NAGP welcomes increased ambulance services for Galway west and south Mayo

The National Association of General Practitioners (NAGP) has welcomed the confirmation that an additional 18 paramedics have been recruited in Galway. The number is expected to reach 23 by year-end. This will enable the National Ambulance Service to provide an additional ambulance in the greater Galway area, and one additional support vehicle.

This week, the NAGP met with the National Ambulance Service to discuss the ambulance service provided in the west of Ireland, in particular Connemara and south Mayo.

In addition to new vehicles, an increased number of Community First Responders will be trained. Local services such as the Voluntary Fire Service will be provided with additional training to enable them attend incidents that the National Ambulance Service deem appropriate.

An agreement has also been made to allow GPs access to some national ambulance resources when the need arises, such as the necessary equipment and stock to attend emergencies.

President of the NAGP, Dr Maitiu O Tuathail said: “In addition, the National Ambulance Service reassured us that the ambulance base in Carraroe is staffed on a 24/7/365 basis. The crew based there will respond to calls in the Connemara / south Mayo area. It is envisaged that, given the increased staffing levels, crews will be structured to be based in this area as much as is feasible.

“Given these developments, the GPs in the area will monitor the situation in the hope that improvements in service are seen on the ground. We will review the situation in three months’ time.”

Dr Maitiu O Tuathail said: “This is a welcome development. Hopefully these additional resources will be reflected by improvements in the service received by people of Galway west and south Mayo.”

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For further information, please contact: Gerry Mullins, Head of Communications at the NAGP – Tel. 0863080781 / gmullins@nagp.ie