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All weekend appointments cancelled at James Paget hospital

The Trusts effected have shut down their IT systems to stay protected Credit: ITV News Anglia

Appointments at the James Paget University Hopsital in Gorleston have been cancelled this weekend after it was hit by a large-scale cyber attack.

Around 40 hospitals nationally and 74 countries have reportedly been targeted.

James Paget has apologised for the inconvenience caused to patients and have tried to contact as many affected as possible.

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Kettering hospital closes down IT systems to 'maintain patient safety'

The hospital is asking patients to not attend A&E or other emergency services unless urgent Credit: ITV News Anglia

Kettering General hospital has taken the decision to close down all external IT systems following the NHS cyber attack.

The hospital issued a statement on it's website saying; "In order to maintain patient safety, confidentiality and he functioning of our systems across the county system leaders have taken the decision to close down all external IT systems, including email, websites etc.

"We would ask that patients do not attend A & E or other emergency services unless it is a real emergency."

The hospital says they are not planning to cancel scheduled appointments next week and apologised that systems will be slower than usual.

Hertfordshire Police confirm they are 'monitoring' cyber attack situation at hospitals.

A spokesman for Hertfordshire Police has confirmed it has been made aware of "an incident involving hospitals in Hertfordshire".

"We are monitoring the situation and will work with the hospital trust(s) to assist where required.

"It is too early to comment on specific details of what has happened at this stage however any possible criminal activity will be investigated."

– Hertfordshire Police.

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Hertfordshire hospital trust thought to be target of NHS cyber attack

The NHS is investigating an Credit: Press Association Images.

Lister Hospital is thought to have been affected by a major cyber attack on the NHS.

East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust is believed to be among a number of hospital trusts and GP groups around England that have reported problems.

The suspected attack is thought to have affected phone lines with some sites urging people not to go to A&E while they try to deal with the issue.

Lister Hospital in Stevenage. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Cambridge engineer still in the race for space

Dr Jenni Sidey still in the hunt for space role

An engineer from Cambridge has made it through to the next stage of a competition to find two new astronauts for the Canadian Space Agency.

Last year 3,772 applications were received by the Canadian Space Agency after its announcement that it would add two new astronauts to its roster.

Dr Jenni Sidey has made the shortlist following a rigorous selection process which lasts almost a year and involves several interviews, written exams and a range of physical and mental fitness tests.

The University of Cambridge and the Institute of Engineering and Technology congratulated her.

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