Information regarding the National Ambulance Service (NAS)

Thu, 21 Apr 2016

The National Haemophilia Council is pleased to announce that through the work of the National Haemophilia Council (NHC), the National Ambulance Service (NAS), the Health Service Executive (HSE) and the Irish Haemophilia Society (IHS), that in an emergency situation, people with haemophilia, who need an ambulance and who are within a 60 minute transport time of a designated Haemophilia Treatment Centre (St. James’s Hospital, Dublin Our Lady’s Childrens Hospital Crumlin, Cork University Hospital and University Hospital Galway), will be brought directly to the Emergency Department of that Centre, bypassing other hospitals. 
If a person needs an ambulance to go to an Emergency Department, you should show the paramedic their ‘Severe Bleeding Disorder Alert Card’. This is extremely important.
People with haemophilia need to be treated with factor concentrates without delay. The National Ambulance Service have agreed that a pre-alert will be sent to the receiving treatment centre by contacting the Specialist Centre in advance  This should ensure that the appropriate treatment is administered without delay and may save lives.