Dozens of  ambulances and crews from the voluntary sector have made themselves available to serve acute hospital patients. As of Thursday, 260 National Ambulance Service staff were absent due to Covid. Photograph: Laura Hutton

Disruption caused by measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 is intensifying, amid “unsustainable” pressures on some services as the Omicron wave s(...)

 An ambulance at the Emergency Department at the Mater Hospital. Photograph: Colin Keegan, Collins Dublin

Paramedics who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 are to be removed from frontline duties involving direct contact with patients. The HSE has (...)

The National Ambulance Service (NAS) has four levels of surge escalation, and moved to Level 3 on Thursday. File photograph:  Alan Betson

The National Ambulance Service has moved to introduce surge capacity, following “major pressure” on the service in recent days, in part due to Covid-1(...)

A spokeswoman for the HSE said there has been an increase in staff numbers for the National Ambulance Service  every year since 2015, but demand for the service also increased during that time.  Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

An increase in emergency calls means some ambulance waiting times have posed a challenge in recent times. For the people affected by the delays, they (...)

Minister for  the Environment Eamon Ryan  has insisted he followed medical instructions over a weekend that saw him test positive in an initial test and cancel his trip only for it to be reinstated after a second PCR test came back negative. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Around 25 to 30 repeat Covid-19 tests are carried out each month, the HSE has confirmed. The issue of repeat tests arose after it emerged that Minis(...)

Patrick Diver with the Defence Forces helicopter, which airlifted him to Donegal on humanitarian grounds

A dying man was granted his last wish when he was airlifted from Galway to Donegal so he could spend his last days in his beloved county. Patrick Div(...)

Polocrosse player Shane Harris (31) was riding his horse near his home on the June bank holiday last year when the animal reared up and fell back on top of him, crushing him. Photograph: Shane Harris

An international Irish sportsman has spoken of his huge debt of gratitude to the Irish Community Rapid Response (ICRR) air ambulance for saving his li(...)

Paul Bell, Siptu. at the WRC in June, 2019. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Up to 500 home-help staff working in community and disability services across Dublin city and county are to be balloted for strike action early in the(...)

 The health service has set up a 24/7 helpline run by the National Ambulance Service that will help direct people seeking mental health care to the most appropriate service.  Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The health service has set up a 24/7 helpline run by the National Ambulance Service that will help direct people seeking mental health care to the mos(...)

Irish Community Rapid Response’s chief executive John Kearney and pilot Capt John Murray at Kerry Airport after the emergency medical service’s first flight.  File photograph: Don MacMonagle/PA Wire

Ireland’s first charity-led air ambulance service has launched a major fundraising drive to meet its annual €2 million running costs as it revealed it(...)

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