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Thursday 30 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# National Ambulance Service

Last month
October 2023
Two people being treated in hospital following fire on boat in Co Clare
Emergency services were alerted at around 8.20pm last night.
This year
Woman (50s) dies after swimming incident in Lough Derg
She had been airlifted to hospital yesterday after an incident in the water.
Ambulance workers vote for strike action over delays to proposed pay reforms
A proposed new pay scale has not been implemented despite negotiations.
National Ambulance Service personnel to ballot on strike action
The dispute centres around proposed new work structures.
Paramedics at 'breaking point' amid winter surge, SIPTU warns
Overcrowding has “severely impacted” with ambulance crews having to “wait hours on end” to hand over their patients.
Last year
Farmer gored by bull recalls how Irish Air Ambulance saved his life
The Emergency Aeromedical Service is based in Athlone and is staffed by Irish Air Corps and National Ambulance Service staff.
Dublin ambulance crisis: Covid surge and non-emergency calls bringing system to standstill
The HSE has asked people to think of other treatement options before calling 999.
Dublin's ambulance service is being stretched to capacity, writes Garreth MacNamee.
A surge in Covid cases has resulted in extra pressure on the system as more paramedics contract the disease.
Non-emergency calls are also taking up precious resources.
10-year-old Donegal boy awarded for bravery after raising alarm when dad fell from cliff
Owen Cunningham was presented with the award from the National Ambulance Service earlier today.
'Very high demand' for ambulance services in the Dublin region, HSE says
The health service has said those calling for non-urgent or non-life threatening emergencies “may experience delays”.
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Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Your round-up of what made the headlines today.
Ambulance capacity to double as part of 'dedicated system' to vaccinate people who are housebound
Stephen Donnelly said that the National Ambulance Service capacity would be doubled as part of this.
Ambulance drove 900km round trip during busy period
One paramedic said crews could be on the road for four to eight more hours after a ‘hectic’ 12-hour shift.
'It makes you feel proud': More than 1,500 frontline workers to march in National Services Day parade
National Services Day, which honours emergency workers, will take place on 7 Sept.
Michael D Higgins praises people who are working to provide essential services during storm
A status red snow-ice warning is in place for the entire country.
92 on-duty ambulances involved in road 'incidents' so far this year
Since 2010, 892 incidents have happened on Irish roads involving National Ambulance Service vehicles.
Paramedic 'left colleague stranded 100km from base after disagreement'
The alleged incident happened on Saturday night involving two Clonmel-based paramedics.
Barnardos didn't stick to the guidelines for paying its senior staff, says audit
Another HSE audit found a discrepancy in fuel cards used by the National Ambulance Service.
Ambulance took 40 minutes to reach cardiac arrest patient in Kells
The ambulance service said a number of its resources were engaged on other emergency calls at the time.
Investigation launched after woman in her 80s dies on hospital trolley
The woman presented at University Hospital Galway on 14 September, but died on a trolley in the emergency department several hours later.
Garda Commissioner's brother at centre of inquiry into drugs found in HSE ambulance
David O’Sullivan is a paramedic with the HSE. The incident came to light last week.
FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.
Elderly patient in Meath forced to wait 35 minutes for ambulance from Cavan after collapse
The 75-year-old collapsed in Navan on Friday afternoon.
Ambulances are only reaching one in four life-threatening cases on time
The ambulance service says it simply cannot hit the stated targets.
Three babies delivered by ambulance crews last night
Mothers and babies are all doing well.
Ambulances are going to start using Eircodes, but it will cost them
The National Ambulance Service had to update their systems to use them.
Paramedics at one of Dublin's busiest hospitals say they're not being sent out on calls
Members of ambulance union NASRA are opposed to a change in roster.
Dublin firefighters deliver baby boy in Swords home
Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well.
Schoolboy left waiting 53 minutes as ambulance sent to school that doesn't exist in wrong county
The boy’s mother says she wants to see the system change.
Health service scandals: Leo Varadkar faced some tough questions today
The health minister said that he has “no doubt” that many more such stories will come to light in the months to come.
No serious injuries after Luas and car crash in Inchicore
A dozen people were taken to hospital.
Teen in cardiac arrest turned away from Navan hospital and sent to Drogheda
Paramedics across the country say they are being forced to travel long distances with critical patients.
Where you live could determine whether an ambulance gets to you on time
A regional breakdown of response times show success can fluctuate from 95% to just 45% depending on there the call is.
HSE says achieving ambulance response times in rural areas is 'always a difficult task'
Denis Naughten TD has reacted to a HSE report that finds Ireland is too rural for the service to meet its targets.
'Only for you, I'd be visiting a graveside and not a bedside'
The woman who saved a man by starting CPR when he went into cardiac arrest has met with him and his wife.
Managers in the Ambulance Service say they lack the skills to do their work
HIQA has carried out a review of the National Ambulance Service.
Poll: Do you have confidence in our ambulance services?
A report yesterday criticised response times and the fleet’s age.
The Minister for Health helped out in a medical emergency yesterday
Leo Varadkar spent the day with the National Ambulance Service.
The Air Ambulance completed its 100th journey of 2014 over the weekend
It transferred a patient from Dublin to London.
Paramedic: 'It’s only a matter of time before an ambulance crashes or brakes fail'
Thought the HSE says mileage isn’t everything, paramedics are worried about the state of the vehicles they drive every day.
Would ambulance crews be ready for a case of Ebola here? Some staff aren't convinced
Sources say there is widespread concern about the readiness of frontline staff in the ambulance service.