Ambulance Service

  • The Government has announced that a major trauma centre is to be developed at the Mater Hospital in Dublin, and a second such centre in Cork servicing the south of the country.

    The Health Minister Stephen Donnelly says the Major Trauma Units will provide specialist services, leading to better outcomes for severely-injured patients.

    However, it was decided by Cabinet 3 years ago that the reconfiguration of trauma services would NOT go ahead until additional resources were provided for the road ambulance service, with improvements also in the air ambulance service.

    That's according to Roscommon-Galway Independent TD Denis Naughten, who's questioned how a trauma patient will be transferred to the Mater Hospital without extra ambulance resources being required.

    Deputy Naughten added that a number of ambulances have now been deployed to vaccinate elderly people who are housebound, leaving the service even more stretched than usual - he's outlined his concerns to Midwest News...

  • There's no indication when the ambulance service in the Co Roscommon village of Loughglynn will be extended to a 24-hour service.

    The issue was raised again at this week's HSE Regional Forum meeting by local Councillor Micheal Creaton, who asked management for an update on plans to extend the ambulance base to a round-the-clock service.

    Management said they're hoping to recruit 6 people for the ambulance by next month, but this would only be to provide a service during the day.

    Councillor Creaton says it's disappointing that there's no indication of when the ambulance base will operate on a 24-hour basis.

  • Midwest News understands that a woman was left waiting for a substantial period of time for an ambulance after being injured when she fell off a bicycle in the North Mayo area 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.