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HSE Suffers Cyberattack & Shuts Down Its Entire IT Network.

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The Covid vaccination programme isn't affected

The HSE has shut down its entire IT system after a major cyber attack.

The Covid vaccination programme isn't affected - but the Rotunda Hospital has cancelled most appointments for today.

Stephen Murphy reports:

"The HSE has confirmed there's been a "significant ransomware attack" on its IT systems - and has shut down the entire network to protect them.

It's apologised for the inconvenience caused to patients and the public.

Covid vaccinations aren't affected and are going ahead as planned.

The Rotunda has cancelled all appointments for today - except for women who are more than 36 weeks pregnant.

It's urging people not to attend the hospital unless it's an emergency. "

Technology correspondent Jess Kelly says the incident is very worrying:

 


The National Ambulance Service is operating as normal, with emergency calls still being handled.

Chief Executive of the HSE, Paul Reid says other services will be affected too - but people should attend their appointment unless they hear otherwise:

 

Technology correspondent Jess Kelly explains how these types of attacks work:

 

The child and family agency Tusla has now confirmed its systems aren't operating because of the HSE cyber attack.

It includes the portal that's used to make child protection referrals.

Anyone wanting to make a referral can contact their local Tusla office.

On Friday afternoon, it was confirmed that the system for referring people to get a Covid-19 test was down because of the  cyber attack.

GPs will be asking people to attend a walk-in testing centre instead - but existing appointments will go ahead.


The National Ambulance Service isn't affected .

HSE chief executive Paul Reid says neither are Covid vaccinations:

On Friday afternoon,  UL Hospitals Group has warned that long delays are expected today due to the cyber attack.

But emergency services will continue to operate, and anyone with a pre-arranged outpatient appointment should attend.

It's reminded people in the South West there's a number of alternatives to the Emergency Department, that are more appropriate for less serious illnesses.

Similar warnings are being issued by the Dublin Midlands Hospital Group:

 

 

On Friday afternoon, the HSE said thousands of appointments might have to be cancelled if the effects of today's cyber attack stretch into next week.

The executive is working with Gardai and Interpol after its systems were targeted in the early hours of this morning.

Some maternity and cancer services aren't operating - and patients whose appointments are going ahead can expect delays.

The system to refer people for a Covid test and the portal to register for a coronavirus vaccine are down.

HSE Chief Operations Officer, Anne O'Connor, says more services might have to be cancelled:

Eoghan Moloney is a Breaking News journalist at Independent.ie.

He joined Ciara Plunkett on Friday afternoon's edition of Kildare Focus with a reprise of the timeline.


The ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems is having considerable impact on services at University Hospital Galway, and at Merlin Park and Portiuncula hospitals.

All outpatient x-ray, CT and MRI appointments are cancelled, while at UHG radiotherapy appointments have been cancelled.

In addition to the IT systems, some telephone systems are also affected.

Outpatient, chemotherapy and maternity appointments are continuing as normal and patients should attend their appointments.

Patients can expect delays in all clinics and in the Emergency Department today.
 

 

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