Over 1,000 patients are set to be impacted by widespread cancellations at three UK hospitals after a computer virus infected the systems. All the three hospitals were managed by the North Lincolnshire and Goole trust.
They have identified the issues on 30 October and urgently called in cybersecurity specialists to investigate the problems which remain ongoing till now. They called this issue a “Major Incident”.
Dr Karen Dunderdale, the trust’s deputy chief executive said: “A virus infected our electronic systems yesterday and we have taken the decision, following expert advice, to shut down the majority of our systems so we can isolate and destroy it. Planned operations, outpatient appointments and diagnostic procedures have been cancelled for today and tomorrow”.
According to the report the hospital systems will be back in action by Wednesday (2 November). There is currently no sign as to who is behind this attack or even if it was deliberately targeted or not.
Due to come in for an appointment today? Please assume it is cancelled due to a major incident unless we have called you or it is antenatal
— Goole Hospital (@GooleHospital) November 1, 2016
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