‘Please bear with us’: Lincolnshire hospital systems slowly returning

The trust which runs hospitals in Lincolnshire has said most services will be back to normal as of today, however systems are running slower than normal as they begin to recover from Friday’s cyber attack.

The majority of hospital appointments in the county will be going ahead as planned on Wednesday, May 17, however a small number of cases have been cancelled. Patients have been contacted in these instances.

ULHT said in a statement: “Patients who do attend for their appointments are asked to bear with our staff, as some systems are running slowly.

“We took quick and decisive action when the attack hit our hospitals, which has reduced and minimised the impact of the virus.

“We apologise to all patients affected by cancellations as a result of this attack and thank them for their patience as our systems get back to normal.

“We would also like to thank our staff for the work they have done to ensure patient care has been prioritised during this difficult time.”

Almost 50 NHS trusts were affected by Friday’s cyber attack, including all Lincolnshire hospital trusts and a number of community services and GPs.

Lincolnshire GPs are also returning to normal service. Lincolnshire West CCG, which covers surgeries in Lincoln, said: “Following ransomware cyber attack that affected NHS organisations in Lincolnshire, the vast majority of Lincolnshire West Clinical Commissioning Group GP surgeries are now able to offer a “business as usual” service to patents.”

The group added that Glebe Park surgery remained affected on the evening of Tuesday, May 16, however IT teams were working overnight with the aim to have systems up and running by Wednesday, May 16.