Dublin's Beaumont Hospital sees non-urgent operations cancelled
All non-urgent operations in Dublin's Beaumont Hospital due to take place today and tomorrow have been cancelled because of overcrowding.
The hospital said last night that all affected patients had been told of the cancellations.
The move is part of a series of measures to try and ease the trolley crisis in its emergency department where there were 40 patients on trolleys yesterday morning.
A hospital spokeswoman said ambulances had to be diverted to the Mater Hospital for an hour yesterday to relieve the pressure on the ED.
Patients intending to come to the ED have been asked to contact their GP instead and, if possible, to avoid or delay their visit.
Those with minor injuries should visit the Mater Smithfield Rapid Injury Clinic.
Beaumont has asked GPs not to send patients to the ED unless absolutely necessary.