Management at the facility is asking visitors to only attend if absolutely necessary.
The Emergency Department at the Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar is extremely busy.
Management at the facility is asking visitors to only attend if absolutely necessary and to not bring children, if at all possible.
They are apologising for the inconvenience to patients and their families and thanks the public for their cooperation at this time.
People are also asked to telephone their GP/or pharmacist to seek the best advice, rather than presenting at the hospital.
The hospital says anyone seriously injured or ill will be assessed and treated as a priority.