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Friday, March 06, 2009

Helicopter landings to resume at Regional Hospital

Helicopter landings at the Regional hospital in Dooradoyle are set to resume again after a 13 year absence.

The HSE said yesterday that beginning in the next few weeks, helicopters with critically ill patients on board will be able to land at a new landing side adjacent to the hospital on its east side.

Test flights using coast guard helicopters and Army helicopters have taken place over the last few weeks and seemed to have proved successful.

The cost of the project including the construction of the new helipad will be in the region of €450,000, the HSE say.

The news comes at the same time as a new charity based, All Ireland Air Ambulance service commences operation. The new Air Ambulance feet, who deliver the patient “quickly and directly to the hospital” could be one of the first to use the new helipad.

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