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Air ambulance service needed across Ireland

Published 20/07/2011

Wales, Scotland and many regions of England have more than one air ambulance, usually funded by the public through charitable organisations.

The need for rapid transfer of trauma patients and those requiring primary angioplasty for coronary occlusion or thrombolysis for stroke in specialist centres, underlines this deficit in our ambulance provision.

The closure of smaller hospitals on both sides of border will increase the need and the cross-border dimension may make such transport even more viable.

With government support the the NI Chest, Heart and Stroke Association and the Irish Heart Foundation could embark on this much needed project.

Do Mr Edwin Poots and Dr James O'Reilly, in their respective health departments, have the collective vision of another Frank Pantridge?

Dr M Donnelly

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