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Emergency services experiencing 'high demand' for ambulances in Dublin

The HSE said that anyone calling 112/999 for non-urgent or non-life-threatening emergencies may experience delays in getting an ambulance as a result
Paramedics and ambulances at the Mater Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Paramedics and ambulances at the Mater Hospital in Dublin (Brian Lawless/PA)

Neasa Cumiskey

Emergency services in Dublin are currently iexperiencing a “high demand” for ambulances, the HSE has said.

The Emergency Ambulance Services of the Dublin Fire Brigade (DFB) and the National Ambulance Service (NAS) are experiencing a large volume of calls requesting emergency ambulances.

The HSE wish to inform the public that anyone calling 112/999 for non-urgent or non-life-threatening emergencies may experience delays in getting an ambulance as a result.

All callers are also advised to ring back if the patient’s condition changes or deteriorates, especially if the patient no longer requires an ambulance.

Dennis Keeley, Chief Fire Officer of Dublin Fire Brigade, said: “We are experiencing very high demand for ambulances at present. We want to ensure that the sickest, that is, the most critical patients get an ambulance in a timely way. We thank you for your understanding in helping us serve the sickest in our community.”

Robert Morton, Director of the National Ambulance Service, said: “Please bear with us as we continue to be extremely busy. Our staff continue to work incredibly hard trying to deliver normal health services and respond to the pandemic. The HSE is incredibly thankful for the continuing efforts of all of our staff in what remains challenging circumstances.”


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