The HSE confirmed last week that the National Ambulance Service will operate from the Loughglynn ambulance base from Monday of this week (13th of August).
Fine Gael Senator Maura Hopkins said that the HSE had informed her of the development. She said: “The HSE has told me that the ambulance service will be operating an additional emergency ambulance in Loughglynn five days per week and two nights per week. This service will see crews operating and reporting from the base in Loughglynn. Additional support will be provided from Roscommon”.
Senator Hopkins said this is a positive and welcome development but that a ‘24/7’ service is required.
“This region was identified as an ambulance blackspot area by HIQA in 2014. I have been calling for an increase in resources to ensure the full operation of the base in Loughglynn for several years now. I have worked closely with Minister for Health Simon Harris, Cllr. Michael Creaton and the National Ambulance Service in order to secure these additional resources”.
Senator Hopkins continued: “While these resources are positive, I want to see the ambulance base operational on a 24-hour basis for seven days per week”.
She said she will raise the need for a 24/7 service when she meets Martin Dunne, Director of the National Ambulance Service, in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, the Ambulance Service has confirmed that they will be continuing to review ambulance cover in this region.