Deering-Welcomes confirmation from National Ambulance Service that remedial works have been carried out to the Carlow Ambulance service base.

18th November, 2016

Fine Gael Carlow TD, Pat Deering, has welcomed the confirmation from National Ambulance Service that remedial works have been carried out to the Carlow Ambulance service base.

Deering said, “Having previously raised the issue with the Minster in the Dáil, The National Ambulance Service has confirmed that in response to concerns identified by staff and following a review undertaken as part of the internal health & safety audit, deficiencies were identified and subsequent remedial works were carried out.

“Remedial works were to ensure the immediate safety of the ambulance base following the identification of issues relating to a prefab building at the Ambulance Station in Carlow.

“The NAS and the HSE Estates Directorate are currently exploring a number of options regarding the accommodation at the Carlow base. The options will need to consider NAS operational requirements, staff requirements and associated costs and includes the current premises at St. Dympna’s Hospital.

“This feasibility process will take a period of time to progress, and the NAS is considering the rental of a modern prefabricated structure as an interim solution whilst establishing a more permanent base.

Deputy Deering added “NAS management are in continuous engagement with the staff at Carlow Ambulance base and staff continues to operate from the existing premises and there will be no disruption to the provision of an emergency ambulance service to the people of Carlow from the existing premises.

“Patient safety will, of course, be the overriding priority in these discussions and the Director of the National Ambulance Service has given assurances that services in the Carlow area will not be compromised during this period.

“The Minister has also informed me that increased funding will be made available to the National Ambulance Service for 2017, with the detail of the improvements to be provided in the HSE’s 2017 National Service Plan. Over the coming weeks Department of Health officials will work closely with their counterpart in the HSE, and the National Ambulance Service, to agree priorities in relation to the 2017 allocation.”