Hospital appointments and elective surgical procedures will be cancelled at hospitals across the West next week, due to the planned strike action by nurses next Wednesday.
The Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation has outlined plans for a number of strike days over the coming weeks, the first of which takes place on 30th January.
Following a query from Midwest News, the Saolta Hospital group - which operates hospitals in the West & Northwest region - confirmed that they're currently identifying patients whose appointments or procedures are due to take place next Wednesday.
Over the coming days, these patients will be contacted to advise them of the postponement of their appointment for elective surgery, out-patient clinics and day services.
The Saolta hospital group says next Wednesday's impending industrial action will have a significant impact on all services across every hospital in the group.