UPDATE: Appointments will go ahead for some Isle patients tomorrow after NHS virus attack

Scunthorpe General Hospital.
Scunthorpe General Hospital.

Some patients in the Isle will be able to attend their hospital appointments as normal tomorrow, after many were cancelled when a virus attacked an NHS computer system earlier this week.

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLAG) called a major incident on Sunday after a virus infected their systems.

The trust runs Scunthorpe General Hospital and Goole and District Hospital.

Appointments were cancelled today and tomorrow, but some will go ahead as planned tomorrow, according to the latest Facebook update from Scunthorpe General Hospital.

The post said: “Tomorrow some appointments will go ahead. These specialities will be running: Audiology physiological measurements, antenatal, community and therapy, chemotherapy, paediatrics and gynaecology.

“There will be a limited number of endoscopy procedures but patients will be contacted if their appointment is going ahead. Any other speciaility or surgery please assume your appointment is cancelled unless you hear from us”

Dr Karen Dunderdale, deputy chief executive, said: “A virus infected our electronic systems on Sunday and we have taken the decision, following expert advice, to shut down the majority of our systems so we can isolate and destroy it.”

“Our main priority is patient safety. A major incident has been called and all planned operations, outpatient appointments and diagnostic procedures have been cancelled for Monday and Tuesday.

“ All adult patients (over 18) should presume their appointment/procedure has been cancelled unless they are contacted. Those who turn up will be turned away.”

“Inpatients will continue to be cared for and discharged as soon as they are medically fit. Major trauma cases will be diverted to neighbouring hospitals as will high risk women in labour.”

“While our emergency departments remain open and are accepting ambulances, we would urge people to only visit if they absolutely need to, i/e it is an accident or emergency. If you are unwell and unsure where to go for treatment call 111 for North Lincs or 01472 256256 for North East Lincs.”

“We are reviewing the situation on an hourly basis. Our clinicians will continue to see, treat and operate on those patients who would be at significant clinical risk should their treatment be delayed.”

“Further updates will be posted on the Trust website and social media channels.We would like to apologise to all patients who are affected.”

It is not yet known if operations and appointments will be going ahead later in the week.