Global Positioning System ask patients to delay contact while cyber-attack backlog clears

Isaac Cain
May 19, 2017

When the computer virus struck on Friday 47 trusts were affected and seven had to close their doors in A&E to ambulances.

The NHS announced on Monday that it was "open for business" but acknowledged that some hospitals and GP surgeries are still suffering disruption.

"The message is very clear, not just for organisations like the NHS (National Health Service) but for private individuals, for businesses".

The organisation also confirmed that it was safe to connect to the service's internal email system, NHSmail, after work was completed by experts to ensure servers were ready to use.

The virus, which took control of users' files and demanded payment to allow access, forced many Britain hospitals to cancel treatments, appointments, and even compel emergency rooms to turn people away.

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The update says: "If you have a planned operation, procedure or outpatient appointment at a hospital affected by this incident, please visit the hospital website for further advice and information about routine services at this time".

The Mid Essex Hospital Trust, which runs St Peter's Hospital in Maldon, Broomfield Hospital, St Michael's Hospital in Braintree and Christchurch in Chelmsford, worked across the weekend to get affected systems back online.

Robison said she wanted to "reassure patients in Scotland" there had been "no reported breaches of patient data or personal details as a result of the attack".

In the case of this ransomware attack, Microsoft released a patch weeks before the attack hit, which would have protected systems by not permitting the ransomware to take hold.

Services at the Town Lane based hospital are only now getting back to normal, with the Southport and Ormskirk NHS trust one of the last to recover following a crippling nationwide computer attack on the NHS.

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