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NHS cyber attack: advice for patients
15 May 2017

As you know a number of NHS organisations have been affected by a ransomware attack. Please be assured that the NHS and cyber security experts have been working around the clock to fix the problem. There is absolutely no evidence that patient data has been accessed or compromised.

Below and via the links are the latest updates on how your local NHS has been affected. We are working in partnership with our providers to ensure patients continue to receive urgent care and treatment, and do all we can together to reduce delays for patients.

  • Barts Health – have been severely impacted and are continuing to experience major IT disruption as a result. Today, Monday 15 May, they are cancelling some planned appointments and are contacting affected patients to let them know. Barts are also asking the public to use other NHS services wherever possible, and requesting that GPs request only urgent tests and scans from their hospitals. See their latest statement.
  • BHRUT - update 2pm: have been impacted and are continuing to experience IT disruption. Their A&E is busier than usual as they receive more patients from neighbouring trusts which have been affected. Again they are asking the public to only visit A&E if it is a real emergency. Please see their website updates.
  • GP practices and hubs – as far as we are aware GP practices across Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge have not been directly impacted and we expect all practices in the area to be open as usual. Clinical systems are unaffected and GPs can continue to access information, including electronic patient records as normal. However, connections between different NHS organisations have been affected and this means it may not be possible for information to be shared electronically between the practice and other organisations, for example electronic prescriptions and test results, today.

For the latest information from NHS England, please see their website.

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