Orthopaedic day cases have been cancelled at Our Lady's Hospital in Navan due to increased pressure on the Emergency Department at the Co Meath hospital.

In a statement this afternoon the hospital confirmed that it had "paused orthopaedic day case procedures in order to relieve pressures on the Emergency Department"

It said the situation is under review and procedures will resume as soon as possible.

The hospital said "it is extremely busy with people attending for a range of complex and diverse treatments".

It is asking patients to consider their care options before attending the Emergency Department.

"If you do come to the Emergency Department and are not triaged as seriously ill, you may need to wait for a long period of time to be seen. Patients who require urgent care will be prioritised" the statement read.

The hospital management has thanked the public for their support and understanding at this time.