The Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway is extremely busy this afternoon, with a large number of patients awaiting admission to the hospital.
In a statement Saolta University Hospital Group management apologised to patients and their families for these delays.
The Full Capacity Protocol has been implemented and all efforts continue to be made to identify patients who are appropriate for discharge.
Management at the hospital would like to advise people who are attending the Emergency Department at University Hospital Galway today to expect significant delays.
They have reminded the public that they encourage them to attend the Emergency Department only in the case of real emergencies and they should contact their GP or GP Out-of-Hours service in the first instance.
University Hospital Galway again apologises to all patients and their families for any distress caused as a result of these delays.