A number of hospital trusts hit by cyber attack

A number of hospital trusts across the UK have been hit by cyber attacks.

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Cyber attack: Region's hospitals on high alert

The public are being asked to only visit A&E departments if necessary

A number of hospitals in our region are among those in the UK to have been affected by a major cyber attack on the computing systems.

The Royal Hampshire County Hospital In Winchester, Basingstoke and North Hampshire hospital and the Andover War Memorial Hospital are among them. Some services are suffering as a result - but the hospitals say they are doing all they can to minimise the effect on patients. However, people are being warned to think carefully before attending Accident & Emergency departments.

The Kent Community Health Trust said it had not been directly affected - but had shut its system down after being alerted to the attack. Hospital staff then hd to resort to using pens and paper.

In the meantime the Prime Minister has said that the Government is not aware of any evidence that patient records have been compromised in the massive cyber attack on the NHS.

Theresa May said that the random hit was "not targeted" at the health service but was part of a wider assault on organisations across a number of countries.

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