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Roscommon Senator welcomes HSE confirmation of private air ambulance service for patients travelling abroad for transplant operations

A private air ambulance service has been put in place by the HSE for patients who need transport at night to another country, for life-saving transplants.

Most of the patients involved are children, who need to travel to the UK within eight hours, for heart or liver transplants.

So-called Priority One transfers have been mainly provided by the Irish Air Corps or the Coast Guard, but they’re no longer available to carry out night-time transfers, due to capacity and regulatory requirements.

HIQA had recommended that a private service be put in place for such transfers, and the HSE has confirmed that it has now put in place a private operator to ensure a 24-hour service.

The news has been welcomed by Roscommon FG Senator Frank Feighan, who says this will complement the work of the air ambulance, based in Athlone, which he claims has saved hundreds of lives over the past 5 years….

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