The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has said some GP surgeries on the Island have been experiencing issues following a cyber attack which affected trusts across the country – and further afield – on Friday (12).

Nationally, the NHS said it has been working with 47 trusts and has continued to treat patients throughout the weekend.

Meanwhile, Medina Healthcare – which has surgeries at West Street in Newport and at Wootton Bridge – said it was unable to make bookings or access their computers.

A spokesperson for the Isle of Wight NHS Trust said:

“The Isle of Wight NHS Trust has not been directly affected to date, by Friday’s National Cyber Incident.

“Since Friday and over the weekend, it has emerged that some GP Practices on the Island have been experiencing issues, however across the south, the vast majority of GP practice computer systems will now have received a “forced patch” software fix.”

Dr Anne Rainsberry, NHS Incident Director, said:

“The NHS has continued to treat patients throughout the weekend. We have been working with 47 organisations providing urgent and emergency care who have been infected to varying degrees. Most have found ways of working around this but seven, including St Barts in London, have asked for extra support.

“If you have a hospital appointment you should still attend unless you are contacted and told not to.

“We have also been offering advice and assistance to GP surgeries, who will open as usual tomorrow. Again, if you have an appointment you should still attend unless contacted and told not to.

“People should continue to use the NHS wisely and remember that they can seek help and advice from a range of other sources, such as pharmacies and NHS 111.

“Bearing in mind the impact of the global cyber attack I would urge people to be patient with staff.”


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