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State of the ambulance service in Ireland
October 18, 2016

Joined: May 8, 2014
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State of the ambulance service in Ireland

October 18, 2016

Hi guys today I was doing my voluntary work in Mitchelstown, normal Tuesday. Next door is the dental practice that looks mainly after the old folk,so up pulls a taxi back door opens down comes the ramp then the guy comes out on his electric wheelchair. At this time the driver is setting up a ramp into the dentists ready for the old guy to enter the dentists ,he by the way is manoeuvring his wheelchair to a better position BUT puts his rear wheel off the curb BANG over he goes hitting the curb etc. So he's broken his hip/femur and gashed his hand ,blood all over . So out pops Bob start getting him from under his wheelchair etc ,trying to move him off the road,BUT he's in so much pain and screaming we desist. 1410 hours call for an ambulance,now it's not raining but temperature is cold so we make him as comfortable as pos awaiting the good guys ,1425 the Guarda arrived, talking to the Guarda and the state the guy was in ,(oh to mention he's a jock and called David and lives full time in a local hospital in Femoy) Now David is on oxygen and god knows what pills for a dicky heart ( you name it he's got ) so Derek the dentist replaced his oxygen 1500 ,still no ambulance, Guarda are calling head office asking can they shove the ambulance as David is getting worse . The Guarda are told ambulance is only at the next village shouldn't be long , so with baited breath we wait ,one of the Guards goes to main road to direct ambulance to the casualtie , 1535 it arrived .Put David on monitoring kit give him air/gas get stretcher out , then we try and put him on board to transfer onto BUT  David screams to much pain need morphia,guess that they'd have it NO ,have to call a doctor to administer it another 15 mins then 20 mins while drug takes effect ,then 10 mins to get him into the ambulance.Fuck we are now over 2 hours and a quarter since we called for the ambulance, lucky he only broke a bone think if was a heart attack or a car accident,reason the ambulances are based miles from population and then there is not enough for the demand . You guys in the UK are oh so lucky that the time from call to arrival is in minutes ,we're here it's in hours and then they don't have heavy duty drugs able to deal with some problems .again no wonder the Irish love the UK

October 18, 2016

Joined: May 14, 2014
Posts: 977
State of the ambulance service in Ireland

October 18, 2016

Well done for your efforts Bob, in UK the supposedly ill complain if the medics take 30 mins before being on scene, whatever the time of day or night, especially in the Smoke and other big cities, where traffic/weather/time of day or night can make attendance slow, we can expect an ambulance within max 30 mins due to traffic etc. Also the fact that many "patients" are NOT ill, they want something to eat or drink, or someone to talk to, which are NOT medical reasons at all. I admire all medical staff, of whatever level, they are doing their best in a demanding world. You volunteers are doing your best, and deserve all our respect.


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