Temple Street Children's Hospital has advised parents to take sick children to their local family GP and GP out of hours service before attending the Emergency Department (ED) due to levels of overcrowding.

The ED is especially busy today and there are a number of children who are currently waiting for inpatient beds.

Given the time of year, the ED is also seeing an increase in patients, particularly very young children and babies, with respiratory infections.

In a statement Temple Street asked parents to think about all their care and treatment options including their local family GP and GP out of hours service before attending the ED.

"However if your child is seriously ill or injured or you are worried that their life may be at risk, please attend our ED and we will assess and treat your child as a priority.

"In the meantime Temple Street wishes to apologise to any families who may have an increased wait for their child to be admitted and to families whose children had their surgery postponed at short notice. The hospital is making every effort to improve the situation."

For further information on the Temple Street ED, please visit https://www.cuh.ie/children-families/emergency-children-and-families/