Published: Wed, May 17, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Blood tests to resume at NHS cyber attack hospitals from tomorrow

On Saturday, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said that she expected NHS trusts to learn from this attack and upgrade their computer systems from the outdated Windows XP. While it should be possible to patch and protect NHS computers running Windows XP, if the healthcare system also has medical equipment such as MRI machines that run the operating system it may be harder to completely protect the network.

The entire system was brought to a standstill on Friday May 16 and Southport Hospital, along with a number of doctors surgeries across Southport and Formby, were forced to turn non-emergency patients away.

"All of our hospitals remain open for emergency care, though some ambulances continue to be diverted to neighbouring hospitals", Barts Health NHS Trust said in a statement.

Barts Health NHS Trust in London - the largest hospital group in the United Kingdom - said on Monday morning that it's still experiencing "IT disruption" and is asking the public to use other NHS services "wherever possible".

Accident and emergency units in England were almost back to normal on Tuesday (May 16), the National Health Service (NHS) said, after the last restrictions put in place following the global cyber attack were lifted.

The internet connection was back up yesterday and the hospital said patients, who were still able to text or phone, weren't affected over the weekend.

"Again, any patient with a hospital appointment should attend as normal".

Operations and appointments at some hospitals in Yorkshire have been cancelled after the global cyber attack targeted NHS trusts.

Britain's biggest health trust, Barts Health NHS Trust, which runs five hospitals in London, said Monday it was continuing to experience some delays and disruption to services.

The WannaCry "ransomware" cyber-attack hobbled Chinese traffic police and schools on Monday as it rolled into Asia for the new work week, while authorities in Europe said they were trying to prevent hackers from spreading new versions of the virus.

The statement said: "We can confirm that the radiology services affected by the national cyber-attack at Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital have been restored".

Shona Robison, the Health Secretary, pledged to launch a review of what lessons could be learned from last week's ransomware assault - amid claims the operating systems being used were vulnerable to attack.

European authorities have a warning for everyone hit by the worldwide cyberattack: Don't pay the ransom.

Eleven Scottish health boards were affected by the attack, which was first detected on Friday.

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