A&E patients told to expect long delays at two hospitals

Patients intending to go to the Emergency Departments at University Hospital in Kerry and in Galway are being warned to expect long delays due to increased activity.

Management at Kerry say non-urgent patients should visit their GP and explore all options if they are not experiencing an emergency.

University Hospital Galway (UHG) has said that a significant number of people are awaiting admission to the hospital, which is causing delays.

Full Capacity Protocol has been now implemented at UHG.

According to the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation, there were 396 patients waiting on trolleys and in wards earlier today.

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