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One of Dublin city's main hospitals is telling emergency patients to stay away

The Mater Hospital says it’s experiencing “very high numbers”.

A general view of the Mater Hospital in Dublin's north inner city.
A general view of the Mater Hospital in Dublin's north inner city.
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THE MATER HOSPITAL in Dublin city is telling people to stay away from its emergency department because of overcrowding.

A statement from the Mater says it is currently experiencing “very high numbers and protracted waiting times” at the emergency department.

As a result, they want prospective patients to look elsewhere:

We are asking the public, where possible, to attend their GP in the first instance, or the Rapid Injury Clinic in Smithfield for minor injuries.

The Mater is also advising patients at its emergency department that cases will be dealt with in order of priority so less urgent cases will experience delays.

Read: Overcrowding at Beaumont Hospital ‘inhumane’, with elderly woman left on chair all night >

Read: There’s to be a ‘zero tolerance’ approach to patients waiting in emergency departments >

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