Ireland's first commercial air ambulance service will be launched today by Health Minister James Reilly.
AeroMedevac Ireland (AMI) offers emergency medical evacuation and repatriation of patients to and from Ireland.
The service, based at Weston airport in Leixlip, Co. Kildare will provide a hospital-to-hospital service, bringing sick and injured people back to Ireland and the UK from overseas, while also assisting sick patients from Ireland who need to seek medical assistance abroad.
AMI's CEO, Keith Trower said it is estimated that around 250 cases of aeromedical transportation occur on an annual basis in Ireland.
He said he hoped that the new service will achieve good support from the Irish healthcare industry and undertake Irish repatriations as well as competing for repatriation missions to the UK.
Speaking ahead of the launch, Minister Reilly said there were air ambulance services in most other European countries so the investment in an indigenous service was very welcome for Ireland.
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