News

02.11.16

Cancellations ongoing at Lincolnshire trusts after major virus attack

A computer virus has infected electronic systems at Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS FT (NLAG), forcing it to cancel the vast majority of operations and appointments.

Following expert advice, the trust has shut down the majority of its systems so it can isolate and destroy the virus, which infected the system on 30 October.

Today, the trust advised patients that the vast majority of planned operations, outpatient appointments and diagnostic procedures are still cancelled.

Dr Karen Dunderdale, deputy chief executive of NLAG, said: “Our main priority is patient safety. All adult patients should presume their appointment/procedure has been cancelled unless they are contacted. Those who turn up will be turned away.”

NLAG covers three hospitals – Diana, Princess of Wales; Scunthorpe General; and Goole and District.

The trust said appointments would continue in the following areas only: audiology, physiological measurements, antenatal, community, therapy, chemotherapy, paediatrics, gynaecology and immunology appointments and cardiothoracic and vascular appointments with visiting consultants from Hull.

NLAG was taken out of special measures in 2014, but a CQC inspection earlier this year found that it had failed to maintain the improvements in standards.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust (ULH), which shares four of its IT systems with NLAG, also had to cancel some operations while it worked to restore them.

Andrew Prydderch, deputy director of urgent care at ULH, said: “We may still cancel a very small number of operations until all systems are back working but our doctors are working hard to keep this to an absolute minimum.”

He also warned patients to expect delays for A&E services and outpatient appointments at the four ULH hospitals – Lincoln County; Grantham and District; Pilgrim Hospital Boston; and County Hospital Louth.

(Image c. NLAG)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an NHE columnist? If so, click here.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

national health executive tv

more videos >

latest news

View all News

comment

Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

14/02/2019Maximising volunteer potential in hospitals

Sam Ward, director of commissioned services at the Royal Voluntary Service,... more >
Leading and managing experts

14/02/2019Leading and managing experts

A coaching conversation is likely to yield the best results. Managing exper... more >

editor's comment

25/09/2017A hotbed of innovation

This edition of NHE comes hot on the heels of this year’s NHS Expo which, once again, proved to be a huge success at Manchester Central. A number of announcements were made during the event, with the health secretary naming the second wave of NHS digital pioneers, or ‘fast followers’, which follow the initial global digital exemplars who were revealed at the same show 12 months earlier.  Jeremy Hunt also stated that by the end of 2018 – the 70th birthday... read more >

last word

Hard to be optimistic

Hard to be optimistic

Rachel Power, chief executive of the Patients Association, warns that we must be realistic about the very real effects of continued underfunding across the health service. It’s now beyond more > more last word articles >

interviews

How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

24/10/2018How can winter pressures be dealt with? Introduce a National Social Care Service, RCP president suggests

A dedicated national social care service could be a potential solution to s... more >

the scalpel's daily blog

Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

14/02/2019Blog: 5 minutes with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership.

Ahead EvoNorth we caught up with Dr Tracy Vell MBE, Associate Lead for Primary and Community Care, Greater Manchester, Health and Social Care Partnership. Dr Tracy Vell M... more >
read more blog posts from 'the scalpel' >

healthcare events

events calendar

back

February 2019

forward
mon tue wed thu fri sat sun
28 29 30 31 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10
11 12 13 14 15 16 17
18 19 20 21 22 23 24
25 26 27 28 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 9 10

featured articles

View all News