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Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust returns to normal after cyber attack

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Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has revealed that its computer systems are back to normal after Friday's cyber-attack.

The Trust runs Ormskirk and District General Hospital, Southport and Formby District General Hospital and provides healthcare in the community to 258,000 people across Southport, Formby and West Lancashire.

Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer, said:

The Trust staff have been working tirelessly to return computer systems and clinical services back to normal since Friday’s cyber-attack on the NHS.

We reduced the number of planned services earlier in the week to ensure we continued to provide safe care for our patients.

From tomorrow all our services are returning to normal and patients with appointments should now attend as usual. There may, however, be some delays in clinics and we apologise in advance for these.

We will be in contact with patients whose appointments were stood down and, again, our apologies for the disruption caused to your care which was beyond our control.

– Therese Patten, Chief Operating Officer

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Teenage girls missing from home in Southport

Danielle Littlewood & Ellie Pritchard Credit: Merseyside Police

Merseyside Police are becoming increasingly concerned for the whereabouts of two girls from Southport who have been missing from home since Friday.

Ellie Pritchard, aged 14, and Danielle Littlewood, aged 13, are both from Southport and didn't go to school yesterday. They were last seen at 6.30pm at Southport Train Station.

Extensive enquiries are being carried out to find the girls, who may have travelled together to the Bradford area of West Yorkshire.

Ellie is described as white, 5ft 5in tall, of medium build, with blue eyes and shoulder length blonde hair. When last seen, she was wearing a black coat, white t-shirt, black leggings and black shoes.

Danielle is described as white, 5ft 6in tall, of medium build, with long, light brown straight hair. When last seen, she was wearing her school uniform, a grey blazer over a green shirt.

Both girls are believed to have been frequenting the Allerton and Brown Royds areas of Bradford.

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