Ambulance carrying heart patient breaks down on Motorway

Date Published : July 2nd, 2015    Published By : admin

The HSE National Ambulance Service has confirmed that an Ambulance which was transporting a seriously ill patient to hospital on Tuesday morning broke down on the Motorway in County Clare. The patient, believed to be a man in his 70’s, later died.

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By Pat Flynn
The ambulance had responded to an emergency call in the Ennis area at around 6.20am on Tuesday 30th June and was transporting the patient to University Hospital Limerick (UHL) when the vehicle broke down. It’s understood the patient was a man in his 70’s.

The incident occurred at around 7.45am on the M18 near Shannon when the paramedic driving quickly realised the vehicle was losing power. The paramedic managed to bring the ambulance to a safe stop in the hard shoulder and contacted the ambulance control centre to advise them of the problem.

The second paramedic continued to battle to resuscitate the gravely ill patient in the rear of the vehicle while another ambulance was dispatched to the scene.

It’s not known whether the patients chances of survival were affected by the ambulance breaking down and it’s not clear whether he died on the roadside or later at the hospital.

In a statement the National Ambulance Service (NAS) confirmed it received an emergency 999/112 call at 06:09 yesterday. “An emergency ambulance and a rapid response vehicle (RRV) with an advanced paramedic on board were immediately dispatched to the incident. Both resources arrived at the scene at 06:19.

While on route to UHL, with the patient on board, the ambulance broke down on the M18 at 07:44. The NAS National Emergency Operations Centre immediately dispatched an emergency ambulance from Limerick to assist, and arrived at 08:03. The patient was transferred to the Limerick ambulance and left the scene for UHL at 08:05. The emergency ambulance arrived at UHL at 08.18,” statement said.

No details about the patient have been released while the HSE wouldn’t confirm or deny that the patient had died citing ‘patient confidentiality.’

It’s understood that the ambulance at the centre of this latest incident is four years old.
Photo: Courtesy Pat Flynn

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