There's some good news today for Mayo University Hospital, as it's been confirmed that the new modular assessment unit will be delivered this Wednesday morning.

This temporary unit is part of the Covid Emergency Works at the Castlebar hospital, and will increase capacity and provide improved direct access to hospital services for acute medical patients, endoscopy patients and patients with, or suspected of having, Covid-19.

Hospital manager Catherine Donohoe says the additional capacity and new processes will help reduce patients' waiting time in the Emergency Department.

The new unit is expected to be in use by the end of November.

The modular unit will be delivered between 5 and 11am tomorrow morning, and during this time, access to the hospital via the swimming pool entrance will be restricted on John Moore Road.

Meanwhile, there are currently 10 patients with confirmed Covid-19 being treated at Mayo University Hospital, with another 5 suspected cases.

Nationally there are 354 patients with the virus being treated in Irish hospitals today - the highest number in 5 months.

This includes 38 people in intensive care units.

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