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Ardee Ambulance Station “the highest priority” say HSE

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The entrance to St Brigid's Hospital in Ardee. Photo Credit: Adrian Crawley.
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This article originally appeared on ThisIsArdee.ie

A new ambulance station for Ardee has been described as “the highest priority” by the HSE, with the proposed project now proceeding to the design stage.

In a response to Dundalk Sinn Fein councillor Tomas Sharkey, the HSE confirmed that the provision of a new ambulance station has “been identified as the highest priority NAS project in the Noth East.”

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The Health Service say they are now in the process of procuring a design team, with an appointment in that regard expected to be made before the end of 2017.

“I raised the issue with the HSE and received a written response,” Sharkey said. “Officials tell us that a design team is to be assembled and the process of providing a proper service will continue from there. It is important that no delay should take place in the proposed works and that the staff and public get the Ambulance service we deserve.”

Ardee Municipal District councillor Tom Cunningham says he has received a number of concerns regarding the condition of the Ardee Ambulance Station at St Bridid’s Hospital.

“The building is in poor condition and is unsuitable for staff or equipment,” Cunningham said in a statement on Monday. “It is essential that proper facilities are available to enable staff and equipment to be on location at the right time in order to save lives.

Cunningham approached party colleague Sharkey, who is on the Regional Health Forum, and he then approached the HSE about this matter.

“I welcome this news and look forward to the formal appointment of a design team in the coming weeks,” Cunningham added.

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