Visitors are advised to only attend if absolutely necessary.
Mullingar Hospital and Emergency Department is extremely busy.
Visitors are advised to only attend the hospital ED if absolutely necessary and to not bring children, if at all possible.
Hospital management apologises for the inconvenience to patients and their families and thanks the public for their cooperation at this time.
Management would ask the public, where possible, to telephone their GP/or pharmacist in the first instance to seek the best advice, rather than presenting at the hospital.
Regional Hospital Mullingar would like to assure people that anyone seriously injured or ill will be assessed and treated as a priority.
27 patients are on trolleys in the Westmeath facility, meanwhile there are thirteen patients waiting for a bed in Tullamore and two in Portlaoise.