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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

Local hospitals hit by major cyber attack

Several hospital trusts have been hit by a cyber attack Credit: PA

A number of GP surgeries and hospitals across Cumbria have been hit by a computer virus that's forced them to shut down their IT systems.

NHS England has confirmed that the virus, a ransomware attack called "Wanna Decryptor", is affecting clinics across the country.

Staff have been forced to switch off their computers while experts try to locate and fix the problem.

Ambulances have been diverted and patients are warned to avoid some A&E departments across the country.

It's not known yet whether confidential patient details have been compromised.

Trusts reportedly affected include:

  • North Cumbria
  • East Lancashire
  • Barts Health in London
  • Blackpool Teaching Hospitals
  • Colchester Hospitals University
  • Nottingham
  • East and North Hertfordshire

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Cumbria health group to host public event on maternity and paediatric services

NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting a 'Listening Event' in Workington Credit: NHS North Cumbria CCG

The NHS North Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group will be hosting a 'Listening Event' to "to help shape how local people and the NHS can work together to help develop and improve maternity and paediatric services in West, North and East Cumbria".

The event will be held at the Carnegie Theatre in Workington on Tuesday 16th May between 1-3pm and 5-7pm.

We heard very clearly during the consultation that the community thought there were more things the NHS can do to tackle the recruitment problems that challenge the service, and there are lots of ideas they want to share to help shape future services. This meeting is the first of many steps to take us in that direction and to help us work together more collaboratively.

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

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Concern over low smear test attendance figures

Dr Heather Currie Credit: ITV Border

A gynaecologist from Dumfries says that more women from the south of Scotland and Cumbria could die from cervical cancer, unless there's an increase in people attending their screening appointments.

Around one in every four women in Scotland are now missing out on their routine smear tests, with uptake at a ten year low.

"That's very concerning i mean that's the lowest it's been for a long time so we have a big worry that if this rate doesn't increase that we will be picking up more people in the future that have changes that could have been treated at a much earlier stage."

– Dr Heather Currie, Gynaecologist, NHS D&G

Catherine Schlag and Christine Potts say they owe theirs lives to smear tests. The sisters, from Dumfries, have both had laser treatment to remove pre-cancerous cells, which were picked up on their very first smear.

"It was a major shock for me. I was very worried about it and very nervous about the outcome. The whole process of what happened and the actual treatment itself was pretty horrific."

– Catherine Schlag
Catherine Schlag and Christine Potts Credit: ITV Border

Both sisters have been given the all clear, but will continue to be monitored.

The vast majority of smear tests return with negative results, but the tests which pick up abnormal changes can be life-saving, according to Dr Currie.

"It's just so sad that if we see somebody who actually has cancer where we could have picked up changes earlier and done a treatment to prevent the cancer.

"We cannot emphasise strongly enough how important it is to have your smear test. It's such a quick procedure and could save your life.'

– Dr Heather Currie, Gynaecologist, NHS D&G

Cervical screening is currently offered to women aged between 25 and 64 and takes place at your local GP surgery.

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