Mullingar hospital and ED "extremely busy"
Overcrowding leads hospital to release statement
The Midland Regional Hospital in Mullingar have released a statement to say the ED and hospital are extremely busy with a number of patients waiting for admission.
"We apologise for the distress and inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who are experiencing long wait times.
"We are working with all teams to identify patients ready for discharge and are doing everything possible to ensure patients are admitted as soon as possible.
"We are asking people to think about all their care and treatment options, the length of time you may be waiting in ED should you not require urgent care, and we would ask that people keep our ED services for the patients who need them most.
"However, if you are seriously injured or ill the ED will assess and treat you as a priority."