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Two wheels fell off an ambulance that had a patient on board

The patient was not affected.

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THE HSE IS investigating after two wheels fell off an ambulance while a patient was on board.

The incident occurred on 26 August as a patient was being brought from Letterkenny General Hospital to Galway University Hospital.

The HSE says that the driver experienced  a shudder and some noise in the vehicle and brought the vehicle to a stop. He then discovered that the two rear wheels had dislodged.

The executive added that the driver informed the National Emergency Control Centre immediately and a second vehicle was sent to meet the broken down ambulance.

There were medical personnel and a patient on board at the time but there were no adverse effects to the patient as a result of this vehicle issue.  The second ambulance arrived within five minutes of the issue being raised and the patient and medical personal made their onward journey to Galway University Hospital.

“The manufacturer has been informed.  A full investigation  by the manufacturer and an independent company is now being conducted. ”

There were 411,786km on the vehicle and there is a full service history  for this vehicle in line with manufacturers guidelines.

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