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Hospitals in Manchester to go 'offline' for short time after cyber attack

Trafford General Hospital affected by cyber attack Credit: PA

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust confirmed Trafford Hospital was affected by yesterday's IT cyber attack.

It said its other hospitals working on the Oxford Road site have still not experienced any reported Malware incidents on their IT systems they are taking steps to protect our systems.

The CMFT says its IT system will be taken offline for a short time in a planned way. Services will be temporarily paper based but the trust says it will 'maintain business as usual'.

NHS face 'weekend of chaos' after cyber attack

Hospitals facing weekend of chaos after cyber attack Credit: PA

Hospitals and GPs surgeries across the NHS are facing a weekend of chaos as IT experts work "around the clock" to restore vital computer systems hit by a debilitating cyber attack.

Lancashire hospital trusts were among the first to be affected yesterday afternoon with operations and appointments cancelled for patients at up to 40 trusts in England and Scotland hit by the ransomware.

The Government and NHS bosses are facing growing questions over why hospitals were after claims preventative measures could have been taken "months ago".

Other health organisations shut down servers as a precautionary measure leaving hospitals and GP surgeries with a backlog of postponed appointments to deal with.

Warning to NHS staff using computers Credit: PA

The spread of the malware is thought to have been stopped after two cyber security researchers stumbled upon a "kill switch" in the malware code, but that is cold comfort for organisations in the more than 70 countries affected.

Accoridng to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the computer virus has hit "thousands of organisations and individuals in dozens of countries".

The NHS in Lancashire say the IT issue is 'ongoing' affecting NHS computer systems across Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre.

NHS services are open and operating as normal but patients are being asked to only visit the A&E department at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in urgent and emergency situations.

The Walk-In Centre on Whitegate Drive and Same Day Health Centre in Fleetwood will treat urgent but non life-threatening illnesses and injuries as normal.

The NHS 111 helpline is available for medical advice for non urgent conditions.

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NHS cyber attack 'could affect hospital care'

Dr Kubo Macak, senior lecturer in International Law at the University of Exeter and an expert on cyber warfare, said: "Early reports indicate that today's cyber operations against the NHS may affect the care for many hospital patients, with potential impact on their health and lives."

At least Six NHS organisations in the North West have been affected.

NHS in the north west hit by major IT problems - reports suggest a cyber attack

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The NHS is investigating "an issue with IT" amid reports of a cyber attack on its systems.

Hospital trusts and GP groups in Lancashire and Hertfordshire were among those reporting problems, with one warning patients to only visit hospital accident and emergency departments "if absolutely necessary".

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and the resort town's clinical commissioning group (CCG) warned of problems.

Southport & Ormskirk Trust say they have been affected and both their hospitals are open for emergency care only

The Trust says it will communicate what patients should do about appointments over the weekend in due course.

NHS Digital, which is responsible for the health service's cyber security, says computer systems are believed to have been hit by a ransomware cyber attack using malware called "Wanna Decryptor".

Viruses such as ransomware are normally delivered via emails which trick the recipient into opening attachments and releasing malware onto their system in a technique known as phishing.

Image of what NHS staff have been reporting they are seeing on their computer screen

REPORTS: major computer issues in the NHS across the north west

Hospitals, Walk-in centres, and Doctors's surgeries are said to be affected

One NHS Trust told ITV News that staff were being told to be vigilant and not to open incoming e-mails.

It's being reported that a number of Health Trusts have been hit by serious IT issues, allegedly caused by a cyber attack.

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This report from Amy Welch

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