Following significant works which were carried out at the ambulance base in Carlow town, a local TD has said the service is now safe and secure.
TD Pat Deering confirmed that works are continuing with the installation of new fitted furniture in locker rooms and kitchen facilities and the last sections are due for redecoration shortly and he said that ambulance staff will now have top class conditions at the base, ensuring they will be able to deliver the highest standard of care to patients.
Deputy Deering said: “I am delighted to confirm that the future of Carlow town’s ambulance base is safe, ensuring locals have priority access to emergency services. The HSE has confirmed to me that it has identified a suitable building locally that will be redeveloped to meet the long-term needs of the service and funding will be put in place through the various phases of the project as and when required”.
Photo: Carlow Ambulance Base. Pic: (Emergency Times)
Carlow Ambulance service is said to be one of the busiest in the South-Eastern region with fifteen paramedics working from its base at St. Dymphna’s hospital on the Athy road.
Deputy Deering has said he has been campaigning to keep the towns ambulance service in operation. “I was in constant communication with my Fine Gael colleague and Minister of State at the Department of Health Catherine Byrne, highlighting the need for our local ambulance base to remain in operation. This time last year there was a lot of scare-mongering by the opposition that this base would close. The Minister confirmed to be that this issue would be treated as a priority and I am delighted to announce its future is now secure.”