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Cyber attack: GP services resume practice across Cumbria

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GP surgeries across west, north and east Cumbria have opened and ran appointments as normal today, following an international cyber attack.

The NHS North Cumbria CCG says no patient data has been compromised, as far as it knows:

We would like to thank all the clinical staff, non-clinical and IT staff who worked around the clock over the weekend to ensure patients could be seen safely and to restore systems as quickly as possible.

“NHS staff went above and beyond to try and return services to normal.

“As far as we know no patient data has been compromised. Some surgeries have some ongoing IT issues, but all have access to clinical systems.

“It may take a while for all our systems to get back up to speed and because of this there is a backlog causing delays in making some results available to GPs."

– Dr David Rogers, medical director of NHS North Cumbria CCG

British Cycling searching for local ride leaders

British Cycling are looking for local cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders. Credit: PA

British Cycling are looking for local cyclists to train as British Cycling Ride Leaders.

As part of their new led ride programme, entrants only need to be confident in riding in a group and have a good level of cycling fitness.

Anyone interested can sign up for the Ride Leadership Award Level 1 Guided Rides Courses, which is taking place on Saturday, 3rd June at Penrith's Queen Elizabeth Grammar School.

The assessed one-day course will qualify applicants to deliver guided bike rides for groups of beginner and intermediate-level adults and accompanied children on roads and cycle paths.

IT systems back up and running at Cumbria Trust

IT systems are back up and running at the Cumbria Partnership NHS Trust following the international cyber-attack.

The Trust says it's now able to use computers and it has advised staff that they can now use their laptop and desktop devices.

A spokesperson said: "Our record keeping and e-mail systems are working as normal. We are grateful for everyone's prompt action and for keeping going while we have acted to get you back up and running.

As a result of us being well prepared and taking prompt action we have been able to minimise the issue and protect our services. We have found no evidence of patient data being lost and there has been no major damage other than the need to have our systems down for a 48hr period. We have worked since the incident to carefully check our computers and systems thoroughly. We are currently planning to be providing services as usual on Monday with minimal disruption.

We would like to thank all of our staff who have worked round the clock tirelessly to ensure our patients are safe to get things up and running again."

It has also offered the following advice to is staff:

- Remember your Information Governance training and if you suspect a problem act swiftly to turn your device off and disconnect it.

- When you start your device if your computer asks you to update, say yes and restart.

- Because of our protection systems we are not expecting our computer devices to be infected, however, if you suspect this switch it off, unplug the network cable and report immediately to our service desk which is opened this afternoon until 6pm and from 8am tomorrow morning. Please be mindful that the service desk is busy so please only call with critical problems.

- As we have had a period of time using paper record keeping please consider this when making decisions for patient care. Our managers will be arranging for manual records to be updated on electronic systems in due course so please keep these securely for reference if needed until this is completed.

- Our NHS partners are also working to recover their systems so please be mindful that they may also be experiencing some disruption


NHS services in south of Scotland to run as normal

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary Credit: ITV Border

All NHS services in the south of Scotland are to run as normal on Monday following a recent cyber attack, a spokesperson has confirmed.

Three GPs surgeries in Dumfries and Galloway were affected when systems were hit on Friday, however specialist teams have been working over the weekend and all GP practices are to operate as usual.

There has been no disruption to clinical care in both Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders.

Cumbria Partnership computers 'still unavailable'

Computers are still down Credit: pa

There are still no operational computers at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, following the global cyber attack.

In a statement the Trust said that they hope to be operating business as usual on Monday with minimal disruption.

However, at the moment staff are being reminded to keep their computers switched off unless instructed otherwise by their line manager.

"We would like to thank all of our staff who have worked round the clock tirelessly to ensure our patients are safe and to get computers up and running again."

– Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust statement

Rapid HIV testing pharmacies in Cumbria

Cumbria Partnership are highlighting eleven pharmacies across the county which are taking part in their Rapid HIV testing scheme.

The tests are free for those who are eligible and take around five minutes.

It's estimated that around one in five of those with HIV don't know they have it. Below is a map of the pharmacies.

Map of the pharmacies Credit: GOOGLE MAPS

NHS Cumbria services 'running as usual'

NHS Credit: PA

NHS Cumbria say all of their services as now running as usual following a global cyber attack.

Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust responded to the attack on Friday by shutting IT systems down.

The trusts say all services in the region are running as usual with effective continuity plans in action.

"NHS staff in the region who work remotely are being reminded not to switch on NHS laptops or computers until confirmed by their line manager.

"NHS staff across the region are working incredibly hard to ensure IT systems which have been directly affected can be restored as safely and effectively as possible."

– Statement on behalf of the Cumbrian NHS trusts

The public are being asked to help the NHS by relieving pressure on the system and by following these guidelines:

  • Do not attend A&E or dial 999 unless it is a serious or life threatening emergency
  • The NHS 111 service is under increased pressure so please think carefully before accessing urgent medical help
  • High street pharmacists are open this weekend and can help if you start to feel unwell with a cough, cold or other minor ailment or injury
  • Those attending the region’s emergency departments or calling 999 for an emergency ambulance with minor problems should expect a longer wait than usual given the current IT pressures and as clinical teams must prioritise those with time critical needs.
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