Mullingar ED 'extremely busy'

The public has been asked to "consider their options" before attending the ED at Midlands Regional Hospital Mullingar.

Hospital management issued this statement a short time ago:

Regional Hospital Mullingar’s Adult and Paediatric Emergency Department Services are extremely busy.

The hospital is in escalation and the teams are working to manage the current Adult and Paediatric In-Patient Capacity together with Scheduled Care.

We would ask patients to consider their options before attending the Emergency Departments.

We would like to remind the public that, patients who are over 16 years with the following injuries may wish to present to the Regional Hospital Mullingar Minor Injury Unit located at Charter Medical Private Hospital in Ballinderry, Mullingar:

• Suspected broken bones to arm (from collar bone to fingertip)

• Suspected broken bones in legs (from knees to toes)

• Sprains and strains

• Wounds, bites (animal or insect) cuts, grazes and scalp laceration

• Minor burns and scalds

• Foreign bodies

• Minor chest injuries

Patients attend the ED, who require urgent care, will be prioritised.

Hospital Management would like to thank the public for their support and understanding during this period.