Public asked to consider their care options as Midlands hospital continues to be extremely busy
The Regional Hospital Mullingar’s emergency department and hospital continues to be extremely busy and are seeing a lot of seriously ill patients, many of which are over 75 years of age with a variety of complex healthcare needs.
A spokesperson for Ireland East Hospital Group said this Monday morning, "We apologise for the distress or inconvenience caused to patients or their loved ones who are experiencing long wait times.
"The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented our consultants are doing additional ward rounds to facilitate discharges and we are working with the community to discharge patients where it is appropriate to the community.
"The hospital is asking that people 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. We ask the public to please adhere to all Public Health Guidance and wear a face covering and keep socially distanced, wash your hands frequently and to wash your hands frequently."
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