With 26 patients on trolleys at Mayo University Hospital, management have confirmed that the Emergency Dept is very busy today with a number of patients awaiting admission, and they're advising people attending the Emergency Department to expect delays.

The public are being urged only to attend in cases of emergencies, and to contact their GP in the first instance.

The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented at the Castlebar hospital, and efforts are being made to identify patients ready for discharge.

As a result of the pressure, non-urgent elective surgery is being deferred.

Hospital management says they regret having to postpone any elective procedure, and recognise it's distressing for the patients and their families.

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