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Mater Hospital warns of very long waiting times as 90 patients in emergency department

The hospital is warning people to visit their GP before going to its emergency department.

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DUBLIN’S MATER HOSPITAL has sent out a statement asking people to attend their GP or an injury clinic before going to the emergency department at the hospital.

It’s reporting very high numbers in the ED and says waiting times are even longer than expected today.

TheJournal.ie understands that there are currently 90 people being processed in the Mater Hospital Emergency Department.

It comes as nurses reported 459 people on trolleys across the country this morning.

The Mater is urging members of the public to go their GP before attending its ED.

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 hospital also added that, “Those attending the emergency department will be managed according to priority, so less urgent cases will experience delays.”

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