Ambulance response time concerns in Kerry following Christmas Day call

Concerns about ambulances getting to rural parts of Kerry are being expressed following an incident on Christmas day.

A West Kerry resident had trouble directing the national ambulance call centre to the location for the pick up of a very ill relative and was asked at one point if they were in Kerry.

The National Ambulance Service gave a description of the call to Radio Kerry but no explaination for the issues identified by the emergency caller.

Speaking about the issue Mick Dickson of the National Ambulance Service Repsentative Association said following the closure of local call centres issues such as poor signage in rural areas and the limited number of ambulances generally cause difficulties in accurately locating those in need.

There is also a problem with the use of Eircode to provide locations: