Beaumont Hospital: patients flown to Dublin airport and transferred
IRELAND'S specialist neurological hospital has been criticised for airlifting patients to Dublin Airport before transferring them up the M1 motorway by ambulance because it does not have landing facilities on site.

Senior ambulance personnel said that while a number of other hospitals have landing sites, they can no longer use them as they are outdated and unsuitable for modern aircraft.

A football pitch on the Beaumont campus, which had been used for landing patients in the past, was replaced with a car park.

Fine Gael Cllr Kieran Dennison criticised the situation at a recent meeting of the Dublin and North Eastern Health Forum and said it was unacceptable that patients could not be airlifted straight to Beaumont.