Letterkenny University Hospital is grappling with cancellations and disruptions this weekend due to yesterday’s HSE ransomware attack.
Disruptions are expected to last into next week as the HSE attempts to regain control on IT systems.
Patients are being warned to expect significant delays in the Emergency Department as staff revert to manual workarounds while the IT systems are shut down.
Maternity services and dialysis treatment will go ahead. Patients should attend their chemotherapy appointments unless contacted and advised otherwise.
All outpatient clinics are cancelled and diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations.
Saolta, which operates LUH, is asking patients attending the hospital to bring their existing patient number or board number with them when they come to the hospital. This number appears on appointment letters, test results, blood test results.
“We ask patients to contact their GP or GP Out Of Hours Service in the first instance if their health problem is not urgent,” said a spokesperson.
- All outpatient clinics are cancelled.
- All diagnostics including x-ray, CT scans, MRI appointments and cardiac investigations are cancelled.
- Endoscopy services are cancelled.
- Radiotherapy services at UHG are cancelled.
All elective inpatient and day case procedures are cancelled; a small number of procedures may go ahead and in this event patients will be contacted directly.
“We would like to thank our patients for their understanding at this difficult time,” the Saolta spokeperson said.