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Cyber Attacks On London Hospitals Declared Critical Incident

A critical incident has been declared at several major London hospitals due to a cyber attack that has impacted their services.

King’s College Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’ – including the Royal Brompton and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital – and primary care services are among those affected.

The cyber attack has affected hospitals partnered with Synnovis, which is a provider of pathology services.

It has led to the cancellation of operations and the loss of blood transfusions.

🚨 A critical incident has been declared. The cyber attack affects services run by IT firm Synnovis covering whole of Royal Brompton, Harefield, Guy’s, St Thomas’ & King’s College Hospitals

A very serious situation developing across London as other hospitals take extra patients

— Shaun Lintern (@ShaunLintern) June 4, 2024 Memos sent to the hospitals said the “critical incident” has had a “major impact” on the delivery of services.

Some procedures and operations have been cancelled or have been redirected to other NHS providers as hospital bosses continue to establish what work can be carried out safely.

When did this cyber attack happen? As reported by BBC News, the incident is thought to have occurred on Monday, meaning some departments could not connect to a main server.

According to the Health Service Journal (HSJ), several senior sources have told it the system has been the victim of a ransomware attack.

One said gaining access to pathology results could take “weeks, not days”.

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