Cyber attack – updated statement and background information from NHS England

As of 3pm yesterday, two hospitals remained on divert following the ransomware cyber attack, down from seven yesterday.

NHS England is continuing to work with GP surgeries to ensure that they are putting in place a range of measures to protect themselves.

Dr Anne Rainsberry, National Incident Director, said: “There are encouraging signs that the situation is improving, with fewer hospitals having to divert patients from their A&E units.

“The message to patients is clear: the NHS is open for business. Staff are working hard to ensure that the small number of organisations still affected return to normal shortly.

“If people have hospital or GP appointments they should attend unless told otherwise. The latest information can be found on the NHS Choices website.”

The two hospitals that still have diverts in place are:

  • The Lister Hospital – East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust (Midlands & East) – A divert remains in place for Trauma, Stroke and urgent heart attack treatment, where diagnostic services are required. The divert remains in place and is being kept under review. No issues were reported overnight.
  • Broomfield Hospital – Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust (Midlands & East) – Trauma patients are being diverted to Southend University Hospital.