Public urged to avoid Mullingar Emergency Department if possible

Management at Regional Hospital Mullingar are advising prospective patients that it has no capacity at its Emergency Department this evening.

It says the unit and hospital has been and continues to be extremely busy with a number of patients waiting for admission.

Management is working with all teams to identify patients ready for discharge and are doing everything to ensure patients are admitted as soon as possible.

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People are asked to consider other options, that would keep ED services for the patients who need them most.

However, it stresses if people are seriously injured or ill the ED will assess and provide treatment as a priority.