Business as usual at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust following cyber attack - The Leamington Observer

Business as usual at South Warwickshire Foundation Trust following cyber attack

Leamington Editorial 13th May, 2017 Updated: 15th May, 2017   0

PATIENTS at South Warwickhsire Foundation Trust (SWFT) are being urged to attend appointments as normal in the wake of the global cyber attacks.

In total 48 trusts in Britain were hit by Fridays’ ransomware attack which locked computer systems – disrupting hospital and GP appointments – and demanding payments of £230 to

free them.

SWFT – which runs hospials in Warwick, Leamington, Stratford and Shipston – was not among the targeted trusts forced to cancel appointments and operations but was quick to take action to protect its systems.

A statement on SWFT’s website reads: “Following reports on Friday May 12 that a number of NHS trusts across the country were experiencing issues with their IT systems, we took precautionary measures to safeguard our systems and ensure none of our services were impacted.

“We have not cancelled any clinics or appointments and are asking that all patients continue to attend as normal. We will update our website if the situation changes.

The government emergency Cobra committee met this afternoon to discuss the attack.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “We’ve talked about how we can make sure the NHS remains robust, that patients are put first.”

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