Elective surgery has re-commenced at Mayo University Hospital, following the coronavirus emergency.
Much of the hospital's elective and non-emergency procedures were deferred during the crisis to ensure there was necessary space in the hospital to treat confirmed and suspected Covid-19 patients.
However, Consultant Surgeon Professor Kevin Barry says they have now re-commenced elective inpatient and endoscopy at the Castlebar hospital, and will be gradually increasing the number of patients during the coming weeks.
Day-case surgery will recommence over the next week, and Professor Barry says they will continue to further increase the level of surgery taking place in the hospital over the Summer months.
In a statement to Midwest News, Professor Barry says the hospital's Emergency Department continues to see patients 24 hours a day, and it's important that patients come to the hospital if they need urgent care.
He says people should not ignore possible symptoms of serious and potentially life-threatening illnesses such as heart attack or stroke.
Emergency surgery continues, as always, so patients who may suffer trauma following an accident or fall should attend the Emergency Department for treatment.
Outpatient appointments have also resumed at Mayo University Hospital.
Patients are asked to attend their appointment alone, or where they need assistance, to just bring one other person with them.
Patients are asked not to come to the hospital for their appointment if they're showing any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 or if anyone in their home has symptoms.