Mullingar Hospital advising public to stay away from Emergency Department due to “extreme pressures”

Management at the Regional Hospital in Mullingar is advising the public to stay away from their emergency department as the hospital is under what has been described as “extreme pressure” this afternoon.

The hospital claims that because of ongoing strike action, the public is asked to only attend its ED if absolutely essential as there are issues with bed capacity.

The hospital is asking the public to go to their GP or pharmacy and the hospital has apologised to patients and their families who may experience long waiting times in our Emergency Departments.

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Regional Hospital Mullingar is experiencing extreme pressures in their Emergency Department and current bed capacity.

Due to ongoing strike action today, we advise that the public only attend our emergency services if absolutely essential. If you are unwell, please go to your GP or pharmacy in the first instance.

However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority.

We apologise to patients and their families who may experience long waiting times in our Emergency Departments.

There are also issues being reported at Portiuncula Hospital this afternoon.

The following is a statement issued by the Hospital n the last few minutes

The Emergency Department at Portiuncula University Hospital (PUH) is extremely busy today, Thursday 07 February.

We would like to remind the public to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and to contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.

The industrial action by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is having a significant impact on patient services across all of the hospitals in the Saolta University Health Care Group, including PUH.

The industrial action is taking place at all public hospitals, healthcare facilities and community healthcare services from 8am today until 8am tomorrow morning.