University Hospital Galway is postponing some elective surgery, due to a lack of bed capacity.
It comes as 55 patients were on trolleys today at the Galway hospital.
In a statement to Midwest News this evening, hospital management say they're postponing a number of elective procedures, as UHG continues to deal with a significant number of patients presenting at the Emergency Department, many of whom remain in the ED waiting for a bed.
The situation has been exacerbated by the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak at the hospital, "which is having a significant impact on critical care services".
Patients whose procedure is being postponed are being contacted directly, and management say time-sensitive and urgent cases will not be impacted, when it is safe to do them, while the situation is being kept under control.
The hospital says it regrets that patients are having procedures postponed, and is writing to patients to explain and apologise.
Meanwhile, members of the public attending UHG are being advised to expect long waiting times at the Emergency Department, due to the surge in the number of presentations.