Local TD Denis Naughten has received confirmation that a final proposal for the establishment of a second air ambulance, which will take pressure off the air ambulance based in Athlone, is ready for approval by the Minister for Health.
“At present Ireland has one dedicated air ambulance based at Custume Barracks in Athlone, and the development of a second air ambulance at Rathcoole Co. Cork will allow the Athlone based service to respond to more emergencies in the Midlands and West of Ireland,” explained Denis Naughten.
Deputy Naughten, who has been campaigning for an air ambulance service for over a decade, added: “Since the current service was launched in 2012, the air ambulance in Athlone has saved countless lives. Now with a second air ambulance coming on stream, the dedicated team from the Air Corps and National Ambulance Service advance paramedics in Athlone will be in a position to respond to many more emergencies.
“The development of the second air ambulance has been a priority for me, as it will provide a better emergency service throughout the country with the two air ambulances being supported by the Coast Guard helicopters based in Sligo, Shannon, Waterford and Dublin.
“This now provides excellent air ambulance cover across Ireland and will be of particular benefit to people in our region who have to travel well over an hour by road to access a major trauma unit in an emergency,” concluded Denis Naughten.