Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

Hospitals no longer diverting patients — NHS cyber attack

"Our systems are now unaffected by the ransomware cyber attack but we remain vigilant", she highlighted.

The NHS continues to appeal to the public to help the NHS again and relieve pressure on the system to allow services to focus on those with the greatest needs and allow time for NHS staff to bring services back to full capacity in the next few days.

Numerous nearly 8,000 doctors' surgeries in England were also affected, warning of delays as doctors reverted to paper records and appointments.

The BBC reported on Monday that 16 of the 47 NHS trusts affected by the cyber attack were still experiencing issues.

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Eleven health boards as well as NHS National Services and the Scottish Ambulance Service were affected in the unprecedented cyber attack which hit scores of countries on Friday.

The Association of Optometrists' clinical director, Dr Peter Hampson, told OT that the security breach highlighted the need for extra investment in IT across the NHS.

"Treatment for time sensitive conditions, such as wet AMD could potentially be delayed if patient records and imaging systems cannot be accessed", he elaborated.

"The latest information can be found on the NHS Choices website".

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NHS Digital has recommended a number of measures for trusts to implement to protect themselves from cyber-attack after Friday saw trusts across the country targeted by hackers.

Major companies that includes sixteen National Health Service organsisations in the U.K. FedEx, telecom companies Telefonica of Spain and Megafon of Russian Federation were also hit.

Ransomware actually locks down files on an infected computer and asks the computer's administrator to pay in bit coins in order to regain control of them.

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