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#National Ambulance Service

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 6 January, 2020

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 27 August, 2019

'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.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 1 March, 2018

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 24 August, 2017

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Wednesday 26 July, 2017

Paramedic 'left colleague stranded 100km from base after disagreement'

The alleged incident happened on Saturday night involving two Clonmel-based paramedics.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 24 January, 2017

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 22 December, 2016

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Friday 23 September, 2016

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Sunday 24 July, 2016

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 21 June, 2016

FactCheck: Has Eircode really "saved lives"?’s FactCheck examines a bold claim made by Minister Denis Naughten.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 30 May, 2016

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Wednesday 18 May, 2016

Ambulances are only reaching one in four life-threatening cases on time

The ambulance service says it simply cannot hit the stated targets.

# national-ambulance-service - Saturday 23 April, 2016

Three babies delivered by ambulance crews last night

Mothers and babies are all doing well.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 28 January, 2016

Ambulances are going to start using Eircodes, but it will cost them

The National Ambulance Service had to update their systems to use them.

# national-ambulance-service - Saturday 23 January, 2016

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 4 January, 2016

Dublin firefighters deliver baby boy in Swords home

Both mother and baby are reported to be doing well.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 10 November, 2015

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 5 November, 2015

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Saturday 24 October, 2015

No serious injuries after Luas and car crash in Inchicore

A dozen people were taken to hospital.

# national-ambulance-service - Wednesday 1 July, 2015

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 2 March, 2015

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 13 January, 2015

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Saturday 20 December, 2014

'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.

# national-ambulance-service - Sunday 7 December, 2014

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Wednesday 3 December, 2014

Poll: Do you have confidence in our ambulance services? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you have confidence in our ambulance services?

A report yesterday criticised response times and the fleet’s age.

# national-ambulance-service - Sunday 30 November, 2014

The Minister for Health helped out in a medical emergency yesterday

Leo Varadkar spent the day with the National Ambulance Service.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 17 November, 2014

The Air Ambulance completed its 100th journey of 2014 over the weekend

It transferred a patient from Dublin to London.

Paramedic: 'It’s only a matter of time before an ambulance crashes or brakes fail' Exclusive

Thought the HSE says mileage isn’t everything, paramedics are worried about the state of the vehicles they drive every day.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 11 November, 2014

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 12 August, 2014

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 21 July, 2014

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 10 July, 2014

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Thursday 19 June, 2014

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.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 9 June, 2014

"Impossible response times" being demanded from paramedics

NASRA made the comments after figures showed that ambulances spent 8,000 hours parked outside hospitals in April.

Ambulances spent 8,000 hours parked outside hospitals in April

In total, just 37 per cent of the 16,333 attendances in April were clear within 20 minutes.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 15 April, 2014

'More people and more vehicles': Fianna Fáil's solution to the 'crisis' in the ambulance service

The party has tabled a motion on the ambulance service for debate in the Dáil tonight and tomorrow and reckons that the service needs 400 extra staff.

# national-ambulance-service - Tuesday 8 April, 2014

Council stresses that Dublin Fire Brigade ambulance review has not been suspended

Instead, the results of the separate National Ambulance Service Review will be taken into account.

# national-ambulance-service - Monday 7 April, 2014

Firefighter: Dublin's the second best place to have a heart attack - no thanks to the HSE

HSE plans to take back control of the service emerged last month but firefighers are concerned about a drop in the level of service if they hand over the reins.

# national-ambulance-service - Friday 28 March, 2014

Ambulance service responds to damning Prime Time investigation

The NAS noted that the controversial OVR units were used over 600 times so far this year.

"I'm not in denial of anything" - Ambulance chief defends 'best in the world' comment

Martin Dunne has stood by his words on a Prime Time investigation which detailed major shortcomings in the National Ambulance Service.

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