The Offaly hospital is asking people to consider their options.
The Midland Regional Hospital Tullamore is experiencing a very busy period with an increased number of people attending the Emergency Department.
People are being asked to consider their care options, however anyone who is seriously ill or needs medical attention should attend.
Do not delay in seeking medical attention if you suspect you are having a heart attack or stroke, please dial 999 or 112 in an emergency.
Management is advising people to contact their GP before attending the ED and are asking people who do attend to wear a mask, practice social distancing and tell the triage personnel if you have any signs/symptoms of Covid.