Recess chosen as site of new Connemara Ambulance Base

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The National Ambulance Service has confirmed that Recess has been chosen for a new ambulance base in the Connemara area.

The new base will be located inside the existing Community Health Centre building in Recess, which will require refurbishments for its new role.

It is envisaged that the new ambulance base will become operational during the first quarter of next year.

But prior to that, additional ambulance resources are expected to become operational in Connemara late next month.

Additional staff and vehicles, including an ambulance and rapid response vehicle, were confirmed for the Connemara service back in August.

Until refurbishments have been completed in Recess, these will be based out of Clifden Ambulance Base.

“This temporary measure will mean that the additional resource commences and finishes its shift from Clifden Ambulance Base from 9am until 9pm,” The HSE said.

“On commencement of shift it will be relocated to a deployment point within the Recess area, which is yet to be confirmed. It will operate from this deployment point for the duration of the shift and return to Clifden to finish duty.”

Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly said that there has been “significant consultation and engagement” on developing ambulance services in Connemara.

“Which now means that additional ambulance resources will be available to the people of Connemara before the end of the year.”

“This announcement is very welcome, and I would like to commend the NAS and local representatives involved in getting this base established.”