A Charity funded community air ambulance for the Southern Region is expected to be operational next month.
The Community Air Ambulance is being operated by the Irish Community Rapid Response charity and will cost an estimated €2m a year to operate, much of which will be funded through public and corporate donations.
The Health Service Executive has yet to approve a Doctor/Paramedic medical team for the air ambulance but said it is prepared to explore a Doctor led medical team that in the future,. In the meantime however, the crew will consist of an Advanced Paramedic (AP) and an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) until a doctor led team is approved by the HSE.
Photo: (Irish Community Rapid Response)