Public urged to stay away from Mullingar Hospital this evening due to overcrowding

Mullingar’s Emergency Department and hospital is reported to be extremely busy this afternoon, with a number of patients waiting for admission.

A statement issued by the hospital this afternoon says it has no capacity at present.

The hospital says it’s apologising for the distress and inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who are experiencing long wait times.

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It says it’s working with all teams to identify patients ready for discharge and everything possible to ensure patients are admitted as soon as possible is being done.

Yesterday evening the department was very busy from 5pm onwards and this afternoons statement warns this may be the situation this evening also.

People are being asked to think about all their care and treatment options, and the length of time they may be waiting in the ED.