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Thursday 23 October 2014

'Shame' of ambulance breakdown

Anne Campbell

Published 26/07/2014 | 12:00

THE OUTRAGE of an ambulance breaking down at the weekend while taking a Dundalk heart attack victim to Drogheda in the middle of the night has been described as a 'shame' by the patient's daughter and came just 12 hours after a second emergency vehicle broke down.

The deterioration of the ambulance service in the Dundalk area will be raised at next Monday's regional health forum by Cllr Tomas Sharkey.

Jenny Duffy's mother suffered a heart attack shortly before 11.30pm on Saturday and while the ambulance arrived to her Ashling Park home promptly, it broke down on the motorway neat Drogheda and it was more than an hour before the patient, who is in her sixties, was admitted to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, pictured, where she is recovering.

It later emerged that a second ambulance that had no patient needed mechanical attention earlier on Saturday afternoon.

Jenny said: 'It's a shame that the Louth County Hospital is not open and there should at very least be proper ambulances on the road. The paramedics are highly trained to do their job and professional but they are being let down by machinery'.

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