Date Published : June 19th, 2016 Published By : adminThe new ambulance base at Loughglynn, Co. Roscommon is being operated by a crew from Roscommon town, and is expected to reduce response times to the west of the county by 20 minutes.
Speaking at a recent meeting of the Regional Health Forum West, Pádraig O’ Riordan, Area Operational Manager with the HSE National Ambulance Service confirmed that the Loughglynn base was open and being operated by one of the crews from Roscommon Town.
He also reported that one third of calls to Roscommon originated from the West Roscommon/East Mayo area. “Roscommon is no more challenging than other areas across the country. However, the challenges we have is that al lot of the rural stations are being pulled to the urban areas” he said.
Responding to a question by Councillor Tony Ward who queried the services fleet and response times in the county, Mr. O’ Riordan referred to the recent Lightfoot report and said at the moment ambulances in the west were meeting the 19 minutes’ response time in about 55% of calls. He also said the service could improve this by an extra 10 or 15% with additional resources.
There are eight emergency ambulances, two raid response vehicles and two intermediate care vehicles in the county Roscommon. The EA’s are staffed mainly with paramedics and advanced paramedics, where available. The RRV are staffed by AP’s and the ICV’s are staffed by EMT’s.
Area Operations Manager O’ Riordan said “The National Ambulance Service deploys ambulance crews sin a dynamic manner and crews operating in adjoining stations can, if necessary, be deployed to Roscommon. The same principal applies across the west and the remainder of the country with the National Emergency Operations Centre NEOC deploying crews to ensure optimum response and spatial spread crews” he said.
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This should come as good news for local TD, Denis Naughten who earlier this year branded the failure by the HSE to provide the people of West Roscommon and East Mayo with a 24/7 ambulance service at Loughglynn, a ‘national disgrace’. The TD had been campaigning for a 24-hour ambulance base in the town for some time.
In January, Denis Naughten pointed out that the Ambulance Review report by HIQA described Loughglynn and West Roscommon/East Mayo as being one of three ‘well-known’ ambulance blackspot areas that remain without a dedicated ambulance resource’.
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