Cyber attack update

Date: 18 May 2017

Cyber Attack Update

John Bannister, Director of Operations at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, says:

I want to thank patients, visitors and staff for their support and understanding since the Trust was hit by last Friday’s cyber attack.

In subsequent days, our focus has been, and continues to be, to manage the incident swiftly and decisively, and would advise patients to follow the regular updates posted on this website, as well as our Facebook and Twitter pages.

As a precaution, we postponed a handful of non-urgent operations due to take place last weekend and a small number of outpatient appointments this week. The Trust is now operating ‘as normal’ with all clinics and services operating at all locations.

Working in difficult circumstances, staff have gone above and beyond the call of duty to keep services running as scheduled and ensure that patients and visitors have been largely unaffected.  

In particular, our IT team are working round the clock to maintain and replace essential computer equipment and systems as quickly - and safely - as possible.

We expect a small amount of disruption to continue for a few days and ask patients, visitors and the public for their continued understanding.

For example, people requiring non-emergency medical advice should telephone 111, visit www.nhs.uk or visit their local pharmacy.

 

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    I want to thank patients, visitors and staff for their support and understanding since the Trust was hit by last Friday’s cyber attack.

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