Bray People

HSE­de­nies am­bu­lance re­lo­ca­tion

Septem­ber 2009

- Health Service Executive · Dublin · County Wicklow · United States Central Command · Maynooth · Athy

THE Health Ser­vice Ex­ec­u­tive has flatly de­nied they have any in­ten­tions of re­lo­cat­ing am­bu­lance ser­vices out of Balt­in­glass. Spec­u­la­tion that cost-cut­ting mea­sures at the HSE would re­sult in the re­lo­ca­tion of the am­bu­lance ser­vice from Balt­in­glass Hospi­tal to Naas Gen­eral Hospi­tal has been rife over re­cent weeks.

Cllr Tommy Cullen came out pub­licly and said he had been in­formed by HSE staff that such a move was im­mi­nent. How­ever, the HSE re­mains adamant that the only changes tak­ing place will be the move of the am­bu­lance ‘call tak­ing and dis­patch’ from Naas to Dublin.

A spokesper­son says, ‘ the am­bu­lance ser­vice has no in­ten­tion to change any of the am­bu­lances in the west Wicklow/Kil­dare area to any­where, ex­cept to keep them in their cur­rent lo­ca­tion pro­vid­ing pre hospi­tal emer­gency care.

‘ The am­bu­lance ‘call tak­ing and dis­patch’ is planned to move from its cur­rent lo­ca­tion at Naas to the Cen­tral Com­mand and Con­trol Cen­tre in Townsend Street in Dublin’. In the West Wicklow/Kil­dare area emer­gency am­bu­lances are re­sponded from their bases in Balt­in­glass, Naas, Maynooth and Athy, all of which are to re­main at their cur­rent lo­ca­tions ac­cord­ing to the HSE.

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