IT disruptions following cyber-attack
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.
We are working in partnership with our providers to ensure patients continue to receive urgent care and treatment, and to do all we can together to reduce delays for patients.
All GP practices in Newham are open as usual and there are no reported issues affecting our practices. 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.
GPs have all been advised of the current pressures on local hospitals and have been asked not to refer patients for non-urgent tests or scans for the time being.
People should only attend A&E when there is an urgent need. This advice is particularly important during this busy time. We would also ask people to be patient when calling any of their local healthcare providers, as phone lines are likely to be busier than normal.
For the latest information from NHS England, please see their website.
See the Barts Health website for latest updates on how the Trust is managing the IT disruption.