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Patients' airlift hell.

PATIENTS on an island who need medical help are having to be winched into a helicopter - because their helipad is too small.

The last three people rushed from Inishturk to Mayo hospital were pulled up into the emergency aircraft.

Councillor Frank Chambers said the current helipad is too small for the wheels of modern helicopters.

And Irish Coastguard Service spokesman Mary Catherine Heanue admits there is no other site for a helipad on the island.

Access to the island, nine miles off the Galway coast, is usually by ferry.
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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 15, 2007
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