GP practices "open as normal" despite NHS cyber attack

By Sam Cooper | 15/05/2017

GP practices 'open as normal' despite NHS cyber attack
Rotherham Hospital

DOCTORS’ surgeries across the borough will be open as normal today (Monday) but patients have been warned to expect delays after a cyber attack hit the NHS.

A spokesman for NHS Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said patients who have GP appointments should attend as normal unless they are told otherwise.

It follows a ransomware attack on Friday, which saw health trusts around the country suffer IT failures and prompted some to turn patients away from A&E.

A spokesman advised patients to continue to use the NHS “wisely” while IT technicians work to resolve the problem.

Anyone who needs to book an urgent GP appointment will still be able to do so but may experience delays getting through to their practice, he added.

Hospital appointments will also run as normal and patients should attend, unless directly advised not to, the CCG said.

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