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.

  • 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.