Two ambulance services say they're experiencing a high volume of calls and requests for emergency ambulances.
The Emergency Ambulance Services of the Dublin Fire Brigade, and the National Ambulance Service, say non-urgent emergencies may experience delays, due to calls from other patients whose emergency care needs are at a higher level.
Callers are advised to ring back if the patient’s condition changes or deteriorates.
Patients who no longer require an ambulance should also call back so that the limited resources can be diverted to other life threatening calls.
Dennis Keeley, Chief Fire Officer of Dublin Fire Brigade, says: "We are experiencing very high demand for ambulances at present. We want to ensure that the sickest, that is, the most critical patients get an ambulance in a timely way. We thank you for your understanding in helping us serve the sickest in our community."
Robert Morton, Director of the National Ambulance Service, says: "Please bear with us as we continue to be extremely busy. Our staff continue to work incredibly hard trying to deliver normal health services and respond to the pandemic. The HSE is incredibly thankful for the continuing efforts of all of our staff in what remains challenging circumstances."