Hospital computer systems not infected by cyber attack

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Hospital computer systems not infected by cyber attack

Below is a statement from Kettering General Hospital on Friday`s cyber attack;

“Following the international cyber-attack that affected the NHS and other organisations on Friday the Trust has taken a number of actions to protect its IT systems.

The Executive Team want to thank everybody who has worked so hard since Friday to minimise the impact of the Cyber-attack upon our services.

The position on 15th May 2017 is as follows:

KGH systems have not been infected. The patch that prevented infection had been deployed by KGH IT team to the majority of its PCs in March 2017.

The Trust however took precautionary measures on Friday afternoon and disconnected from the national network (N3) to protect itself against possible infection.

Over the weekend, thanks to the hard work of the IT team the Trust has reinstated it’s PACS system and so is again able to transfer radiology (X-Ray) images and CT and MRI scans across the Trust and between providers.

Our Patient Administration System (Medway and Medway maternity) and Theatre booking system (ORMIS) are all operating as normal.

Some of our IT systems are hosted externally via the N3 network and the Trust is seeking assurance from the system owners that these are “ready” before we reconnect but plan to do this tomorrow (Tuesday 16th May).

We have still to make a decision about our KGH email system – for the time being we are unable to send or receive emails from our KGH account, and our ability to receive electronic referrals from GP practices – although GPs are still able to fax across information in the usual way. We will review the position tomorrow.

Our advice to patients is that we continue to provide services as usual and encourage people to continue to attend for outpatients or planned clinic appointment and operations in the usual way.

Our A&E department has seen increased levels of demand and we ask that patients consider whether their need to be seen is an emergency or, if less urgent, they should seek alternative treatment via NHS Direct, local pharmacy or GP.

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