Lo­cal am­bu­lances be­ing sent in­stead to other coun­ties

SHANKILL-BASED VE­HI­CLES WHICH SHOULD BE SERV­ING BRAY ARE REG­U­LARLY RE-DE­PLOYED TO PARTS OF MEATH AND KIL­DARE

Bray People - - FRONT PAGE - MARY FOG­A­RTY

AM­BU­LANCES from the Shankill de­pot, which should be serv­ing Bray, are in­stead be­ing re­de­ployed reg­u­larly to ar­eas as far away as Ash­bourne, Cel­bridge, Bal­ly­mun and Swords.

This is ac­cord­ing to a source within the am­bu­lance ser­vice. He said that this means that on the night shifts from Mon­day to Thurs­day, this would leave just one am­bu­lance crew in the area.

There are four to five am­bu­lances sched­uled at Shankill dur­ing the day, and three at night on Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day.

Pulling one out of the de­pot to fur­nish an­other area is ‘com­mon prac­tice’, ac­cord­ing to the source. ‘ It hap­pens on ev­ery shift,’ he said.

He added that crews have been sent to other de­pots to re­main on standby, again leav­ing Shankill with one fewer am­bu­lance for the south Dublin/north Wick­low area.

Fur­ther­more, there was to be an am­bu­lance based out of New­cas­tle Hospi­tal. This emerged last Novem­ber with the clo­sure of Lough­lin­stown A& E. It was an­nounced at the time that the HSE would in­stall an am­bu­lance and a mo­tor­bike there with six staff.

There is cur­rently no am­bu­lance there but a rapid re­sponse ve­hi­cle manned by one per­son and not suit­able for trans­port­ing pa­tients to hospi­tal. That car has also been drawn to the Dublin area.

While the car is manned by an ad­vanced para­medic who can ad­min­is­ter a high level of med­i­cal care, the ve­hi­cle can­not bring a per­son to hospi­tal.

The HSE had not re­sponded to a re­quest for in­for­ma­tion at the time of go­ing to press.

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