As part of the development of the Health Service Executive a National Ambulance Service was established in 2005. This new organisation replaced the eight Regional Ambulance Services that existed under the former Health Board structure. The objective is to provide clinically appropriate and timely pre-hospital emergency care and patient/client transport services. This includes working closely with other healthcare professionals in order to achieve the most suitable integrated health care service. As part of the process, modern technology and clinical practice guidance are used and this will continue to be a feature as the service develops into the future.
The Service operates from 94 Stations located throughout the Country and is controlled from 14 Command and Control centres. There are approximately 1350 staff involved in the provision of Ambulance Services. A wide range of vehicles are used and their suitability is constantly being reviewed both in terms of European Standards and developing models of pre-hospital emergency care and patient transport in line with identified international models of best practice.
Additional information can be obtained from the HSE (National Ambulance Service) website at:
National Ambulance Service