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National Ambulance Service to trial emergency ambulance cover for the Midleton area from September – Minister David Stanton

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Cork East Fine Gael TD and Minister of State at the Department of Justice, David Stanton, has welcomed confirmation from the National Ambulance Service (NAS) that it intends to trial the operation of an emergency ambulance in the Midleton area from this September.

The current ambulance cover for the Midleton area is one Rapid Response Vehicle (RRV) with an advanced paramedic which operates on a 24/7 basis. This is supported by NAS resources from surrounding bases including Cork City and Youghal. The NAS has confirmed that it proposes to introduce an emergency ambulance staffed by both an advanced paramedic and a paramedic to operate between 8am-8pm when the service is at its busiest. The existing RRV and advanced paramedic will provide support from 8pm-8am.

“I am pleased that the NAS intends to trial the operation of a daytime emergency ambulance with additional staff and that the existing RVV will continue to operate as normal over the night-time period” said Minister Stanton.

“It is intended that the trial period will run for six months from September 2018 to March 2019. An analysis of the service will then be conducted and the data will be reviewed and used to inform future NAS service provision for the Midleton area”.

A strategic national plan for ambulance services, Vision 2020, is currently being developed by a steering group comprising of cross-sectoral HSE representatives. Vision 2020 will build on the findings of the first capacity review of the NAS conducted in 2015 and HIQA staffing recommendations to address the demands and changes facing the ambulance service.

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Cobh Community Centre give generous donation to St. Vincent De Paul

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The cheque of €500 was presented to St. Vincent de Paul on Tuesday evening at the Community Centre. It was part of the proceeds from the Centre’s ‘Christmas Variety Concert’. John Coleman, Chairman of the Cobh Community Centre, thanked all the groups that performed at the concert last December, including nearby colleges St. Mary’s National School, Bunscoil Rinn an Chabhlaigh and Scoil Iosaef. Members of the Fundraising Committee – Manager, Gwen O’Halloran, Majella Smith, Martin O’Leary and Catherine Jefferson – also expressed their appreciation for the spirited and uplifting performances that were given last December by the Children’s Theatre, the Cope Foundation Day Unit, Pop & Rock and the Carrigtwohill Gospel Choir. Thanking the Cobh Community Centre, Liz O’Driscoll and Aine O’Regan from St. Vincent de Paul said, “Our charity receives much focus around Christmas time, which is a great thing, but our work is ongoing, year-round. Therefore, donations at this time of year are especially important to us.”

The Chairman used the presentation of the cheque to St. Vincent de Paul to announce ambitious plans to increase the usage of the Centre’s many and varied facilities. John noted, “Cobh Community Centre has great potential for hosting a variety of both community and commercial activities as well as training sessions. We offer convenience plus first-class facilities. That’s a package that’s hard to top! We are also constantly expanding and upgrading our classes and events. So, there is something here for everyone in the Cobh community…the Centre literally does what it says on the tin!”

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