NHS Lanarkshire affected by massive global cyber attack

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The Health Board are now in the recovery phase but say patient confidentiality wasn’t breached during the attack

NHS Lanarkshire was one of eleven Scottish health boards affected by a huge cyber attack on the health service’s computer systems.

The nationwide assault on IT systems caused chaos in Airdrie and Coatbridge with NHS Lanarkshire announcing on Friday that only patients requiring emergency treatment should attend Monklands Hospital.

The Health Board are now believed to be in the ‘recovery phase’ after the ransomware attack, believed to have affected organisations in around 100 countries worldwide.

Health Secretary Shona Robinson said on Saturday: “We are aware of a number of health boards affected by potential cyber incidents.

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The intention today is to begin testing those IT systems and to gradually and safely try to bring those back on over the course of the weekend.”

“Throughout all of this there’s been no breach to patient confidentiality that has been detected to date so patients should be reassured by that.”

In a statement, NHS Lanarkshire urged non-emergency patients to stay away from its hospitals as it dealt with a ransomware attack to its IT network.

It said: “As a precaution, NHS Lanarkshire is closing down its non-essential networked IT systems on a temporary basis.

“All our sites remain open, however we are appealing to members of the public only to attend hospital for emergency treatment during this period.

News Source: dailyrecord

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