New ambulance centre will lead to faster response times
The opening of a new national headquarters for the HSE's ambulance service will help emergency crews to respond to stricken patients more quickly, Health Minister Leo Varadkar said yesterday.
The operations centre in the Rivers Building, Tallaght, south Dublin, will receive all 999/112 calls from across the country and bring an end to regional divisions. It is electronically linked to one other centre in Ballyshannon, Co Donegal.
Opening the centre, the minister said it would allow the ambulance service to operate as a national fleet.
"This ensures that the nearest ambulance can get to the patient," said Mr Varadkar.
"This new state-of-the-art facility enables the service to see all available paramedic teams and vehicles in real time, ensuring that the closest available resource is dispatched to an emergency within moments of the call being received."
It also houses the aeromedical co-ordination centre for all emergency aeromedical requests. It is responsible for dispatching the emergency aeromedical service.
"Not that long ago, the ambulance service did little more than transport patients to hospital," Mr Varadkar added.
"Now emergency care is delivered on the scene by highly trained paramedics before the patient even gets to hospital. We also have rapid response vehicles and an air ambulance alongside the regular ambulance fleet."