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Irish Coast Guard Helicopters Trialled As Air Ambulances

19th November 2013
Irish Coast Guard Helicopters Trialled As Air Ambulances

#Coastguard - The Irish Coast Guard's rescue helicopter fleet is being utilised on a trial basis as an air ambulance service, as RTÉ's Morning Ireland reports.

The new fleet of Sikorsky S92 choppers will do double duty as a Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) network in addition to their usual search and rescue requirements, following a trial period in Shannon that's set to be extended to Dublin shortly.

Some 300 HEMS operations have already been carried out this year, and Morning Ireland's Petula Martyn reports from one of the coastguard's latest, an airlift from Galway University Hospital to Beaumont Hospital in Dublin's Northside.

The IRCG has also sought permission from sports clubs nationwide to enable to the state-of-the-art S92 to land on their pitches - considerably cutting the transfer time for patients from helicopter to hospital.

Listen to Martyn's report for Morning Ireland below:

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