Elderly woman had to wait hours for ambulance to arrive

Thu, Sep 29, 2016

A ‘traumatised’ 76-year-old man had to wait two-and-a-half hours for an ambulance to arrive to tend to his wife who had collapsed on the floor of their home just half a mile from University Hospital Galway.

The man made a number of emergency calls from 7pm onwards seeking an ambulance. He was told that it would be with him within 10 minutes. However, it was 9.30pm before it arrived.

Highlighting the issue at a meeting of the HSE West’s regional health forum on Tuesday, former mayor and current forum member Cllr Padraig Conneely slammed the 2 1/2 hour wait as “outrageous” and a “disgrace”.


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