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Wednesday 29 March 2023 Dublin: 12°C

# National Ambulance Service

This year
# National Ambulance Service
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
# Irish Air Corps
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.
# Pressure
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.
# Bravery Award
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.
# ambulance delays
'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”.
All time
# The Fix
Here's What Happened Today: Thursday
Your round-up of what made the headlines today.
# Stephen Donnelly
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.
# Giving thanks
'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.
# emergency personnel
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.
# Parliamentary Question
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.
# Clonmel
Paramedic 'left colleague stranded 100km from base after disagreement'
The alleged incident happened on Saturday night involving two Clonmel-based paramedics.
# ceo pay
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.
# Meath
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.
# University Hospital Galway
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.
# Investigation
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
FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.
# Navan
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.
# 999 Problems
Ambulances are only reaching one in four life-threatening cases on time
The ambulance service says it simply cannot hit the stated targets.
# Baby Boom
Three babies delivered by ambulance crews last night
Mothers and babies are all doing well.
# dispatched
Ambulances are going to start using Eircodes, but it will cost them
The National Ambulance Service had to update their systems to use them.
# Roster Dispute
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.
# baptism of fire
Dublin firefighters deliver baby boy in Swords home
Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well.
# wrong address
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.
# emergency situation
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.
# Suir Road
No serious injuries after Luas and car crash in Inchicore
A dozen people were taken to hospital.
# Emergency
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.
# life or death
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.
# Emergency
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.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you have confidence in our ambulance services?
A report yesterday criticised response times and the fleet’s age.
# doctor varadkar
The Minister for Health helped out in a medical emergency yesterday
Leo Varadkar spent the day with the National Ambulance Service.
# air corps
The Air Ambulance completed its 100th journey of 2014 over the weekend
It transferred a patient from Dublin to London.
# Emergency
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.
# Outbreak
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.
Dublin Fire Brigade investigating how a wheel fell off an ambulance while driving
The ambulance was returning to its station, and no patients were on board.
# Emergency
Two ambulances break down in Louth in 24 hours
In one instance it took over an hour to transport a cardiac arrest patient to hospital because of the issue with the vehicle.
# Emergency
Ambulance breaks down with life support patient on board
The National Ambulance Service said another vehicle was at the scene within around ten minutes but a paramedic in the region said the fleet is old and putting people at risk.
# Emergency
Strike looms in ambulance service over unsuitable posts
SIPTU members will be balloted on action over the HSE’s failure to implement Labour Court recommendations on staff redeployment.