Emergency case survival rates in cases of heart attacks and stroke are worst in Kerry and Cork.
That’s according to the study of the Impact of Reconfiguration on Emergency and Urgent Care Networks, conducted by UCC, Trinity College, the HSE, the Royal College of Surgeons and the Health Research Board.
The first phase of the study compares patient admission and outcome figures for two periods, 200 to 2006 and 2007 to the end of 2012.
Comparing the total number of emergency deaths per 10,000 of the population, it found survival rates improved across the country.
The best survival rate was found to be in Dublin, with the worst in Kerry and Cork.
The data which is preliminary does not indicate reasons for the variances.
Professor John Browne principal investigator with the study says the impact of distances from emergency departments needs to be reviewed.