Striking nurses at Naas General Hospital today
Nurses are picketing at two locations in Naas today as the third day of strike action began.
They are on strike for 24 hours and they say the dispute is about the recruitment and retention of nursing staff.
Members of the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation are carrying placards and walking outside Naas General Hospital and near the Vista clinic.
Similar demonstrations are taking place at numerous healthcare sites around Ireland.
Both protests are to take place until 4pm.
According to the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group, of which Naas General Hospital is part, his means many of services will not be available today.
The DMHG is advising patients with an appointment or procedure that is cancelled, that they will be contacted directly with an alternative date and time.
While emergency departments remain open during the INMO strike action, this is with reduced staffing levels.
Emergency departments across the DMHG are very busy, have a high number of patients waiting for beds and patients are experiencing extended waits. The group is reminding members of the public to consider their care options before presenting to the ED.
“We advise that the public only attend our emergency services if absolutely essential. If you are unwell, please go to your GP or pharmacy in the first instance. However, if you are seriously injured or ill or are worried your life is at risk the ED will assess and treat you as a priority. We apologise to any patients who are experiencing long waits, while we prioritise the sickest patients,” said a group spokesperson.
Further strike action is due to take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week.