Extra ambulance cover approved for big match days in Thurles, says Lowry

Extra ambulance cover approved for big match days in Thurles, says Lowry

There will be a second ambulance available for the Galway v Kilkenny clash at Semple Stadium on Sunday.

 

Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that the HSE has moved to address the lack of ambulance cover on big match days at Thurles.

For the forthcoming game on Sunday between Kilkenny and Galway, a second ambulance and medical crew has been sanctioned.

Deputy Lowry said he was pleased that the HSE had recognised the potential risk when the only ambulance on duty had left Thurles with a patient.

This meant that there was no ambulance for hours should a second emergency arise. He stated that it was illogical and dangerous particularly for the local population of Thurles to be left in the precarious position of having inadequate ambulance cover on a day in which you have an influx of over 50000 people to the town.

The ambulance and its crew will be rostered from 8 am to 8 pm. Deputy Lowry acknowledged the cooperation and response of the HSE on this matter.

Concluding Deputy Lowry said that he is still very concerned about the lack of ambulance cover and resources available from the Thurles ambulance base. There needs to be a complete review and upgrading of the service on a permanent basis