No change for Laois ambulance service says HSE

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Health service management claim there will be no impact on the ambulance service in Portlaoise as a result of an enhanced service in Edenderry.

Health service management claim there will be no impact on the ambulance service in Portlaoise as a result of an enhanced service in Edenderry.

It was announced last week that Edenderry would get ambulance cover seven night a week.

From November 4, the HSE reconfigured staff and money throughout the midland region to provide the service, according to Fianna Fail TD, Brian Cowen.

Deputy Cowen said the move will result in Edenderry gaining ambulance cover seven nights a week but will also see cover being removed on Saturday.

The Offaly TD said that while he welcomed the announcement, he was cautious of the fact that no new positions were created but rather staff and capital have been reconfigured within the midland region.

A statement from the HSE said they “envisaged that there will be no impact on the Portlaoise service as a result of this enhanced service out of Edenderry”.

They said the ambulance service were currently making changes, so that patient transfers will no longer be provided by front line ambulances.

They said this will mean that paramedics will be better utilised to provide additional cover in the midlands.

The HSE said that the National Ambulance Service management were “unitising the National Ambulance Service intermediate care service to provide inter-facility transport which is currently been provided by front line ambulances.

“This realignment of the inter-facility transport service releases paramedics to be utilised more effectively by deploying them to provide additional cover in the midland area,” said the HSE.

Earlier this year, a local paramedic also claimed that there was only one ambulance on duty for the county for Monday and Tuesday night, which he said left them at risk of not reaching patients in time to save thier lives.

However, the HSE said they were not aware of plans to roster just one ambulance crew for Laois.