Welwyn Garden City's New QEII and Stevenage's Lister hospitals still suffering hacking disruption

PUBLISHED: 11:45 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 15 May 2017

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Computer experts are trying to combat the cyber-attack on the two major hospitals used by Welwyn Hatfield and Stevenage patients, but some planned operations are going ahead today at least.

Lister Hospital in Stevenage.Lister Hospital in Stevenage.

On Friday, the trust running Stevenage’s Lister and Welwyn Garden City’s New QEII hospitals cancelled all non-urgent treatment and asked people not to attend casualty as it was one of 47 across England affected by an international hacking attack.

Some patients have been told their appointments today have been cancelled, but the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust advises people to attend appointments unless they have been told not to.

The diabetic eye screening service has been knocked out by the cyber-attack, as have non-urgent blood tests at both hospitals.

According to the trust: “Along with other NHS hospitals, our hospitals are experiencing a major computer problem that is affecting a range of our clinical and non-clinical systems. The Trust’s IT specialists are working hard to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.

Our switchboard (01438-314333) is now working again but is not yet operating at full capacity. Please be patient when calling this number as it may take us longer to answer than normal.”

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