Still no answers on ambulance response times in Leitrim

Fiona Heavey

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Fiona Heavey

Still no answers on ambulance response times in Leitrim

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There are still no answers why a patient in Ballinamore was left waiting six hours for an ambulance to bring her to Cavan General Hospital, which is 35 minutes away, in June this year.


Following up on a shocking front page story “Leitrim doctor's anger at 6 hour ambulance delay” from this paper in June, Dr Bourke's Surgery in Ballinamore explained they are still waiting to hear back from “an investigation” into the delays by the Ambulance Service.


The busy GP clinic raised four cases to the ambulance service, one about a baby who had stopped breathing, a 90 year old woman who had a fracture, a lady in her 70s who had an obstruction, and a lady who was involved in a road traffic accident.
All cases from the past 12 months had to wait for extended times for an ambulance to arrive.


Deputies from Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin raised the issues in the Dáil and were told the HSE would respond.


Medical Secretary Helen Breen told the paper she supplied the names, address and PPS numbers of the patients for the investigation and she has followed up on several occasions. She has recently been asked to supply the dates in question again.
She said the patients and the clinic have been left very frustrated .

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