Ambulance service to by-pass 2 hospitals with Wicklow heart-attack victims

It has been confirmed this morning that as from 4pm this evening November 7, St Vincent’s Hospital will no longer take suspected heart attack emergencies.

Casualties coming from Wicklow will now bypass 2 hospitals and go to the Mater or St.James’s Hospital.

Councillor John Brady said so much that St.Vincent’s would provide a far superior service when St.Columcilles A&E closed.

T.D Anne Ferris whose husband John only suffered a heart-attack only two weeks ago, speaking on East Coast FM said this has come out of the blue and is totally unacceptable.

Last November Fine Gael TD for Wicklow/East Carlow, Andrew Doyle, said that new emergency service arrangements will deliver safer and better emergency care to the general public in Wicklow/South County Dublin. Deputy Doyle was speaking following a detailed briefing by the Directors of Medicine at both St. Vincent’s and St. Columcilles Hospitals on the changes announced to the configuration of Emergency Services in Wicklow and South Dublin. 

From Wednesday 27th November 2013 changes are being put in place as part of a re-organisation and reconfiguration measure which will result in the closure of the emergency service at St Columcille’s Hospital which will transfer to St Vincent’s Hospital. The Emergency Department at St. Vincent’s Hospital will now serve as a single integrated emergency department for the Dublin South/Wicklow region.

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