittance to the Emergency Dept of the hospital.

    In a statement to Midwest News Saolta Hospital group says when a significant number of ambulances attend the ED in the same period, there may be a delay in the patient being handed over to the ED staff.

    The hospital regrets that patients would be delayed.

    The hospital monitors the ambulance arrivals through the day and constantly try to improve their turnaround time. In recent months the hospital has made significant improvement in the turnaround time but it is a challenge to consistently meet the targets.