Junior Minister Alan Kelly, has welcomed the announcement that the HSE Mid West has received five new intermediate care ambulances for the region which will carry out routine transfers and free up front line ambulances to attend emergency calls.
One of the vehicles will be based in Nenagh, one in Ennis and three at University Hospital Limerick.
Minister Kelly said: “This announcement follows on from a meeting I had with Minister for Health James Reilly in October last year. During the meeting I made a request for intermediate patient transfer vehicles throughout the Mid-West and in particular between Nenagh and Limerick.
“I am delighted with this announcement this will allow greater and more timely movement of non-emergency patients between the hospitals, thereby, helping to alleviate pressure in particular on Limerick Regional Hospital.
“Furthermore, it will free up ambulances and facilitate patients from North Tipperary to get back to Nenagh Hospital for after care following acute procedures in Limerick.”