The National Ambulance Service is to build a new ambulance base in Dublin. The HSE has lodged an application with Dublin City Council to build the facility at Davitt Road in Drimnagh.
The planned construction of the new National Children’s Hospital at St James’ Hospital means the ambulance facility there will have to close while a planned facility for Cherry Orchard/Ballyfermot has now being incorporated into the Drimnagh facility.
The new HSE National Ambulance base is on a five-hectare site and is owned by the Health Service Executive. The new base will house 38 ambulances, motorcycles, paediatric ambulances and rapid response vehicles. The Davitt Road site which is close to St James’ hospital, the Coombe hospital and Our Lady’s in Crumlin is hoped will allow for quicker transfer of patients in Dublin. It is also expected to have speedy access to the M50, the N4 and the N7 road networks.
The HSE are currently seeking contractors through the Governments tendering process. It is expected that the works will take 12 months to complete.