The National Ambulance Service now has a dedicated funded helicopter emergency medical service situated in the South West of Ireland.
This follows a competitive tender process carried out in 2022. In December 2022, the National Ambulance Service officially signed contracts with Gulf Med Aviation for the delivery of a dedicated funded helicopter emergency medical service to be situated in the South West of Ireland. Gulf Med Aviation became operational, effective from February 11, 2023 when they took over from the previous provider who continued to support the service until February 28, 2023 and facilitated a smooth transition to Gulf Med Aviation. Gulf Med Aviation will be based at Rathcoole, Co Cork.